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  1. I personally painted a tank background with white paint and it looked horrible IMO. The glass doesn't appear "invisible" like it does with the dark paint. If you plan to try it out anyways, I'd suggest trying it on a small part first to see if you like the way it looks since scraping off paint you change your mind on is a HUGE PITA. Clings definitely are a much better option when going with lighter colors. Check out frosted privacy window film from your local hardware store. It gives the glass a beautiful sandblasted/opaque look and lets some of your rooms light in from the back which definitely brightens it up. Most of the award winning aquascapes I've seen do a frosted background so you should be able to see a tonne of examples from google images if you type in "frosted aquarium background." Another option I've done with a different project with glass is to very lightly spritz your glass with water and apply the shiny side of wax paper to it, then use a hair dryer on low setting to "stick" it to the glass while pushing bubbles out with a flat object such as a ruler. Soaking the paper with water is all you need to do to remove it if you change your mind down the road. It won't be as white as snow, but in my experience it looked much better than the paint. Either way, your fish is adorable so a lighter background will be so nice to show off his little face. As for your river rocks, scrub all the dirt etc off with a stiff brush, then boil them. Can't wait to see some pics!
  2. Good morning! Last weekend I was given some pond plant by a local with a large backyard pond - she let me know that her fish had been spawning so it was possible there were eggs on some of the plants. Yesterday afternoon I was watching a dragonfly-nymph-just-turned-dragonfly attempting to use its wings and noticed that I had some fry! I have no idea what they are - goldfish, koi or guppies - and no idea what to do with them. I have two 20 gallon rubbermaid bins with duckweed that they are currently in. Any advice or links to advice would be great, and/or links to attempting to identify them if possible at this stage!!! TYIA! Image1 - http://tinypic.com/r/i3ihko/8 Image2 - http://tinypic.com/r/106fsyv/8 Bonus pics of one of my dogs & my pond fish being very curious as to what I was doing... http://tinypic.com/r/309sit5/8 http://tinypic.com/r/xohchg/8
  3. Thank you all! Steve, never hijacking, we all learn from the same information, so if you ask it, I'm still going to benefit from the answer you get Insulating does SO much for above ground. Obviously my climate here in San Diego doesn't get cold like yours, but I only have 1/4" insulating foam and it keeps the water pretty stable year round. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll update with my final outcome once I've figured it out!
  4. Paint- pond paint specifically. I don't know if it works with plywood or if I'd have to plaster, something I'd need to look into. Volume - I currently have about 250+ gallons - I'd want to go at LEAST that size, but would prefer to go a bit larger. Shape - nothing fancy, it sit against a long stretch of wall - something that is more rectangle than square so it doesn't take up too much floor area in the center of the slab patio. 100% above ground. I'm in San Diego, CA...north and inland of the county so temps are slightly warmer than what you'll see on accuweather for san diego city. A rectangle framed kiddie pools was discontinued by intex. I can still buy it, but since its been discontinued the price point has gone up and is not cost efficient anymore. This is an older photo from last summer, and its unfinished, but for the most part, that's it.
  5. Have you uprooted your live plants to make sure you don't have some root rot? It could definitely be contributing to your nitrite levels. Hope your Oranda keeps on the mend! She's beautiful
  6. I've always considered "completely apes**t" when the creature collects its feces and flings it at you. The mental image of a goldfish doing that seems strangely plausible to me... My goldfish apes**t bears an uncanny resemblance to this: haha
  7. I experimented last year with a taller above ground pond since I had an 18 month old who kept trying to climb in the one we had. With the winter moisture, we're seeing some bowing which of course makes me nervous. I'm wanting to rebuild next month and give the fish some additional water surface so I've decided something shorter and wider with a cage ontop to prevent guest swimmers - both of the toddler and canine variety. The thing is, I can't re-use my liner since its been cut to accommodate a window - boo. I've come across cheap liner options before such as used billboard epdm tarps and an intex framed kiddie pool which has been discontinued in the size I'd want. For the life of me though, cannot remember where to find any of this. From your experience, which route would you go? Liner, paint or container and anyone know of any reasonably priced options? Any other advice is openly welcome! TYIA!!
