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Justin

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  1. I don't mind you asking. I always have intentions to be making videos but life and myself tend to get in the way of me actually following through with this. So yes , my plan is to make more videos, I just can't promise when or with what consistency there's actually several of those old videos I need to re-do. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I'll wait as long as it takes for your videos! I'll just go on a re-watching marathon!
  2. How long did you soak them for? Maybe you have to soak them for longer.
  3. Do you use sand in your tank(s)?
  4. Alright. I will buy 1mm and see which food my fish seem to like better. Is 1mm good? That's the size I use. No matter how big your fish are, they can still eat these pellets. The only problem with these is if you have gravel, they can slip through and accumulate, which is not good. I will have to be much more diligent with my cleanings, especially since I use sand. Now are the times I wished I liked the aesthetic bare bottom tanks produce. Sigh.
  5. Alright. I will buy 1mm and see which food my fish seem to like better. Is 1mm good?
  6. I would most definitely consider clear tubing as a plus! How's the build quality on it?It's a tough little canister. I have the XP-L, and it runs well enough to filter a 55g tank with two rather big goldfish. I move the tank a couple times a year due to college and this filter moves really well, especially compared to how my HOBs did. It's even put up with clay sediment and still runs like a champ. Every once in awhile I do have an air leak, but that's easy to fix with a little trick I have learned on YouTube. The thing's silent too. I have to get really close to even see that it is working.Hmm...I was looking at the Penn-Plax Cascade canister filter, but may have to reevaluate my optionsM Justin, The SunSun (or Aquatop, I think they are the same things marketed with different names) are cheaper and better than the Penn-Plax. Really? Good thing I learned that before I went out and bought one. Now, I hope you don't mind me asking but, what makes them better?
  7. My fish love veggies! They find it a relief from their staple food, Omega One. I feed peas, TINY pieces of broccoli, and some leafy greens occasionally. Make sure you peel peas if you plan to use them!
  8. I would most definitely consider clear tubing as a plus! How's the build quality on it?It's a tough little canister. I have the XP-L, and it runs well enough to filter a 55g tank with two rather big goldfish. I move the tank a couple times a year due to college and this filter moves really well, especially compared to how my HOBs did. It's even put up with clay sediment and still runs like a champ. Every once in awhile I do have an air leak, but that's easy to fix with a little trick I have learned on YouTube. The thing's silent too. I have to get really close to even see that it is working. Hmm...I was looking at the Penn-Plax Cascade canister filter, but may have to reevaluate my optionsM
  9. I know that there are a lot of new keepers in the food section looking for a good food that they can feed their fish. I, however, know that both Omega One small sinking pellets and New Life Spectrum .3mm sinking pellets are both very good foods for my fish, but I'm wondering-- which is better? As a staple food, I could use more of one, more of the other, or rotate. What should I do. Replies from people who have tried both food are very appreciated. I would also appreciate it if you could tell me what food you use... Thanks!
  10. This is not an easy question, and because I haven't studied the charts as much as I should, I will have to check my papers. Hopefully Shakaho will see this and give you an answer, as she is quite familiar with these growth curves. Having said that, I would aim for only about a 10-20% increase in weight monthly at most. Slow and steady is the best way. Alright. I will make sure to weigh my fish again this month to see if an increase has occurred. If not, I will make sure to feed a little bit more!
  11. I would most definitely consider clear tubing as a plus! How's the build quality on it?
  12. Hey, Tithra, on a totally different topic, are you still making videos? As you may recall from my first post, I was referred by your videos, and have been hooked ever since. I hope you don't mind me asking!
  13. I'm never in a rush if it means helping my fish! Thanks for the suggestion, I will most definitely look into it
  14. I agree. Maybe before I go to bed switch them to actinic and then set a timer for them to go off by the time I have gone to sleep, since my tank is in my room. The dim blue glow of a tank in my bedroom in the pitch dark. It would make for a beautiful effect.
  15. I think a great canister filter is a Cascade by Penn-Plax. They have filters with a gph from 150ish to 400ish. Also, they're not really expensive. I believe they are one of the best price to performance ratio filters out there.
  16. Great posting! Now. With the Finnex lights, they have the actinic lights for use at nighttime...Should I use these, or does it prevent my fish from being able to rest? Do you have any experience with these lights?
  17. Yes, I know that ambient light is probably best for them, but if we do have a light, like most people do, what type is the best? Also, you are right, with sunlight comes a lot of bad things including the possibility if algae blooms.
  18. Right, ever since I got her. That's why I didn't bother to include water parameters. I hope it's not harmful. I'll mark this thread as Solved, then. Thanks for all the help.
  19. Are you talking about the 'dot' or the bent fin?
  20. I was wondering, what is the perfect light for goldfish. Not for plants in a planted tank, but for the sole purpose of providing the best light to the goldfish as possible. As any aquarium enthusiast can tell you, the amount of options available to light your tank are dizzying? Fluorescent tubes or LED? What color temperature? Wattage? T5, T10, T12? Lumens? I'm sure all of this should be taken into account when shopping for a light for your beloved companions. So, my question for all of you is, what is the best light for goldfish? Can you just head to the store to buy a run of the mill fluorescent tube? Or is it necessary to special order a full spectrum LED strip meant to replicate the light of the sun in Nicaragua in springtime? Is there even a difference? In your responses, please answer: What light do you use? Are you looking to upgrade? And for those of you who may consider yourselves to be experts in lighting: What is the best color temperature? Should you go with LED? Does the amount of lumens really even matter? I'm just looking to get my fish the best lighting possible, especially since this is what they are living in all day, every day. Looking forward to all of your replies.
  21. Just what I wanted to hear, regarding the safety of my fish. I won't let it bother me, no fish is perfect. Hopefully the bend in the tail fin is the same scenario as the leading ray, not harmful.
  22. I love my orange oranda to death, but ever since I got her/him, her tail fin has a very noticeable bend in it. Also, there is a dot on the top of her/his dorsal fin that is ever-so-slightly higher than the rest of the fin due to its protrusion. I was wondering what these could have been caused by (genetic, injury, etc.) and whether or not it is hazardous to her/his health. (As you can probably tell, I have not been able to sex this fish yet! I will know come spring!) I will post photos, but I can't right now because I don't believe there is anyway to do so on a tablet. Until then, here is a link to a photo of him/her... http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n619/Justin_Ly/image-1.jpg Sorry for the lack of focus on the fish, but hopefully you can see the sharp bend on her tail fin and the small, round protrusion of the dorsal fin near where the fin connects to the body. Any information is GREATLY appreciated, and thank you in advance!
  23. I see. On a side note, let me ask this. In the first year or two, how much should we feed growing goldfish (in body weight percentage)?
  24. I got to thinking.... I know that it can be extremely difficult to say how fast goldfish grow, but is it easier to ask when they are done growing? Do we just have to wait until a few months have gone by with no growth, or is there a set age goldfish stop growing, kind of like humans? Are they done after 2 years? 3? Any replies appreciated. Interested in seeing the views on this.
  25. Justin

    Fasting?

    Do you guys allow your fish to fast one day out of the week? I have read here that it is important to allow your goldfish to fast one day out of a week. Although I would consider myself to have intermediate knowledge of keeping goldfish, I have never practiced the fasting of goldfish at all. So, I'm curious... Do you guys do this? (By the way, for anyone who doesn't know what fasting is, it means not to eat). Thanks in advance, I'm excited to see your guys' feeding methods/schedule. [The post that says you should practice this is linked here: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/tensteps.html )
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