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  1. First we attack the koi clay cos we think it’s a bag of food… then we cuddle it.
    3 points
  2. I’ve probably owned around 10+ “orandas” and of those only 3 actually grew wens. All came from pet shops and garden centres. Of those, 2 I bought at about 4”, paid probably 5x what I did for the red cap pictured and grew out in a pond, the one I still have has significant wen growth. These fish are both around 4 years old and one has been kept indoors. The red cap is the only young oranda I’ve owned that’s actually grown up to look like an oranda!
    2 points
  3. Here they are. Cannot determine gender. They are young. One calico patterned and one gold coin/sakura patterned. Sakura named Shion (She-Ahn) and calico named Miyuki (Me-yoo-key). Sold as fantails but both have rudimentary head growth so I am hoping for cute little wens. Both have good appetites and seem to be in good health... Been ages since I kept goldies indoors but gonna try hard for them.
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  4. Personally I’ve kept telescopes with other varieties including singletails successfully, problems only usually arise when occasionally a more aggressive or territorial fish comes about. You’ll probably have a while yet before having to worry about an upgrade.
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  5. Guppy and medaka besties!
    2 points
  6. I believe that is the case with those larger imported fish. How can a fish that is less than a year old be 5 inches in length unless some heavy feedings/hormones are in playhere
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  7. My color-changing ranchu, Bubbles, just turned 5 years old! (Every time I post his photo, he's changed color again!) Bubbles has lost most all of his orange coloring this year (except for a spot of orange on top) so now he's basically all white. He has just the tiniest bit of a wen, which is okay with me. I've been feeding him mostly Omega One medium goldfish pellets, although I occasionally give him a few blood worms and shelled peas for a special snack. I've had to remove much of the fine black Tahitian sand in his tank, because it gets stuck in the filter and is super hand to keep clean. Bubbles loves to dig in the sand and pile it around the tank. Since the plants are only held down by rocks, I often find the plants floating around the tank, as a result of Bubbles' "redecorating" efforts. The plants (java ferns and anubias) are doing very well with the LED full spectrum lights - so well that I have to keep trimming them back because they fill up the tank so quickly, especially the ferns! The biggest challenge in taking care of Bubbles is finding the time to do regular water changes. It takes about 2 hours to empty the tank, clean everything, and then refill it. I have to carry a 2.5 gallon bucket back and forth from the laundry room sink to the fish tank at opposite ends of our house. Does anyone else have stories (and photos) of their older/mature ranchus to share?
    2 points
  8. My guys were busy this morning.
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  9. Here they are. My favorite dinky man is Bayana... The little white one. He is 4-5 years old despite being small. The other man is Boss. He is 2-3 years old. Both are pet quality short tailed Ryukins.
    2 points
  10. He’s most likely been surface gulping and swallowed air. The colour is probably from swallowing substrate etc, just keep an eye on him.
    2 points
  11. I concur... And so does Mary. I have had Mary for a few years and as he got older, he got meaner. He is unable to have tank mates now. He attacks anything that moves in his tank and generally stresses other fish to death or beats them up. He also bites any hands or tools that enter his tank. He lives in a 55 by himself and that's how it'll be until he passes away. I love Mary but his little temper makes me say NO to Blood Parrots ever again. I am not a fan of a 55 gallon with just one orange smelly fish.
    2 points
  12. Even been prepared it still hurts When we lost our 16 year old dog last year I knew it was coming but was still hard. Had him over half my life! Lost our 12 year old cat suddenly a month ago too. Took her to the vet thinking it was just some minor thing only to find out it was something much worse and we were forced to make decisions. On a cheerier note my anubias finally flowered, my first time having a flower on one!
    1 point
  13. lol ah, that makes a lot more sense. I thought I was blind or something
    1 point
  14. Clear on my phone but POTATO on YouTube. Still better than prior video. Not totally set up or filtered the way I want but getting there.
    1 point
  15. even small amounts of ammonia, nitrites can be toxic. Nitrates over 35 ppm can cause fish to deteriorate as well
    1 point
  16. Yeah I’d say ten gallons is the minimum unless you’re keeping a single sex of guppies, and even then they like swimming around. A twenty long is a better choice. I like Platys, they’re cute!
    1 point
  17. No - they are no better. I say AVOID live bearers if you don't have means of separating them or controlling numbers. That tank size is a bit small for them anyway. Maybe go with a betta.
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  19. They are little cuties Myra!
    1 point
  20. I’m a huge fan of DIY pond style filters. The surface area for biofiltration and volume you get is much better value for your money than any aquarium and most pond filters on the market. There’s also the capacity for nitrate removal via phytofiltration that’s a huge advantage, meaning less maintenance for you!
    1 point
  21. Well the only thing I can think of is. Trying to clean those things out. But that would require Nuking the tank. I don't know if he could handle that. 😮
    1 point
  22. Oh by the way, Lady Loki refused to listen to me and ate some of Mr. Summers' food.
    1 point
  23. Hopefully that remembering already posted post bug is gone. I was having phone issues and my replacement phone just came in.
    1 point
  24. Just got done making this.
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  25. it appears to be non disease related providing that your water parameters are excellent. It appears to be a similar effect that occur in bubble eyes and frog head goldfish. Many imported Chinese fish are cross bred with bubble eye/frog heads for reasons I do not understand. It is a recessive trait that occurs in some orandas.It is an extension of the the wen growth covering the head. For now I would just observe and I would not medicate at this time.If you notice an actual distortion of the eye itself please report that back to us.
