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    Internet searching for dropsy led me here and I could never get away. ;)
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    None right now, gone tropical.

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  1. Most of mine used to go toward watering plants, but now that we have moved and the setup is different (can not use the python on the sinks, will not fit the faucet) I get it out in buckets and just toss it into the yard or down the drain. Fishtank water (especially goldfish tank water) is fantastic for house plants! I never had to use Miracle Grow when I watered with my old tank water.
  2. I always hold the test tube with two fingers: my thumb supports the bottom and my index finger is on the top holding the cap in place. No matter how much I invert or shake the tubes, I have never had a problem with leaks. They might have changed the tubes over the past couple years, I have had the same tubes for ages it seems.
  3. Yes, they do. The key is to drop the temp relatively slowly. I would bet that 10 degrees in an hour wouldn't be a good thing, but I would say 5 is okay. How big is your tank?
  4. *facepalm* D'oh! Yeah, I do the water changes in that tank about once a month or when the nitrate test kit starts giving numbers I don't like. 56 hour workweek has my brain fried. >>
  5. I had a 5 1/2 gallon tank with a single male betta. It was very pretty and he was extremely happy in there. 10 gallons isn't bad, and you can make it look very nice. When I first got into fishkeeping I had two commons in that 5 1/2 gallon tank and then I made the huuuge upgrade to a... wait for it... TEN GALLON tank!!! I thought that was the coolest ever until I realized one day that those two commons were almost as long as the tank and could not move very much in there. When one of them got sick and I found KGW I went to a 30 gallon. At the moment I have tetras and cory cats in my 30, and they are a blast to care for. I still have my workhorse goldfish filtration on there (Eheim Pro II canister filter, 300+ GPH iir) and pretty much all I have to do is drop in food every other day and wipe the walls once in a while. I love it!
  6. If you use ice straight out of the freezer be sure to add Prime to the tank, becuase the melted ice will add chlorine to your water. A litte bit will not matter much, but if you are using lots of ice then you may run into a problem. That is why frozen bottles are safer, but be sure to dip some of the water out since the frozen bottles will displace the water in your tank.
  7. That is a totally awesome picture!! Great job!!
  8. For a quick fix you can use baking soda to get pH down, and for a more long term solution go with a natural buffer in your filtration system: crushed coral.
  9. Having a sink in close proximity to the tank comes in very handy indeed. The Python is a little pricey, but I think it makes a world of difference (especially when it comes to refill time). Some members have made their own Pythons, I think the threads are in the DIY area. Not too hard, and can be a pretty fun project. If I had ran across the DIY thread before I actually purchased mine, I would have made my own.
  10. I drilled holes in rocks and hot glued plants in there for my bare bottoms, and I sprinkled a few colored glass stones around so that it doesn't look totally naked. I'm definitely a fan, it makes maintenance so much easier for me.
  11. Ohh my, you did a wonderful job!! Congrats!!
  12. Wow! 23 gallons added a pint at a time? That's a lot of legwork! Have you ever looked in to getting a Python for your water changes?
  13. Congrats on the possibility of getting a big tank! My largest right now is a 30 gallon, but I hope to one day upgrade to around a 90. >.> For a tank of that size, I would go with a canister filter for sure. I have both an Eheim and a Rena, and each has it's own pros and cons. If I were to buy another new filter today, I would probably go with another Eheim. Canisters are costly to get and set up, but they are well worth it in the end. My canisters are very quiet, you can hardly hear a thing unless air gets trapped in there. A secondhand filter is just fine, make sure it works and disinfect it really well. My Ehiem was used, and when it arrived I hooked everything up in the kitchen sink and ran a bleach solution thru it for about an hour, then swapped to fresh water, then dechlorinated. I've never had a problem. For a goldfish tank, you need 10x the size of your tank for filtration. In the case of a 55 gallon, you will need to get a filter (or filters) that will pull at least 550 gallons per hour. It is fine to couple a canister and a HOB, or even a pair of canisters. Hope that helped out a bit.
  14. I'd happily pay those prices for those used tanks. I think it was petsm@rt that used to run tanks for $1 a gallon. Not so much a good deal for 10 gallons or less, but a killer deal for the larger tanks. Does anyone know if they still have that sale?
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