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post #21 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 02:05 PM
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Do you have a water siphon?
It will make water changes and gravel cleaning easier.

What kind of feeders are you getting? Getting feeders from the LFS, is a bad idea. Many carry disease that you could introduce to your tank.
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post #22 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I do. I just don't have a large enough pail to do changes, so I just used a gallon milk jug. The only pail I have is a beach pail. I don't even think it's half a gallon. I keep two-three gallon jugs of treated water on hand at all times, so that also makes things a bit easier.

My mum purchases six goldfish as feeders. Three per fish and they are fasted the day after. I am aware it can introduce disease, but I feel it is good to have a little live food in the diet. I also make them get new ones if the ones they catch look sick. (They HATE my visits for this reason.) My mum is fed up with me and my fish, otherwise I was planning on breeding Guppies/Platies for them.
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post #23 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 02:50 PM
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You may not be doing any favors to you fish by feeding them goldfish.
This is what I have read many times....


never feed goldfish (feeders) since they are high in a chemical called Thiaminase which breaks down Vitamin b1 (thiamine) a essential nutrient your fish need.
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Is it the same with Minnows? Is there anything I can get to re-introduce the vitamins needed?
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I think as long as they are not goldfish, you are ok. Not keeping and breeding your own stock, you are still taking a great risk.
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post #26 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I'd really like to, but like I said, my mum is fed up with me and my animals. I don't have an extra tank, either. She used the one I was going to breed in for my Dempsey. (I'm working on uploading photos as we speak.)
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post #28 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Those are very few of the up near 3,000+ I took. You can see the Black Mystery Snail in the photos of the Dempsey. (I threw one of my snake in, too.)
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post #29 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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Any idea what species my JD is? Is he a mutt? He used to have dark vertical stripes, but I haven't seen them since he was moved. You can sort-of see them in the photos, but they were dark.
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post #30 of 36 Old 09-09-2009, 09:31 PM
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Very nice pictures! Does your snail have a yellow stripe?

I don't know anything about JDs, so can't help you there.
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