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  • Posted on: 17/6/2014 12:32
Re: aquarium curtian? #61
Ironically brown algae is often a result of a lack of lighting rather than too much, or to put it another way it can grow well in very dim light so lighting might not be the issue here - green algae usually thrives in tanks that have a lot of lighting, not brown.

As james15 alludes to, it may be excessive nitrates in the water causing the algae, do you have any live plants? If not, may be worth adding a few as they help absorb nitrates and can reduce algae growth. Also, try reducing the amount you feed the fish or reducing feeding times to once per day (if you feed more often than that).

Also, frequently vacuum the gravel to remove waste particles and when you do water changes keep it to 25% per week as replacing more than this in one sitting can contribute to algae growth especially if your water is high in nitrates anyway.

I get a fair bit of green algae but I use a lot of lighting for my plants - the plants grow well but I get green algae, that's the pay-off.


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  • Posted on: 5/5/2014 11:31
Re: Fish retailers in the stoke-on-trent area #62
Great_kahn is right, you will struggle to find decent retailers but they do exist - thing is though we are kind of "out of season" for fancy goldfish, the best time of year to start looking for fancy goldfish is early Autumn, say around Sep / Oct time as this seems to be when the retailers get their best stock in.

I know it's out of your way but Wharf Aquatics in Pinxton, Derbyshire is excellent, I paid a visit a couple of weeks but their stock is pretty low on coldwater fish at the moment - I've heard Star Fisheries is also very good, they have open days but the next one isn't till September.


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  • Posted on: 24/3/2014 23:15
Re: Goldfish with recurring white lumps #63
I'm no expert but this looks like ich to me.

When you started the ich treatment did you complete a full treatment or stop and then start on the fungal treatment?


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  • Posted on: 23/3/2014 20:09
Re: PH too low? #64
Right here we go!

As advised, have left a glass of tap water to stand for over 24 hours and have tested PH, result is the following:-

PH - 6.8

So I tested again from the tank and the result was:-

PH - 6.6

So not far off, and I guess the tap water in the glass will drop to around 6.6 over the next 24 hours bearing in mind it is now 48hrs since my last water change.

Clearly my PH is too low as expected.

Can you help me with raising it (and maintaining it) safely?

Thanks in anticipation.


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  • Posted on: 22/3/2014 17:43
Re: PH too low? #65
My profile still says "Derbyshire" but I have recently moved to S Yorks.

I haven't got a GH/KH test kit, but using Yorkshire Waters postcode checker our area is "moderately soft" which is what I thought as I kind of knew we had soft water here.

I haven't done a 24 hour PH test so will do that & let you know.

If it's what you say then hopefully you can help me with knowing how to raise the PH.

Cheers - will post an update tomorrow!


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  • Posted on: 22/3/2014 15:55
PH too low? #66
Hi,

I keep fancy goldfish and I have just measured the PH in my new setup using the API test kit.

I did a water change last night and measured the PH today:-

PH = 6.4

Concerned that this is too low for goldfish.

Measured it straight from the tap:-

PH = 7.6

So something is drastically causing my PH to crash just hours after doing a water change which I am concerned is going to stress my fish out.

Any ideas on what could be causing it to crash and how I might be able to resolve this?


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  • Posted on: 21/3/2014 9:47
Re: Goldfish abcess/growth on fin #67
Any update Foxyjb?


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  • Posted on: 20/3/2014 13:45
Re: Filter problems #68
Ah....fair enough.

Just a pity no-one can represent the needs of the fish they're selling


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  • Posted on: 13/3/2014 12:59
Re: Lighting on a 30" deep tank #69
Hi Cathie,

I have the same problem with my tank, it has no hood, just Perspex sliding covers - I can't fit my bulb to the back of the tank though as the water level is too high.

I decided to construct a light fitting for it so I bought a piece of white guttering from B&Q complete with end caps, spray painted it brown (to match the cabinet) and have fixed the light into that and it works a treat.

I agree with your point regarding the blue lights, I'm not a massive fan although it can be quite nice at night provided they are dimmed down considerably.

I still don't have plants yet (still at setting up stage) so I can't comment on plant growth but my understanding is that the LED's emit the correct wavelengths so it shouldn't be an issue.


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  • Posted on: 9/3/2014 19:44
Re: Rehoming fancy goldfish #70
Have you tried contacting local fish stores, preferably ones that specialise in fancy goldfish?

I had to re-home one of my Ryukin's that was becoming v aggressive towards my Oranda's, a local fish store took him and he found a good home.

Many are reluctant to take fish in as they normally only deal with designated suppliers but if he/ she is really healthy and has no problems then you may well find one that will take them off your hands, just don't expect any ??? though as you won't get any, remember they're doing you a favour.



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