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  1. Yes, this is absolutely what I'm asking. I just saw his scales as stretched as they were and thought it kind o looked like that. I've never had a fish do it before so I wasn't sure.
  2. They're only fed a couple pinches once in the morning. The food never lasts more than a couple minutes. I'll cut that down a bit and see what happens.
  3. I have no idea if it's a male or female. I'll have to fill out the form later, I just moved and I don't have my test kit handy. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 110 gallons (the tank itself is 55 gallons but it's connected to another tank and a sump, in all there's 110 gallons of water flowing through the system) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 30 gallon sump * How often do you change the water and how much? I usually just do top offs and I haven't had a problem yet. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? It's been about a month. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 goldfish (medium size), 3 african clawed frogs (in the other tank, full grown), 3 cory's (small) and 2 clown loaches (small) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Fed once a day, New Life Spectrum, large fish formula, Omega one goldfish pellets, omega one algae wafers * Any new fish added to the tank? No, not for months. * Any medications added to the tank? No, never had a sick fish. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Belly looks abnormally huge. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? A few weeks ago, my wife woke me up saying he was swimming upside down. He was completely upside down but by next morning he was fine; Thanks! I'll try and get some water params in asap.
  4. Hey, I'm just looking to see if something looks wrong here. My oranda is HUGE and seems to be a little too big. His skin looks almost stretched to the limit. Here's some pics: Thanks for the help! I just want to know if this needs to be treated or not.
  5. All of what Tithra said! and... Try crushed coral for calcium and (don't quote me on this cause I haven't looked at it in awhile) help raise gh/kh by constantly adding minerals. It will raise PH though, I used it in a tank with low PH issues and afterwards it stayed at 7.8 constantly, never fluctuating and my water had a value of 1 kh. I tried cuttle bones a couple times but they will actually rot, so you have to watch them, and weigh them down or anchor them, they float.
  6. Actually, apple snails aren't known for their algae eating skills. They like leftover fish food, vegetables, and decaying plant matter more, Check out applesnail.net fot tons of info on these guys, I believe they are of the Bridgisii (sp?) variety. There's a forum as well dedicated to food.
  7. Could be the PH. Mystery snails need calcium and a higher PH (7ish, if i remember correctly) to build their shells and keep them healthy. They also need food, so if there's not a lot extra in the tank, adding some might help. I had 4 mystery snails die on me due to PH problems.. everyone else was fine in the tank but the PH was around 6 and their shells slowly eroded and they died. They started off very healthy, mated constantly, but the erosion got to all of them. I had no idea at the time
  8. Commons are great, I have two that have been with me since I saved them from the mouth of my hungry frogs. They're SO big now, great fish.
  9. Update! I upgraded the overflow from tank to tank. Now running dual overflows tank to tank and have both overflows draining to the sump. I turned the pump to max and it's hard to say for sure but I'm guessing the flow is now little less than 1100 gph, based on head pressure. here's a pic of the new set up:
  10. Thanks! The stands took the longest. Each stand took one day to put together the frames then it took a couple weekends to cut all the plywood, stain everything, then do the same for the molding since I got busy during the week. Once the stands were finished, I got the whole system in place and supposed to be functioning.in a couple hours. However, I had a problem with the pump. The instructions were vague and I had to call them to figure out why the pump wasn't pumping. Turns out, if the pump isn't pulling from a bulkhead under the water line, the plumbing has to be done a certain way. So, I had to re-do all the plumbing for the pump which took another day. All together, about a month start to finish, but less if I didn't have a stupid job Once it started working though everything was easy.. I played with the pump a little to get the most out of the overflows but other than that it's worked flawlessly. Going to post some Fish pics today!
  11. Some more photos: The whole deal: The 55: The 40: Some plumbing and some pics: Sump: Connection from 55 to 40: Overflow to sump: Pump to tank connections:
  12. Thanks! I made all the stands too, I forgot to mention that... first time I made anything!
  13. Hey all, just wanted to post an update on my goldfish and tanks. My previous tank was this guy: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/107530-my-grow-out-tank-20h-potted/?hl=le0p#entry1405603 I had to upgrade with 4 goldies in there and only 20 gallons so I set out on a journey. I decided to do something different and came up with this: A two tank sump system with a 55 gallon goldie tank and my 40 breeder African Clawed Frog tank. The tanks are connected via HOB overflow and drains to the 29 gallon sump via HOB overflow, powered by a reeflo blowhole 1100 pump. The lights are all home made, I bought all the parts and wired everything, built the stands and painted the shades. It took me a lot longer and cost a lot more than I wanted but I'm happy with the ending. I will probably upgrade one of the overflows soon as it's limiting the system to around 800 gph and the pump can easily do 1000. This is the goldfish tank: And the whole system together: The tanks have a lot of growing to do as I pulled almost everything from the previous tanks and weeded out the algae covered stuff, or things I didn't want, and replaced with new plants. The frog tank has an especially long way to go but it was in bad shape when I redid it. I am considering trying to carpet the goldfish tank, but I'll need to do research to see if that will be possible, given the goldies taste for vegetation. Since they weren't being very photogenic, I'll list my goldifsh friends. There are two comets that I saved from froggie dinner that have been with me the whole way (they're so big now!). There's a telescope, a ryukin and a brand new grey and gold oranda. Sadly, my old oranda "Kenny Powers" died tragically in a tank accident. I had a screen top to keep my frogs in and it fell in overnight knocking the spraybar into the water and suffocating all the fish in the tank.
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