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  1. I know about this but I have no idea why I didn't apply it. That totally escaped me. THX! I currently have a sponge filter and the poo collects on the bottom while I'm at work. I do siphon it out and do water changes regularly. I know what you mean but on baby fish it's cute. There's always photoshop!
  2. Thanks for all your comments. They do poo together. Parents often do capture the most embarrassing moments on film. The real parents are red/black orandas. there's so much poo in the tank every night. I'm just waiting for then to get bigger so I can turn on the filter. I can't stand seening all of that on the bottom.
  3. At 5 weeks the scales are starting to be visible. These pics were taken 4 hours after feeding... Here's a few embarrassing moments Group shot! There's one that is more pale than the rest. Couple shots of the tale. These are the only good ones I got. They only stop those propellers when they're eating. Lastly, a few pictures from above.
  4. He does eat the pellets, but not eager
  5. I have one oranda that isn't fond of any foods. I had him in a tank with two other orandas and they aren't picky at all. He used to be the biggest and now he's the smallest. The others would eat all the food while Mr. Picky Eater was waiting around. I've separated the picky eater into a 20 gallon by him self. When I drop in pellets he will taste them then spit it out a few times. Only when the pellet is soft he will actually eat it. I just realized I can try soaking the pellets before dropping them in the tank to see if he likes soft pellets or if he's just not enthusiastic about food. I've tried flakes which he just chews then spits out. I've tried frozen blood worms, he eats them but not with a passion.
  6. I wouldn't. Even though this pond is cut off from other bodies of water doesn't mean it wont effect the eco system; animals may come to drink. On a somewhat related note I have a pool, and I know that pool owners who drain their pool would put goldfish (feeders) in to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. When I say "drain" I mean there's a couple inches of water in the deep end. It's difficult to keep it completely dry esp if it's rainy season. Just an interesting fact
  7. HAHA its a dumpling. The wrap has squid ink for the coloring and the eyes are two peas.
  8. Yes, it's great they're looking like real fish. at times I doubted what they were. lol. THey're much easier to care for now. I don't have to worry about sucking them up while siphoning the tank and injuring them when pouring water in. They also eat a lot more and can go longer periods w/out food. In the past I was always worried they starve to death while I'm at work. These little guys are hard to photo. They're like mini submarines and their tails like propellers that never stop turning. I it was so hard to get good shots. The last pic I took really showed off the tail and from that angle it looks almost like an adult. I had to skip a water change due to work so I'll do one tonight. Seems like they grow a bit more right after a water change There are about 25-30. They're not much longer then before but boy did they fill out. Grow little ones, grow!
  9. Yay! They're finally starting to look like goldfish. They're still on bbs but I'm slowly transitioning them to cyclops. Enjoy the pics
  10. It's probably too late for a D & D but thanks for the suggestion. I do know that amonia, nitrate, and nitrite were all at 0 and pH was at 7.5 the night prior but the next morning they were all floating (dead) and I didn't bother to test the water. As you already know from my other posts I had separated the large fry and small fry into two tanks. I vacuum both tanks every night and do 50-80% water change every other night. It's the small fry's tank that got hit. I've already scrubbed it down. The white stuff didn't look like the stuff in the pic you posted. Thanks, I'm going to be extra careful with the other fry tank.
  11. I had a tank with (almost) three week old fry and this morning they're all floating. There was some mysterious white substance on the bottom of the tank. I can't figure out what it is or how it got there. It was a sad morning....
  12. They're all great pictures. I like the blue oranda most
  13. There's a KFC bucket in the background. I love it. Thanks for sharing
  14. Here's what I noticed. The small fry just eat until they're full and then they just ignore food completely. The large fry will stuff them self full and then continue to try and eat more by sucking in the bbs, chewing and trying to swollow and sometimes they succeed and sometimes they end up spitting it out. I have some pics. You can see the difference in size of the stomach. Small fry belly looks like a little bump when full. Large fry belly looks like it swollowed a ball. Here's one of the bigger fry hiding out behind the plant. Check out its stomach, it looks ready to explode
  15. As I've mentioned I've split the fry into two tank according to their size. There are however medium ones in both tanks to even out the head count. I also notice a difference in eating behavior between the small fry and large fry. I think some are just genetically program to be pigs. Anyway, here are a few pic I took tonight. Small fry tank shot Large fry tank shot And lastly, here is one of the medium size fry hanging out near the surface
  16. beautiful fish, and nice pictures too
  17. I know I'm not the first but here goes anyway... ok so I cheated....
  18. I've managed to split them up. now the larger one look even bigger and the smaller one look even smaller. Now that there are two tanks I'll provide picture updates of both tanks so you'll get twice as many Edited: but only on a weekly to bi-weekly interval.
  19. You know....one pic alone just isn't as funny I saw the first few and thought "haha thats cute" but the last one made it 10 times funnier.
  20. OMG! I think you both solved it. I change 50%-80% EVERY OTHER DAY and I've see one or two curve into a C EVERY OTHER DAY. I have a tank of just clean water with a heater set to the same temperature as the fry tank's temperature (70 F). The water sits in the clean tank for one night (I use tap water conditioner) and then I just do the water change the next night; siphoning out dirty water from the fry tank and then scooping clean water into the fry tank with a cup. I make sure not to pour the water on areas where there are fry but sometimes I do manage to get one or two. When that happens they just swim against the current but once in a while one does look knocked out and it takes a few seconds for it to start swimming again. I just split up the fry into two tanks according to size, and I did a water change. There was a lot of water movement. Argh! I'll probably see some dead ones tomorrow.
  21. I can understand when a fish has a slightly crooked spine to the left or right or hump back, and that may be due to genetics and deformities. But I've been seeing my 2 weeks old fry die; it's straight one day and next day it's curled up in C shape. I cant figure out if that's just the way it is or if I'm doing something wrong. It seems like every other day I find a dead one on the bottom of the tank.
  22. I'm going to separate them soon according to their size. I know with betta fry they give off a hormone that prevent others from growing. I hope by splitting them up will increase their growth rate.
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