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  1. Shes discovered the fish 🤣
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  2. First we attack the koi clay cos we think it’s a bag of food… then we cuddle it.
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  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. Hey guys I am doing a Painted Koi give away. The winner will be able to choose ONE koi from this display! If the winner lives in the USA I will pay for the shipping. If you live outside of the USA you will need to pay shipping. (I am sorry ) How do you enter you might wonder? All you need to do is post in this thread. Every post is an ticket into the drawing which I will do with a Random number generator. I will post who won in another thread. Have fun and good luck. Ends 9/30/2021
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  5. 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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  6. She was most confused about the fish. 🤦🏻‍♀️
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  7. Plenty of bumps on Shion's lovely thick pectoral fin rays spotted today. Male fish. As I had been hoping and referring to him as. Yay!
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  8. My fish survived the night after the move. Mr. Summers is a tad grumpy but still able to swim around the tank.
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  9. This is my little man's tank. All sorts of random plants that IDK what they are. We shall see which ones do okay and which ones don't.
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  11. Shion today on water change day... with a bit of MARY at the end. I only use the VITACHEM for Shion btw. And by the time that bottle is gone - he will be old enough to not need it I think.
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  12. actually green water is very beneficial for goldfish but I understand you do no like it in your tank. Try cutting back on your feeding and the amount of time you keep the lights on
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  13. Kind of accepting the fact this tank is never going to be anything but pea soup. 🤣
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  15. Honestly it’s not a big enough swing I’d worry. Unless your fish doesn’t seem to tolerate h the changes, just change 50% out today and add in just tap water, then do normal 80-100% water changes from there on out. If your ranchu seems to bottom sit or act ‘off’ after a water change we can talk about smaller, more frequent changes. But I wouldn’t borrow trouble on that - as long as it isn’t unstable, swinging water that off gassed to a drastically different set of parameters after a day or two, there isn’t much to worry about. The benefits of fresh water without the ammonia and nitrates far outweigh the disadvantages of a potential mineral and small pH swing. one day of transition off the RO should be PLENTY, especially given that it’s not really changing things that much.
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Made some changes to Shions tank. He is doing pretty well. He doesn't bother the Bacopa plants nearly as much as the other plant. Hopefully it'll do well.
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  19. Yes, he got sick with the tank cycling and stressing him. If you have obtained a liquid test kit (as mentioned above they’re much much more accurate) please test your water morning and night. As soon as nitrite or ammonia crosses .25 ppms you need a water change, and I advocate as big as possible - 80-100%. It’s much less stress for the fish than massive parameter swings and only adds another week or two to the duration of time it takes the tank’s filter to mature. To ease nitrite poisoning you can add 1 teaspoon of aquarium safe salt (pure salt, no additives like iodine or anti caking agents - pickling or rock salt work great) per gallon of water. Methylene blue is another great treatment if you’re seeing nitrite spikes, you can keep that in the water at 1 teaspoon per five gallons. These would be treatments to consider once the antibiotics are complete, along with your daily water testing. Depending on the tank size and fish messiness sometimes twice daily changes that are smaller work better - I do that on fry tanks and when I get a new fish in quarantine. ultimarely though, Dwight’s issues were husbandry related - not changing out the water enough or frequently enough with an immature filter to keep the waste products breaking down under control. It’s also sometimes called new tank syndrome, and happens in cycling tanks. But the good news is that if you are watchful daily and stay on top of large volume changes enough to control those spiking parameters he should regain his good health and stay healthy. But once a fish is stressed by fluctuating or poor water quality their immune system weakens and they can become susceptible to bacterial overgrowth such as pseudomonas and aeromonas, which cause many of our infections we see commonly in aquaria. The antibiotics were the right treatment. Please poke us if this happens again before buying meds and we are happy to help you narrow down what to use and in what time duration and dose. But hopefully Dwight remains healthy for many more months of life!
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  20. Wow Koko! That looks amazing. Koi clay and big water changes for the hard water fishes.
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  21. 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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  22. Aw sorry you lost Miyuki. We added this little girl to our family today. She's 6 months old. Her name is Bronny. Got her from the Shelter.
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  23. Even been prepared it still hurts When we lost our 16 year old dog last year I knew it was coming but was still hard. Had him over half my life! Lost our 12 year old cat suddenly a month ago too. Took her to the vet thinking it was just some minor thing only to find out it was something much worse and we were forced to make decisions. On a cheerier note my anubias finally flowered, my first time having a flower on one!
