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  1. I only have a Petco near me but if I drive about an hour there is a Pet Smart. I agree, Petsmart has better goldfish than some other stores.
  2. Okay, thank you! After looking at it the Finnex did seem a bit too strong.
  3. Thank you! I'll look into it! I'm not sure how much I need to worry about the plants seeing as they are so hardy.
  4. Hi everyone! I'm looking into a new lighting set- up for my 40 gallon and have been thinking about LEDs. The reason why I want to upgrade, is because my old light was the standard one that came with the tank, and I just don't feel it's bright enough to really show off the fish's colors and support plants. I do plan on having some low light plants like Anubis and Java Fern in the tank, but nothing fancy or high light specific. I don't want a light that is too strong and causes algae problems, but I also want a nice well lighted tank. I looked at Finnex and Current USA Satellite set-ups, but I'm open to anything. However, I would prefer to not spend over $150. I understand that is a little low for a good quality set up. Please share your thoughts and what you think works best!
  5. Thank you shakaho! I know of a breeder in Bend who has beautiful ranchus, but his fish were still upwards of $150 a piece. I'll definitely take a look at this one.
  6. I'm thinking about getting one of the specific fish. Even if I wanted to get a pet store fish, my Petco has very very few goldfish. Hopefully someday I can get a nice fish from Dandy Orandas!
  7. They are adorable! Thank you for the help. I would love to be able to go and pick out my fish, but I don't have any good fish store options were I live. I've read the quarantine procedures on the forum and I'll make sure to be diligent in the treatments.
  8. Hey everyone! I wasn't sure where exactly to post this, but soon I will be buying my first goldfish since having been educated in the aquarium hobby. I was looking for a place to get goldfish that wasn't as expensive as Dandy Orandas or as unhealthy as Petco. I found a site called buygoldfishonline.com and I was wondering if anyone had bought from them or knew if it was reliable. If you have, I would love to see your fish and hear about your experience. If you know of another option or better option please let me know too!
  9. The tank has been cycling for nine days and I the current readings are: ammonia-2ppm and nitrite-0ppm
  10. Yes, I am adding pure ammonia. My other tank is only a ten gallon, but I have added a small amount of the bio media. I still don't have everything I need for the goldfish, so I don't mind waiting a while for the tank to cycle.
  11. Calamity- I also plan on using a python or similar product when doing water changes but thank you for the suggestion. shakaho- I am basing my previous results on another tank( I hadn't been too concerned until reading more on stress due to ph swings) and when I had to drain the cycling 40 gallon in order to move it so my second filter would fit. The Ph does remain constant after the slight change, so it shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for the help!
  12. Thank you! The tank is a 40 gallon so it might be difficult to age such large volumes of water for every water change. The tank does have quite a bit of aeration so as long as it won't harm the fish I suppose I'll let it be.
  13. Hello everyone! I'm new here, and in the process of cycling my tank for two goldfish I hope to get in the future. When I filled my tank, the Ph was at 7.0. However, the next day it was up to 7.4. I have tested this several times and it is always the same. I understand that when I get my fish, this fluctuation will cause stress everytime I do a water change. I'm wondering how I can keep the Ph constant and what type of buffer I should use? Also, will this affect the beneficial bacteria I'm trying to grow in the cycling process?
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