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  1. Hello everyone It's been a long time since I've posted here. After my first two goldfish died, It's just been hard to look at goldfish the same way. I'm making this thread today because I'm hoping to find a new home for my current orandas. One is a calico and one is red. I will try to post pictures of them soon. We will be moving around a lot the next few years and it has just gotten very difficult to find places willing to let us rent with a 75g tank, everyone only wants 10g. I don't know anyone IRL who i could trust to keep up with a big tank, or who would be willing to take care of them, so I was hoping I could find someone interested here. I'd be nervous about shipping, but I would be willing to meet up with someone up to 8 hours away from my location which is the longest I'd feel comfortable transporting them. I am also willing to bring their entire tank along if its needed, I won't have any use for it and selling it would be a pain. Thanks guys
  2. There are actual tears coming out of my eyes right now. That is a BEAUTIFUL fish!!!
  3. So water quality wasn't an issue, Nitrites 0, ph normal, nitrates below 20 I was suspecting that aeration would have been a problem in this new tank. In my previous tank i had no airstones because the filter easily made enough surface agitation that they never seemed to need it (and it was just another gunky thing to clean so... I stopped using it). I figured the current with the new filter would be enough but I'm thinking not, now, since it really is a massive tank. The BF works at PETCO so he's going to pick up two large stone bars and some more tubing so that will be fixed tonight. I ordered some Soilent Green since I've been meaning to try it anyway, this seems a good of a time as any (I just won't tell Stephen it was $30) I'd been suspecting it was the hikari lionhead as well after seeing all of the tiny air bubbles that escape it after I drop some in. I've soaked them for a minute or two but I think that may not be enough either. So sad too, the little ones' have such good head growth now Maybe I can get away with it for a few meals a week, spread out instead. I'll feed peas for the next few days. Aside from adding the airstones tonight, is there anything else I should do?
  4. I cannot fill out all of the information at the moment because I cannot find the darn testing kit I should be able to update the readings tomorrow, but I am 99% positive it is not water quality since i've checked it recently (I did extra dose prime tonight since I couldn't test) Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 (Seachem ammonia reader on the side of the tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) Cannot determine * Nitrate level(Tank) Cannot determine * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge) * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge) * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 (from previous knowledge) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Cannot determine * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Cannot determine Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? ~68F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75g, running for 2 weeks with filter media from previous tank (no spikes previously, seems to be cycled) * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 525gph canister * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 50%-75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, Antares: 4-5", Dot & Jellybean: ~3" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Currently Hikari Lionhead, 3-4 times daily * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi, 2 weeks for each of them. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red veins along tail, likely stress * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating upside down He and the other fish have been gulping at the surface CONSTANTLY in the new tank. I'm certain it's gas in his intestines that is causing this, but I cannot get him to stop. They would gulp every so often in the older one, but I guess the larger surface area of the 75g makes it more enticing. I've seen him "burp" out a few bubbles today. He's lodged himself under the filter intake to stop himself from floating upward, but he seems to be able to right himself and swim normally when he has the mind to do so. The other fish seem unaffected by it, but I can't think of anything to do for him... I think I might have to go to feeding peas every other day or something to combat it, but I can't think of any way to stop him from reaching the surface.
  5. Happy halloween our trick-or-treaters had to come yesterday instead... it's going to storm tonight. I'm having a party so I'm excited for it to be spooky I'm exhausted though... I've made a cheesecake, cupcakes, brownies and now I'm about to get started on the actual food.... party is in about 2 hours and I'm nowhere near done! (and SO, SOOOO TIRED )
  6. Koko, that's so sad Poor Radar. It hurts knowing that our fish are capable of caring for and missing their tankmates. Everyone who doesn't keep goldfish likes to pretend that they're just mindless, moving decorations or "just a fish" but they really are such smart and wonderful animals. Suna had his swimming issues for months, but Antares was always there trying to help prop him upright again and would sit by him all the time. I notice the same range of emotions in them that I notice in my ferrets, I don't understand how anyone could look at them and think "it's just a fish." Aaah i'm crying again just thinking about it. I'm so glad I get to move him to the 75 soon... I really hope being in a bigger tank helps him.
