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  1. Do you happen to have any that are all or almost all metallic white? Also, there is a nice independent pet store called Olathe Pet Shop at about 151st and Mur-Len. You might ask them about taking some. They are very nice people with very nice fish tanks.
  2. What a cute little chunk you picked out!
  3. I have two fluval 306s on my 75 gallon and I really like them. For canisters, you can shoot for 5-7x filtration because they have much more capacity than a hang on back filter. I also highly recommend getting a bucket to put your canister in. You will make a mess maintaining them, and it's nice to have a thing in place to catch the extra water. Also, this makes them much easier to move around as they usually don't have a good way to grip them.
  4. I don't think either way of getting your QT filter cycled again is always better than the other. It just depends on what works for you and how much time you have. If you put your QT filter back on the main tank, it will take a while to regain the beneficial bacteria. The benefit, though, is that your main tank filter remains exactly as it is, undisturbed. If, however, you already have cycled media in your main tank filter that you feel comfortable moving, that can be much faster. Either way can work fine. Since you already have extra media in your main tank filters, you probably would be fine to just move some over to your QT tank filter when you're ready to add a fish to it.
  5. I had a ~90 gallon tank, drilled with an overflow, and I made a sump for it, for very similar reasons to what you list above. In theory, it was going to be awesome! In practice, it was actually just one frustration after another. Some of this was the tank itself and not that filtration, but much of it had to do with the filtration. After carefully made my plumbing and my sump, I did a test run to find that not only was much of the plumbing leaking, the sump kind of imploded on me and all the interior walls collapsed. Investigation shows it was probably from a small fault in the silicone that failed and caused a chain reaction. But that was rather depressing. So then I set up the tank with two large canisters (Fluval 306s) to use the input and the returns for the tank. This would have been awesome also, but I still could not get the plumbing to stop leaking. I tried lots of suggestions, including ones from actual plumbers, but I wanted to be able to undo the plumbing, so I had threaded connections that just wouldn't stop leaking. In the end I had to switch out the tanks for reasons related to the tank itself, so I got a 75 gallon tank and moved the two canisters to it. This was SO MUCH easier than the sump setup. And each of the canisters holds close to two gallons, so I feel like I have more than enough capacity for bio filtration. All that said, lots of people set up sumps and are really happy with them. It just didn't work for me and was rather frustrating. So this might be something you consider when you make this choice. Stakos has a tank that is drilled and drains straight down into a canister, and I think ShawneeRiver has a tank that is set up specifically for connections to a canister. You might look around for their tanks. Sakura and CaptainFindusGoldfish both have sumps on their tanks, if you want to search around for examples of those.
  6. I would start over from scratch with the tank and the water. So sterilize the tank and the filter, and put new water into the tank. You could then add some cycled media from the main tank to the filter, provided you're confident there aren't any problems with the main tank.
  7. I have this one and I rather like it: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3744+12089&pcatid=12089
  8. It's growing, mostly in the form of adding new leaves to the existing clusters (I have heard it will send out whole new runners, but I haven't had that happen). If you look at the link I posted for Amazing Dan, you can see how it looked a few months ago and compare that picture to the one I posted at the beginning of this thread... there are definitely more leaves now.
  9. Thank you! It is sad to see bettas ruin their own beautiful tails. I am glad Roland doesn't do this, though I do sometimes feel sorry for him carrying around all that baggage. I don't think Roland is the revenge type. I think he's more the kind of guy who will get mad at you and give you the silent treatment and under no circumstances will he attempt to tell you what's wrong. Bettas are so fun, aren't they? They come with Genuine People Personalities. Thank you Alex! I am astounded at the fin growth. Glad you like the tank! Thanks Shell! I shall pass your compliments on to the drama king. Roland doesn't currently have any snails, sadly. The tank really needs one. But he did have three at one point and none of them meant anything to him. Before the trim, the plants looked more or less like the second picture here: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/100110-my-new-fluval-flora/page__view__findpost__p__1246822 Except with more going on near the surface. Thanks for the kind words! I am not sure Roland is the kind of guy who cares if he's wearing a gown, but I'll keep quiet just to be safe. I think the plants around the rock are cryptocoryne parva. They have been very low maintenance.
