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mrbumblebee

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  1. Very cool! I was just wondering, are pet stores ok with you taking pictures of the fish? I might be interested in taking pictures of fish at the store so my parents can ok a fish for their tank as a replacement for Ophie when I take her so they don't have to go.

    Yeah, it's always best to ask permission to take pictures - after all the store is private property, most stores are very obliging but it's good manners to check first :)

  2. Yeah, as Ma Yu says the pre-bagging is actually much healthier in some ways than sitting in an overcrowded tank all day - every few hours the water is changed and new oxygen added and they're not out there all day, but they stand a much better chance of being bought quickly in that way. It's a cultural difference that I guess we should accept :)

  3. Hi Nicole, I agree with Pixie - it's important to check everything out from the begining to try and figure out what's going on with your new fish. Fill out the questions below as fully as possible :)

    [*]Test Results for the Following:

    Ammonia Level?

    Nitrite Level?

    Nitrate level?

    Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)?

    Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap?

    Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?)

    [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running?

    [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s?

    [*]How often do you change the water and how much?

    [*]How many fish in the tank and their size?

    [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    [*]Any medications added to the tank?

    [*]Add any new fish to the tank?

    [*]What do you feed your fish?

    [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as

    "grains of salt",

    bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..?

  4. Congratulations Rachel! It looks amazing! I'm so pleased you managed to get your little project up and running. Did your brother help out with setting it all up? Just wondering - did you reinforce the shed floor? I love the simple decor too and your fish look very healthy - a grand job there! :thumbs:

  5. It is possible to remove the the sponge ring from the cartridge and empty out the carbon/zeolite chips and replace the sponge ring into the plastic cartridge so you can start dosing with salt as Pixie says.

    The other thing I would add on the subject of biorb filtration is that the biorb filter is essentially a cross between a air-driven sponge filter and a undergravel filter as it has two components. The cartridge which contains a small sponge for mechacnical filtration and underneath a mixture of carbon and zeolite chips for "chemical filtration". As discussed, the cartridge needs to be replaced strictly every 6-8 weeks and and is the ONLY non-permanent part of the filter.

    The"ceramic" filter media (those rough, coarse stones) which forms the substrate, comes with all biorbs and you MUST use it- as it's the permanent biological component of the filter and always stays and is never replaced, only wash in used tank water occasionally the same as any filter media.

    Now, as the others say - the presence of zeolite does somewhat impair the ability of the system to "cycle" (it's there for convenince sake and to sell the thing as a low maitenance tank), however you could still have developed some biological filtration as the surface area is vast and with low to moderate stocking (particularly with coldwater fish if at all) it can cycle, and I say can cautiously as I've seen it before in other setups - even with goldfish, but no guarantees. Long-term, a traditional large volume tank would be easier to amture and to manage. I agree with the others, get the water tested SAP and that will help no end in guiding further action :)

  6. Yes, I agree with Daryl. The major contributary factor to how "rare" a breed is often geography. Cutural differences and preferences for goldies and patterns of export/import will vary all around the world. For lot's of goldfish fans whats more frustrating is the availabilty of fish where they live, rather than the fact the fish is rarely bred - at least somewhere in the world.

    For example, I know a very good source of very high quality (and expensive!) Veiltail goldfish very near to where I live. The gentleman concerned has been breeding them for over 50 years and has developed a stunning strain and is very experienced. He shows them in the UK and is actually one of the foremost breeders of Calico Veils within the UK.

    Whereas I can appreciate these beautiful fish - veiltails are not my personal favourite in terms of fancies even though I could probably get hold of some wonderful fish. On the otherhand the fish I really like - high quality Calico Crown Pearlscales and Lionheads (particularly Red Cap Lionheads) are very hard to get hold of where I live. Fortunately, I've managed to pick them them up when and where I can by keeping my eyes peeled and my ears pricked up! So I can understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to readily find the goldfish type you really want when availabilty in the area you live in or are able to import from is scarce :(

    Keep looking!

  7. Right now I have cories, guppies and tetras in the tank. Would an oto or chinese algae eater be able to go in there too??

    Sounds like a small group of Otocinclus woud be fine with that combination - I would say Otos over CAE's as they stay small, are hard working, fun to watch and don't have the potential foir aggression the CAE's have (which grow much larger generally too)

    Usual stuff though Chrissy - check back to the root of the problem - look at your NitrAtes, Phosphates, feeding regime, maintenance/water changing routine and lighting too :)

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