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  1. Depends... If you have 2 5 in oscars and a 1 in pleco then. yea.
  2. So today I was cleaning the tank and Dassu, one of my black Ranchus, panicked and swam up behind the HOB outflow and scraped off two of his little scales...I know it would grow back easily - but what color. The scraped part is now metallic, and I worry that it would grow back into that color. If it does, I might just nickname him "sparkly-butt". Thoughts?
  3. Well, for 2 of my non-goldfish tanks I had went coverless and only suffered from evaporation problems... If your tank comes with the black trim I guess you could cut plexiglass/glass to size - you can cut 2 pieces the length of the tank but 1/3 as wide so you can slide them back and fouth/etc.
  4. (unless that's them down in the bottom left hand corner?) Small aren't they? I've decided to name them Dassu and Kaii. Thanks! And that isn't a background....there are really 2 windows. Sunlight never shines into the tank though, as a patio hangs right outside of it. During the day, the light naturally illuminates the foreground - thus the black "UFO's" can be seen. -KK
  5. Need to add. My tank didn't realy change much huh? Old: New:
  6. HAPPY LATE NIGHT GUYS? Just to give you a short story of what happened: A few months ago I had some sort of disease in my tank which started to effect all of my GF in which made them lean sideways on the bottom of the tank and turned their belly's blood red. Did my best to keep them alive (didn't touch meds since I couldn't find what disease/problem it was) and did daily water changes - all were wiped out within two days. Lesson Learned: Always be prepared for whats coming and have a water test kit ( which I will promise to get tomorrow >.>) beside your tank 24/7.... After that - I gave up completly on goldfish - cleaned up all the water - stuck on a heater - and bought 7 hardy tetras (glowlight). Visitng San Francisco yesterday I went back to check out a goldfish shop that I use to always see sell exotic GF from. And guess what I've found. Black Jap. Ranchus! Couldn't get my manliness up to not get them. Ever since my goldfish reign I always wanted buffalo-cheeck ranchus, and finnaly I found some - but at a steep price.. Right after going home I settled them into a bucket with an airstone and modded my 55 gallon back into its original state in just a few hours. Now, where did my tetras go? I had a 10 gallon and AC 30 left over from my previous tanks/ideas and filled it up with all the old tank water and some media. 7 tetras in a 55 gallon with an AC 70, Penguin 350, and heater is too cost effective anyways. Did a 15% water change with Prime today and will be getting that test kit pretty soon. They're only an inch long and already showing some fine wen growth. -KK
  7. I can guess that almost all goldfish keepers would recommend you AC's. lolol On the other case, I had a 3 gallon that I wanted to switch an internal filter out of and Petsmart had AC's on sale, and the AC 30 was just a few pennies more expensive than the 20....you know what's coming..... All in all even with the AC 30, the flow control control made the water stagnant enough that my betta can swim easily. Three months passed already, and the the filter and fish are still running great! I guess you get into the habit of overfiltration after keeping GF.... Here is my filter media setup for the 3 gal: From bottom to top: Prefilter, AC sponge, filter floss, fine filter floss, biomedia from 2 AC 20 bags.
  8. Very nice fish! From the top, the pattern kinda looks like koi. Let's hope this fish will maintain it's black till adulthood .
  9. So I was cleaning my tank today and while taking the intake tube of the 70 off to scrub, the u-tube nub (controls the flow control) snaps right off. :madrant Then I took a wooden dowel in my art drawer and stuck it into the hole that was created after the piece went flying. PERFECT FIT! I slapped some crappy hot-glue work on the seams afterwards and its back on the job. Lesson: The AC baby's are tough! Lets hope that the filter doesn't break down again before my DIY job does.
  10. Does yours have the black trim on the tank? I remember seeing my Petsmart selling that set w/ a rimless on it.
  11. Yes it's possible to use it on a freshwater tank. I believe this is considered a sump? Water overflows in the black box on top and goes down the sump, in which the water is pumped back up with a pump - did it come with one? Let some experts comeby to give you futher info.
