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  1. I am in the process of adding back my plant pots (see my tank thread if you like). maybe some more marbles too? curing boredom was the biggest reason I added tank mates.
  2. nice! I try to feed green peas (squished out of the shell) but I don't do it near enough. Actually I see the best results when I cut the pellets off for the weekend and only feed him some peas one of the days. He gets way more active (still towards the bottom), but all over the place. It is like the pellet digestion takes it out of him, or he knows he does not need to try very hard for food. I mean he has been bottom sitting for over a year so I would have thought worse symptoms would have happened by now? IDK, I want him to live much longer and be happy, so if I need to try some salt/prazi - no big deal.
  3. so you think that maybe I am not dealing with a disease?
  4. haha I like that! Yeah I see the white spots on his gill plate and the silver oranda that appears to be a female (no spots) gets it the worst! He is like the weirdo at the club for sure!
  5. ok will do, these were the first fish I have bought in years and I got too excited lol. I will set up my hospital tank for my plants lol, and dose the main based on those links you sent. Thanks so much for all the help Arctic Mama and Koko! I really love this fish and want to see him back in fully glory. Side note, the new red oranda is mean, chases and pushes the other two around every time the auto feeder drops food. I am worried about the added stress this is creating...
  6. I did not, but they came after this happened to the other fish (they did not bring it with them and they seem healthy). I do have an uv on this tank. Should I just do the treatment in the main tank with all 3 fish? and do I need to pull my above water plants or will this hurt my filter media? I am pretty sure I should not add any under water plants
  7. I have a spare 10 gallon and aquaclear 20 sitting in the garage. do you think I really need a sponge filter? is a the 10 gallon big enough? I am noticing this activity level is getting better every day, but he still seems to tucker out here and there, and he is still swimming mostly 1" off the bottom of the tank. Here is an updated picture of his head while he is playing with his marbles. what do you think this is? ammonia burn or something?
  8. Another thing that happened was my dimmer controller on the main led was unplugged for those couple of months too, making the light much brighter. While he developed the red area he also lost most of the orange color on his body. I sort of thought the change in light caused the color changes too...
  9. Sorry I uploaded on the road from my phone. I got home and tested everything tonight. you can see the red area over the top of his left eye. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph = 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph = 7.8 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Kit, drops * Water temperature? 23 C / 73 F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 48 gallons, 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 filled with foam and floss for mech, ADA SuperJet 600ex canister filter filled with 8 liters of biomax for bio. (18 watt UV sterilizer is down at the moment, new ballast should be here tomorrow) * How often do you change the water and how much? usually every couple of weeks to once a month (one fish), bumping it back up to every week or two depending on test results now that there are 2 more fish added. I did notice the red area in the wen after an especially long period between water changes (maybe 6-8 weeks, don't exactly remember). I thought the way the wen has been developing that maybe this was just a new colorful area * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? one week, 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? (3), 6 inch Ranchu (fish in question) 2 new orandas, body and tail combined 6 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? just Aqueon water conditioner at water change * What do you feed your fish and how often? a pinch, like a couple dozen little pellets (can't remember the exact weight) of new life spectrum thera a, 2mm size, 3 times a day. bumped to 5 times a day with new fish. I use an auto feeder * Any new fish added to the tank? yes, 2 orandas a week ago * Any medications added to the tank? No * How long have symptoms been going on? red spot/wen area ~ couple of weeks, sitting around towards the bottom of the tank ~ year-ish
  10. My ranch sits on the bottom a lot. he has been this way for a long time. recently we had plumbing issue and the tank went too long without a water change and now I see this area on his head that appears redder than the rest. not sure if this is a problem or if it will go away on it's own? he never really swims very far off the bottom and appears to be sleeping a lot. I thought it was because I messed up his auto feeder and was feeding him at night (bonehead), but I have since fixed that. he has been a bottom dweller for quite some time so I thought it was just behavior related to being board and all by himself. I have since added a couple new fish and he swims around a bit more, but mostly on the bottom. water parameters are all good. is this a wait it out type thing, or should I be medicating?
  11. thanks for the kind words. I actually used a laser cutter for most of the purple heat inlays. I ordered 1/16" thick stock, looked like a roll of paper coming out of the box. the handle is solid purple heart and I had to work at it to not have burn marks due to the hardness. here is a pic of me installing the inlays: here is an old pic with the lights on so you can see the detail a little more. the yellow tang was a temporary visitor for all the tang police out there..lol.
