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Nasty gravel, cloudy water, and no filter media! o_O
Old 01-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #11
 
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Got it. What is good to use to bag the carbon?

Will they eat Nymphaea Lilies? I can snag those from WalMart. No trips to LFS for a while.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:44 PM   #12
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First things that come to mind, seeing as you aren't going to the LFS.... Perhaps a petfood store or petsmart or something like that might have just what you need or....

In place of filter floss, you could use the stuffing out of a furnace filter, one that is not treated to attract airborne contaminants, the cheap ones. Stuff that in the filter box and it would serve the same purpose as the floss. You can get these at any hardware store for a couple of bucks.

One of those dryer bags that you put those little unmentionables in. If the holes are smaller than the small pieces of carbon, just fill it as will fit in the filter box on top of or after the filter material in the water flow... should be full enough that there is not much room for the water to bypass it easily... and tie it off. It just needs most of the water going through the filter to pass through it.

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Old 01-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #13
 
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Good ideas! Thank you

Just to show you my options...
WalMart is 15 minutes (and isn't not that big)
PetSmart is 40-45 minutes away (once a month thing)
The 1st actual "fish store" is over an hour!
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #14
 
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Anyway, WalMart related products are what I need you guys. Anything else is out of my reach including on line!

So, knowing that, what do I need to pick up? Food for the goldfish and pleco (no CLUE what type), conditioner (thinking Tetra), carbon, pantyhose or a dryer bag to put carbon in, filter floss, and what else?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:17 PM   #15
 
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for the pleco grab some algae wafers. He'll also scavenge any food the other fish don't eat.

when you're at Walmart grab a bag of poly fiber. it should be in the sewing or craft area. I use the 1 that's called traditional batting for cribs and it comes in a roll. I just cut to size to fit in my filter. Been using it for years and years and I still have the original roll. it's cheap and I just rinse it out in a bucket of used tank water at each water change
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:32 PM   #16
 
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Thanks Jean! Sounds simple enough.

How many wafers should I tell the staff to feed the pleco daily? The normal monotering how much they eat is not gonna happen with them. It's gonna be more of a throw some stuff in there and get back to work kind of thing. I'm gonna be by 2x a week to do damage control.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:45 PM   #17
 
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How big is the pleco? If he's small buy the small sized wafers and feed maybe 2-3 every other day (The other fish will eat them also). If he's large buy the large wafers and feed maybe 1-2 every other day.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:50 PM   #18
 
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He's pretty big! Like 7 to 9 inches. The range is big because I am just trying to picture him. You can see the Goldfish in the pic of the tank I uploaded and he is about the same size as the larger ones.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #19
 
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Get the larger wafers for him.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:21 PM   #20
 
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WalMart sells carbon. What about filter floss? Where would it be at?
Polyester fiber in the craft section at Wallymart (used to stuff pillows). 4$ gets a big bag....great deal.
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