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Millie.

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  1. I guess you're right, I just wondered if there would be any 'kits' or anything like that to see if there are traces of lead in the water supply. It's good to hear that the fish will be fine if it is just a case of hard water. Thank you
  2. Hello all, I first decided to keep goldfish almost a year ago and progress has been slow, meaning that I still have no water piggies to call my own But in the next couple of months that is going to change as my parents have very kindly decided that they will purchase me some fish before Christmas....(I have expensive fish taste *ahem*) So I have started to cycle my tank in preparation. Anyway, I let my tank sit for a few days with an airstone and tested the PH, which was just under 9. I also tested my tap water for any discrepancies and it was off the chart of my test kit? So I looked up the stats of my local water and the PH from the tap should have been low enough to register on the test kit. I'm a little bit concerned that my house might still have lead pipes, would this result in this mysteriously high ph reading? I live in a flat in an old converted office building, probably circa 1970 and when my boyfriend and I moved in we noticed that the water tasted different to our old place which was only a few streets away. We also get a bronze coloured sort of sediment under our taps occasionally, is it possible this is rust? If anyone has any experience in this who knows how we can verify (without calling someone out and spending money) if it is a piping issue, or has any other ideas, it'd be great to know. I assume traces of lead would be dangerous to goldfish health? I live in Lincolnshire in the UK, and my area is renowned for very hard water as there's lots of limestone in the land, would this be an issue in itself even if the lead pipes are given the all clear? Thanks in advance
  3. Star do have a pretty good reputation and I believe they're having an open day mid October. Other good choices in the UK are London Ranchu (deal in quality fancies, not just ranchu) and Funky Fish who I know personally breed quite a few of their own fancies. They can both be found on Facebook and do deliveries. It's almost been a year since I decided to start in this hobby and I still have no fish, mostly because i've decided to save for more expensive fish and the travel expense to go and view them before purchase because the quality and health of fish in my LFSs is so poor
  4. Dang! They are adorable! My first tank is currently cycling (fishless) and I'm torn between getting a couple of pearlscales or choos, these guys would help my dilemma somewhat So...um, I'll be sending a courier, cat burglar your way.
  5. I'm so envious. :tantrumYou really do have the most gorgeous fish Alicia
  6. What lovely happy fishy lives they must lead in all that space. I love your Shubunkins. Want!
  7. I can't be of any help here...but your fish are gorgeous. Really hope your red-cap feels better soon. If anyone can help it's the team on this forum. They are super-heroes.
  8. U-oh! I remember when my tank was delivered and how excited I was...if it had been the wrong one I think I would have gone into melt-down and that's without all the messing around with other tanks. Hope you get your hands on your 27 long soon.
  9. Really sorry to hear about your ranchu
  10. shhhhhhhhhhhh! they're referring to tropicals... :rofl Come on though Helen. You know we're all wasting our huge fish tanks 'just for goldfish,' when we should be stocking tropical communes. ...or is it just me that gets that comment, like, all the time I get this all the time too! I have a 75 (with goldies) and an 80 (empty at the moment) and everyone says oh don't fill that one with goldfish, they're so ugly/boring/blahblah I feel your frustration haha. I haven't even sourced my first fish yet but when anyone sees my tank set up I get this little look when I say it's the future home of a couple of goldfish. It's the same look people give when their elderly relative tells them that their fortune will be left to the cats
  11. shhhhhhhhhhhh! they're referring to tropicals... :rofl Come on though Helen. You know we're all wasting our huge fish tanks 'just for goldfish,' when we should be stocking tropical communes. ...or is it just me that gets that comment, like, all the time
  12. The expression of Jelly Bean in the last pic is adorable..."wen? What's a wen?"
  13. Thanks everyone, really good answers and I do kind of get it...but as you all pointed out, there's so many variables to the rule, even though it is just a recommendation. How big are the fish, how many, what type, how much fed... couldn't the filter boxes just say, 'Fluval C4, for 28 total inches of fish in tank' etc
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