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FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 23/7/2004 18:55
Re: Siphoning fresh water into the tank #1
Hello Lindsay

I do have a gravel cleaner, and that is what I have been using to siphon water out of the tank. I think just pouring the fresh water in with a jug, a little at a time, is probably easier than keeping the bucket higher than the tank! I just wondered if there was any other way it could be done.

I read in one of Smallfry's threads that you had a lionhead at one time which sadly died. Sorry to hear that. Is there any advice that you could give me about caring for lionheads based on your own experience? I'm not sure if I would need an airpump to keep a lionhead happy, as I have read that they require good aeration.

Fiona x.
Mummy to one baby chocolate telescope named Truffle
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FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 22/7/2004 23:54
Siphoning fresh water into the tank #2
Does anyone know of an efficient way of siphoning fresh water into a tank? I am not sure if the bucket has to be at a higher level than the tank for the siphon to work. I seem to be managing to siphon water out ok, but I have n't mastered how to do it the other way round!

Fiona x.
Mummy to one baby chocolate telescope named Truffle
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FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 18/7/2004 18:57
Re: Chocolate telescope or moor? #3
Hello Goldy

Just to let you know that I bought Truffle today. He is swimming about in his tank very happily at the moment and is absolutely enchanting I am so excited about being a fishkeeper at last and I hope I will be a good one.

I know this is strictly speaking not the tropical forum, but I went to look at the lovely siamese fighter today and someone had bought him I know that they will be ordering in some more, but he was particularly resplendant.

Fiona x.


FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 18/7/2004 18:50
Re: Chocolate telescope or moor? #4
Thank you Taylor


FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 17/7/2004 21:01
Re: Chocolate telescope or moor? #5
Hello Taylor

Thanks for the reply. Beautiful calico telescope!

Fiona.


FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 17/7/2004 20:03
Re: Chocolate telescope or moor? #6
Hello Goldy

I'm sorry I've been a bit tardy about getting back to you. Thanks for the link, I read the article through and I think my tank is ready, but I shall hold fire until I get the go ahead from you.

I started the cycle on the 1st of July and did my first water test on the 10th, which gave some v. strange results but I later realised this was a faulty strip which looked nothing like the others in the packet - it told me for example that the pH was 8.4 which seemed too high for Scotland!

My second test on the 12th gave the following results:- nitrate 10, nitrite nil, GH >7 deg, CH 0-3 deg and pH 7.2.

I should mention that on the 9th of July my fish seller loaned me 2 small hardy fish which have been in the tank since, just to help the cycling process along. But rest assured no fancy fish were harmed in the process of cycling Fiona's tank!!

Today's water test gave the following results:-
nitrate 25 or more (I am about to do a water change) nitrite nil, GH >7 deg, CH 3 deg and pH about 7.2.

Waiting for permission to buy Truffle!

Fiona x.


FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 16/7/2004 15:29
Re: Chocolate telescope or moor? #7
Hello everyone

Thanks for posting up that link Di, and thank you for including that picture in your reply Iseaton. I am pretty sure the telescope is a chocolate butterfly tail - and I really really want it!! The first name that popped into my head when I saw it was "Truffle".

I think I will have to get a second tank at a later date because I keep seeing so many beautiful fish, and I have a feeling I'm going to end up with more than 2 Goldy!!

I am worried that Truffle will be sold so I would like to buy him while Dobbies still have it. I have been cycling my tank for 15 days now but suprisingly when I did a practice water test the water parameters seemed ideal - perhaps the mature gravel and ornaments plus live plants have speeded things up? I put the Stress Zyme in on the 1st, 7th and 14th days and all systems have been running throughout this period.

Goldy, could it be that the tank is ready for Truffle?

Fiona x.



FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 16/7/2004 1:16
Chocolate telescope or moor? #8
Hello Goldy (or anyone who can answer this!)

I was browsing the aquatic section of Dobbies today (it's become my second home!) where I noticed a lovely baby telescope. When I asked a member of staff they said it was a Black moor, but with its chocolate-bronze colouring and metallic sheen, I am convinced it could be a chocolate telescope.

I have read on the internet that moors quite often go bronze tinted with age, but this one was bronze all over including its eyes, and it is too young to have changed colour. What do you think? Its underside is silvery white if that's any help. Also, if it is a chocolate telescope, are these considered rare?

My last question concerns its tail. It has a particularly beautiful long tail which has a v-shape indentation that takes up 2/3 of it. Could it be a butterfly tail?

Best wishes, Fiona x.





FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 14/7/2004 17:48
Tail nipping #9
While at the fish shop yesterday, I noticed that a baby lionhead was nipping the tail of a baby black moor over and over again. The moor had its dorsal fin and anal fins clamped down - is this due to stress?

It is a horrible thing to watch and when I asked the assistant about it he said it was bullying as opposed to the nipping fish being hungry. Then I noticed a telescopic fish doing the same to a baby ranchu, who also looked ailing. Is there anything that can be done to put a stop to tail nipping? Do nippers tend to target unwell fish who are easy prey, and if so, how does the fish sense that the ill fish is unwell? Does nipping permenantly injure the victim fish?

I hated seeing it happen!


FionaDouglas FionaDouglas
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  • Posted on: 7/7/2004 13:48
Re: Cycling going to plan? #10
Sorry, I forgot to ask - are the tetra 5in1 test strips ones that you can use to test the water without having to use chemicals? I've bought ammonia, nitrite and pH kits by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals but the skull and crossbones on the packaging is putting me off just a bit!



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