    1 point
  26. Her vent easily gave away that she is a girl. But if she continues to swim this way - definitely make a thread in the disease section.
    1 point
  27. Us pale Brits can’t cope with this.
    1 point
  28. The general rule is that frequent water changes do help the fish grow bigger because it removes growth inhibiting hormones released into the water with the fish’s waste. Most breeders keep vigorous water change schedules or flow through systems for this reason, along with optimal water quality. I think you can probably scale back to twice per week though. Heavy feeding of high protein food like bloodworms or mysis shrimp is the other main hack for growing big, vigorous goldfish. It works better than pellets, because those have filler, but heavier feeding in general will help. The tradeoff of warm water and heavier feeding is speeding up the goldfish metabolisms and shortening their lives a bit. It can stress their organs too, depending on the quality of the food. Generally speaking three small, protein heavy meals per day for a juvenile fish should be plenty to help them grow well without overdoing it. Beyond that and I think it can get dodgy for their long term health, even though many breeders swear by it.
    1 point
  29. Hi! Sounds like you’re doing great! The only things I would personally change: - I would add a bit more fruit/veg to their diet - I’d actually reduce the water changes somewhat. Too many can stress them out so I’d do every other day as long as it keeps the parameters in check! Also bear in mind that faster growth will generally result in a shorter lifespan. As far as feeding is concerned I would weigh them and calculate how much food to feed by this, there are resources here about how much food a goldfish needs for maintenance vs. faster growth etc by percentage of body weight. Best of luck with your new fishies!
    1 point
  30. They are all stunning!
    1 point
  31. I seen this video on the TV show "Inside Edition" the other day, giant goldfish living and breeding in lakes in Minnesota. *I wish I had a giant net to bring one home "
    1 point
  32. do not feed flake foods at all. If you must feed a dry food get a good small sinking pellet. Demekin fish like yours do not see well so it will take longer to find its food. Please upgrade that tank to a minimum of a 20 gallon long, Your tank is way too small and you will have water quality issues that will impact the fish
    1 point
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  34. I want! How much for the above three Koi? This money goes towards the site? Are these sealed to be used outside?
    1 point
  35. I dont really have leftover food and if I do i usually net it out (since the pond is only 2 ft deep) My goldfish love peas too and love their repashy gel food in the morning! Here are my photos
    1 point
  36. Hi all, Thanks so much for all your positive feedback about my planted tank last year! I think it's so clear because of the filter -- it's a Fluval 307. I don't remember the details of the aquarium lights, except that they're full spectrum UV lights, specifically for a planted tank. I no longer buy anacharis plants because the quality of them at our local PetSmart is not great. I turned up the bubbles for this photo, and because my fish (Bubbles) loves to play in them! t
    1 point
  37. Isn't he cute? I do not have any Ranchu but I have a tiny Ryukin that turned 4 years old. Never grew much but boy is he tough. He too is mostly white with ONE speck of red on his head. Hopefully I can get a photo of him soon.
    1 point
  38. I tried guppies. Got 15 tiny parasite looking fry from eBay in December of last year. This has been my nightmare from those 15. I have LITERALLY given away hundreds but this just keeps happening. Think I will move to another species soon.
    1 point
  39. Hey everyone, im back here is the pictures of the goldfish!
    1 point
  40. Oo I love the red and white ones!
    1 point
  41. So what do you guys think of these? These are my first ones. Im still working out the air bubbles in them and having fun doing it lol
    1 point
  42. Already eyeing up a breeding pair of blue moscows online!
    1 point
  43. Trio of guppies in QT! I’ve never actually kept them before. The male lost a lot of his colour which I guess was the stress of the drive home but hopefully he’ll colour up soon. Please excuse the half dead plants, apparently I can keep high light red plants alive but not Java Fern.
    1 point
  44. …. How did it get so hot? Municipal tap water, even in places like Palm Springs or Tucson, doesn’t usually get above 80 degrees or so. In terms of water cleanliness, don't over-clean! Tossing filter cartridges instead of just knocking out the solids and rinsing them quickly in tank water can cause cycle bumps, and those cycle bumps can cause things like cloudy water and algae blooms. Generally speaking your tank water should get fairly clear within about two days of a water change and lights off. If it doesn’t, we need to start testing the water chemistry and figure out what is going awry. you should be absolutely fine returning the cartridge and bio wheel - keep those running, the hotter water won’t do much damage as long as it is dechlorinated.
    1 point
  45. if the fish has been bullied than this is not fin rot but just torn fins. I would not treat with anything but really clean water and let the fish heal. When ever we treat for bacterial/fungal issues we also have a tendency to kill off the beneficial bacteria in the tank. I would isolate your pearlie into his own tank with a filter that has limited current. Clean water and rest should do the trick
    1 point
  46. A couple of clown fish, or some blue damsels, mandarian goby, neon goby, cleaner shrimps
    1 point
  47. I need to do some tonight too, in the guppy tank and goldfish, too. And the guppy fry bucket. My fish ADORE bug bites, all of them. I’m pretty sure Fluval has made some actual version of fish crack with those 😂
    1 point
  48. I thought of training my pets to eat only when I tell them to eat. Both of them refuse to listen to me and start eating right away. I need to find something else to teach them.
    1 point
  49. Female medaka with eggs on her underside.
    1 point
  50. I found evidence of something in my aquarium that looks like fish poop. The one who put it there isn't talking. Two of my suspects are gapping their mouths but not talking.
    1 point
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