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  1. I definitely want to find duckweed. The ones I had in CO adored it. Guess I'll grab a good bit of anacharis and see if I can get them to eat a bit more of it. Wish moss balls were quicker growing since I'd definitely try that if they were. Thanks
  2. I've been away for a while :3 I was living in Colorado, but moved back to Florida to go back to school. And while I(thankfully, it turns out!) ended up giving my fish to one of the local stores when I moved, I couldn't not keep goldfish. I love them too much(and wish I had a higher paying job and a first floor apartment so I could have a bigger tank and more of them ) Turns out the water where I live is atrocious(2.0 ammonia out of the tap! YIKES!) so since I don't have the money to keep the saltwater tank going, I set up my old biocube with some plants to see if I could get it down to 0 ammonia/nitrite/nitrate so I could do water changes with GOOD water. Good news! IT WORKS! Sooooo, now I am left wondering what to put into the clean-water-project tank. I figure if I do this right, I can plant fast growing stuff that they will enjoy eating. That way it will get the water cleaner faster, grow the plants faster(since I'd be able to do more water changes, leading to dumping more ammonia for the plants to use up) and give the goldies a ton of extra food that can be left in the tank all the time(versus pellets which need to be eaten within a few minutes so they don't start to rot) Right now I've got some anacharis(supposedly one they should love, though they seem to only really enjoy it if I haven't given them pellets in a couple days ) water sprite(just got it, so I don't know if they'll enjoy it or not) and riccia(which they seem to be ignoring completely) I also tried some Rotala rotundifolia from my planted tank, and they have been ignoring that one completely, even though the leaves are a bit soft *shrugs* I am looking for a bunch of floating stuff(including duckweed, which I know they'll adore.) I've HEARD that they should eat cabomba, aponogetons, various myriophyllums, wisteria, nymphaea(the water lily-types that are sold for tanks instead of ponds) pennywort, Heteranthera zosterifolia(pearlweed) and ambulia from looking around online. . . But I've also seen other places say that they won't touch them if they're offered, so I figured that if I'm going to go to the trouble(and expense!) of cramming my spare tank full of plants with the intent of just feeding them off when they start to overgrow it, I should make sure it's stuff they'll actually eat. Any ideas on what your guys go nuts for, or what they just flat out ignore?
  3. I got this back when I asked the girl on my other forum who is selling it about the product. It's from an email she recieved from Repashy
  4. I don't, unfortunately. A person on another forum I'm on is selling repashy foods now and offered these up.
  5. Nifty! I think I'm going to try to find an overflow box for cheap on ebay, so if I can't do that right away it may have to wait, but I do have a question. Can I bury my intake line in the gravel at the bottom of the filter? Sounds like a dumb question, but I'm afraid that it won't have as much water flow if I bury it, but I know that the bog filters on ponds have the intake line buried because that way the water has to go through the gravel and can't just skim across the top of it and not bypass the roots/just let any detritus sink and not move towards where I'll have my sponge. Thank you guys again, you're all great!
  6. I just found out that they have a bunch of gel foods for fish now! I've used their crested gecko diet for a while and know it is the absolute ONLY good way to feed those guys, so I was wondering if the fish food would be a good addition to my guy's diet once in a while too. For the "soilent green"(yes, they spell it that way >_>) the ingredients are:
  7. I've got a few plants in my tank now, but have been thinking about getting some lilies so I can get lily pads at the water's surface, which will pretty much limit me to a couple of low light plants in the tank itself.
  8. Good to know you think it would work too I'm going to end up building an overflow box. I've seen a couple of ideas for super cheap ones online and will be making one of those up. Basically(once I find them >_>) I need to put two specimen containers/fish bag holders/something of the sort on tank, one inside, one out. I cut out a portion of the inside one to where I'll want my water to overflow from the tank and put a hole in the second so I can put pvc into it for the drain. Then I just need to find an acrylic piece and some acrylic sealer so I can seal the pieces in and to get an overflow tube and I'm good. My biggest problem after that is that I still haven't found a clear enough article(for me that is) on what sort of piping to use for the overflow/return.
