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FishyMandy

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  1. I have gravel in my goldie tank, it's very fine and my fish often pick it up and spit it out. It's quite a thin layer and I vacuum it every water change. My goldies love to forage in it.

    I've had both Sand and Bare Bottom in my axolotl tank though. I got sand to replace the original gravel with and I loved how it looked but found it very hard to keep clean and one of my axies took to burying her food in it. It's bare bottom now and I was worried I wouldn't like how it looked, but I love it now :D

    I agree, its easier to try bare bottom first and see how you like it, then if you want to add sand or gravel do it later, because it's a pain to get all the gravel/sand out if you change your mind


  2. Mine is not in front of a window but I do have to use a heater to keep it around 74 as the winters here are cold and the house temps really drop as does the tank.

    I try to avoid moving my tank as much as possible! It used to be near the Window and around a year ago I moved it away from there. I put my fish in a bucket while doing it and one of them jumped out and went unnoticed for about 20 minutes! He ended up ok, but now if I have to take my fish out I make sure to keep something on top of the bucket!

    My fish are now kind of in the middle of the room, dividing the lounge and dining room. It gets some sunlight from the back door and window but not a lot now :)

    I'm shocked! A fish can live out of water 20 minutes? I thought they would die within a minute or two? I must be totally wrong on that account.

    I was shocked too! He was all dry when I picked him up, but I tried putting him back in the water, he just sunk...but I noticed his gills moved ever so slightly so I just held him in the water, brushing water over his gills and moving him gently back and forth and he came good!


  3. I try to avoid moving my tank as much as possible! It used to be near the Window and around a year ago I moved it away from there. I put my fish in a bucket while doing it and one of them jumped out and went unnoticed for about 20 minutes! He ended up ok, but now if I have to take my fish out I make sure to keep something on top of the bucket!

    My fish are now kind of in the middle of the room, dividing the lounge and dining room. It gets some sunlight from the back door and window but not a lot now :)


  4. This is when I first got Honey. She had really nice colours then. Now she is all orange :P

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    Bamboo When I first got him, Such nice colours then! He is all white now

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    A few of Cali, she loves the camera

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    Look how Tiny she was when I got her!

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    A few of Google when he had both his eyes, he loved the camera then, but since losing his eye he spends most of him time hiding in the plants

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    A few of Abraham, He has gotten so big! (and lost most of his black!)

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    And this is one of my all time Favourites. I don't have this fish anymore. She was one of the ones I rehomed when I learned how overstocked my tank was. She was a golden Comet and absolutely loved Playing in bubbles. Her name was Treasure

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  5. After Reading about Hollow Ornaments here, I decided I needed to make some changes in my tank. Over the past week I ditched about half my ornaments, got rid of some of the fake plants that were looking really tatty or breaking apart. Now I've rearranged what I have left and I think it looks a lot better now :) I promised a photo of my set-up so here is how it looks now :)

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    I'd still like to get another air pump and have the bubble ornaments going, but that will have to wait until next pay day.


  6. Thanks for the help everyone! It would be really helpful to be able to see your set up Narny! Too bad the actual system isn't available in Australia.. Though I'd be happy just to get a long hose that will put the water I take out straight outside - I have back problems and taking the water outside really kills it! I


  7. Thanks, he talked a lot about tropical freshwater fish needing salt and said I should definitely be using it for Goldfish :S He didn't go into why though. maybe next time they hold the seminar I will go back and ask him for more detail :P I was quite happy with the information he gave on stocking and such for tropical fish, he didn't say much about goldfish in general though.

    But thanks for clearing that up for me! I was iffy on it but I thought I'd ask here in case I was missing something


  8. So I've had my goldfish for over 6 years and never used Salt with them, I went to an aquarium seminar recently, and he talked mainly about tropical fish. But at the end he said to me that I have goldfish I should be using aquarium salt.

    Does using Aquarium Salt help the fish in any way?


  9. Has anyone ever used something like this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Aqueon-Fish-Tank-Aquarium-Gravel-Cleaner-Water-Changer-/360294007542?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var&hash=item53e33242f6&_uhb=1#ht_2757wt_1178

    when doing water changes? Do they work ok?

    If so, does anyone know if I get one from somewhere in Australia? I've been looking for a while but only find ones overseas that either don't ship to Australia or want more for shipping than they do for the actual Water Changer and I can't afford that much :(


  10. My oldest fish is a telescope eye I've had for around 6 years. He is very hardy. He went through being in a 5 gallon with two other goldish (A Fantail and a shubunkin) and a snail with a small filter, then an overstocked 30 gallon (I had about 9-10 fish at one stage I think). He survived when I introduced Ich into my tank by not quarantining new arrivals, and survived when I lost about 5 fish in a month from an unknown illness. He lost an eye about a year ago, still don't know how that happened and he is still swimming around happily, though he is a bit more shy since he lost his eye.

    There was a time when he and two others got a fungus infection and I thought it would be ok to just put them in a 5 gallon with multicure. Woke up the next day to find them all gasping for air and turning blue around the eyes and mouth. Put them straight back in the other tank in a panic. (They all ended up ok)

    For the past year he has been in an 80 gallon with 5 other goldfish and is doing great. I've had live plants sometimes, he loves to eat them and pull them up though. I've always had gravel in the tank and over the past two years I've added air stones.

    So Google was one of my original three, that survived everything I threw at them when I didn't know what I was doing (and thought I did) He is the only one of my remaining three left (One died from a huge fungus infection and one in the unknown outbreak that killed half my fish)

    (I also think Google is actually a girl but I've been calling him a he so long it's stuck :P)


  11. They are so cute! I had an impulse buy before. He was the most beautiful fish. He died in a tank cleaning accident :( I felt (and still do like two years later) absoutely terrible.

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    Ever since I've wanted one like him but have never found one :(

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