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  1. This fish was BADLY dropsied, and your fish is in far worse condition than even this one. This fish was also behaving fairly normally. It still was easily identified as unsavable and euthanized. Found with severely damaged kidneys upon necropsy. There's no way being this bloated can be comfortable and these fish often don't show signs of illness until the VERY end. I would think they are actually suffering when in this state. If this were my fish, I would euthanize it immediately. This level of dropsy is nearly always incurable and caused by irreparable organ damage. This is why he isn't responding to treatment.
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  2. I actually don't agree. The adult fish need more veggie matter than protein. I'll never understand why people constantly feed peas to goldfish as if that's something they would be eating in the wild. No. They would eat more algae and underwater plant matter, and while spinach isn't identical to that... it's closer to that than PEAS. Peas are legumes, goldfish simply wouldn't be eating any legume type foods in nature. Period.
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  3. The new tank looks great! I picked these guys up off someone on next-door. They had outgrown their tank. They said their son had wanted fish but they didn't realise how big they got. They are quarantining in my old small pond that I no longer have running full time, and will eventually go into the big pond. I'm sure they will love it. The tank they were in was probably only about 30 litres or so. They already love the small pond which is about 600litres. The big pond is 1500 litres so will be paradise for them.
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  4. His new tank. He looks tiny in it.
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  5. Shes discovered the fish 🤣
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  6. First we attack the koi clay cos we think it’s a bag of food… then we cuddle it.
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  7. In reply to my topic here: https://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/topic/128887-dandy-orandas-closed/?tab=comments#comment-2038855 Dandy Orandas is open again! Check out their website! (and there is an auction going on right now 11/16/2019 at 11:08pm EST!) Someone buy me this one:
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  8. I agree. They are more like a library than any other kind of platform. I sure hope we can keep going. For me its heart breaking. I mean I been hosting it for 21 years now. It like a child to me. I don't want to loose it. But you know you got to feed your family first.
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  9. So when I moved my pleco babies over to their own tank I moved a couple of pieces of driftwood from the main tank over for them. The night previously the goldies had spawned in the main tank, but I wasn't planning on rescuing the eggs. I saw a couple on the wood that I moved over but they didn't look like 'good' eggs. A few days after the wood was in the pleco tank I couldn't see the eggs, though I did see a bad one, I just assumed the had gone bad or the plecos had eaten them. Today I found three little freeswimming goldie fry I wasn't planning on raising any but now that I've seen them I can't just let them be. So raising them up it is. I know my butterfly tele Papi is the mum but there were three boys chasing her that day so I don't know who ended up fathering them
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  10. Hello Koko members! It’s been a few years but nice to be back. A little about me, I started my goldfish journey about 10 years ago with a 10 gallon tank and two goldfish, yikes! I quickly learned I was misinformed and off to a rough start with proper goldfish care. I then purchased a 29 gallon tank (the biggest I could fit in my apartment at the time) and two Fluval 206 canisters. This setup has worked well for me, however I did end up moving to keeping a single goldfish after a few years as this kept my parameters much more pristine with less work. I’m about to setup my dream tank, an 100 gallon “wide” tank that measures 48 long, 24 wide, and 20 high. I will be running two Fluval 407’s with spray bars on this baby and am so excited to get it setup! My 29 gallon will be going to a new home, which is very bittersweet. While pretty small for goldfish, I’ve had great luck keeping fish in this tank and have never had major issues with sickness or other ailments. I attribute this to the extra filtration and routine large water changes, and also some good luck! Here is my 29 gallon currently, with my single tailed but fancy bodied girl named Mama, who is four years old. All the plants will be going into the 100 gallon along with a few extra new ones who are in QT with some nerite snails. I will miss this tank! It’s been a great one. <3
