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  1. How can you say this? Thunder I keep seeing you say things that are incorrect and in this case, potentially dangerous. What if the middle is weak? Over time it can crack, become warped, moldy, cave in, etc. It is just not OK to tell someone sight unseen that any tank on any dresser is safe. Its a fact that weight of tank is more on the corners. It's true that the best stands are made to transfer the weight of the tank down to the ground most efficiently at the corners, but it's also true that for the integrity of the structure as a whole, the rest of the structure should be taken into account. I don't think anyone here would put a tank on a stand made out of four cinder blocks, one at each corner, and there's a reason for that. The tank needs to be supported across the entire base. If the middle is bowing, the whole structure could be compromised, and then all that weight at the corners would no longer be supported either.
  2. I think for up to about 20 gallons, provided the dresser is reasonably well built, you would probably be fine. For more than that, just like with whether or not a floor can support a tank, it's just too dependent on the dresser and the specific situation to make a call like that. Many people have tanks on dressers and do fine with them, but they don't have your tank on your dresser. I would suggest looking around at various DIY stand instructions on the internet to see what kinds of things are necessary for a stand, and use that information to make an assessment about your dresser. At least this is easier than judging the structural integrity of the floor, as you can see inside the dresser yourself to make these judgments.
  3. There are some glazes that people use on terra cotta. For aquariums, you want the plain, unglazed kind--that type is perfectly fine. I've never had a goldfish sleep in a pot like that but I imagine it's not impossible.
  4. If you do frequent large water changes, you should be alright in the short term. You are definitely quite overstocked, though, so you will probably want to start looking around for a better long term solution. How big is your QT tank? An extended QT for the newbie might be one solution to look at while you figure out a strategy, if the QT is on the big side.
  5. Here are a couple of Roland after that dummy nipped his tail and dorsal off. They're growing back but still ugly... It's been a long time since he's carried his fins proudly; they just got too long after a while, but here's an early pic of his delta tail.
  6. Do you happen to know what the KH and GH are for your water? I use Seachem Alkaline Buffer but my tap water has a higher pH than yours. It probably would help, though. I think it's much easier to find than Gold Buffer.
  7. at this one: "What raspberries? I didn't see any raspberries. I have no idea who ate them."
  8. Looks like you got a good start. Keep us updated!
  9. With saltwater tanks, bigger is always easier to maintain, and many people recommend at least a 55 gallon tank for beginners. I wouldn't recommend using things from the ocean for a beginners tank either. It is techinically possible to do so, but it can be hard to find water and sand that are clean enough for use. The equipment needed will depend a lot on what kind of saltwater tank you want. Just fish? Fish and corals? What kinds of these?
  10. That's good news! Glad it worked out for you.
  11. The fluval plant substrate is nice but it is also very, very (did I say very?) light. This might make it hard to keep plants planted if you're going to put goldfish in that tank. I had trouble keeping things in the substrate with one betta for a while! Something to consider.
  12. Awesome shots! Thanks for posting them! I love the coloring on your ranchu.
  13. I have a pump too and it's awesome! I use that to drain the tank and then use the water changer to fill it back up. I think it's super fast for how much water I change.
  14. I don't know about a comparison between suction levels and water change speed, but I have a Marina Aquavac and the part that screws onto the sink is metal on that one. You might look into that. The rest of it is plastic.
  15. Aw. They are getting so goldfish-like! Congrats on such lovely babies!
  16. I figured you'd get lots of offers. Is why I just left a message here, as a backup.
  17. I still have all or almost all of the bag you sent me. The bag says opened 7/10/12, so we're a hair past the 6 month window I think I've read about around here, but it might be alright if no one else has any newer that they can dispatch quickly? It's been sealed, dry and in the dark that whole time. Let me know.
  18. I don't know that that would be a very good idea; the 10 gallon tanks in particular are made as cheap as possible, so I'd think the glass in them would be just thick enough to suffice WITH the plastic frame around it. Without, and you might have problems. I also know that some of the more danger-minded among aquarists like to take their top rim off of small tank and try to have them rimless around the top... and then find that the glass edge behind the rim is very sharp and sloppily cut. So even if the glass from a 10 would hold, you might end up making an ugly slicing risk instead of a tank.
  19. I just realized that while I was reading it as you needed place to put them when you're done, not everyone puts them on the kitchen counter to dry like I do; you might've been asking for a place to put them while you're actually doing the testing! In which case mine won't help you. But Alex's links totally would.
  20. I made one over a year ago. The thread on it is here. I can proudly say that it's still holding our test tubes to this day! It wasn't very hard to make. I bet you could do it, but if you feel you aren't handy yourself, perhaps you know someone willing to put this together for you?
  21. The pictures I posted above are of my telescope Peanut. When that first happened to his eye, I posted a thread in D&D all freaked out because I couldn't figure out what it was. I tried lots of things, and none of it did anything for the funny eye puffiness. He was acting fine the whole time, so I decided to just take a "wait and see" approach, and six months later his eye is still like that (even more so, maybe) and he's fine. So maybe the eye isn't something to get super worried about right now. When that happened with Peanut's eye, his pupil got kind of hazy, and then the haze developed into a kind of white spot. I'm pretty sure he's blinder now than he was to begin with, but I don't think he could ever see that well. I don't know about the part between the eyes, but since Google is acting normally, I think regular water changes with Prime or Amquel Plus and observation are a good way to go for now.
  22. I'm having trouble picturing what you're trying to do here, I think. You want to attach the platforms to the side of the tank with some sort of glue? Or is there something else you want to do with it? Where is the fine mesh material you mention going to go?
  23. On the topic of heavy rocks, some people put egg crate down to distribute the weight of things a little bit and help alleviate pressure points. I don't know for sure if it's necessary (if you have substrate already and place your rocks on top of it, that probably does the same thing), but I don't think it'd hurt anything if it'd help your peace of mind.
  24. I don't think I know of a situation where someone successfully used that kind of heater, but that doesn't mean it automatically won't work... I did want to mention that with fully submersible "normal" heaters, you can put them horizontally on the back wall near the substrate and if you plant heavily, they will be completely hidden. But that will of course depend on the style of planting you intend to do. You could also get a canister and fit an inline heater to it.
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