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beano129 07-25-2012 09:24 PM

Richard Bennett - Introduction
Hi there,

Iím new to the forum and to fish keeping. My name is Richard Bennett.
Iím an Englishman who lives in Manly, Australia.

I currently have a 10 US GAL / 38 Litre freshwater tank with one very small and beautiful Oranda.
Sheís about 4 months old and about 4.5 Ė 5cm in length.
I change the water weekly at the moment (every Sunday) and add appropriate measures of Stress Zyme and Stress Coat.
Between changes I also add the appropriate dosages of Stress Coat and Stress Zyme.

I Feed Mona once a day and give her 1-2 small Sera flakes and 3-4 Tetrafin Orangey coloured, ball shaped tiny pellets.
Then every 3-4 days I give her a pea which I break up into smaller pieces.

I have purchased a 153 Litre / 40 US GAL tank that I will get going as soon as I move out of my current (and tiny) flat which will be in about 8 weeks.

I have had a rocky road to the relatively stable conditions Iím currently experiencing being as Iíve lost 2 moorís and another Oranda while I learnt the hard way about new tanks and the nitrogen cycle as well as appropriate care. To this day Iím gutted Iíve lost the previous fish but I take this very seriously and plan to keep 2 Orandas (hence the new tank) for a long period of time.

Iím currently struggling with aquatic plants being as they are all developing black Algae stops and generally look crap and Mona currently has half a pea stuck in her mouth which Iím worried about but I just want her to hold out for the next 3 months while I can move into my new flat and spend a month setting up my new tank.

I look forward to communicating with you all


Aqua Jon 07-25-2012 10:41 PM

Welcome to the forums Richard!

Learning the hard way mean's you dont have to learn the lesson twice. Look forward to seeing your tanks, especially your new tank to be. Throw a thread up in the plant section if you haven't already. Be sure to add some photos so you can receive good help.

- Aqua Jon

p.s. I'm trying soo hard not to make a punny remark about manly, australia...

Romad 07-26-2012 04:41 AM

Hello Rich and welcome to the forum :wave:

KPainter 07-26-2012 04:49 AM

Hi and welcome! Australia is such a great place!
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Hailfire 07-27-2012 09:43 PM

Hello, welcome to the forum. Looking forward to seeing your current and new tank.

beano129 08-02-2012 04:58 PM

Hi all, thanks for the posts - i'm going to grab my girlfriends camera and put some pictures up in a bit so you can see it... there's a few before and after as i've now removed all the plant life from the tank in an effort to keep things clean until we move into the new tank.

eaturbyfill 08-02-2012 05:08 PM

Hello and welcome! Can't wait to see the pictures. I bet she is beautiful.

Olympia 08-02-2012 10:22 PM

Hey Rich!
Glad to hear your adorable little oranda is getting a bigger home! :-) Goldies are special little (big!) guys.

beano129 08-04-2012 08:56 PM

Here it is finally - this is my set-up
This is my little tank with Mona the Oranda

Its a little bare as we've just removed the dying plants.

And this is a close-up of Mona

beano129 08-24-2012 12:22 AM

Hi everyone,

Sadly Mona Fishy passed away yesterday.

She was loved and will be missed.

Thanks for everyone's help!


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