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  1. Ok, THX... I gues I will have to wait some more than as the water emperature now is 12 C (measured this morning)...
  2. Hi! We build a new small pond in our garden. It is only 1000 liters, that is approx 264 gallons. I would like to move 4 of my tank goldies into this new pond as I would like to cut back on the number of aquariums I keep. I know 264 gallons is quite small for a pond but I think it would is fine for 4 goldies? There are 2 commons, 1 oranda and 1 fantail (all petshop qualiyt so the fancies aren't too drastic and can swimm well). When can I move them to my new pond. I know it has to be cycled but I am wondering about temperature range? Is it too soon to transfer them out now? I know the nights are still very cold but the day temperatures get to 15C already... Also would those fancies survive the winter (it gets to freezing temperatures here so the water freezes)? But there will be silt on the bottom so they can hibernate like normal goldies. I already have a pond with commons and comets and they seem to be waking up... Thanks
  3. Thank you I will try to get a bigger tank soon - just have to find one relatively chep tho
  4. I am emptying my phone cam.... Here are some pics of my newish goldies (I have had them for a few months, unfortunately they lived in a 10 liter tank with no filter so I think they might be stunted). Unfortunately pics are a bit blurry and the ones where I tried to take photos of individual fish are terrible (in the bin already...). So my tank is 63 gallons and has 5 fish in there (2 comets and 3 fancies) so technically I have too many fish in there but I am working on it...Can't get rid of them sparky I hope you like my setup! Thanx
  5. why not leave this fish current tankmates and getting a new tank for new goldies? Or giving him up? How big is the tank?
  6. I have kept guppies and WCMMs with singletail goldfish (they were quite big) and they were all OK. But those goldies didn't even destroy any plants except duckweed, so they were kind of special (they still are, just in a pond ). And they could definetly eat the gups if they wanted to (I know because I was feeding them koi pellets that were as large as the little gups), but they never did
  7. So I have been reading about regular filters + water changes (even 50%/week) don't remove nitrates from the tanks...and there are filters available (nitrate filters) that do remove nitrates. But my question is...if you have plants in the tank (that remove nitrate) can you still use nitrate filters or would that harm my plants by #starving# them since they use nitrate for food? Or do plants not need nitrates for normal growth? Thanks
  8. paw-paw

    The COMMON

    here are mine: Belka (the white one); Bajsa (the white with red cap) and Strelka and Ora behind (you can only see their tails lol) They are in a pond now tho and have grown a lot
  9. As you know I was finnaly able to buy some comets - they are still small and I am keeping them in my quarantine tank...After some initial problems (I wrote about it here on kokos) there isn't anything wrong with them and I couldn't watch bare tank anymore so I added some plants and stones. Anyway they are going in the pond in two more weeks and the tank will become a home for some WCMM So, just to show off - here are my three comets (pics arent that great, they are taken with my mobile phone) this one is just so you see how small they are. All my other goldies are much bigger
  10. I am happy to report that the comets are doing fine now I tested the water and all the stats were fine but I changed 50% of the water anyway and added some salt and after only one day they started to act a lot more lively. They are feeding like piggies now and come for the food when I open the lid (they were scared of me at the begining). There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with them anymore (well except you know...they would appreciate more rome )but I am going to keep them in that tank for a while longer... I hope I can get some decent pics of them tho I am not sure about that - I only have a phone camera which is not good One of them is mostly white but has red dorsal fin and a red patch over his/her head, one is orange and one red with white tips on the tail. They are all beautifull I still have to name them tho - any suggestions ?
  11. I have succesfully kept WCMMs, SAEs and guppies with my goldies before..
  12. Hi! I have been looking for comet goldfish for a very long time, they are really not easy to get where I live (we do not even have feeder fish and all the goldies they sell are either fancy or common)...So I was happy to find them in one of our stores and bouht 3 immediately - they are going to a pond that already has some commons in it. Anyhow - they are beautifull and all but... as a precation I put them in 14 gallon quarantine tank (they are very small) along with a filter from another tank (old media) just to avoid bringing any disease...The fish look healthy, no clamped fins or anything and are eating OK. But otherwise they are more or less swimming in the same place or laying on the bottom of a tank. So I am worried there is something going on here...My commons were swimming back and forth when they were in quarantine, acting very lively and I never saw them resting on the bottom except when the lights were off. So why are these comets so calm - I would understand if they were fancies but they are not so should be like hyper. Anyone has any idea? I have had them for 2 days now so they should have settled by now...Please help, I just don't know what to do anymore, I don't want to transmit any disease or something to my other fish but I can't keep them in that tank too long
  13. well SAEs grow to be up to 15 cm long - so they are not a small fish by any means...I mean yes, goldies get bigger, some even a lot bigger but they are not actually very predatory so cannot eat a fish half its size... that is why I don't wanna try ottos in my goldie tank cause they are, in my opinion way too small... Tho I must say my SAEs were quite big already (10 cm) when I first put them in with goldies. Yeah, wouldn't recommend adding babys you get in the store directly in the tank with goldies (except if the goldies are still small) - but they do grow very, very fast (mine grew in just like 6 months from tiny babies)!
