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  1. When I saw your fish I actually gasped. So adorable! One of the very cutest fish I've seen here
  2. Thanks for the compliments everyone. I actually paid 6 dollars for Beasley as someone turned her into the store as a donation. They couldn't keep their water quality good because they had her and a large ryukin in a 10 gallon together. Of course I bought her for cheap and just love her! Trinket, Chub Chub is my favorite too
  3. Most all of my new fish are out of QT and in the 180 and I decided to take pics of them tonight (and some that are still in QT) My tank cycled really fast, I guess I still had some bacteria left in my tank afterall. I am still watching the water closely of course but everyone is doing well - hope it stays that way Here's the pics! - Winslow, he's one of the few fish left from before I broke down the tank. When I first got him he was about half black, now just a few spots - Tootsie the pearlscale and Cakey the ryukin - currently nameless oranda - Orson! For some reason he's been growing really rapidly, faster than any fish I have/have had in the past. Same food, etc. Sorta weird - Thoreu, the oranda - Jellybeans! His eye looks damaged here but it is just the picture Chub Chub and clifford still in QT Chub Chub again Beasley still in her QT Beasley again Most of the guys and girls in the 180 Another shot.
  4. I had the same problem in my 180 gallon and had to remove my gold dojos. I have read elsewhere on the site that they will pester goldfish if their school is not large enough. I didn't want to risk having more loaches nibbling on my goldies and chasing them around so never tried increasing their numbers. Maybe worth a shot?
  5. Thanks for the responses everyone, I installed a second scarecrow but I haven't seen the heron in quite awhile! I guess maybe they migrate south for the winter? Anyway, I know it's a matter of time until the same one or a different one shows up again. I think I will invest in a net, unslightly as they can be (anyone have any ideas how to minimize the asthetic impact of it?) and Maceo interesting idea with a Halloween decoration, they always startle me,why not a heron? :-D Fish Man... I know that animals can be very frustrating but I don't condone the way you are treating that poor cat. Maybe try a spray deterent or something a little more humane ? I'm not a bleeding heart but one has to consider the cats' welfare.
  6. Oh he's just adorable! So fat and good wen!
  7. Glad you're taking them in! What a sad alternative. Post pictures when you get them, naturally!
  8. Hey, cool background! It looks very nice - If I tried to do that it would look horrible LoL! Your fish have great color, too. Must be fed well
  9. Aww, Elaine is so cute! I also have a fish who lays on his side and cannot swim at all (Bismark the gold Ranchu) He is a great fish- I pick him up , put flakes in the water, and move him around so he can eat them. He is not afraid or shy at all, he's probably the nicest fish I have. I am glad that Elaine has an owner who cares about her, and another goldfish friend
  10. Thanks again for the kind words everyone He continues to do well . I've liked quite a few of the suggested names but can't decide on one for sure! Soon I hope I can pick one. I am going to try to get more pictures of the fish, I'd like to get one of him swimming around to show how his fins splay out but I have a really hard time taking photos. Jen, I will PM you! I am actually pretty close to Seattle
  11. In my opinion nothing is better than a couple of Aquaclear 110's. I have 3 on my 180 gallon and love them
  12. Thank you kristi I feel lucky that his fins weren't damaged during shipping/from the stress.
  13. After seeing a thread that linked to this guy on the Dandy Oranda auction, my BF decided we had to have him and bought him immediately. He is doing very very well, eats like a little piggy and the reddening in his fins from shipping is going away nicely. I have never even seen a phoenix ranchu in real life before and I am very excited to have this fish! He is male, and I am having a hard time naming him. Suggestions are appreciated.
  14. Thanks very much everyone Oliver, Even though the tank has heavy filtration the gravel still traps a lot of waste. It never makes the water parameters bad but it is a lot to have to clean. A lot of people have bare bottom tanks with plants individually potted. I am sure someone will post with photos/info about them. I would think that it would be harder for the plants to get the nutrients they needed, but who knows? Nickie73, any info I find on choosing good UV sterilizers I will share with you! Here is an interesting site I found about choosing a good wattage, for killing algae/bacteria and for killing parasites. http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/general...eral_pagesid=21 It is a saltwater website but from what I can tell it's all pretty standard.
  15. What a kind thing for you to do I am glad they have a home now where they will be properly cared for.
  16. Reading this made me smile What cuties! I have seen a pair of goldfish like this before. Two quite large commons came into my store as "donations"and would never leave eachothers side, shared their food,etc. Luckily my manager is a caring person and we immediately marked them as a pair that had to be sold together or not at all. Happy ending, they were sold together to a pond. I really wish I had brought them home now. You're lucky to have so many personable and unique fish, lol! (By the way, naming them after the characters on Gilligans' Island is very cool )
  17. Thanks again everyone Hopefully the fish can stay healthier now. I am going to outfit the tank with a good UV sterilizer as soon as my tank cycles. Does anyone have an opinion on a good brand, or know if a "clarifier" does the same job as a "sterilizer"?
