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  1. thank you!! I kinda forgot I had posted here, I was browsing through older bookmarks, and koko's caought my eye. I'll post pics ASAP. Also, I've decided to put the bottle filter on standby. Its quite powerful, and cleaning it will be a hassle, and the water looks clean enough with just the dual tray filters! I'd say the water is nearly 3-4 times as clean as before. I truly neglected my fishtank for the last couple of months. I'm a bad fishkeeper. I also made a gravel siphon using tubing, and a bottle, coz I couldnt find it anywhere! I asked the shopkeeper for a gravel siphon, he looked blankly at me and said, "what...?". He still didnt get it why I'd want one for my fish, when I showed him the siphon in action. Now, all I need is a way for my goldies to get some sunshine, and they will be happy in no time!
  2. Hello, I have just finished making a couple of very basic filters for my goldfish aquarium. http://imgur.com/a/GRaqc#1 Feedback would be awesome. The bottle filter was made by chopping up a 1-litre water bottle, and putting lightly folded foam sheets into it. I then sealed it using putty and epoxy glue, and wrapped tape around it, just to be sure. I have provided a hole, so that I can stick a air pump for additional oxygenation, but I've not attached it atm. The bottle filter has a high power pump (it can push water to a height of 1 foot, when held just under water. The tray filter was made by chopping off the bottom edge of the tray, and arranging it at an angle, so that the water would cascade down to the next tray. I'm hoping it does the bio filtration, as the foam sheets would act as a nice home for the bacteria. The pump is not as powerful as the bottle pump. Can it be improved? Hell yes! I'm thinking of adding a sump (a sump was my original goal, however, the pumps which I had a large difference in power, so, till the time I can get similarly powered pumps, a sump is out of the question. I'll post pics as soon as I can get my hands on a camera. Also, the Bottle filter is powerful enough to toss the water a fair distance (it just misses the bottom part of the tray filter). This stream of water creates a nice churning at the side of my tank, further aerating the water. The only downside of it is that its noisy. I do have a aquarium hood, so the noise is quietened a bit, but its irritating when the hood is opened (for feeding and such). The goldfish dont mind, and one of them took a tumble in the output of the bottle filter when I turned it on the first time (it thought that the air bubbles were food). But they are safe atm. Cheers.
  3. Thank you. I checked online (ebay and amazon) for good filters, and boy, they cost a bomb (taking into account all the customs and taxes, 50% in my country). I'm thinking of making a fluidized sand filter, DIY. here is a basic design : http://i.imgur.com/B5xVlNas.jpg links : http://www.aquarium-central.com/DIYfluidbedfilter.html http://fishaddicts.forumotion.com/t444-fluidized-sand-filtration-systems
  4. yeah, I have 2 filters. but the 2nd one is not aerated, and is fully submerged. I'll try to find some kits. thanks.
  5. My tank has 3 fish atm. i've had to turn off a canister filter, so that Fat Cat would not have problems swimming, so, i think the tank is not as clean as it should be. how to check water quality? parameters? also, if possible, please tell me tools that are easily available at any generic store.
  6. ok, so, im updating after a looong time. Mr Fat Cat is alive, but not well. The belly has gotten bigger, and he is having trouble swimming (sometimes floats upside down) i have got him 2 more goldfish to keep him company around october last year, and now they are bigger than him (and they snatch his food, greedy devils, and Fat Cat does not get to eat more than a few pellets). also, his feeding habits have become weird. when i put out the food, he wont respond (he usually sulks away in a corner), and will only come up to eat maybe a couple of pellets before swimming back to the bottom. also, his poo is very thin, clear and long (it wrapped around his tail once, had to clean it for him) i tired feeding him peas many times, but he does not want to eat them, and spits them out. (though when i scatter the peas on the bottom, he comes and pokes around a bit) i have almost given up on him, and i pray that he goes away without much pain. want pics?
  7. um, tomatoes? lettuce? those are safe? and ty!
  8. I tried to give my goldfish some boiled, shelled peas (done in microwave, till soft), but it just wont eat them. I tried hand feeding, dropping squished pea-paste on top of its mouth, no luck. The other 2 goldfish ate the peas, but this one didnt. What else can I give to her?
