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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. Not goldfish.. but thought id share some fish i am hoping to breed in a few months Not the best pics... the tank was a bit dirty and there is food in the water.
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  8. Yup! Breeding stars. You’re right, the angle’s pretty deceiving now i’ve zoomed. He’s cute though.
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  9. You bring up good points Colley614. We are speaking in general terms because everyone's set ups are different. We all do different amounts of water changes, feedings, have different size and types of fish, etc. The bottom line is this.... Give your fish the most room you can, do not over crowd. At least 20 gallons per fish, Large weekly or bi weekly water changes, vacuum the substrate, do not over feed. Keep things simple and you succeed.
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  10. In all the years I've owned tanks this is only the third time a tank has leaked. The first was the same brand of tank dripping from a seam. The second I had a skimmer in a sump of a reef tank that would start overflowing out of the collection cup. The problem was the collection cup had tubing that emptied into a bottle.
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  11. 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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  12. First stand complete. Just need to add a few bits to it then get the other stand together.
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  13. Groundwork is done. Ready to get inside and start the fun jobs.
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  14. I've got got myself a fluval 3.0 plant light ready for when my plants arrive. There's another tank for sale close to me the same as mine. Tempted to get it and order some Oranda. However, I've been invited to a zoom chat on Monday with the BAS who are going to help me decide on setting up a breeding set up. I've also been invited to the AMGK annual show and auction next Sunday.
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  15. Most ponders do not use PraziPro. It is costly to use in large systems and Prazi itself has been abused in the hobby and many of us find it is fairly ineffective at treating flukes in outdoor systems. Also - nobody recommends keeping salt in ponds longterm. This is unnecessary. Flukes are very salt resistant due to salt abuse in the hobby and it has little to no effect on them now. Also, Hikari, the makers of PraziPro recommend not to use salt with their product. If you want to use salt with prazi, you need to use the powdered form. Have you done scrapes and checked in the microscope to be sure you are treating flukes? Ponders need microscopes. Period. Are they gill flukes or body flukes? It is uncommon that fish have both. Flukes issues are generally early spring issues if you have them. If you are CERTAIN you are dealing with flukes - Flubendazole is a better treatment for outdoor systems.
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  16. Hi *9:52 PM and short talk* How are you doing? love ya.
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  17. Welcome to Koko's , the best place for information on Goldfish. You will get a lot of friendly help here.
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  18. Cleaned outdoor system- Elizabeth and her children. LOL
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  19. Some quick phone photos of my pondies. Computer problems make it hard to upload nicer photos from my computer at the moment. Water is very green but they like it. Everyone except for Herbie (Comet covered with tumors) and Arty (Colourful Shubunkin) were born here
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  20. First "wall" panel done! Decided to go with anubis for the sides since it is smaller and doesn't need super bright light - its super easy to add more plants as well. The matting should give the roots something to cling to and I can get more plants as needed depending on how much it fills in The Calico is Banjo, the silver one is Shimi so glad to be done with QT finally
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  21. These two snuck home from the fish shop with me
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  22. She was most confused about the fish. 🤦🏻‍♀️
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  23. My fish survived the night after the move. Mr. Summers is a tad grumpy but still able to swim around the tank.
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  24. Shion today on water change day... with a bit of MARY at the end. I only use the VITACHEM for Shion btw. And by the time that bottle is gone - he will be old enough to not need it I think.
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  25. Kind of accepting the fact this tank is never going to be anything but pea soup. 🤣
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  26. Honestly it’s not a big enough swing I’d worry. Unless your fish doesn’t seem to tolerate h the changes, just change 50% out today and add in just tap water, then do normal 80-100% water changes from there on out. If your ranchu seems to bottom sit or act ‘off’ after a water change we can talk about smaller, more frequent changes. But I wouldn’t borrow trouble on that - as long as it isn’t unstable, swinging water that off gassed to a drastically different set of parameters after a day or two, there isn’t much to worry about. The benefits of fresh water without the ammonia and nitrates far outweigh the disadvantages of a potential mineral and small pH swing. one day of transition off the RO should be PLENTY, especially given that it’s not really changing things that much.
