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  1. Also... We said we were going to do a fish in cycle, to cycle the tank and perform regular water changes to keep the ammonia etc in check. The looked at me as if I was insane!!!
  2. A friend of mine bought a Betta and houses him in a 3 litre bowl. The fish shop told her to only do 25% water changes weekly. Very soon after, I get a call. The betta is bottom sitting, has frayed fins and the water is cloudy. I told her to perform a 100% water change. I advised to perform 100% water changes ever 2nd day, as it is a bowl and beneficial bacteria do not live in the water column, but on the surfaces of the substrate and the glass. Also, since it is just a bowl, it's not cycled, so it wouldn't make a difference anyway. The fish is now very healthy and active. Fast forward a couple months. I talk my friend into getting a 17 litre Nano tank with a light, filter and heater, as it is winter and the poor little fellow was getting cold. My friend went to the local fish shop and explained what she wanted. She told them that she performs 100% water changes and they said she was wrong to do so. That she was throwing away the beneficial bacteria and putting the fish's health at risk and that all the advice is given her was wrong. What does everyone think? Are 100% water changes wrong for a betta in a small bowl?
  3. I know Metro is available through Helen, but what about the other medication? Is that available in Australia?
  4. Helen, we've already pulled the silicone out, but I'm happy to document the rest of the process.
  5. Just spoke to an aquarium builder. He said, as long as we clean the joints thoroughly with metho and use special aquarium silicone to reseal it, we don't have to remove the old silicone from the actual joins. Phew!!! I've been losing sleep on this.
  6. My concern is, I don't want to take the tank apart into pieces.. Can I still leave the silicone on that they have joined the panels together with, so that the tank holds it's shape and just re-silicone along the inside seams? Does that make sense?
  7. Bad news. Not so much of a bargain after all. After I got it home, I notices two things. Dark black mold on the silicone where the gravel had been and also where the hood was hiding the silicone. The silicone on the back of the tank had been replaced, and not been done properly, so it had lifted and there was water under the glass. So, now we have to reseal the tank. My husband is going to do it. Fingers crossed it doesn't leak. I'm so disappointed. I wish I hadn't bought it.
  8. The guy I'm buying it from sent me another photo. I'm getting really excited now. Can't wait till the weekend to pick it up!!!
  9. Omg! That's such a shock. I'm so so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Vann. Such a beautiful boy. xx
  10. I've only paid a deposit. The tank was full, so obviously I couldn't see the bottom. I'll give it a good look over next weekend before I make the final purchase. Going by the condition of the rest of the tank, it should be really good. The guy has brand new spare lighting tubes and a brand new spare power head from the filter, as he was originally from the country and didn't get to fish shops very often. So, I have those in the price as well and a couple of heaters too! Off to look in the yellow pages!
  11. Actually, yes it does. But only when something special comes along.
  12. I have a photo of what I want it to look like, I just have no idea how I go about making it look that way. lol I wonder if there is someone out there who could do it for me?
  13. Sterilising or cycling? You can use a 1:9 bleach to water solution to sterilise everything. For cycling, you can either borrow some media from a cycled tank or start from scratch. Since we can't get pure ammonia easily here, your best bet would be to use fish food. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112965-fishless-cycle-instructions/ Sorry, I wasn't very clear. I want to know how I sterilize everything. I've only my ever started with new tanks and new filters before, so I've never had to worry. I'm assuming once its cleaned with bleach, I just thoroughly rinse it in water?
  14. Clearly, this had fish in it too, but they were at extra cost and I didn't want any of them. Picking it up in a week will give the guy time to re-home them. A quick question. Clearly I'm going to have to sterilize the tank and filter, which will kill the cycle. How do I go about it?
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