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  1. So interesting results...I tested some distilled water and still got a positive reading. I had ended up buying a new test kit while I was there since this one was almost out of nitrate test bottles and I was down to just 2 test tubes anyways- exact same brand/kit. I also bought a Seachem indicator that stays inside your tank. When I put the indicator into the tank it gave me a zero reading, so I retested the tank water with the new test kit - and got a zero reading. I don't know what to make of that other than I probably should start to occasionally calibrate my test kit from now on. Its very frustrating, but probably my fault for just trusting it without question.
  2. Thank you! I still have to finish some stuff and weather seal it, so its rough around the edges, but this is basically it. The lumber is stacked in log cabin style with wood glue in the corners and screwed together with 5" deck screws, and is reinforced in each corner as well as 2 points across the front & back and 1 point on each side with 1/2" re-bar. Its not pretty yet, but the fish are happy - and so is one of my dogs...I find him out there watching them on a regular basis
  3. Oh no! I can't even imagine... I'm actually using polycarbonate, not glass. This is my second pond with a window, the first one held up nicely, and the construction on this one is much better so I'm praying to the Gods to never have to deal with breakage!
  4. I just recently did a new pond rebuild into a new 600 gallon wooden construction above ground pond with a window. Putting a window into a pond is a huge nerve wracking experience, but for me it was a must in order to be able to enjoy watching my fish - I made it 3 ft high with a fence top for safety purposes (I have a 2 year old son) so I can't really see them from above when sitting next to it. I wanted to share with you how awesome the window looks when sitting out on the patio at night. Its a little blurry, so hopefully you get the idea
  5. What a rough time you're having with them. All my best wishes for your last little one
  6. The oldest I ever had was about 7 years. I got him back when you could buy feeder goldies for a few pennies. I was about 9 maybe, and knew nothing about fish obviously...he lived with a few neons and a betta in a 10 gallon. At least I was one of those kids ontop of my pets and did water changes a few times a week. Those poor fish! Right now my oldest are a couple of pond fish around 3.5 years old. My husband was supposed to go get a few mosquito fish for a 15-20ish gallon water garden I had and he bought 3 pond comets instead that were only about 3/4 of an inch tip to tail...we now have a 600 gallon pond. So much for a small water garden haha! Really shows how things can change on a whim, huh? lol
  7. I usually use organic potting mix with a layer of gravel on top to keep it down. I've also simply left the coco-fiber and mesh bag that has come around lily rhizomes I've purchased and just weighed them down with a few river rocks as well and they did just fine.
  8. Yes, they all definitely are single tails. Its possible to have both koi and goldfish, but I wouldn't know how to tell the difference at this point TBH And my dog in the picture is a Jack Russell Terrier! We have two of them and a pitbull. With those 3, a 2 year old son, a 55g, 40B, two fry tanks and a 600G pond, things can be fun around here, LOL
  9. Oh my goodness, there's so much! Those poor things! Looking at how much they have, and seeing it up around their gills, I would be concerned about ICH actually on the gills themselves...I would personally add in another airstone on the opposite side of the tank to bring up the oxygen available to them. And make sure to vacuum the bottom really well to get any cysts from the tank floor when doing your water changes. Now this is a question more for the moderators...its been 2 days since ich spots were first noticed, with temps at 26 degrees, some of the spots should start falling off soon, correct? I know bagho is using acriflavine and 0.1% salt in the QT tank, and a methylene blue bath, but I'm curious about the effectiveness of this. I thought methylene blue was mostly effective against cysts and spores that have dropped off the body and not those still attached, am I wrong here? In that case, if this is correct, adding methylene blue to a bath is minimally effective, no? Also, is acriflavine not contraindicated in sensitive and immunocompromised fish? I'm just trying to learn alongside here, so if my questions are out of place, please let me know.
  10. Ammonia is always a source of discontent for me over here simply because of the amount of chloramines the city adds to the water. So this is what I think I'm aware of, please correct me if I'm wrong. Prime will take free ammonia, NH3 and convert it into NH4 which isn't really harmful to fish. Because of this I will still get a reading for ammonia when testing my water using API master test kit, although it will be a reading of combined ammonia, correct? Also, because our tap water is treated with chloramines, which is a chlorine/ammonia compound, when the Prime neutralizes the chlorine, it is breaking down the chloramine which in turn releases more ammonia into the water. As long as its still under 1.2ppm that Seachem claims Prime treats I should be ok with the standard prime dose, but for safety sake, should I still increase my prime dosage? I'm only giving 1x dosage. The whole thing makes trusting the test results difficult for me - so as long as the reading is no higher than 0.25ppm, nitrates and nitrites are 0, pH is regular for the tank, and the fish are happy I try to not be so concerned about it. I had planned to do a water change tonight when my little one is in bed, so I'll post those values later. The bubble I'm certain is a type of hernia - I'm more wondering what I would look out for in relation to infection. I'm guessing he'd probably stop eating if he had an infection close to his mouth like that is likely.
  11. I'm so sorry to hear you lost some of them Hopefully everything is on the upswing and the remaining fish make a full recovery. They really do have such a beautiful red color!
