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  1. 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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  2. His new tank. He looks tiny in it.
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  3. Shes discovered the fish 🤣
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  4. First we attack the koi clay cos we think it’s a bag of food… then we cuddle it.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Marmalade and Goldeen decided to start breeding season early I normally don't see eggs until October/November
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  11. Mocha and Willow checking each other out!
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  12. Got t shirt with my art on it
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Thunderstorms today. Justine's first time to see and hear it.
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Yea! They are teeny at the moment so I'm excited to see how they grow and develop! There were better examples of bristols in the tank but these were the ones that grabbed me. heres a few other pics from around the store
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  26. 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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  27. Happy Spring! It's been a while since I've visited, but I'm so happy to have a freshly cleaned fish tank (and pump) today, as well as a happy, healthy fish (Bubbles, my ranchu) that I thought I'd say "hi!" to you all and share a photo. I'm still using the Tahitian black moon sand, but I've had to remove quite a bit of it to get rid of the stuff that keeps accumulating on top-- it's super hard to keep that black sand clean! I've also removed several of my river rocks, again to make it easier to clean. (The smaller rocks also keep disappearing into the sand due to Bubbles digging and moving the sand around.) I've kept a few large rocks to hold down the live plants--the anubias, ferns, and anacharis (which have a habit of breaking off into little bits and clogging the filter intake). By the way, the plants have just thrived under the new UV tank lights! And I've kept the bubble stone as a toy for Bubbles to play with. It's hard to see the piece of dark mopani wood in there, but I worked so hard to boil it to remove the tannins, that it's gonna be a part of my tank for a long while... Enjoy!
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Okay, so you’re going to glue legos or something similar around the edge. Then take thin white fabric, like a pillow case or thin muslin quilting cotton, and your going to lay it over that light surface and spacers and pull it tight, then staple or glue to the top of the hood so you have a smooth glove of fabric around the lights, but not touching them. The fabric dims the intensity of the lights by at least 25% and cuts glare. I’m a fan of hot glue for this, since you only have to hold each section of fabric tight for about thirty seconds. But even clothespins or safety pins would work to see how you like it. Generally speaking, the glare only bothers the fish if they’re celestials or other upwardly turned eye fish, OR in a bare bottom tank. Substrate helps a lot. But if you need more diffuse light the fabric trick is by far the easiest.
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  31. And man does the water get all milky looking too. 😱
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  32. That looks lke very sturdy stand. To figure out how much weight it can support you can add up the combined strength of the vertical supporting pieces. A very conservative guestimation is that each supporting 2x4 can hold 1000 lbs. In reality and depending on the type on wood used that number can be much higher. Youre really looking at a stand that can hold 6000 lbs on the minimum. But it also depends on how well it went together. Hopefully those vertical supports are really flush and remain in contact with the top and bottom horizontal wood pieces. That way theyre able to transfer all weight the nice and evenly. Ive made a few crummy stands that had tiny gaps under the support pieces. That means the weight of the tank is only being held by the screws! For me it wasmt a problem though because those were just 20 gallon tanks. For bigger tanks, that part has to be done correctly. Its never a bad idea to give it a test run before putting your fish in there and let it sit for a good 48 hours. Its looks like you both did very well though from the pics. Nice work. 👍🏻 Goodluck with your goldfish.
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  33. 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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  34. Hello adman, interesting as this topic just came up last month . If you wish you can see reference to a few good books , go to the breeding section on this forum , fish Lady , and see pictograms books about the subject , I think was posted around 2 April. If you want more detailed information let me know as I have a lot of good stuff now in digital form.
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  35. 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
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  36. 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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  37. They are! The BN live in with my goldies but I moved the babies to the tropical tank because the fish in there are smaller and hopefully wont eat them. Though there was a few I couldn't catch so they will either have to hide well or become goldie snacks! They are so cute though so I hope I can raise a few of them up. I don't have a free tank I can designate to them at the moment unfortunately but this is the second batch of eggs he has been fanning in a short amount of time so I'm sure there willbe more. Though he is upset I took his driftwood cave out. Going to buy them an actual pleco cave though and see if I can convince him to move to there
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  38. We had our boy 12/24! He has had some minor issues- he is struggling to gain weight due to a tongue tie- but it’s being fixed Wednesday and then he should be back on track. I’m excited to share him with everyone but I’ll refrain for now. Also im so excited cause we are getting a decent windfall from our taxes and all my goldfish plans are gonna come true! I can’t wait! Only a month or two until we get our other apartment! Tarryl, I’m so sorry for your loss. I hate to imagine what you’re going through. My prayers are with you and your family. 💕
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  39. Hi! Welcome to Kokos Yep hat will be big enough! Sounds like a really nice size If you would like any more tips, check out our guidelines for healthy goldfish here: https://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/topic/121320-kokos-goldfish-forum-guidelines-for-healthy-goldfish/
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  40. https://imgur.com/gallery/P9uiomv this is him now ! :)
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  41. Great find!! What a beauty! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  42. Oh. He is closer to 10 inches with his twil. Difficult to measure since he never holds still. I do hope to get an even bigger tank at some point. But they are very expensive in the UK, since anything bigger than I currently have has to be custom fabricated.
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  43. Well with a face like that how could ya be sad. He's just so cute 😍 😀😁 I started a new batch and it's going to drive T D nuts lol So far I think 30 have hatched. I don't know what I'm going to do now lol
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  44. This is what happens after a thunderstorm here. Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
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  45. The original once I was going to go after was giveaway. But I found another set that I really like. I'm getting a calico female that is mostly black and has a orange stripe down her forehead and nose and looks like she's wearing little booties. Also getting one of her brothers which is an orange tabby male. 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. 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. That’s most of what I have right now but my mom has about that many more at her house for me to take [emoji1787] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  50. So, I find Amazon really hard to use, even though we have Amazon Australia now, a lot of things I want just dont ship to Australia! I don't want the Gift Card to go wasted! So I'm giving it away Another random draw was done from the raffle thread! Congratulations @Acro
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