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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?

    Vivosun 800 GPH submersible pump $21.32 on Amazon. (The Aquaclear 110 motor only moves 500 GPH.) 3/4" ID tubing, I don't remember how much it cost per foot at the nearest hardware store, but it wasn't very much. Filter salvaged. Cord cut off so I don't absentmindedly forget that's the broken...
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    Filter short circuit?

    I didn't post the picture first because I didn't notice it until later. I did try to twist off the motor, but couldn't do it. My grip strength is pretty poor. The LFS guy got it off in seconds. He told me a new motor would cost about $50, and a whole replacement filter would cost about $80...
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    Filter short circuit?

    Fluval 110. Here is the problem: The LFS guy said it would cost about $50 to replace the motor, and advised replacing the whole filter with a new one for about $80. I am looking at articles and videos showing DIY filters, and wondering how much better filtration I can get for $80 if I buy a...
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    Filter short circuit?

    I had checked the impeller routinely as part of the cleaning when I did the water change. It's clean and mobile. And last night I did try plugging the filter into a different outlet, one in the bathroom that has a GFCI. It tripped the GFCI. I stuffed all the filter media into a mesh bag, ran in...
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    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    Or could my fish have been electrocuted?? Another one dead tonight. After I removed it I did a water change. And here's what happened:Filter short circuit? | Aquarium Filter Forum | 505447
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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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    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    I have four aquariums in the living room, two more tanks in the basement, *and* a 420 gallon pond in the basement. How would I seal something that big??
  9. JimSinclair

    HELP! Fish-safe flea control?!

    My cats are indoor only too. But my dogs go outside to potty. A friend suggested I walk the dogs in the front yard on leashes instead of letting them go in the fenced backyard where they're picking up fleas. I pointed out that I don't think the fleas are staying inside the fence. Between other...
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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?

    When I did the water change last night, I did not use more of my dwindling supply of test drops to test the water, but I did check the Poly Filter pad. It is light brown. The information on the package says it would be bright yellow for ammonia, several other colors listed for heavy metals and...
  12. JimSinclair

    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    Orange fish #2 was dead the next morning. Another dead fish found tonight (also orange, so not the white one that was so critically ill and slow to respond to methylene blue earlier). Once again, no markings on the body, no fin damage, just dead. Still the same tank. Still no other tanks...
  13. JimSinclair

    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    The active ingredient in Revolution is selamectin. The active ingredient in Capstar is nitenpyram. I have not used any sprays or powders because I did not want or expect any flea products to end up in any fish tanks. The crisis isn't over. I finally managed to eat some real food for a late...
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    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    Cautious hopefulness regarding the white fish: I went to check on it and it was still floating on its side at the top of the hospital tank, with its tail up against the filter intake. Not its whole body, just its tail, but still I thought that could potentially cause irritation to have its...
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    Fleas, or flea products, in tank water?

    Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my lengthy post. When I said off the chart, I meant the ammonia reading was the darkest green color on the chart for the API freshwater master test kit. That means at least 8.0 PPM, possibly even higher, but the chart doesn't show anything...
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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...
  17. JimSinclair

    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...
  18. JimSinclair

    Is Flexseal safe?

    What if I use the aquarium-safe silicon sealant over the cracks on both interior and exterior of both the glass tank and plastic pond, and then use Flexseal or a similar product over the silicon on the exterior surface only? Would the two layers of silicon between the Flexseal and the water...
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    Is Flexseal safe?

    I have some silicone sealant that's labeled safe for aquariums. But would that also work on the plastic pond shell?
  20. JimSinclair

    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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