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  1. Could you all please post or link to pictures of your bare bottomed tanks please? I dont want to use substrate but I want the tank to look nice, either with good quality fake plants or real ones in pots, maybe a bit of rock. Can anyone help?
  2. I was foolish enough to somehow bring home costia from a show, and lost a prize oranda and several ranchu. I have all my unaffected ranchu in one tank, and I am running a UV sterilizer hoping it will kill anything that somehow makes it in there (I have sterilized all my nets etc). I have one tank that I had a few fish die in and one is now lingering on, fairly weak after treatment. As its a large display tank I am emptying it, cleaning it, and running a UV on it too. My question is this, I have to use the same filter, its mature, it would be mad not to. I have done a 100% WC and now have the UV running. Could costia be lurking in this filter? Second question, is a bare bottom tank better in terms of disease prevention?
  3. I am interested in making at least one of my planted tanks a bare bottom goldie tank with plants attached to stones, but retaining one or two crypts and criniums and planting them in terracotta pots using the substrate I liberate from the tank. Last time I did this I was using pea gravel and the goldfish rooted about in the pea gravel, tipped it out of the pots and generally made a mess. Has anyone come up with a device or system to stop them doing this, whilst retaining the aesthetics of the plants?
  4. We have a new build house and all our electrics are new (well 4 years old now) and our fuse box is protected by 3 RCDs one for each set of fuses. This is a good thing as I have around 15 tanks these days, and this necessitates several extension cables. The only bad thing I once did was after removing an unbreakable pre set nano heater, I laid it on the floor. I forgot about this and saw that there was something unplugged, so I plugged it back in. For an hour or so I was puzzled by the strange smell, and I checked every tank, nothing. Then when I was reaching for something I burnt my hand and found the black nano heater. It had burnt a hole in the carpet and caused the smell. Now if this had been a glass heater, I would have probably seen the glow and realised, or the glass would have shattered. I cant work out which possibility could have been worse. Fortunately as the carpet was synthetic fibre it just melted. It looks an eyesore, but its a constant reminder of how I need to be more careful.
  5. I bought the HMA when I was keeping discus. I soon began to realise how indispensable it is. I use it on all my tanks now. You just replace the inner filter materials once a year, I think they cost £17 to replace. You could spend that in water conditioner easily. Though I do keep a bottle of Prime in for emergencies.
  6. I would be interested to learn what substrates (if any) that goldfish keepers use in their tanks. I have heard people say dont use sand, but others seem to use it. I have a small gravel at the moment, and in the past tried a bare bottom tank, but didnt like the reflection. I also like to keep plants, but for goldies know that anubias and java ferns tied or glued work best. So tell me what substrate you use, and if you would recommend it.
  7. Prime is excellent, ageing water is also OK, but my favourite method is to use a HMA filter. I attach the HMA unit, which looks similar to an RO unit, to my kitchen mixer tap or shower output via a hose. The output from the HMA goes via hose to fill the tank. No more carrying buckets, no more huge containers of water hanging around the house. The HMA dechlorinates, removes chloramine, heavy metals and other nasty things from tap water. This is the unit I have. https://collinswaterproducts.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=183&osCsid=3f8a3d1d2040a3f665f51e512922f04f This is the impressive list of what it removes: A 5 -Micron Sediment Filter Made of 100% Pure Polypropylene Fibres. Removes Dirt, Sand and Rust. Stage 2. A Granular Activated Carbon Filter Composed of High - Performance Activated Carbon. Removes Free Chlorine, Odour, Organic Contaminants, Pesticides and Chemicals. Stage 3. A HMA ( coconut , carbon, kdf mix) filter. Removes Chlorine,Chloramine, amonia heavy metals, Trihalomethanes, Pesticides, Volatile Organic Chemicals and 99.95% of Giardia and Cryptosporidium Cysts.
  8. I wouldnt be surprised if it is having them in a large outdoors facility that helps them grow so large. They are beautiful. I would love an all black ranchu.
  9. I do think so. Here is a thread where we discussed this a while back http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/96523-shubies-jaw-shaped-differently/?hl=%2Bparrot+%2Bmouth+%2Bflukes#entry1152758 It's important to note that some people think that it could be other environmental/genetic issues, and can happen in large spawns. Great! Thank you, that is most useful. They were quarantined by me in water with salt in, as instructed by breeder. Now I will go round with the fluke solve just in case.
  10. PS didnt mean to hijack streading's post. Sorry, I got carried away when I realised someone else had it.
  11. I have both of those. So you think a fluke infestation has caused the mouth to turn inwards? Is this a common problem?
  12. Can I ask the purpose of the Prazi please? I dont think we get it in England, but we might have something equivalent and I would try it on mine.
  13. I recently bought some fish with this fault. I went to a ranchu breeder and he showed me his various fish, I got some lovely ones. He also showed me some with this defect not as bad as the one above, just the corner folded in. He said he had pulled them from their summer pond and noticed they had this defect. He said they were OK to breed with as long as I bred them with a fish without this. He let me have these at a reduced rate. Funnily enough one of them spawned as soon as I got them home and I have managed to hatch a few fry. I will let you know if the fry are affected. However, I have noticed that the affected adults are growing and feeding normally so I am not too worried. I have wondered if they contracted some type of fluke or infection whilst they were in their outdoor quarters and this caused the deformity. Has your fish always had the mouth fold?
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