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EvilVegan

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  1. I'm getting a bigger tank, and building a stand. This is taking up valuable real estate in my tiny home, so I was thinking I could conceal a litter box in the stand. We don't use any scented litters and I know some people use kitty litter as substrate; will the occasional stray bit of litter cause any problems? Are any litters better/worse?
  2. Thanks everyone, The seller I'm getting the tank from happens to have 6 bags of Tahitian sand and he'll probably just throw them in with the tank. I wasn't going to do more than an inch or two deep anyway.
  3. Setting up a new tank this weekend. I want to plant the crap out of it. My existing tank has 3 anubias tied to rocks, no substrate. I was thinking of doing tahitian black sand, but I don't want to worry about anaerobic air pockets. If I do a carpet of something (like in the background of this very website), how do I vacuum adequately to avoid those pockets? Or are the carpets stable enough that they keep the pockets in check? If I don't do a substrate, who has pretty things I can put my plants in?
  4. Will Golds destroy plants that float on the surface? Mini-floating lily pads? Hyacinths? Water Lettuce? So far the only thing I've been able to keep alive is Anubias, but I thought these might hold out.
  5. Oh snap! https://knoxville.craigslist.org/for/4843899177.html
  6. Saw this: https://knoxville.craigslist.org/for/4833953609.html Seems like a decent price just for the stand/tank, but I've never heard of a reverse under-gravel filter... I'd still use my wet/dry too, but do these work well for goldfish? Or should I get a 75 gallon (on sale for $200, with lights) at petsmart and just stick with my HOB and DIY sump? Do undergravel filters interfere with planted tanks? For comparison: http://www.petsmart.com/fish/aquariums-stands/top-fin-75-gallon-hooded-aquarium-zid36-17609/cat-36-catid-300013
  7. I can't find one that is over 60 gallons that is less than $400 around here...
  8. I only have 38" X 22" of space for the bottom and a toddler. I like the concept of a wall of goldfish, but the lower tank would be too low (toddler access) or the upper tank would be too high (I'd need a ladder). What's wrong with tall tanks?
  9. Aarrrggh! My 3 goldies are almost 2 years old and they're gettin' too big for my 40 gallon setup; but I have limited space... They have a 75 gallon tank that's much taller but only slightly longer/deeper at the LFS. It has a drilled bottom and overflow and I would be increasing my sump size. With stand and lights and some other hookups it's $1100 or so. Is that a good price? It seems about right. For 75 gallons I'd want to turn over 750 GPH, right? Or more? That's another pump for the sump. May as well add a refugium in the sump for growing anacharis and other green edibles. RIGHT?! And some sort of water change system... uhhhnnnngggg.... That is all I have to say about that.
  10. Bi-Weekly 80% water changes and dual filters doing about 20x water volume per hour... I could probably switch that to weekly. I've got a bucket-less system. Just turn a few valves and I can flush the tank into the garden...
  11. K! Just making sure. I have 3 tanks, 2 unused for lack of room (and lack of wife's permission). I have a spare 30 gallon and a 10 gallon tank for snail/plant quarantine.. If they get too big for this tank I'll just move him to one of the extra ones. I'm not sure if it's a pond pond or a maintained fish pond; either way I could see them doing it. They're very ... practical... I was right about them moving, they're having to go to an apartment with restrictions preventing aquariums larger than a beta bowl; so they're well cared for.
  12. Yeah, I don't know how well they were treated... He looks healthy enough. They apparently just wanted to get rid of the tank and my friend offered to buy it with fish in it. They're throwing the comets in a pond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Hey guys, I have a friend who just got 5 goldfish and that's too many. I don't know the back story behind this, I assume someone is moving, but it's 4 comets and a fantail (possibly oranda, I haven't seen them yet) and they don't want goldfish (they're crazy!). So, it's 3 years old, likely an oranda from the description, and I was thinking I could take it for them and put it in my 40 gallon setup with a pearl scale, a lion head, and a dragoneye butterfly tail. With a 3 year old fish, what's the risk of introducing them to my babies? I know the tank size is 10 gallons too small, but none of them are full grown (mine are 2 years old). I've never introduced fish... Do I need a 30 day QT for a fish that old that isn't from a store? Any medications I should preemptively introduce? Prozac?
  14. Yeah... I made hiding places, got plants, got more rocks, took out rocks, took out gravel... Now there are less places for her to get stuck, but he doesn't stop chasing her. She's too big to get shoved behind things now, so that's good.
