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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. I'm so sorry to hear this. He was a great little guy and you didn't fail him, you noticed something was wrong and were going to medicate and help him when you could, was just bad timing
  7. What lovely happy fishy lives they must lead in all that space. I love your Shubunkins. Want!
  8. It definitely smells...burnt most my nostril hair off haha. New ammonia test it is.
  9. *sigh* I believe this may be the beginning of a lot of cycling questions. Right,so I'm using Kleen Off http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00755MEMA/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_4?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addFourStar&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending which is 9.5% ammonia. I put in 8ml of it to begin the process a few days ago and I've tested the water a couple of times. Both times my test reads no ammonia I got ahead of myself and hopefully tested for nitrates and obviously nothing there either. So where is my ammonia going? I did do a test where I filled half of the test tube with ammonia and half water but that doesn't give me a reading either. So now I'm wondering if I received a dud bottle or if my test kit is inaccurate? Or could there be something in my water that's skewing my results? None of which would be a problem really, apart from the fact that I'm desperate to get my cycle going, and I am really low on finances currently. I don't really want to be buying more ammonia/test kits if something else is going on, and even if it isn't, I'd rather not potentially replace both products if I can help it. My test kit is the API master. Could it be my PH? I still don't know how high it is because it's over what the API will measure. *sigh* Have I worked out the amount of ammonia correctly? My tank is 250l. And on top of that I've noticed some of my pygmy chainswords are getting transparent leaves and I can't work out what this is a symptom of. And I'm slightly wondering if ammonia is a better way to cycle than with fish food/shrimp etc because I've found quite a lot of conflicting information on it.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Aw, thank you hopefully in the next few weeks everything will fill out a bit. haha, my mum bought me the colander a year ago and it just sat in the cupboard so at least it has a use now I think I'm going to keep the tank pretty plain. I want to have two or three nice large rocks in there that I will tie some moss onto.
  13. Really sorry to hear about your ranchu
  14. Afternoon everyone Well, after what feels like months, my tank is finally set up and in day two of cycling. In the end I went for the two aquaclear 70s for filtration though I know at some point I'll probably have to figure out an ingenious way to fit a canister somewhere. ...but let's not worry about that now. I had a really great Christmas thanks to my awesome family and boyfriend, who combined, bought me lighting, filters, API master test kit, eco-complete substrate and a few other things. I thought I would be waiting months to get to this point, buying bits and pieces when I had the money, so yay Anyway, I didn't get off to the best start. When looking to set up my filters I came across the phrase 'drip loop,' in the instructions... in the context of 'make sure your extension wire has a drip loop when you plug your filters into the socket' ...I looked EVERYWHERE for the missing 'drip loop,' in the filter boxes, under the couch and in the end figured I just had to go to the LFS to buy one...where they looked at me blankly and then they were like and I was like Anyhoo, I got back home and spent about 3 hours planting 250 pygmy chainswords into the eco (which wasn't easy!), then went to fill the tank and realised that my water changer wouldn't stretch to the only tap it would fit. ( I realise now that I only had to take the plastic filter bit off the taps that were in range) so had to fill 250l using a 2l jug as it was all I had. The flow of which disturbed the substrate that I had spent ages to get a level slope in, and unplanted my swords. Eventually I figured out that I could avoid this by pouring that water into a colander I don't think anyone has ever spent so long setting up a 64gal tank. But I'm pretty happy with the end result: Sorry for the poor quality pics, was using my phone But the swords already are looking much happier so hopefully they will propagate into a carpet...that my future fish will probably tear up. Hoping to get it nicely established before the arrival of goldies but if they completely wreck it I guess it'll just serve as a 'welcome to your new home present'
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The expression of Jelly Bean in the last pic is adorable..."wen? What's a wen?"
  18. I've always felt like a goldfish umbrella would be beautiful. Other than that: socks cushions bedding stationery mobile phone cases lampshades clocks bathroom rugs swimming costumes (think this is an awesome idea Black) shower curtain...or just curtains jars/containers candle holders hell, please just goldfish everything, the whole world...it would make day and break my wallet
  19. 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
  20. Right, I'm getting ready to feel silly because I've missed something obvious but I don't understand the system for recommending filtration. I know for goldfish it is around 10x the tank volume...but why is it based on the amount of water at all? Two goldfish in a 40 gallon produce the same amount of ammonia as two fish in an 80 gallon...so...why don't we recommend filtration based on the number of fish? I know filters are sold for being suitable for 20g, 60g, 120g tanks etc but wouldn't a system where filters are recommended based on a tanks bio load make more sense? I just bought two filters for my tank online and realised that the information that seemed important was l/ph...but surely this is secondary to the amount of media the filter holds? I mean, wouldn't a filter with a small media tray that was able to 'suck' water in and out quickly still perform worse than one which could hold lots of media but wasn't so fast on the l/ph front? I don't have a system to propose as an alternative but this system doesn't make much sense to me either ???confused???
  21. Yes i can take a Nikon from work now, much better. My wife took most of the pictures though Dont know i i still have them in June, i doubt i can keep that many fish in the fishroom for that long. Youre welcome though! Probably many Sakura and some Calico. Some metallic aswell, i have finished the spawn crossing to a Thai RW male. Well then, it's going to be a fascinating few months!
  22. That is so exciting. Will they all be Sakuras too? (I have little to no idea about how goldfish traits are passed)
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