August 2004


We have gotten a few "where are our Reports?", though many of you have just been stoically patient. Thank you for your forbearance on the delivery schedule. There are three issues that have been laid out and proofed, so these should appear as they can be printed, assembled and mailed. Those who are electronic subscribers may get them very soon. Take a look here for info on upcoming issues of the Goldfish Report and the publication schedule (if you have not been checking the Editor's page, you are missing one of the more entertaining elements of this Web site). We hope everyone is enjoying what is now our second year of publishing top quality content in a full color format!

If you have let your membership lapse or have been thinking about joining the GFSA, now is a great time - here is a form you can print. To submit material for the Goldfish Report to editor Matt Lyon, please see the updated society contact info. Articles and photos in electronic form are particularly appreciated.

The current line-up of people filling the GFSA offices is on the society officers page. 

Seasonal Advice

Using carbon filters to prepare tap water for aquariums: after an excellent series of articles in the Report on how to setup a continuous water changing system for your tanks (conditioned tap water flows in, tank water flows out via overflows ...), many people have experimented with this technique.

One experience: if your water is chloraminated (disinfected with a chlorine-ammonia combination), the inexpensive carbon filters may only remove the chlorine component, leaving the ammonia. The much more expensive carbon block filters remove both. If you use the inexpensive filters, be aware that the incoming water may contain 1 - 2 ppm ammonia. This should not be a big problem if you have plenty of biological filtration and everything is well cycled. But until the tank fully cycles, you may not have a very hospitable environment for goldfish, particularly young fry. And, ironically, in this situation, increasing the flow-through rate may actually make things worse.