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Tosakin in Oz

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  1. Hey Mads!

    Hows all?

    Miss you buddy xoxox

  2. Goldfish For Free (melbounre)

    Hi Nakedsnake, just so you don't hate me, I'm really sorry for saying I could take your fish on, but at this point in time I just I can't.. I'm sorry to jerk you round on all this. I hope you find a home for your little one. cheers. Mads.
  3. Goldfish For Free (melbounre)

    Hey nakedsnake, I'm in St Kilda, I'd be happy to rehome him if you like, I've got a 7 foot tank (approx 800 litres if you include the volume of the filters.) and I've only got 5 fish in there, it's understocked at the moment coz I need low maintainence due to also having to care for a human baby but there's plenty of room for your little guy if you like. I'm having trouble getting my computer to recognise my camera at the moment and I'm a bit too much of a technophobe to work out what's going on so I can't show you a recent image of my tank, but I can describe what I've got, 7x2x2ft tank, 3 external 1200lph aquaone cannisters and a fluval 3 internal filter (this may be considered underfiltered, but the fact that I'm so understocked this has never been an issue), 200wtt heater that gets put on over winter, UV sterilizer (cant remember brand) it's partially barebottomed with some blue stricta and several anubias growing over a whole pile of petrified wood, I've been keeping fish since I can remember, probably from about 7yrs onwards, started with goldies, 'progressed' to tropical, and then went back to keeping fancy goldfish. I'm a stay at home mum at the moment so I can come and pick him up if you like, let me know if your interested.
  4. Chironomidae... Chironomidae... And More Chironomidae!

    It's not designed to adsorb ammonia/nitiite/nitrate. I had no problem with my cycle for the three years I kept driftwood/biochemsorb in my tropical tank.
  5. Chironomidae... Chironomidae... And More Chironomidae!

    HH, that cracked me up! -Not sure it's the same thing, but I often found in the driftwood I kept in with my trops (way back when) that the driftwood tended to have white fluffy blooms of 'stuff', -especially when I first put it in the tank, I did a bit of asking around some said that it was just a small fungal bloom, a natural part of the break-down of the driftwood and no threat to healthy fish, and it's actually quite nutritious and your plec will thrive on it! -after a while your pleco shoud keep the white fluff nicely mown, I'm not sure about the sap stuff though Acupunk, with hard alkaline water, driftwood would be the one thing I'd suggest as a natural way to soften and acidify your water. -One thing about it though, for a long time your wood will continue to leach tannins, -it's an aesthetic that can grow on you, especially if you have a natural layout of your tank to begin with, but if you hate the tannin in the water you can put a packet of "biochem-zorb" in your filter, this resin adsorbs the tannins clearing and polishing the water, it can last up to about 2 months from memory (haven't kept trops for a while now!) but once it's exhausted the water will turn tea coloured again. hope this helps, -don't be purturbed by fuzz at the start, it might take a month or two for it to settle down, but with bristles they'll make short work of it!
  6. My New Lionheads Or The Lion King..?

    I love that second pic, there's something really aesthetic about the curved lines of your fish the compact round wen accents the curve of the back and belly and edge of tail fin... nice! I haven't seen a fish that's made me drool like that for quite a while!
  7. Goldfish Art

    No probs, there's been a couple of thumbs up behind the scenes, but we'll have to wait to hear back from koko.. Marie, -Thanks for the suggestion re corel, I'll look into it, I really miss being able to do stuff with my pics. I gotta say I love your tri coloured oranda, s/he is a stunner, a real flirt with the camera too! some really nice art there!
  8. Salt?

    Hey Liz, what sorta medical background? u a doc/nurse/allied/research? I'm (well, was, before being a stay-at-home mum) a hospital histology/mortuary scientist. Nice to see a few medically minded people on the board!
  9. Salt?

    Unfortunately there are some strains of parasites that have become more tolerant to salt over a long time, but this in the bigger scheme of things, at breeding factories etc, -I'm personally doubtful that small additions of salt to a home aquarium is going to breed super parasites like antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, but some hobbyists maintain this and I am not going to disagree as there is evidence this happens in the largescale end of the business, it's a bit of a grey area. I think it mostly depends on what your tap water is like in your area, some areas have very hard water, in this case I don't see any reason to maintain conditioning salts in the water as the water already has a high cconcentration of dissolved salts already, I live in an area where the water is EXTREMELY soft, and if I don't add conditioning salts my water is too soft for goldfish to thrive. I guess it comes down to a balance, -how much more robust is your fish going to be with the addition of salt, and able to have more immunity to parasites, as to how strong will your fish be to survive high levels of salt if needed for treating for parasites. In the wild Bettas are found in drying muddy ponds where the salt levels can rise dramatically, I'm not an expert with bettas, but from their habitat I'm sure they're quite hardy when it comes to additions of salt if needed for treatment. (just my 2c.. )
  10. Welcome A New Mod

  11. My Comet Is Not Eating

    yes, you will remove some of their slime coat, -if you're wanting to minimise the stress on your fish, you could probably do with a big water change (80%), your nitrates are on the high side of acceptable, and if you're going to put your fish through a stressful situation it's best to get the nitrates down to about 5ppm (my personal experience is that although it is stated that up 40ppm nitrates is not poisonous, the goldies I've kept over the years always fare better in water with 5-10ppm nitrates. some fish do rather poorly with high levels of nitrate) You can buy products that are like an artificial slime coat, usually containing aloevera, this is fine if the fish is healthy, but many in the hobby don't like these products because the aloevera coats the gills also, possibly impairing gas exchange. My personal choice if you were to use any product would to use Melafix for 7 days after handling your fish, -this is a mild antibacterial agent that can expediate healing in wounds, and also knocks the head on the bacteria in the water that your fish's slime coat is protecting it from.
  12. Another Oranda Dying!

    to answer your question about having an extra cycled tank, -A good way to doing this is to have a second filter set up on your tank (you can't over filter your tank!), you can get a 10 gal bucket or 'rubbermaid' tote box that you can dedicate to fish things and then bring it out when needed for quarrantine procedures. (I have a tote box that I use to store all my goldfish paraphenalia in and when I need the box I empty all my gear into plastic bags for the duration of QT being set up) when you need to set up your QT all you need to do is transfer some of your tank water and your extra filter for an instant cycle! Glad to hear your fish pulled through the night, lets hope it makes it to the time you get your meds.
  13. Good Bye Philip

    heidi, I'm so sorry you lost your little celestial, May he now rest in peace!
  14. Welcome A New Mod

    hmmn, that reminds me of a Monty Python song that I cannot name on such a family friendly site... One thing's for certain, sticky buns belong in ones mouth and not on ones head.... and yum, I like my with cinnamon if you please...
  15. I Just Thought About Something.

    -If you need help with diagnosing your goldfish please post in the emergency/disease/diagnosis forum. A healthy fish should not be affected/killed by formula food, there is something else going on in your tank. -Death by food is usually poor nutrition from cheap fish flake/pellet and this occurs over a period of years. -as for your question about your fish finding your gel food, -if you're worried taht they are not going to sniff out the food, consider adding fresh minced garlic to your mix, garlic is a natural food attractant (they'll smell it in the water!) and also, it's a great immune booster for your fish to boot!