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  1. It's a twenty long, and he's alone. I know he'd like some friends, but unfortunately, the tank is too small for more than one big common, IMHO. Funnily enough, the doc uses standard ten gallon tanks as his hospital tanks - but - well - they are hospital tanks. For a year now I've been trying to run a clean system like his, but it doesn't seem perfect yet. Thanks again for the comments!
  2. Thanks, everyone! Charlie is a Shubie/common cross, according to my vet. He got him from a pond owner who didn't want a mutt, and then gave him to me when Polycarp, my fantail, died. I don't know quite how old he is - he was, I think, less than a year old when I got him - but I've had him for about 2 years now. He's actually not as big as he ought to be because I stressed him out by underfeeding him when I first got him, and he's also been fighting persistent tail rot (for the full story on that, see my thread in the 'tanks' section). But he has grown a bit since I started feeding him properly, and is now about 5 inches long without the tail, and close to 8 or 9 inches with it. And I do think he's a pretty boy! (or girl - I really don't know which). He still gets red patches on his tail, and sometimes elsewhere, which worries me, but he's a very happy and friendly fish otherwise. Not really as tame as Gilbert was, but sweet, anyway. He eats from my hand every day.
  3. Here's the latest pic I have of Charlie Weasley goldfish; I thought I'd post it here because it's a cute pic, after all, though he's not really as beautiful as some of your fish - his poor tail is still ragged, even though the doc (and I ) think he's doing very well now. Anyway - here 's Charlie in April.
  4. If you can afford it, get a good petsitter and meet with them beforehand to show them exactly what you want them to do. This is what my sister and I did recently before our family vacation. Her catsitter agreed to look after all our fish as well, and she did a good job. As it was only two weeks, we managed with water changes just before we left and when we got back, but, if siphoning is too difficult, you could show your sitter how to dip water out of the tanks and replace it? Of course, have all the food and water ready for him/her before you leave. It worked beautifully - when I came home, Charlie was *not* underfed or stressed, as he had been when I went to Germany the previous year. HTH!
  5. I am worried that, after having been gone for so long, I somehow violated the rules of the board or stepped on someone's toes. If so, I am sorry. I did get the help I needed and I'd again like to thank everyone who answered. Mary
  6. Thanks for the welcome, jrartist and Alistair! I think I may pick up one or two of those big jugs, just to have some water on hand. And I won't keep the smaller plastic jugs for more than about 6 months without recycling. That should help - also because who wants to keep clean water in jugs that are *deteriorating*?! I haven't been around because I've been immersed in the Harry Potter fandom and work (and life) have also been very busy, but it's nice to be back! This is one of the two nicest communities I have found on the internet - by far. There's no place like Koko's.
  7. Thanks, all! Alistair, I live in a small 6th floor apartment, and have no garden - thus no garden hose, unfortunately. Daryl, I think I could get those jugs you're talking about (we have a water cooler at work), but they are still too big for me to lift easily when full. Maybe I could just keep a couple half-full? Would they be less likely to leak than the ordinary water jugs? (This is the second time I've had a gallon jug spring a leak on me, and I'm fed up.) I have prime, and do agree you don't have to age the water if you have a good conditioner, but I like to have a gallon or two of treated water on hand just in case. It seems like the big jugs might be the way to go, if they are sturdy enough and not too heavy - (Still thinking) Mary
  8. Hello everyone - I have been distracted by other things, *and* my fish have basically been doing fine (yay!), so I haven't been here in quite awhile. I do check in once in awhile, but just to read, not to post so much. Isn't it awful that I post a lot only when I have problems? Well, I had a new one the other day. I usually use old gallon jugs to store my water for changes, and one of these sprung a leak. There was water all over the place under my sink. Then, when I filled it again and set it on my counter to check whether it was really leaking, I destroyed my phone book. Stupid of me! So here's the question - is there a better way to store water for water changes? I do have a couple of five gallon buckets with lids, which I use when I'm siphoning water out of the tanks, but I'm not strong enough to lift one of these things to pour the water back in. The gallon jugs are a perfect size for me. Of course, I could get a python, but that actually seems like overkill since I only have the twenty long that Charlie is in, plus my two little tanks/ bowls for the bettas. Everyone gets a water change every week, but it only amouts to about 7 gallons that I have to replace. Maybe I should get a python, anyway? I certainly don't want any more leaks! My fishies are Charlie, the little comet/shubie cross Dr. Tepper gave me (now about 4 1/2 inches long, and close to 8 inches with his tail), my betta Benvolio Bashir, who's in a two gallon with a filter, and Rubeus Hagrid betta, my sister's fish whom I'm baby sitting. He's in a gallon bowl and gets a complete change every week; the other betta gets a 50 percent change (roughly) and Charlie gets a 15 to 20 percent change. They are all doing quite well at the moment (knock on wood!) BTW, as I think I said, I never had any luck with the eclipse tanks for goldies, but Deirdre is using my old eclipse 6 as a small tropical tank. She has 6 white cloud mountain minnows in there, plus a mix of live and fake plants and the snails that came with the plants, and she's never had the slightest problem. I've come to think that understocked tanks plus healthy live plants and no parasites are the keys to healthy fish. But I do need to keep up with the water changes, and I do like to have prepared water ready - so how on earth should I store it?! I don't want any more leaks!
