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  1. Sakura8
    07-19-2012 11:36 PM - permalink
    It's a really nice place. The guy actually runs it out of his garage but the house is on the outskirts of the city so it has a huge yard, probably half an acre. He has a bunch of champion koi and he collaborates with the local university's veterinary school on fish health. :3 Hoping to go tomorrow so I can look for a new shelter and ask why the nitrates are so high. And get more plants. Must. Resist. Buying. Fish. @_@

    I really love floating plants for their nitrate-eating abilities so I think I'm definitely going to look into those floating plant bags.
  2. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 11:31 PM - permalink
    Yeah, I was thinking of the koi kastle. Was going to see if my local koi place had one first, otherwise . . . well, there are a few things I wanted to order from fostersmith anyway. :D I had a water hyacinth in there with them once but a month later, all that was left was the center of it. They ate off all the leaves and the roots. The floating basket might be a nice solution.
  3. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 11:07 PM - permalink
    Izzy, my koi/goldfish and I seriously wouldn't know what to do without you. :) I'm glad that their not eating is normal for the temp change. Phew! I took out the Rubbermaid today and they're mad/scared and somewhere in there. Even without a hiding place, I still can't find them. I'll do what I can to entice them out tomorrow afternoon. I'll look for a new shelter or mutilate the Rubbermaid. I do have the marginal plants in their plant holders but they don't seem to do much for the nitrate problem. Wish I could put anachris and hornwort in there but I know it'd be gone in days.
  4. Sakura8
    07-18-2012 10:24 AM - permalink
    Izzy, could a pretty big drop in temp cause my koi/goldfish to hide and not eat? Last week during the heatwave, the water was in the 70's but now that's so much cooler, it's 61. This is the second day in a row they've been hiding at the bottom and haven't come to eat.
  5. Sakura8
    07-17-2012 09:28 PM - permalink
    I have some live plants but it was kind of hard to get really good oxygenating ones because they'd eat them. I have a dwarf water lily, some parrot milfoil, a water poppy, and a water clover that is taking over. I'm wondering . . . I have a pretty big rubbermaid turned on its side in there at one end, to provide a shelter. Do you think it could be obstructing the filter flow so a lot of debris is building up behind it? Should I try to find a shelter that is open at both ends so water flows through? Shee. The nitrate didn't even get that high in the 55gal.

    :) My dad bought a long, long hose that we use when we flush the filter, so the water reaches the lawn. Otherwise I'd feel so bad about wasting water.
  6. Sakura8
    07-17-2012 07:47 PM - permalink
    Ugh. The nitrates in the pond are ridiculous! When I tested on Saturday, they were 80 so of course, big water change. I tested again today and they were 40! Another big water change. Not sure how I can keep the nitrates down. I can't afford to get enough Kent's Nitrate Sponge to treat 300 gallons every 2 months. o.O
  7. Sakura8
    07-16-2012 11:12 PM - permalink
    Hmm, I might. I know he does build houses. Don't know if he's ever tackled a whole development before. :D
  8. Sakura8
    07-16-2012 02:57 PM - permalink
    Probably the only superpower I'd get from Sparky is the ability to shock people without having to rub my feet on carpet first. :D

    No copper pipes. I never thought of that. That's a good thought. A lot of people like shrimp so good pipes would be a must.
  9. Sakura8
    07-16-2012 12:07 AM - permalink
    *jots things down* fish room . . . R/O filters . . . lots of outlets for electrical equipment . . . I tried my hand at lotto scratchers and won $12 and two free scratchers. Maybe I should rub Sparky for good luck first.
  10. Sakura8
    07-15-2012 09:56 PM - permalink
    Come on, lottery ticket don't let me down . . .

    We could start a housing community with a huge central pond in the middle of the development. And every house would come with a big fish room as a standard. :D

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    I got into the hobbyin 2007 with a high school project. Now I have 4 tanks and a koi pond
    Virginia, USA
    Ichthyology, entomology, herpetology, hiking, caving, photography, and writing
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