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AquaAurora

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  1. typo fail gait=get >.>'' Btw have any of you ever handled 6" diameter pvc? ITS HUGE! I know the fish (Bristol shubunkin) won't be that fat, but still, makes you realize how big they'll get! Hoping to get them in the next month or two..
  2. : yeh pertty much, now I gait to wait even longer for the extra pieces (have to order online-my store doesn't carry them).
  3. Yep that's what you get for keeping livebearers- pretty much always pregnant/spitting out fry.
  4. duckweed would consume the ammonia while it had a sufficient light source to photosynthesize (duckweed is a lot light plant so doesn't need much), the beneficial bacteria(BB) would only get to eat when there is no light, but by then the duckweed might have consumed most of the ammonia (depending on when you feed). Hypothetically, if you feed at night/dark time ammonia and give it 12-16 hours of dark the BB could consume first, then lights on and duckweed gets what's left/consumes produced nitrates, then lights off and feed again. Or you can try doing larger doses of ammonia to ensure some is there even with duckweed absorbing it, but I can't say what % more to add have live plants in. When I fish-less cycle with pure ammonia in a planted tank everything but the fish is in, all the plants and the filter, so I just dose normally and what the plant's don't finish the BB will form and get. But I should note these are betta tanks I'm talking about-waaaaay smaller bio loads than a goldfish. I also usually dose before a short lights off period so the bb does get some.
  5. If you want it out of the aquarium put in an air stone in the bucket + tank water/dechlorinated water. Buy some pure ammonia from ace hardware store (janitor strength-i use this stuff all the time on fish-less tanks), or buy ammonia with no additives (dyes, fragrances, or other chemicals). Use this calculator to figure out ammonia doses daily(scroll down): http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=51&keywords=cycling You may also went a needleness syringe (look at oral baby med syringes on ebay/amazon) for easy dosing. Test the ammonia level each day to see if its all being consumed before adding more (don't 'over feed' you beneficial bacteria). Once the bacteria is consistently consuming all the ammonia each day you don't have to test any more, just dose daily. Do weekly/bi weekly water change to remove nitrates so when you finally use the media again is doesn't spike nitrates in the tank it goes in.
  6. Good new! clear pvc for water bridge came in today! Bad news! It doesn't fit the angles elbow pieces that were bought to stuff them into >.< Have to buy 2 more 6" diameter connector pieces..
  7. I missed the ups guy for delivering the last pieces I needed for my water bridge today *head desk* ugh.
  8. ^ this is an awesome idea. "Hey look fun sticker + it gives website if you want some info on making a happy/comfy goldfish! Plus show of your cute new pet."
  9. Do you have KG stickers? If now you should make some to sell/raffle too ^^
  10. Its better to fast than use a feeder block/auto feeder (makes mes sin tank or can over feed). Some bettas fin bite because their fins are too long ans weigh/slow them down. My doubletail halfmoon mustard male had this problem-huge fins. He trims them so short he looks like a plakat. If you're worried about reflection being an issue and are willing to do some DIY you can make inserts for your tank with acrylic sheets, an electric saw or utility knife, and Krylon fusion spray paint. I did this for one of my boys, worked great! This is the tank after a few years
  11. RAOK time again! aka free stuff just pay shipping cost. Those of you that have seen my tank journal know that my water sprite grows out of control. I did a massive water change yesterday and thinned out quite a bit of it! It takes up about 3" of a 5g bucket! Giving away for price of shipping. $7 for small flat rate priority box stuffed to capacity. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. PM for faster response. I have probably 2-4 packages available. Shipping only in Continental US. If you have questions feel free to ask. Disclaimer: may have diatoms (aka brown algae). Tank today (after thinning it out)
  12. its rubber coated (sorry for spam post tried to edit past edit time)
  13. FOr wire concerns go to your local hardwarehome improvment store adn get coated wire like this (comes on a spool): has a rubber coating on the outside
  14. You lucky [censor]! You get pothos n'joy locally?!!! I had to pay an arm and a leg for some pitiful little clipping, can't find it local here :c
  15. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/golden-pothos I put window screen mesh around the front of my 55g-where i have a ton of pothos hanging down in front of the tank (its on a low stand)- so the puppy doesn't make a meal of it. Hoping by the time she's past the teething stage she'll listen to "leave it" and mot mess with the plants.
  16. Cute new gal! Hope she pulls though qt in flying colors for you ^^ Tangent question: what's the bubble wand style you use for your 120g (noticed in your YouTube channel)? Is it something like these? (flexible rubber tubing with a [censor] ton of holes) https://www.amazon.com/Penn-Bendable-Bubble-Diffuser-60-Inch/dp/B0002DJF4C/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1473880059&sr=8-8&keywords=aquarium+bubble+wand https://www.amazon.com/Hisea-Flexible-Aquarium-Diffuser-Connector/dp/B01B5GDI9C/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1473880067&sr=8-12&keywords=aquarium+bubble+wand Any trouble making it stay down at the bottom?
