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  1. 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. :)

  2. I have a black background, and I used some mineral oil to stick it to the glass really well. There are a few bubbles (and CAT HAIRS!!!) on the background, so it isn't perfect, but I still think it looks good. Next time your mom makes a trip to walmart, there should be a background that's double sided. One will be all crazy colorful, with plants, the other side will be plain black. I got mine, which was big enough for a 55 gal, for 10 bucks.

    So if you don't want to paint, there's a lazy man's way! :D

    One day I'll paint--because honestly, it looks better. But for now, this is plenty good enough.

    I like this way. I've done the paint, and it's kind of a pain.

  3. Woot! I also ordered the eco complete from petco. It's a good sale! Best of luck with your salad bar. I think you'll do better with the big plants, though.

    Also I merged your two topics about this together. Which might make it a little confusing, but now all your responses are in the same place!

  4. I definitely agree on switching to Prime (or Amquel Plus) as a water conditioner. I have water very much like this--very high pH, with some ammonia in the tap water, and this helps a lot. I also use a buffer to keep the pH from falling so far out of the tap, but aging your water would work for that too.

    But actually what I wanted to ask you was if your fish's eyeball looked like this to you:



  5. Update time!

    Peanut: 35 grams, 3.25 inches.

    Last month: 35 grams, 3.25 inches.



    Filbert: 11 grams, 2 inches.

    Last month: 11 grams, 2 inches.



    Macadamia: 9 grams, 1.75 inches.

    Last month: 8 grams, 1.5 inches.



    So the only one who did any growing is Macadamia. Maybe I need to feed more. I am not positive I'm accustomed to feeding three fish rather than just the one... :D

    I have noticed that the overhead shots are much more accurate for measuring purposes. Maybe it's the lack of distortion from a pane of glass between the water and the camera? I still think the side shots are good, though, for overall body appearance monitoring.

  6. I definitely second (third?) the recommendation for putting it in some kind of container. It can be hard to open them without at least some water escaping, and having mine in a bucket has saved me multiple times. I have never had my canister just plain leak, but I have spilled a fair amount of water getting into them.

  7. Your captions are cracking me up! :lol3 Nice photos, they seem happy with their new substrate!

    Thanks! The substrate does seem to be working out nicely. I like it so far, but the real test will be the long haul I think.

    Great pictures and hilarious captions :lol

    Great set-up for your tank: I love the green /black theme :clapping:

    Thank you! Green is my favorite color so the plants work out well for that. And since I have no dark fish, the dark substrate is a really nice backdrop. I am diggin it.

    oh my gosh I laughed so hard at surprise baby bristle attack! the look on macadamias face is priceless! :rofl

    I lol'd at that one too, as soon as I saw what I'd caught with the camera. Macadamia is a hilarious little fish.

  8. 1. I have two Fluval 306s and mine are very quiet. I can hear them running if I open the doors on the stand, but not if the doors are shut. I have them positioned so they agitate the surface of the water, and I can hear water noises after some evaporation has happened, but filling back up stops this.

    2. A canister would be fine for a 29. I have two large ones on a 75 and it's definitely not too much, so I think just getting an appropriately sized one would be fine for you.

    3. Which brings us to... since canisters have so much more media volume, you can shoot for 5-8x filtration, because the water has so much more opportunity to be in contact with biomedia.

    4. Probably the biggest maintenance difference would be the potential for water messes, which is mitigated by placing your canister in a bucket, and cleaning hoses, which they have tools for. It's not super hard. :)

  9. Nice! The captions made me laugh so hard :D

    Thank you. Glad you liked them! They were fun to write.

    Nice pics and great captions :)

    Thank you very much. :D

    Cool shots hun :thumb:

    Thanks Koko! My fishy success would not happen without this site. :heart

    Your fish and tank look healthy and beautiful. What I really want to say is your titles made me lol in class and get some looks!

    Thank you! I hope you didn't get in trouble or anything. Definitely need to maintain the ability to look at fish in class!

    Very good shots! Your captions are a riot!

    Thank you! You should see the number of horrible shots I took to get these ones. :)

    Best pretending to be a leaf. :rofl

    Nice pics!

    Thanks! Macadamia is a hoot. Very active and expressive.

