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  1. JimSinclair

    Hot goldfish?

    My house does not have air conditioning. It gets hot. Yesterday afternoon when I fed my giant goldfish tank, some water got splashed on me by an excited fish. The water felt considerably warmer than the air temperature in the room! I'd say it was probably around 100F. It felt like a good...
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    Filter short circuit?

    Can a HOB filter have a short circuit? If so, is it repairable? I was doing a routine water change for a tank that has two HOB filters, one on each end. Following my usual procedure, I unplugged one filter, then came around to the other end of the tank and unplugged the other filter. And the...
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    HELP! Fish-safe flea control?!

    I have dogs, cats, and fish. And now, fleas. Lots and lots and lots of fleas. I think this is the worst flea infestation I've ever seen. I used topical monthly flea treatments at the beginning of July: Frontline for the dogs, Revolution for the cats. I found lots of dead fleas when I washed...
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    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    This is a very long post. For anyone who doesn't want to read the whole thing, here is the basic question: Could dead fleas containing the active ingredients of either Revolution (selamectin) or Capstar (nitenpyram) either toxify aquarium water directly, or poison any fish who eat those fleas...
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    Gas meter replacement

    The gas company has told me they need to remove the old gas meter from my basement and install a new one. I have an indoor goldfish pond in my basement, as well as several tanks upstairs in the living room. Does gas meter replacement involve any industrial chemicals, tools vibrating at harmful...
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    Is Flexseal safe?

    Flexseal says its liquid product, once fully cured, is safe for fish: Is FLEX SEAL® LIQUID safe to use on a fishpond with live fish?Is FLEX SEAL® LIQUID safe to use on a fishpond with live fish? Is it? I have a molded plastic pond I'd like to set up in my basement, and a 30-gallon glass...
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    DIY filters?

    Has anyone tried making filters out of plastic bottles following instructions from King of DIY's videos? Any advice for or against, or any tips to add? I have several empty 28-ounce Power Ade bottles, and even a couple of one-gallon Prime bottles. What can I make with the Prime bottles? What...
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    Tetra Whisper Micro Filter?

    I bought an aquarium and a bunch of paraphernalia that was inside it at a thrift shop. The filter has a tag on the power cord saying Tetra Whisper Micro Filter. The media inside it consisted of a kind of bag that the plastic frame was inserted in. The bag was filthily encrusted so I threw it...
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    Deodorizing after Prime spill?

    My online order of a 4 L bottle of Seachem Prime arrived today. It was not packaged properly. I took the box inside and unsuspectingly put it down on a chair while I went to feed my dogs and cats. When I came back into the living room I smelled a horrible stench and I noticed that the bottom...
  10. JimSinclair

    Veggies for goldfish?

    Besides peas, spinach, and broccoli, what else do goldfish like?
  11. JimSinclair

    Flea treatment for aquarium-perching cats?

    Some of my cats like to sit on top of my biggest aquarium. Even in the smaller tanks that they don't sit on, I sometimes find cat hairs floating in the water or stuck on the filters. Of course the tanks are all covered, to keep cats from reaching in or fish from jumping out. But the covers...
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    Filtration For Disabled Goldfish?

    I have been posting at Tank Went Toxic Fast about a disaster in my tank for my special needs fish. It seems some kind of stinky orange algae or fungus was the culprit. This tank has a fish that is blind (completely blind, both eyes gone), one with no tail, and one with a damaged tail and...
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    Tank Went Toxic Fast

    My goldfish had a 33% water change Monday night. My water parameters, tested with API test drops, are consistently fine (ammonia and nitrite 0, nitrate around 20, pH the highest with the regular drops and lowest with the high range drops, so I call it 7.5). This morning when I fed them they...
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    Aquarium Hairballs

    Tonight, for the second time this month, I saw what I initially feared was a dead fish in my 75-gallon aquarium, only to find when I got a closer look while removing it that it was in fact a hairball. Not one that's formed inside a cat and been thrown up. Just a loose clump of shed cat fur...
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    Affordable Source Of Bulk Antibiotic?

    I'll post symptoms below, but most urgently: Where can I (person living on nothing but SSI benefits, which for anyone who doesn't know, is barely enough to stay alive and out of homelessness) get enough antibiotic to treat over 500 gallons of tanks? What I have been using in a small (4 gallon)...
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    Goldfish With Cotton Mouth

    This one is in a plastic tub in the basement, so in colder water than the ones that are upstairs. Lying on the tub floor, looks like it has a ball of cotton in its mouth, someone fins are also ragged. I have removed it from the tub with other fish and put it in a smaller tub alone. What is the...
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    Goldfish With Spinal Injury?

    One of my 4 month old goldfish got its tail sucked into the filter intake tube. (I have left an unhappy message with a manufacturer of the filter.) Since being freed from the tube the fish has been trying heroically to swim by twisting its body and fluttering its pectoral fins, but I am not...
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    How Did Fish Get Inside Hob Filter?

    I have a Penguin Bio-Wheel 150 filter on a 20 long tank with 4-month old goldfish in it. I was just doing a water change and when I turned the filter back on after refilling the tank, it wouldn't fill up. Pouring water directly into the chambers didn't help. Eventually a tiny trickle of water...
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    Tail Rot (or Possibly Tail Injury)

    This is one of my baby goldfish, hatched July 21st, now four months old. This is one of the larger ones that has been living in the 440 gallon basement pond with my 9 adult fish and the biggest of the baby fish that I deemed large enough to be out of danger of being eaten (but now wonder if...
  20. JimSinclair

    Determining Tank Size

    I have a used aquarium that measures about 2 feet long, one foot wide, and one foot high. The person who gave it to me said it was a 20 gallon tank, but aquariumdimensions.com shows these measurements for a 15 gallon tank. Is 15 gallons even a standard tank size? Which figure should I use for...
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