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thestripeycat thestripeycat
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  • Posted on: 12/7/2010 16:26
Re: Re Cleaning marisys 240 return box #1
Hi

I can't answer your question but I do have a couple for you!

I have the same filter in my tank, we bought it after being unable to find any other skimmer to fit on our tank that worked properly. Though we still had to cut out the back of the tank to fit the return box for this filter.

Do you find the filter noisy? We have the so called silencer fitted but is still sounds like a stream is running though the lounge, though we have got used to it now!

How much skimmed waste do you get in the waste bottle. We have had ours a few months but there is barely anything in the bottle, though there are always a good amount of bubbles it the chamber and we have to clean it out a lot because it does get thick with waste, its like it simply doesn't flow down the waste pipe and into the bottle.

About every 4 days we have to add a couple of litres of water to the filter box, as the water levels drop a couple of centimetres in the tank and the water level in the filter also drops, causing air to be pumped into the tank. Do you have to do this?

There are things I like about this filter, there is no horrible skimmer pump visible in the tank like there was with the TMC one. Its is so easy to clean the filter sponges without turning everything off. It must filter well because my water has been very stable since I got this my corals seem be thriving.
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  • Posted on: 22/11/2009 22:33
Re: Bent goldfish #2
Its kind of more swimming round in circles (presumable the bend means it can't swim any other way), possibly slightly 'nose' down, but not much.

Its a shame if this one goes as the two goldfish and BW tetra normally line up together and watch tv in the evenings! When the tv is off they swim round like normal fish. I chose this fish as it was so white but had the orange back fin, eyes and 'lips'. And it is the only fish I have ever chosen for its colour that has actually kept the colour and markings that it had when I got it.

Everything has gone so well for around a year now I thought I'd got over my initial problems of a couple of years ago when I was overstocked. But this fish has never been in an overstocked tank so I figured it would be the one that lived a long healthy life.
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  • Posted on: 22/11/2009 21:43
Re: Bent goldfish #3
Hi Suey

There are no obvious symptons at all. There is no discolouring, no red streaks or patches. It is eating (though it has never been one for charging at the food like the big fish does) so I presume it can see the food okay. Its always been a quiet little fish and apart from the darting it is acting pretty much the same.

Because of the bend it it swimming more to its left. Every now and then it darts very quickly like it has had a sudden pain. I fed them some peas earlier on and I did see it eat some, though it didn't forrage (due to the bend I don't see how it can) it only cought what had floated within its sight.

I'm going to ring round a few vets tomorrow and see if any can help, though when I had a badly damaged fish a couple of years ago I tried a few with no luck. I have a vague recolection though of later finding outthere was a vet in Blackpool who would treat fish. Its only about 15 miles away so I will try vets in that direction too.

In regards to quarantine, I only have a small 15 litre tank, but it does have a filter. I guess although it isn't suitable for keeping fish in it wouldn't do any harm as a quaruntine tank? I have no dechlorinator though as I used the last on my water change yesterday, so it will be tomorrow night before I can set it up.

Ignore that actually, I can just take water from the main tank.

Thanks again. Nicky
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  • Posted on: 22/11/2009 14:06
Re: Bent goldfish #4
Thanks

My vet looked at mt like I was barny last time I asked for advice on a sick fish.

I will have to have a ring round tomorrow and see if any other vets are more helpful.

It never straightens up and is definitely acting like it is in pain though. It shoots around the tank quite often as if trying to escape from a sharp pain.
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  • Posted on: 21/11/2009 23:52
Bent goldfish #5
Hi all

I have a goldfish that appears to have a bent spine. Its body is kind of curved, almost as if the fish is trying to turn to look at its tail if that makes any sense.

I have two fancies in 155 litre tank (and one black widow tetra, I know it shouldn't be in with goldies but Its a throw back to the days when I believed the things LFS's told me). I have a fluval 205 filter. Readings are

0 Amonia
0 Nitrite
betweem 5 and 10 Nitrate

I have had very steady water readings probably for about a year, cerntainly for as long as I have only had these three fish in the tank. I do fortnightly water chnages of usually about 40 litres, including rinsing of the filter sponges.

There is no other visible signs of illness on the fishes body. When I've googled the problem fish TB had come up, but this fish has none of the other simptoms.

It does seem to be in some discomfort though, occasionly swimming a bit manically, as if it is in some pain.

Any ideas what it could be, would it be treatable, or would euthanasia be the kindest thing. I am also worried about it being something that can be passed on to the other fish.

I first notices a slight curve in the fishes body last Sunday, but my other half was adamant I was imagining it. But its undeniable now.

thanks (I'll try and upload a photo -its the white fish), if I can remember how to do it on here).

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  • Posted on: 3/7/2009 14:26
Re: V2 SKIMMER 400 #6
We had the same problem when we first got ours. We have a little bit of pipe attached to the breather hole that directs these sudden leaks back into the tank. The pipe doesn't go into the water, just curves up and over so any leaks go in the right direction and not down the back of the tank.

Its just a small piece of the thin kind of pipe you have going from air pumps to air stones and fits perfectly.
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  • Posted on: 11/3/2009 21:09
Re: Tank Scratches #7
Just out of interest, what do you use if they are on the outside?

My cat is obsessed with my emporer cardinal, who deliberately winds the cat up. She has managed to put a couple of tiny scratches on the glass, despite my best efforts to stop her scratting at it.
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  • Posted on: 9/2/2009 22:18
Re: Protein skimmer problem #8
Hmm, I seem to have got it working. I turned the dial on the pump box a tiny tad, and managed to get the cup off myself, cleaned it out again and put it back on.

Turned it on at the lowest dial setting then slowly turned it up until it looked right (the dial near the cup)and it is now working.

Very odd as I have turned the pump dial down, but the main dial near the cup, which is the only one that ever gets touched, isn't as strong as it used to be when on full, wich would indicate the pump dial wasn;t on too high, or been accidentally nudged.

Either way it now seems to be skimming properly, which means I have now know how to clean and work the skimmer myself. I Now have no need for my other halfs intevention with the tank! Only use for him now is for buying salt and fish food (I buy the pretty stuff)
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  • Posted on: 9/2/2009 19:39
Re: Protein skimmer problem #9
Forgot to add its a V2 400.
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  • Posted on: 9/2/2009 19:38
Protein skimmer problem #10
Hi

My protein skimmer is playing up and I'm not sure why. A week ago it had needed emptying, as it was about 1/3 full in the morning, but by 7pm is I noticed it almost to the top, though not overflowing.

SO I turned it off, got OH to empty the cup (I can't get it off its so stiff, which is a pain as I do all the tank maintenance, and I just don't get protein skimmers).

When I plugged it back in it just immediately filled up with water and overflowed, Emptied it again and turned it right down and it still did it.

I haven't touched any of the bits inside the tank. So I've been without a skimmer for a week now, OH has been working all the hours god sends but I'm going to nag him tomorrow night to have a look at it. Any ideas what could be wrong with it?

Thanks

Nicky
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