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  1. Very nice! Your fish are beautiful! Yes, I was looking into those exact lights for my 30 gallon. I really want to have a planted tank and I'm curious if a set up like that with two LED strip lights would be sufficient. Have you had any luck with plants in your tank with these LED's? I feel like it's near impossible to figure out an equivalent for the 3-4 wpg when it comes to LED's.

  2. After some searching online, I've found a few companies selling aquarium strip lights made of LED's. I'm curious, has anyone tried these yet? In theory, they are designed to let off substantial light, which would be great for plants and the fish, yet at a lower energy cost! I'm intrigued, and would love to hear if anyone has tried these out. Here are some examples:




  3. The boy has been sulking in his tank since I isolated her. Seriously, he just bottom sits in the far corner of the tank which strangely is in the direction her quarantine tank is in. It's like he's staring at her from afar. I picture him longingly singing "Somewhere Out There" from American Tail (aka Fievel!). I'm actually getting a bit worried about him to be quite honest. :(

  4. Just thought I'd give an update on my lil' lady! She's still in her quarantine tank, currently at 0.3% salt and I am happy to say she is alive and well! Her wen and fins are healing rather nicely! Only thing is her back fin has a pretty bad break in it that has been very red since the incident. It doesn't seem to be healing, though I'm holding out hope it will with time. :)

  5. Thanks for all the great information! I'm curious, has anyone used LED aquarium lights for a planted tank? I know LED's have found their way into the homes of many indoor gardeners as being an effective light source so I did some searching and I found this on Big Al's website and I'm intrigued:



    But, I can't seem to figure out what the equivalent wattage this fixture would be in comparison to a traditional lighting system. As always, any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  6. Thanks! I will look into that substrate. I actually do not have plants right now, so this will be a new endeavor! As for lighting, I know I need a decent amount of wattage per gallon, but I haven't been able to find if my lights are sufficient. Also, the plants I've listed is what I plan to plant, not sure if that is considered planting heavily or not.

  7. Hello folks! So, here's the thing, I really want a planted tank. Thanks to all the beautiful pictures of heavily planted, well manicured tanks on here, I can't stop thinking about it! I've got quite the green thumb with both indoor and outdoor plants, so I figure it might be worth a shot. I feel like I've done my research. However, even after reading numerous posts and articles I still have some questions.

    I have found some great deals on plants on Ebay and am really hoping to plant my tank in the next few weeks. Here's what I would like to plant in my 30 gallon tank:

    3 Tall Amazon Swords, 2 Ludwigia Peruensis, 1 Java Fern Plant, 4 Red Jungle Val, 3 Cryptocorynes, Lutea, Ciliata, or Spiralis , 2 Anubias, 1 small portion Java Moss. 2 Saggitaria Subulata, 4 Saggitaria Chilensis, Marimo balls, and Anacharis.

    So, here's some info on my tank and some questions too!

    Gravel: Currently I have about an inch of gravel and large river rocks for substrate. Will this be enough substrate for planting directly? I'm curious, when you have a heavily planted tank, with planted rooted directly into the substrate; how do you vacuum your gravel without horribly disturbing the plants roots?

    Lighting: Coralife T5 fixture with two bulbs in it that are marked "F18 T5 BP 6700K". I'm having difficulty identifying how much watts these bulbs are. I've had my current bulbs for about 1 1/2 years, so I assume it's about time to get new ones. Any help in figuring out how much watts this is would be greatly appreciated. Also, are there other bulbs I could place in this fixture to reach 3-4 watts per gallon (90-120 watts)?

    Fertilization: I used to keep Anacharis in a tank before and it grew so very much. I used Excel and it seemed to work pretty well. But, I've read that Excel and Flourish can "melt" some plants. Not sure exactly what "melt" means, but it doesn't sound good. Also, I do not plan on setting up a C02 system, but I do want my tank to be heavily planted. Any recommendations on certain fertilizers would be awesome!

    Driftwood: I had a very small piece of driftwood once, I failed to soak it, and it leached tannins into my tank. I know better now! I would like to get some driftwood but am curious what people think about the pros vs. cons of real driftwood vs. fake driftwood.

    Any thoughts suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  8. Awwh, I do hope your dear Duncan gets better! To help the moderators help you (and Duncan), please answer all questions in the box. It's really important to know the exact numbers of your water parameters before treating for any ailments and it helps provide the big picture.

  9. Thank you all for the kind words, support and advice! I'm in awe right now, this is what this forum is about! :)

    Good news! After spending the night in a big old storage bin, my dear Oranda is now in her very own tank. I kept it simple, but added some river rocks from the main tank in hopes some beneficial bacteria hitch a ride. I know, not very likely... Anyway, she's got clean water, salt, peace and quiet. I must say, from the moment I put her in the tank and she's been buzzing around and seems to not have a care in the world. She's even eating well! Her fins are ripped and bloody and her wen looks almost fuzzy where it was torn, but by her behavior you'd think she was 110%!

