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  1. So it worked pretty good, though I just made a 5-minute upgrade. I used a plastic Tupperware that sandwich meat comes in, with the bottom cut out, flipped upside down, and with styrofoam strapped to the side with plastic cable/zip ties. This gave more area above the water line rather than underneath it, because my fish have been knocking their scales off every time I feed them when they go up inside their Eheim feeder. This seems to work out better. The rounded lip of the Tupperware seems to be gentler on them when they flip away after grabbing their pellets. The cut portion is well above the water line. The clip ties catch pellets, so I've removed them and hot glue gunned the styrofoam to the Tupperware instead. I'm going to let it cure 24 hours and then try again. But so far, it seems to be working nicely!
  2. Sweet! Time to strap it all together and give it a whirl!
  3. So I've cut up a Tupperware to make a diy feeding ring, and I was wondering if it was safe to strap some scrap Foamular pink styrofoam to it to make it float? I ran a heat gun over the pieces to melt them slightly to prevent them from flaking off into itty bitty pieces willy-nilly. This whole contraption will only be sitting in my tank a few minutes a day. So, do you think it's safe? I wanted y'all's esteemed opinions before I go tossing anything iffy in my tank!
  4. Oh snap, that's true. I wasn't thinking about lighting at all. Hmmmm... I'll probably go with some of the low-light needs plants, I do want to keep this as simple as possible. Depending on how they do, I'll more than likely grab a couple of clip-lamps from Home Depot and pop in some specialty bulbs. That way I can clamp one on each end of the steel frame I'm building and give them some cheap and easy light.
  5. Seriously? That is WAY more than I thought possible! That's almost too many choices for someone like me lol! This is going to require lots of tea and internal debate XD As for the sponges, thanks for the heads up on that! That's the last thing I need lol. Do you think rinsing and squeezing them out with my weekly water changes will be adequate to prevent this? I'll probably replace it every other month or so as well. Maybe more often, maybe less, depending on how it holds up. Man, those plants though. I am just SPOILED for choice!
  6. Thanks guys! I'm glad to hear that it's not poisonous in the way that, say, antifreeze is, in that it's enticing yet deadly. So that's a concern laid to rest. I think I'll go with pothos. I saw some the other day at Home Depot for pretty cheap, and haven't seen any lucky bamboo or spider plants around, so pothos it is!
  7. Hey guys, I'm in the process of making an overhead sump filter for my 55-gallon aquarium as a supplement to my canister (and because I love a good project). I'm basing it on a video from The King of DIY on YouTube, I'll leave the video below. Basically, it's going to be a 2-foot plastic planter suspended above my aquarium, with water pumped up from the aquarium below coming in one end, flowing through some filter pads, then through lava rock, and then back into the aquarium. I'll probably do a separate post going into more details on the specifics of this build later on. Here is the video: My setup will be slightly different, but the core concept will remain the same. Also, if you've never seen his videos, they are SO worth checking out! ANYWAYS my question is this: What plants would you all recommend I grow in this filter? He suggests pothos, and I was considering lucky bamboo as well. The roots will be submerged in the water and lava rock, but the actual plant will be sitting normally in the air. I'm looking for a simple, hardy, "drop it in and leave it" plant, preferably a cat-friendly one. Pothos is apparently poisonous to kitties, so if I go that route I'll be keeping it well-trimmed. It has to be legal in Virginia, the cheaper the better, and preferably have low light requirements, though I may be able to attach a couple of basic clip lights to the frame I'm making, if absolutely need be. Oh, and it needs to be able to live without high humidity/heat, spray bars, fancy things like that. Again, drop it in and leave it! So! Any suggestions? Any of you have something similar running on your tanks? Let me know!
  8. Gorgeous fish, quality setup! Seriously, he lucked out!
  9. Oop, totally found the salt articles. Never mind! Thank you Miss Koko! ^_^
  10. Thankfully I just did a massive water change a few days ago, and I'm building an aquaponics system with my father that will be running in the next week or so (will do a separate post about that soon!). Tomorrow I'll do a smaller water change and gently rinse my filter. That's due in a week anyways so I'll just step it up a bit. As as for the salt, there's a permanent page here on the correct procedure and dosage, right? What section is that under?
  11. I just received an Eheim feeding station in the mail on Thursday. I have two goldfish, Asimov and Kritlaq. At first I was very pleased with the new feeding station because it allowed Asimov (the smaller one) to get food without being shoved aside by Kritlaq/having to chase the food all over the tank. The problem is, Kritlaq has rammed himself into the feeder whilst I fed them twice now, each time knocking off a scale. Tonight, I sneezed while feeding them, frightening Asimov, and causing him to knock off two scales as well. Now I know for a fact that these wounds were caused by this and not by flashing, because you could clearly see the differences immediately before and after. I'm not ready to give up on this experiment yet, because Asimov understood it so quickly and because it has allowed him to get his fair share, AND it has significantly reduced the amount of excess food waste being introduced to the tank. So my question is this: Should I go ahead and add some API Stress Coat to the tank to help them heal? Or salt? Or should I just leave well enough alone? I'm giving this one week, and if they can't figure it out without hurting themselves by then I'm calling it quits on the feeder. What do you guys think?
