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  1. By the way- some of the worst junk is found in the Tetra min products- a simple rule of thumb is- if they list any type of "meal" as the first listing (highest percentage) don't waste your time with the product- Omega and Hikari seem to be at the top of good fish food- really look at the labels and also, be careful of the high Fat contents. Eric
  2. Constipation is usually to be caught early - in that the fish actys wierd at the onset- if he does not poop do not wait- add some epsom salts- I believe 1/2 teaspoon per 5 gallon was the recommendation and take a 1/2 pea - make a slit on the inside, and take one- one crystal of medium size and place in the slit - allow the crystal to melt in the half pea for a couple of minutes after you push the incision closed- - if you can feed directly- do this once in the morning and in the evening- but I doubt you will have to wait by the evenming for something to come out- - then have him on a primary of peas and veggie chips- with some tubliflex worms- the veggies push things thru the system pretty fast and they will need some protein on the way to recovery. Eric
  3. 2601angela

    Pellets

    I just put the food in different locations of tank. So everybody can get their share easily. (not in the dish though) Actually - why do you place it in a dish? one of the great things about Goldies- is that they are serious rooters. In my case the bottom of my tank has stone just larger than his mouth - I have heard to many horror stories about stuck stones- the suction they can develop is amazing. - but where I feed them in the front of the tank the area is no deeper than one stone in depth then they reach glass- that way - the dominant one is rooting like the rest of them- and cannot be in more than one place at one time- - and by rooting they get exercise and keep the tank clean- and it makes an area easy to vacuum quickly when needed- Kind of a party time for each dinner- or Easter egg hunt- - and of course to presoften is the best- in case you may have some good food but it floats- I find if you give it a once grind in a pill crusher it breaks the pellets in two- and exposes the inner part- for some reason the outer surfaces of most of the floating pellets- when it is broken - soak fast and become sinkers. It is a great was to increase the variety of fod you offer and find some lower fat content food. Eric
  4. Actually, in fact- the ammonia - a portion of it does gassify if you have a well aerated tank. Eric
  5. Mine do this every time. They also like to swim against the current of the filter outlets for some reason. I guess it's good exercise for them.. AHHHH the specialities of owning the Gold. Yes they love the freshness- in fact - since punch was young- I actually fed him in the waterrfall- a small one where the food was forced down - enough for him to learn to catch it before it got to the bottom- even with their limited eyesight- he prefers to be fed there- I believe the bubbles and water movememt feels good on their skin - take a look at my video - where light touch to the undersurface of the chin and belly area gives them great satisfaction. These creatures have more sensitivity than we give them credit for. Eric
  6. ONe note - The nitrate levekl is not the issue here- that is the wrong indicator to go by in that it is one of the safer- toins- if you have 0 indicator for nitrates that could always suggest the possibility that the Ammonia is not being broken down properly by the bacteria inside the tank. Use the Nitrate level as an indicator of how well your "bio" filter is working. a little Nitrate is good for your tank- and at low concentrations will not harm your pet. I find the best gauge sor my tank is a little rock in my tank that always is the first place alge turns upo- the alge start growth at different levels of nitrate - I find it best to always see a little alge on that rock- as long as the snails have not gotten to it LOL. in fact - changing the water to often- depending on how you are changing it - the process- can shock a fish and send him on the spiral downward. Eric
  7. LOL an attack goldfish..Grrrr....Beware LOL Yes! especially - if you watch the video- he sets himself up in my hand - swimming up against the inside of my hand awaiting his massage- if I ignore him all22 breaks loose. I found out where the teeth in a goldfish are LOL Eric
  8. I know that they get very attached to each other. I nearly lost my part oranda Buddy, when I lost my fullbred oranda Patches a few months ago. I had just introduced two new fish into the tank, Amigo a blue oranda, and Bubbles a black moore. Bubbles and Amigo didn't seem as sad, and they seemed like they were trying to comfort Buddy. They stayed right by him, and very nearly under his front fins almost all the time until he started eating normally again. after submitting a "research " piece and the enclosed video I have no doubt that they have the basic senses like you and I and, in their own way like elephants who are now known to grieve for a lost fellow, I am sure that these feelings are deeper than we can imagine, simply on a seperate plane of communication
  9. ad this while you are tyuping - and you are right - they play
  10. I concur- a special fish- besides some of the best new breeds were mistakes- although it was not mentioned- speaking of getting fat- a real wake up call can be heard after looking at some of the food ingredients- - by the way are you feeding her high fat food? I was really suprised at some of the junk that they try to pass for fish food.