  14. HI! sorry i did not reply for such a long time.... i did put my 4 SAEs with my goldies and they are absolutely fine together! i keep the tank at 21 C, which is a bit low for SAEs but they don't seem to mind at all. actually I see them a lot more now that they are in the tank with goldies. They used to be very shy ans skittish, probably because they were the biggest fish in the tank. But now they swim in front of the glass, hang out with the goldies...ok, so they do not eat out of my hand like the goldies do, but I love them. they are constantly grazing on my plants eating off the algae, not bothering my goldies on bit. So i would say go ahead and put them in, if you like them. Just - they like to be in little (or big) gropus, two is always a bad number, better have at least 3...Tho, they do get quite large, so that is something you have to keep in mind when geting them! OH, and be sure to buy the right species - not the CAE, not false flying fox, not flying fox. And there is also more species of SAEs - I have C.atrilimes which are the smallest, there are also C.langei, ....many, many very similiar species, some seem to eat the plants, some more bearded algae....
  15. so what happend in the end - any pics ?
  16. Thanx... Well I am only able to get dried krill... Will have to search around some more. We don't have specialised fish stores around where I live, we only have pet shops and they don't sell frozen fish food So if I soak this dried krill, they will eat it more? The reason I asked if the krill was OK because it is sold as a turtle food and I wasn't sure goldies could eat it... Well I can also get dried daphnia, tubifex and mosquito larvae. I could of course get some food from nature but I am worried about the possible parasites... I do feed daphnia and red worms (sorry i can't remember their true name in english - but they are very much like mosquito larvae except red) in jelly form occasionaly and they like it...
  17. Hi! Is krill Ok to feed to goldies (as a treat, not a staple diet)? THX
  18. Hi! I will set up a new tank for goldies (it is currently still runing but without fish). It has juwel internal filter in it but I know goldies produce a lot of waste, so would like to go to external. Now, this tank is in my bedroom so I want the quietest filter possible (but of course has to also be rliable). I don't have a lot of choices for external filters really... I can chose between: Eheim (but they are expensive) TetraTec Fluval That's it... So which of them is the quietest and which one would you recomend? THANX
  19. just one more question... if there are plants like a carpet - than you don't need to vacum there, right? but would that be even possible - I mean because the goldies always burry thru the sand and all...? And thx for all the ideas, I think those tanks are cool And I like the substrate that you have also
  20. Thx for all the replies So you think it would be better to remove the gravel than? (and the substrate underneath it - confine it just where the plants are?) As the river rocks were mentioned...Yes, I was wondering about that...How in the world do you clen them? I mean when they are in the tank - you can't use the gravel vac to clean it, yes? Would I just have to take them out one by one and clean it each time I do a WC? That doesn't sound too practical tho... I have gravel in my oranda goldie tank and yeah, only anubias are alive there but hay, I already have this plants so I will just give it a try... Oh - and they sell this gravel that is supposed to have all that plants need (and yeah,gravel, not substrate). I was wondering if I should give it a try. it says in the bag that the plants grow roots in that gravel...But it really looks like a gravel, like 3-4mm one. But would it be OK if the goldies burried thru it? I mean because it is actually a plant fertilizer...Well I suppose it is fish safe as it is made for aquarium use but...I don't know. Has anyone has any experience with gravel like that?
  21. Hi! So I have rio 240 tank (cca 63 galons) that used to home guppies and SAE. it was tropical. But I decided to convert it to another goldfish tank (no tropical for me anymore )... Now, this is how the tank looks now (minus the guppies). It has a few plants (but not a lot) and some small gravel (it isn't colored or anything but it is pretty dark). I was kind of hoping I can leave that gravel in it. But there is a plant substrate underneath the gravel because this used to be a heavily planted tank...s it OK for me to leave it there or not? Or would it be better to put some bigger stones in it? I don't want bare bottom... I am planing on buying some more plants and perhaps a root (you know, that wood think . What do you think I should add to make it look more goldie tank? I was also considering putting sand in there instead but i am not sure how it would all look like than...I really don't know...Help, please... Oh, and there will be no extra delicate goldies in that tank (not pearlscales or bubble eyes or something)... Oh, here is what the tank looks like. I would like to upgrade to some, or remove something rather than have to buy everything anew... THX
  22. Oh...i think I am in love But where could one get these fish? (only dreaming.... )
  23. THX Just to let you know. I have 4 SAEs in my tropical tank right now, havent tried putting them with goldies yet. But as far as I can tell they are not one bit aggressive (have them with guppies and glass cats) so probably should be OK with my goldies. Will try them and let you know how it works.
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