  8. My green water did not go away on its own, it actually got worse in cooler months with lower light...I didn't want to use chemicals or a UV sterilizer either so I added a bog filter to it, and on the advice of shakaho increased the oxygen levels in the water by installing a venturi injector and its been literally crystal clear since. I also have some very healthy herbs growing out of the bog I purchased the venturi injector from a local koi shop for $2.50 and the bog filter minus plants cost about $15 to make. Much, much cheaper option than a UV sterilizer. I've also not really had to do any maintenance to the pond since...its pretty much become self sustaining aside from having to vacuum it and provide top off.
  9. Can I just say I'm impressed with how thorough your info is? I was totally like "hey, I think my fish is sick" when I posted my first illness post *facepalm* I have been with this exact situation many, many, MANY times before with some chronically sick goldies and found that as time went on the fish got less and less tolerant of water quality issues, so normally being a little off wouldn't be a big issue, but eventually they pretty much didn't tolerate any level of nitrates/nitrites/ammonia etc I ended up with two penguin 350's on my 55 gal to keep them happy in conjunction with water changes every 5 or so days and two bubblers of extra O2. Are you adding the canister filter to the aqueon, or instead of? The mods will definitely know how to address whats going on, I only mention this since you brought up that this has been on and off for a while. I do think hanging around the filter and strong circulation he/she is probably enjoying the extra oxygen flow...its was a trend over here whenever my sickies got sick. Basically my comment was completely pointless - so I'll finish it up with mentioning how cute the stars hanging in the background are. I'm kind of loving them. Hope she feels better soon!
  10. I'm glad you brought this up! I saw them on sale for less than $50!
  11. Great fish room! Something far too cute about fat little fry swimming around That little one staring right at the camera at 1:25...adorable.
  12. That is interesting. Being a sort of devils advocate type, I wonder if anything was done to rule out the negative reaction of the fish being from a change in ph, oxygen level, temperature, hardness, chlorine, chloromine, ammonia, nitrite, etc? There is always a possibility of human error on my part. The only thing in that list that I didn't have a way to measure would have been oxygen levels but I don't think that would have been the issue, however, everything else had been measured twice in that particular situation. It very well could have been a combination of the above just being too much stress on that particular fish. Still doesn't hurt to keep in mind, right? Even if it means you use a bucket to acclimate not so healthy fish over an afternoon before putting them back into the tank after a 100% water change. Don't get me wrong, in more than 1 occasion I've done 100% water change without issue, and think in most cases its not going to be detrimental in the least so I'm by no means saying that its a bad idea. But if you have the time to do it, why not?
  13. Excellent idea. I am going for quiet, and I've never seen a quiet air stone. Great idea; I have a similar (though feline) concern. Your idea has one flaw you didn't know about : from the new aquarium lamp's manual: "This appliance was designed for use over a glass aquarium cover or panel. DO NOT USE OVER "OPEN" WATER." I'm an electrical engineer. Having taken a quick look inside the lamp, I'm going to heed that warning. The lights aren't sealed; humidity will get in, corrosion will be accelerated. Time makes fools of us all and I try to play it safe with AC power and water. My fish will splash water on them So... I think this is what I'll do: I keep my tank about even with the bottom of the frame, which would leave around 1" of space between the water's surface and the glass. That works out to about 576 cubic inches, or 1/3 of a cubic foot of air. So, I think I'll cut a hole in the back of one of the slits, so that I can bolt on a 40mm Computer cooling fan blowing 'dry' air into the gap between the hood & water surface. I'm looking for functional and silent. For $19 or so you can get a fan that creates ~18 dB (about as loud as a quiet canister filter) of noise. It's rated at just under 5 Cubic feet of air per minute, and would exchange all of the air in that little space about 15 times per minute. A 2nd fan will easily to get 30x per minute.. That should be more than enough air exchange; it may even add evaporative cooling for summer. The fan is 5V DC. at that low of a voltage, it's not really dangerous unless you are trying really hard to hurt something. I realize moisture from the tank might damage the fan(s), but since it's pulling in dry air I'm not too worried. The light definitely did come with a disclaimer, but I honestly think its more of a way to cover their butts should they need to. In theory, humidity is an issue, but with summers here that get upwards of 110 and an average humidity of 80%+, I've not seen much more than a little mineralization on the acrylic shield of the light. I'm also less concerned since mine is LED, than I would be with water splashing onto a fluorescent. Yeah, I don't think fans are necessary, either Agreed. Besides, adding air above the water between it and a glass cover isn't going to be extremely helpful if you're running a canister filter due to the lack of surface agitation. I'm also not convinced a fan would be any quieter than adding an airstone, which seems like the simplest solution to your concern. Add rubber feet, a felt mat and a level surface and you can get some really quiet pumps out there. My goldfish go completely apes**t for bubbles, so for me, the extra noise is totally worth it though Its all about personal preferences. Nothing stopping you from taking the fan off if you try it and don't like it, so if you really think it'll work for you, give it a shot!
