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  1. Hi Guys, I bought my guy "Bloo" about three months ago. He was in a tank marked "Blue Orandas". I picked him because his head was so cute. He is silver, the iphone did not do his colour justice. He looks like a submarine or missile. First, I noticed the slight tuck of his tail fin. Then I started wondering if his head belongs to another type…or maybe he is a weird looking oranda. I have six orandas and none look remotely like him…what the heck is he?
  2. Hi Guys, If you live in Ottawa, I have a hot tip! I was at Big Al's East yesterday and someone dropped off a giant orange oranda. I mean GIANT. He looks like he has (or had) fin rot and he has a few ammonia burns that are healing. The previous owner just didn't want him. He is beautiful. I have never seen one so large in person. Two hander for sure. They want $45 for him. I was so upset because I just filled my last goldie spot. UGH! At the same store, they also have some beautiful medium/large orandas that are fat and so cute! They even have blues and one solid black (may actually keep the colour considering they are a bit older!) $32.99 I think. The Ottawa West store has some chunky medium ranchus. I have never seen either of these stores with fish like that. Check it out! Last week I bought a chunky ranchu and have never seen his colouring before. He is pale yellow with a grey stripe that starts at his nose and goes right to the tail fin. His tail fin has a ring of grey and a ring of yellow. Man I gotta figure out how to post photos lol.
  3. dnalex: If you read the Python package or the FAQ on their site, they say you don't need too condition your water (necessarily) because the Python aerates the water thus removing lower levels of chlorine/chloramine and heavy metals. That would add more of what I don't want:). I am the first house after the water main, so the water pressure is intense. My filter puts even more pressure on the water. An air stone basically does the job of poking a tiny whole in a brick wall and adds more bubbles. The finer the bubble, the greater the surface action…but fine bubbles are the enemy. Gotta love a good catch 22. That is why I built a degassing tower. I blow a fan at it while I pour the water through. This does WAY better at getting the gases to atmospheric pressure. I never bothered consulting the city because whenever they do maintenance on the main, they come into my house to fill a glass with water and measure the saturation. They are always at the max for what they are allowed. My water is literally filled with micro-bubbles. When I eventually put 2 and 2 together, it all made sense. Crimson: A fellow "de-saturator"! I love the idea of using the pond pump. I have been slugging buckets. Definitely going to play around with that idea:). Checked the PH values when I was in the diagnosis phase, the values are right on par with the tank. After I change the water, the fish get a little surface gulpy for a half hour. Basically a mild form of the symptoms I was seeing before degassing. I like the tower because in a pinch, I can instantly degas without aging. Although, the degassing with aging is the gold standard in my house. I have been known to run the water through twice when doing large water changes.
  4. I found out because my guys were always up at the surface gulping for air and developed pop eye. I always thought "the more oxygen, the better". I could not figure out what was wrong. My water parameters were all perfect, my tank was not overcrowded, none were aggressive and on and on. I started reading up on pop eye and came across an article about supersaturated gases. The best sign is little air bubbles that form inside the fish (emboli) around the gills, or anywhere really. I saw a photo of supersaturated water and it clicked. I have a filter that treats all water coming in to my house, with strong pressure. When we pour a glass of water, there are a ton of bubbles that form on the side of the glass. A lot of people have micro bubbles in their tanks when they first do a water change, but they are gone shortly after the water gets moving. Mine don't. I was finding bubbles, literally, three days after a water change. A little test I did was to fill a plastic bottle with my tap water, put the top on and shake it really hard for a few seconds. Pop off the top while listening, you'll hear what sounds like a pop bottle opening. The more gases you have, the longer and louder the sound is. Also, observe the water in the bottle. If you see lots of micro bubbles coming up, you may have a problem. Mine was bad. I did more research and came across degassing towers and bakki showers. Then I built one out of stuff from Ikea lol. I now degas and age my water before I fill the tanks. From what I can tell, my tower degasses about 50% of the bad stuff (listening test/observation test)and the aging, another 25%. My guys seem a little uncomfortable for the first 30 minutes or so after a change, but then they are fine and all of the bubbles are gone. I guess I took it from "super" saturated to "slightly" saturated I tried aerating with a powerhead. This caused the tank to fill up with micro bubbles within seconds and the fish were gasping even more. Tried an air stone, same thing. Now I have tiny air stones in each tank, along with two powerheads. One at the surface for gas exchange and one that sits at the bottom to stir up the carbon dioxide. I do have both at the surface for a few hours when I add any water.
  5. Yes, the wonderful bucket syphon lol. I have 6 tanks running and my arms can't take it anymore. I can't use the Python system that attaches to the sink because it aerates the water and I have supersaturated gases that I have to degas prior to filling the tank. I just took all of the "connection" pieces off of one end of the extension to expose the tube. Then I stuck the tube into the other end of the squeezy thing that starts the syphon. I'll have to duct tape it to make sure it doesn't pop out, but it is in there pretty good. The syphon starter still works great. I tested the vacuum and it worked great, albeit with less suction. I wish I had more patience with my new toys. I discovered exactly what you said. All I needed was some plain old tube, duh. Haha. Thanks so much for your reply.
  6. Hi Everyone, Question: I have a conventional gravel vacuum (syphon). It is really short so I wanted to get an extension. All I could find is the Python extension (attaches to sink). Will this hook up to a regular syphon hose?
  7. Hi there, Without knowing your water parameters (25% biweekly seems low), I wanted to offer up an idea. When I moved to my house, my fish started to display some not so good behaviours. After a water change, I noticed the goldies gasping for air at the surface, they hung out at the top of the tank and had sort of a "jerky" swim. After researching a ton, I came to the conclusion that it was probably supersaturated gases in the water from the tap. I checked my house filter and sure enough, lots of pressure = supersaturation. Do you see bubbles clinging to the sides of the tank/equipment after a water change? If so, this is probably the case. The fish can suffer anoxia and then gas bubble disease if left too long. Letting water age does nothing for me for some reason. So, I built a DIY degassing tower (trickle tower, bakki shower) this past weekend and on the first water change, ZERO "clinger" bubbles. Success! Instant degassing! No more gasping or hiding from the carbon dioxide on the bottom:)
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