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  1. I love the colour change... always wanted a white Chu!

    I had a look at Marty today and it seems like UV lights @ 11 hours a day is the secret to keeping them black... every lasy skerrick of bronze is gone... he is like a little lump of black charcoal... will try to get pics... he's a beautiful, matt velvety black :heart

  2. If ever you need some Ammonchlor... let me know. You only use a teaspoon basically to do 90 litres... and they give you enough to do 5000 litres! The stuff is great and colpetely safe. Just make sure you do a 100% water change with the B&G stuff... may have some nasties in there :)

  3. Seems Podgey decided he needed a change... look what happened over a course of only 3 weeks! All I did was change them from Hikari Gold to Hikari Lionhead. Fyshlyps has gone a VERY dark orange, Marty - no change except he is fatter and Podgey... whoah!

    Is this a common thing with food changes??? Only other change I made was to install 'sunlight' lamps around the same time, could it have been that?


  4. My guys get Hikari Gold Mini pellets... I just soak them in a teaspoon of tank water till they are soft, then 'pinch' them between my fingers as I fed them to the gang... they sink and my fantail has never had 'bum-floaties' since I changed to feeding this way :)

  5. Gunbunnj - I think you've hit it on the head!

    The tank has been established a while (it was FyshLyp's first home) and he does seem to enjoy chasing them - whatever they are! As long as they are harmless, that is cool, but how on earth did they get there?

    Mister Foo doesn't get live foods, just the ocassional dried blood worms. Could there have been eggs in those or something? His main diet is Seachems Betta Banquet.

  6. I noticed yesterday that there are the tiniest of little white things swimming around in Mister Foo's tank! They are microscopic - I thought they were just debris that just settles after a water change, but there were about 6 of these specs swimming purposely against the very slight current in the tank!

    I can't get a photo as they are too tiny, but they seem slightly elongated and swim a bit like a shrimp. They aren't planeria or (what I call) jerky-S-worms.. I have no idea where they have come from!

    I did an 80% water change again and checked this morning and I can still see a couple of them. Any ideas?

  7. I've had a really horrible week at work dealing with some heartbreaking issues (client incidences) and this has just brightened my week so much and lifted me out of my misery... he so adorable and such and ambassador for the 'Anti-Flush Campaign for Sick Goldfish' :heart

  8. My Marty is the sweetest (and not too bright!) thing ever. He just potters around bumping into things or follows FyshLyps around.

    My problem-child was Podgey, for the first week her chased Marty and FyshLyps until they turned tail (pardon the pun) and punted him a few times... he soon got the message and has been fine.

    Moors aggressive? Pfffttt... :)

  9. Don't know the name of the powder - was given to me by an aquarium owner in a small container - and I can't get in contact with him at the moment. I know it's a generic antibacterial powder that you mix with food - pale green in colour.

    A friend picked him up and 'patted him - he sloughed off his entire slime coat about 48 hours later then a lump formed just after his gill plate on his lateral line, so I popped him into the QT tank - uncycled, airstone, no filter - 12 hourly water changes and wipedown of the tank. Turned into a furuncle (columnaris?), burst, then two more came up. I left him in QT for 3 weeks with Mela/Pimafix and salt - alternated - and it cleared up completely.

    Put him back in the main tank - after a thorough cleaning of gravel, filters... the lot and a 100% water change - the other 2 giys loved it :). Another lump came up a week later in the same spot as the original so I started him on antibac food... starting to clear up after only 2 days.

  10. Only just saw this Amber... so sorry :(

    A friend had the same problem and they got some answers from the Water Board.

    Due to drought conditions and the interstate 'sharing' of water resources, adding desalinated water to the system and having to use 'lower quality' water sources... everything is mixed and over-processed to make it fit for us.

    Since they introduced the de-salination plant in Kurnell, I have had ongoing issues with water... comes out of the tap 7.4 one day, 4 the next... the week after it's 7. I keep crushed coral in my filter and slow-run my new water in through a bucket of crushed coral. Sometimes the water is 'white'... sometimes brown... weird stuff.

    I'm constantly buying new test kits :krazy:

  11. My gorgeous boy - Marty the Moor - developed furncles (boils) after a friend decided the 'pat' him to find out if they really were 'velvety'... don't start me :doh11:

    He was great for a while after a round of salt and Mela/Pimafix in QT for 3 weeks... but after them bursting out again when I put him back in the main tank (just about scoured it clean - boiled the gravel and all beforehand) I have now started him on antibacterial food.

    I dissolve the powder in a small amount of water then soak his Hikari Gold pellets in it until they fully absorb it. He's on day 3 one small feed a day - how long/often do I need to dose (I've lost the instructions I was given for it).

  12. Mister Foo has never even made a half-hearted attempt at a bubble nest... not one bubble! Is there something wrong?

    He seems happy, eats well, swims around and likes flaring at things - but no nest. There is no current in his tank - sponge filter run with an airpump.

  13. I have exactly the same problem with Mister Foo!

    I have a 20L tank with a small driftwood and an anubia on it, shallow white gravel, a 25W heater (winter only) and a sponge/airpump filter.

    About an hour after I do my weekly 50% water change, the water goes cloudy and the outake tube of the filter gets what looks like white 'dust' all up the inside.

    Thinking it was bacteria, I drop in a little Melafix and it is gone in a few hours. Tank has been cycled since March... ideas anyone?

  14. Your patience and love for this gorgeous little guy is amazing! :heart

    I use Seachem Garlic Guard when my guys are down, they love it - it's like watching sharks feed! - and it boosts their immune system as well. A 100ml bottle last for ages as you only need a few drops at a time to soak your pellets (I use Hikari Gold). I daresay you could add it to gel food as well?

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