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Hey guys! I'm new here and hope this is a much better forum than others i have been on with my pets! Not here to be raided, toasted or laughed at.. Im new to true fish ownership with functional tank but I have been a amphibian and reptile keeper/animal freak my whole life and consider myself very educated. I spend most of my days reading.. but. I can't seem to satisfy the itch with this problem PH of mine So i acquired the cutest little Black Moor fish in the whole wild world (yes i know, a little bias here LOL). His name is Raymond and hes all of like maybe a inch and half long right now including fins. Hes the best thing that has happened to me this year ❤ Ive done tons and tons of research before i got him and still am two months later. But this puzzles the crap out of me... I can NOT bring me PH within parameters 🤬 My tank parameters are impeccable but my PH! I dont think its good for Ray and driving me crazy!! I seem to have mastered everything else but that... *20 gallons tank, fake plants and deco *My tank is fully cycled *Ive got carbon filter as well as the sponge and rock/corral like filter in between *Every week it gets tested, vaccum and anywhere between 10 to 30 percent water changed and i put the little bacteria balls in it and treatment as necessary * Theres a light oxygen bubble blower in there too, which i adjust as needed (I cause the tank a bacterial bloom a couple weeks ago OOPS so i turned it up a bit) * Theres a light with some UVB bulbs as well from my reptile collection. Nothing crazy bright so it doesnt hurt his eyes * I used our drinking water out of our 20L gallon jug. See attached picture to show the PH of our drinking water * Rays food consist of the repashy goldfish food that I make myself, peas and a couple brand of tiny pellets for protein. Im a little maniac when it comes down to food. Im a food crazy myself and my kids get nothing but the best. No crappy filler and things they wouldn't find swimming around in nature Any one has experienced this?!?! Ray is thriving, hes happy like a pig in 💩 and I am not concerned at this point for his well being (besides that time i thought a pea had gotten stuck in his mouth 😳😳) as is seem to be such a happy, obliviant little dude! He cracks me up ❤ BUT.. what about that freaking PH?!?!?! Why of all things am i having a alkaline problem?!?! So frustrating...... The picture with the 2 tubes are our drinking water The picture with the 4 tubes are my tank water on my weekly check And a picture of Rays little homes right now. Before my water change/cleaning
This has been a really tough decision, but I think it's time for me to look for a new home for Khufu, my 5-year-old common goldfish. I got into fishkeeping about a decade ago when I received my first fish, Narmer, as a gift. Narmer was happiest when he had a tankmate; when his first buddy, Djoser, died, I got Khufu to keep him company. Narmer passed away about a year and a half ago and ever since then the joy has gone out of fishkeeping for me. It's never been a very practical hobby, and even less so now that I live in a very small apartment - the 27 gallon tank that Khufu now lives alone in takes up a good portion of my living room, and I don't really have the space to spare. It's also noisy - something that didn't bother me when I lived in a larger space, but which really does now. My partner used to record music; since we moved here, though, he hasn't been able to since the background noise made by the tank is impossible to avoid. I feel incredibly guilty about this - I really care about Khufu, and I know he is my responsibility - but I believe it's for the best. Khufu will be happier and healthier if he has other fish around him, and I'm just not willing to start that cycle again. There has to be someone in Toronto who would be willing to take him. He isn't a particularly interesting-looking fish - he is a common goldfish, after all - but he has a lovely tail, and his excitement when he sees people (or, let's be honest, food) is adorable. He's never had any kind of health issues, and he gets along with other fish (from what I've seen). I'd also be happy to give away his tank and accessories - the tank is a 27 gallon cube, which could fit at least one other fish, and I've got a pump, filter, gravel, and lots of plants (including one brand new that I hadn't got around to putting in the tank yet). I'm only interested in giving him up to a home that will take proper care of him, obviously. Preferably an experienced fishkeeper. Please let me know if you're interested. I can also send pictures - I think I may even have some video.
There is a new canadian fish food out on the market called Northfin. After a couple of searches the cichlid owners seem to enjoy what their mix has done for them, I have just ordered some of their goldfish 2 mm pellets and will let you know how I like it. Anyone else who wishes to give a review on this product can do so here. ETA: http://www.canadian-aquatic-feed.com/ Above is their website if interested.
Idk if there is a post like this already, if there is if you could direct me to it that would be great. I'm looking at buying some fish in the spring and I would like to get shubunkins, or wakins. I'm more into the single tailed variety. I've been having trouble finding more of the single tailed variety online, and it's even harder to find places that ship to Canada. If anyone knows of any good sites that would be great