  18. Thanks everyone When I came home from work today my boyfriend had a surprise for me- He installed blue LED lights! I am pretty excited about this. We are using them as moonlights. It is still pretty dark and very serene for the fish at night but I can see them all the time now. I was really happy when the regular lights turned off, the blue stayed on, and after a few minutes my kuhli loaches creeped out from behind the rocks. Maybe finally I will be able to get a good look at these guys
  19. Well, I totally broke down my 180 gallon tank yesterday (took about 8 hours total!) and scrubbed everything, including gravel and filters, with hot chlorinated water. I've had an issue with resistant bacteria and I wanted to kill it for good. There's only 5 goldies in there right now and I figured now was the time to do it, before my new ranchu and pearscales are out of QT. Anyway, I got about 30 plants yesterday night, gave them a 5 minute marine dip, and put everyone back in the tank. Today they are all looking great! Here's the new pics right side of the tank left side the whole tank. The plants need to fill in some but overall I am pleased. It was a lot of work but I think it was very important for the health of the fish. I will get more pics if I end up with more plants or change things up (which is likely
  20. Ranchugirl, thanks so much for the information! It came in useful earlier than I expected. My boyfriend saw that white phoenix ranchu from Dandy Orandas and decided we had to have it and bought it before he even said anything about it to me. He came in today. I opened his bag, took a pH reading, used pH down in a 5 gallon bucket of water from his QT tank, and switched him over in a matter of minutes. He is doing just fantastic and we are dripping him for the pH difference. This is working out much better (judging by his condition vs. the ones I got on the 17th) and I am quite excited about this. But no more until the QT tanks are free! I do waterchanges every other day and now have no more room for new additions. Eric, I am not using the hydrogen peroxide this time because the fish all seem to be doing A-okay including the new fish we got in today. Interesting about the gravel... I've considered this but there's no problems whatsoever in my pond and I haven't had an ill koi since we set it up (over a year now) however, today is the day. Since I only have 5 goldfish (4 'chu, 1 Ryukin) 3 kuhli loaches, and 2 catfish in the 180 gallon tank, I am nuking it. The fish seem to be healthy in QT and I want to be sure I am not putting them ito an environment that will get them sick when it is time for them to go into the tank (their 1200 gallon pond is almost done but we aren't putting them in until next year- don't want any temperature problems) And by nuking it I mean everything. I am taking out the filters, draining all the water, and rinsing all the gravel in hot chlorinated water. in the ~month it takes it to get it cycled, the fish will be out of QT and everything should be okay. I think I will be able to keep a handle on the parameters since it is such a large tank with only smallish fish. if not, I have a cycled 55 gallon with a few cichlids I will take to my store and put in a tank there until the goldfish no longer need it and I can bring them back home. This is kind of a daunting job but exciting nonetheless. It will probably be stressful for my little guys but hey, I think it's a pick my poison type situation. It really has to be done. Wish me luck guys
  21. The bottom of the tank is natural river stone, the same as I used in my outdoor pond. We ordered literally tons of it and had some left over (and still do, heh!) Haven't had any problems with it in my pond or cichlid tank. It does seem to trap a lot of stuff, when I siphon the gravel there's a lot of junk in it, but I don't think it's causing the issue (unless it is harboring some weird pathogen) I am sure it is dropsy though I have nothing to go by but a visual diagnosis. The fish are all hanging in there and seem to be a little more active tonight (though it might have just been the excitement of a waterchange.)
  22. Lolafish, thanks for asking I did post pictures of the new cuties in the photo section. So far they are all still alive and seem to be making improvements everyday, though I worry about them! They seem to still be stressed even though I'm doing all I can. I made a different post concerning this in hopes to get lots of opinions on how long people have had to let their goldies rest and recover after such an ordeal. What do you think about it? I know you weren't asking me, but thought I'd tell you what I did with my aquaclears. What I've done is cut pieces of pond liner to fit under the media basket and then hang down into the water. That way none of the water splashes into the tank but instead follows the liner and hits the water virtually silently.
  23. I got 5 wonderful new fish on the 17th. 5 days later, even in perfect water quality, these guys seem to be somewhat stressed. They're certainly making improvements, but tend to kind of rest in one place and aren't very active (until feeding time. My largest new addition is already nibbling on my hands for treats, ) I do not believe they are ill in any way. They have good gills, no strange spots, poop looks pretty good, no lesions, etc. When they were shipped to me the water quality in the bag was really awful (ammonia 8+, pH just over 5) and one of them looked to be close to dead. Again, they are making improvement but I worry they might have suffered some long term/permanent damage. On the bright side the fish with some SBD problems is swimming much, much better! Their water quality is perfect now. Am I just being paranoid? How long does it usually take them to get their strength back? Thanks guys PS- so much for giving up the hobby, I guess. That didn't last long! I was completely fine with letting it go (or so I thought!) and these were a surprise gift from my boyfriend who very much wants me to keep up with the goldfish- he really wants us to breed them. These guys being apparently stressed out has ME stressed out!
  24. 12 gallons is not too small for saltwater period- small tanks are quite popular and if you modify the tank to have a good skimmer, put a beefy light on it and stock lightly they can do A-okay as a small zoanthid/paly tank with possibly a nano goby or something similar. Tolbert is right, Red Sea has come out with a nice one! It's called the Red Sea Max. If you are looking into an Aquapod or a biocube it's a good idea to remove all the carbon from its designated spot and replace it with a skimmer. A brand called Sapphire has come out with some really nice (though expensive) skimmers for all sizes of biocubes. If you want to do a reef I'd suggest getting one of these bad boys
  25. I just got fish from Kimmy Koi Art on Wednesday. I saw the ebay pictures of some of the fish that I got as a gift and mine look better in person than in the photos. They are nice people with good, healthy fish. I was also told these Ranchu are from southern China. Water params in the bag were a nightmare but I don't think it was their fault. Even if you decide against this fish, don't rule them out in the future.
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