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  1. Yeah!! So, given your fish keeping skills I have high hopes so CONGRATS! Might I raise my hand and state that at anytime if you end up with too many teles (especially the calico variety) I will gladly go out and buy another tank and start the adoption process! Steve and Eleanor (that's what I named your fish) are doing so well, have such awesome personalities and are so healthy that I would gladly make room for more! Plus,what's one more fish tank right!!?! Good luck with your new arrivals. I can't wait for pics!

  2. I tried the eheim automatic feeder, and I came back home to find a pile of pellets on the bottom of my tank and cloudy water. Not sure your problem is the same, but I love my Fishmate automatic feeder. It has 14 compartments that you can load with with exactly th number of pellets that ou want to feed and you can do multiple feeding per day.

    I think I'm going to get one. I was looking at the Eheim so you changed my mind. I work long hours like xjasmin and this wold help my little guys a lot with small frequent meals thanks for the info

  3. eww looks like boogers :teehee How long has it been cycling? How long did it take to appear? I have biofilm in my cycled tank that just starts out clear, then translucent/slightly white.. but it attaches itself to the sides or tubing.. not clumping in weird booger shapes :lol:

    So I have no idea. I just wanted to point and laugh :lol1

    OMG I am cracking up! I thought the same thing! :rofl I HATE boogers too so I had to stop watching the video and just listen!

  4. Hmm, I use Progold for my big commons and NLS for my little ones and I never get any clouding or anything. Solient Green has a great balance of veggies and protein if you look at the ingredients. Does it need to be enhanced with a pellet food? You could mix Soilient Green with one of the veggie or meat based Repashy foods to tweak it to your needs. I fine gel food very messy but it is so good for my fish and my filters rock so I don't mind. Especially since I just realized I have coffee all over my shirt, I figure my fish take after me!

  5. I need to shave something happen with it at least once a day. :rofl

    You need to WHAT?

    Your autocorrect really hates you. I just want you to know!

    :cry :cry my phone really does hate me. :rofl3

    I can't tell if I am more excited about the eggs or Mikey shaving! Everyone is just growing up so fast!!!

  6. Updated photos (finally):

    Size comparison: last week they were the same weight and about the same size:

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    Kingsly looking healthy and Klaus with (hopefully healing) head issue

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  7. I have three HUGE commons in a 55 gallon and I do 2-3 50% water changes a week and watch my nitrates but they are really healthy so that part is so able. I still feel I need a 75 gallon. Good luck, I feel the same way about my animals.

  8. May we have pics of the two of them when you get a chance?

    I first want to share in the happiness of them both doing well, but also want to make sure that Kingsly is OK. :)

    I will give it a shot when I get home. I need a better camera or some better light in my little apartment!

  9. Another update. I keep taking photos during water changes but keep forgetting my camera at home when I get to work. Second week of Metro Meds. Still behaving totally normal. No pine coning! That white stuff is still there but no red/ raw flesh is visible. It is not spreading and I can see new black spots (scales) growing back. Is the white stuff healing? I have never had a black fish before so I am not sure. On a strange note, his buddy (Kingsly) has been eating the Metro Meds too since he was bottom sitting for a day or two. He seems fine now but I figured I would continue with the treatment, but he has had a huge growth spurt in the last week. I have not weighed him but he looks like he has almost doubled in size? Poor Klaus is still the same size. Weird...

  10. Maya,

    If you buy the bigger bottles of Gold Buffer, or even the 4 kg tub, it'll be cheaper. :rofl

    However, baking soda is cheaper, and works just as well. Trust me. I used Gold Buffer for a couple of years before switching. :)

    Thanks Alex! Yeah the baking soda did the same when I had my Zombie Fish issue. I think buying it just indulges my shopping addiction!

  11. I am glad Glitch's appetite came back. This means things are starting to look up. :)

    We really need to figure out how to control this PH! It's just flailing all over the place.

    Hey Chelsea,

    I did not realize I never answered your question about Gold Buffer. My PH from the tap is usually around 7 (fresh) and then in between water changes it creeps down to 6.5- 6.0 within 24 hours. All three of my tanks were having slime coat issues and behavioral changes until I resolved this. The Gold Buffer works at controlling this. I started out with low doses of it and now I have it down to a science. For example, my 20 gallon QT takes 2 tsp for a 100% water change and 1 tsp for a 50% and it has stabilized my PH at a nice 7.8 on all three of my tanks. The main ingredient is baking soda so that's what is buffering my water better I am sure but it makes me feel safer that the PH is stabilized. The fish and I are all happy! I have been stocking up on this stuff because it works well for me. The only time it failed was a few weeks ago when I used NovAqua water conditioner (I normally use Prime) and even with the buffer I had a bad PH crash. I will never do that again. The Goldbuffer is pretty inexpensive ($10 on Amazon) and one bottle last me about two months and I have three tanks running right now.

  12. Oh wow, that would be awesome! This actually started because I had some lying around so I'm quickly running out...If you have PayPal I can pay you back for shipping!

    No worries I seriously have to much yarn! Id love to donate some to your good cause. Pm me and ill dig it out this weekend. Do you want anything other than cotton? I have tons of half skeins of wool from hat projects too.

  13. Is he injuring the other fish? Could it be breeding behavior? I have one that is almost relentless with his advances but it does not seem to bother my female at all. My commons are doing that romantic dance, which is funny because the male is only 5" and the females are 10" and 13", so he looks like a little short guy trying to date a supermodel (no offense to any short guys here) and the ladies whack themselves on the filter in take and lose a few scales on occasion but no injuries. They seem to settle down at night. I figure since no one gets hurt its okay. Unless you have a bully on your hands, maybe someone else can advise on that.

  14. Here is the schedule that I stole from another thread:

    We typically recommend following one of the following schedules:

    PRAZIQUANTEL PROTOCOLS

    A. FIVE DAY ROUNDS
    Day 1: Big WC (>50%), add Prazi. Make sure salt is at the appropriate concentration. This is the beginning of Round 1.
    Day 5: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 1.
    Day 6: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 2.
    Day 10: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 2.
    Day 11: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 3.
    Day 15: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 3.
    Day 16: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 4.
    Day 20: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 4.
    Day 21: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 5.
    Day 25: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 5.
    Day 26: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 6.
    Day 30: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 6.

    This is enough for 6 rounds, should you need to go out that far.
    Some reminders: Prazipro should only have salt to 0.1% if you are using regular dose. If double dosing Prazipro, you can raise salt to 0.3%. If you are using Prazi powder or tablets, then salt is at 0.3%.

    A. SEVEN DAY ROUNDS
    Day 1: Big WC (>50%), add Prazi. Make sure salt is at the appropriate concentration. This is the beginning of Round 1.
    Day 2: Add another dose of Prazi. We routinely double dose with Prazi for the first round in this protocol.
    Day 5: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 1.
    Day 8: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 2.
    Day 12: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 2.
    Day 15: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 3.
    Day 19: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 3.
    Day 22: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 4.
    Day 26: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 4.
    Day 29: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 5.
    Day 33: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 5.
    Day 36: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, and add Prazi. This is the start of Round 6.
    Day 40: Big WC (>50%), replace salt, but do not add Prazi. This is the end of Round 6.

    The number of rounds depends upon the reaction your fish have to the treatment. :D

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