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Nossie
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #60 on: September 16, 2010, 06:13:31 AM »

It could be enough with only a few days... just test the water regularly! I missed the nitrites too actually when I cycled my tank last time xD
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #61 on: September 16, 2010, 07:36:41 AM »

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I got the fairly big sinkers, shaped like a drop, about 3 cm long, 1 cm wide at one end and about 0,7 cm high. I bought them at Kmart.
Seems you need more gravel. I do have a colander, a cheep plastic one which I use only for the fishies to wash the gravel and you still can put it in the tank even if you filled it with water. Just slowly get it down with the colander and pour it in the corner or so and create the slope needed. 
Also Bunnings has got some nice pet stones, you can use them to put around those plants and cover the sinker.
Fish your plants out of the water and bunch them up again Grin maybe you try to use rubber bands instead of that lead wire. Wink
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #62 on: September 17, 2010, 09:29:29 PM »

I tied my plants to rocks with sewing thread, put them into the bottom of the tank half full of water and layed a two inch layer of gravel. Then I tied some more plants to the wood stuff you can buy at the pet store, and arranged that on top of the gravel bed I mentioned. Then I ran the tank for a week and finally added fish.

Three years later, I trade plants and frye for snake food at a local pet store. ROFLOL
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #63 on: September 19, 2010, 04:48:29 AM »

All sorted guys Cheesy I brought some more gravel which was definitely a good idea but also got this little plastic things from the pet shop. They hook around the plants roots and then also dig into the gravel, they feel alot more secure now and I'm all happy Smiley

I was going to do a water change today but never got the chance. I'll test the water again during the week and probably put Sunshine in next week cause I have some days off Smiley I'm so excited to put Sunshine in there and get a new fishie friend for her. Still not sure what I'm going to get Tongue
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #64 on: September 19, 2010, 09:44:07 AM »

Sounds great!! Finally you're starting to get it all ready Wink Please post pics as soon as Sunshine moves in! Smiley

Sunshine was a comet, right? If I was you, I'd pick another streamlined fish with long fins, like another comet, or a Bristol shubunkin Smiley If she's golden, it could be nice adding a fish with a few different colors, like a calico Cheesy
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #65 on: September 19, 2010, 04:41:45 PM »

Please post pics asap, even without fishies.
I agree with Nossie again, don't get slow swimmers... as cute as they are too... get another comet, different colour Wink
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #66 on: September 20, 2010, 06:10:25 AM »

Oh yes I am definitely getting a stream lined goldfish, just not sure what type Cheesy As in another comet and which colour or a shubunkin and which pattern Smiley There is so much variety!
Photos soon I promise.
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #67 on: September 20, 2010, 06:35:25 AM »

 Grin  .... having a glass of wine now.... cheers on Sunshine and her future mate
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #68 on: September 23, 2010, 09:52:26 PM »

Just found two snails in my tank!! I scooped them out with a net and I think I killed one of them, but it was seriously the size of a speck so no wonder  Undecided I have the other one in a bit of water from the tank. Not sure what to do with it, it's super cute but EVIL haha Tongue Are this things like super snails or something? As obviously it has survived being taking out of the water when I brought the plants for about an hour, then survived the rinsing of the plants and has survived a non-cycled tank. Do they live in any conditions?

Just one other question, as you all know the nitrates in Sunshine's tank is pretty high (40ppm) and the nitrates in the tank tank are pretty low and are still at 5.0ppm. If I put Sunshine in there this weekend will this be a horrible shock to the system? Or a good one? Or won't matter at all? I want the nitrates to get a bit higher but they haven't in a week and I can wait a bit longer but I think the high nitrates in Sunshine's current tank is starting to get to her as I have seen her resting on the bottom of her tank just for a bit!! Ammonia and nitrites are at 0 in both tanks.
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2010, 09:53:28 PM »

In the new tank not the tank tank Tongue
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« Reply #70 on: September 24, 2010, 03:35:50 AM »

Hi Andrea, nice to hear your Sunshine girl will move tomorrow. Do you have a big jug to scoop her out? Would be better than netting, you know, nets can be a bit rough to fins and scales.
So if you can scoop her out with the jug you can add a little of new tank water to it before you let her go into her new home.
She also would adapt easier in case there is a bit a temp or pH difference.
But it is very important to get her out of those Nitrates asap, maybe you do it already tonight. Wink
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #71 on: September 24, 2010, 11:36:53 PM »

Sunshine if officially in her new home Cheesy Just put her in about half an hour ago and I'm a bit scared to leave her alone, don't think I will leave the house for the rest of the weekend.

She has already tried every single plant in there, though I'm not sure if she liked any of them that much but that might change. She has also had a suck on the gravel already too. She is swimming around a bit hypo but I think it might be because she is disorientated. I'm sure it's weird for going from such a small hexagonal space to a massive rectangular one. Haha and she looks sooo tiny, it makes me smile Smiley
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #72 on: September 24, 2010, 11:45:41 PM »

Oh and with the snails. I found another two in there this morning so instead of stressing about it I am just going to leave them be as I read up on them and snails really do some great things in tanks. I thought this was an interesting article on them (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)
Of course it points out the bad side of them which we all know and I will act if that begins to happen with the lettuce trick. However, I have a feeling two goldfish will quickly get through at least some of the snails and their eggs especially if they hang out in the gravel.
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« Reply #73 on: September 25, 2010, 01:40:32 AM »

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Sunshine if officially in her new home Cheesy Just put her in about half an hour ago and I'm a bit scared to leave her alone, don't think I will leave the house for the rest of the weekend.

