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  1. Chrissy_Bee

    Pigment in fish?

    Penny turned completely white a couple of years ago, but she's still young
  2. It's Alex from Australia. Narny105 is his username. Haha, I didn't know this either. Kept seeing people talk about #2 and had no idea what it meant Congrats to both of you!
  3. Yes I have one of those, it has made life much easier!
  4. If you scrubbed for 45 minutes with chlorinated tap water...then yes, chances are good that you killed most or all of the good bacteria. As other have said, monitor your perams very closely and you can try to seed the AQ with media from the sponge filters. I have found with aquaclears, it's a good idea to give them a good cleaning about once a month to cut down on 'gunk' So remove the media and rinse it in used tank water or fresh dechlorinated, and you can scrub all the other parts in the sink if you like. If you find your filter is really getting 'gunky' fast, it may be a sign that you are overstocked or over feeding.
  5. Chrissy_Bee

    Chrissy Bee

    Oh wow, this thread is starting to span years!!! Hmmmm...what's new? Still at the same job, which has gotten intensely busy. That is also the reason why I'm not on the mod team anymore. Right now I'm prepping for a conference in France next month, I'm pretty nervous about it and just hope I can get everything done in time! still married to the same man I do have two new fish since I posted last Darwin is the calico fantail in my siggy who I got about 6 months ago. I also have Goliath, a very tiny blue ranchu who I got in August. I really think he's adorable and judging by what a pig he is, I'm expecting to see a big growth spurt in him very soon! I am indeed training to be a clicker trainer, working with a good friend who just opened up her own school. I've also gotten really into fitness again, doing a lot of strength training. I've made a lot of progress over the past 6 months with it and am considering entering a fitness competition in a year or so, but I dunno...the thought of it is pretty daunting and intimidating!
  6. Chrissy_Bee

    anyone done half bare bottom and half rocks?

    You can tie them there with fishing line, plastic mesh, or even superglue them on. I use plastic mesh because it gives something for the roots to really hold on to. I usually use fishing line or some sort of twine.
  7. I just have blue cellophane
  8. Chrissy_Bee

    Long term effects of algeacide overdose? :(

    I'd order the jumpstart asap as it is meant to be fed directly following medicated food
  9. Chrissy_Bee

    My Maybe Baby! :D

    Our Molly was the same, we now have her to the point where she doesn't bark at people unless they try to pet her or something. That took a lot of work and time, but she's a great dog!!! Little rescues like this can be so rewarding, I hope you get her I highly recommend these books to help work through trust issues and get her settled http://www.amazon.ca/Love-Has-Age-Limit-Welcoming/dp/1891767143/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1349959529&sr=8-7 http://www.amazon.ca/Cautious-Canine-Conquer-Their-Fears/dp/1891767003/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349959529&sr=8-1
  10. Chrissy_Bee

    Pinecone galore

    Never said it was definatly the cause, but always best to be cautious and eliminate all possible sources of trouble. And though I know many have used it with no issues, discussions like this are good to identify possible issues. Maybe it was a bad batch, maybe it wasn't the sand at all, but I think it was worth considering.
  11. Chrissy_Bee

    anyone done half bare bottom and half rocks?

    I have had a very thin layer of large river rocks on my tank bottom for a couple of years. I don't think it looks too bad, it's easy to clean and the fish do get to forage more than they would with bare bottom. Here's a (low quality) pic...
  12. Chrissy_Bee

    Pinecone galore

    Yes I'm reading about TMS now, so it's mainly obsidian but 30% of that can be 'other metals and minerals' (i.e. iron)? I think taking it out completely is the way to go for sure, just to be safe if nothing else. It may not be directly responsible for the issues but even low level iron exposure can weaken a fish (Alex, or anyone else, you can find a fair amount of information on iron exposure in relation to brown trout...not carp but the effects would be similar on the gills, etc.). Maybe the manufactures aren't aware and as we know all too well, fancy goldfish tend to be the most susceptible of many fish to water quality issues. Alex it will be interesting to hear what the manufactures have to say.
  13. Chrissy_Bee

    Pinecone galore

    Ok, so it is moon sand?
  14. Chrissy_Bee

    Pinecone galore

    So did the sand itself rust, or do you think there were metal particles in the batch you had? Either way, that's pretty worrisome. If it was metal in the sand, it might be that it was mixed throughout and you just saw the rust where it was most concentrated.
  15. Chrissy_Bee

    Pinecone galore

    Ok I'm totally out of the loop....but TMS is moon sand? And it rusted??? For some reason I was thinking you were talking about a filter part or something. And I do agree with Helen that the rust may have led to problems, especially if as you say your fish was always a bit sickly/weaker than the others. I didn't think it would cause issues for an entire tank....but just how much was there?