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Linzi Glitter

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  1. If the fish is *very* large, it is probably sexually mature. Are you 100% certain that Eunice is female? Sounds like it might be breeding behaviour!
  2. It fits with your decor so nicely, and the stand storage makes it look so neat and tidy
  3. Sad to hear that your Chu isn't happy, but happy to see another Melbourne Kokonut! Good luck with your treatment, you're in safe hands
  4. Good filter floss helps! But yes it depends on the causes of the cloudy water
  5. My telescope Mao is.. well... a little dopey. All the other fish see me coming and swim over with their 'feed me' eyes, and he would just be oblivious wandering around the other side of the tank. The approaches suggested above are awesome, and helped me short term. I also tried teaching him to handfeed but it was just to tricky with the other water piggies getting in the way. Here's what has solved my problem long term: I feed my fish in the same place every time, and I use the same call ("Here fishy fishy!" - my partner thinks it's hilarious) to signal feeding time to them. They are now well conditioned, they hear me call and all swim over to that spot. Mao is always last to get there, but I don't put the food in until he does, and they all seem to get their fair share
  6. And sharing on Koko's!! Science in action!
  7. My fish got visibly more healthy and vibrant when I found Koko's and switched to higher quality food - brighter colours, quicker growth, more active, more responsive. So it makes a big difference!
  8. One good strategy is to just sit and appreciate the fish and set up you currently have. I like to look at my tank and think about how awesome it is that I have maintained a miniature ecosystem within those glass walls for a year now!! And how happy the goldies are to see me at dinner time! Our consumer driven society drives us to always want more, which keeps us striving, but striving isn't good if it is at the expense of gratitude for what we already have. Having said that, in a couple of years when I move house, I'm probably going to get another big tank for more quick squishy faces in my life My name is Linzi, and I have Multiple Tanks Syndrome
  9. lol @ Helen the Water Test Ninja!! There has been a good range of ideas raised about the situation with grandma's fish. I'm wondering about general strategies to approach people keeping goldfish in less than idea situations? I usually try to use "I" statements, as this tends to reduce the defensive reaction eg. "I don't like to have less than 75 litres per goldfish, because that way it's much easier to keep them healthy and thriving". But I'm also aware that this may come across like Amanda was fearing: with a sense-of-superiority. How have other people approached these kinds of conversations?
  10. Gorgeous! And the fish are looking bright and healthy too!
  11. As you may have gathered from everyone's responses, the more water per fish the better! My is that understocking is awesome!
  12. Good questions asked above, but for what it's worth, the best way to increase dissolved oxygen is to increase the surface agitation eg. point your spray bar along the surface so it creates ripples. Air stones are effective for circulation, but don't increase the dissolved oxygen in the tank a whole lot more than the small amount of surface agitation they create. But they look pretty and some fish (especially the dorky ones!) enjoy swimming around in them
  13. Maybe they called it low carb because it's an effective marketing strategy
  14. Thanks everyone! I can't even imagine snow right now!
  15. Hey everyone, Hope you had a beautiful holiday and feel all refreshed! I know it's icy and snowy for a lot of you, but here in Melbourne we are having a heat wave! Today it is going to be 44*C / 111*F My tank is currently sitting at 32*C/ 89*F, which is hotter than I have ever seen it, and the day hasn't even heated up yet! They aren't showing any signs of stress, and there is plenty of aeration, so I guess I'm just looking for a little reassurance because I love them. Will they be ok? Should I reduce feedings or anything? I'm thinking of doing a 50% WC to bring the temp down a little, but don't want to stress them with too much temperature variance. Or should I just not worry so much lol
  16. If you decide to have your friend feed, maybe you could buy one of these little plastic pill boxes with the days of the week on them, and put the food in it's own special compartment for each day? http://www.promo-wholesale.com/Upfiles/Prod_m/7-Day-Pill-Case_20090760335.jpg It's probably as friend-proof as it gets! Hope you have a happy and safe holiday
  17. Wow, that is a good idea! The main reason I still use a gravel vac and buckets is that I'm having a difficult time justifying the high cost of a water changer. From what I understand, the water changer saves effort spent lugging buckets back and forth, but it takes the same amount of time as a gravel vac (or more) to drain the tank. Plus my tank is far away from my sink, so I'd have to buy additional tubing.Now, I might do this, or someone here recommended a site (I think it was Amazon) where they were selling the Python for about $30. I've only seen the Aqueon in stores and the cost was like $75! Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk In the meantime you can get very long hoses from the hardware shop much cheaper than tubing from the lfs! A siphon (gravel vac) and hosing wins over buckets every time How do you affix the hose to the gravel vac to prevent leaks? This sounds like a great solution for me but I'm not great with fixing or setting up things. :-) Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk You can buy little plastic things that look like this (only not T-shaped, couldn't find an image of a straight one). I think they are about $1!http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v2/346500324/Hose_Tee_Connector_Pipe_Joint.jpg You just need to make sure you get the right size hose for the joining parts etc. The only issue I have had with leaks is with the original hose that came with the syphon, and I fixed that with plumbing tape (also from the hardware shop). Essentially I took my siphon to Bunnings, explained what I wanted to do with it, and they helped me along. Usually people who work at hardware shops are fix-it / DIY kinds of people, so they are very useful resources!
  18. Wow, that is a good idea! The main reason I still use a gravel vac and buckets is that I'm having a difficult time justifying the high cost of a water changer. From what I understand, the water changer saves effort spent lugging buckets back and forth, but it takes the same amount of time as a gravel vac (or more) to drain the tank. Plus my tank is far away from my sink, so I'd have to buy additional tubing. Now, I might do this, or someone here recommended a site (I think it was Amazon) where they were selling the Python for about $30. I've only seen the Aqueon in stores and the cost was like $75! Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk In the meantime you can get very long hoses from the hardware shop much cheaper than tubing from the lfs! A siphon (gravel vac) and hosing wins over buckets every time
  19. lol this is the first time I've been able to catch her on camera doing this. Usually she jumps down and runs away - guilty conscience!! haha yes you're lucky you don't need security on your tank!
  20. Glad you're happy with your python! But for anyone else reading this thread to get an idea of water changing options, there are also really cheap and easy DIY options that are almost as good as Pythons/ Aqueons and 126,413,216,549,432,164,891 times better than buckets. I can't use a python because of my taps (very old house), so I just went to the hardware shop and explained what I was trying to do and they helped me put together a simple system of hoses that does the job quickly and easily without carrying buckets, for less than $20!!!!
  21. So tiny and adorable! It will be awesome to watch how they grow and change! Also the vase thing with your plant in it is so beautiful!
  22. The pH of aquariums tends to drop between water changes for many reasons: * The nitrogen cycle produces hydrogen ions * Fish and bacteria produce carbon dioxide * The photosynthesis process of any plants KH is essentially the buffering capacity of the water stay at a stable pH despite these things. It seems like your KH has also dropped between water changes. A buffer product or baking soda will increase your KH and thereby stabilise your pH. Yay science!
  23. Christmas where the gumtrees grow There is no frost and there is no snow! It's been quite hot here too, and my tank is very warm. I wasn't too worried, but am glad for the reassurance!
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