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    1 HMPK betta, 3 otos, many RCS & 2 lamprologus stappersi

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  1. one of my goldfish was, at least, temporarily stunted due to what I'm ashamed to admit as my neglect. he lived in what is equivalent of a 4 gallon plastic tank, with no filtration, rarely fed, rarely had his water changed, and yet he struggled on. he lived in such conditions for 1½ years, before I realised just how bad it was (I had that mindset of "oh it's just a goldfish, it'll die soon" like many fish-ignorant people); it was the fact that he survived "for so long", longer than someone who only believed goldfish lived a year max would have expected. when he was first purchased, he was around 1", with a tail maybe ¾ of an inch. after living in abysmal conditions, he stayed around 1.5" in body length, with around 1-2" of tail length on top of that. eventually he was upgraded to a 42g with 3 juvenile tankmates, was fed properly with clean water, he grew a little though the juveniles who had the better start in life quickly overtook him. the things I noticed that were different about him were that he was less agile at swimming, and that he seemed a little differently proportioned to the juveniles (bigger eyes, chunkier body, longer fins). however I believe his quality of life was fine from that point onwards, even if he wasn't a great swimmer; he definitely managed to push the others out of the way for food and was never left hungry. eventually he succumbed to something that even Alex could not help me with - he bottom-sat for no discernable reason, we treated him for flukes, we gave him salt dips, hydrogen peroxide dips, to no avail. I believe it must have been something internal, which could have been attributed to his not-so-great start in life. in the end he got so bad I had to euthanise him at the age of 2½ years.
  2. some great pics there, Alex! I remember when you first posted about Momo, and now look at that wen!
  3. I can do both! I think I'll actually try to do a scatchboard for the black and white one. Maybe sepia charcoal for the other one? that sounds great to me! I've just realised though the first one's picture doesn't show his colouring that well - his front half and bum half are basically the colour of his head, there is just a white band around his middle. thank you once again, you're brilliant.
  4. haha I know that feeling, the first time I tried it basically was just watery jelly and I had to chuck the lot. second time lucky though!
  5. ahh your lineart is so pretty! do you reckon I could request one of each of my hamsters (I've 2)? I'm not sure on what kind of style, though probably not the digital vectoring. just choose what you think would look best (if you feel you can do hamsters, that is!), and I don't mind if they are two different styles either. thank yoouuu.
  6. when I kept goldies, I used Saki Hikari purple bag, which they loved. then I moved onto making my own gel recipe and they loved that even more!
  7. I wouldn't use a stand that the tank doesn't fit on entirely as it puts stress on the tank and I'd be worried about it cracking. would your nightstand have been able to hold what, 200+lbs (factoring in substrate, decor etc as well) anyway? for anything over 10 gallons, I prefer using stands made specially for aquariums, as that way you know they can hold the weight.
  8. how absolutely stunning, all of them. I lovelovelove Sakuras, never really see them here.
  9. if that's supposed to be like a hang-on canister, then the only one I can think of that I've seen available here is this one: http://www.allpondsolutions.co.uk/aquarium-1/aquarium-filters/external-filters/aquarium-external-filter-150-l-h.html
  10. I don't want to beat a dead horse here but honestly, like everyone else has said, it would not be a good idea to try to accommodate for another fish, especially when you can't even do that for your existing fish. I understand how tempting it is to just "get one more fish", god knows that's why so many of us have ended up with multiple tanks (myself included), but really, you have to know when enough is enough. I sneakily brought home a 15 gallon whilst my parents were away for 14 days, but I only did that because I paid for it all myself, I set it up, and I am taking sole responsibility for it. also I knew I could get away with it because my mum is a fish-lover, but if they'd told me to get rid of it, as much as it would have been a disappointment, I would have done so, because I am living in their house, so it's their rules. after living away from home for 5 years, I believe I've matured enough to understand that they may have their own reasons for not wanting certain things, and I accept it because I am living under their roof. I've wanted a cat since I could remember but I didn't sneak out to get one instead of the 15g because I know my parents despise cats and it would be unfair to both them and to the cat that I inevitably would have to rehome. their reasons may not make sense to you, or they may not have a very good reason in your eyes, but still, if they say no, then it's a no. and since your mum doesn't want anything bigger than your 55g, and you are already overstocked, I would think of rehoming some of your existing stock so that the rest don't get stunted, purely because of your (and I don't mean to be mean) selfishness. remember, they are living creatures and they deserve a good, long life too! I know how attached you can get to a fish, I was very attached to my goldfish, but I knew when to let go; I had to rehome all but one of them, and the other I had to make the very hard decision to euthanise. that entire week was incredibly heartbreaking, and I still miss them and wonder how they're doing in their new pond, but I take consolation in that I did the right thing.
  11. I assume this raffle is only available to those in the States/North America, right? either way, nice one, Ashlee, it's very kind of you to donate!
  12. I love me some Eheim. I'm pretty sure, bar two (and one came with a tank), all of my filters have been Eheims. they're just so trusty and silent and great quality, and have never failed me. food-wise, my favourite so far is NLS.
  13. I always see cutie goldies I want when I go to the LFS and it makes me sad because I know I can't even one. that one sure is adorable!
  14. I have used Fluke-Solve (still have quite a lot of it) once and did not have good experiences with my goldfish. I have also recently discovered Cedapraz, but on the site where I accidently stumbled on it, it's £175.95 for 100g! that seems... mental. considering I could get 100g of Fluke-Solve for £52 on Vetark.
  15. oh no! well fingers crossed the other one survives. <3
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