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April
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update on Jilly and her tank
« on: January 15, 2011, 06:50:46 PM »

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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 07:15:11 PM »

When algae appears in a tank, that is a good sign of excellent water quality.
Usually when algae appears it means that your tank has cycled, because algae feed off nitrates like regular plants do.
If you want to control algae, try putting in a few live potted plants.  They will compete for the nitrates with the algae so the algae wil be starved off some.
Algae aids in fish's digestion and it also helps keep nitrates down.  It also is a good natural food source for all goldfish and especially young growing goldfish too. Smiley
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2011, 09:00:37 PM »

you did a great job on the tank. Jilly looks so happy. She's so pretty
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 09:35:53 PM »

Jilly is beautiful! And she looks quite happy even tho she is so camera shy! Wink
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April
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2011, 10:10:50 PM »

Oh this is good to hear woohoo! Thank you for the heads up Minde Wink and Teetsy I didn't really do anything except drop plastic plants I had in there and few dollar store glass pebbles. It sure is easy to maintain in a 10 gallon.  As for the algae I'm gonna leave it alone and let it cover the bottom eventually. Minde she is such a happy little punk rockin' fishy LOVE her!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2011, 10:31:22 PM »

When I first set up the 23 gallon tank I had a fair bit of algae, the black stuff which is pretty gross  Undecided It seems to have settled down as the tank has become more established and alot of died off from the treatment I gave Sunshine as there has been no nitrates.

I think you should add some live plants as Minde suggested, Jillyfish will really appreciate it Smiley Though I don't really see the algae so it mustn't be too bad and Jilly will love to much on it.
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011, 03:37:32 AM »

I would like to but don't they require substrate to thrive? It is on the list for the cube tank I just haven't gotten out to the store I trust the most with plants. Plus there is a local fellow giving away plants on kijiji but he hasn't emailed me back yet. Truth is I have avoided going out for a while now, just the time of year Roll Eyes and I'm a bit of a recluse (not spider) more like hermit, talking in circles...time for bed!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 03:43:14 AM »

April, I agree with Minde and Andrea, algae is a good sign of good cycled and aged water, but live plants will help to controll algae growth.

Jilly is a happy little chappy, love her too so much.

Have sweet dreams Wink
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 03:48:15 AM »

Some you can just attach to some driftwood or even an ornament. But if you plan on moving Jilly soon well I'm sure it's fine, it would be good to put some plants in the cube Smiley What's happening with that? Are you cycling it now? I understand the hermit thing, if it was that cold here I would be one too  Wink
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2011, 05:54:57 AM »

About the algae, I was growing some on the driftwood and the back wall, a thick, green layer Smiley My goldfish loved it! Cheesy
And then Danny the pleco moved in and he ate ALL THE ALGAE in ONE WEEK Shocked

I feel a bit heart-broken, but the tank hasn't been so gorgeous in a while Wink
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April
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2011, 08:33:00 PM »

Oh Danny!  Shocked LMAO so he cleaned up everything it is a bittersweet situation I guess then  Wink
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2011, 09:08:49 PM »

Can I borrow Danny please? Cheesy
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April
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2011, 09:30:58 PM »

hahahahaha
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2011, 03:16:14 AM »

If you want? xD He's growing by the minute... He's gained 5 cm since I bought him!! Shocked
And when he emptied my tank of algae he was just 7cm xD
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2011, 04:44:55 AM »

12cm in that short time, phew, Nossie your algae must have been tasty Cheesy
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2011, 06:13:20 AM »

Teeheehee I have algea Cheesy!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2011, 07:38:41 AM »

Hanna: Something like that! I have no idea what's up with this guy! But he's supposed to end up pretty big so... guess he has to grow as fast as he can to reach that Wink
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2011, 08:05:21 AM »

I'm just getting a snail to munch on my algae.
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2011, 03:21:21 PM »

Wow he is growing rapidly then Shocked LOL you must have the tastiest algae, wish mine was that lovely dark green and not dark brown  Roll Eyes today there is 3X as much *plegh! I need a 'rental' pleco!!!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2011, 03:31:00 PM »

Omg that is really fast!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2011, 03:35:15 PM »

I discovered this morning getting up with the sun that sunshine hits that side of the tank! I had no idea so now placing a shield in front of that side to see if it will slow down  Undecided  The angle of the sun will shift quickly enough hot diggity it's -27 degrees out there today IN the sunshine  Cool
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2011, 03:46:52 PM »

Wow April that is really cold! At least you found out why the algea keeps coming and coming. Wink
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2011, 11:22:16 AM »

if u live in the city and your tap water will probably have phosphates that also helps in algae growth  Undecided   
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2011, 03:02:41 PM »

hey thanks for the heads up creamkiller, gonna talk to some fish folks tomorrow about my water issues. I know for certain the hydrated lime is high. Here is a link to an article explaining details about it. I will be ordering Graham's Supa Chlor if he is shipping internationally now Cheesy

Hanna, this may be similar to the article you sent many months ago.  Of particular interest is the link between continuous fungus infections and high levels of hydrated lime Undecided also kidney failure in household pets. Oddly enough I lost 2 birds within 2 weeks a few years ago that both suffered kidney failure Sad

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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2011, 05:23:25 PM »

April, the link you send is talking about Graham and the guy writes what Graham said about hydrated lime. Yes, it is much the same article Graham gave me. I just LOVE his SuperChlor.

Yes, town water is a pain in the a....
We also have water problems now after the flooding and the dams stirred up. Graham recommends not to do waterchanges after heavy rainfalls because of this, but the other thing is IF you need to perform them to use double dose of Super Chlor and keep pH at 7.0 due to Ammonia being less toxic in this case.
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #25 on: January 18, 2011, 05:29:26 PM »

ok good I thought so. His products sound amazing. Got quite a list for him should they ship here fins and beaks crossed (since he sells products for birds too Grin
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2011, 05:35:02 PM »

yeahhh, he's got a big aviary at his place Grin
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #27 on: January 18, 2011, 05:37:46 PM »

*dreaming must been heavenly!
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #28 on: January 18, 2011, 09:42:21 PM »

Hanna: I hope your water hasn't been too badly affected by the floods, I know this was a major worry! Would boiling it first help?

April: Is there any way you could look into getting a rain water tank? You could trust that water alot more and though I would still use water conditioner, it could be alot better for Jilly Smiley I was going to suggest this when Mr. Tailer was so sick, I dunno if the water is that bad but it seems to cause a lot of problems and I've never known tap water to cause so many problems with water quality.
It may not be possible, I dunno how mu they are Undecided But I thought I would suggest it.
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Re: update on Jilly and her tank
« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2011, 12:33:10 AM »

In the spring, summer and early fall I do collect rain water that drains off the roof into large containers. It is used for watering the plants outdoors. Sometimes there is an abundance so investing in an actual barrel would be a great idea Andrea Smiley

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