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  1. I bought three moss balls for about $20. Two got shredded and one divided so now I have two small ones... I don't know how much longer they will last. My goldfish pick at everything and anything that is in the tank .
  2. I've got a bunch of plants that haven't died yet and they've been between 16C/61F and 26C/79F so far . Although I am worried that the tank could possibly get up to 30C/86F plus in a heatwave here so I'm buying a fan :/.
  3. Cool, thanks guys. I'll try and do four feedings a day. Might be a bit irregular due to study commitments though. I'll also do more regular water changes . Thanks a lot. I'm a newb at all this still so anything irregular and I panic ;p.
  4. I was going to do one last dose of Melafix today at 4pm, but won't if advised not to. I'll buy enough tetra parasite guard today to do 4x treatments and try that again (even if it's not parasites they've never been treated properly before so better safe than sorry, right?). I'll also do a 50% (80L) water change today instead of the 25% I was going to do. 10-12 buckets in and out isn't that big of a deal and is good exercise . I've got a lot of plants sticking out of the top to help with nitrates: lucky bamboo, pothos, philodendron, papyrus and arrowhead. They're not big enough to have much of an impact yet though. I didn't realise that you were supposed to do such big water changes each week. Luckily I've been doing them around every 4 days recently for various reasons . And I check the params 2-3 times a week.
  5. I would not support a store that treated their animals like that. My local store sells bettas in 1L vases, and there's a guy at my university who does the same - no heaters or filters, just a fish in a bowl. I don't want to give them any more money and let them think that they're doing the right thing. I want them to go bankrupt and realise that what they are doing is wrong/not supported. When I can, I purchase things online to avoid supporting them. It's stupid that the fish have to suffer but if you buy that fish, they will only replace him with another who will be just as poorly looked after.
  6. * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0-0.25 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 5-10 * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0.25 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): Not sure * Ph Level, Tank: 7.6 * KH Level, Tank: 3 * GH Level, Tank: 11 * Ph Level, Tap: 7.6 * GH Level, Tap: 3 * KH Level, Tap: 3 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit; drops * Water temperature? My thermometer is coming in the mail - I had a stick on one, went to move it and it died. It's usually anywhere between 16 and 21 from memory (celcius). * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? aprox. 42 gallons, 1 month * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Not sure of the brand. It's a canister filter and runs 1800LPH or ~475GPH * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 25%. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago, 50% (nitrates were a bit high and we were moving the tank about a metre to the left so had to make it lighter) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, 7cm, 8cm, 10cm * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Seachem Prime and Aquavitro GH Mineralize * What do you feed your fish and how often? ttanked brand of sinking pellets, 2 times a day. I've recently started putting algae sinkers in at the same time because I think they need more vegetation. It all gets soaked about 30 minutes before I put it in. I also try to give them peas at least once a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? No. * Any medications added to the tank? Yes. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 15/07 added a tsp of salt to help protect them while the tank completed its cycle, on the advisement of a member on here 25/07 tetra parasite guard treatment 30/07 tetra parasite guard treatment (did a 25% water change beforehand as it says to on the package) 02/08 - 10/08, API Melafix treatment once a day (ran the filter with activated carbon in it for 24 hours beforehand to get rid of any chemicals from the parasite treatment) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No Lenny (gold comet) was the first to have the stringy white poop. I thought it was maybe the stress or constipation or something. He's the smallest of the bunch. But after it having been around for a while, I noticed the others would do it too sometimes (nowhere near as much as Lenny). So wahtever it was, it had the ability to spread, I think. I did the parasite guard treatment and didn't see any change. After I'd been treating with Melafix for a while, I noticed that I hadn't seen the white poop from the other two at all. It's back to being just Lenny again. The poop is thin, white, short to long, doesn't appear to have air bubbles or anything in it and he's capable of pooping normally (thick, brown, short). I've uploaded a video below as taking photos when they're waiting for their food is nearly impossible . I did put one photo up that isn't too bad, hopefully it is clear enough! This is the video: please excuse the photobombing by the others. They're just hassling me for their breakfast. Let me know if you need any more info on this mystery poop . I just want to also say that asides from this, they seem pretty happy and healthy .
  7. Personally, I have adopted three goldfish and they hang out together. If one is at one end of the tank, the other two soon follow. They also keep an eye on me wherever I am in the room. When I've been out all day and come back, they crowd up to say 'hi' and when I wake up in the morning they go crazy. Maybe it's because they know they'll get fed soon haha. Fish are capable of feeling pain, and it has been found that they miss their owners (link - although this study had some unethical things done such as setting two male fighter fish against each other). As you have read, they are capable of mourning (and a simple google search finds many more examples). It is not too much of stretch to imagine that they would enjoy companionship and feel something akin to happiness. However, we don't even really understand our own happiness outside of certain chemicals being released in the brain and us self-reporting on it, so I assume it's a hard thing to test goldfish for.
  8. Those plants are beautiful and amazing! I have a barteri but it's nowhere near that large, only about 15cm tall haha.
  9. He's like a little rainbow of happiness .
  10. It looks great! I don't know if you want to go this route, but you could maybe get away with some glass fragments that have been worn down by water? My mum used to collect some and it could add a few more colours. Not technically 'natural' though.
  11. Oh man that was anticlimatic . Can't wait to see photos!
  12. Thanks shakaho. I think the best option for the fish then, will be a new bigger tank or me setting up a pond at someone else's house. This is way in the future but I'm glad I asked now .
  13. Size-wise, I measured and I can fit something max. 75cm x 150cm. The balcony is tiny. I could put it in the yard but I'm worried that some drunken idiots would do terrible things; a chair out there has been stolen previously. There's a nearby big pet/garden warehouse that I'll check out and I'll do a bit of shopping around online and along the bus routes to see if I can find a really good one . I've bookmarked this thread so I can find all the links again . 2x would be easy. I've seen so many solar pumps, but none that are able to run all night - that's the main problem; they only run for 2 hours on battery .
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