  11. It is totally impossible to kid proof the environment- now I know how a parent feels- scales take a22 of a long time to grow back. My "Punch" is up bright and early every morning to catch the reeflection just right to battle the dark Orlando Knight ( his reflection) so that he may save us as well as the world. So intense as he is- uintil the reflection subsides he will not even stop to eat - now that is serious fighting- He gives me that look like " cant you see I am protecting our home?" Eric
  12. That is an important point that I keep myself aware of. fortunately; his coat is actuially ratrher thick and i keep odff the pressure, especially when running my finger down the sensory nodes on the sides. . I was also actually planniong on getting a uv light for the hands and such- because he is always battling the other fish (reflection) to save the world and always gets some sort of battle damage no matter how much kid proof you do. He is pretty fearless for being his size lol
  13. This is a link to a video of an advancement into the area of communication and intelligence - feeling pain and pleasure, and their ability to communicate across fish to man, This area- for fish- is grey at best. the link is The fish is "Punch". What you will see is not trick photography or illusion by computer mastery. Since we first aquired Punch; I have made every attempt not to scare, accidentially hit - or startle. In working on Punche's tank one day Punch came right up against my hand and starts an intermittant high speed vibration similar to the vibration from electric hair clippers. Contact was made. Since then ; I have come to some fundamental understanding that fish, in fact, "feel"; both as pleasure and of pain, and that of actual affection and their ability to show a sense of common-bonding with a animal unlike itself. The trust is so real that - often- in positioning him to- say- scratch his chin- which he loves- I need to flip him around end for end- which he simply goes into a mode of total relaxation and allows my efforts. If you look close when I am holding him and scratching his chin; you will see that my thumb is not touching the body. It is long past that he has learned that a few simple movements of his tail gives him instant release. Now; the flicks of the tail,. I have found, are not for escapoing, but for repositioning himself. In fact; as he is being "massaged, he actually allows part of his red crown to move up and cover most of his eye, as if in signifying his trust and confidence that no harm will come of him. When swimming around my hand- especially the back of the hand, he comes up against my hand and gives spitts of vibrations. I am confident these are a form of affection and acceptance. I have tested how far I may go with his trust. While in a "sleep coma" I inserted my hand into the tank and gently placed my hand around his body. Normal reactions for most fish would be a dart for the other side of the tank. However; he simply stays in my hand as he comes out of the coma without regard to danger of any kind. So he is aware of the surroundings during sleep and ios clearly able to control his natural instinct to "flee" and escape. This was important to me in that it is a clearer understanding that they can control, if they desire, their natural reactions to certain situations, and have a sense of being. This experience, over time, gives me serious belief that fish have feeling and, in their own standards, have a unique intelligence which, as in my case, they are capable of communicating their desires and "feelings" as well, and are able to "bond" with fish, of course, but humans as well; that has yet to be explored. Understand; what you see in the video is just a small part of the play time. I assure you; I tire out before he wishes to finish or shows any sign of being over the contact and communication. This needs to be better understood. Eric This post has been promoted to an article
  14. This is a link to a video of an advancement into the area of communication and intelligence - feeling pain and pleasure, and their ability to communicate across fish to man, This area- for fish- is grey at best. the link is The fish is "Punch". What you will see is not trick photography or illusion by computer mastery. Since we first acquired Punch; I have made every attempt not to scare, accidentally hit - or startle. In working on Punche's tank one day Punch came right up against my hand and starts an intermittent high speed vibration similar to the vibration from electric hair clippers. Contact was made. Since then ; I have come to some fundamental understanding that fish, in fact, "feel"; both as pleasure and of pain, and that of actual affection and their ability to show a sense of common-bonding with a animal unlike itself. The trust is so real that - often- in positioning him to- say- scratch his chin- which he loves- I need to flip him around end for end- which he simply goes into a mode of total relaxation and allows my efforts. If you look close when I am holding him and scratching his chin; you will see that my thumb is not touching the body. It is long past that he has learned that a few simple movements of his tail gives him instant release. Now; the flicks of the tail,. I have found, are not for escapoing, but for repositioning himself. In fact; as he is being "massaged, he actually allows part of his red crown to move up and cover most of his eye, as if in signifying his trust and confidence that no harm will come of him. When swimming around my hand- especially the back of the hand, he comes up against my hand and gives spitts of vibrations. I am confident these are a form of affection and acceptance. I have tested how far I may go with his trust. While in a "sleep coma" I inserted my hand into the tank and gently placed my hand around his body. Normal reactions for most fish would be a dart for the other side of the tank. However; he simply stays in my hand as he comes out of the coma without regard to danger of any kind. So he is aware of the surroundings during sleep and ios clearly able to control his natural instinct to "flee" and escape. This was important to me in that it is a clearer understanding that they can control, if they desire, their natural reactions to certain situations, and have a sense of being. This experience, over time, gives me serious belief that fish have feeling and, in their own standards, have a unique intelligence which, as in my case, they are capable of communicating their desires and "feelings" as well, and are able to "bond" with fish, of course, but humans as well; that has yet to be explored. Understand; what you see in the video is just a small part of the play time. I assure you; I tire out before he wishes to finish or shows any sign of being over the contact and communication. This needs to be better understood. Eric
  15. i know some of my fish use to do stuff like play in the bubbles from my bubble disk... so i think they do play. but to answer your other question, i guess it depends on how you feed them. some people interact with their goldfish more than others. we have quite a few members here who can handfeed their goldies. i however am usually in so much of a rush, that after presoaking, i just feed them and watch them for a little bit then have to scamper off to finish work. but one thing i tend to do is i talk to my goldies when i feed them, and i also feed them pro-gold (which happens to be in a silver baggie) so i think they recognize the silver baggie and perhaps my voice. they usually know when the tank lid is being opened it's feeding time. i'm not sure if they necessarily know that it's me. it takes time for them to get to know you though, just like it takes time to get to know the personality of your goldie. YES so true about the bubbles - and YES they know you - they know you by sight- Mine will only play with me and not my other half- hoiwever our play is a little more advanced - you may enjoy seeing it Eric
  16. You have asked a loaded question- they will go far beyond that- all they need is the assurance that you will never harm them and they will do amazing things. this is my video location of my Oranda "playing" with me; I kid you not- and this can go on for hours- this was never forced- it simply happened one day whgen he started to come up against my hand in the tank and proceeded to do high intensity viobrations- now seen as some form of affection and acceptance. He is Punch. Eric
  17. you are absolutely correct in saying "lovely personality, very greedy (aren't they all?! ) but very inquisitive and great fun too." Great Pics. yes - just be careful not to spoil them as I have done "Punch". This fish desires constant human attention and refuses to allow me to manipulate plants or anything without being massaged- so I distract him while my other half does the maint. You have never seen an Oranda angry at being ignored when trying to fix thjings in the tank. They splash quite a lot . Hope they come out of quarintine well- remember the "pea a day to keep an Oranda happy " - no kidding.
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