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mermaidkitten

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  1. Thanks for the info Alex! As always you do not disappoint! E.S. I think it is awesome that you are asking all the right questions (and that I am not the only one spending all of my extra cash on fish supplies!) Money wise, I keep a little wish list on my Ipad and when I see stuff that people here talk about, I write it down (who knew I would ever want a frozen blood worm cone feeder?!) then I shop around and price compare....then work a 14 hour shift like I am right now, then I buy!
  2. Do you need to know what is the proper/safe range for all these tests? On the internet, the opinions vary drastically. I have never found an article on Koko's that has all that info in one place. Can anyone point me to a reference sheet? I don't want to misinform ElaineSelene. What the heck is high PH anyway? I test it but never really understood it, is it just a continuation of the regular PH measurement since the normal PH caps out? I would love to hear a gold standard of water parameters from a mod! I shoot for 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, nitrates under 20ppm, and a ph of 7.6 (but more importantly a consistent PH above 7) . I don't know what a good KH or GH is supposed to be. Thanks for starting this thread. I look forward to the answers. Half gallon per year= not enough water changes!
  3. OMG I love your analogy! Interesting about the Amquel Plus. I used some the other day on two tanks but not the third and I tested today and could not figure out why my PH dropped super low on just two tanks but not on the other. Maybe that's why?Will be buying Prime by hte case so I never run out!
  4. Those are awesome! I love the white background on your tank too. BTW the little one's have settled in nicely. They LOVE food and are super friendly. I didn't even need to teach them to hand feed.
  5. My favorite fish! I think they are lovely
  6. OH! Awesome! Thanks! I just posted something a minute ago from a link about decorating goldfish tanks... will you take a peek at what I said please? I'll check it out. I am totally not an expert though. I forgot to say that my commons, that are HUGH tear up everything so I can't do regular plants I bought these heavy duty suction cups from Big Als on line and used fishing line to tie my silk plants to the suction cups and then stick the on the side of the tank. It works pretty well. And by the way, Big Metal fan in the 80's, so thumbs up for the video sound track!!! I have that Youtube video at the end of that article in my saved videos. I love it. I think that article has good info but I have never heard of "plastic plant wash." Seriously, check out Solid Goldfish. She did a You Tube video a few weeks ago on how to set up a tank. She is very informative. Her user name is "Flash of Pink." Also, Tithra, who is from Koko's does some awesome videos. They both explain the rational behind stuff, give you options, and it is all in one place vs. having to search the forums and internet. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so I tend to trust the advice here before anything else. I think fancy goldfish are anything other than a common goldfish, but my commons are pretty fancy and they are a lot of work since the are huge eating pooping machines!
  7. OH! Awesome! Thanks! I just posted something a minute ago from a link about decorating goldfish tanks... will you take a peek at what I said please? I'll check it out. I am totally not an expert though. I forgot to say that my commons, that are HUGH tear up everything so I can't do regular plants I bought these heavy duty suction cups from Big Als on line and used fishing line to tie my silk plants to the suction cups and then stick the on the side of the tank. It works pretty well. And by the way, Big Metal fan in the 80's, so thumbs up for the video sound track!!!
  8. I recently spent a bunch on decorations and none of them worked out and I wasted my money. Your tank looks cool. I must say I was hesitant to switch from sand as I have always had gravel. But let me tell you....It looks really nice and it forms a barrier so that crud does not sink down in it and makes my tank easy to clean. My commons, who LOVE to forage through the substrate adore it. I only find a little in my canister filter. Solid Goldfish (the blog) has a nice Youtube video on how to get started with sand and another on on how to clean it. You also have to run your hand through it once a week to make sure there are no air pockets in it but my water is sooo much cleaner than when I had gravel. I used 3/4 of a 20 pound bag for my 55. Highly recommended. Although I heard the colored sand (pink, aqua, etc.) changes the color of you water, which can't be good.
  9. I need that to put next to my "I knit so I don't stab people" sticker!
  10. This just made my weekend! I am so happy that she healed! Nice work!!!
  11. They are beautiful. I think the white one looks like an opal. The red and green one is just too handsome for words!
  12. Mikey, you beat me to it! My old eyes were trying to be fancy and link her video in my reply but you are waaaay faster than me! Her vid's rock!I wod have linked, but I'm on my phone. . As for the bamboo, I just put it in my filter and position it so it stands up. Cool! Im going to get some this weekend.
  13. Looks great! I did not realize how big your fish is! He is like a lovely orange with fins!
  14. Mikey, you beat me to it! My old eyes were trying to be fancy and link her video in my reply but you are waaaay faster than me! Her vid's rock!
  15. Synth, How do you get your bamboo to stand upright in your filter? Do you cut a hole in the sponge or something? Can the roots be under the sponge? Also, do those ammonia chips help? I just bought some Purigen for my common tank to help with nitrates but I am scared to use it...
  16. The sponge is for collecting the debris/Solid waste (poop, left over food) from the water. Those bio balls or little circle things are for giving the healthy bacteria that helps keep keep your cycle progressing so those are important to have. The bacteria lives on the sponge too. I think charcoal is not really needed on a day to day basis but it is good stuff to have if you ever need to remove medication from a tank after treatment as is sucks up impurities. I am sure that someone more proficient can give you the scientific explanation for stuff. Maintenance wise, I rinse by bioballs in tank water every other month and rinse out my sponges every few weeks but I so this on alternating filters, so clean one filter sponge, the next three weeks I clean the other filter. What kind of filter do you have? Canister or hand on the back? Tithra from Kokos has some AWESOME You tube videos that are really educational. Here is one from her filter series (Tithra I hope you don't mind if I link this! Your videos are so helpful and I love your fish!) I recommend watching all her videos (search YouTube for Tithra33) and Flash of Pink, which is the girl who writes the Solid Goldfish blog. Seriously helpful!
  17. The Commons: Jumbo: well she is quite large Bumps: because she is always nudging everyone Midge: Small (6" but small compared to everyone else) And my newbies, that will move in to my The Life Aquatic themed tank: Eleanor, Steve Zissou, and Klaus or maybe Kingsly
  18. Go Honey Go!! She looks like she is healing nicely! She is really beautiful!
  19. Last night my new black moor, who I have decided to name Eleanor, was having great time zipping through the bubbles of the air stone, until a fun game went wrong! She sort of got stuck in the stream and "bounced" up and down in it a few times with a look of panic on her face. Just when I was getting up to move her out of the jet, she sort of rolled out of the stream, checked to see if anyone was looking, and then immediately started looking for snacks on the bottom of the tank like nothing ever happened. It was the equivalent of me tripping in front of my work, looking around to see if anyone noticed that I spilled coffee on my shirt, and then just kept walking like "I'm cool...I totally meant to do that." It was hysterical!
  20. Nice fish but the little dog is adorable! Your oscars are almost the same size.
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