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  1. Quarantine would be good in any case. True the feeder fish might carry more disease. Treating in a quarantine tank with praziquantrel and salt is recommended on this site for all new fish. I have many lovely feeder fish in my pond, who were all quarantined first and I had no problems crop up this year. Even if you put a few fish in, and there are males and females among them, you are likey to end up with more fish in the spring . Good luck!
  2. I just wanted to share this picture of my frogs, from November 14th.
  3. It's been very cold here at night. I did get my floating island sunk to the bottom, though there are still a few floating plants I need to get out. The frogs must be at the bottom, hibernating already. And the fish are just drifting about. The waterfall is still running, but that will be shut down soon. How is everyone else diong?
  4. Good question. Of course, both plants are considered noxious pests where it's warm year-round, but in northern climates we don't have to worry quite as much about them getting into the natural habitat and disrupting things - they would die off during the freeze. From doing a bit of reading, it seems that water hyacinth may tolerate colder weather than water lettuce. Maybe a tub in a garage? Actually, today I put some water hyacinth into a fishless cycle aquarium, along with some ammonia, so I'll be learning how they do in the house. I'm not saving that much, because they multiply so fast, but I know you have large ponds and are probably hoping to save more.
  5. Another option I have is to put them into the pond for a bit. There'd be some chasing if I did that, I suspect.
  6. Here is Buttercup, very fat. I am a little worried that she may be full of eggs that she's not releasing. I have another female comet who looks more torpedo-shaped. She was laying eggs a week ago. They are both about 5 inches long, excluding their tails. I've caught both fish hovering at the bottom a few times. They both eat a lot - Tetra Fin fish flakes and ProGold pellets, peas, broccoli and frozen brine shrimp. Should I be doing anything, like adding epsom salts? I tried chasing her around the tank with my hand, but she didn't like it one bit, and neither did I. Should I try to catch a male and put him in the tank for a day or so? Or should I not be concerned? The tank has been up for many months, but these new fish took over the tank 2+ weeks ago after a good cleaning (but not to the point of having to cycle it.) They got their treatment of Prazi and salt, and now the salt should be out of there. The 40 gallon long tank has two 200gph filters, one on either end. Ammo:0, nitrite:0, nitrate:5, pH:7, temp:73. I use a dechlorinator and Buff-It-Up, and vacuum the bottom every 2 days, changing out 20-50% of the water.
  7. We're already planning our strategy for keeping a hole open in the ice for the fish and critters. This will be our first winter with a pond, and I hope we don't have any problems. Sometimes our winters are harsh, sometimes not. I doubt it's ever as cold here, as it is where you are, though. What Zone are you in, Deb? You talk about four single-tails, what are your other fish?
  8. Winter? Did you say ... winter? Ahhhhh!!!! That's great that you can bring your fish inside. Lovely pond, and that's a nice, long stream.
  9. br553, that's a pretty fish! Yes, that is what I mean. I didn't know that the fins could get longer as they get older. I think PHYLAL may have it right, that the ones in the lfs that I've seen are not up to "show" standards, but of course I still want to bring them all home.
  10. I have two fish in quarantine. When I got them I left them alone for a few days, then I put in prazi and .1% salt. That didn't seem to cause any negative reaction. Today I added salt to make .2%. I noticed the fish developed slightly clamped fins and I even caught them sitting on the bottom for a bit. They did recover and started acting normal, but I worry about going the next step to .3%. Any thoughts?
  11. Interesting, PHYLAL, about keeping the plant below the freeze line. When I bought a water plant at a pond store, the owner told me to sink the pot. Maybe that is a general technique that would work with many plants that can stand the cold, but not freezing. Thanks for all the ideas, I'm keeping notes!
  12. Our waterfall came with lava rock specifically sold for ponds, and the pond has stayed nicely cycled, so I suppose the beneficial bacteria like it. Some say that after a while the pores get filled up, and aren't good after maybe a year. I don't know myself, since it's a new pond. I do wonder about yarn, if it ever was able to get into the pond. If the fish ate it, my thought is that it would harm their digestive system. I remember once on this site someone was talking about their fish who died being full of some kind of fibrous material (unknown source, but maybe rock wool that they grow aquatic plants in?)
  13. They're just another plant that can go in the water. I'm going to see how they grow. They seem to have the plant tied up into a little ball, making it round. Interesting about the hydrogen peroxide neutralizing the potassium permanganate, Acupunk.
  14. It is wonderful hearing all these stories about people who come to understand and love goldfish!
  15. Such pretty fish! No gasping now - they must be so happy with their new home. Welcome to Koko's!
  16. No adverse affects on the fish from PP leaching into the tank water? That's what I was worried about - not being able to rinse it all out of that little sponge. Must be "moss ball" season. My local pet store had them, too, and I've never seen them anywhere before. They were cuter than cute, so I had to have one!