  9. Cutting glass - wacky idea; probably also expensive. But my local framing stores cut glass for non-standard picture frames. Maybe you can get it done at a place like that (Corners is good, if you have one)?
  10. I agree with you, Deniss. My fish got sick when I was on a ten day vacation and the feeder stopped working. Going entirely without food for that length of time can really stress young fish. But you do have to make sure you do a big water change before you go and that you feed a bit less than usual during the time you're gone. And do not get those plaster feeders! A battery operated one is best. Just my two cents - (I use a fishmate for my trips, and it's been generally good.)
  11. Here's a new pic of Charlie as of this weekend. I sent this one to the doc, and he thinks the little fish looks great, even though the nitrates are still higher than I'd like - I've been doing more frequent water changes to keep them down. Anyway, Charlie's still a happy little guy. Here he is:
  12. Actually, I think it would. These are not bad hood/filter combos at all, and I think you might well do fine with a little extra filtration, provided the current weren't too strong. The real problem with these hoods, I've found, isn't so much the filtration - they do turn over the water pretty well, and handle the major parts of the nitrogen cycle quite well - but the low lights. I never succeeded in growing plants in one of these tanks. My sister is having a better experience in my eclipse 6; she's got a blooming anubias. But live plants can really help with goldies - only, unfortunately, goldies are really hard on the plants. I would give it a try. Get a small extra filter for the dead spots that might arise and a few hardy low light plants. It might work out really well if you get the plants well established before you put in your fish. Let us know how you do! With the extra filtration, I think you might do better with the orandas, because the current won't bother them as much. Good luck!
  13. I'm chiming in here to second what everyone else has said - I used Eclipse hoods exclusively for my first four years of goldfish keeping, and, though they are nice hoods in many ways (and, except for my last eclipse 3, which I've just passed on to another member, and which had a flickering lightbullb, I've never had a quality/maintenance problem), they are not right for goldies. Excellent for a tropical tank, but they just don't have enough or the right kind of filtration for goldies. It seems to me the nano system might be better because it offers two types of filters, if I remember correctly, and the lighting is much better than in the Eclipse hoods, which will help if you want to grow live plants. I'm now using a plant filter, while my sister has a thriving anubias in her eclipse (trop) tank, and plant filters, or at least a few healthy plants, will be a huge help. I'm sorry I can't say more because I haven't used that particular system. I hope you hear from someone who has.
  14. it's been awhile, so I wanted to give an update. I'd say Charlie and I are both very happy right now. The coleus has taken off and now needs trimming, and the fish is growing; so, at last, is his tail! He really enjoys getting his regular meals. One thing I've noticed is that this is the *first* tank setup I ever had that has never had a swampy smell. The water now smells absolutely clean all the time. And I don't ever have to turn off the filter, even when changing out water from the main tank - I only turn it off when doing a slighly larger change and cleaning the pump, about once every 6 weeks. So my maintenance time is way down, too. Tricky things: the doc warned me I would have to keep an eye on pH, since the plant might draw a lot of the minerals from the water. The pH does drop as time goes on, which is why I replace about 15 percent of the water in the main tank every week. I've also got to keep an eye on the nitrates - another reason for the water changes. This setup would also do best in filtered natural light, which is what the doc uses. The grow light I put in my crane neck clip on lamp, though an improvement over the incandescent bulb, isn't ideal. I'm still trying to figure out the lighting. But otherwise - I've got to say that this is the very first time I've enjoyed a goldfish tank without being worried about one thing or another. The setup isn't perfect as I've got it (as I said, the light's not good; the plant isn't quite vigourous enough yet to keep up with Charlie's mess; and it's ugly!), but it is so nice to have something that's cheap, quiet and efficient - and, at last, to have a healthy fish. (Knock on wood ) I'll be posting a couple of new pics in a week or two.
