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Old 04-09-2013, 10:10 PM   #271
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I understand, I found that mine think the amazon swords are yummy, the crypts are usually ok though! If you really like them stick with it!
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #272
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Your fish look so happy. It's a beautiful tank.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:36 AM   #273
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Thank you!!!
I try to keep them happy, but it's a constant demanding job!
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #274
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I dont know if i mentioned it, but my smaller goldfish has had a black spot on the tip of its tail! I have consulted with goldfish gurus and they all think that its a color change, this fish originally had black on it but it all disappeared, i guess its coming back now, and since i have been feeding them the new life spectrum pellets i have noticed it has gotten bigger!

I also bought the aquatop canister the 300 model, has 264 gph, i plan on going to home depot this weekend and getting all that i need to split the flow and direct it into the breeder boxes. Im hoping that this will even further help to decrease nitrates since the only water entering the boxes will from the filter, nitrate should be the only nutrient in it for the plants to absorb.

I also got a fourth breeder box, now i need more plants!!
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:32 PM   #275
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So i finally finished this idea!

Canister filter has been modified and now has four outputs, that are feeding four breeder boxes stuffed with plants, mostly bamboo.

I didn't take pics of the process or the finished product before i put it on my tank but i will take pics if people wish it of it working.

So far it is working great and the added plant mass from the fourth breeder box is always good.

Im hoping that the increased flow rate will help the plants to take up more nitrate! Will be checking often!

My next plan is to try and add two pond lilies from lowes...if they still have them...
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:01 PM   #276
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So my female cory died, I got home this morning to find her swimming awkwardly in a twisting motion then laying still on the bottom either on her side or back, gills moving rapidly. I removed her to a bucket with air stone and heater. When I woke up she was dead. I'm rehomeing the male to a friends tank that has at least one cory, and she has been keeping fish for years so I know she can't be all that bad when it comes to caring for her fish. This tank will officially be a goldfish only tank from now on.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:17 PM   #277
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So sorry to hear. It's sad when you lose a part of your fishy family.

Btw your plumping system is amazing. It's really novel. Your directions for building it where very helpful. Future products for the black hole hobby.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:32 AM   #278
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Yes, it is sad, but I'm also happy that I will have a goldfish only tank, I did worry about my goldfish possibly trying to munch on the cories!

Thanks for your compliment! I have spent lots of time thinking and building, it's nice to have it pay off. I always think I'm done with this tank but then I think of something else!
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:21 PM   #279
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I have finished my modified canister filter and breeder boxes for plants!
Here it is!!









Plus no more cories in the tank!
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Really enjoying this thread! Thanks for posting the recipes for the gel food for goldfish. I have had a bit of bloat problems on occasion with the 2 fan tails, but not with the comets.

Goldfish are my favorites. Glad to find other folks who like them too.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:55 PM   #281
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Loving it! You have an amazing tank. Thanks for sharing. So what are your nitrates currently?

Have you tried koi clay? Got turned onto to it. It helps bring out the colors in the goldfish and supports natural growth. Nice benefit.....plants like it to.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:20 AM   #282
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Thanks Saxtonhill!
Fortunately I have never had any bloat with my fancies, I now use repashy soilent green, when you first buy it you think it's a bit expensive but a little powder makes a good amount of food! And it's much easier than mixing your own, and many experienced goldfish keepers claim that it is a more nutritionally complete food. Good luck with your own goldies!

Sam! Thanks again! This is day eight, and I haven't done a water change and I haven't checked nitrates...I have been working and my BF is in the hospital! My days have been going as follows...get up, go to work, go visit BF, go home, eat and sleep 6 hours get up and do it again...lol

I just started to get interested in koi clay, started to read an article on it...I also heard that it helps to clear the water...? Keep me updated with how it is going with your lawn mowers!
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #283
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Thanks xjasminex---I will check out that food
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:06 PM   #284
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Your welcome!
It made my life a little easier!
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #285
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