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  1. Does anyone feed salmon to their goldfish???? A friend on another board recommended it and I tried it, but it left an oily film on the water. The fish absolutely LOVED it, but I'm not happy about the oil.

    Does anyone feed cooked salmon? Any worries about the oil in the fish? Salmon is a very oily fish, that's why it's so good for you, but I'm concerned about the health of the fish with that oil in the pond.....

  2. Jewels, if your temperatures don't go way down -- if you don't get ice on the pond, or are in danger of having the pond freeze solid, then you can leave your fish in the pond all year. You're in Florida, so I wouldn't worry...... The netting is a great idea to keep critters out and keep your fish safe.

    Do you have hiding tunnels in your pond? I have big tunnels in the pond and when there's danger, they swim into the tunnels for safety.

  3. Hi CG, Congratulations on your pond...... It sounds nice. First of all, where do you live? The climate in your area determines whether or not you'll have to bring the fish indoors for the winter.

    Most of us with severe winter weather buy a stock tank de-icer and metal frame to float in the pond. The metal frame keeps the deicer from coming into direct contact with the sides of the pond. The de-icer itself will keep a hole open in the ice so that the fish can get air..... This should prevent your pond from totally freezing.

    You should try to do a fall/early winter cleaning of gunk and leaves off the bottom of the pond before real winter really sets in. If you will get a hard freeze and a lot of ice, you may want to unplug the pump and let the waterfalls stay dry for the winter. They may freeze solid otherwise.

    Different people prepare their ponds for winter in different ways, depending on where they live and how severe the weather is.....

    I've used the stock tank deicer for 15 years and the fish have done fine with that..... Good luck.

  4. Wow, they are so pretty!!!I love the 'dairy cow' patterned koi ( the 5th pic down) :wub:

    Selena, that "cow" patterned fish drew A LOT of interest. Apparently it's really something in the koi world. I know very little about koi, but that fish really stood out for me. Everyone was talking about it.

    Fishcrazy, the show was at Medowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia last weekend. It was koi-only, no goldfish.

    For those of you who don't know, there is a HUGE koi/goldfish show at the end of the month - Koi America. It's in Westminster, Maryland. Details can be found at www.makc.com. I'm going to that show in the hopes of buying a few new fish for my new show tank. :) It's supposed to be HUGE, and I'll get as many pictures as I can for you all.

  5. Just a warning on the bins, I bought a heavy duty black plastic one and the toxins leaking from it killed most of my golds, I only managed to save 2

    Wow, sorry to hear that. I've been using Sterilite opaque bins with no problems. The fish do fine in those. I may go ahead and get the 300 gallon stock tank. That will make a fine QT. :)

  6. I may be getting more fish very soon, so I'll need more QT space. I was wondering what other's here have used in the way of Rubbermaid or plastic storage bins. I've had excellent luck with the opaque plastic bins used for storage. I put one inside the other and do not over fill and they have not bowed out at all. Doubling them up seems to work very well. These storage bins hold about 15 gallons and are great for the baby goldies, but I'd want something bigger for these new fish.

    Any suggestions and pics would be welcome. :)

  7. I was just at the Potomac ZNA koi show yesterday and posted a few pics in the "Koi Photo" section of Koko's. The fish were really beautiful. I fell in love with the copper colored ones and could imagine a 20,000 pond with gold, silver and copper koi surrounded by a proper Japanese tea garden. Hey I can dream can't I, LOL..... The ZNA show did not have goldfish though -- bummer.

    I'll be going to the Mid-Atlantic Koi Club show in Westminster, Maryland at the end of the month and they'll have a bunch of goldfish! Yay! I'll get pics to share then. :)

  8. LOL, Jeana, being that you're in Georgia, you probably don't have to worry about any of this. LOL. You're lucky, you probably don't get snow and ice, so you don't have to put the pond to sleep for the winter. :)

    For me, "putting the pond to bed or sleep" means that I shut down the big filter, dry out and store the filter pads, turn off the pump, store the airstones, line and air pump and remove any dead or dying foliage in the pond. I do a HUGE cleanout of the filter and one last vacuum of the pond for the season. I also try to remove fallen leaves so they don't ferment under the ice all winter. The large 100 gallon filter has to be covered in plastic sheeting to keep snow, water and ice out, but I let the pond stay open to the elements. I usually do these things in October when temperatures drop. I also stop feeding for the year then.

    I put a de-icer in the pond and it floats to keep a hole open in the ice. This keeps an exchange of oxygen going all winter. Usually I don't have to worry about ice here in Virginia until after Christmas, so the de-icer goes in then. In some years we've gotton as much as five inches of ice, but that de-icer does a good job...... Many times I've seen clear ice and watched as the goldfish glided slowly under the ice. They usually hide out in the large stands of anacharis in the pond, or in the big tunnels I have throughout the pond.....