She has already tried every single plant in there, though I'm not sure if she liked any of them that much but that might change. She has also had a suck on the gravel already too. She is swimming around a bit hypo but I think it might be because she is disorientated. I'm sure it's weird for going from such a small hexagonal space to a massive rectangular one. Haha and she looks sooo tiny, it makes me smile Smiley

PICS, PICS, PICS,  GrinGrinGrin, LOL

Sure Sunshine will be fine, she may enjoy speeding up a little without pushing her brakes, lol
So in maybe another week you get her a boyfriend?
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #74 on: September 25, 2010, 01:42:36 AM »

Your Goldie will eat the snails, we've never had snail problems in the goldie tank, but we do in the tropical ones. This is why we bought a YoYo-Loach Wink
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #75 on: September 25, 2010, 04:45:06 AM »

Whee! Progress! Now post pics c:

My fish were acting the exact same way as they moved into their new tank! They were "travelling" in small groups to explore the new place! Cheesy Not to mention that they quit that fast and waited by the new feeeding corner d:
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #76 on: September 26, 2010, 02:21:49 AM »

Sunshine has calmed down and seems to be loving her new home Smiley She was a naughty fish who uprooted one of her plants last night though and made leaves go everywhere, but all is forgiven Cheesy

Everything else is going fine, she had something to eat and gobbled it all down but it did it take her awhile to find it because it is in new spots now.

Photo time Cheesy I havenít put the back picture on yet, I need to cut it to fit and Iím not sure whether to put it on or not. I sorta like it without and it seems bigger without. Weíll see.
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2010, 02:45:37 AM »

CONGRATS Andrea, you are such a good fish mommy and created a dream home for your Sunshine. Sure she is happy in there.
I like the pink wall shining through Cheesy
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #78 on: September 26, 2010, 05:19:27 AM »

It's so neat! Loving the plants Grin I bet Sunshine is so happy in her new home!
I'm really jealous of your pink walls too :'c
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« Reply #79 on: September 27, 2010, 03:03:32 AM »

Thanks guys Cheesy I am so happy with it and I know Sunshine is too, even if we are still working out the feeding situation. I can't believe I have a tank like this, I never thought I would but I love it. I can't wait till it is 100% complete with Sunshine's new friend which I will be getting this weekend. Though of course she will be in quarantine for a bit.
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #80 on: September 27, 2010, 06:52:03 AM »

 Grin What about a BOY ?  Grin  Sunshine needs a boy, LOL
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #81 on: September 28, 2010, 07:24:29 AM »

Well honestly Hanna I think I'll just get what I get because I still can't tell the difference between goldfish gender's hahaha Tongue Especially when they are all moving around so fast and altogether in a tank. So the fish that catches my eye is what I get, I just hope it's a girl lol.
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« Reply #82 on: September 28, 2010, 08:40:55 AM »

It's also hard to decide since most fish sold in pet stores are very young c: It's a waste of time trying to gender fish younger than 1-2 years Tongue
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« Reply #83 on: September 28, 2010, 03:50:17 PM »

ROFLMAO girls, of course you will get the one who wiggles the most at you Grin

Andrea, was joking with you, but you can see the pimples on a male , of course if he is a bit grown up. Our fish guy sells all different sizes and I can tell straight away if its a boy or a girl, LOL

How big is Sunshine now?
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #84 on: September 29, 2010, 05:20:05 AM »

Yeah I know you were Hanna, so was I but pointing out my lack of talent of trying to figure out the gender of goldfish Tongue

I was hoping to go for a bigger goldfish, maybe the size of Sunshine so it may be older than 2 years old. Not sure yet though. Oh and Sunshine is still the same size about 8-10cm which brings me to my next question. Do you guys reckon Sunshine will grow in her new tank? She is fours old and has been stuck in small tanks for her life and hasn't grown much in a long time so I hope she isn't stunted Sad
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« Reply #85 on: September 29, 2010, 06:20:36 AM »

I am not sure about this, but she may start to grow a bit.
Also at the fish meeting I was told by fish professionals that if you do larger waterchanges more often , the fish "feel" like being in a bigger tank and grow faster.  ? ? ?  Shocked
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« Reply #86 on: September 29, 2010, 11:40:32 AM »

Hanna: What a cool thing! I've never heard of that o_o

Andrea: I think that she's actually a bit too old to grow much more, besides 10cm isn't that bad Smiley And as long as she's been getting enough nutrition and a varied diet, she should've reached pretty good length Smiley
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« Reply #87 on: September 29, 2010, 09:32:23 PM »

Ok thanks Smiley I wasn't sure if she was meant to be bigger but she is a good size.

Also that's very interesting Hanna. Might do a big water change today or tomorrow for Sunshine. I definitely need to do some siphoning. Oh and I haven't seen a snail since putting Sunshine in there Tongue
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #88 on: September 30, 2010, 02:37:05 AM »

Put a goldfish on hold today to pick up tomorrow Cheesy It's from a little pet shop near me which I've never brought goldfish from but they have great variety but not many actual fish so it's more personal. It's a little black/goldish comet. I've been looking out for one since I found out they actually existed thanks to Hanna and well it can satisfy my want for a black moor until I can get one. It's a cutie so I can't wait to have her/him home with me and to show you guys.

They also had actual gold comet's, they are like a very bright yellow, very interesting but I liked the black one better.
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Re: New tank!
« Reply #89 on: September 30, 2010, 02:47:11 AM »

That's so lovely! Smiley Can't wait to see photos of the new guy! Cheesy

By the way, when I bought Samantha (that second little Calico fantail) her spots looked pretty brownish, and she looked more yellowish orange, but now after keeping her for a few months, she's all glowing red with strong, black spots Cheesy So even if the fish look kind of yellow in the shops, most of them turn stronger red when they get a more varied and healthy diet Smiley
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