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  1. Anna

    Does temp affect water tests?

    I'd actually just shoot API an email maybe? I think they usually are good with answering questions about their test kits and would probably have a more rigorously studied answer than we could get with just a couple tries fiddling around. Unless you really wanna fiddle in which case go for it
  2. Anna

    Tumors on common goldfish, I think

    I've also heard good things about Vitachem as a supplement. I believe that one can also be added directly to the water, not just in food. As long as they're not causing her trouble eating and she doesn't seem to be in pain hopefully she'll be alright <3
  3. Anna

    SunSun HW-303B Canister

    Updating this about a year later now that I've actually had some significant time with the thing, and also its larger cousin the HW-304B which I picked up a few months ago. First off is some secondhand info that I've heard from 2 separate people now, that these canisters apparently have an issue with the plastic casing getting hairline cracks and leaking. This usually happens about a year into use. I'm not sure what models this affects, or if it's all of them, or if it's just off brand ones or what? My 303 has made it well past the 1 year mark with no issues and my tank stand is full of moisture alarms anyway so I'm not terribly worried. I also haven't found any better alternatives as of yet, at least in my book, taking into account pricing, power, and suitability for goldfish bioloads. Things I've noticed over the last year: It's worth keeping up with the UV sterilizer! I noticed a dramatic improvement in algae with the light running. With my tank being in semi-direct sunlight I can't really escape the diatoms and it really made a difference when I had the light from the new 304 start back up. I think I'll be splurging for the bulbs this time around, it's worth it not to have to bleach/scrub all the decor in a 150 gallon tank so often There's occasionally an issue with the filter emptying faster than it fills, I'm not sure what triggers it exactly. But it'll sound like it's constantly priming, sort of a whoosh whoosh every few minutes, really annoying. Sometimes unplugging and pumping it manually before restarting it will fix it, otherwise taking the top off and opening the impeller housing up and putting it all back together will also fix it. Both filters have done it, I figure it's just a weird quirk in the valves. It's also very important to talk to them sternly while you do this, maybe give them a good kick, let them know you're watching them and aren't gonna stand for any shenanigans in this house. I can attest this is a crucial part of the troubleshooting process. I'm not sure if the 303 has lost some strength over the last year, or if it just clogs faster now that there's many more fish in there. I probably should clean it more often to see if that helps it but cleaning them really is such a pain, they're hard to drain so I always spill all over the floor It's still running an ok pace though. The two models are basically the same except the 304 is a good bit bigger and has another media tray. And the intake on the 304 is NOT adjustable, which actually I don't like so much. It's fixed in position so you can vise-clip it to the side of the tank, but that doesn't really work if it's acrylic with a lip like mine. Or if you want it to sit at a different angle or height than the default. The output is also fixed but the spray bar axis pivots a little bit so you can adjust that up and down at least. Tl;dr, I'm still satisfied with them. Keeping an eye out for leaks and occasionally give em a whack if they misbehave. But they're still dead quiet 99% of the time and doing a good job of filtering so I'm happy.
  4. Anna

    Oops it happened ...

    What a sweet thing
  5. Anna

    What's in your filter?

    I've never tried a prefilter in my goldfish tanks but in my tropical tank and QTs and yeah it clogged something awful. Not so much the sponge gunking up but the sponge itself getting partially sucked in with the strength of the intake and way slowing down the flow. With just a mesh wrap (to keep baby shrimp from getting sucked in) that one got gunky and I ended up having to clean it every two days or so to keep the water flowing so I took it off. Turns out the shrimp do fine without it anyway.
  6. Anna

    What's in your filter?

    I've got a looottt of this stuff in all my filters. Not super fine or anything but cheap and easy to shape and does the job well. I've got, uh, 4 filters running right now not including a couple sponges. Actually, one sponge isn't even a sponge it's just a few sheets of that poly padding wrapped around a plastic sponge filter base That stuff's good for when you need a cycled "sponge" quickly, just tie some cycled padding around a base with some fishing line or thread and poof instant QT sponge. My little dumb tetra whisper has some padding, a bit of old carbon (which no longer works as chemical media but still does mechanical and bio filtration fine) and a pack of purigen. The purigen is mostly to deal with the tannins put off by a piece of driftwood in my rabbit tank and wow it does a good job! But it's expensive and smelly and not worth it for the goldfish IMO. For more sensitive animals? Definitely. The AC70 has the default sponge, a layer of padding, a small bag of aquaclear biomax, and a bag of mixed bio balls and fluval biomax. And the two Sunsuns are packed full of poly padding, a bit of the padding they came with, the second aquaclear sponge, another bag or two of defunct carbon, and a LOT of biomedia. Including the fluval biomax, seachem matrix, bio balls, and some porous ceramic noodles. Oh and my fish are often kind enough to provide a prefilter made of marimo shreds around the intake which while thoughtful, usually slows up the water flow to a crawl If I were to re-engineer things a bit I'd probably vary the coarseness of the padding I use to hopefully get a little more polish on my water. But that'd probably also mean more cleaning of the filters lol and I'm not particularly interested in that
  7. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    I think specimen containers are the official ones but I just bought a cheap plastic kritter keeper for like $5 for some of the progress pics of the fry. I also got a used 5 gallon to try and photograph the bigger ones a few weeks ago but after I cleaned it out the bottom bracing popped right off so it'll need to be resealed And yes! He is indeed just Fat Bub
  8. Anna

    Tumors on common goldfish, I think

    If they're indoor fish it's unlikely to be viral, that nearly always occurs in pond fish. Have you added any new friends to your tank recently? They don't have the look of viral tumors either, those tend to have a very particular cauliflower kind of appearance. Like these ryukins I came across recently Anyway the one on her side is probably a run of the mill tumor. The ones around the mouth I'm not totally sure, I haven't seen something like that before. I can do some reading around and see what I find?
  9. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Whoooosh Nyyeeeerrrmmm Scuse me comin' through!! Gosh sorry I just really gotta go!!!! He's doing really well, not growing much but eating plenty and always moving.
  10. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Babies everyone's in the big tank now FAT BUB
  11. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Nyoom n Zoom who have gotten ugghhh SO fat and pretty and sweet. I might be keeping them. Or well, I think I have to keep Nyoom cause she's a darling. And I can't send Zoom away by himself, I can't split them up I'd feel terrible... I'm conflicted >.< This was a couple months ago Nyoom says wow! Look at us now!!
  12. Anna

    Pictures Galore

    Just what it says on the tin: Starting with the original gang "Please feed us we're dying, we're imminently starving RIGHT NOW"
  13. Anna

    The truth...

    My shrimpies do that if I put my hand in their tank, come and give me a little manicure
  14. Anna

    Aqueon disappointment.

    I've got a 303b and a 304b, both came with the UV sterilizer but I bought the bare bones version with no media except some skinny little filter pads. I had plenty of my own laying around to fill it up with. The smaller one was around $45 (I got lucky though, it sells for like $60 now) and the bigger one was closer to $80. Bought a big roll of bulk poly padding for like $8 and just cut it to fit for the bottom trays, and filled the top one with various biomedia. Ceramic, matrix, bioballs, etc. That stuff probably was more expensive overall but I'd collected it bit by bit over the course of a year or two so it didn't swamp me with cost. You could use something like nylon pot scrubbers if you want to cut down a little more. There's a whole bunch of knockoff versions of sunsun from Thai companies and stuff floating around too and I'm not sure if they're repackaged originals or what but I'm a little wary of them

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