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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. 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:
    3 points
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Marmalade and Goldeen decided to start breeding season early I normally don't see eggs until October/November
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  8. Mocha and Willow checking each other out!
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  9. Got t shirt with my art on it
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Thunderstorms today. Justine's first time to see and hear it.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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!
    3 points
  19. 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.
    2 points
  20. 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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  21. 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.
    2 points
  22. Okay I just had to comment because Mel is huge! Sending him well wishes!
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  23. 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.
    2 points
  24. 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.
    2 points
  25. 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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  26. I stopped by to see how you were doing, and donated! I can't thank you enough for all the help and joy you've given me over the years, Koko. hopefully my little bit can help keep you up and running ♥️♥️ - Sarah H. (aka ryukingirl)
    2 points
  27. Here I found very intresting idea/hack way regarding leaking issue from the canister body. It may be useful for some of us.
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  28. Koi and goldfish feeding at sunset (and Happy hour for me).
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  29. 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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  30. Finally got the second filter working again. Had a bad leak (1000+ liter a day) and could not find it. So after a month of screwing around just re cemented the entire filter and the water fall. Now works GREAT!! In just a week have collected many handfuls of mulm nasty stuff. ( so is working) pictured is the filter with now the plants being added .
    2 points
  31. 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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  32. Hi there and thanks, there's 5 fancy goldies.. And it's the Aquaone 850 tank (52 gallons) .. I got it about 8 weeks ago to upgrade from my Aquaone 510 (20 gallons) I realise I'm a little overstocked sorry about that. The box thing on the left is the pump that comes with the tank, which usually pushes the water to an over head spray bar thing.. However I've converted the over head to a 2 compartment Sump so pimped the filters big style.. I've added the pictures of the old filter medium and what I've replaced them with.. Heres showing the comparison of the new filter media both machanical and bialogical on the left, which is replacing the Aquaone cartridges and noodles on the right.. This shows what I did and how I changed the compartments to make the sump.. I do have filter wool covering the top of the Bio balls now to polish the water on its way into the tank. I also stripped out the old T8 lighting and fitted a Led bar into the hood. I've added pics I hope they make sense. Ewww got rid, not working anyways, only paid 70 for the tank, so good ridden T8 lighting and hello led bar.. Took 40 minuts to strip and install and cost £40 I've just tried to keep the whole looks of the tank because I think it looks smart, I did add and internal filter which is the Aquapet PF1.. You can kind of see it on the right behind the bubbles it's not too intrusive at all. I use it as a power headed to add circulation and airation.. But as its a filter its useful to be able to add carbon or Phosguard etc without needing to mess about with the over head sump.. Since adding the picture above I've added some Large Vals on the right, to sway in the currents from the porwehead.. And a couple of Anubias Nana Bonsai added to the top of the sticky out branch.. You might be able to see it in the pic Anyways hope that answered your questions and am glad you like my tank, I'm very proud of it.. Its been a fun project during lockdown and a big learning curve lol
    2 points
  33. How are your babies doing? Here is an updated pic of some of my fry:
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  34. I have one, here he is
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  35. @Acro this is how I have them. 👍
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  36. Yes I do. I have Zac and Goldfish. then I have a 70 gallon pond with 6 of there babies from last spring.
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  37. I'm 99% sure they are sterile
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  38. Setting up a guppy tank 💕✨ 27L Aqua One Xpressions Nano Tank, old from my storage. No guppies, yet!
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  39. i would.. but i'd also add some peas and bloodworms to it.. that is just something i would do
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  40. Well I was remarking to my husband my fish looked like they were getting frisky and I was right! My white/yellow/orange oranda, Watson, was dropping eggs and my new red and white, Tony, was all up and in it 😆 Watson says “OH! Guess I’m not a boy after all!” 😏 Watson in the top center, Tony on the left bottom, Sherlock on the right. Plus random babies still not named.
    2 points
  41. I’m so sorry he died! Unfortunately the tumor doesn’t have much for it, but keeping the water conditions solid should give him he best chance for the rest of his days. When he stops eating or drifts in the current it is probably time to euthanize, though. I don’t believe the two causes are related at all. The fish who passed away looked to be bothered by something more like an infection than anything else, and the remaining fish really does look to have a tumor. If there are any open lesions I highly recommend running 1 teaspoon per gallon of aquarium or rock salt (NO ADDITIVES, including iodine or yellow prussiate), or dosing with methylene blue. Either course will inhibit topical infections and fungus, and the meth blue could help the fish respirate more comfortably in the heat.
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  42. Went on an overnight visit to mum’s but back again. . Here is one of my happy goldfish. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  43. I'm thinking about doing it like a mini landscape. Hoodie and some little mini village buildings and miniature tree looking things. Then I'll can a background and paint clouds and such on it to where it looks like the fish are flying around. Maybe do all long fined varieties of whatever I do Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
    2 points
  44. A reference on goldfish growth: North american Journal of Aquaculture The Effect of stocking and Feeding Rates on growth and Production of Feeder Goldfish in Pools. by: Nathan Stone, Ellen McNulty, and Eric Park. You can read the abstract here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1577/1548-8454(2003)65<82%3ATEOSAF>2.0.CO%3B2 Farms that grew goldfish to sell as feeders wanted to know how to keep the fish small for as long as possible so that they could produce a steady supply of feeders for the pet shops. So this group did the research. The most effective way of keeping the fish small was underfeeding. This is true for any animal, including humans. Disease or parasites can also stunt, but the goal of this research was to produce healthy, stunted goldfish. They could also decrease the growth rate by increasing the stocking level, but this didn't work as well as underfeeding. The combination of of higher stocking levels with underfeeding was most successful. Your source was correct that goldfish that lived to record ages were all clearly stunted. Also, virtually all of them lived for at least their first decade in a two gallon fish bowl with a tankmate. The owners followed the directions to feed the fish just a tiny pinch of food a day and change their water completely at least once a week. After 10-20 years, they typically upgraded to a 10 gallon tank with a filter. The somatostatin stuff is complete nonsense. Didn't any of the people who write this take high school biology? Surely if they did they would know the definition of a hormone. Definition of hormone: a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (such as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually remote from its point of origin. They don't get dumped into the environment.
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  45. Thought she would be running the place by now Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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  47. Yeah same for me. I checked in for like, a day over a year ago but it’s been a good 2+ years since I’ve consistently been on here. Been busy! Lol got married, moved twice, lost a baby, adopted a cat, now having a baby! Soo much. Sorry things have been rough! We have definitely had highs and lows. 2 days after we came back from our honeymoon we were evicted and then my husband was fired from his job 3 months later. But things are good now! It all works out in the end [emoji177][emoji170] Edited to add; I have a tendency to over share [emoji1787] sorry lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  48. I keep an empty tank and set it up if needed. I don't usually worry if its cycled because I'm doing frequent WCs with a sick fish anyway, but if I do need it to be cycled I grab some media from another filter and use that in a QT filter.
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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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