  12. That would be my recommendation as well. Agreed Sent from my SCH-I535 You don't say. I just bought an AC 30 for my 3 gallon betta tank...since they don't have the 20 anymore at Petsmart. Flow control + large media ftw. Edit: The Aquaclears are on sale now at Petsmart. Went to one that also had the C series on sale too. Good time to get one before it ends...
  13. Bad for the fish and bad for the seller. Seems like most sellers these days just want their money.....
  14. 90 gallons. There are many volume calculators online to verify that number. Although by "19 depth", do you mean 19 inches wide?
  15. Long bodied Oranda's? :clapping: You always see short bodied Orandas these days and yours are awesome! I can imagine them growing very-very big.
  16. I just did a topic kinda related to AC media:http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/108658-aquaclear-foam/ After u read that, right now I'm more with the mechanical filtering, as I plugged in a coarser sponge at the bottom and a finer one on the next row. To top it off, I used one of the Biomax bags. With HOBS, I also used combo suchs as: 1. Stock combo. 2. Sponge, filter wool, biomax. (No good.) 3. Sponge, biomax, biomax. 4. Sponge, thin layer of carbon, filter floss, filter wool, biomax. 5. Sponge, filter floss, biomax. (Best combo I used.)
  17. UPDATE: With the addition of an AC 20 foam, I also bought an old-package AC 20 Biomax (changing mini-filter media completely) and even that also had a difference! Looks like the new Biomax had become much much coarser and has larger crevices/pockets between each ring - this means more bacteria growth. Old: New: Looks like Fluval updated their AC's for the better!
  18. So I got another AC 70 foam today (old blue packaging) to stack two up in the filter after removing the carbon. What I noticed after taking the media out is that by comparison, the old sponge is less course than the new one. It has smaller air pockets, and it feels less ruff than the new. My AC was bought after they changed the name to Fluval. Did they change their media design after changing the name too? Right now the foam gives me an advantage as my water can be filtered from course to less course foam and then into the biomax. I also got an AC 20 foam with the blue packaging to customize my media in my small Whisper (betta tank), and it's the same different texture. To sum up the main points if you're confused: OLD Aquaclear foam (Blue packaging): Bigger air pockets, ruff surface texture. NEW Aquaclear foam (Black packaging) : Smaller air pockets, soft surface and looks much finer. Old is like 10 ppi. New looks like 30 ppi.
  19. Have anyone used MarinePure bio-spheres/cubes/slabs before? I was searching on Google about the benefits of different bio media and filters and I found this. They say that one sphere has the surface area of 1,350 bio balls....for $40 per 2 quarts... I'm planning on buying those C cartridge slabs they offer to for the Peguin filter and see how it runs...
  20. I think its alright. Since you have barebottom, the intake can suck more debris from the bottom. I can imagine waste getting stuck under those stones.
  21. Plant tabs should be ok with goldfish. Wait for someone who uses them to give you further info.
  22. So after getting some gravel and some live plants, I managed to buff up my tank a bit - not really. I've also added a AC 70 ($32 off Ebay), topping off with a total tank filtration of 650 gph. So here are the pics: Not much of a change... Anacharis - already starting to root (except for the uprooted one) Marimo Balls. Whats left after my goldfish's Dwarf Hairgrass Rebellion.... Replanted all the hairgrass twice - now it's just a gunky clean up job for me... The AC 70! (Very silent - love it better between my Penguin already) About the fish: - My orange ranchu died awhile ago after getting all recovered from fungus and then getting suck in the Penguins intake tube after the strainer fell off. - All got used to 76 F water - no more mating behavior (caused the fungus on the ranchu who passed away), and they all seem more active! - Got a new lionhead two weeks ago that I couldn't pass down. (Only quarantined it for a week..... ) I'll get photos of the new guy soon.
  23. Does veggies play a role in growing process? I'm sure that protein is a main part.
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