  9. Hehe, he wont be caught in the bowl This fat cat is the most energetic goldfish i've ever had. Loves riding against the pressure wave of the filter outlet. Shoots around the tank when in the mood. I always catch him by hand, as he wriggles too much to use a net (might damage fins or slime coat). I have to herd him in a corner and them slowly close my hand against him. Then I cup my hands and move him to his temporary home. But yeah, I'll remember to put him back with the bowl. Also, what is the basic list of starter equipment for a tank my size? I'd like to have some economic options. Or this is not the place to ask such questions?
  10. Alright, I'll do that. Should the pea be whole, or chopped/mashed?
  11. stakos : Well, the fish appears completely normal... fins are ok, though they look a bit flimsy and thin. The petshop is a few miles away. wont do any good, as he only stocks fish and some basic supplies. im in India, and almost no one stocks "serious" pet equipment, and a finding vet is practically impossible. I could go to the "hip" stores and ask, but they charge waay too much for almost the same stuff, and they are a few hours journey away. Its a running joke in my family that I "rescue" fish from the shopkeeper's tyranny. MexiMike83 : That tank was the only one I could afford at that time I hope to have a bigger tank by next year, or maybe 2. What kind of drop test kits should I look for? brand? trade name? or even a pic will do. Also, will pH paper do? And as for the filter, I have 2 filters, both of similar type. The kind where water is sucked in from the bottom, and passes through a foam filter, and is pumped back into the aquarium. The big black one also has a pipe to mix air into the outgoing water, and the one at the bottom is just anormal one. I clean them by hand, no soap, no products. The foam, I just put it under the running water, and then squeeze it out. Tap water is used everywhere. Water that is supposed to go into the tank gets put in a tub near the goldfish for at least 24 hours, and I put anti-chlorine drops, about 20 drops for the whole tank. (The tank water level is low in the pics coz I didnt do the water change, and the lid was open, otherwise its about 2-3 inches from the top.) Thank you!
  12. EDIT : silly me, left out some parts : one of my surviving goldfish has a swollen belly, and hasnt been pooping for about a week. I tried feeding him mashed boiled peas, but he didnt eat much. What else can I feed him? What is wrong with him? video : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24817425/goldfish%20video.avi Also, I originally had 4 goldfish, 2 pairs from 2 shops. one of the pair died just a few months after I bought him, and his mate managed to survive for a year, but he too died the second pair was luckier. the current goldfish is the survivor of the 2nd pair. the one who died had a beautiful tail. One thing i've noticed, when my goldfish die, they all start lying on the bottom of the tank, and just cant seem to float. and their fins just fade/wear away. they do try to come up for food, but usually they cant make it. I tried everything for my goldfish, even tried to hand feed them, but they wouldnt eat and just wasted away. what do I do?
  13. Hello, I have 3 goldfish (had 4 recently, but one died ) Test Results for the Following: I dont have any means do do this.... any suggestions for items commonly available at chemist shops? Other Required Info: * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? : Some sort of canister filter * What kind of water additives or conditioners? : anti-chlorine drops and some general goldfish aid. * Water temperature? room temperature, around 20-28 degrees C, throughout the day. * How often do you change the water and how much? About 30-50% each week, filter is cleaned every 2 weeks * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Over 8 days 50%, delayed because I didnt want to do anything that'd hurt the goldfish. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 24x20x15 inches, running for ~1.5 years, with complete cleanings every 6 months (I remove all goldfish, thoroughly clean the inside, gravel, and change around 80% of the water. filter is untouched for at least 1 week, then it too is cleaned) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 Fish. the sick one is 2 inches (body) the other 2 are 1-1.5 inches, bought about a week back. * What do you feed your fish and how often? goldfish pellets, 2 times daily, soaked for 10-20 seconds, about 8 pellets each. * Any new fish added to the tank? 2, about a week ago * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) : none, was perfectly healthy till date, been around 1.5 years * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? : A bit of white stuff on the tail, might be poo, or nothing. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? : None, normal behaviour... maybe a bit less hungry, but nothing too radical. Also, I havent seen him poo for about a week. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 2 minute salt bath 1 week ago. http://imgur.com/a/pgWX4 <--- album 1. tank size, with inch ruler 2. food. bloodworms and pellets. 3. side view, notice the visible swelling 4. medical stuff. not the best quality, but its all i could get my hands on. I am uploading a video, will post later.
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