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  1. This tank will be in the living room so I wanted to do a little aquascapeing and I really wanted to have the sandy bottom (maybe I will also try to plant some Vallisneria or a red tiger lotus (I know I know its probably a lost case with goldfish in but I have managed to keep a couple of planted tanks for a while so I thought I might try again). Also to note - as a aquascaper myself, goldfish will pick/tear/eat plants. They will do this with love of course, lol, but it is very common for them to "taste" everything or just rip things out for fun. yeah i know, but goldfish look so much better when there are a few plants around. I have found that once established, goldfish have little power on large variants of Anubias and if you keep them happy and well fed they wont bother elodea densa either. I am currently trying some valisneria but they pulled it before it could establish some roots but did not seem to be interested in eating it. I suspect that if I give some time for the valisneria to establish and then I introduce the goldfish, it should be able to withstand them.
  2. Also, if I decide to go for a large cannister filter like the Fluval FX5, do you think I can connect 2 inlets to it (Ie add a Y to its inlet port)? I have never worked with a cannister but I hear they are really good in providing mechanical and biological filtration and are very easy to maintain.
  3. Yes, I agree, I will need to be very careful not to create too much current as fancy goldfish really dont appreciate that To be honest all my current setups are gravel free or only a very thin layer. Any plants I have planted and planted inside a pot which is hidden behind a piece of wood. Thanks for the suggestions.
  4. This tank will be in the living room so I wanted to do a little aquascapeing and I really wanted to have the sandy bottom (maybe I will also try to plant some Vallisneria or a red tiger lotus (I know I know its probably a lost case with goldfish in but I have managed to keep a couple of planted tanks for a while so I thought I might try again).
  5. I am thinking about a new tank.. a 100+ gallon approximately 120cm long x 60cm wide x 75cm high tank with a large piece of drift and Anubias and black sand for the bottom. The tank will be for adult Orandas. The location, size and the fact it will have a sand bottom will make it a little difficult for me to be able to make regular siphoning of the bottom so I would like to design a filtering system which will be able to suck in the waste, reducing the amount of decaying waste in the bottom. The filtering system I was thinking about was a sump filter, reasons being that it adds a useful amount of water to the system and it is easy to clean. Also holds a huge amount of bacteria and I will be able to place some nitrate-sucking plants as well. The pump will be around 3000lph. I was also thinking to put multiple inlets for the tank(3 or 4) on opposite sides of the aquarium and will use a fan (like the ones used in marine setups) to push debris towards the inlets. I will put sponge prefilters on the inlets due to the sand. I also need to think ahead since there is a chance in the future that this will become an Oscar tank so I want the best filtration available, although Goldfish themselves are heavy waste makers and require basically the same amount of filtration (per fish size). Do you think this is a reasonable set up? Thanks a lot!!! Mark
  6. hi, thanks for the posts. Sakura - are those your fish in the banner? They are really nice!!! lionchu, i had stopped medicating. I just had to make sure it was nothing I could help her with, but after 7-8months, as you said, she would have died. All dropsy cases usually take days, maybe weeks not months until the fish succumbs. regarding babies, no, I left everything to nature so all i had a huge caviar buffet party. Unfortunately all my growing tanks are outside and at 5-15 degrees celcius it is still too cold to grow baby orandas... so I did not bother to collect the eggs.
  7. Hi, Just to let you know my lionhead oranda does not have raised scales any more. Obviously it had nothing to do with my water quality or stocking levels. All went well after they spawned again about a week ago. She had been injured and a lot of scales were missing from the side (probably she bumped into the wood while spawning - need to address that!!!). Anyway I am assuming two things could had been contributing to my Oranda having raised scales: 1. All of eggs inside of her which needed to clear. 2. Previous injury (possibly during spawning) made her scales look raised. Now that the old scales are gone and have regrown into beautiful scales.
  8. since they are fantails, if they are older than two years, you should see a difference if you look from above. The male should be much slimmer. Also the pectorial fin in a male is slightly more pointed most of the time. By the way, no method is 100%. I have a mature male who does not even have one pimple, not even during spawning time! I also have a female who likes to chase around others, especially during feeding! I am however sure of their sex sine I have seen them spawn. What I am sure of is that it is basically impossible to determine the sex of a fish which is not old enough to breed. Also most of the methods help you to distinguish the sex between a number of fish by comparing each other rather than from looking at a single specimen, unless you are really experienced.
