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  1. Thanks again, this is where my ignorance of this sort of filter will really show but here goes:


    1: is the #600 an internal filter?

    2: the filter does not have its own motor; I will need a power-head to make it work?

    3: if the filter is not powered I will not have a problem ordering the filter on line from America because not having a power supply of its own I won't need an adapter for Australian power outlets?

    4: if point 3 is correct, I can then buy a local power-head that will work off Australian standard power outlets?


    Sorry if I my continued questions are becoming annoying, I am still forming a picture of how this type of filter works  :(

  2. Wow thank you every one for your help.


    I would prefer to have just the one filter inside my tank. The tank is in my dining room and I am trying not to have things hanging outside the tank. I would put a large sponge on the intake to keep the inside material as clean as possible. I already do two 90% water changes a week because the internal power filters keep the water clean but do not filter out all the poop my three largish goldfish produce. I realise no filter could keep up with three active goldfish's output.


    Is someone able to direct me to a site that shows how to calculate the size of filter I would need for my 79 gallon tank?


    Thanks again everyone I appreciate you taking the time to help me and for your expert opinions

  3. Hi Everyone, I have just learned of Fluidised Sand Filters. From what I have been reading they sound like a good idea and seem to be very efficient. :) I was wondering if this type of filter would be a good filtering system for my 300 liter (79 gallon) aquarium. I have two internal power filters in my goldfish tank at the moment but I am looking for a more efficient internal filter.


    Does anyone have any thoughts on the suitability of an internal fluidised sand filter for my tank? If this sort of filter in a good idea what sized filter would I need for my tank? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

  4. Hi Helen,


    Thank you for your very kind offer to help me should I need it. I have emailed you via your Kokos profile email. I am not sure how this all works. Do you now get my personal email address? I am not discouraged, just feel a bit out of my depth. I am always very responsible when I take on the care of a pet or plant, etc. and it upsets me when something goes wrong. I feel I have failed in my duty of care to my goldfish, etc. Any way I will continue to enjoy my three beautiful goldfish and hope that they will prove to be hardy.

  5. Thanks Helen for the insights. I am stunned that your fish were so riddled with parasites. I was thinking it must be the breeding of these forms of goldfish (Butterfly Telescopes in my case) that was the big problem. I thought their genetics were just not up to scratch and they were succumbing because their bodies just didn't work properly. I am feeling a bit helpless - I know I cannot test my fish for these sorts of problems.

  6. I am glad you like the tank. This is a recent photo:




    I only have two species of plants in the tank, a narrow leafed form of the Java Fern and an Anubias (I don't know the species of the Anubias neither did the people at the aquarium shop where I bought it) All the plants are on driftwood so I can easily remove them from the tank when I do my twice weekly water changes.


    The gravel is black and fairly small, I bought it at my LFS and it was just labelled goldfish gravel. I only have a very shallow layer of it so it is easy to keep clean.  :)

  7. Thanks again Jared, I cleaned the filters before starting this treatment so should be good for a month, The fish seem fine, a bit pouty every now and then but eating as usual and rush to the front of the tank when I approach. Ever hopeful for an extra feed  :D


    There is some floating poop thats a bit stringy is that a side effect of the treatment? Not much just one or two small ones.

  8. Hi Jared,


    Tomorrow is day 5 and the Prazi treatment programs say do a greater than 50% water change and add more salt. I will do a 90% water change and add enough salt to the tank to make a 0.1% solution.


    In the schedule I am following it says Day 6 to do another water change greater than 50%. Do I need to do this if I did a 90% water change the day before?


    Also should I be cleaning the filters at all during this treatment period?


    Thanks again for your help

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