    It's always sort of a sad time when we put the pond to bed for the winter, but I know I'll be seeing my fish again in a few months and turn to indoor projects while I wait for spring. :)

  9. I would go with another goldfish to keep your one lone fish company. Bristol shubbies are really beautiful and not readily available here in the USA, so you're lucky if you've got them there. Keep a close eye on your water parameters, over-filter if you can, and stick to a schedule of regular water changes with two fish in that size aquarium.

    Okay, I see in your original post that your tank is brand new and uncycled. In that case, I think you should wait at least 30 days to add any more fish. Right now you should be testing your water daily for ammonia and doing water changes. When I had my fish room, I would change a third to half of the water in my new tanks every THREE DAYS for a month until the tank safely cycled. That kept the dangerous ammonia from burning the fish's gills and killing the fish.

    Once that first month is up, your filter and tank will be cycled and you can safely add another fish. Personally, I would go with a Bristol shubbie. The Bristols are beautiful -- great tails on those fish and they are the same tail type as what you've already got which is important. It's important because common tailed fish are very fast and can beat up fancy tails or take food so fast from the fancies that there is little left for them....

    Good luck with your new tank. Post a pic of your Bristol if you get one. :)

  10. Wow, that's awesome Shamu..... I wish he'd teach all these babie goldies that trick. They poop all over the QT and it's small and EVERYWHERE, lol. Maybe your fish is just really a neat freak about his tank. :) At least you don't have to tell him to clean his room, LOL.

  11. isn't the rule that you stock according to the adult size of the fish, so even using the surface area calculations you gave,

    My point precisely. People need to be told the total potential of the fish IN THE STORE before the purchase is made..... A one inch gold fish has the ability to grow to a 12 inch long fish in a few years. A tiny 2 inch pleco can become a 16 inch monster in a couple of years. A small 3 inch oscar will grow HUGE in a year or so. People need to PLAN for that growth at the beginning of their fish-keeping journey, otherwise they are just throwing their money away.

    I hate this whole concept of goldfish bowls. I really do. You need to tell the management in your letter that you're making a formal complaint to the RSPCA. Hopefully that will get some fast action.

  12. isn't the rule that you stock according to the adult size of the fish, so even using the surface area calculations you gave,

    My point precisely. People need to be told the total potential of the fish IN THE STORE before the purchase is made..... A one inch gold fish has the ability to grow to a 12 inch long fish in a few years. A tiny 2 inch pleco can become a 16 inch monster in a couple of years. A small 3 inch oscar will grow HUGE in a year or so. People need to PLAN for that growth at the beginning of their fish-keeping journey, otherwise they are just throwing their money away.

    I hate this whole concept of goldfish bowls. I really do. You need to tell the management in your letter that you're making a formal complaint to the RSPCA. Hopefully that will get some fast action.

  13. I was going to suggest the storage box route until you get your shed done. I am very interested in your shed. I'd love to see pics and hear more about it. How big is it going to be and will you put tanks in it or dig down and have pools in the ground like the koi people have?

    Congrats on your new fish.

  14. Sure. Send me an email and we can go over the details. I'd like to know how many you want to send east, how big they are and what colors, please. I need to know so I have enough QT space available for them. Also, we need to talk about weather. It gets really cold here in December. I put the pond to sleep in late October, so we would need to act fast. By late October it's usually too cold to introduce new fish.

    On another note, the babies I just got are doing really well. They change so much from day to day. It's really amazing.

  15. Most of the literature out there is so ambiguous about fish per gallon. I have found, in most instances, that the books suggest housing that is way too small for most goldfish. A fancy tailed goldfish may be happy in a 20 gallon tank, but a comet lives to zip around and 20 gallons just isn't sufficient. I have a 28 foot long pool and you can't believe how fast they zip from one end to the other..... To put a common/comet in a tiny tank is just WRONG.

    Never-the-less, the books will say a ten gallon tank is alright for goldfish, without going into specifics on the TYPE of goldfish. As a fishkeeper it's very frustrating. As a GOLDFISH lover it's painful. Frankly, I would LOVE to see bowls and small tanks outlawed.

    Anyway, getting back to your situation with the store. You should get on the phone and call the manager of the store, and complain. Be mature and straightforward about what you encountered in the store. Don't rant or go off on the manager, but be professional. Remember that this is a business. And businesses are in the business of making money. If you tell them that they'll gain more business in the long run by putting the right fish in the right tank, then people will be happy and want more tanks and fish and spend more money in their store. But, if the fish just dies, then the equipment ends up on a shelf and the fish-keeping hobby dies. End of business for that store..... You have to put it in terms of dollars and cents for them.