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  11. Courtesy of Cynthia and that wonderful raffle, I had $50 to put toward an East Coast Ranchu order. I was out of town the first week and waited to order, but found some fantastic oranda babies to practice grooming, as well as the MOST ADORABLE RANCHU I’VE EVER SEEN and a majestic Thai oranda. BEHOLD! The babies! Eight Thai oranda babies, pre-color change. They’re so itty bitty. My kids have already decided to name one each and I’ll do the remainder, but not until I can tell them apart 🤣 We had a little rough start when they were mostly spitting food but I managed to get some bloodworms (I’M NOT HAVING MAJOR HIVES ANYMORE YAY!) into them and they’re tolerating my fluval Bug Bites now too, so long as the pieces are small. Still not bit fans of my homemade fish meal/super green gel food though. Being allergic to shellfish and trying to feed goldfish - the struggle is real, guys! The fact that I can now tolerate the blood worms as long as I’m wearing nitrile gloves is HUGE! I used to react just opening the container. ANYWAY, enough digression. Baby top bin view, ahoy! Now onto the older guys - still under a year, for sure. The as of still unnamed Ranchu and Oranda, though I’ve gotta tell you I’m leaning toward Tony and Natasha because Endgame wrecked my heart ❤️ Current set up is new sponge filters I’m just letting establish for their tanks, plus air stones. Water is at 75 F and I’m doing twice daily changes to keep the ammonia at 0-.25. Feed schedule is four small meals a day and I’m not feeding the bloodworms until right before the water changes to keep them from fouling it unnecessarily. The babies are really slow eaters because of their tiny mouths so I don’t want that gunk lingering in there - after fifteen minutes I’m siphoning out any excess worms and feeding them to the big guys, since I can’t divide a frozen cube without potential allergic reaction. ANYWHO.... Current issue is that my main tank has my two remaining Thai oranda imports from the previous year, who survived whatever took out my tank. They were showing no symptoms for the whole year prior but a cycle bump from a filter failure seems to have exacerbated their condition and I’m seeing some redness and fin rot on my calico. I was already concerned about mixing the two sets, but as of now I’m removing those two (Sherlock and Watson) to a hospital tank in a separate room of the house and treating them while I nuke the main tank with pool shock. I’m not taking any chances with the newbies, and if they don’t look pristine for a few months back in my bedroom, with lingering symptoms, I’m just going to leave them back there in their own tank. I don’t want to risk reintroducing whatever is in their systems to the main tank if I can’t have confidence it was totally wiped out, especially because it may have been viral, given the treatment history. Better safe than sorry, right? As beautiful as my existing duo is, they may just be Typhoid Mary, so we shall see. Here are Sherlock (the sick calico, poor guy!) and Watson (the orange and white) in their last day in the main tank before hospital and nuking: Note that poor Sherlock has some excess slime coat that the remaining sand is sticking to, as well as some fin degradation and redness. He isn’t showing behavioral symptoms but this is definitely an early warning to treat. Watson is seemingly bullet proof, though I’ve seen a little redness in his tail the last day or two. They were fine before I had a filter stop pumping I didn’t catch, and then the spike when it started up and had to re-establish itself. Sigh. For biosecurity, the new guys have entirely new equipment if I couldn’t sterilize it properly, and are also in a completely different part of the house. I even bought them their own food packages and have them stored in different spots, and different gel food in the freezer. Different syringes for water testing, etc. I’m not taking any chances with their immune systems, especially the babies. And given that I had a whole tank go down and still am not sure of the exact cause, the survivors are being treated as suspect until plenty of time has passed symptom free. Even though their current malaise is almost certainly aeromonas due to the filter issues I’m not ruling out that it could be a resurgence of the hexamita-like symptoms, and I’m restarting the clock on their symptoms free days and not considering introduction of them into the clean system until at least three months have passed with nary a frayed tail. I’ll keep this thread updated with progress pictures from the new guys, and get a video uploaded later as well. Thanks again Cynthia! I’d been waiting a year or three to buy from her because of this viral issue but the opportunity presented itself with the giveaway, so here I am with a gazillion water changes again 🤣 (Aren’t they the cutest?!)
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  12. Marmalade and Goldeen decided to start breeding season early I normally don't see eggs until October/November
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  13. Mocha and Willow checking each other out!
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  14. Got t shirt with my art on it
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  15. Sooooo, I have some neeeews. *ahem* Praying there are no complications like last time, and any good thoughts about no miscarrying would also be super much appreciated. We aren’t telling anyone in real life but I figure nobody actually checks online for any news about my life 🤣
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  16. This may be helping my mental state some lol. Maybe I should get him a collar that says therapy dog. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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  17. Justine got so tan this summer! The flower pictures are beautiful too We... GOT A NEW BUNNY! Meet Mocha, who came to us as a baby born from a giant rabbit seizure in Texas. He’s been settling in the past week furry butt!