  12. * Ammonia Level(Tank) = 1 (water treated with prime) * Nitrite Level(Tank) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) = 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) = 1 * Nitrite Level(Tap) = 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) = 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master test kit * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gal * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? two penguin 400 bio-wheel filters with denitrate, purigen, filter floss & sponge, one side (out of 4) has a charcoal filter the filters came with * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week - 30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days - 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 juvenile goldfish - approx 1.5 -2" (we don't plan to keep all 5 in there) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? seachem prime, flourish & excel * What do you feed your fish and how often? mixture of sinking pellets, bloodworms, algea tabs and fresh fruits & veggies. * Any new fish added to the tank? last one was added about a month ago but was from another tank we have (fish was not new to us) * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. general cure, aquarium salt, kordon rid-ich * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? no Its really hard to tell if its his pupil or not since its so black. When I look at him from the front the left side pupil does look like it might be larger than the right side, but it also looks like it might be a combination of that and black pigment around his eye. I didn't think it looked like that when we got him, but from when I noticed it, it definitely hasn't changed. The bubble on the other hand is clean and clear of pus, and has not grown. He can literally suck it right back in - my concern at this point would be if it were to burst, but he has such a second nature about it I didn't think it was an issue. His black pigment has receded a very tiny amount, but mostly no, it hasn't. I've compared photos from december, january and now and minus a couple of small spots, his color is the same. It doesn't look to have changed at all from january until now.
  13. My husband and I were admiring some goldfish when out and about one day and my husband spotted this fish and just HAD to have him. (which pretty much meant I had to have him since our fish are mine really.) We ended up coming home with Pumbaa. He really is a lovely little fish - big, silly personality - always nibbling on some plant (he's not picky) and seriously never stops moving - he wiggles like an overly happy pug puppy when you use that too high squeaky voice they love so much. Anyways - he has some things I just looked at like "faults" that we didn't really care too much about, but I've noticed comments on blogs and forums that now have me wondering if I should be watching him more closely in the future. The two things that have me wondering are: 1. the bubble under his chin. He does get sand in it, but he's able to clear it out without difficulty - I've recently read he "WILL" get infection in it etc, so should I be watching for anything specific? and 2. the one black eye/larger pupil. This seems to have developed more after we brought him home. I've read on multiple sites that the fish who are genetically predisposed to this are also predisposed to becoming "heavy" bottom sitters and only living a couple of years. There doesn't seem to be substantiated information behind this, but it ran across enough different sites that it has me now worried for him. I've included a couple of pics of him - including one of him being pissed off I'm next to the tank and not feeding him. Its all I'm good for apparently
  14. So the mystery fry range from I think about 4-6 weeks old now - I'm thinking based on how big some of them are already I had some already hatched fry hitch hike along with the plants. I still have about 125 fry. I've attached a few pics - sorry they're somewhat blurry, I still have to learn how to use this camera properly. Its really fun seeing the color start to develop on them! I managed to get a pic of one of the ones I'm starting to take a liking to - he/she is quite social compared to the others and is developing a black mo-hawk. There is also one that is starting to look a lemony-yellow color but he/she isn't easy to get a picture of.
  15. The places I typically go for my indoor fish are more south, but I really like the pond store in poway. Its small, but they have very large and very pretty koi, so I usually take my son with me to ooh and ahh over them Where do you go in temecula? I'm up that way for fish supplies on occasion among other things, mainly restaurants so off topic, but I'd be interested in taking a look at what they have up that way next time I'm there. At this rate, I won't even have to do that. I've witnessed today some of the larger fry snacking on the smaller ones. Mmmm.
  16. No, I have them separated out into a 20 gallon container.
  17. They're pond babies so they have LOTS of plants to munch on, complete with water critters. I was just kind of shocked when watching them and BAM, one gulped down another. O.O
  18. Is this normal? Does it mean I'm not feeding them enough, or do they do this anyways?
  19. Hey, thanks! I usually myself go to San Diego Pond & Garden in Poway, but I have heard of that place as well so I'll have to check it out.
  20. I recently inherited some pond plants that came along with goldfish eggs... The fry range from about 2-3 weeks old now, and we just got a count on them....there are 200!! Since I obviously cannot house 200 fish, I'll need to find them homes. We're in the middle of rebuilding our pond to hold a little over 500 gallons, so we'll be able to keep a some of them, but not many! They're still so young I don't know exactly what they're going to look like yet, but if you might possibly be interested, let me know! I'm in San Diego, but we can try to make some arrangements to get the fish to you. Some of them are starting to show yellow and orange color - so I'm curious to see how they start to look over the next couple of weeks!
  21. I have a couple of melon swords and am pretty confident in saying that its definitely not a melon sword. I'm not an expert though so it could be a variety I'm not familiar with. I do *think* its probably a thai amazon lily (or bua amazon according to the link below), which is not a super common plant as far as I can tell so there isn't a tonne of information on it, however this website has some good pictures for comparison, and a bunch of great info/advice on how to grow them https://latzgardening.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/bua-amazon-or-thai-amazon-lily/
  22. That's great information, thank you! There are 15 little tetras in there right now. Do you think it would be a benefit to add more? I'll pick up some excel and give that a shot and increase how often I'm dosing with flourish. What are your thoughts on adding CO2 with these plants? Sorry for all the questions, I've not really had more than a couple of plants in a tank at a time until this one so its all new to me.
  23. I bought the 40B at the beginning of the last $ per gallon sale, so when was that, first week january? A couple of the plants I already had, a couple I bought when I set the tank up. I was running a finnex stingray at first, this light was put on about 2 weeks ago. You can see in the last 2 pictures specifically some wilting and leaf loss I noticed last night. That part of the anacharis is directly in the stream of water flow, and that's the only part of the plant that seems to have any issues so I'm wondering if its that? I have been dosing with seachem flourish according to directions.
  24. I have a 40B dirted with miracle grow organic choice potting soil and carib-sea eco complete both planted aquarium substrate and a thin top layer of cichlid substrate(only because I like the way it looks.) I have a finnex fugeray 36" that runs for about 10 hours daily. Natural, indirect sunlight for most of the day and No CO2. Currently have anacharis, ludwigia, melon sword, water lillies, and micro sword. Everything in the tank is "surviving" but I'm not really seeing any growth. Any tips or suggestions?
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