    Another thing I would do is go on-line and go to their web site and find a way to contact them. When I was a betta keeper I'd email chain stores every week when I found poor bettas in dirty cups in stores. I'd complain, but did so diplomatically, and in time the conditions did change. You can make a difference. Another thing I did was to type up a betta care sheet, run off copies and keep the local fish shop supplied with copies of my "Betta Care Sheet". The chain stores usually did not allow me to post the care sheets, but the local mom-and-pop operations appreciated my care sheets. It's worth a try......

    Good luck. I hope you get somewhere with that store.

  16. My hubby and I went to the local koi show here in Northern Virginia today. I got a few pictures to share.








    It was a great show with many lovely koi. Unfortunately the temps were in the 90's so we didn't stay long, and they didn't have goldfish, but there's another show at the end of the month and I'll try to get pics of that one too. Enjoy.

  17. Hi Olivia,

    Wow, that's a pretty fish. How big is she? I'd be happy to take a few of them off your hands. Unfortunately, I couldn't take all of them as I don't think the pond could handle the bioload.

    Have you considered putting an ad in the local newspaper and screening for homes for your fish? When I had a population explosion in my pond I put an ad in the local paper in the "giveaway" section. People called and I asked a ton of questions about their pond, filtration, experience, etc. I finally found a few families that I thought were worthy of giving my fish good homes and placed almost half of my pond population with them. It's tough to do, but I did manage to find suitable homes for them. I understand how you feel about not knowing where your fish will end up, or under what conditions......

    Anyway, you can email me at gardengirl7@aol.com if you want to discuss this further. I'm touched that you'd think of me. :)

  18. So cute those babies! Like little mini baby carrots at first glance! It'll be really fun watching them grow and get to know their emerging colors & personalities. I didn't know shubs and comets ate fancytail fish in a pond set up.. scary! Good you have room to keep them separate :D

    Well, my shubbies and comets are SO BIG that these guys would be a treat no matter what their tail. They're just SO SMALL! Also shubbies and comets are fast and get to the food ahead of fancy tails, so it really doesn't work out in the pond.... AND on top of that, fancy tails cannot handle the extreme cold here in the winter. They die off if you don't bring them into the house...... So I've had to be happy with a big pond full of comets, shubbies and plain tailed goldfish for years.

    Fancy's are better in the house in a big aquarium where you can enjoy looking at them from the side anyway. :)

  19. adorable little babies. :heart

    are you going to release them into your pond later. I cant wait to see their pics then!

    They are SO SMALL that I dare not put them in with the big fish. I'm afraid the biggies would eat them... pigs that they are. No, they'll grow out in the QT for awhile. If it's too late in the season, I'll keep them in my fish room until spring..... Some of them are smaller than the nail on my pinky finger. It's amazing.

    The five little fantails will not go in the pond. They'll stay inside in my show tank, or another tank if the show tank is occupied. The rest of the shubunkins and comets can go outside in the big pond once they're big enough. I don't like to mix tail-types here as the comets and shubbies are so aggressive. They kill any fancy tailed fish in the pond.

  20. That's the same thing I do with new fish, only I release them into a quarentine tank for three weeks before they get to the aquarium. I understand you're trying to cycle your tank though....

    The problem may very well be the pH and Amquel. I would test the pH straight out of the faucet. Then test the pH on a gallon of aged water from the faucet that you've put the Amquel in -- aged like 24 to 48 hours. My guess is that you'll find the pH vastly different than what you started with.

    Here in Virginia, the amquel could crash the pH of the water in less than 24 hours. Out of the tap the pH was like 7.8 to 8.0 -- also high like yours.... Then I'd put in the Amquel, let gallon jugs of water sit for a few days, then do water changes -- and I didn't even realize that the water I was replacing in the tank had crashed from the Amquel. The pH of water that stood out for less than 24 hours would tank and go down in the 6.0 range and the fish couldn't handle it and died.

    It was really awful and killed off a lot of my fish before I could figure out what it was. I immediately switched to PRIME which is more stable in this water and haven't had a problem since. Another time I was at a HUGE fish show and they used something else. It wasn't Amquel or PRIME and a lot of these beautiful show fish started stressing out and going belly up. Now, THAT was really terrible because the de-chlor just didn't work..... People were really upset. So the wrong de-chlor can really mess with your fish......

    BTW, did you salt the water for your guppies? Did you add anything else to the water? Any algecide or pH up or Ph down products? Anything?

  21. Have you tested your pH? I had terrible problems with Amquel here in Virginia with the county water I have. The amquel crashed the pH in the water and I lost a bunch of fish - beautiful show guppies included. That was heartbreaking, I'll tell you.... For some reason, the Amquel was reacting with my water and causing the pH to go very low -- way too low for fish to live comfortably. The fish dropped like flies and it took me a long time to figure out what it was. Now I use PRIME and it's a lot more stable.

    My guess is that there is something wrong with the water perameters (like the pH from Amquel), or the fish you're buying are sick somehow....... I'm really sorry you're losing fish..... That's never fun.

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