  9. ok, water change done.. changed 50% of the water using the water from my pond (very lightly stocked and 0 nitrates) and tap water to bring down the nitrates to about 15-20.
  10. no, no salt. I will double water changes, Ie do water changes twice a week. Problem is that I have a bit of nitrates in the tap water. I try to keep it low by keeping plants but being a goldfish tank, its hard to keep a lot of plants hehe. I also use a a type of absorbent once a while which absorbs nitrates (maybe once every month or so. anyway, I am hoping the weather warms up soon so they can go outside. During spring and summer most of my orandas go in an outside pond where nitrates are zero due to algae growth.
  11. HI just an update... my goldfish still looks exactly the same. still swims and eats normally and still holds her fin up high. I reduced the number of fish inside the tank maybe it could help and gradually removed the salt from the tank. I am also posting a new params table since its been a while... [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level?0 [*]Nitrite Level?0 [*]Nitrate level?40 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?PH 7.2 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)?PH7.2 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? tetra strips, apart from nitrates which are drops [*]Water temperature? 18degrees celcius [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 170liters, been a couple of years running [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? filter diy multi chamber, which is part of the aquarium it self. Pump is a 1200lt/hr. Filter material includes biohome, lava and ceramics. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 20-30% [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 3-6inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? tetra aquasafe [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? selection of top quality sinking pellets from Tetra and Tropica, twice a day, whatever they eat in a couple of minutes. starving day once a week. [*]Any new fish added to the tank?no [*]Any medications added to the tank?no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?one oranda has fins slightly raised, been like this for months. never seen a difference. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?all looks normal Treatments I have tried so far are dips in garlic and epsom salts for 30 mins for 3 days to confirm no bacterial infection or excess fluid. I tried medicated food. I also passed it through a course of anti internal bacteria and anti internal parasites (in a separate tank for a week). please tell me if you need an more information.
  12. If I may ask, how long has your Ryukin been like this? My Oranda has been like that for as long as I have had at her, about 6 months ago which led me to believe it must be normal for her to be like that. She is also very active, and never had boiancy issues or loss of appetite... the thing that led me to research some more is pure curiosity and the fact that some times she has thin long milky-white poo. Regarding the medicated food - it is atrociously hard to get hold of that from where I live - do you think if I soak the food in some antibiotics for an hour or so, it would be (almost) the same? I have some anti-bacteria/fungus medicine which comes in a sort of thick liquid and you dose using a pipette. Im sure I can soak the food in a little bit of the solution.
  13. HI, I have found an article stating that what my goldfish has is too many eggs in her which could lead to serious infection. (not sure if I can post the source article location). I think this could be the reason why my goldfish has risen scales. I will try with another garlic treatment and then move to a green tea treatment, which is said to help in these cases. I will also be using Epsom salt in case of constipation and/or retained fluids. All the above medication will be given as 15-30min baths. 2 baths of garlic + Epsom Salt and then 2 baths of green tea, see if that will help my Oranda. Will keep this thread updated. Any opinions, please post as I really need some help with this, and to confirm if I am doing the right process. Thanks, Mark
  14. hi, I managed to get a better picture... http://lh5.ggpht.com/_s9niZJxuUrk/TUBnkMK0-8I/AAAAAAAAACg/fdCN4XL1Irs/s640/raisedscales.JPG One can see slightly raised scales on your left hand side looking at the fish. It is only on that side that she has the raised scales. This goldfish also sometimes has long, thin, milky, white poo, as you can see from this photo. Can this white poo be related to breeding/re-absorbing the eggs? Would appreciate any opinions about her condition. Many many thanks in advance.
  15. By the way, not sure if this is of relevance but the aquarium is their winter accommodation (about 4-5 months a year). During the summer they play around in an 800liter outdoor tank.
  16. Hi all, Managed to take her out of the water for a photo shoot...Unfortunately I dont have the sharpest camera in the world: will try to borrow a friends camera but for now this is the best I managed: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_s9niZJxuUrk/TT_0VnSgTaI/AAAAAAAAACM/K-WodqQ95wQ/s640/2011-01-24%2017.54.18.jpg Thanks in advance Mark
  17. Thanks a lot for your replies!! yes, there has been no change in the condition of her scales, since i got it about 6 months ago. I have had that amount of salt for ever hehe.. the other two big orandas have been with me for about 2 years now. To be honest, I dont think they are over stocked. Remember these are small Orandas... when they grow bigger I will obviously upgrade their tank. I will try to take a better picture from above. I have a quarantine tank so medication will not be a problem. I have also used epsom salts for this oranda in a bid to relieve her from any excessive fluids she might have have but still nothing. Has anyone had any experience with dropsy which takes so long? I know dropsy is not the disease but rather a symptom but every time I have seen it, it only took a maximum of a few weeks (more like a few days!) from when the symptom is visible to when the fish dies.
