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  1. 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!





  2. 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 :)



  3. Plants are resilient things. The lugwigia's crowns (growth at the top of the stem) seems to be okay sans the furled ones. The fact the repens is pink and not completely green would indicate to me that the fixture is working—with lower lighting levels and insufficient iron red plants do not stay red. Flourish can be dosed more regularly if you wish. Some use it every other day. I see tetras so I am assuming the bioload is fairly small. I would look at dosing a liquid carbon source like Flourish Excel. 


    Water flow shouldn't be an issue. A lot of high tech planted tanks actually have as much filtration as we recommend on here for goldfish. I have a small nano tank with 16x filtration. At first I thought the current might have been an issue for such small fish and shrimp, but they don't really seem to mind.


    I noticed your bacopa in the second photo is starting to get leggy. This is common with stem plants as older leaves die and fall off. What you can do is pull them out, trim the base off and replant the tops. 


    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.

  4. 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.







  5. 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?  

  6. 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!

  7. 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!!!




    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...




  8. While the round tanks are very attractive, I prefer rectangular.  If you need to get a fish out of a large round tank, it's a real challenge.  It's also harder to make a cover for a round tank.


    Even though you don't want to dig, I suggest you set the stock tank into the ground six inches or so.  This makes the side height more comfortable and attractive.  You will have to dig to level the tank anyway.  You can also insulate the outside of the tank if you wish.  That will also decrease the water temperature a bit during the summer.


    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!

  9. Paint?


    Would you show your old pond or link to an old thread if it is shown there?


    What volume and shape are you planning?


    In-ground, above, or some of each?


    Would you please put at least your state in your profile info?  Climate is a major consideration in pond building.


    What Intex frame pool was discontinued?


    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.




    My goldfish go completely apes**t for bubbles, so for me, the extra noise is totally worth it though :)


    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...   :yikes



    My goldfish apes**t bears an uncanny resemblance to this:   

  11. 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!



  12. 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.

  13. 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! 


    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 :)

    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?


    You can also trim the back strip to leave a larger opening for air to enter :)


    Excellent idea. I am going for quiet, and I've never seen a quiet air stone.


    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.  


    Great idea; I have a similar (though feline) concern.


    Your idea has one flaw you didn't know about :yikes :  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  :twocents



    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!

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