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  1. I checked out livefish and got the impression they were just generic photos, which I just find very strange and I don't like it. It's good if you can't get good fish near you or a particular type, but besides that I would always like to personally pick my own fish and see it before I buy it! Good to have all those links though Helen
  2. Thank you, maybe I should make a proper introduction thread seeing as he is all good
  3. Really? That's awful. Lucky, the majority of fish stores have since closed out my way, it's really quite depressing actually. I have heard there's a really good store out Asquith way and somewhere further north up around Lismore (I think from memory), but the latter is so far away from Sydney that it hardly seems worth the voyage. Guess it depends on what part of Sydney you are from. I've heard some good things about some fish shops in places like Surry Hills, Auburn, etc but never been. One fish shop near me has often got quite good goldies in, rare types occasionally, but not all the time. Their saltwater fish standard/care is really slipping lately so I'm becoming a bit wary of them however.
  4. I did The blue reminded me of Dumbledore's distinct eyes so it seemed only suiting.
  5. Well the 'cold' spot is where I fed him haha, so I think there may be a bit of a bias
  6. I can't turn it up, but I can move the outtake nozzle thing which will create a bit more
  7. Whew! I did notice it straight after the feeding, I mean within seconds. But maybe it's the pellets or the smallest possibility my pond snail, Bob I have the heater on 26 degrees but because of the minimal water flow, I notice that sometimes parts of the water only get up to about 24. Would you recommend to turn the heater up a bit to combat this? Thanks Narny. You're a life/stress saver haha, now I can just go back to enjoying Albus But I'll keep an eye on this too.
  8. Also I haven't seen him poo, but for the 3 months I had Klaus I also never saw him poo so I don't know what it even looks like or where it comes from on a betta!
  9. Seems like I'm only introducing my new fish on here whenever there is a problem I recently brought a new betta, after losing Klaus the other week when he decided to jump out of his tank at night. I have the tank all sealed now and brought Albus on Thursday. I've just noticed today under his head/gills is a bit swollen. I'm not sure if is anything to worry about, but I am admittedly worried * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 10 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Brand of test kit (drops or strips): API Liquid test drops * Filter name and size (GPH/LPH): Hailea internal filter, it does 60lph, but I have the outake tube facing towards the glass, so there is little water flow * Additives and conditioners: Prime and I was adding Stability to keep my cycle going whilst there was no fish in there (for about a week) * Water temperature (With or without heater- please specify): 24-26 degrees * Last water change date: Last Thursday * Tank size (Gallons or litres): 20 litres * Fish in the tank (species and number): 1 betta and 1 pond snail * Any new fish added into the tank: Albus is new, brought his last Friday, but the only fish in there -If Yes: Were they quarantined? No -If Yes: Quarantine period and process (meds added): No * List prior health issues in tank: He has a bit of fin rot, but was like that in the shop * Medications previously added to the tank: None for Albus * Medications on hand: Aquarium salt Affected fish information: * Diet- brand and amount/duration of feeding: I feed him about 2-3 pellets per day, yesterday I didn't feed him, today I feed him about 4 bloodworms and that is when I noticed the swelling * Any unusual behaviour such as nipping, bottom sitting, etc: He seems fine, swims very quickly and randomly at times * Any unusual findings on fish and in tank: Swollen abdomen * Affected fish in quarantine or in main tank: Main tank * Current medications being used on affected fish: Nothing * Previous medications used to treat affected fish: Nothing * If any, list previous health issues and treatment protocols taken: None * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. The first two photos are from the first day I got him, while the last two are from just now with the definite swollen belly. I really really hope this isn't dropsy I wasn't even going to get another betta and I'll be devastated if I lose another one. I really hope he'll be ok. Please help. There is no pine coning that I can see, but is all underneath so it's hard to see. I haven't seen my pond snail for a few days now, is it crazy to think he could have eaten him? If he bit him we is probably small enough to be eaten in a few bites, but probably not. Anyway this is Albus everyone, my new betta, my new stress in life haha.
  10. I've seen fish very similar to that out my way for much cheaper. They are lovely fish but yeah I wouldn't pay that much and I'm a bit scared of getting a fish shipped to me. I just don't think I would personally ever do it, but that's just me
  11. I've looked on her youtube channel, but must have missed the goldfish or not paid enough attention haha.
  12. Andrea

    Betta update!

    Thanks! You should go for it !! I'm finding the plants surprisingly easy, I just use a lamp from ikea with a 24 watt bulb, I think the general rule for plants is 3 watts per gallon? (Some one correct me if I'm wrong.) I did make a tiny siphon from a plastic tube and some airline tube, which made it easy to get in between the plants. I haven't really bothered siphoning recently, because I find I'm not really picking much up. I brought a clip on aquarium light so hopefully I'll have more luck now. But was having to do siphons because of all the dead plant muck haha. I'd love mine to look like yours
  13. Andrea

    Betta update!

    Very nice, I bet he is one happy guy! I would love to plant my betta tank that much, but don't have any luck with plants. Do you siphon that tank with all those plants? If so, do you find it hard?
  14. Narny, what type of goldfish is she selling for that much??? I've only ever seen her betta's which are gorgeous!
  15. Yes! I would! I had my betta for months, nothing wrong with the water (as far as I could see/test), there was only a tiny gap in between the lid and the tank and I woke up to him very dead on the floor. I wouldn't risk it. There is nothing wrong with having a lid and as you said they are jumpers. The last thing you want to do is experience what I did
  16. Oh my gosh! He is perfect, what a gorgeous gorgeous fish
  17. I also wondered this so thanks for asking haha
  18. Yep Stability says on the bottle to add it at every water change, hence why I've been doing it for years now haha.
  19. Andrea, it's simply not necessary to add good bacteria at every water change. Once your cycle has established, it should be more than sufficient to take care of all the ammonia and nitrite produced. Adding these supplements doesn't accomplish anything, except to cost money. Thanks for clearing that up Alex, just another one for them to get my money
  20. May I ask why he shouldn't add 'bacteria'? I imagine he means good bacteria that comes in bottles, like Seachem's Stability. I add this every time I do a water change, isn't this a good thing? Don't mean to hijack the thread Also wait for a mod to confirm, but they mean more like 50% twice weekly, the more you can do the better in this situation.
  21. Hi there In order for the mods to be able to help you they need you to fill out the below info. You may need to set your camera on a macro setting or step away from the glass to be able to focus past it. A video would be even better. 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? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * Water temperature? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video
  22. Ohhh, I am so sorry That sucks so bad and comes as quite a shock, but same thing happened with my Sunshine with dropsy, was on the mend and then just took a turn for the worst. May Roulette rest in peace!
  23. What great news, I'm so happy for you and Roulette Such a wonderful ending to a horrible disease!
  24. Maybe one day A ranchu and a black moor would be lovely for me.
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