  9. A while back, just happening to browse online, I found an article about bog filters for ponds and how while they don't negate the need to do water changes, they help reduce nitrate because various fast growing plants will use the nitrate(and to some extent ammonia) to help keep the water a bit cleaner. To preface this bit, I did a VERY bad thing (oops ) One of my original two goldies died about a week after I got the two of them, and since I wanted the first to have a companion still, I ended up getting a second calico ryukin for my tank(30 gallons, 1 cascade 200, 1 eheim ecco pro 2232) since he was quite literally the ONLY non-wen fancy I could find in town who was healthy(I'm just really not a wen fan =/) And then when I was at one of the chain stores a couple of weeks ago, a little nearly solid gold guy there just kept screaming "take me HOME with you!!!" any time I walked past the tank, so then there were three(told you I did a very bad thing >_>) I AM MORE than willing to keep up on water changes. Completely. Totally. Right now(though I'm sure this will need to be tweaked as they grow) I'm doing about 10% a day and then a 20 gallon water change twice a week. Well, the problem with that seems to be that already my bigger calico guy is having problems with the water being so low and he gets quite stressed over the higher amount of water that I take out(none of them seem to care when I pull out my 3 gallons every morning) and I'm afraid that as he grows that he'll end up being not completely covered with water as I'm pulling out water for changes(and I do the bucket method, so it really doesn't go back in as quickly as it comes out. I don't have the cash for a python!) If I keep up with my 10% daily changes(or even go as high as 20%, it really doesn't take any time) would I be able to get away with doing 2-3 50% changes instead, so they'll still have a half tank of water while I'm changing their water out? Also, to explain the bog filter comment that started this thread. It DOES seem like something I'd do. I've got a rather green thumb and adore plants. I've already been thinking about making a canopy of some sort for the tank so I can get rid of the egg crate(one of the birds likes to sit on it and I am sort of afraid that my home-made top will end up crashing her into the tank one of these days. Or that the water conditioners will make her sick. . . .) so I can put some taller floating plants into there(I've got a water hyacinth on my windowsill that is in a tank that is way too small. At least it would have SOME leg room in an open tank. . . .) and/or about replacing my cascade filter with a sump/bog filter. Yes, I know it would be a lot more maintenance work on the tank, since I'd need to be draining/rinsing the gravel in the bottom filter on a regular basis(like the media in the filters now), BUT I can't find anything about many people who have tried it, other than the fact that in the saltwater world a lot of people have a similar concept called a refugium, and that some people trail pothos out of their filters to help suck nitrates out of the water. I can't see a reason that it wouldn't work the same/better than my current filter, but I figured I should ask anyway. Has anyone seen this done inside? I've still got my canister for mechanical/biological filtration and I would definitely be putting a chunk of sponge around my intake back to the tank to make sure any grime that got into the bottom tank wouldn't be just filtering right back into the display. One plus that I can think of(besides possibly being able to grow something that the goldies would enjoy snacking on) is that even though my cascade is rated for ~185 gph, I know that I've always read that ANY filter's "flow rate" is rated at the absolute perfect conditions of crystal clear water and no filter media/baskets in them, meaning I'd be getting less than the 185 advertised, BUT with the bog, I could easily find a pump meant for a saltwater tank that would guarantee that I'd still get at least that to a bit over(I think the lfs I was looking at pumps at had one that would give me 200 gph at as high as my tank sits) AND I'd have at least a couple/few extra gallons of water in the tank in the "bog" and I can't imagine that could ever be a bad thing. Has anyone ever seen this done before for goldfish in an inside tank before? Does anyone have any CONSTRUCTIVE criticism on why this would or would not work? The one fish store showed me the pump I could use, but really didn't mention much on plumbing, the other store said(quite literally) "don't bother, water changes are easier on small tanks anyway."(so much for wanting to sell people extra stuff, huh?) but didn't really elaborate on if it just was too small of a tank for it to work(the way I've understood it from my research, you only really "need" about 10-20% of your display's volume for the part of your bog that holds water, so it isn't like I'd need MUCH water in there for it to be effective) or if it is just that people get sick of maintaining them(I've got parrots, "but it's time consuming to keep up with!" isn't really a part of my whining vocabulary, heh.) or some other random problem. I'd definitely be willing to put the hob filter back onto the tank(or save up and get a second canister. . . .) if this experiment didn't work out, but like I said, I've gotten the bug into my head, and really am interested in seeing if anyone else has tried this before to know if it is worth the time/effort/money it'd take to get it set up. Thanks <3
  10. Well, the anacharis is looking like stems only, so I'll take that as a plus! I'm definitely getting duckweed when the garden center in town gets their pond plants in for the year. I've got a little windowsill "tank" that I don't mind it taking over. Do they like water sprite? I know it is supposed to grow pretty fast, and is fine leaved enough that they might go for it. How about riccia? It's fast growing if it's left floating(so probably a nitrate sponge if they don't like it ) and pretty fine leaved. Does the size or the toughness of the leaves have any impact on it?
  11. I've got some wisteria, cabomba and anacharis in my tank and am hoping my guys will eventually eat it, but I'm wondering how to get them to try it. Since they've eaten a bit of lettuce off of a clip in the tank(yay!) could I try clipping a stem(or maybe a leaf or three of the wisteria. . . .) to see if that would work? I haven't even seen them poking around at the pots. Also, my new betta died in my planted tank( I just can't seem to keep them alive anymore. This guy made it less than a week.) and I'm thinking that instead of trying yet again that I could rinse the tank out with vinegar and grow some plants for the goldfish to munch on. I've heard mixed reviews on riccia, and I'm definitely going to get some duckweed and fairy moss from the local garden store once they get their pond plants for the summer. Is there anything that you guys' fancies seem to go nuts for that I could try to grow and pop into the tank for them? Edit: what about pellia? It looks nice and soft and lettucey. If I could get some of that going, would that possibly work?
  12. The bushy one on the left is flame moss. It grows more upright than java moss does. I think it's one of my favourite mosses because of the way it grows.
  13. I have 9 of the white clouds, they were in my 20 long before I took it down to make this one. Some of the java ferns I tied onto the rocks, but they didn't seem to attach too well for me, so I put the rest on with superglue gel. I got the idea from reefkeepers who use it to glue coral frags to rocks. I'm still hoping, at least until they take out the moss, that I can keep enough frilly leafy stuff in the tank that they don't find interest in it, but hey, if they do I can always grow some on my windowsill and just feed it to them, right? Thank you for the comments!
  14. And I'm not a good photographer The two of them together. The orange guy is a fantail, and the calico was labelled as a ryukin, but we'll have to see if he ever gets a hump. And the tank itself. The bubblers are behind some rocks that have anubias and java fern attached to them, I'm hoping they'll leave the flame moss alone long enough for it to grow, and the pots have some anacharis/cabomba/wisteria that I'm hoping will distract them from the moss. I kept my white clouds, and probably will for a while just since they aren't too much bio-load for the tank. They're both awesome little guys! They're already poking around in the gravel, and had part of an algae wafer for dinner shortly after I put them in their new home. I'll have a video later, since youtube is taking forever to upload it and I need to go get in line for the midnight of the hunger games soon, but it'll be up eventually
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