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  1. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 - 0.1 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 - 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api master test kit drops * Water temperature? 21 c * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 12 litre QT running about 5 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? hailea internal filter * How often do you change the water and how much? every few days, at least 50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today, about 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, about 4 cm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2 x daily nutrafin max sinking pellets, peas - eaten once 2 weeks ago, refused 2 days ago * Any new fish added to the tank? n/a * Any medications added to the tank? removing all meds at the moment, will complete with another wc tomorrow * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi (2weeks, 4 rounds) salt 0.1 - 0.3 % varying durations, maracyn 2, maroxy, multi cure * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? large patches of grey , damaged fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? some lethargy, was always a fairly inactive fish from purchase approx. 3 months ago. refusing food from 2 days ago until now my sister in law was starting a tank & had lost a few fish due to bad info from pet shop. "diesel" here was the last fish she got & he had a shubunkin tank buddy for a week or 2 until that one died. he had a couple of small whiteish patches on him & I offered to take him & treat for flukes & look after him til he healed. my brother actually found him stuck upside down to their internal filter not moving & thought he had died the day before I went to collect him. he went out & came home again & the fish had started swimming around the tank again much to his surprise. apart from being fairly quiet & not swimming around a lot he always ate his food when I added it & had normal looking poop the same colour as the food. fairly thin poop but I think he only has a very small bottom! not stringy or unusual. he seemed a little floaty at one stage so I gave peas which he liked. offered them again a few days ago & I don't think he ate any? im hoping the wc today will perk him up a bit. i'll try & get a video of him tomorrow, at the moment he's just kind of sitting under the filter in te corner.
  2. I've been caring for this little guy for several weeks now, trying to cure him for my sister in law who is busy with a new baby. he had a couple of patches of grey/white on the body & a small amount of tail damage with white edge. the last week it seems to have gotten out of hand & spread & now he has stopped eating. I've mostly had him in up to .3% salt in a 12 litre QT which seemed to do not much at all. I've lost track of water changes & sometimes I didn't have any salt in the water at all to see how he went & if things got better. out of desperation I tried maracyn 2 & maroxy about 2 weeks ago & about 3 days ago I tried multi cure. his appetite has been good up until yesterday. I've just done another large wc & tried to clear everything out of the water at this stage (except the prime of course). i'm afraid i'm losing him & would appreciate any advice. as I said he is in an uncycled QT & I have been doing at least 50 % wc every few days. I don't know if the water params are helpful in this situation but can give them if needed.
  3. they are fun to watch. the way they groom themselves & eat is interesting. they pick up tiny pieces of gravel with their leg claws & (i assume it's what they are doing) clean the algae off it. their eyes also "blink" back inside their body momentarily (like a crab?) which i found surprising. very pleasing little creatures for $2.50 a piece! it's a shame they are used for food. then again, it's kind of a shame that any creature is used for food but i'm a hypocrite in saying so when i'm not a vegetarian myself!
  4. jeana, i think they can grow up to 15-20 cm long?? they are ok when they are small with fish but as they get bigger they can be quite the predator with those claws! on the flip side, if your fish are much larger they will probably try to eat the baby yabbies. i keep mine separate, just in case! if they are vastly different in size, a larger yabby may also eat smaller yabbies if they are not adequately fed. they are usually vegetarian but also opportunistic. i feed them vegetables as you would a fish.
  5. likes relaxing to watch different characters & personalities always happy to see you (food! food! food!) dislikes algae stinky filters i dont have enough room to have more than 4
  6. this is a picture of one of my yabbies (aussie freshwater crayfish) this one is called barbosa & he is about 3cm long at the moment. his buddy, mr.grabby, is a little smaller & is missing half a claw. he was being anti-social when i was trying to take pictures of him! might be able to get a good shot of him later on. they were destined to be turtle food til i picked them up from the pet shop today & they now reside in a luxurious heated tank all of their own.
  7. lovely fish & great set-up. pendleton! lol cute name. don't think i could come up with anything that compares for your newbie
  8. just out of curiosity, could you post a link to the api site selling the tubes. i broke one of mine & was thinking of getting some spares. cant find any on my beloved ebay!
  9. i can see how rigid tubing would be beneficial, i hate how mine keeps popping out of the gravel as i try to bury it! again, rigid tubing is something i'm yet to come across. will be installing a bubble wall once my black tubing arrives so we'll see how that works out. i have seen the rigid bubble wall that comes with suction caps. that looks like it would work well too...
  10. i was hoping that wouldnt happen to the black one! wishful thinking i guess
  11. they make black suction cups to go with the black tubing. they work out kinda pricey for what they are at around $1.50 each to import but i've never seen them available in stores here in australia http://www.ebay.com....984.m1497.l2649 the same seller i bought my tubing from also has them. i mistakenly bought mine from a different seller, altho slightly cheaper in price i lost my shipping discount!
