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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 .
  14. Ugh I had a huge thing written but then everything decided to stop working so this will be a lot shorter and sweeter. I want to set up a pond for the two comets for when they get bigger. I'll outline the plan and then you can tell me what's wrong with it . I have no electricity outside. I've read a few of the very informative posts by shakaho so hopefully I'm not too far off here (this one was especially useful). A 200L preformed pond/stock feeder/etc. One solar pump that run water into the bottom of a 20L buckets filled with pea gravel/other media and plants. The water empties out the top and runs back into the pond. The bucket is higher than the pond. The pond is filled with plants, both submerged and emerged. There is a mesh lid on top of the pond to stop predators (I know there are cats around the area). I would do weekly water changes of 20% and keep an eye on params too. Some questions: minimum depth? would it be bad if rainwater got in it? how much water should the pump be pumping? is solar too unreliable? should I instead try to rehome them or buy a larger tank when they grow larger? Thanks .
  15. I have a bunch of anubias, moss and java fern in my tank and I'm just relying on the light from the window and the room lights at the moment. My fish were getting spooked every time I had the light on and I'd rather them not be stressed just so I can look at them/have pretty plants. I've also opened up the top of the tank so now there's nowhere to put my big bright light. An alternative I'm thinking of trying is getting two desk lamps that clip on to put on either side. I think that as long as you have enough wattage to power through the water to get to the plants, and they emit the right light spectrum it should work? I'm new to all this though, so take what I'm saying with a grain of salt .
  16. Some people think that customers don't know anything, not realising that customers can be well-educated, well-read and experienced as well. Just because they don't have a job relating to the subject doesn't mean that you can't learn from them >_<.
  17. I live in a small apartment (about 70m-80m^2?) and have only three rooms: bathroom/laundry - no room for fish, loungeroom/dining/kitchen - thinking about putting a 5g betta tank on the kitchen bench, maybe doing some re-arranging for another tank in the future my bedroom - 160L tank takes up most of the room after the bed and my tiny desk I've been thinking about putting together a pond outside on the balcony but I'm not sure how to get electricity out there, although I know you can get solar powered water pumps... I'm interested in hearing more about these patio tanks! I also have two cats living with me and their cat trees and litter trays take up a bit of room . I also have to think about the electricty consumption because we split the bill but I pay a bit extra to cover the cost of filters, air pumps and heaters.
  18. I can't find anything about toxins in the roots (although my internet is capped so if something takes too long to load I just hit the 'x'; I'm impatient). However, it does seem to be used quite a lot and no one seems to have reported any ill effects. I think that if the leaves were in the water they might have a go at them and that would be more of a problem, but I think the roots get left alone for the most part. My fish aren't interested in plant roots, they're more interested in trying to eat the elodea.
  19. Philodendron, pothos and lucky bamboo will all grow from cuttings so if you know someone who's already got some you can save yourself some money and just ask for a cutting .
  20. My three fish were adopted from two children who had named them. There were originally four. Their names are probably from children's shows or the Simpsons or a movie as far as I can tell. Dora - Dora the Explorer? Lenny - The Simpsons? Cars? Boris - ??? (deceased the night I adopted them) Porsche - Cars?
  21. I've currently got two white butterfly arrowheads (Daniel E posted a picture; it's the last one in the list) and a silver philodendron in my tank (just the roots). They are both easy to grow and maintain; requiring no special lighting. In the mail I've got 3x papyrus (depending on space you might want the dwarf version) and 5x lucky bamboo on the way, as well as some white shower caddies to 'plant' them in with some rocks so they don't get swept away by the currents (like Daniel E's photos). I'm also going to get some golden pothos. I've heard that you can use climbing fig and syngoniums as well. I've been doing bits of reading as I love the idea of having plants keep the nitrates down. From what I can tell, any plant that is fine with having its roots wet and that grows fast will be suitable (fast growth = pulls more stuff out of the water). So bog plants might be something you'd want to look into too to give yourself some more options, as well as Googling things like "houseplants that grow in water" . Care also needs to be taken when it comes to placement as a lot of these plants are toxic to cats, dogs and children (adults too but hopefully people aren't going to munch on your plants ).
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