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  18. Am I understanding you’re trying to preserve the cycle in that filter media? If so, use the dirty tank water in a bucket to absolutely wring, knock, shake, and scrub the living daylights out of any pads, bioballs, or ceramic rings. If it wasn’t pumping for a few days you’ve had a huge die off of bacteria and those gasses and anaerobic bacterial colonies beginning to take hold are worsening the situation. So you want to get as much debris and organics off that media as humanly possible, without killing off your beneficial nitrifiers. So no city water or rinsing in the sink, because of the presence of chlorine. Old, treated tank water from your water change is best for this task. Next, ditch as much substrate as you can. A half cup of sand on the bottom is plenty to allow goldfish foraging and interest without allowing any icky, still pockets of anaerobes to form. Our goal remains the same as the filter cleaning - remove as much organic matter as possible without totally nuking the tank. It’s definitely possible her water became soft and very acidic with all those broken down mess and high waste load. Unfortunately moving to new water meant the pH may have also increased and ammonia becomes much more toxic in alkaline water than more acidic. So that could have exacerbated the issue (but it wasn’t the wrong choice to change it, just try to offgas it a bit and treat it with Prime first if you didn’t). Even retaining some nitrifiers in the filter and on the tank surfaces, you’ll definitely have a mini cycle on your hands, at least partially. Prepare yourself for daily water changes of 90-ish percent, or whenever your test kit shows .25 ppms ammonia or ANY nitrite. Additionally, when nitrite develops you can add a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon to mitigate some of the more toxic effects on the fish until the cycle finishes and the ammonia and nitrite are clearing to nitrate completely. It’s basically a fish in cycle, albeit a bit faster if you’re not starting totally from zero with your bacterial colonies. You can totally do this! It sounds like your situation has been very difficult. I’m so sorry for the awful year! We are here for you however we can be, even if it’s just venting on the chat thread, and I hope these fish bring some joy back into your life as you rectify the poor care your neighbor gave them. And please, if you’re struggling with thoughts of despair or self harm, call a suicide hot line and let them help. It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make just to be heard and understood and have someone care enough to talk you through your emotions. welcome back to the group ❤️
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  19. I got to see my boy today [emoji3059][emoji3059] Elective ultrasound and gender was confirmed! It was so amazing and he was kicking a ton! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  20. Thunderstorms today. Justine's first time to see and hear it.
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  21. Cool looking tank. Pygmaeus corys would be great if you can get them, IME much more outgoing than other dwarf corys and so darned cute. Unlike other dwarfs, they will swim bottom and mid level and not constantly hiding. I think a 15 gal tank can handle a nice shoal of ember tetras too as another option.
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  22. Number five or six, I can’t remember when last we talked. Both are doing pretty well, though six has pretty significant special needs. But he’s so cuuuute! He just learned how to role from his back to his tummy after two and a half years of working on it. His therapist and I were so excited. This is him from several days ago
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  23. Who the wha??? Who?? W-h-a-t?!?!? Huh? Is this a prank?!?! Shoot yeah I'll accept the gift card! It will be used for the aquaponic system I'm setting up! And I'll be sure to "play it forward" somehow! I'll also be sure to post up some photos when I get my 1st indoor aquaponic system set up! I hope you (FishMandy) are still getting the KG t-shirt, KG bumpersticker, and hand made fish globe/Yujin Gashapons Goldfish. You deserve it! But yes, if the gift card thing is real . . . THANKS!
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  24. Agreed. Also not healthy for any species to excessively consume a food that essentially works as a laxative!
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  25. Thanks, he's doing great so far. I baffled the heck out of both filters to break up water current and that helps him a lot. But compared to some of the others I was watching, he swims better than some. He's a tiny little thing, looks a little lost in the 40gal tank, but he'll grow into it he also does not act nervous or in anyway stressed to be the only fish - just trundles around picking at the plants and immediately comes to the front of than tank when I go over there
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  26. First stand complete. Just need to add a few bits to it then get the other stand together.
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  27. Groundwork is done. Ready to get inside and start the fun jobs.
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  28. Hi *9:52 PM and short talk* How are you doing? love ya.
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  29. Hello all, Back in 2016 I found Koko's when I had no idea how I made a big mistake and lost 6 goldfish. I had learned so much from the wonderful people here. I now have started keeping goldfish again, and wanted to come back the wonderful community of Koko's . I have 3 Goldfish right now, a red-white Oranda , a calico Oranda , both about 2 1/2"-3" inches long. I also have a panda telescope about 2" long. I can't wait to how big they get.
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  30. Hey guys I am doing a Painted Koi give away. The winner will be able to choose ONE koi from this display! If the winner lives in the USA I will pay for the shipping. If you live outside of the USA you will need to pay shipping. (I am sorry ) How do you enter you might wonder? All you need to do is post in this thread. Every post is an ticket into the drawing which I will do with a Random number generator. I will post who won in another thread. Have fun and good luck. Ends 9/30/2021
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  31. This is my little man's tank. All sorts of random plants that IDK what they are. We shall see which ones do okay and which ones don't.
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  32. The rule of thumb is that distilled and purified water is bad for fish, for the reasons I mentioned above. We have seen more than one animal behave off and get sick in RO water over the years. We don’t know where the line is for what is neutral or safe and when it begins to cause harm in terms of hardness, but softer water is not ideal for goldfish, and at best you’re adding an unnecessary complicated step Given than many of us keep our goldfish in alkaline, hard water (mine is always at least 8.0 too, and very heavy with calcium), it hasn’t been necessary to augment water that is hard but stable. If the pH was fluctuating I think other arguments could be made.
