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  1. So I think the general consensus here is to: a) use sinking pellets over floating foods; b) and to use moist foods over solid foods. Well, while I was looking for a filter, I came across what appeared to be vitamins you just squirt in the water like prime, I could be wrong but that's what it looked like to me (can be seen at drsFosterandSmith)? Have any if you tried this before? I ask because, I think it was Steve from RG said on his site, we are trusting the nutrition guru of the product we buy to ensure everything out fish need is in there. I quoted that horribly but you get the idea. Also, what foods do you use to give your goldy a varied diet and what hasn't worked in the past? What percentage if fat, protein etc do you like to see on the label?
  2. Just shelled out the money for an eheim 2078. I'm a bit nervous because it's a lot of money and my last fluval died pretty fast. Crossing my fingers
  3. Here's the video! Super stoked. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzo-ayex_8Y
  4. Sorry, 2074. And you don't feel the current would be too much in or out?
  5. I will explore other models but I need a basis for current output (the reason behind the last question). Or perhaps a better way to ask it would be, what filter would you put on it of any brand (size of filter included) and how you reached this decision, what would be the max size and minimum? This is so someone who reads this later might be like, okay I need to get that one. Ultimately, I'd like to get down to one filter - I don't know if that's feasible and I understand some of the risks involved but the tank looks nicer with less stuff in it in my opinion. Oh, and thanks everyone for your input. This is good stuff.
  6. Okay, so would you suggest a 2074 or 2076 (eheim pro) for my 56? Or even the 2048?
  7. Wow, pleased to see how much traffic this has picked up! I haven't decided on a filter yet, but I think we found our boy Oranda He will have to spend a month to six weeks in quarantine so that buys me some time still on the filter. We had the 406 when we first got the aquarium and cleaning the thing was a nightmare because I had to use a screwdriver to get the lid off. Very frustrating, then the thing died in the middle of the night one day. Thinking it was sand, I gave it a good thorough cleaning and nothing. Still didn't work. Which was frustrating because I spent a bit of money on that one. So now, I don't care what it costs as long as it works past six months (how long the fluval lasted). I was also wondering what would be the largest single filter in terms of gph you would put on a 56g tank? Helen likes the Sunsuns, lots of people say good things about the eheim. How difficult is it to dismantle them for cleaning, filter media etc? Because really, at least once a month I'm going to have to lug it to the other side of the house to the tub for cleaning. So that is a big selling point for me. Shopping for a filter is like buying a car - only you can't test drive it
  8. Looking at both really. I'm sort of a tech geek and liked the thought of the 3e series. My only concern is it too much filter for my aquarium in terms of current. But being able to change the current and flow with a touch of a button appeals to me.
  9. Thank you Karen. Are there any other sites I should look at other than dandy orandas or raingarden?
  10. I am wanting to try canister filtration again for the extra media - water params are fine, but I would like to see less stuff hanging in the aquarium. I've been looking at the eheim models, specifically the pro series but wanted your guys' thoughts before making that big of a purchase. What's the difference between the pro model vs the other model? And second but most importantly, what filters have you had that worked well and which ones didn't work and why? What do you like about yours? Maybe fill in this statement: you should stay away from this type because.... Love your faces and thanks in advance guys! We're still looking for the boy fish We'll post pics as soon as we find the right one!