  17. They seem like little sponges, and I would hate to soak them in something that I would be unable to rinse and remove. Perhaps bleach would be better than potassium permanganate? Then at least I could soak in water with a dechlorinator. Thoughts anyone?
  18. This is a fantastic experiment, and I can't wait to see how it goes. It will be interesting to see which product gets the nitrites going fastest, which gets the nitrates first, and which works best overall. Let the race begin!
  19. Acupunk, you noticed the avatar. Subconsciously I must have been looking for those fish since I joined Koko's. I have been thinking that if I ever take a picture that doesn't belong in "Worst Fishy Photos", I will replace my avatar. I did put a cover over half their tank, so they have sort of a cave to go into. They still swim all about, and have started to poke at things looking for food. I do have other common/comets that eat out of my hand, and swarm about and nibble on me when I go into the pond. I wouldn't say they seek out petting, but they are pretty tame. Hopefully these new fish will become tame as well, once the stress of the trip wears off, and they come to realize the meals here aren't that bad. Maybe they will even come when I call them. But... what to call them... they don't have names yet.
  20. They were shipped from Ohio to Massachusetts. I forgot about that effect of low pH mitigating the high ammonia. Thanks for the reminder, Heidi. Yes, Anic, I was really, really nervous about getting them mailed. And thanks for helping me welcome them, uberleslie. I didn't know the common/comet type of goldfish could be more skittish, but I guess that's something to keep in mind. So they are just going to have to go hungry another day, I guess. Well, I think they're glad to be out of a box anyway.
  21. Here they are shortly after going into the tank: I picked them up at the FedEx Express office this morning. That worked out really well. I think the people there were kind of amused by a box of fish, and knew right away where it was when I asked for it. We were home in 5 minutes, no riding around in a delivery truck at all. The water they were in had ammonia of 8.0, and pH 6.4, so I put the fish into the tank right away. They did not seem shocked, in fact started swimming around, sometimes resting on the bottom, sometimes huddling together. About 4 hours later, they are swimming well. My husband went into the room, probably too abruptly, and fins went flying and water went splashing. I even went quietly into their room just now, and they are quite skittish. They're 6-7 inch comets, and very strong, fast swimmers. Given their activity level, is it still too early to start feeding them? Daryl, you did say to wait a day. And when I do start feeding them, would they be better off with peas, or with protein like frozen brine shrimp, or a prepared goldfish food? Any other thoughts? I think they're off to a good start.
  22. I do hope they like it here, Quasi! You can all be sure I will be posting pictures of them! Thanks for the word of caution, Daryl. I looked long and hard at them, and spoke to Ken, because they seem more orange than yellow, but he assured me it was due to the lighting. I know I would have been a bit disappointed if they were dull, but maybe now is the time I start to make gel food for the fish, and learn how to do some extra pampering. Do you have pictures of your lemon ranchu on the site? They sound lovely.
  23. You have a choice on how to get that cycle going, either by adding store-bought ammonia, or fish. I find it easier, and certainly less work and less stress (and maybe even faster) when I've just used the ammonia and do a fishless cycle. You can add a fair amount of ammonia and really give that cycle a push. When you use fish instead, you have to be really careful to keep the ammonia low through water changes, to be sure not to harm them. But with ammonia from a bottle, you just add the ammonia, and levels can be higher, and I don't worry about changing water all the time. I read on here, though, be sure it's pure ammonia, and has no additives in it. And yes, a beneficial bacteria product may be able to help, certainly can't hurt, so go ahead and add it! And once you have your test kit, and you start testing for nitrites and nitrates, you can also tell how far along you are in the cycle. The beneficial bacteria feast on the ammonia, and create nitrites. Once you start to measure nitrites you are getting someplace. Then those good bacteria feast on the nitrites and convert them to nitrates. Once you measure nitrates, you're really getting somewhere. Once you measure zero ammonia and zero nitrites, and you're registering nitrates, you know you're cycled. Testing all along the way helps with knowing where you are in the cycle. Then, do a 100% water change. So as not to upset the beneficial bacteria, and be sure to add dechlorinated water, pH and temperature matched as best you can. Then, FISH! Good luck!
  24. I am getting two solid lemon yellow comets at last. I hope they will like their new home! The fish are being sent "Overnight" via FedEx, and I will pick them up at the FedEx office when they open first thing in the morning. I actually went to their office, and the clerk there told me she had another customer who has exotic fish mailed, and comes to pick them up like that. The place is minutes from my house, and easy enough to get to, so I thought it best not to have the poor fish trucked around any more than necessary. I am a nervous wreck.
  25. Well, maybe my pond has more gallons in it than I thought. But it is probably less than 1800, though, because there are rocks all around the edge, taking up space, and also the sides slope in a bit. But it does seem like it's more than 1300 gallons. That's really good news. So next question is, how many goldfish could I have in the pond? I'm so worried we have waaaaay too many fry.
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