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apocraphya last won the day on August 25 2009

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  • Birthday 03/06/1976

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    West Lothian
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    My partner alistairw
  • How many Goldfish
    1 oranda and 1 fantail
  1. Here is my tip for tip of the month. It's a little pic heavy so dial up beware. I use live plants in my tank as does Alistair. The big chain lfs we used to use sells plants in little plastic pots but these come with snails, worms and lots of little nasties hidden inside. The lfs we use has far better plants but they come in a little bunch held together with a piece of lead and no pots (like the pic below). No problem. Here is an easy way of getting round the problem. First of all you will need the following items as shown below. I got the little pots from ebay for a bargain. There is a large plastic pipette and some spare filter sponge. I am using Alistairs old silk plants for this demo but for real plants use exactly the same method. Cut out the filter sponge so it will fit snuggly into the pot. I have used 2 bits as the pot is quite small. I then use the scissors to poke a small hole in each bit of foam and then insert the pipette through as shown. Here is a better pic. Next, cut the end of the pipette off (for larger pots and bits of foam a glass test tube is ideal). Insert the plant roots into the pipette and pull the pipette gently through the foam. You should end up with the plant in the foam as below. Insert the foam gently into the plant pot and you are ready to put in your tank. What I did with Alistairs tank was use a large plant pot to hold the plants. I filled the big plant pot with some glass pebbles then added the 2 small pots containing the live plants and covered them to the top of the big pot. Once you have finished it should look like the pic below. Each large pot has 2 small pots inside containing a live plant. Hope that helps you. Your goldfish will also find it alot harder to dislodge your plants from the substrate, as they're quite solid once finished. I'd like to thank Alistair for taking the pics for me. You're a wee gem x
  2. You know I love you x
  3. Yes Charlie is a Cavalier King Charles. Full of cheek just like Alistair but Charlie is more cute
  4. My wee dog. Love you loads Charlie xxxxxx
  5. Just thought I'd say hello as haven't been on for a while xxx

  6. Whats about Memphis, Marshmellow (instead of marshmallow), Mystery, Maestro, Mai Tai as some ideas. I can't think of any more M names at the moment......lol.
  7. Someone should be able to help you soon. Most of our fish sleep with their tummies on the river pebbles but two of our fish like to sleep in plant pots where it's dark. Our older fish sometimes sleep alot more than the younger ones. With regards to the long poo, I don't know if fasting for a couple of days would help. Do you put alot o food in the tank for your fish and when you do feed, does Moonbub get most of it?
  8. Could I have a POTW medal please Koko when you get a mo. I'm ever so proud to have won Thank you in advance x
  9. I personally wouldn't have anything in with the dp's but that's just my opinion. I had 2 dp's and when they were older were very territorial. If you were to have a male and a female then maybe. Dwarf otto's or ghost shrimp would be the best tank mates for them. I think that you would need to get a slightly bigger tank of you want tank mates as dps need at least 3 gallons each and also need a heavily planted tank to break line of site. I hope this helps
  10. Thank you
  11. I have a 39 us gallon tank with an eheim ecco 2036 external filter 750 lph (198 gph) and an eheim 130 aquaball which does 550 lph (145 gph). At the moment I am only currently running 8.5 times filtration but I find that I can get away with this due to the great results I've had with the Eheim canister. If I was using any other type of filter I would definately go for the 10 times filtration rule of thumb. Your fish should be fine with your over filtration as long as there are some areas of the tank where they can get out of the current. This is how I have my tank at the moment
  12. Nice pics. What brand of camera did you use. I am looking for a decent one for my fish?? Do you use a heater in your tank if so what temp. Mike We use a finepix SF8000D digital slr camera and most pics are taken with macro. I use a rena heater that we got when I bought Alistairs rena tank and have it set to 20 degrees.
  13. Alistair and I call Pippin mr Pipkins
  14. Here are some more pics of my new babies Puddles Kai with a bit of Peaches Peaches Kai has a tendency for mouth to be going ten a penny after feeding time, eating everything in site no matter how small. Maybe I should've used hoover as a name instead.......lol. I've never seen a fishes mouth go so fast after being fed.
  15. I love your red cap. An absolute stunning fish