  15. That is a cool article, isn't it? I am pretty sure I did link to it earlier because my vet - Dr. Tepper - is quoted in it. Part of the preventative medicine he's working on is the land plant filtration system on Charlie's tank. He's very happy with how that's going so far, and I have to say I am too. But spaying a fish? Wow! It might not be a bad idea if I had a larger tank, and if my fish were big enough to tolerate the surgery, honestly, but I'm glad I have no need for that procedure yet!
  16. What cute, chubby little babies! And I love their coloration, too.
  17. It's a 20 long, fishcrazy - 30 inches by 12 by 12, and about as big as I can cope with. That's why I only have the one little fish in there, though I am sure he (or she! I chose a unisex name) would like a friend. I think the 10 gallon rule is a huge help to beginners, and I still consider myself a beginner; I wanted to be sure this little guy had plenty of room to grow. Actually, a very helpful gentleman in our LFS thought my tank was too small for a common or comet! But the vet thought it would be okay, and it has been, so far- (p.s. The length I gave is body length only; his tail is nearly as long again. So he's close to 8 inches with the tail.)
  18. Thanks, everyone! Charlie's a mutt - a common/shubie cross someone didn't want in their pond, so my vet gave him to me after my fantail Polycarp died unexpectedly. I've had him about 16 months now, and he's a bit over 4 inches long - I'm sure he would have been bigger, with even more beautiful fins, but it turned out I was seriously underfeeding him when I first got him. Poor little guy! But he seems to be doing well now (fingers crossed)
  19. Hi - it's been awhile since I posted, and I've been trying to get a good pic of Charlie's tail (which has grown a lot) for the vet. Ended up with one cute picture, so I thiought I would post it here, and perhaps crosspost it to the tanks section. Anyway, here's Charlie Weasley Goldfish, as of two days ago-
  20. Jason's really cute, and I love his name (I also like the Mets, and love the Red Sox). Hope he and his new pals are still doing well.
  21. here's three - the coleus in the pondtoon.
  22. Thanks for the Texas A&M link; that was fascinating! And yes, the doc does seem to be trying for a mini version of that. As I said before, in some ways, these are *really* old-fashioned filters. But, since the impatiens died, I've gotten a better look at how they are put together. Doc Tepper sent me the planting cubes he uses for his cuttings, suggested I use a coleus (sp?), and gave me instructions. You actually can replace plants in these things, but the filtration will obviously suffer until the new plant gets itself rooted, and it hasnt' quite done so yet. It's been in there just under a week. Here are some pics: The first is of the planting cubes. The second is a coleus cutting in one of the cubes. The third is the cube in the pond-toon. (note - don't have room enough for the third one, so it follows below)
  23. Dengudam, it's not always safe to combine meds with salt. And you must cure the ich first. So I'd recommended continuing the salt treatment and also getting a medicated food in case your goldies have secondary bacterial infections. If you can't wait to get medigold from the goldfish connection (www.goldfishconnection.com), Jungle sells medicated food that may help. Mixing meds in the water isn't a good idea, though. Good luck!
  24. I found the measurement on another thread. CaptK and a few others say I should have said 3 teaspoons per gallon for an 0.3 percent solution. So you should put in about 1 tablespoon for every five gallons. Then the same again 12 hours later, and then the same again 12 hours after that. HTH!
  25. Ouch! the ich would explain both the bottom sitting and the shredded fins, and it can be very dangerous if it isn't treated quickly. Ordinary aquarium or kosher salt will kill ich, however. It's been such a while since I salted any of my tanks that I can't remember the exact proportions, but will try to find them for you - they are listed on this site. You want to get an 0.3 percent salt solution in there over the course of 24 hours and then leave it in for several days. It can take a week or more for the ich to clear completely. Make sure you have salt without additives of any kind, a clean, never-used measuring spoon, and a clean container for mixing. Take some tank water, put it in your cup/small bucket, and stir the salt into it, then pour back into the tank. Start with a teaspoon of salt for every five gallons - it will seem like a lot, but it isn't. You are going to triple this amount - add another teaspoon for every five gallons 12 hours later, and then do the same again 12 hours later. You'll have to take out any live plants that are sensitive to salt while you're doing this. Definitely start with the one teaspoon for every 5 gallons (6 teaspoons for your 30 gallon tank), and I will look up the exact measurements. Will get back to you with these.
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