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  1. Maybe! My blue betta does the same thing, and I didn't know why. Maybe it is the blue background.
  2. Well, you've all convinced me. I already have a hole and two layers of bricks (for a semi-raised pond with a liner), but now I think I'll move the pond to another location and use a stock tank. This way the pond can be bigger too. : ) Shukura, I look forward to seeing your pond. : )
  3. I'm a newbie to fish, but I thought bettas needed room at the top for oxygen?
  4. Nice! When I'm ready, I'll be contacting you. I saw a picture once of a raised koi pond with a couple tiles that had koi sculptures on them. I'm working on a raised pond, and one of your sculptures would look beautiful on it. When I'm done, I'll have a better idea about where it could go, and I can show it to you for ideas too.
  5. Very cute! I'm in Sac too. I haven't made it to Exotic Aquarium yet. I'll have to check it out when I'm able to have more goldies.
  6. Here's where all our aquarium plants eventually end up. I think I actually heard our betta say, "enough is enough!" today.
  7. I give up. I've tried many plants, and the Anubias are the only ones with leaves too thick for my goldfish to eat. They still pick at the roots and will often get them unglued or untied from the rocks though. Little rascals.
  8. Beautiful tank--the plants and the occupants!
  9. I used to have all the Pothos in plastic "sponge caddies" and the Lucky Bamboo in pots inside the tank (with the leaves extending outside the tank). But then I read that most people had success with Nitrate reduction when their plants were inside the filters. I had moved the plants to the filters, added Purigen, and began feeding my goldfish less when I noticed a reduction in Nitrates, so I'm not sure if a combination helped or if one thing helped the most. (I learned that I was feeding my fish way too much.) I'm looking forward to when all the Pothos trail down the outside back of the tank. : ) PS Ms. Jenny: The big Lucky Bamboo came from Green Acres Nursery in Folsom. They had a bunch of pretty bamboo at great prices in their "home decor" section.
  10. Thanks! It's fun to share here. Since I've become interested in goldfish, I haven't met anybody in person yet who has goldfish. : ) We just got our goldfish about five months ago. I'm guessing they were a month old because they were about an inch and a half, and one of them was still silver.
  11. Here's my latest tank "redo." I think they'll be happy here until I can build a pond. : )
  12. Yes, very cute. I just put a Red Cap Oranda on my Goldfish Wish List. : )
  13. I'll have to try a Poly Filter pad too. Seachem Flourish Excel is a CO2 supplement for the plants. I forgot to mention that I tried adding a ton of plants, also, to help combat the algea, but my goldfish ripped them out of the substrate or off the rocks to which they're glued--the little stinkers.
  14. I've been battling brown algae in my 4-month old tank too. I'm trying everything (except for patience). Maybe this will help: I tried Nerite snails. They didn't help, but they were probably not well and died a week after I got them. : ( I've read that Purigen may help, so I'm giving that a try. I placed a bag in my filter a week ago. The water is beautiful, but I still have diatoms spreading. I've also read that using Excel has a side benefit of getting rid of brown algea. I just started using it, so we'll see.
  15. Here's how I had my Lucky Bamboo in pots in the tanks before: http://gardenartistics.com/container-gardening-in-fish-aquariums/. They're in the HOBs now (I'll take a picture later today if you'd like). I got my pots at Michaels Arts and Crafts; they have lots of different sizes.
  16. I saw these at Lowes: http://penningtonaquagarden.com/index.php?id=3 When I first saw it, I thought it looked "cheap." But the idea is growing on me because of the viewing windows.
  17. I'm not knowledgeable enough to answer your water change question, but welcome to Sacramento! I woke up to rain this morning, so hopefully it will clear up when you need to get going again. I'm glad to see that Minnie gets to join your family.
  18. I've noticed that the individual employees are what makes a difference. I have two Petsmarts and one Petco by my home, and I've learned that one of the Petsmarts is the best place for bettas because it employs a woman who loves bettas.
  19. Just saw that you are in Sacramento too. Hi!
  20. Hi! My kids won two common goldfish at the fair in July. We started with a 2.5 gallon, then a 10 gallon, then a 40 gallon, and now I'm working on a 180 gallon pond. Have fun!
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