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WC 19/03/2016

Another WC done. This time Ive added 3 tsp of equilibrium and usual 1/2 tsp BiCarb to a 90% WC. We will see how this goes to Raise the GH a bit more (Bi Carb is to raise PH). Speckles and Mr.Eyes are looking good. - Speckles is always a bit sulky during water change - Mr. Eyes is always so active. I noticed a couple of white specs on him, but i think it is from the buffers I'll check him through the day and before we leave to go for Easter break tomorrow to make sure

Speckles

Speckles

 

GH level check

Ok, so I tested the GH to see if i need to add more equilibrium, results below: GH- 89.5ppm So, I'll add a bit more equilibrium next WC. I'd say double amount added last change depending or % W taken out. For good measure I tested Nitrates they came out as .25-.5 I'm ok with that since ill do WC tomorrow.

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 13/3/2016

Time for weekly water change. Nothing really to report. Everyone looks good TESTS PH: 7.6 Nitrate: 5ppm GH: 53.7ppm KH: 35.6ppm I will retest GH and KH tomorrow, may need to add more of either/both bicarb and/or Equilibrium. They look a bit like grillas in the mist at the moment (well not that bad)

Speckles

Speckles

 

Luke and Luna to the pond

I posted this but want it somewhere I can find with ease. Luke is .7 oz Luna is 1.9 oz She sure seems bigger then that. I have had her for over three years she should be bigger. Anyways maybe the pond for the summer well do the trick. I know it well keep her from being harassed but 3 to 5 males. lol

Hidr

Hidr

 

Mid Week Params

Ok its midweek and Ive decided to do a water test on Nitrate and PH. I'd like an idea of the rate nitrate is increasing in the tank over the week to ensure the once a week WC I do is enough. PH, I will test just because it is easy and I may as well while Ive got the tests out. Plus I did want to make sure the tap water was still at 6.8. Nitrate- 2.5 mid week PH tap- 6.8 PH tank- 7.6 Things are pretty much as I expected (hoped) and I think weekly water changes are still good. I will do a 50% WC Sunday and do another mid week test again to see if the 50% change is enough (100% WC was done last time) so fingers crossed. I'm a bit chuffed... today someone visiting commented on how clean my tank is

Speckles

Speckles

 

First Blog and it will not be that amazing!

Righto, so I'm starting this blog really so I have a record of my GF and what they are up to. I hope it is not too boring. To date I have had 4 GF in my care, Blacky and Goldy both died in the last 4-5 months and I still have Speckles and Mr.Blacky Huge Eyes. Ive only ever had 3 sml GF in my small 48L tank at once. I have come to the conclusion (you may think this could have come sooner) that it is a 2 GF tank maybe even a 1 GF tank...it is so hard to resist! Goldy the first baby died a few days ago and I guess that was a bit of an eye opener as I really thought he was a tough little thing . RIP Goldy . So with this blog I plan to keep on track. Last Sunday 6.3.2016 after freaking out about the cause of Goldy's death I did the following: - Proceeded to clean the whole tank - Removed the sand/gravel because I was convinced Goldy had it stuck in his belly - Cleaned the canister filter that was way overdue and could have been the issue? - Tested new and old water params...the Nitrates were a bit higher than i liked about 10 - Weighed Speckles (21g) and Mr. Blacky Huge Eyes, Mr. Eyes for short (5g) - Decided to start prazi when we get back from Easter break So the tank is all pristine again and I plan to do another nitrate test tomorrow just for good measure. Water changes will be every Sunday at this stage. Next water change I plan to record more param results etc.

Speckles

Speckles

 

It's Our Tiku-versary!

Balloon mollies are fun, and I'm still growing out some of the babies from last year, but I just couldn't stay away from goldfish altogether. Last June (or was it July?) , they got another batch of baby tikus at the good LFS. Against my better instincts, I set up a tank for them and went for it, bringing home four, thinking that a couple would surely perish, and I'd manage to keep one or maybe two if I was very very lucky. I'm as shocked as anyone that, 8 months later, all four of the little boogers are alive and well and haven't had a single illness or mishap. No ich. No floatiness. And most importantly, no inexplicable deaths. I absolutely adore them and just couldn't be happier. Once the balloon mollies are grown, I'm going to have a spare tank. Keeping my eyes open for baby bubble eyes now.

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Going to redo the 75 gallon with dirt.