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  33. 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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  34. I’m so glad it helped! Many of the problems we see on this forum are husbandry and water quality problems. Goldfish are somewhat unique that way, in that they’re both very widely kept fish but also have some surprising unique issues with waste production and water quality that the standard advice for tropical fish keeping doesn’t address. Water testing, LARGE regular water changes, and filter maintenance are the most critical factors for their help. Along with proper quarantine procedures with new livestock you can avoid almost all illness with them. Goldfish keepers are water keepers first and foremost. If your water quality is kept in top shape that keeps everything else running smoothly. Knocking junk from the filters (never toss the media unless it’s disintegrating, always just rinse the filter pads in old tank water and hit them against the sides of a bucket to knock poop free) is the only big maintenance required beyond water changes and regular testing to make sure your nitrates haven’t climbed. High nitrates aren’t as instantly toxic to the fish as nitrites and ammonia but they still cause harm and weaken the fish’s immune system when they’re persistently high. But they can climb without any symptoms for a long time and to very high levels if you aren’t looking for it. Especially in a small tank, large and frequent water changes and testing before those water changes to make sure you’re not climbing beyond about 20 ppms of nitrate is really important. It saves so much drama and heartache
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  35. My husband’s 23 year old Saturn is at 245k miles and still going strong, but he’s had to put a lot of maintenance into it over the years. It’s a good car and he adores it, but I’d personally have traded for a new model already 😜
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  36. I would also maybe suggest removing the gravel, or at least make a much thinner layer of it. Doing that will make cleaning 10x easier for you
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  37. Just from the picture it does look like a tumor. If you search past threads you can see we have had people leave them, try to operate, etc. The thing is, sometimes they grow slowly and sometimes they’re more aggressive and become a drag on the fish. My general advice is to wait until it’s making swimming difficult before trying surgical excision, but that’s your choice. if you press on the lump does it seem soft and blood fills or harder like a pea?
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  38. They are doing well! I need to sell them,getting too big and too many. The goldie fry is doing ok but not awesome. I've been struggling a bit and he hasnt got the attention he needed to really grow well so he is still extremely small The Kitchen looks great Taryl!
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  39. @Acro this is how I have them. 👍
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  40. They are a hybrid of goldfish and koi. They do stay black. I have one, she was about 3 inches when I got her and is now about 12 inches She is very hard to photograph, but here are some I had on my phone where you can see her
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  41. Well I’m happy to share pictures then This is from a few days ago. His tie is getting fixed Wednesday thank goodness so we can deal with his weight issues and get back on track with nursing! Benjamin Joseph Elwin Grant!
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  42. Don't you just love the spell checker 😂
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  43. I had a nacho plate that rivals your nacho plate!!! Maybe not in height, but when the plate came out I literally burst out into laughter because it was only for two of us. We ate most of it though! [emoji23] biggest nacho plate I’ve ever seen Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  44. Wow its super quiet Most of my eggs went bad, even ones i could see eyes in. But I do have 3 little babies. They took ages to hatch. They are between 1 and 3 days old. Since I only have 3, I'm keeping them in a Kritter keeper for now, I have several so i can swap them out easily for wcs and so they can find food faster. i'm also just feeding frozen and dry food since it's a bit hard to prepare such a small amount of live bbs
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  45. Went to a park with Justine, they had a bunch of booths there. One of them was a pet shop I go to abou 30 mins away. They recognize me as the goldfish lady. Lol they had a ball toss to win a free fish. So I figured why not, on the first shot I get the ball in the cup. So now I have a voucher for a free killifish. Lol Justine has been bugging me about a Betts, so I guess this is just as good. Lol So I will have soon, 2 adult goldfish, about 20 fry and now a killifish.
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  46. Thought she would be running the place by now Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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  47. I'm Stephen. From Malaysia.
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  48. Thank you! 12 weeks with a little boy [emoji170][emoji170]. I thought it was funny he is the size of a robo hamster this week [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  49. I counted 13 Common Grackles, 1 American Crow, 7 House Finches, 8 House Sparrows, 1 Northern Cardinal, 2 Mourning Doves, 1 Dark Eyed Junco, 3 European Starlings, 1 American Robin, 2 Eurasian Collard Doves, 2 American Gold Finches, 1 Red Breasted Nuthatch, 1 White Breasted Nuthatch, 1 Red Bellied Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, and then there were 6 Turkey Vultures flying up in circles in the sky.
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