  10. Well, this thread is just nuts. Mixed nuts, that is! :rofl

    They are so pretty, Courtney, and Peanut is just so vibrant! :)

    Thanks Alex! I do enjoy me some nuts. :D

    Gorgeous tank set up! Your fish are also all quite lovely, but that Mr. Peanut is especially quite dreamy! :heart teles :heart

    Thank you! I have a special place in my heart for the Original Nut for sure. He was my only boy for so long there.

    Great pics! Love your gang and their tank :)

    Thank you Molly. I am glad you enjoy them!

    I :heart Peanut!!

    ME TOO. Maybe we should make a club or something. :rofl

    Great tank and goldfish! :) Is that ecocomplete?

    It is indeed the substrate you have posited! Thanks for the compliments. :)

    Very nice! I could almost never get a sharp picture of my fish with my camera. What camera did you use?

    I just used the camera on the back of my iPad for these, actually, as I had it in my hand and felt like taking pictures. Believe me, I took A LOT of fishblur pictures too.

  11. Cool pics! I love the plants.

    Thank you, TD! I am so glad I got into keeping real plants. Green is my favorite color! :D

    Oooh pretty fishies and plants!

    Thanks! I think this every time I walk by the tank!

    Omg I love the angry face in the last one, lol.

    I know right? She looks SO indignant, it's adorable.

    They all look great! Peanut is soo nice and red!

    I love your plants, too! Do you use CO2? What substrate is it? I feel I should already know this lol. Your crypts look especially perfect :D

    Thank you! I do not have any CO2. I do use Flourish Excel from time to time. The plants are in Eco Complete, though I just moved them in to this 3 weeks ago. Prior to that they were in tank planters.

    Your plants look awesome. How do you keep the goldfish from pulling them out off the substrate?

    Thanks! I think partially it's good luck with fish and plant manners, and partially established root systems. As I said above, I had these plants in containers before I planted them in the substrate, so they had pretty good roots that I think help anchor the plants down a lot.

    Oh they're all so cute! Love the captions! :D

    As everyone's already said, your plants are amazing! So massive and green. I'm very jelly XD

    Thank you! I had fun writing the captions. I don't think I have massive plants, though. I have two fairly small fish is all. Peanut's not in all the pics. :)

  12. Here are several photographs of questionable quality I took shortly after feeding dinner to my goldfish. :D

    This is the only one with all three kids in it. You know, for size comparison purposes. It's hard to take pictures with my iPad of all three of them because the poor machine gets confused about who it's focusing on, gives up, and picks a random spec of floating stuff.


    Here are some highlights of the evening!

    Most :heart ed Peanut.


    Best tail shot.


    Best speed-hoovering.


    Synchronized hoovering: honorable mention.


    Best trying-not-to-look-too-guilty facial expression.


    Best photo of crypt leaves.


    Best bristlebaby surprise attack.


    Best pretending to be a leaf.


    Grumpiest photobombing reaction.


  13. I think since TDS (this is the total dissolved solids, yes?) is such a broad label, it's hard to say. Those solids can be many things, some of which are obviously worse for your fish than others. It might just mean that you have really hard water, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

    I just checked my water quality report for my area and it says the federal recommended level is 500, so I don't know if 700 is SUPER high. I would put it more at a little high, if you compare it to the fluctuations in other things in the water quality report. But that's more of a feeling than science.

    It is possible your nitrate filter may well get rid of some of this too.

  14. Thank you for adding that detail, Gustave. Sometimes it's hard to get a feel for where a question is going with only a couple of lines of information to go on. I would encourage you to start off future queries with as much information as possible. It helps everyone. :)

    Saltwater tanks have a lot of variables to consider and a lot of things that can go wrong, and on top of that almost everything involved in that hobby is super expensive, so I understand where your mom is coming from.

    Brackish tanks do carry some of those challenges as well, so it's a good thing to do as much research as you can before setting one up yourself. If we have a brackish expert here on the forum, I am unaware of it. I was hoping we did and one would pop by at some point. :) there are people who are experts out there, though, so read up and apply the critical fish thinking you've gotten from keeping freshwater fish to what you read. Adding salt doesn't change the whole process of keeping aquariums; it just tends to make it a bit more work-intensive.

    I would start by picking either a species or a couple species that I really wanted to keep, and then learning as much as I could about their care. This should provide a lot of information about what kinds of things you need to keep the particular animals you want. Alternately, you could start with the size tank you want and try to find out what, if anything, can do well in that size tank, but sometimes this backfires when you can't find anything you WANT to keep that will thrive in the environment you've picked out.

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