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  1. Yes.. those are all classic signs of a healthy male fish ready for breeding Unfortunately this big guy (about 8 inches) died on the same day my little girl was born back in Aug 2005. I miss him dearly. What a character. His name was BLUE.
  2. Alik, are the 'worms' white and look like wiggly cat hairs? Floating around the tank and not attached to the fish? They are a form of nematode or some would say planaria. However they are harmless. And a #1 sign that your tank is a tad on the dirty side. Perhaps you are feeding your loved ones a bit too much portion wize. That was my problem when I experienced the wiggly creatures. They wont hurt the fish.... in fact the fish love to eat them (if they are small and can see them. I had a common that was about an inch long that would swim wickedly around the tank eating them up after I stirred the gravel). I would start making a habit of cleaning your tank weekly rather than montly with water changes up to 50%. In your case right now I would make sure that's done perhaps even more frequently as your fish are not well. (unless you meds say otherwise). I"m afraid I'm not familiar with UK meds. Hopefully Sandy comes accross this thread and can help you.
  3. Does it look like either of these? If it looks like a white bruise (picture one)... it's a sign of wen growth If it looks like a whitehead pimple (picture 2 above it's eye).. it's also a sign of wen growth If you also look closely at the picture my oranda also has white dots on it's gill plates. Those are breeding starts. Lots of dots. Hopefully your's match.
  4. Do you have any test kits to test the water paramaters for us? That alone can indicate a LOT and help us help you. If certain levels are higher than normal it can cause a lot of problems. If you are only changing your water once a month this could be a problem because of high levels of ammonia and nitrates/nitrites. However you have had the fish a long time and you've said they've been fine until now I can't see how all of a sudden this change would take place. Thanks for the pictures.. it's really a big help.... I have flagged this to the other Helpers/mods for further assistance. Barb
  5. wow... great looking fish jen! Your tank is sooo crystal clear too. LOVE IT!
  6. Christan IF possible could you answer as many questions from the above list. That helps us help you BIG TIME! Even if you think your paramaters are perfect it's really really helpful to provide them. Have you got access to a digital camera? A picture tells a thousand words.
  7. I had a miniature poodle live to be 19 years old... and my current dog, an alaskan husky is 17 this year. No where near acting old so she's in for the long run I believe. When I am out with her and tell strangers how old she is... they can't believe it. But the poodle.. she looked her age. Poor Brandy. I read somewhere that the poodle and husky are some of the longest living dogs too...
  8. Erika and Carol... glad you both got to meet and thanks for sharing your pictures. I have never been to a goldfish show. Perhaps someday. It looks very interesting.. my only problem would be becoming very jealous of the fish and wanting them for myself And Carol... you aren't old. You are healthy, VERY active and you've got the power to gab like the best of them. I never pin age on people around here so it's weird to find out someone's age when you've never really thought about it before.
  9. Hi Hope... welcome to koko's. And you've got yourself a great guardian angel there.... DEVS! She's a sweetheart. Congrats on the Fry. Keep us posted. And if you can take pictures.. even if they are just microscopic dots... We'd love to see them!
  10. Gia.. I've moved it to 911 for now. I will bring it to the attention of the mods who will most likely be able to help you better. I am not familiar with what's going on with Jelly bean right now.
  11. My dream is to have a marine tank. I just LOVE the colours. Isnt' it amazing that your basslett fish can have 2 colours on it like it's had 2 different fish connected? It's very striking.
  12. Hi Gabrielle... welcome back and I'm so sorry to hear about your fish dying off like that. Such a terrible thing to happen when you have had them in your care for so long. Do you know why they died? I'd be afraid of a more broad problem in the tank like a bacteria if they all died off so suddenly. Just keep an eye on your new addition for a while and hold off on buying more to add to your tank. As far as your new project goes.. I would definitely be getting a test kit during this "mini" cycling process and test the water daily to watch the levels. You should do mini water changes daily or every other day to ensure the water quality is liveable and not deadly to the exsisting moor in your tank. Once your test kits show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and very little Nitrates... you are pretty much cycled. As far as adding new fish... you really should wait until your tank is completely cycled. Otherwise you are going to make the ammonia situation worse and it could damage or be deadly to your fish. Your exsisting moor wont be lonely... don't worry about that. Just concentrate on keeping your water prestine for the next little while with frequent water changes during the cycling process. Are you sure it's cycling again? did you crash your old cycle? How much water did you change with your large water change before adding your moor and did you disturb the gravel while doing so? Can you test your water and post your paramaters for us? And what type of filter system are you using? I'm going to move this thread to water chemisty as well since you are focusing on your mini cycle.
  13. What kind of fish is your new addition? Some goldies are extremely prone to getting SBD.. like Orandas because of their short bodies. It may be a problem that it has had from upbringing at the store or a problem that is exsisting now. Makes me question the water paramatars if when you put your fish in the tank it goes belly up. Could you test your water and put up the results for us. That would help out a lot. How often do you change your water and how much do you usually change? What type of filter and how long has this tank been running? If the fish is upside down... there is a problem with it's swim bladder either temporary or permanent. I have an oranda that get's it once and a while but its in relation to slight higher levels in the tank. So I tend to do water changes more frequently there. You could fast the fish for a couple days and feed it frozen peas. Not only do they love it... but it's suppose to help in that department. Try it for a couple days and see what happens.
  14. Wow Abby.. I love your tank. It's gorgeous. And you've done so well with your plants.
  15. Barbra44

    Ta Da!

    Sandy it looks wonderful so far. I can't wait to see it when it's complete!!!
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