  15. Resurrecting this thread. I've had the tank divided for however long since I asked this question and I hate it. The divider makes it more difficult to clean, it's ugly, etc. Everything I've read indicates this is mating aggression; the boys aren't territorial with each other (if I divide the tank with the boys in one side, they behave), they just follow the girl around and shove her into plants. I removed the divider again and the lionhead immediately started chasing her again. It's a almost funny to watch because since I separated her she's grown to about twice his size, but she's still letting him bully her. Other than separating the fish or getting a new tank (this one is 40 gallons counting the sump), are there any other suggestions for calming mating aggression? Do they make anti-viagra for fish? :/
  16. One of my guys has a torn fin, not sure if it's fin rot and the other two are fine, so I'm just trying to rule out variables at this point. He has really big flowy fins and may have gotten in a fight with my lion head. The inside of the tear is blackened, so I'm treating with salt and mela/pima and frequent water changes, but the filter cleaning was a concern. ... I only eat plants because I hate them.
  17. I have a HOB Aquaclear 70 and a sump with overflow. The HOB has a sponge and bio-rocks. The over flow has a filter sponge on both parts of the overflow box (mostly to reduce noise) and then a filter pad (to catch gunk that gets past the other filters), then bio balls, then another filter on the return pump to the tank (this helps when water gets low, it makes it bubbly so I know to add water). I know we're supposed to clean filters in old tank water, but my water-change setup makes that a bit of work. I have 3-4 filters that are exclusively "mechanical", just there to grab particulate waste (or reduce noise). The "bio-filters" are the bio-balls in the sump and bio-rocks. I would obviously never rinse a bio-filter in tap water; but could I clean the mechanical filters in treated tap water? Is there such a thing as too much filtration for goldfish? It's a 40 gallon setup filtering at about 800 GPH.
  18. OK, so I got them separated with a makeshift tank divider and now she's just bottom sitting. ?! But then again, its 1AM and she's been getting chased and shoved all day
  19. Not any more. Just had to get her out from behind the air tube...
  20. I have no idea what their genders are, I just say that because she looks more frilly and gets chased. Yes it is, worse at feeding time. It looks like she just runs until they can't push her any more from getting stuck. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): ~5 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap) 0 * Nitrate level (Tap) 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.8; KH ~8. * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 7.8; KH ~4. They use Chlorine here. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API, drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 and 100 CS wet/dry * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just dechlorinator. * Water temperature? 74 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly. Biweekly if I get super busy but I keep nitrates under 40. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 80%; completely removed most of the gravel. This was after they were picking on her. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 37 gallons. 4-8 months. Bad with time. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish. Longest is 3 inches, shortest 1.5 inches (the calico) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Mixture of flakes (rarely) and sinking Hikari Lionhead + Omega One pellets (usually). Peas once a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? No. * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.). One of the aggressors was sporadically bottom-sitting a few weeks back; gave him a salt dip and he got better. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? She looks great. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? She doesn't eat well; I think she's effectively blind and the other fish get food before she can. I hand feed her sometimes. The occasional flakes are for her, she can eat flakes. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi and Salt per instruction of people here. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. I can make a video; but just imagine 2 fish chasing another fish until it gets stuck somewhere. Then they forget about it. Then I free her. Then about 30 minutes later they chase her back into a hole.
  21. Hey. I have a derpy calico dragoneye getting beaten and shoved by a lionhead and a pearlscale. they chase her constantly and get her stuck into cracks. I came home today and she was wedged behind the HOB filter uptake, I was sure she was dead; but I moved the HOB and she just sauntered away. I rearranged the rocks today and they're shoving her into a crevice. They wedge her under plants. The chase her behind the overflow box. They've been slightly rough with her before, but never this level of abuse. BRB, letting her out again.
  22. To give a better description, I have an overflow box with two prefilters (one is just to reduce bubbles and noise in the overflow). That falls onto the drip-plate with micron cloth. Over the bioballs and into the sump. The sump has a UV filter in it. The return pump has a prefilter. In addition to that I have a redundant HOB filter with a sponge and some more micron cloth and some white pellets for nitrifiers to colonize. I typically clean one or the other filter when I do the weekly water change. I also have an air wand that stretches the length of the tank. I don't have surplus cash to get a photographic microscope, or I'd figure out what's growing in my hose and deal with it.
  23. The hose has a pre-filter, yes. What kind of photos would you like? I'll dip him tonight and replace the hose ASAP.
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