  10. I am really not sure how those pictures ended up different sizes.... sigh. Technology.
  11. I just did a re-scaping of my betta tank; my stem plants had gotten a little out of control so I cut them back quite severely. My betta, Roland, is kind of mad at me right now, because his tank now looks like this: Which means there's a good 3/5 of the tank he's no longer comfy in. But the plants will grow back sooner rather than later. And I can't let something like a grumpy betta stop me from taking lots of pictures! For the record, here's what he looked like when I got him in June: And here are a bunch of pictures from today! Probably the best overall shot I got, but with some really awkward color compression. :/ Runnin' off to hide now: Plant: does not offer superior cover. Poor kid just has way too much tail to hide it effectively. Another couple shots of skulking around behind plants: As you can see, Roland's fins have become somewhat ridiculous. He moves much more slowly now than he did when I first got him. He's the most laid -back betta ever and never flares at anything, so I never get to see his fins all out and displayed; I'm sure it'd be quite a sight. He still makes bubble nests like a fiend, though, so it seems he's happy, even if he does have to drag around all that junk all the time.
  12. My betta tank has a dark brown dirt colored substrate in it. My goldfish tank is barebottom.
  13. I've done something similar to that with a bucket. I put the fish and some of the water (as little as possible while still keeping the fish comfy) from the place where the fish was originally into a bucket, then I add amounts of water from the tank they're moving into to the bucket until the parameters are closer. Works pretty well in my experience.
  14. Ah. I thought by "something came up" you meant you had to do it sometime in the future for some reason. Did you test your water yesterday after you added the ammonia? If you did, what were the parameters then? Where is Cary right now? Somewhere cycled? My first thought is to hold off and test your water tomorrow, to make sure it can process that much ammonia and nitrite. Your nitrate level is fine. But the answers to these other questions might change my thoughts.
  15. When are you planning on adding your fish to this tank?
  16. Any chance you could post a picture of it?
  17. Oh I think I get it. Your RO plus is part of your RO unit, not a bottle of something you add back in? That's interesting. Glad I could kinda sorta help.
  18. How low did the water level go without the fish in the bowl? The pictures kind of look like you could fill the bowl, put the fish in, and have a minor flood on your hands. Your fish are beautiful, as always.
  19. Ah, I see. I have not used RO water myself, but I did do some research about it when I was looking into things to do about my really weird tap water. I have heard good things about Seachem Replenish, and I think I would choose a Seachem product if I had decided to use RO. What I like about them is that their website contains a LOT of information, including the ingredients. I also use and am very happy with many of their other products. I think that the Replenish will just help out with the GH, so you would still need a buffer to raise your KH up to acceptable levels as well. I think I prefer it this way, because then you can choose your buffer and the amount you use to suit your needs. Since I have not used a post-RO water additive, take this with a grain of salt. Perhaps someone who does use RO can give an opinion, but I don't think there are too many kokos members who do.
  20. What are you wanting to accomplish with the addition of minerals? There is a whole range of products designed to replace minerals in RO water and the one you're using is part of this, I think, though I'm not sure which one it is exactly. Who makes the one you're using now? At any rate, I think it'd be a good idea to know why you're not happy with the one you have at the moment before any suggesting of a replacement can happen.
  21. If you get the most common kind of glass tank, the weight will be distributed around the edges of the tank and the middle of the bottom will not need to actually support the tank. So you can get the kind of stand where the tank just sits on it around the edges. If you get a tank that rests on the stand across the entire bottom surface (usually acrylic), you will need one that has a solid, flat surface across the top for the tank to rest on. Either way, you definitely want the stand itself to have a center brace--a support running front to back across the top--to help keep the stand sturdy, but not necessarily for resting the aquarium on.
  22. Prime can deal with up to 1ppm ammonia for 24 hours at the regular dose, I believe. I have one whole ppm of ammonia in my tap water, and it does make water changes for cycling/cycle bump purposes a little bit awkward. But once I have a good and cycled tank, the tap ammonia goes away within 24 hours and we're good to go. Definitely keep on top of the testing, though! Having nitrogen in your tap water of any kind makes the tests even more necessary than usual.
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