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  27. 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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  28. Yes, he got sick with the tank cycling and stressing him. If you have obtained a liquid test kit (as mentioned above they’re much much more accurate) please test your water morning and night. As soon as nitrite or ammonia crosses .25 ppms you need a water change, and I advocate as big as possible - 80-100%. It’s much less stress for the fish than massive parameter swings and only adds another week or two to the duration of time it takes the tank’s filter to mature. To ease nitrite poisoning you can add 1 teaspoon of aquarium safe salt (pure salt, no additives like iodine or anti caking agents - pickling or rock salt work great) per gallon of water. Methylene blue is another great treatment if you’re seeing nitrite spikes, you can keep that in the water at 1 teaspoon per five gallons. These would be treatments to consider once the antibiotics are complete, along with your daily water testing. Depending on the tank size and fish messiness sometimes twice daily changes that are smaller work better - I do that on fry tanks and when I get a new fish in quarantine. ultimarely though, Dwight’s issues were husbandry related - not changing out the water enough or frequently enough with an immature filter to keep the waste products breaking down under control. It’s also sometimes called new tank syndrome, and happens in cycling tanks. But the good news is that if you are watchful daily and stay on top of large volume changes enough to control those spiking parameters he should regain his good health and stay healthy. But once a fish is stressed by fluctuating or poor water quality their immune system weakens and they can become susceptible to bacterial overgrowth such as pseudomonas and aeromonas, which cause many of our infections we see commonly in aquaria. The antibiotics were the right treatment. Please poke us if this happens again before buying meds and we are happy to help you narrow down what to use and in what time duration and dose. But hopefully Dwight remains healthy for many more months of life!
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  29. Wow Koko! That looks amazing. Koi clay and big water changes for the hard water fishes.
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  30. Bananas are so disgusting to me. My mom even told me that I would not eat banana flavored baby food. I was literally BORN hating bananas lol
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  31. Aw sorry you lost Miyuki. We added this little girl to our family today. She's 6 months old. Her name is Bronny. Got her from the Shelter.
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  32. 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!
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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?
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  37. 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.
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  38. He’s most likely been surface gulping and swallowed air. The colour is probably from swallowing substrate etc, just keep an eye on him.
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  39. 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.
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  41. 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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  42. Praziquantel - powdered prazi is my favorite, easily obtained. https://smithcreekfishfarm.com/products/prazi-power-praziquantel-powder You dose it in several weeks of rounds, four days in the aquarium and three days out. The rounds give any fluke eggs a chance to hatch out. Usually three rounds is sufficient to drop the fluke load to almost nothing, though it’s almost impossible to completely eliminate gill flukes in Goldfish if they have ever been exposed. It’s a very safe medication and considered preventative annual care, but be aware some fish get pouty and bottom sit during prazi. This is normal and a sign that fish needed the treatment!
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  43. Wow your fish are looking great! Its good to see you again! This is my tank with the new lights. Still need to add some more anubias and I want to pull that biggest one in the middle forward a bit so the leaves stop getting caught in the overflow lol. I'm loving this tank so much. So easy to change/rinse the sponge in the sump when needed (I rinse the coarser ones in tank water and change the fine filter wool). And so easy to do waterchanges.
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  44. That is fantastic! Good on you for putting so much effort into saving you fish! Please keep us updated and good luck!
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  45. Given the way it’s bulging more on one side than the other, it could very well be a tumor of blockage. Is this fish eating and pooping? Our normal diagnostic form is for tanks and not ponds, but I need as many details about his history and your environment and treatments as you can give me, please. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
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  46. WOWsers that was a lot of fun.
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  47. It looks good! In a tank that size I’d be going 1-2x per week, 80% changes. Your water tests will tell you if that’s frequent enough, if your nitrates are climbing above 10 ppms from water change to water change that means you should probably step it up to twice per week, and make sure to knock out your mechanical filter media monthly.
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  48. Yes to all that you say Fishy Man: Water changes are a great tonic for our little ponds. Just today as I finished with a nearly 90+ % water change of main koi pond noted that some of my cement work still drying on filter and stream bed was being washed in pond from sudden rain showers . Although a little cement should not produce any great harm I choose prudent course and now will do another complete water change. Sounds easy yes? But to do my pond requires several hours even with good evac pumps and nice we’ll supply.up side is we now begin breed season and water changes have produced wonders for spawn activity in past times.
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  49. My recommendation is to just keep a sack of the crushed coral in a five gallon bucket, leaching in throughout the week. Add that to each water change and you’ve already supplemented some of what was lost. Little swings in hardness aren’t the end of the world, especially if you’re also buffering with baking soda - which is easy to mix in each water change and keep things steadier. That’s my recommendation, a mix of the slower leaching buffers like the wonder shells and aragonite along with a chemical additive like the sodium bicarb to help with the pH and buffering more quickly. Acidic soft water is very tough for goldfish if it isn’t stable, and it’s difficult to stabilize. I don’t envy you that, but you’re on the right track.
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