  7. To be honest if it doesn't wind up looking the way I want it, I'd probably be okay with them eating it anyway because I'm so picky (and I already know I don't like the look of it in a container at all) For now, the only floating plant I KNOW for sure they don't like to go for is anacharis, because I have a bunch of stems floating around the tank already that have remained untouched ~1month or so. it's somehow been kept alive despite constantly moving around the tank, getting stuck to the filter, etc. The one thing that makes me think they might like to eat plants is the fact that they chew the roots off of the bamboo.... but Suna did that too, and never ate plants either. I wish I could just go up and ask them if they're gonna eat my plants or not.
  8. Do you think that maybe wrapping some pairs of the grass together (with fishing line) and attaching them to the tank with some suction cups would work? I think that would give me the best "flow" with the plants, I'm just worried about the fishing line potentially harming the plants when they grow.
  9. Are there any sort of clear mesh-like things that could hold together some guppy grass..and still have it look flow-y? I was originally holding it in some clear boxes...but I hated the look of it. I actually wasn't worried about the duckweed being eaten because... Antares doesn't eat it (But i guess the two new goldfish might like to eat plants )
  10. I'm glad everyone's excited to see it I'm so excited to set it up later this week!!! I went ahead with the 525 and the mini canister. Stephen was like "Brianna, we've already spent over $300 and you're worrying about a $20 difference? Get the bigger one" I'm not too excited about the 1hour water change time...buuut.... I guess I can keep up with algae growth this time around lol.
  11. Okay, so questions: 1. Can I use miracle gro (or some other kind of...dirt) as the substrate in my tank? 2. I want dirt because I know that sand will run down the impeller in filters.... ... is this even a concern with canister filters? (And... will dirt do the same thing?) 3. I LOVED having guppy grass and duckweed... but the filter was always keeping it to one side or sucking it up, and eventually it all died I love the look of floating plants, but is my canister filter going to cause the same issues with pushing them around everywhere? (I'm getting the sunsun 304B and the 602B to keep on the other side) 4. How do I stop floating plants from going everywhere Am I just doomed to not keep them?
  12. I see Well I've been very lucky that I haven't had a filter quit on me yet these 2 1/2 years (One made a horrible noise.... but it didn't quit!) so I wasn't even thinking of that. I really don't want to bother with having another HOB filter... do you think this mini-canister filter from sunsun would be good enough as additional/backup? (And could I use it with the 370? Or should I go with the 525 anyway?)
  13. I really wasn't planning to, I wanted to keep the aquaclear with the 29g since bf's planning to use it for a tropical tank anyway after the goldies are situated in their new tank. Do you think the 525 wouldn't be enough filtration for them or something? And thanks I'm excited to have a big tank, now they have tons of room.
  14. I finally was able to get a 75 gallon tank to upgrade to! I'm super excited lol. It's huuuuuuge compared to my tiny, tiny 29g! I was thinking about a 55 for forever.... but I knew I would want an upgrade in the future anyway so, I bit the bullet and was able to snag one at my LFS for $160 (WAY cheaper than the petsmart near me) The boyfriend was also able to get a super cheap stand that was on clearance at petco for only $100, and it's MUCH higher quality than the stand that comes in the marineland combo that petsmart sells too (win-win!) So I'm here with a question... I'm debating between these two Sunsun canister filters: 370GPH and 525GPH The price difference (with the kits) for both is only ~$20, but I know that canister filters are 5-7x filtration, so do I really need the 525gph? I mean...in the end... it's the boyfriend buying it for me So I don't want to be too greedy and jump for the 525gph just because I want it, if it's not necessary. Also, a slightly unrelated question: ...how long does it usually take you guys to do water changes on your 75? I didn't think of the extra work that's involved in keeping a bigger tank before I got it lol.
  15. I get to feed a bunch of people tomorrow for our halloween party
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