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  1. Marineland Heartland 60 gal combo set

    You had bad luck with the Marineland tanks, Koko? What happened? The one I have appears to be very well put together with thick glass...
  2. Marineland Heartland 60 gal combo set

    Wow, that's too bad about your tank -- we went through this a few years ago when a previous 60 gallon cracked along the back, leaked and destroyed almost our entire house (the downstairs living room needed to be renovated because the water poured through the ceiling). It was a certifiable NIGHTMARE. So I understand what you went through. To my eyes, this Heartland Ensemble looked really well put together and the glass of the aquarium looks nice and thick; as it stands, my Heartland tank isn't set up right now because after losing our black and gold Calico, Marcus, I stripped the tank to clean out all filter media, gravel, etc. and never set it back up (money is ridiculously tight right now, and I can't afford the pirate shipwreck centerpiece ornament I want from PetSmart).
  3. Thank you, all, for your comments...and Happy New Year, everyone!
  4. Why was the tank annoying you? Well, I'm not purporting that we should stuff them with overeating and such just to make them larger; I would never do that...I just wonder why I can never get any of them to grow to those massive sizes you see the fancies becoming, even with what I believe is a good maintenance and feeding routine. Jeez...so now the span is about three and a half years for a fancy? You make some good points about the "upside down" factor, though... That's MY thinking, as well, fromga... Interesting.
  5. So I've heard; still, the water softener was installed in our home to, as I said, make the showers feel better on the skin. I can't believe the hardness/softness had anything to do with the multiple deaths we've experienced since setting up our last tank that ended up cracking and flooding the house. GH? That seems contrary to everything I have read -- most "tales" of this type tend to have goldfish being seriously stunted by being placed in bowls. Secondly, if quality treatment isn't netting longevity, what are we doing it for? Just quality of life? I want them to experience long AND happy lives in my tank(s)... ...as seems to be the consensus...
  6. Okay; but I'm constantly wondering why mine never grow all that large -- I mean, they GROW, definitely from their fry-esque stages when we usually get them, but not to be those massive egg-shaped specimens you see around... I would have thought that one calico in a 60 gallon all by himself would have taken care of the space element. The genetics I can't account for, and the food was always Omega One flakes and cooked peas. I'd love to see some pics of your ponds, Daniel; you guys seem seriously into the hobby.
  7. So what I'm gathering from this is that keeping store-bought fancy goldies is an exercise that will, on average, yield ideal life spans that usually don't exceed 10 years... So Marcus was in and around average at six or so years in our aquarium...yes? Here's the thing that upsets me so: I see these pet shops with those massive fancy tailed goldies that must be up there in age, and I don't understand why I can't raise them in MY tanks to be/get so large...they die when they reach a certain size, growing beyond their fry years but never really getting to those massive ones you see in some shops... Why is this? How do they grow so large elsewhere?
  8. Happy Holidays! and Ranchu Update

    Indeed; my last goldie, Marcus, was all alone in his 60 gallon and I always suspected it had something to do with overall health and growth (we unfortunately lost him over the holidays, but had him for about six years).
  9. Thank you, both; I will consider what you shared...
  10. Your comets, you mean?
  11. Thanks for your input here, Mandy; why is it that they don't live that long in aquariums? is it just the nature of the captivity?
  12. Happy Holidays! and Ranchu Update

    Beautiful! Congrats on Bubbles' growth and health!
  13. We put in the softener mainly for our showers to feel better and to help reduce the staining/scarring on surfaces (which didn't turn out too well; on my aquarium and filter pieces alone, there is hard water staining and scarring that has permanently damaged the plastic elements such as the light hood and filter boxes).
  14. Well, with the AquaClear, I figured the water from THAT filter is drained, pretty much, anyway when the level reaches a certain point near the intake tube, and fresh water is being put in to prime it, so I didn't think to dump any water; the Aqueon filter is another story, as that keeps water in the chamber, I believe, being that it's self-priming. Either way, I'll keep this in mind next time. See, this is getting into the longevity factor that I'm always going back to and that is always confusing to me because of the myriad of cross-section replies I get to this question...some sites say there "should be no reason why" a goldfish if properly cared for shouldn't live for like 20 years in captivity (i.e. a nice sized tank)...others claim a typical pet shop fish should live five to six years...in general, which is it? Are you saying Marcus pretty much lived a nice life at six? I overdosed on Prime almost with every water change (when I say "overdosed" I mean put a bit more in that was called for based on a 60 gallon) to "prepare" for things like this, so I thought I was okay on that front...
  15. So you know what I'm talking about with the hard water; we had a softener installed in the house, so the water is softened before returning to our faucets... But even if the water changes chemically, what can be done about it?
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