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Caretta Rose

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  1. I've got my eyes on a local-ish goldfish and koi breeder as well. I didn't know about him a couple years ago, but he's about 2 hrs from me. He's in peak koi season right now but he does get some beautiful goldies in often as well. I'm more excited about getting set up and properly cycled than to rush into getting fish!
  2. I bought it. It's lovely. The man I bought it from almost had second thoughts about selling it... but I managed to convince him that it was the right choice. He said to send him pictures when I have it all set up Honestly, the stand that it comes with is what sold it for me! We are going to look at some house-jacks this weekend. I'm going to take my time getting my filtration and accessories, to make sure I get the right stuff. This is the largest aquarium that I've had - I'm thinking a canister filter might be my best option? I've only had HOB filters in the past. Any advice in that respect would be great. I'm envisioning a bare-bottom tank with some natural wood and Anubias. Any recommendations on keeping the plants flourishing and healthy would be great as well. I've got lots of time to get set up and will be doing a fish-less cycle once we are prepped.
  3. Thanks! I'm going to see the aquarium today... and bringing the truck (just in case)
  4. Hi Guys! It's been a long time and quite a bit has happened in my life between last January (has it really been that long?) I have since lost both my goldie and my precious Betta. My goldie did not acclimate well after a move and my beautiful grey Betta made it to a ripe old age... he is sleeping now both eternally and peacefully! Well - I have since moved three more times, however the last time it was due to a new man in my life. We moved in to a home together last December and we have gradually been making it more 'homey'. Goldfish and ponds have come up in conversation quite a bit. We have a relatively large backyard (larger than I'm accustomed to, having only rented rooms and bachelor apartments prior to this relationship) that could use a raised pond - but not to get too ahead of ourselves in terms of work and planning, a compromise was made for an aquarium! I still have my 5.5 gallon Fluval Betta tank, however I was thinking about a planted shrimp tank for this one. I have yet to come across a Betta as beautiful as my late one, and would now prefer to have small crustaceans in a tank that size. As fate would have it, I came across a gorgeous 75-gallon aquarium in the classifieds on an oak stand at a reasonable price. I immediately sent it to my partner saying, "Uhm, I might jump on this...", and he was for it! (We might have to secure some beams downstairs with some house jacks - but lucky me to have found a handy man!!) So ladies and gents of Koko's.... it looks like goldfish might be on the nearish horizon for me, assuming all goes well with this aquarium. I am seeing it on Saturday and bringing the pickup truck just in case I already have grand plans for a planted bare-bottom tank with at least one or two goldies. It has been so long for me.
  5. I brought a sample of my betta aquarium water in to the lab today just to see what I could find. Thought this was pretty neat! A little copepod. Took a bit of Protoslo to slow him down. Hope you guys enjoy!
  6. To help with the stress of this holiday season
  7. My little fella's fins are growing back in nicely... and he's in a good mood!
  8. Just chiming in here because I thought this was a weird coincidence. Do you think this has anything to do with it? https://weather.com/news/news/mosaic-sinkhole-florida-wastewater-contaminated-plant-fertilizer
  9. The acrylic sheet idea is pretty neat! My living situation is temporary (I went back to school), so I'm hoping this all passes at some point. He did just fine all weekend alone with the lights off! I did leave a little LED nightlight on for him so it wasn't pitch dark. No signs of additional nipping, either. Just wanted to mention that this is the first instance of nipping that I've seen with him. It was very surprising seeing him react so much when I did the light 'experiment' - I've never seen him even flare up prior to that. Today was water change day and he seems to be healing up nicely. We'll be back to half-moon status in no time!
  10. Hi all, I'm so upset! I moved recently into a basement apartment, my beautiful Betta did quite well with the move (my plants, not so much...) despite how worried I was about the whole process. Everything was going well, until I left him for a weekend alone. The apartment is quite dark and doesn't get a whole lot of natural lighting. I left his light timer on as usual.. however, since I was gone the ambient room light was off the whole time and I'm thinking his reflection was super visible with the aquarium lights on, thus stressing him out, and he started self-harming his tail. The top half of his tail fin was shredded and there was a giant bubble nest. He's always been a relatively calm fish, I've never seen him flare his gills until after moving. I did a little experiment and turned the room lights on and off just to see his reaction. Every time I turned them off, he went crazy - flaring and darting around. I haven't seen him nip, but judging on the location of the shreds, it looks very much like it. Problem is, I am leaving again this weekend. I'm wondering if I should just turn all his lights off for the two days I am gone? I know this won't bother the fish, I don't want him to get stressed to the point he starts nipping again. It looks like he's starting to heal. However, I do have live plants and worry about them just as much. I have some anubias, crypts, scarlet temple, some moneywort plants (that are struggling), as well as pothos that are rooted in and overhang the aquarium. I've considered replacing the lighting on the aquarium, too since they are relatively bright LEDs but the funds are just non-existent at the moment.