  12. So the other day I saw this bizarre fish "agility training course" online. It had things like a little soccer pitch complete with net & ball, and little hoops to swim through. It got me thinking again about entertainment for fish. I know bettas enjoy hoops and mirrors and such, but is there anything to entertain a goldfish? I try to mix up my tank decor regularly, but I can't help but feel I could be doing something more. So my idea is this: A large hoop made out of airline tubing for goldfish to swim through. This would NOT be left in the tank unsupervised, I've read way too many horror stories here on Koko's about fish getting stuck! I figure a diameter of about 6" for the hoop should suffice (my fish are still quite little). I'm going to use a "T" connector to attach the tubing end to end to form the loop, and then attach it to another piece of tubing running straight down to attach to a rock. This way I think (hope) it will float in place. Any thoughts? Suggestions? Questions? Oh, and does anybody know of any airline tubing in uncommon colors? Something that would stand out so the fish can see it more easily?
  13. I know it's been several months since I've posted anything, but I'd like to let everyone know my friend's betta is now happily living in his own 10-gallon, filtered, heated, lighted tank! We're all amazed at the difference in appearance and behavior. I had begun dropping "hints" here and there, and she herself took the initiative to research betta care, finally culminating in the tank described above. Thanks for the input, guys! This one had a happy ending!
  14. So my best friend is an absolute peach pie, and truly loves all the animals she keeps and tries to do right by them. Unfortunately, due to common misconceptions, her betta sits in an unfiltered, unheated bowl in the center of her table. She changes his water every few days, maybe as long as a week. The bowl is filled 1/4 of the way with large, smooth river rocks, and has one live plant dead center. She over feeds him as well. Now the thing is, her cats, birds, and 20+ other fish are living in pretty sweet digs. She goes out of her way to provide them the best, most enriching lives possible. It's just this poor little betta. Every time I go over there I take a moment to see if he's even alive. He just kind of drifts, fins all limp and straggly. I want to say something, but I don't want to go about it the wrong way and make her feel as if I'm attacking or accusing her. Idk if she really even has room for a bigger tank at this point anyways, but her family is making plans to move to a larger property within the year. Should I say something? Is it even my place? If so, how? I don't own bettas, so I can't point to mine for reference. Should I show her a video of a happy betta in a proper setup, let her see the difference? We often like to wander the aisles in Petco together, maybe linger by the bettas and comment on how sad it is that they keep them so poorly, and launch into a brief rundown on filters, heaters, and gallonage? Any advice would be most appreciated, fellow fish-nuts!
  15. Cucumber, really? Raw, or blanched? Not to high jack the post I too am eager to hear of more plant options!
  16. So I just finished cycling my new tank and have added my fish, and I'm watching my water parameters like a hawk. Ammonia & nitrites are at 0, but nitrates are between 5-10 ppm. Should I do a big water change? At what point do nitrates become dangerous?
  17. Well color me impressed! This thing's got some serious power! It's got plenty of room for extra media (yay lava rocks!), and it's so quiet I keep checking to make sure it's even running! Now if it lives, and continues to perform, then I'll be a full canister-convert
  18. Fluval it is! I'm on my way to the store now. Fingers crossed!
  19. So after going through a great deal of trouble tearing down my new 55 gallon tank and restarting it before it had even finished cycling (due to snails), I finally plugged my two Aqueon Quietflow 55/75 filters back in... And nothing. Not a whirr, not a peep. Dead. I spent 3 hours trying everything I could think of to get them to work, and nothing. I've had them 34 days, just missing the date for returns. So now I'm out $80. ANYWAYS, now that I've stopped shaking my fists at the sky in impotent rage I need to get a new filter. My friend who keeps Oscars loves her canister filter and swears by it. She has a National Geographic cf70 uv filter. If I went that route I'd probably go up to the cf80, though that seems a little low, being rated "up to" 80 gallons. Maybe a Fluval 406? I want something I can rely on, that isn't going to break my back, and isn't going to break the bank. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated!
  20. I'm going to call different stores around town and ask if they've got that Miracle Grow mix. It'd be a lot less dramatic than all of this nonsense.
  21. Yeaaah I don't think I can really run a test on this water hahaha
  22. Yeeaahhh so I just put a shot glass with this dirt tightly packed in it into a spaghetti pot and carefully filled it with water, and literally ALL of the dirt floated. Hahaha NOPE. Not going in my tank, no thank you. Yeesh. Alright, well the garden will love it at least XD Back to the store to find something different :/
  23. Thanks guys. Yeah, I'm going to be using this as substrate with a gravel cap. I went ahead and sifted it all through a colander last night to remove all the wood chunks. I'll definitely do a little water test before using it! That's a really good idea. And I'm going to be doing a month-long fishless cycle on this, so if I get an ammonia spike or two at first I'll live. But definitely gonna test that PH now.
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