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  24. I’ve probably owned around 10+ “orandas” and of those only 3 actually grew wens. All came from pet shops and garden centres. Of those, 2 I bought at about 4”, paid probably 5x what I did for the red cap pictured and grew out in a pond, the one I still have has significant wen growth. These fish are both around 4 years old and one has been kept indoors. The red cap is the only young oranda I’ve owned that’s actually grown up to look like an oranda!
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Guppy and medaka besties!
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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. 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. Here they are. My favorite dinky man is Bayana... The little white one. He is 4-5 years old despite being small. The other man is Boss. He is 2-3 years old. Both are pet quality short tailed Ryukins.
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  31. 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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  32. I concur... And so does Mary. I have had Mary for a few years and as he got older, he got meaner. He is unable to have tank mates now. He attacks anything that moves in his tank and generally stresses other fish to death or beats them up. He also bites any hands or tools that enter his tank. He lives in a 55 by himself and that's how it'll be until he passes away. I love Mary but his little temper makes me say NO to Blood Parrots ever again. I am not a fan of a 55 gallon with just one orange smelly fish.
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  33. 6/3/2021 - 6/30/2021 Hello, I'm giving away ONE pendent that I made with Acrylic paint. The winner will be able to choose from this set I made. It doesn't have a chain. Every post is an entry into the drawing. Winner will be drawn on July First 2021 by a random number generator. Winner pays shipping. I will send you a pm to get your address and Paypal information. Good Luck.
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  34. I’m so glad it helped! Many of the problems we see on this forum are husbandry and water quality problems. Goldfish are somewhat unique that way, in that they’re both very widely kept fish but also have some surprising unique issues with waste production and water quality that the standard advice for tropical fish keeping doesn’t address. Water testing, LARGE regular water changes, and filter maintenance are the most critical factors for their help. Along with proper quarantine procedures with new livestock you can avoid almost all illness with them. Goldfish keepers are water keepers first and foremost. If your water quality is kept in top shape that keeps everything else running smoothly. Knocking junk from the filters (never toss the media unless it’s disintegrating, always just rinse the filter pads in old tank water and hit them against the sides of a bucket to knock poop free) is the only big maintenance required beyond water changes and regular testing to make sure your nitrates haven’t climbed. High nitrates aren’t as instantly toxic to the fish as nitrites and ammonia but they still cause harm and weaken the fish’s immune system when they’re persistently high. But they can climb without any symptoms for a long time and to very high levels if you aren’t looking for it. Especially in a small tank, large and frequent water changes and testing before those water changes to make sure you’re not climbing beyond about 20 ppms of nitrate is really important. It saves so much drama and heartache
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  35. Praziquantel - powdered prazi is my favorite, easily obtained. https://smithcreekfishfarm.com/products/prazi-power-praziquantel-powder You dose it in several weeks of rounds, four days in the aquarium and three days out. The rounds give any fluke eggs a chance to hatch out. Usually three rounds is sufficient to drop the fluke load to almost nothing, though it’s almost impossible to completely eliminate gill flukes in Goldfish if they have ever been exposed. It’s a very safe medication and considered preventative annual care, but be aware some fish get pouty and bottom sit during prazi. This is normal and a sign that fish needed the treatment!
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  36. Wow your fish are looking great! Its good to see you again! This is my tank with the new lights. Still need to add some more anubias and I want to pull that biggest one in the middle forward a bit so the leaves stop getting caught in the overflow lol. I'm loving this tank so much. So easy to change/rinse the sponge in the sump when needed (I rinse the coarser ones in tank water and change the fine filter wool). And so easy to do waterchanges.
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  37. I once had goldfish that just looooved tangerines for some reason. The right food is out there somewhere (;
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  38. Okay I just had to comment because Mel is huge! Sending him well wishes!
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  39. That is fantastic! Good on you for putting so much effort into saving you fish! Please keep us updated and good luck!
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  40. Given the way it’s bulging more on one side than the other, it could very well be a tumor of blockage. Is this fish eating and pooping? Our normal diagnostic form is for tanks and not ponds, but I need as many details about his history and your environment and treatments as you can give me, please. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
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  41. WOWsers that was a lot of fun.
