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  1. There are other options that you could consider but they will have their pros and cons as well. you could buy a big 50 plus gallon rubbermaid tub and set up all 3 filter on it and add your fish to that. However, unless you have this on a cabinet or stand i imagine that doing large water changes with a syphon and buckets with the tub on the floor would be a nightmare. You could also get a large canister filter new or second hand and add that plus your AC70 to your 55. You could use the media from your 2 other filter in the canister but if you're on a tight budget that might not be an option right now. I think it is a case of choosing an option that is going to suit you and be beneficial for your fish right now. I have given you some options and in no way definate solutions. Hopefully someone else can chip in and perhaps come up with a better idea.
  2. That would certainly work as a 'temporary' solution. You need to get all 3 filters fully seeded with bb's and able to cope with the bioload of all your fish. I would recommend only feeding every other day. Goldfish can easily go a week without food but this has a greater impact on smaller fish than if they were mature. Nutrafin Cycle will certainly speed things along. You will need to be able to change 80-90% of your water daily if you go with the 29 gallon option for all your fish. You will also have to test the water daily. Even missing a single day could have dramatic effect on your fishes health. The reason i mentioned putting all your fish in the 55 was that it would give you a litte more margain for error. The most import thing is keeping your ammonia levels down. The second lot of beneficial bacteria that convert nitrite to nitrate do not like high levels of ammonia. If the levels get too high the second lot of bb's will become dormant and stop multiplying. That will result in very high nitrite levels and your cycle will crash !!! My plan would be once your levels in the 29 are reading 0,0,10-20 then you could look at putting the AC70 back on your 55 and start slowly introducing your fish back in. I would recommend a single fish every 5-7 days. You would have to monitor your levels closely as you add each new fish back as the bb's that convert ammonia to nitrite only multiply until they are at the level that can deal with the regualr amount of ammonia in the tank. When you add a new fish and the bio load increases the bb's then have to multiply further to deal with the extra ammonia. This all takes time unfortunately
  3. That is true. However, at the moment neither tank will be able to cope with the bioload of the fish in them if you have had cycle bumps. I suggested it as daily water changing and testing a single tank will be a lot easier than doing 2 tanks especially as you are using buckets. If you had a water changing system like a python doing both tanks wouldn't be a problem. Would you be able to saw another part off your tank edge to get another filter on there ?
  4. It sounds like you now have 2 tanks that may not be cycled. There are lots of good canister filters out there. I prefer Eheim but they are expensive, Fluval 05/06 series are good as are Rena XP series. The Rena don't have great flow rates but all three brands have the capacity for lots of media. You could probably pick up a second hand one quite cheap. If i were in your situation i would put all the fish in the 55 with all the media that you have. Buy more ceramic media and hang it in bags under the output flow from your HOB. Otherwise you are going to be changing/testing 2 tanks daily. Add Nutrafin Cycle to your tank too, a lot of members on here have had good results from using it.
  5. Is the Aquaclear 70 the only filter on your 55 gallon ?
  6. My oldest fish is still with me. He is my orange fantail Frodo pictured in my signature. He was 6 years old on the 6th of April. He lives on his own in the 39 gallon tank which is half barebottom and half green glass nuggets at the moment. It has a Eheim Pro 3 2080 filter, eheim air pump and 2 air diffusers. I also have a small heater in there keeping the tank at 72 F. Incidentally his "birthday" is the same day as my daughter
  7. Glad to hear that you are all ok. Can i ask why your sockets are on top of your fish tank ? Both my tanks have lids that came with them and condensation can build up quickly. I left a book on one of my tanks once and after only 3 days the pages had all become damp. I would never have anything electrical near the top. My sockets are all in my wooden stands under the tanks.
  8. I am sure that Goldfish would eat baby snails and even the eggs but i used to breed them for my dwarf puffers. If all else fails i would get someone i don't like to lick the strange growth and then i would watch what happens lol
  9. I used to keep ramshorn snails to feed my puffers and I went from the 8 original ones to over 400 in 3 months. They can be a real pain to get rid of. Does the growth look like could be some sort of fungus/algae ?
