Random Bits of Projects

January 16, 2011

Review of Tetra, Whisper Filter (EX 30, 45)

I was cleaning my fish tanks out today and was grumbling about a few of my filter systems like I normally do when I clean them when I realized that I have never updated any review for the things in my sad, neglected blogs.

So here goes.

I have had the Tetra, Whisper Filter systems for 2 years (already?)  now. Size EX 30 and 45. When I posted on how to convert the filters to something less expensive and customizable, a reader had asked if I noticed a difference in their performance when compared to older models. At the time, I thought I had but I had not had them long enough to be sure. Well, now I can definitely say. I do not like them. I continue to use them along with the older models since I already have them, but I would never use them alone.

I am comparing these to the use of Whisper 10-20, 30, and 40, as well as one TopFin 60 in fresh water tanks. These filter are also for the budget conscious.

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March 28, 2009

Air Pump Hazards to Remember.

a532361Many of you with fish tanks have at least one air pump and bubble stone. Often they are on the floor because of noisy vibrations or other area a little away from the tank. I just wanted to throw a quick post reminding people who have tanks and alerting those about to start the hobby an easy way of killing your fish due to forgetting about the nature of many of your pumps.

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March 8, 2009

Convert an old-style filter cartridge for the new Tetra model. Save money and customize!

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(Finally a post!! Woohoo! Geez, long title huh?)filter-cage-new-filter

Some of you out there may be thinking of getting, or have bought, a the newer version of the Tetra, Whisper filter for your fish tank. The type that hangs over the back. The price of the filter cartridges that go with these new ones are expensive when compared to the old models that you can buy in bulk and assemble yourself. This might be putting you off. Or you have several old cartridges laying about you need to use up. Or you maybe your store does not carry the replacements (recently here). Well there is a solution! (Insert happy noises here!)

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December 31, 2008

Adding Salt to a Freshwater Aquarium

(Last post of the year!  Happy New Year!!!! I hope 2009 brings health, happiness, and security (in manyfish-blue-alhi2 forms) to everyone.)

The other day I was researching how much salt to add to our main freshwater aquarium containing an adult Black Ghost Knife fish (1/2 teaspoon/gallon or a little less for an adult) and remembered a common mistake people new to the hobby tend to make. (Yay! Something to post!)

Common Mistakes (in no order):

  • Using the wrong salt
  • Adding salt to the tank the wrong way (directly to a filter or dumping in directly all at once)
  • Adding too much salt after a water change

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December 12, 2008

What is creeping and crawling on the sides of your tank?!

November 25, 2008

DIY Aquarium Glass Scraper-Use Those Annoying Plastic Cards!

cc-scraper-blueDo you keep getting those plastic, mock credit cards in the mail? Or how about those free membership cards for use at places such as Best Buy or PetSmart? The kind that you have to save and use at checkout to earn points, but just keep piling up as you save one for each store. If you have a fish tank, you can make a glass scraper out of them. Revenge!

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September 7, 2008

Betta Fish-Look at the Bubbles!

My beta just built a huge bubble nest so I thought I would do a quick blurb on betas (Siamese fighting fish).

A beta can be a good starter fish. They actually can do well in a bowl or an aquarium and can be easy to keep (for a fish).

Here the beta is flaring his gills to threaten the camera.

Last update: October 31, 3008


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August 22, 2008

Handfeeding a Goldfish

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One of my favorite fish was a red-cap Oranda goldfish named Shemp. There was a Moe but we Never got around to a Curly. I had this fish for 8 years before he/she  died of a disease that flared up on occasion through his life. Moe followed the same path.

What was striking about Shemp is that he would eat from my hand and if I put my hand in the water, he would swim up and sit in it. Needless to say it was easy to take Shemp out of the tank when I had to move. I just picked him up. For some reason, he never became scared of my hand after that. This fish was not smart, as fish go, but he was really cool….as fish go. When he (and the other goldfish) died I went on a fishy rebound and got cichlids. Sigh. More about them later.

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August 13, 2008

Build a Strong, Inexpensive Aquarium Stand

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Most recent update: March 2011. An idea for hiding cords and a suggestion for leveling the tank has been added. The bulk of this was written a few years ago.

Fish keeping can get to be an expensive hobby. I recently, at the time of this posting, had to upgrade to a 55 gallon aquarium on a very limited budget so I needed an inexpensive stand. For my smaller tanks, I managed to use furniture on hand but this was not possible for a large, heavy tank.

I looked at stands for sale at pet shops and was horrified by the quality of the stands for the price that was asked. They did not look like they would last long. After checking out reviews online, it turns out many of them do not if they should get wet.  If you are like me, I tend to get sloppy during water changes no matter how hard I try to keep the water where I think it should be. Also, any doors and other accessories tended to come apart with regular use.

I decided to look into building my own.

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August 4, 2008

Fish: Black Ghost Knife

Close up of the BGK head

Note 1 US gallon = 3.79 liters. I keep meaning to convert throughout the text in these posts and hope to do so soon. But here is the formula for those who need it in the mean time. 🙂  Hope it helps.

Jan. 2010: For those of you using clear plastic tubes for your fish but need some shade, break clean, red clay flower pots (never used) in half as best you can and place them over the top of the tube. You can still see the fish from the side but it will get some shade from the lights. A quick fix if you do not mind the look. Ours is loving it.

Oct. 24, 2009. A paragraph added near the end from someone talking about his 16 year old Black Ghost Knife!

Sep. 2009. She is now around 12 inches!

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OK, finally the post…..

One of our favorite fish in the house is our Black Ghost Knife (BGK) named Rain. We do not know its sex but we decided to call it a “she” to be different.