  17. I'm not sure how humidity is by you but I want to note maiden hair fern likes its humidity (my house at 50% (probably higher by tank)) wasn't enough for it. A spray bottle with some tap or distilled water misted 103x a day depending on humidity levels is a big help. The pilea species (aluminum,friendship, etc) really appreciate good lighting and grow bushier/lower leaves last longer in a strong light. When you trim and replant clippings it wilts bad just give it time it'll bounce back. Wondering jew is a vine like pothos, but unlike pothos its vine is weak and it will drop from its own weight as it grows, you can trim an replant if you don't like the low hanging vine, or give it a trellis to climb on (or just a simple anchored rope/fishing line to wrap the vine around). It does NOT like having its leaves wet-leaves will melt if splashed constantly by filter outflow for example). I like Fittonia, no fuss with it. I have baby tears (sold as Helxine soleirolii aka Soleirolia soleirolii) on my Aquaclear 70 HOB, its gotten HUGE-its right under a a 13 watt 6500k cfl bulb). 4/1/15 4/5/16 (its even bigger now!) Wish pothos was pet safe, its a real nitrate buster!
  18. I keep a lot of house plants with roots in water and leaves above (riparium style) on several tanks. I've not had issues with root eating so I can't say for sure which re dangerous..a s far as for cats and dogs to ingest most of them are poisonous. If you're worried about roots being eaten try using terra cotta pots instead of shower caddies to contain the roots more. Here is a list from my riparium plant list thread on another forum (this is not everything but what I and some other members have successfully used). Dwarf Palm Neanthe Bella Wandering Jew (Tradescantia__(few varieties)) Fittonia Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Pothos Altherna (Scarlet Temple) Prayer plant (Maranta) Helxine soleirolii Aloe Croton various Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena braunii) Dragon's Tongue (Hemigraphis repanda) Purple waffle (Hemigraphis colorata 'Exotica') Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema) Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) Raspberry Swirl Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea 'Raspberry Swirl') Sweet Flag Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron cordatum) Arrowhead plant (Sagittaria___) Ruellia brittoniana 'Katie' Coleus Maidenhair fern Dwarf Lobelia cardinal Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata) Aluminum plant (Pilea Cadierei) Anthurium Dwarf Cyperus Laguncularia white mangrove Star Grass, Ajuga "chocolate chip" Pilea cadierei "pan am" Pilea cadierei minima "aluminum" Wedelia trilobata Selaginella sp gold Lidard's tail (Saururus cernuus) African violet (Saintpaulia sp.) Emersed aquatic plants: (some may need higher humidity than others) Brazillian Pennywort Hygro Corymbosa "compact" Ludwigia Repens Hygrophila Augustifolia Crypt wendtii Ludwigia peruensis Hygrophila tiger Hydrocotyle tripartita Baby tears Java moss Lindernia Bacopa salzamannii Lysimachia nummularia Glosso Wide leaf water sprite Myriophylum Hydrocotyle japan
  19. All sold ^^ will post another thread when new plants are available. Still have salvinia minimia (floater) for just cost of shipping see Want to Buy, Giving Away, Rehome subsection.
  20. The only algae I've found harmful is very thick black beard algae-does not let light through so the leave cannot photosynthesize properly, but it took weeks before it damaged the leaf (light/dead spot where bba was once removed). Diatoms (aka brown algae) generally are unsightly and annoying but that's about it. Agree you should reduce light, typically aquatically planted tanks have lights on for 6-10 hours (usually only 10 if they have co2 injection systems). Mine are on for 7-7.5 hours a day, except the aquaponic goldfish tank which is about 12 hours but lights are raised high and I use fast growing water sprite which covers the surface to avoid algae issues. I use a simple light timer from home depot that's ~ $3 or $9 (pricy one has 2 outlets and takes 3 prong lights) http://www.homedepot.com/p/24-Hour-Plug-In-Basic-Timer-15119/100685881 http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-15-Amp-24-Hour-Plug-In-Heavy-Duty-Mechanical-Timer-with-2-Outlet-49807/203677447?MERCH=REC-_-NavPLPHorizontal1_rr-_-NA-_-203677447-_-N If you have green hair algae (likely with long photo period) google up "The "One-Two Punch" Whole Tank Algae Treatment" It gives good info on treatment. TLDR for it: get hydrogen peroxide and seachem Excel, manually remove what you can for hair algae, turn off filter and (ideally use a syringe to) dose the hydrogen peroxide then excel. Read the page for dosing info, and duration ( i think its a half hour). Note: this treatment has been known to kill otocinculus and some otehr very delicate fish species. I don't think it will harm goldfish (has not hurt my bettas) but you can remove fish during treatment and do a water cahnge after before putting fish back in.
  21. What dawn said. Fish keeping should be enjoyable/relaxing, not a job/panic (though we all know it can be scary sometimes). Just take a breath and tell yourself everything will be ok, and it will be.. not always immediately but it will be eventually so don't worry. I agree you should do a preventative treatment with prazipro for all the fish. I've found it easier to take substrate out of the tank and put in a large bowl or a bucket and take outside to rinse with a hose thoroughly (the shallower you keep it the quicker it is to clean) then put back in the tank. Easier than multiple water changes to get out old mulm and such having to haul buckets of water back and forth (i'm not a python siphon user).
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