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  1. New Fluval 406

    Thanks Sharon. I am definitely taking your advice. The shells are still in the HOB and I’ll let it run another couple of weeks. I really appreciate your advice. Also, they seem to be handling the strong flow too. ————— Update: 2 weeks running my new Fluval 406 along with my pre-existing HOB 75 on my 40 gal breeder. I do a water change every week so I just did my second water change since the new filter. I decided to clean the canister to see what it looked like. The big sponges had a lot of food in them so I am glad I took the canister apart. I originally had the intake too close to the bottom of the tank tank and it kept sucking up pellets before the fish ate them. I am sure that is what that is from. The new ceramics have started to establish so that is going well. The water quality has been excellent and is testing perfect. No hint of any cycle. I’ll leave the HOB 75 another week or two just to reassure myself the canister is completely established (overkill but it makes me feel better). Then it’s HOB free. I’ll keep the filter with my backup 20 gallon tank for when I do a complete tank cleaning. Thank you all so much for your advice on helping me transition. I really love my kids so I want them to have the best living environment and I like that this is easier to handle cleaning.
  2. New Fluval 406

    Update: 2 weeks running my new Fluval 406 along with my pre-existing HOB 75 on my 40 gal breeder. I do a water change every week so I just did my second water change since the new filter. I decided to clean the canister to see what it looked like. The big sponges had a lot of food in them so I am glad I took the canister apart. I originally had the intake too close to the bottom of the tank tank and it kept sucking up pellets before the fish ate them. I am sure that is what that is from. The new ceramics have started to establish so that is going well. The water quality has been excellent and is testing perfect. No hint of any cycle. I’ll leave the HOB 75 another week or two just to reassure myself the canister is completely established (overkill but it makes me feel better). Then it’s HOB free. I’ll keep the filter with my backup 20 gallon tank for when I do a complete tank cleaning. Thank you all so much for your advice on helping me transition. I really love my kids so I want them to have the best living environment and I like that this is easier to handle cleaning.
  3. New Fluval 406

    I cut the gunked up material off both of the cartridges that were in the Aqueon 55. It is now sitting on top of the charcoal in the top basket. The ceramic that I had in the old filter is in with the new ceramics so that should work. I have the 75 still running with the shells in it. I’m really nervous about removing the 75. I think I’ll leave it for a while just to make myself feel comfortable that things transition smoothly. The fluval has been running for about an hour now. The fish don’t know what’s going on with the change of flow. I’ll test the water in the morning to see how things are going. So happy to finally get a canister. It looks so much nicer with just the two hoses coming over the back of the tank.
  4. New Fluval 406

    This great advice. Thank you. When you say old “mechanical medium”do you mean the filter inserts that slide into the Aqueon? I have a 55 and a 75. The 55 is slowing down and the motor attachment is being held on by a couple of strings because the plastic attachments broke off. It’s a major pain to clean. That one is going away once I hook up the 406. The 75 is in good shape. So I’ll run that for a month.
  5. New Fluval 406

    I’m really excited to get my new Fluval 406 canister filter today. I have an 8” shabunkin and an 8” common in a 40B. I’m going from 2 Aqueon HOB’s to the canister. I am looking to go to a bigger tank down the road so I bought the 406 for more flow than I currently need. I’d like Advise on two things. 1 I know I can reduce the flow rate on the canister but I don’t how the fish will handle the flow in the tank. Im not sure if they like current or not. I often find them hanging out under the current HOB filters that have home made baffles made from plastic bottles with holes in them. 2 how long should I run the current HOBs until the right bacteria gets set up in the canaster? One of the HOBs has well established ceramic media in it. The other has sea shells which I have had to use to keep the PH at the right level. Should I transfer both media’s to the canister? i don’t want to mess up my tank by not starting this the right way so I’d appreciate any advise. I uploaded a photo of my kids. Ann
  6. Fish drawings

    Hey all, I am traveling on business at the moment but had the chance to speak to a professional artist friend to get advice on estimated pricing, hours per drawing and the shipping requirements. The example I posted are 8x10 pastel drawings. Being pastel they will need to be shipped carefully. They will be originals that I was planning on Shipping finished 8x10 size so they could be put into a standard frame that you could purchase based on your personal preference (from places like Micheals or frame shops). Now that I know there is interest let me get the answers to your questions pulled together.
  7. Fish drawings

    Thanks for such nice comments. If any of you have some great photos of your fish I'd love to see them. It would be nice to have more photos to draw from. I have not been able to get good photos of my own fish to go bye. I'll have to mess with my camera on a tripod
  8. Fish drawings

    Thanks koko. It helps that I love how beautiful fish are. I've been blessed to be trained as an artist so now I can use it To draw things I love. Here is my first cat named Mandy that I lost last year at 16 y/o. I cried my way through this one ... lol
  9. Fish drawings

    I love my kids, Coco and Cheetos. I was like many others who bought 1" goldfish not understand their future size and their care. This forum has made me a good mom for these two.
  10. Fish drawings

    Thank you. The color makes them so much fun to draw. And, you get to capture their personality.
  11. I was just watching a show that our local fish supplier puts on TV and they recommended putting salt in the water for the goldfish for nitrites. When do you decide that you need that? my fish seem to be fine so I don't want to mess with it. Ann
  12. Fish drawings

    Hey all, I've been drawing fish recently and would love to do commission work if you'd like a drawing of yours. These are the three drawings I have hanging over my tank. Ann
  13. You are right. It would cycle I was mistaken. He said I was throwing away some of the good bacteria. It was the sea shell that has the changed the loss of PH. I looked it up on the forum and it recommends to go get same type of shell material and place it in a bag in the fIlter. The shell seems to be doing the same thing. I was doing 100% water change to get rid of their waste and the remains of food they have eaten.
  14. Hi Shakaho, I have been traveling business so I am just getting back on the forum. I'll check the numbers last week but will do it again this weekend. I went to my local pet place with the awesome fish people. They also asked why I am changing 100% and recommended that I do a 50% water change because the 100% was making the tank cycle. He also said that I'd have less of an issue if put a smal,see shell in the tank to help adjust the water so I got one of those shells they sell for the crabs and dropped it into my fIlter. I just did a 50% water change and will check the number tonight and tomorrow to see where they are. Since I put the shell in the fIlter the ph has not been dropping. Will let you know more as the next couple of days go.
  15. I have read that it may be my water is hard and that I may need crushed coral in the fIlter. I believe I can get that locally as well.
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