  12. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/170899173460?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 this is where i got mine
  13. have been thinking how much i dislike the horrid clear air tubing i have (which goes white & nasty looking after a couple of weeks) & wondered if there was such a thing as black tubing. one ebay search later & lo & behold there is my black airline!! thinking i'd found something special i return to kokos & typed in a search, only to discover it had been mentioned here before... in 2005. i am soooo cutting edge! oh well, black tubing is on its way
  14. yeah i was kind of in a panic when i bought it. it was before i discovered the wonders & knowledge of kokos! haven't actually used it & once i got it i realised it wasn't the product i wanted anyway. looks like mine will collect dust also unless i fob it off in a lot sale of all my excess fish stuff i bought then realised it was the wrong thing/too small/too noisy! lol
  15. interesting... slightly off-topic but i thought there may have been a problem importing medication/chemicals but i obtained maroxy from the u.s without issue. think it was labelled as "pet product" or something? got some maracyn 2 on it's way from there as well. we'll see if that one gets thru! still can't find anywhere that will supply these metro meds to australia but will keep looking. i'm pretty sure the base drug is available from thailand on ebay so you could make your own metro meds if it got thru customs. i suppose if its pet food then it would be processed & manufactured in a way that would destroy any kind of biological hazard or threat? who knows, but hopefully someone can verify by what means they got theirs as i'm keen to try it out. thanks!
  16. just wondering if any fellow aussies have bought soilent green off ebay or by other online means? i was about to buy some on ebay from the u.s & a quarantine warning came up. considering the contents of the product i was curious if anyone has successfully imported it or has it been confiscated? cheers
  17. i got a similar no-name 1200 litre an hour filter with no uv. it worked fine but found it a little bit noisy to be honest. mine is kept on bare floorboards, not in a cupboard under the tank or the like. pulled it apart & found it was the impeller making the rattling noise & although nothing was actually wrong with it, it was annoying me & after 2 days i bought an eheim 2217 to replace it (which is almost dead silent btw!) i think the cheapies are hit & miss, they may work well for a while but if something does break you may not be able to replace the part & have to buy another complete unit. totally understand the budget issue tho, it was a stretch for me to fork out for an eheim but the silence pleases me greatly. others have had success with cheaper canisters, i hope it works out for you!
  18. my eheim 2217 came with a carbon pad they said to remove after running it 2 weeks as it was only intended to remove any residue (chemical?) from the new filter. i get the impression carbon is not essential unless you want to remove medication from the water. as others have said, replacing media is only required when it starts disintegrating. i've replaced fine floss every month or 2 cos it looked brown & is inexpensive but things like bio balls or ceramic noodles would last indefinately & i only rinse them & my coarse sponge gently in tank water every month. i'm pretty much a noob so i've learnt all of this off kokos!
  19. gorgeous! i love how goldfish babies really do look like babies, with big eyes & small bodies, almost like a south park character if that makes sense??
  20. i always wanted a piece of golden vine & finally found one that didnt have a whole heap of sharp bits for my fish to gouge themselves on. the java ferns have babies on the leaves so i'll have a few more of them to plant soon, if i dont get too impatient & just buy more from the shop! i'll have to rethink the arrangement once the fish get bigger but by then i reckon i'll be looking at a 6 ft tank!
  21. thankyou! im pleased they are happy & healthy. the plants were starting to look a bit tragic but after adding sera florena the java fern especially has perked up again. i had a scary incident with my eheim 2217 filter late last night. i thought it seemed to be making a slightly different noise than usual so i kinda tilted it on a 45 degree angle & let it drop back to level again, thinking it may have had some air in it or something. the inlet hose came off & water started gushing out all over the floor!! luckily there's no carpet but i felt sick thinking i hadn't done it up tightly enough all along & it could've come loose while i was at work. there would have been enough water left for the fish to survive but the 2 internal filters i have running in there atm would have probably burnt out & the eheim as well. CHECK YOUR HOSES PEOPLE!!!
  22. photos are tricky! they don't sit still long enough & i am using the camera on my phone i'll upload a video instead! my jaffa is finally losing all his black bits, i had hoped they would stay but he's still my special little guy... nancy has also gotten a lot more orange on her, i didn't really notice it happening til i looked at an old photo. the second vid is from a couple of months ago in the smaller tank. he had a nasty bout of flukes at the time & was looking a bit worse for wear. she didn't seem affected but got prazied anyway! http://s1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee517/strangedays101/?action=view&current=09102012029.mp4
  23. after upsizing from a 15 gal to a 55 it seems my common has grown about half an inch in a week & is about 3 inches long now! it's hard to get an accurate measurement as when i approach the tank he goes crazy thinking i'm going to give them food & doesn't sit still. my fantail is also seeming a bit larger & is at about 3 inches including tail. i thought i was imagining it but my partner agrees that they have grown. must be loving the new digs! interesting how quickly they adjust.... my new ryukin & moor are doing well in quarantine. nothing nasty or spotty has shown up yet. currently doing the first round of prazi & salt. looking forward to adding them to the main tank in a couple of weeks. the moor is so funny to watch. i sprinkle food so it falls LITERALLY onto its head & it still doesn't see it, preferring to fossick for it in the sand instead. i've seen it catch maybe 2 pellets out of 50! i'll always make sure he gets something to eat tho, i realise he is at a bit of a disadvantage visually but i think he will make up for it with his persistant vacuuming of the gravel! the ryukin used to gobble the peas then spit them all out again but has started to eat them properly now.
  24. net over your pond & an electric fence should slow them jerks down a bit. sorry for your loss. we do our best for our creatures put so much time & love into them & it just takes one uneducated or inconsiderate person to ruin all your hard work....
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