  11. This is invaluable information, thank you SO much for this! ...And that single-handedly changed my mind about the whole thing. He's a very sweet Betta, I bet he'd be toast the moment I looked away.
  12. Has anyone had any luck breeding Bettas? I am completely smitten with my boy, and knowing their short lifespans I am itching to produce an endless supply of him. (I'm odd, yea...). I'm not sure how old he was when I bought him in November. If I could clone him, I would a million times!!!! I've been passively looking for a silver female, preferably a Halfmoon. I would love to hear from more experienced keepers in terms of difficulty, feeding, maintenance, etc. of fry and how much time and space this would take.
  13. I'm going for it anyway - the learning curve has gotta start somewhere. Could the Prime have done something? I will retest first thing in the morning and do my first water change. We're getting settled I'm also thinking female.
  14. Haha, you guys So I'm all set up... However, just before I headed out I checked my water. It's at 0.5 ammonia right off the bat, no fish or anything, just water and the new filter. I tested my tap water and it read zero. What the heck? Is this a bad idea? Is it the brand new biomax, do you think?
  15. Today is the day. I'm so excited! I've been having a rough time with life in general these days, and this is the first time I've felt truly excited for a long time! I will be off to pick up the remaining supplies and hopefully return with some fishy photos
  16. There's something about the angle of that photo that makes the tank look HUGE! It looks awesome!
  17. What a shame! The Fluval Chi is a lovely aquarium, but they are marketed all wrong... I've seen images of them with 5+ goldfish inside. It would look very beautiful with a Betta. I made a post in the Betta fish section on the forum - I have a Fluval Spec V with my little dude in it. Maybe show him the potential it has with one fish and possibly a snail? Could even go with live plants! It'd be a really nice little oasis on a desk. Good on you for saving Fairy. Gonna make some t-shirts that say "SAVE FAIRY"
  18. Phase 1 is complete.... I'm hoping to pick up the fish tomorrow, early birthday present to me from me! It'll be really disappointing if it's not still there, but I guess I'll have a pretty sweet new storage bin! As of right now, fishy has not been sold. The bin is roughly 17.5 US gallons. I will be testing it now for water holding abilities Now, the place I work can be considered a "questionable" source. We periodically receive goldies in with lice, and ich is pretty common throughout. We do try our best to get the sick ones out and into hospital tanks, but the main system itself I would deem questionable. I'm assuming I can treat my cool bin as a sort of QT - is there a guideline I can follow for QT-ing new fish? I will have to pick up a new bottle of Prime since I will be going through the rest of mine relatively quickly, and I also need to pick up my AquaClear - does anyone have suggestions in terms of media and stocking an AquaClear 70? What does everyone use? I do have cycled media in my 5.5 gallon Betta tank, however there is not much of it. I should probably get some powdered Prazi? Oh, and food! Also, should I build up to 100% WCs (eg. 25% day 1, 50% day 2, etc...) or just immediately start with 100% WCs? I need to be prepared! I also want to mention I have a 100W aquarium heater laying around, should I put it to use?
  19. Yes. I think that's the same one I linked before and the same one tenzmoon used for his indoor pond. I don't know the current exchange rate, but it appears cheaper in the states. Now don't find another half dozen goldies you can't resist so you have as many as he does. Everything is cheaper in the States! A trip to Buffalo, then!!!
  20. This is the biggest underbed storage bin I can find. It is between 15-20 US gallons. Would this be sufficient?
  21. There is another ryukin in the same tank that looks like a balloon belly molly, it's so small and possibly stunted and I can't help but laugh because it's so hilariously cute. I probably couldn't handle two fish at the moment though.... could I? Centered is Balloony. Upper right in the one I want. Ooh-ooh-ohhh, honey.
  22. Loving the resources and responses, thanks peeps! I always wanted to dabble with an indoor "pond" - I'm thinking a HOB would be good since I can effortlessly transfer it into a future aquarium, but the bucket filter is cool. We will see if it was meant to be. Here's the lil dreamer I can see the potential in this wee grasshopper! http://imgur.com/0bKfePa
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