    On a side note, the strange thing about this incident is these two Orandas were always at each others side. They were brought home together and always circled the tank only within a few inches of each other despite the amount of space in the tank-- well before the breeding behavior began. I've never had two fish that actually seemed to "like" each other until now. But the aggression which occurred did not look like mere curiosity. He ripped her wen to shreds like when a goldfish eats an orange. Ever since I removed the female, the male has been bottom sitting, his breeding stars are no longer visible, and he looks so lonely. But right now my priority is making sure she heals and is safe. Thankfully, so far so good-- with all of your help!

    As a few others have noted, this is definitely not your average behavior for Orandas and I can only hope that me sharing my own horror discovering and treating this incident would not keep someone from having Orandas. Seriously, that hurts my heart. And I digress.

    Here she is in her new (possibly more than temporary) home:





  10. Thanks for all the replies and suggestions! Currently, there is no filter on the tub. I do not have an extra one to put on there. But, I can get one tomorrow. Since I don't have a hospital tank, this may be a good time to get one. I feel bad seeing her all banged up and in a storage bin while he gets the big tank to himself. I'm also worried that if she recovers and I return her to the main tank it's going to happen again. :(

    As for treatment, I will bring the salt level to 0.1% immediately. I was thinking of feeding Medigold just in case, but I tend to shotgun medicate. Speaking of, I've got pretty much every medication on hand, so if there is any additional treatments I should do, please let me know and I will treat asap!

  11. Thanks, dear! Here's the pictures, poor lil' girl!

    Here she is with the culprit.



    This is a few minutes after treating her with Biobandage. Her wen is still blue, it hasn't come off.



    Here's the bin she'll be in for tonight.


  12. I'm in a bit of shock right now so bear with me. Earlier this evening I was watching my fish, Gozer and Zool, eat. After a few moments the chase began again as my male oranda went back to his normal antics of head butting my female oranda. His breeding stars are so visible and lately he's been getting more and more aggressive with the female. I stepped away only to return to see him slamming her against the rocks and begin to eat her wen. He did this several times before I could react, I was in so much shock.

    For a month in late November I treated my tank with salt, melafix, pimafix, and medigold for finrot, thinking my female orandas fins were just not healing. My cycle crashed and I stopped treating the situation to focus on the water quality. I was going to get a tank divider but money got tight causing me to delay. Needless to say I didn't get one. Lupin called it, the male oranda was the culprit all along and I am horribly foolish.

    For now the female oranda is in an 18 gallon storage bin with clean water and an airstone. I've treated her wounds with biobandage, but aside from that I'm at a loss.

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    [*]Ammonia Level? 0

    [*]Nitrite Level? 0

    [*]Nitrate level? 10

    [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.4

    [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Sorry

    [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit

    [*]Water temperature? 72 F

    [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 30 Gallons, 1 1/2 years

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? Penguin Biowheel 350

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly 80-90%

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Orandas 4 1/2 inches not including their tails

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Buff it Up

    [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? I alternate between Pro-Gold, Salad Supreme, and Hikari Lionhead once or twice daily. They are occasionally fed broccoli, spinach, and oranges as well.

    [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No

    [*]Any medications added to the tank? No

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Horribly torn wen, with massive chunks missing. Looks like when you take a bite off of corn on the cobb. So sad! Ripped dorsal and other fins with blood in them.

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Eating and swimming as usual, thankfully.

    I'll post pictures in a moment. Anyway, help!

  13. Yes, your tank is currently overstocked. Just keep an eye on your water quality for now. Your single tailed goldfish will need at least 20 gallons of space alone, so he may do better in a pond one day. Or, upgrade to a 40 gallon when you can. :)

    Anyway, it sounds like your fish are trying to breed, this would explain the two against one behavior. Looks like you have two males and one female. My male oranda does this exact behavior to my female oranda every few days. Head butting, nipping, and smashing her into the tank walls. A tank divider might be useful. For now I would recommend keeping an eye on them and watch for any damage.

  14. So it's been a few days. My cycle has definitely crashed. Despite doing a 100% water change Friday night my levels are still horrible. Ammonia: 1.0, Nitrite: 0.25, Nitrate: 10 (all ready?!), PH: 7.4. Upon looking at my Oranda it looks like her fins are less bloody now. I agree this problem is likely due to the water conditions. I'm curious if salt could have messed with my cycle too. They've been in 0.3% salt now for nearly a month. Seems like the salt did little to help her fin rot. I'm thinking it is time to focus on the water conditions, get the cycle back to normal and remove the salt all together. Any thoughts?

  15. Thanks! I found that my filter cartridges were completely covered in green goo! I rinsed them out and did a 100% water change bringing the salt level back up to 0.3%. I just finished up and they are currently bottom sitting. I fed them and they haven't budged from their spot on the other side of the tank. I'm almost completely out of the big salt carton I bought the other day. It's amazing how quickly you can go through salt! Anyway, should I wait a little while before I test the water again? Also, I have prazi on hand. I'm wondering if (once the water is stabilized) if a round of prazi would help.

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