  18. thanks for the reply.. I forgot to paste the link (silly me!!)
  19. I forgot to mention a couple of details regarding this tank, it has been set up about 2 years ago. Temperature is currently 18 degrees celcius but that is the minimum it will ever go (i have a heater in case water drops below the 17 degrees line). Ph is about 8. I use tetra strips for most of the tests, apart from ammonia and nitrates for which I use droplets. I keep a little salt in the tank - 1 table spoon for 80liters of water. Plants inside the tank are mainly anubias and elodea densa and some moss balls. Also, unfortunately I have had my fair experience with goldfish disease, worst of which by far is dropsy which I know is high contagious and will wipe out a whole tank in a few days. So, I know this is not the usual dropsy which makes the fish very letargic and look like a pineapple in a day, and dies a couple of days later!
  20. HI all, Im pretty new in this forum but have been looking at some of the threads here and seem really interesting. I have been a goldfish keeper for the past 6 years, keeping mostly lionhead orandas and Shubankin. I have a question about one of my orandas. I have been given this oranda about six months ago. It is about 5 inches big, and a real beauty. The problem is that since I have had it, if you look closely the scales are not smooth as they should but a little raised. As I said its been like this since I got it about 6 months ago. Fearing a parasite or bacterial problem she went through salt dips, anti-parasite treatment and anti bacterial treatment, including garlic dips. All treatments were carried out as baths with a higher-than-usual dose of medication/salt/garlic, for a few minutes for a few days. She spent about a month in quarantine because of this but as I saw that it did not get worst and behavior is very normal i decided it may join the others in the main tank. If it may help, it is a female as she has spawned a couple times inside the tank. Following is a recent video of my tank. Sorry for the crappy quality though The oranda in question is the red with whole white fins. Main tank is about 160liters, and there are currently 5 Orandas. Filtration is a diy multi chamber fed by a 1200lt/hr pump + air pump. Ammonia and nitrites are always zero and nitrates are kept in check, max at 40ppm. Water changes are carried out weekly, changing about 30%. As for diet I feed a selection of high quality sinking pellets together with the occasional daphnia feast and freshly boiled green vegetables. Orandas in this tank seem very happy as they have been spawning every month for the past 4 months! They sometimes look a bit constipated (as normal with orandas) but never had stability/boiancy issues (only constipation diagnosis was just long poo). My question is, could these raised scales be some sort of defect, or the result of a previous infection which is now cured? As I stressed I never saw a change in condition of her scales. Behavior she is very active. Thanks a lot. Mark
  21. HI all, Im pretty new in this forum but have been looking at some of the threads here and seem really interesting. I have been a goldfish keeper for the past 6 years, keeping mostly lionhead orandas and Shubankin. I have a question about one of my orandas. I have been given this oranda about six months ago. It is about 5 inches big, and a real beauty. The problem is that since I have had it, if you look closely the scales are not smooth as they should but a little raised. As I said its been like this since I got it about 6 months ago. Fearing a parasite or bacterial problem she went through salt dips, anti-parasite treatment and anti bacterial treatment, including garlic dips. All treatments were carried out as baths with a higher-than-usual dose of medication/salt/garlic, for a few minutes for a few days. She spent about a month in quarantine because of this but as I saw that it did not get worst and behavior is very normal i decided it may join the others in the main tank. If it may help, it is a female as she has spawned a couple times inside the tank. Following is a recent video of my tank. Sorry for the crappy quality though The oranda in question is the red with whole white fins. Main tank is about 160liters, and there are currently 5 Orandas. Filtration is a diy multi chamber fed by a 1200lt/hr pump + air pump. Ammonia and nitrites are always zero and nitrates are kept in check, max at 40ppm. Water changes are carried out weekly, changing about 30%. As for diet I feed a selection of high quality sinking pellets together with the occasional daphnia feast and freshly boiled green vegetables. Orandas in this tank seem very happy as they have been spawning every month for the past 4 months! Thanks a lot. Mark
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