  12. Thanks for all the kind words everyone! I was trying to be humorous and I think I cam off braty lol. I need to dig up some of my stand pics to show it better. Those clown fish can live 20 years.
  13. Here is my nano reef: ADA 60P (2) par 30 boost led lights Vortech MP10 drilled overflow and return Cherry wood with Purple Heart wood inlays custom stand (I designed and built) 10 gallon aquarium sump with glass baffle bubble trap 4” micron filter (and sweet custom pvc filter sock holder!) Bubble magus 3.5 protein skimmer 100 watt heater auto top off switch and pump (RO in the blue water jug next to the tank) Eheim 1048 return pump (4X turn over) 1 percula clown fish (have had him about 8 yrs now) Various corals
  14. Wet dry trickle filters create anaerobic (with air) bacteria, which is better / faster at breaking down toxins then anaerobic (without air) bacteria in an underwater media (like biomax). The tank water is “showered” over large porous media (bio balls for example) that is suspended above the water, allowing air to mix in to the reaction. The trade off is a higher nitrate production, which is not a problem if you do your water changes. Maybe that doesn’t really help you that much lol
  15. This post was over 14 months ago. Hopefully by now the OP has found a solution. yeah I was thinking the same thing lol
  16. I think wet dry sumps are good at the 5x-7x.
  17. Here is my 55 as it used to be setup before moving it to storage. I am ditching the existing décor and filters for an improved more functional goldfish tank.
  18. Thanks! It is going to be a little bit of a slow start, but I will definitely upload pics of what I got so far when I get home later. I guess I could just edit this thread as I go and make this my build thread. So this has already been really helpful for me - you two have confirmed the aquaclear 110 purchase that I have gone back and forth on so much lately. I found this marineland 3/4" strainer for a bio wheel filter (the larger square strainer) that will fit on an AC intake tube. I guess it sounds like I might not need it though? I guess another think I have going for me is ranchu don't really have long flowing fins to get sucked up.
  19. Thanks Alex. Yeah I sort of keep landing back on the ac 110 too. Do you have problems with fish getting stuck to the intake? Should I get an extension to reach the bottom, or just leave it up a little? I was thinking I would use two sponges with a layer or two of filter floss (pad) between them - does that sound like the best way to set an AC up for mechanical filtration. Thanks again for the help.
  20. Hello everyone. Well my 55 gallon goldfish tank saga continues. I purchased a eshopps wd75cs wet dry trickle filter and it showed up cracked. Roxies pet den immediately put a new sump in the mail for me (yeah) and I should get it next week. I plan on using a danner supreme mag drive 5 with an inline aqua ultra violet uv sterilizer on the return running around 300 gph. my question is concerning mechanical filtration. I know my 3 gallons of bioballs will handle the bioload from 2-3 ranchu, but I feel like the gph is a little low for mechanical. I want to keep the tank bare bottom (and paint the back and bottom black) and am looking at a few options for mechanical filtration. 1. Aquaclear 70 power head with the quick filter attachment. pros: filter floss sleeve and high gph seems like it should pull in a lot, plus I like the simplicity cons: too much direct current in the tank. I could possibly diy a spray bar or something, but don't really want the diy look. 2. Aquaclear 110 (or two 70s) pros: high gph and I can add extensions to reach the bottom to help with the bare bottom cons: getting expensive (not the biggest deal, but still...), also I don't really like the tubes hanging down (could paint them black guess..) 3.Magnum 250 or 350 pros: micron filter and zero bypass seems like the best mechanical filtration cons: clogs fast and needs to be cleaned a lot (plus not my favorite looking filter - the stand is a open iron type. Sorry for the dissertation. I feel like I am way over thinking it and thought maybe just asking you guys and gals might bring up a resolution. Does anyone have any suggestions - different options I should look at? am I missing something in my setup? do my pros and cons seem right?
  21. tithra, I just realized your youtube vids of your 40 breeder are the other ones I have been watching lol. very nice tank, I am jelly about your stand too (it is discontinued and 40 breeder stands are hard to find). I even contacted petco to see if they still had some in circulation to no avail. I think it sort of looks like a simplified ADA garden stand. anyways thanks for the help and cool vids
  22. Cool ! I think her stuff is amazing - wish I could find her old 55 setup.
  23. Thanks so much for the help. Well i think I have all my equipment picked out, now I need to get my move on to a bigger place so i can set this thing up (and add a bedroom for my 8 month old daughter lol). I think this might be someone’s tank on this forum, but with some black spray paint and the addition of a 28” bubble wand centered on the back, this is exactly what I am doing (down to the same floating plant).
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