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Weighing in #4

So the gang has been eating Repashy for about 2 weeks and I wanted to see if it's made a difference in their weight: Fluffy 59 grams Hercule Poirot 21 Jelly Bean 9 Emma Goldman 17 on July 19, Fluffy 56 grams Hercule 18 grams Emma 14 Jelly 9 Fluffy has been much less floaty since we switched to Repashy. They all seem to love it and are doing well if the weight gain is any indication. Jelly Bean has not put on any weight...it's kind of strange because I think he looks bigger...time wi

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Weighing in #3

Today was weighing day at the Bubbles' house. I've been away for 6 weeks. The fish have been fed only twice a week while I was away, so I wanted to see what was going on. On my return I've noticed that Hercule has really grown - he seems almost as big as Fluffy! The other little ones have also grown a lot. Fluffy has been on a diet because of floatiness. I keep her away from the processed food when I feed the others. Fluffy gets veggies daily, and they all get bloodworms twice a week. It'

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Weighing in #2

Hi All. Tithra got me interested in the growth of my group today, so I pulled out the scale and caught everyone to weigh and take pictures. No pictures of Fluffy because she freaked out in the bowl that was not deep enough for her. But you can see everyone else. On March 3, Fluffy was 56 grams Hercule was 11 Emma was 6 and Jelly was 6. Today, (6 weeks later) Fluffy is 60 grams Hercule is 13 Emma is 11 and Jelly is 6 In that time, they've had only Jumpstart for two weeks, and then I

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When catastrope strikes...

I was reading Kulukan's threads about the ich outbreak in her tankS and pond. She's gone through so much h@@l the last few weeks with both her pond and tank fish getting slammed with ich. It sounds like all she's done since it started is change water and check params. Several have died. She did it all right, too. qt'd the new fish and everything. I would find that so discouraging and would probably be tempted to get out of the hobby altogether. I really admire kulukan and everyone else w

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Tank shenanigans

Well, I spoke too soon. Hercule is chasing Fluffy all over. Fluffy seems pretty floaty and Hercule keeps knocking her over. She's upside down most of the time . I also think she has a red mark on her stomach. Boo! I took pictures and will start a d&d post tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope she evens herself out over night.

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Tug of War!

So the gang had spinach for dinner. One piece fell out of the clip and I saw Fluffy & Hercule playing tug of war with it. Fluffy was pulling Hercule all over the tank. It was so funny and I ran to get my camera, but they saw me, dropped the spinach and came over to beg from me! Darn it! It would have been such a funny video.

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Reunion time!

So Fluffy has been in qt for several weeks and I finally did a big water change of the 55 and added her back in. I also cleaned out the canister filter. I realized yesterday that it had been 3 months and I had not yet cleaned it. It wasn't too dirty, and luckily it all went back together pretty smoothly. I did the bucket to bucket method to transfer Fluffy so any remaining nasties from qt were not transferred into the big tank. She seems very happy to be back in the big tank, although maybe

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The left out little

So I have 5 White Cloud Mountain Minnows in the tank. There were 7 at first, but two mysteriously disappeared. Anyway, there is one fish who has puzzled me. It can't seem to decide if it's male or female. It's got a pale belly of a female, but a more streamlined shape. Anyway, now that the two other males & females have paired up, this 5th one is acting kind of depressed. It still eats, but it has taken up residence in a top part of the tank away from where the rest of them hang out.

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We miss our sister!

As you know, Fluffy is in qt because of bloat and possible dropsy. The qt tub is right next to the main tank. Last night when I went out there, all 3 little fish were sleeping in the corner of the tank next to where Fluffy was in the qt. Awwww! so cute. Fluffy seems better. She hasn't been bottom sitting at all. She's active and hungry, but still looks swollen to me. The scales have gone down completely. BUT she hasn't pooped today. I fed her spinach this morning and this evening...s

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Weighing in

I got a new scale today and weighed the fish. Also bought a scale and weighed all 4 fish - Fluffy is 56 grams, Hercule is 11, Jelly is 6 and Emma is 6. This is ready for when I add the Metro Meds next week if need be. Also, it will be a cool way to track their growth. It was fun to scoop them into a tub of water and weigh them. I hope to keep track of their growth over time. mj

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But we don't LIKE Carrot...

So I was out of leaf veggies this morning, so I thought I'd try carrot. I boiled it for several minutes until was was super soft and then put it in the clip. They couldn't bite it, so I tried to hand feed them little tiny pieces. They were all hungry and took little pieces from my fingers. "Chew, chew. SPITTTUEEE!" was the response from all 4 of them. They would grab a bit that someone else had spit out and spit it out again. Then I tried a bit of apple that I'd cooked for my breakfa

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Tonight's photo shoot

Well, finally got batteries for the camera, and here are the results of tonight's photo shoot. I'm really pleased with the new lights and can finally get some good shots. Enjoy! Full tank shot: Hercule, who is so proud of his breeding stars! Fluffy, who recently laid eggs all over the tank. Jelly Bean and Emma Goldman, who have grown bellies lately The plants are getting established and one of the anubius has a flower! Not a very good shot, but the only one I could get of all 4

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Let there be light!