  14. I don't have any suggestions, but I'm sorry for your loss I has to be frustrating to not know what happened.
  15. I fed my sister's fish a pencil lead when I was little and it died My son tried feeding my fish cornstarch recently since its also in a yellow container just like their food. :| I don't know if they would have died, but it would have been a giant mess to clean up at least.
  16. I'm just going to throw this out there incase someone else is reading this for their own situation...although it doesn't seem to be 100% relevant to this post per se. I'm no experct by any means, but know from experience that going from high nitrates to 0 nitrates CAN put a goldfish into shock. It doesn't seem to take any effect on healthy goldfish that haven't been in higher nitrates for long, but if they've been sitting in high levels like that for some time, they probably aren't as strong healthwise as they should be to not have some degree of shock from that quick of a drop. I've literally seen a goldfish start convulsing because of this - but like mentioned above, it wasn't the healthiest fish. Just thought I'd mention since she did say its been during this last semester, and not just within the last week. I think its a minority case, but still something worth keeping in mind if you do happen to have a less than healthy goldie. Also, I didn't see this mentioned so if it was sorry for the repeat but I'd up the O2 levels in the tank until the water is stabilized. If your fish are stressed, they'll appreciate it
  17. This might be a stretch and a lot of work for most, but what about using the exact color you want then giving the pipe a coat of epoxy resin?
  18. I actually saw a demo of this in person a few days ago and its pretty awesome! Its HUGE and obviously expensive so not something I'd get, but I could see it being a big help in a business office tank or something that might not have anyone willing to clean it until the hired company shows up.
  19. I normally don't cover my tanks, but with a 2 year old in my house I had no choice with one of them...I'm sure the fish wouldn't appreciate lego people floating around with them. I bought eggcrate lighting panels from home depot...I think it was a little over $10 for a 2x4 ft piece and it can be cut to size with scissors. I've since used the left overs to help anchor down some plants with limited roots until they have time to grow.
  20. I tend to lean towards swords, but I don't have anything I absolutely have to have so I'm open to accommodating my lighting. I'd like to keep it somewhat low tech, but want to be able to keep my options open for down the road. I also have a supply of anacharis growing in there to attempt to keep up with my goldies in another tank, so being able to have strong growth on that would be preferred.
  21. Awesome! I'm definitely copying this idea!
  22. I've recently increased the plant load in my 40B planted tank, but the finnex stingray I currently have on it won't be enough now that have it all together. I'm going to move the stingray over to a different tank, so I don't really want to buy another one of the same to accommodate the lighting. Any suggestions on a lower priced T5 LO lamp? I definitely don't want to spend $150 on something I hadn't planned for ahead of time!
  23. This exactly. With the right conditions its totally possible to go *mostly* algae free. You'll likely still have some in your tank, even with clear water, but it might be so minute it doesn't matter. Once I discovered "photo inhibition" I honestly found that the more sunlight the better IF you have live plants. Increased sun + natural co2(I don't supplement Co2) + healthy planted environment = less algae. The plants will also grow faster and outcompete the algae essentially starving it. Look up "photoinhibition" and you'll be able to find what time of day is the best time of day for the sun to fall directly on your tank. I *think* for photoinhibition of algae, direct midday sunlight is best, but don't quote me on that. I have a natural planted tank in 100% direct sunlight and have nice, clear water. I don't have a mechanical filter or lamp on it and supplement with oxygen (that bubbles through some biomedia) only at the moment (with the occasional dose of prime when adding fresh water.) My pond outside is also in pretty direct sunlight all day, and the water is crystal clear as well. The only thing I really had to do there was to increase the oxygen level in the water itself, and add some plants. I do have to add though, I personally love the natural look, so for me a little algae is totally welcome.
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