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  1. First we attack the koi clay cos we think it’s a bag of food… then we cuddle it.
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  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. A 40B would be good for 2.
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  13. I like them! I definitely see what you mean about the wens.
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  14. Congrats on your new fishes! 🎉🎊
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  15. So I had a 20 gallon LONG I was going to use for guppies but I decided to move away from the overbreeding monsters. I had to go WAYYYYY in town and I saw a fish shop there... I went in and I spotted a fancy goldfish section. I instantly saw a little cutie I wanted for my tank. He was labelled a fantail, but I saw a little headgrowth. But then another swam up beside him, also with dinky headgrowth... And I ended up getting them both. So yeah... Lol. May need a tank upgrade after a while. Had to rush to work and did not get to set up their stand or tank properly... But filled the tank for them and acclimated them and dosed their tank with SAFE and will get them situated tomorrow. And take pics and etc when their light comes in. I hope they do well. Been aaaaaaaaages since I tried goldfish indoors. Mine just do so much better outdoors.
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  16. 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
  17. Hey guys Welcome to the NEW Look. 😮
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  18. Hopefully that remembering already posted post bug is gone. I was having phone issues and my replacement phone just came in.
    1 point
  19. Is it just me or do the forums look different. I think Lady Loki is becoming more orange.
    1 point
  20. Just got done making this.
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  21. 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.
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  22. 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.
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  23. Us pale Brits can’t cope with this.
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  24. not a big fan of trying to get size on fish rapidly, I believe it is not good for their long term health. However I switch to mostly a gel food. I like those repashy brands such as the pure gold made specifically for goldfish. Blood worms and brine shrimp should be fed more as a treat. I would eliminate the dry foods as they really lack nutritional value and goldfish were designed by nature to eat soft foods
    1 point
  25. 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
  26. I also agree with the water changes being excessive. If the tank is fully cycled and has two tiny fish, you don't need to change that much. It is incredibly wasteful at the least. I do not feed for growth, I actually do the opposite. Large fish just seem to have more health problems and they eat more and poop more and take up more space etc etc. Never really understood the desire for large fish. My strongest and healthiest ones are the dinkier ones.
    1 point
  27. 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
  28. Love this! I just joined this forum, seconds ago, and already learned something terrific. Thanks!
    1 point
  29. 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
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  31. I want! How much for the above three Koi? This money goes towards the site? Are these sealed to be used outside?
    1 point
  32. 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
  33. His name is Bayana. He is veeeeery dinky. And he has fin damage from being sucked into a strong pond pump before but he is my favorite little man. I will pull him later so you can see him. And I will pull another one of my Ryukins named Boss to compare his size. He is the oldest fish I have but BY FAR the smallest. Funny thing.
    1 point
  34. 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
  35. Mary has his moments though. Sometimes he's in a good mood and will let me play with him and touch him and everything.
    1 point
  36. Hey everyone, im back here is the pictures of the goldfish!
    1 point
  37. I am not a fan of doing this unless the wen is restricting breathing. So long as the fish is able to find food and swims well I would not do this. It is very stressful to the fish nd and can do more harm than good
    1 point
  38. Oo I love the red and white ones!
    1 point
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. Been feeding peas and he is a lot better now and is pooping ok now. 🐠🐠😁
    1 point
  42. 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
  43. A couple of clown fish, or some blue damsels, mandarian goby, neon goby, cleaner shrimps
    1 point
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  45. 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
  46. Female medaka with eggs on her underside.
    1 point
  47. MANY OF THE IMPORTS ARE RESISTANT TO SALT SO IF YOU ARE GETTING ALL OF THE FISH FROM COAST GEMS THEN DO NOT MIX THEM WITH OTHER FISH FROM OTHER VENDORS. BEFORE YOU MEDICATE, OBSERVE YOUR FISH CAREFULLY, MAKE SURE YOUR WATER PARAMETERS ARE EXCELLENT, OFTEN WE TREAT FISH WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM. EAST COAST RANCHU (CYNTHIA) IS EXCELLENT. SHE IS A LOCAL BREEDER, DO NOT MIX IMPORTS OR ANY OTHER FISH WITH HER FISH SHE REARS THEM IN A VERY STRICT MANNER
    1 point
  48. It’s suggested to do both salt and praziquantel as they will work in tandem to kill parasites, here’s the procedure for new fish: If the fish you’re adding to the pond are all bought at the same time you could potentially just treat the pond with praziquantel, or do salt in the pond and praziquantel dips since it would use a lot to treat the whole pond. To do a dip you would mix the prazi in the correct ratio and dip each fish for around 3 hours and then return it to the pond. You’d do that every 3 days for 3 dips total. If you purchase the fish at different times I would definitely suggest quarantine tubs, you could just get some food safe sterilite tubs to quarantine. It’s a little annoying but it is worth it as the fish likely haven’t been treated for parasites before. Prazi is also considered very safe for fish and cycled systems. Just make sure to choose the healthiest fish, looking out for red or white spots on the body and fins.
    1 point
  49. Thanks everyone for helping out! I think i will be going to get my goldfish at coastgemusa since i can go to the actual place. These goldfish are going to be sooo cute.
    1 point
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