Starting by draining remove all fish some going to the 125 with the goldfish for a few weeks. The ones the goldfish can eat well go to my 20 gallon. I will remove everything from the tank. Some plants going to the goldfish tank some in the five gallon. All the duckweed I can get out well go in the 20 gallon. Then I am going to mess around with my large piece of driftwood to see the best way to put it in. Once that is decided going to add dirt and gravel on top then fill. Add back some duckweed. Then do daily 100% water changes for about a week to get all tanning and such out of the tank. First of Jan. I well replant the tank and start moving fish back into the tank. Picture of tank as is now.

Hidr

Hidr

 

New fish babies!

Two fry. One has reddened lower fins the other i can't see any. One has already decoloured to calico and the other is still wild. No names yet Currently in a 10 gal with prazi and 0.1% salt. Day 1 round 1 prazi Week 1 day 1 salt 0.1%

bodoba

bodoba

 

I am more sure Googles is gone.

Still no sign of her in the pond and the barn cat has been drinking from the pond. So I think the cat got her. Poor Googles. I sucked up Luna in the python. She looks ok so far. Once I finish the water change I can turn on the light and get a better look at her.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Moving fish? Not moving fish? Rehome some fish?

The plants are not doing well in the 150. The parrot fish had to be split up cause not enough room I believe. So thinking move the goldfish to the 60 gallon and 75 gallon. Move plants to the 75 gallon. Move oscars and parrot fish back to the 150 gallon. Plan one 60 gallon would have four goldfish with rubber lip. 75 would have four goldfish, the upside down catfish and BN pleco. Or five smallest goldfish with the cats and put the BN in the 20 gallon. Plan two 60 gallon the three largest with rubber lip. 75 gallon five smallest goldfish with the cats and put the BN in the 20 gallon. Plan three Or leave it as is. Move as many plants from the 150 to the 20 and rest to pond. Let the 150 be plant-less. And this would also mean I don't have to worry about reaching the bottom. This sounds the easiest and my fish stay in the living room. Plan four rehome oscars and parrot fish turn it into planted tropical with angelfish and shut down the 60 gallon and 20 gallon tanks. Hubby does not like this idea but I do most the work so it is up to me.

Hidr

Hidr

 

glofish danios

No idea what happened. The all looked fine up till the second I would find them dead. The endler in the tank with them is still fine, the three ottos and so are the frogs. Water tested fine but I still did daily 20 percent water changes. Added my betta to the tank and shut down the 5 gallon. May add one more frog and a couple more endlers if the betta keeps ignoring the one I have.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Googles

I think something got Googles from the pond. He is not in there anywhere. She was there last week for water change but not this week. RIP Little Googles. Not ready to put this in obits till I am 100% You know how sometimes they appear out of no where.

Hidr

Hidr

 

weight

Buttons 2.2 oz Bows 1 oz Sparkles 1.2 oz Ru .9 oz Winnie .7 oz Kenya .7 oz Luna 1.4 oz Since I cant see them growing maybe when I weight them in about 6 months I well see weight gain. Googles the pond fish. .8 oz Hoping to see a lot of growth on him.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Still good

Buttons is almost healed up. Just a tad pink on his tail. Luna is still doing well in the pond. Might move Googles in there too so s/he can grow and compete better with the other goldfish and so Luna will have company. I am so relieved they are all doing so much better.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Things are settling down

No water changes for two days. WOOT. lol The parrot fish are now happy and in my 60 gallon. Need to get a couple large clay pots to make them completely happy. Luna the oranda is doing well in the frog pond. Wonder how much she well grow before fall when I move her inside.... Googles aka Blinky has me a bit worried. S/he might be blind. Gets some food but not near as much as the others. I had not intentions of changing Blinky's name but for some reason I keep saying Googles. So guess I did change the name.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Color A-Comin'!

I promise I'll take pics of the fry soon. Their transformation in the last week has been astounding! About half of the previously all-white fry have developed black spots, so hooray -- Dalmatians! And I'm starting to see the belly curve developing on many of them, so it appears the majority of them will indeed be balloons. Still feeding the NLS fry food and baby brine shrimp exclusively, though I think they're almost big enough to start picking at some regular thawed brine shrimp soon. They eat like nobody's business! There are several runts, but they're holding their own and continuing to grow, just more slowly than the rest. My favorite LFS has agreed to take whichever ones i don't keep once they're a few months old and colored up nicely, so it's a relief to know they'll have somewhere to go. I'd love to keep them all, but I'd need the world's biggest tank to do it (and for them to cease all breeding activity, which ain't gonna happen, ha!).

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

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