  11. Shoot. There's only one left. I emailed him but he hasn't responded.
  12. Go to Dandyorandas.com and tell me if you think any of the red orandas are male. thanks
  13. Lucy passed between the hours of 1 and 4 pm. Man, I really loved that fish
  14. Is there anything that can be done at this point? Or is it time to say goodbye? :'(
  15. Her observations were that she noticed one side of lucy's face swollen. I told her about her not eating and the floatiness issue. She said her bet was it was bacterial. I told her about Koko's fins not healing. She took a clipping from her fin, swabbed both fish and went into the back room for examination. She said she found no parasistes, she did find the gram positive on koko I think. Her bet with lucy was that it was a bacterial infection and gave her a shot of a broad spectrum antibiotic. I wish I could remember the name. I think it started with a T. Anyway, she said if a change is noted we will see it almost immediately and that it would be necessary to bring her back in a few days for another shot until the problem was gone. So, I took them home and put them in the tank. Later that night, we tried to hand feed Lucy. And she ate!! We were very excited about this new change. She continued to take hand feedings for the next few days and her strength seemed to be improving. We took this as a good sign and made another appointment for another shot. Only this time, after injection, Lucy went limp laying on one side. That was Tuesday, October 1st. Since then she will hardly eat even with coaxing of hand feeding. And she cannot right (sp?) herself back up. It's very sad. I don't know what to do. I don't like watching her suffer. She has been having this "swim bladder" issue for over a month now and for the past few days she doesn't even try to swim from once side of the food bin to the other. It's as if she's "bed ridden".
  16. She said that usually it's the gram negatives that cause problems and she wasn't concerned about the gram positive. For humans I know that staph can cause problems but for the most part it's harmless. It grows in many peoples noses, for example. So I don't know.
  17. She hurt herself in the caulander. We fed her a pea, it's all she would keep down. Right now I'm going to put her into the food safe bin with conditioned water. and run an air stone. She just lays on one side. She seems to be pumping water over her gills. She still moves like she has some fight in her but I just don't know. At what point does one consider euthanazia? The vet couldn't find any parasites from a swab that she did nor any gram negative bacteria. She said she found a cluster of gram positives. Staph maybe? I don't know.
  18. Her floatiness had gotten a little better. I took her to the vet and she got a shot of antibiotics and A&E at least started to hand feed. Today because I had to work, my gf volunteered to take her in for the second round. I'm not sure how long it took her, I have a feeling she did a side excursion with Lucy in a half filled 5 gallon bucket. I'm angry and hurt right now and I guess I want someone to blame because my fish was doing okay this morning. Anyway, I got a picture from my gf while I was at work with Lucy laying on her side at the bottom of the tank. I tried calling multiple times and texting and got no answer. Very frustrating. She's in a caulander now and I pray that I wake up to see her still alive. I don't want to go to sleep.
  19. Meds I have are: Fungus cure (haven't used it at all), prazi, a box of maracyin II, melafix, and an unopened bag of metromeds that is at least 1.5 years old. I'm not sure it's good anymore.
  20. Okay. I will do a 2 part video. Half when she's awake and the other half when she's sleeping - when it's the worst. It's really sad when she's trying to sleep, she is bent over on one side and get tossed around from the current. When she's awake she's able to keep herself up no problem. She just doesn't eat. Alex, this has been going on for about a week or so now. It first started after I used the prazi and the salt dips. Helen, what is the proper dosage for epsom salt? I just need to get her to Tuesday when the fish vet can look at her. I hope she doesn't starve to death before that happens.
  21. Alex, lucy won't eat! We've tried hand feeding and nothing - this has been like 3 days now. She is still floaty as heck. The vetinarian that handles fish here is out of town until next week. Ugh - help
  22. It's been a long week. I just got paid today. I will try to get some supplies tomorrow. I'm working and going to school so my time is very limited. I did as you said, give them a rest and up the water changes. I am afraid to say that I haven't been able to afford the garlic or anything. The white spots in her eye are still there and she's still a little floaty. I wonder if the triple sulfa did a number on their swim bladders. I am still noticing some occasional, I believe the term is flicking? They aren't trying to scratch themselves or anything, but they will just be swimming calmly and then all of the sudden swim very fast for a second. It's weird. Interestingly today, before I went to work (was running late) Koko was floating upside down! Just hanging out at the top upside down. I was very worried but with this new job, I'm on probation and can't miss or be late once or I will get fired. Anyway, I came home and she's just fine. Maybe she was a little backed up? That's my guess. Looking forward. I should get salt, garlic, and what else? I'm out of medi gold. If it is flukes, I'm very frustrated as they have gotten like 5 treatments of prazi. Why can't I eradicate them? I think I'm going to get some new food for them. What would you guys recommend? Sorry, I feel very irresponsible right now but I'm doing the best I can
  23. How long should I rest them? And how should I add garlic to pellet food?
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