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  1. Finally got a sump running

    So, I’m going to try this out in my sump. I don’t know if it will work but I figured I’d document it here. A long time ago on another (Koi) forum I was entertained by what became a long, long thread on anoxic filtration. Recently I came across some You Tube videos by Kevin Novak on anoxic filtration and his discus tanks. Since I have room in my sump I figured I’d give it a try. (I thought about adding a fluidized bed first but it’s to shallow). So, you can google for greater detail what an anoxic filter is and does but the short of it is a basket of clay kitty litter and laterite that creates a very low oxygen zone for facultative bacteria to inhabit and convert nitrate to nitrogen gas (along with the typical ammonia and nitrite conversions). Laterite is no longer sold by API but I had a leftover box, a pond plant basket and kitty litter so I was good to go. These are all things I use to plant my pond lilies so I had no concerns putting it in my goldfish aquariums. Put some litter in the basket, some laterite in the middle. Top it off with litter. I put some plastic craft mesh on the top and actually sewed it on with plastic thread to prevent any tragic accidents. Rinsed the dust out. And put it in. Nitrates are high out of my tap (yuck). Test results on day 1. Ammonia looks a tinge green for some reason in the pic. I didn’t notice it until I really looked at the picture later and so redid it and it was yellow/zero (take my word). Nitrite is zero. Nitrate next to the nitrate is the tank and the other is my tap 🤮. It’d been a few days since I had water changed. I have a canister running on this tank at the moment so this isn’t a test of how long it will take this filter to get up and going with the normal aerobic nitrification (I do plan on removing the canister at some point- this was the whole reason for the sump). I am hoping that eventually this will work and help me keep my nitrates at the level of my tap or even lower. Wouldn’t that be great! My only other choices are to cart in spring water (not happening for my big fish tanks) get an RO or ion exchange system for the house (which I’m still considering but very pricey and not ready) or using ion exchange resins in a reactor the sump (most reasonable option but have to regenerate them frequently for my nitrate levels). So for almost nothing I thought this would be great to try. My fish have lived at these nitrate levels since I’ve had them and seemingly are doing well anyway. My expectation is that if this works it is going to take several months or more. So not going to update this too frequently but I will be testing occasionally and will let you know if any magic happens. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Pregnant neocaridina. This was from a while back. Somewhere here I posted a video of her fanning and rearranging the eggs. She has passed on but there are a lot of grown babies still in my tank. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Goldfish of the Week Entries

    Just posted this in another thread but I guess ok to post here too. I think they look like such buddies in this pic. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Butterfly’s goldfish

    I don’t think I have a thread here. Thought I’d share some recent pics. Playing around the the husbands new lenses and getting lucky sometimes. Too much love!!! (All eyes intact don’t worry.) Pom Pom frog head. Bubble eyes, the Basset Hounds of the fish world! This guy is so photogenic and such a poser. Big guy. Love his eyes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Finally got a sump running

    Thank you! Here is one of my best recent pics of one of my feesh- Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. My main tank is a drilled 75g corner flow that I bought off Craigslist from a guy who had one too many reef tanks. [emoji3] I’ve been running canisters hooked up to the overflow forever but have been wanting to add a sump for a while. Just never enough time or energy to get it going. But now I finally have it up and running. I originally wanted to do a trickle tower using stacked bins so I got a 20L for the sump after finally catching a dollar per gallon sale at Petco over the summer. I got the stacked bins from Walmart and painstakingly drilled what seemed like millions of holes. I set it up and it was so loud... [emoji86] I tore it out and hooked my canister back up. It also ran with a whole lot less water than I was expecting. That was disappointing, so it was back to square one. ☹️ I was contemplating a baffle system but finally decided on going simple. I bought some Poret sponge from Swiss Tropicals. I am a sucker listening to all of my favorite You Tubers gush about the product. I am using a Herbie drain with the emergency stand pipe running a trickle. The pump I got on clearance from Lowe’s a year ago. It’s a pond pump that stops automatically if the water is too low which is nice. I made the return pipe myself. In retrospect I should have used some street els to reduce the depth of it because I do get a back siphon of a couple of gallons when I turn off the pump (I’ve accounted for that in the max water height I can run my sump). Could drill an extra hole but then I’d have to repaint that. I may also switch out the side elbow for a tee to get better down sweeping action. I wish i had decided on this design first because I would have gotten a 29g instead of a 20L. Still better than a 10 I guess. Maybe next dollar per gallon sale I’ll pick one up. As I have it set up I’ve added 10g to the system. Anyway, for now i am going to continue to run my canister for several weeks or more to seed the new sponges. The canister runs at “500gph” and my sump pump is also supposed to be 500gph. The fish aren’t being blown around though so that is a relief. I do hope in the end that it will be easier changing out filter socks and occasionally the sponges rather than dragging my canister to the sink. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Dandy Orandas and Repashy team up!

    I’ve been using Super Gold for a few weeks now (finally used up the Soilent Green). It doesn’t seem to be as smelly but then the smell of SG never bothered me that much either. I am happy with the product. My one floaty fish is less floaty. I can’t say 100% it is the fish food of course but the fish spends less time upside down and seems to be swimming straighter. I have to say that I don’t understand the recommendations to turn off the filters when feeding gel food? I cut mine into chunks and it goes right to the bottom until consumed. I’ve had more issues with sinking pellets getting wafted around by the currents and getting sucked into the filters before the fish find it. My filters are no more dirty or clogged with gel vs pellets.
  8. The red stuff in thermometers

    Thanks. Yes, there was a film in the water afterwards. After the water changes and carbon running for 24hrs the smell has subsided. I put the fish back in and he seems to be fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Open Raffle for all

    Hello! I will get in on this! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. The red stuff in thermometers

    I’m sharing some unfortunate information I came upon in an unfortunate way I was cleaning my beta tank and as I was filling bit back up I got a huge whiff of something that smelled like paint thinner. It was all over my hand and at first I thought it came from the bottle of water I was using to refill the tank. Later I came to realize that I had broken the end off of the aquarium thermometer I had in the tank. It fell off earlier and fell off again a few minutes after I stuck it back on. There was only a half inch of water in the tank the last time so I assume that was when it broke. I must have gotten the fluid on my hand when I pulled it out. Anyway, some googling suggests that that fluid is typically some type of alcohol, usually ethanol but can be kerosene or toluene. Mine smelled like one of the latter. YUCK! So I immediately pulled the fish and changed the water about 4 times. I’m letting it run now with a carbon pack in the filter. The fish isn’t dead yet so that is good. I left a snail in (couldn’t get him out) do well see how that goes. Anyone had any other suggestions to detox the tank? So, please be careful if you have a thermometer in the tank. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Dandy Orandas and Repashy team up!

    Not yet. LOL. I am still on the last of the Soilent Green. Should be soon. [emoji2] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Tail amputation

    Here is the tail today. Still has a lot of growth to get back to previous length, it it ever will. Left side is relatively normal, right is deformed. The scales at the base have not grown back leaving a bit of a naked look. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Tail amputation

    Hi. Doing fine. Tail is growing back but the side of one caudal is deformed/truncated probably because of the severity of damage at the base. Will post a pic soon. Been off of this and other forums for a while because of crazy life. Threw out my back today so I have some time on the couch today to catch up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Yay MJ! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk