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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. 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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  24. 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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  25. Kind of accepting the fact this tank is never going to be anything but pea soup. 🤣
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  26. 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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  27. One bulb is sprouting very well... the other barely... but I will give it time. There is a little white stuff/fungus on them that you oftentimes see on newly added driftwood. I added a little water sprite... let's see if the stinky little fish eats it. Probably will.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. They are probably remains from eggs, I find my tank always looks a mess after they lay eggs. The tiny white dots are probably left over patches of 'egg glue' as I call it, the eggs form a sticky surface that hardens so they attach to things like rocks, plants and the glass. When the goldfish eat the eggs you often see little spots where they were
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Setting up a guppy tank 💕✨ 27L Aqua One Xpressions Nano Tank, old from my storage. No guppies, yet!
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  37. i would.. but i'd also add some peas and bloodworms to it.. that is just something i would do
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  38. 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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  39. I like to treat my fish once a year with Prazi. I feel better and I do notice the fish always look and feel better after. Some fish will 😡 when you treat them. My Zac fish does everytime. But she's really happy after. Good on ya. For doing the Prazi. Yeah duckweed is a natural food for them. I got a golf ball size of it for my 12 big fry in the pond. They ate it all in 4 days.😲
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  40. Great find!! What a beauty! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  41. 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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  42. Congratulations! Positive thoughts your way sent!
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  43. 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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  44. Some random photos I took today.
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  45. Re set up my 15 gal tank. A lot of debris floating around from where it was a black water tank I had leaves decomposing in. Will probably go that way again. Meet Emperor Betta supreme leader and uncontested ruler of the aquatic forest! Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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  46. Such a big tank, too much trouble to care for. I'll help you out. I'll just PM you my address and you can get the tank shipped to me, I know we are in different countries, but I don't mind that you cover the shipping cost. Thanks for that! I'll PM you now! Kidding . . . beautiful tank! Good Luck with it, the fish are going to LOVE it!
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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. I counted bird species for the Cornell Lab Of ornithology
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  50. Greetings fellow Kokonuts, Recently, I noticed that there has been a lot of arguing in the D&D thread, with not much moving forward as the result of such arguments. What DID happen was that we would then get pages to slog through, which can be very frustrating, not to mention unhelpful. I would like to remind everyone of the following: - please respect it when mods/helpers/senior members are helping in the thread. They are helping to coordinate things. Please do NOT make medication recommendations before getting all information, and it's best to wait for someone from the mod team. If help is not coming fast enough, use the report button, and admin will make sure it gets answered ASAP. - once someone has asked for vital information, let's not inundate the OP with the same requests multiple times. It can be annoying at best and very off-putting at worst. Remember that we want to help, not to make everything look so daunting/intimidating that people just give up before they start. - D&D threads are NOT places to argue about things. - D&D threads really should be kept as trim and concise as possible, so that the OP and those helping can actually quickly read through it. Well wishes are of course welcome, and encouraged. Thank you for your help, and attention, to this matter. I hope your summer/winters are all going splendidly!
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