So I got home tonight and set up the new light fixture. This is the one I got http://store.seacorals.net/deblsohe2do4.html It has a blue tube, a daylight tube, and blue leds for that disco look. I love the way it looks. The fish pop, you can see the littles from across the room, and I am sure the plants are going to love it! Fluffy's white seems so silvery in the brightness. It seems crazy to me that the leds are always on, but at least they don't use much electricity. I realize it's mean

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Fish torture!

I am a mean fish mom! Last night I put the pellets to soak in a shot glass and rested it on the top of the tank. Then I got distracted and went on to do something else. Fifteen minutes later, I came back. The whole crew was crammed in the corner under the shot glass. They could see the food, but couldn't reach it. Oh I felt so bad!!! I had to laugh though, because those fish knew exactly what was in the glass and they wanted it bad! My new light is here and I'll set it up on the week

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Little piggies are piggies

Last night was pea night...I'd been away since Friday night, so they had fasted 24 hours when I got home. I defrosted 5 peas in the microwave and smushed them out of their shells. The fish were so desperate for food , that I forgot to make some of them into small pieces. Fluffy hoovered up 2 or 3 before they hit the bottom and was madly chewing. The littles attacked the pieces as they fell. Jelly (the smallest goldie) grabbed one piece and managed to break it into two halves and started mun

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I'm back! Fish are ok! Pictures of India

Hi there. I got back on Wednesday evening after 26 hours of travel. The fish sitter did a great job. All the fish are well, and the water quality was acceptable. Fishsitter did a great job!! The divider didn't work. Fluffy kept getting through it to the littles' side. Luckily all the littles are still there. I hope Fluffy is over his desire to eat his tank mates! Here are a few pictures I wanted to share with you. First, a picture of some Indian goldfish to keep this post on topic. H

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Tank divider to save the littles

Alex and Molly suggested getting a tank divider to keep the littles safe from Fluffy. So I bought one at lunch and put it in tonight. It was about 1 inch too narrow, so I used a row of suction cups to hold a piece of tubing in place to plug the gap. Then I had the challenge of catching the littles and putting them in their side. Those guys are fast! I fed the two groups separately and all seems well. Then I sat down to watch them, and what do i see? one of the littles has gotten through t

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We have lost Six, now...eaten or jumped?

As you know, I started out with 7 White Cloud Mountain Minnows in the 55 with Fluffy and the other goldfish. They are known as the littles - since it seems silly to give names to such tiny critters. Anyway, they seem to be getting names posthumously. Seven disappeared a few days after they went into the tank, and now Six seems to have disappeared as well. I have searched all over the tank and under the planters and ornaments. I have never seen any remains of either of them. The only one b

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Happy New Year from the fish

Hi everyone. The setting sun shines into the tank and I decided to take some pictures. Here are Fluffy, Jelly, and Hercule saying hello. Emma Goldman was off organizing the masses and did not want to be photographed.

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Cat discovers fish...

The other morning while I was drinking my tea and watching the fish, Milou the big kitty jumped up on the table next to the tank and was intently watching. You must understand that Milou is quite large (22 lbs.) and takes up at least 6 inches when sitting. The space on the table was only 4 inches, so it was quite funny to watch him squeeze into the space to watch the fish. here's a short video: It was so cute!!

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Al Green and the littles

Even though they have lost one of their number, the white cloud mountain minnows are very happy in the 55. I came home the other night and Al Green was blasting in the underwater stereo and the male minnows were competing with each other for the attention of the females. They would swim really fast next to each other trying to show their fins to the best advantage. This took place all over the tank. I took a little video (sorry it's so dark), but you can see the 2 females and 2 males swimm

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Where, oh where is seven?

Well, I went to check on the fish this morning. Everyone seemed fine. Hungry, but fine! There was a bit of a scrimmage when I fed them. Fluffy tried to eat all the pellets before they hit the bottom, and then swam around chewing madly while chasing the others away. When I counted the littles, I couldn't find Seven. Usually the 6 swim around together, and Seven was off by him/herself. Well this morning, no Seven. I thought maybe I just missed him, since it's hard to count them as they swi

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Such a relief!

I went home early, to check on the fish. To my great relief, all was peaceful. Hercule has stopped chasing Fluffy, all 7 littles are still there, and Emma and Jelly Bean are happily exploring. They are so little that it takes them about 10 minutes to swim from one end of the tank to the other! Emma seems to have taken up residence in the log. I think the 2 lionheads get thrown around by the current quite a bit, so they spend a lot of time under cover. I fed them a tiny bit this evening bu

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The Big Move!

This morning I move the littles over to the 55 gallon tank. As suggested by Alistairw, dnalex and Sakura, I took Fluffy out of the tank, did a big water change and moved the decorations around. Then I added the littles. The Goldies were relatively easy to catch, but those minnows are fast and it took a while. Here's a video of them in their new home. Sorry for the quality. I think I need Santa to bring me a better video camera. I gave them a few minutes to get used to things and then I

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Starting Prazi for the littles and eggs?

I did a big water change to day to get the salt out and then added a dose of Prazi. Everyone is happy and healthy in QT, so I hope to start moving fish over next week. I want to get everyone into the big tank by Christmas so we have a couple of weeks for things to settle in before I go on my big trip. It's fun to see how they have turned into a group, the 3 goldies are usually together and there are 3 WCM's that hang out together and another group of 4 who swim around together. One of the m

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