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  1. The 20g swordtail tank has 1.5" of black sand. I just need to figure out a way to get rid of the duckweed, considering it has a 3D background that the stuff always hides in. The Goldfish tank has 3" of sand behind the retaining wall where the rooted plants are, but only 1/2" of gravel in front so it is easier to vacuum the waste from the goldfish. I actually had 6500K ATI lights for a month, but all of my plants were dieing. I upgraded to 10,000K ATI and now they are growing, the low light ones are thriving. It might be because the light is 8" above the water, and the water is pretty deep. Many of my medium light plants are barely growing. I think my java moss needs a haircut... :rofl: Goldfish are an odd choice I know, but I only wanted a few fish that would be larger. I heavily considered a pair of red jewels or even a pair of gold occies. But I always loved ponds, goldfish, and koi. But Koi need 500 gallons a piece at 3 years... The goldfish should be able to stay in that tank for a couple of years. Maybe I will be able to talk my way into a small indoor pond by that time.
  2. Figured I would share these. 37 gallon planted tank with 4 goldfish. The java moss really likes it, although there are a lot of plants in the unseen retaining wall behind it. 18" 10,000K light, open tank. I have large almond sized stones between my rooted plants so the goldfish can't get to the roots. Works quite well. 20 gallon planted tank with blood red swordtails, 3 BN plecos, and 3 guppies. Two 24" lights, 10,000K and ATI Aquablue Special. The plants grow like weeds. Somehow got one flake of duckweed in there at some point and it is like a plague now.
  3. Black Sand In Edm?

    I found my black sand at Big Al's. Although they are often sold out of the big bags in the store, they can be bought online.
  4. Spring Auction 2015

    Looking forward to this. Travel in April is almost always better than in March.
  5. Local Vs. Imported

    By import, are you referring to the LFS bringing in fish from elsewhere in the world, or importing directly from a supplier such as Fairdeal? I have found that fish bred locally seem to live longer than those shipped long distances to the LFS. For example, I often breed guppies and other livebearers and regularly add new blood to the breeding pool. The original juveniles from the local fish store saw maybe 6-8 months, yet their offspring in the same tank lived for 2-3 years. I am not sure which factors affect it, it could be shipping stress, chemicals used to control disease and/or promote color, or water conditions. Lately I have found a number of livebearer fish I have bought from the LFS to be sterile, or having issues with fertility (notably swordtails, but some guppies too). Yet any offspring they managed to produce had no issues in that department. Given a choice, I would purchase fish from a local hobbyist. Less chance of disease and the fish are more likely used to the local water conditions. But I have also imported fish with no issues. I found Fairdeal's fish to be excellent with few or no issues.
  6. Member's Tanks

    Here are a few of my tanks from over the years. All of these 3 are now gone, my last tank needs a serious overhaul before I post it. 14g Lamprologus multifasciatus tank 55g community tank - tetras, guppies, and a pair of keyhole cichilds 90g planted tank. Breeding group of blood red swordtails (all hiding), 5 albino BN plecos (1M, 4 F), and Bolivian rams. The lighting and C02 made it tough to keep the plants in check, I frequently re-aquascaped the tank.
  7. Alberta Laws Regarding Ponds?

    Really depends on your exact location and the bylaws. Phone your town office and ask. Where I am, if I raised the edge of the pond up 24"+ then there was no need for a fence no matter how deep the pond was.
  8. Now I see the black gills, it looks like something is wrong with his gills and infection, or swelling, is spreading to his eyes. I believe the blue and pink skirt are injected with dye, maybe this guy has an ongoing reaction to the dye? Or some non-contagious pathogen snuck in while his immune system was down at one point? If none of the other fish have caught it after 2 years, I doubt it is contagious. It could possibly be a birth defect. The fungus medication I was talking about was called Kanaplex, I got it from Gobstock.com, although I think Big Al's may carry it. Although I don't think it will help your blue skirt at this point... Did the other fish lose the white stuff on their fins? It may help with that.
  9. Sorry, it has me stumped. I never had any luck with the painted skirt tetras - they didn't like my hard water. They never lived longer than 8 months in my tanks, I gave up after the 3rd attempt. My guppies bred like rabbits, and I could never keep the painted skirt tetras alive (although the natural black skirt tetras lived over 2 years). I used to have a medication that worked wonders on popeye and fungus, I will have to see if I can find the bottle...
  10. If you look at other photos of Blue or Pink skirt Tetras, they all have that pale area above the eye. Have the old symptoms disappeared?
  11. 5 Gallon Ideas?

    There are different sized CFLs. I did manage to find one type that was much smaller than normal and fit into my hood that that the other CFLs wouldn't. I will have to see if I can find the box. It came from Canadian tire, I *think* it was one those world eco bulbs, it was a 4 pack. We just opened boxes until we found the smallest type of bulbs. It grew lots in my 10g, the crypts loved it. You could always look into endlers, you would even have babies to sell eventually.
  12. Hello!

    Welcome. Isn't it amazing how those 4 legged fur balls seem to reduce the number of tanks in a household? I had 9 tanks at one point, got a puppy two years ago and now I am down to 3 and considering taking one more down. Nice pic of the dog, mine puts on a 'guilty' expression whenever the camera comes out...
  13. Quarantine Procedure

    My fish and plants don't mind a pinch of salt on a constant basis (keep evaporation in mind when adding salt). I do keep the salinity lower unless I quarantine fish. But if I add new fish, I add 1tsp of salt per 5 g, especially if they came from a pet store. I slowly lower it with water changes so when the fish are ready to move, the tank water matches my other tanks. I notice that my BNs tend to spawn when I start lowering the salinity with water changes. Maybe they think the rainy season came? I know it isn't necessary to add extra salt on a constant basis, I just do it so that when I increase the salinity, it isn't such a shock to the resident fish.
  14. What Are You Actively Trying To Breed?

    Actively breeding: Albino BN plecos daphnia (feeders) Trying to breed: L. multifasciatus red swordtails African butterfly cichlid
  15. Quarantine Procedure

    I tend to put fish in my 20g planted tank as a quarantine. It isn't a strict quarantine, it has a pair of breeder BN plecos and endlers in it, but it is much easier to treat disease in a small tank if a pathogen did happen to hitchhike - and I see ich in most stores, so I add salt to the tank even before I add the fish. This method did prevent callamus worms from entering my 90g, which would have been tougher to treat. I let them cool their heels in there for about 2 weeks, ensuring their good health while letting them get used to my tap water and food without having to worry about other fish. Then I dump them into the tank I want them in. Often, if I bought a group of 6-8 cichlid juvies hoping to get a pair, I quite often get my pair before the 2 weeks are up.