  10. Welcome to Koko's I have 3 Eheim filters running on my tanks and just have the output nozzles pointing downwards so there is a constant stream breaking the surface of the water in the tank. If you are worried about oxygen levels though (and i personally don't think that you should be, even with plants) you could always use a HOB filter with a Biowheel. The autotrophic bacteria supporting the nitrogen cycle only have to be wet, they do not have to be submerged. This is where Wet/Dry filtration, which includes Biowheels, establishes its advantage over submerged biomedia. Media that is exposed to the atmosphere is able to utilize oxygen from the atmosphere. This eliminates any concern of insufficient oxygen to support the bacteria and it removes the bacteria from competition with the fish for oxygen, which results in more oxygen being available to the fish. A good colony of BB's can actually consume more oxygen than a couple of small goldfish
  11. Hey, who you callin' crazy Welcome to Koko's !
  12. Do you know your PH reading from your tap and in your tank ? Your local fish store should be able to test it for you if you don't have drops. At 64 degrees F the Beneficial Bacteria that process ammonia will struggle to multiply and the growth rate declines to 50%. 77 degrees F is the lower end of the optimum temperature for BB's
  13. Great topic Alex, it will be gloves for me from now on i think. I usually carry on tank cleaning regardless even if i have a small cut. I never really get sick and can't remember the last time i was in the hospital. I hope i haven't just jinxed myself.
  14. I am not sure that i agree with that theory. My canister adds 5 gallons of filtered water back to the tank every minute. The water is moving through the canister at such a rate that i believe there would little if any difference in the oxygen content once it comes back out. If anything i believe that my canister adds more oxygen to the water than a HOB purely due to the way i have my outlet pipe set up. The oxygen rich water from my tank goes into my filter and even without testing it i can safely say that the water has at least 2ppm oxygen content otherwise the nitrifying bacteria would die and my cycle would crash. However, this theory has grabbed my interest and i have just ordered a Tetra Oxygen Test Kit. I will test the water in my tank at the weekend and then turn off my filter and take all the media out. I will then test the water in the canister and compare the results. I personally do not think that there will be much of a difference although i may be in for a surprise.
  15. Great article that will no doubt be a life saver to a person new to keeping goldfish If i was to be really really picky i would point out a couple of errors that you have made and may want to change. Please don't get mad, i just can't help myself Firstly - I would change the recommended tank size (I know that you originally did this for a friend)but if new fishkeepers are going to refer to this i would state that based on keeping 2 small goldfish a 30 gallon tank should be the minimum size of tank to buy but even then they may have to upgrade as the fish grow. People should be aware that when buying a tank you should always buy the size of tank that will suit the fish when they become fully grown. Secondly - When you describe the Nitrogen Cycle you state that it's all about poop processing. Poop and uneaten/decaying food do contribute to the Nitrogen Cycle although they play a very small part. The majority of ammonia produced that contribute to the cycle is actually from the fishes gills (respiration). A fish releases all the toxins through its gills as opposed to peeing it out like we do. Finally - When speaking about good goldfish food you mention Hikari. I have used this product for years but have now stopped as i believe that it is now considered to be not so good for goldfish. I think i read a post on here stating that it was full of MSG and i think alot of people are actually switching to different brands. Frustrating really as Pro-Gold and Omega One are not available to buy in the UK
  16. Sorry to hear of your loss
  17. How did i miss this post ? Eheim canister filters every time !!!! Or Fluval but i don't like the tubes on Fluvals. I honestly do not believe that a HOB filter can ever come close to a large canister filter and as previously mentioned on other posts i personally doubt that these HOB filters can do anything near the output that they claim to. Just my two cents
  18. Did the store recommend the marine salt ? When it comes to stocking levels for single tail goldfish i have never heard of 20 gallons for the first fish being recommended except on this site. The accepted stocking level in the UK is 40 gallons for the first fish. Now that is UK gallons, it's actually 48 US gallons. Then as a minimum rule 12 gallons per additional fish (14 US gallons). Also, if you do indeed plan on keeping the fish in an aquarium for their whole life span then you also need to consider that the minimum length of the tank needs to be at least 6 times longer than your largest fish when they reach full size. So if you don't plan to move them to a pond as they get bigger you would be looking at a 90 gallon tank that is probably at least 6 feet long. As your fish are small this is not an immediate concern but is definately something that you would need to plan and budget for. With a tank that size and 4 large single tails you would also need to consider better filtration.
  19. Glad you found a home for your sailfin plec (sorry fang, but that is definately NOT a commom plec)
  20. Looks like a leopard sailfin plec. These are usually sold as common plecs. Common plecs howevere get much bigger than sailfins and have V shaped markings almost like herringbone material. Leopard sailfins have round spots of varying size and shape
  21. alistairw

    Grace is dead

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss Hidr, Grace will be missed
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