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  1. before i start, i appologise for the modified pic ok, so heres an easy way to create an air stream in your tank.... As you can see, drilling a hole in the top of the filter head and pushing a piece of air line through (which needs to reach above water level for air to get in) will create a simple way to oxygenate your tank jsut as a warning, it is probably better to detatch the head of the filter from the body before drilling a hole, as you can see where you are drilling too.
  2. ok, well i had this idea a few weeks ago when i was doing a water change on my goldie tank... personally i find it really irritating having to stand next to the tank making sure that the water pipe is directing at the bucket and that the other end doesnt go above the water level, not to mention that it does my back in, so i thought, why not fix one of th problems.. its a pretty simple design (please excuse my paint abilities ) basically i picked up a 180 degree return bend from a hardware shop my dad goes too. They're plastic and very cheap (about ?3 i think) and i also got some connectors (sorry my camera is dead so i had to draw a pic ) the bend (im not sure this one is plastic, but the one i used is) the connector. as the pic says, you just add one end of your siphon pipe to the connector, then add the other end to the bend: this way the tubing will hang over the edge of your tank, with no risk of going flying
  3. hey Kris... i dont know if this will be of any use at all, but here are some things i know about wens There are a few types of goldies that will grow wens, the most common of which being our beloved orandas. You will also find that you can get what are called 'crowned pearlscales' these too have wens. Ranchus (or lionheads) will grow wens that can cover their entire face. The most normal appearance of a wen is quite hard to describe, but it kinda looks like solid jelly placed on the head, or more likely all over the face here is a pic of my oranda casper (also after his wen trimming): White spots on the wen can indicate a problem (such as fungus), but it can also just show that the wen is growing. New head growth will look white, and is sometimes confused with fungus or bacterial infections (i have made this mistake before). The best way i find to tell if it is wen or not is again to look at the texture. fungus generally looks more 'fluffy' than new wen growth. Foods that can help to promote wen growth are those high in protein such as plankton and bloodworms. You can also buy foods that will increace wen growth in the fish, i have found that Hikari oranda food works quite well as for the wen trimming - i have had to do this to my beloved oranda casper. i suggest you only ever do this is the fish's health or wellbeing is at risk, i.e.: if the wen is covering the eye, This is only my method and im sure there are plenty of people who will have things to add etc I found that the best hing to do is before you take the fish out of the tank, make sure that the water quality is absolutely perfect. then fill a tub with the tank water and place the fish into it. It should be deep enough so that the fish can swim upright in it, as i'm guessing most people will not use anaesthetics to sedate the fish and so you dont want them getting hurt when you have to let the back down for air... Then take a sterile pair of nail scissors and have some iodine & tissue ready so that you can dab the 'cut away' areas after you are done. Once the fish is in the tub, pick him/her up, taking care not to damage any of their fins in the process, also take care to hold *firmly* to prevent them damaging themselves, but not too hard as you can end up rupturing or damaging their organs. Then take the sterile nail scissors and cut away the area covering the eye obviously making sure not to damage the actual eye in the process (i always have a light next to me so that i can see what i'm doing). The wen itself has a very odd texture when you cut it and it is more like cutting rubber i find, so make sure that the scissors are sharp. once you are done removing the offending areas, *very carefully* dab the 'cut' bits with an iodine solution. Make sure that whilst he fish is out of the water you keep letting them back down for air. I found that the cut areas should look as good as new within a few days, although at first they will have the 'new wen growth' whiteness where you cut and will turn to the normal wen colour within 7 days. Make sure that your water quality is perfect afterwards (of course it should be anyway) as this is essential as it will prevent infection. hope this has helped you in some way...
  4. well recently i have noticed that one of my male bettas seemed to be a little in-active. All tank stats were fine, and so i though maybe he was a bit lonely i then added one of my females into the tank, within a column, so that he couldnt reach her. Well, this perked him up enormously!! although this method was effective, for obvious reasons i couldnt keep her in there for too long, so i went out and bought a little plastic budgy mirror they are completely safe to use within the tank, and you can fix them very easily using a little suction cupwith a hook on the end (bought very cheeply from a bathroom store, another great use for these things ) to the lid of your tank. this keeps him very happy, and he has since made me a HUGE bubble nest! As i mentioned, these mirrors can be taken out from time to time to prevent 'over-stressing' him by simply un-hooking them from the suction cup and giving him some relaxation time to build his bubbles
  5. well, i have recently been trying to find a tank divider to go into my 6 gal, so i can have 2 bettas in there. This has prooved a little tricky, as i cannot find the specific size anywhere. Then the other day i saw one of my old Under Gravel Filters that came free with a tank i got and have never used. Then it hit me that that would make a perfect betta tank divider! It has gaps in it to allow water flow, but not big enough for our betta friends to catch site of each other! I took the measurements of my tank, and then cut the UGF to size, sanding down any sharp edges with a nail file, and rinsing it under a tap to remove any excess plastic This acts as a perfect divider, at a very cheep cost. Even if you dont have a spare UGF, they are very cheep at lfs's, about £3.99 ($6.50?) You can also make the gaps a little bit larger with scissors if you want to, so you can weave plants in and out of it, to make it look prettier, i spose thats a personal choice
  6. well, i tried this out myself, and it works. what i did, was to take one of the sponges out of my allready cycled tank, and put it in a baisin. then i took the new filter sponge, and sqeezed all of the muck on to the new one. i just played about with it for a while, until the new sponge was fully covered, and then put both of the sponges back. your old filter still has lots of bacteria on it, and now so does your new one!! i found that this method was alot more effective than just depositing your filter muck into the tank. a) much less mess, and B) it is instant, whereas with the other method, you have to leave the muck in there for a while, before taking it out. i found that this was very useful, especially when setting up an emergency hospital or quarrentine tank as it is instant and effective.
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