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  42. I don't know how she died. It was sudden. Also I got a new shirt from Wish. Amazingly it is great. It is green with the number 12 on it. It also has a name on the back of it.
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  43. I would also maybe suggest removing the gravel, or at least make a much thinner layer of it. Doing that will make cleaning 10x easier for you
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  44. It looks good! In a tank that size I’d be going 1-2x per week, 80% changes. Your water tests will tell you if that’s frequent enough, if your nitrates are climbing above 10 ppms from water change to water change that means you should probably step it up to twice per week, and make sure to knock out your mechanical filter media monthly.
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  45. Yes to all that you say Fishy Man: Water changes are a great tonic for our little ponds. Just today as I finished with a nearly 90+ % water change of main koi pond noted that some of my cement work still drying on filter and stream bed was being washed in pond from sudden rain showers . Although a little cement should not produce any great harm I choose prudent course and now will do another complete water change. Sounds easy yes? But to do my pond requires several hours even with good evac pumps and nice we’ll supply.up side is we now begin breed season and water changes have produced wonders for spawn activity in past times.
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  46. 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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  47. Here's the latest. I stopped the Melafix and Pimafix as they didn't seem to be helping anything. After looking around here more, I also stopped using charcoal in the filter. The water seems cleaner and the fish seem happier. I then gave them a 7 day course of Fritz Maracyn (tetracycline) with water refreshes and doses of Hikari Ich-X on days 1, 5, and 7. They've now been unmedicated for about a week. The fin tissue that was being torn up by the red streaks has already regrown to its normal shape and the redness is fading. I'm thinking it's now scar tissue and no longer an active infection. At this point, I'm sticking with the water refresh twice a week with no charcoal and they seem to be doing well. Fingers crossed.
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  48. 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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  49. Hi everyone! I'm kinda new here but not really, I just never really posted anything (shame on me) So I decided to show off my pond! I had an orange fantail and an all white oranda when I was 16, I didn't know what I was doing at the time, but I loved them so much. Unfortunately they didn't last more than a year and I was too upset to get new ones. My love for goldfish came back this year when I went to a fish store to buy guppies for a 25 gal mini pond, and the store employee convinced me to buy goldfish instead, so I wouldn't need a heater. Of course, I was like YES!! I'll take the goldfish instead, but after I left the shop with 4 tiny pearlscales, I started doing my research on them, and realized how I messed up on the tank size. Fast forward to today, I have 5 fish (2 of the original pearlscales, a crown pearlscales and two orandas), I lived and breathed studying about goldfish this whole time, and also pond designing, because I wanted to give these guys the best life. We finally finished building our pond recently and it's currently cycling. We just need to make the rest of the yard this nice! It has two oversized bog filters, an automatic water change system and 625 gallons in the middle. The waterflow is very gentle for these guys, I have an aerator I want to add after the dirt settles. I live in zone 10a so winters aren't so harsh, but I want to provide them with a heat gradient anyway, specially because the 2 orandas I got have lived in 76F water their whole lives. I want them to live the best life possible! They already eat better quality food than I do. lol I could have up to about 20 fish probably, but I plan on going slow, hopefully no more than 10-15, and if I can't control myself, I will definitely up the filtration. My 5 babies will have a goldfish mansion all for themselves for a while though, at least until spring. Hope you guys like it, and of course I'm always open to helpful advice if you have any!
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  50. This is really simple and happens to a lot of us Simple put, your water changes are just too small to keep nitrates down. 50-80% weekly is a better choice, I usually just drain until the fish are barely covered with water and refill. They’re such big waste producers the numbers can really climb quickly if you’re not removing the waste and the wastewater often enough. It’s not really a filter maturity issue either, but it CAN be a filter maintenance issue. How often are you knocking free all the debris in your filter media and pads? Sometimes canisters, in particular, can be a pain to clean and end up becoming nitrate factories as the broken down fish waste still keeps producing nitrate as it sits in there. Please don’t feel badly - I am VERY careful with these things and ended up with a tropical tank last week with nitrates well over 100 ppms. One fish died and everyone else was acting totally normal. The issue was the same - I’d been doing water changes that were too small for the actual waste level and not testing my water often enough to catch it. So I have upped the frequency and water change volume, along with thoroughly knocking the poop from their sponge, and the rate is now down around 10 ppms, which is where we want it to stay once it is above 20 ppms it is time for filter maintenance and a big water change, that’s a good, safe guideline.
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