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  1. Such precious wee ones. They are absolutely adorable.
  2. They are just adorable, eating their broccoli from their bowl.
  3. Hi zookey, as Heidi says I can offer support, but no expertise like Trinket can. Heidi also said Prazi is good, and it is supposed to be very gentle and effective against parasites. My experience - after a bunch of anti-bacterial meds (mainly for another fish) my small one was acting sulky, not eating well and even spitting out peas she tried to eat. Just wasn't right. I had been planning on using the Prazi - good for any time you bring in new fish, I'm told. So I used it, and much to my surprise she perked up within 2 days. I suppose I got lucky. So I don't know if that is the right thing for you to do right now, but you might want to buy some to have on hand if that it is what's recommended. The full hame is "praziquantrel" but when I called around to pet stores, nobody had any idea what I was talking about, so I ordered it on-line. Only later did I learn (as Heidi says) that the Parasite Clear tabs contain Prazi also (along with other things) - and they did have that at my pet store after all. I've heard very good things about Prazi, and everybody says it's gentle. Only question I might ask is with the Parasite Clear tabs I think they have meds to treat other things as well, and I don't know if that would be a problem with other medications you might be using - though I think it's only the salt. I can say that before my other problems developed, Trinket was recommending the Prazi and salt.
  4. My mistake on understanding your salt post - sounds just right, since as you said you divided it. Glad the pop-eye was a false alarm!
  5. I was confused about in your posts about salt - whether you were measuring out Tablespoons or teaspoons. What I'm reading from Trinket is that .1% salt would be 40 teaspoons for 40 gallons. Maybe it's a typo - I was reading that you were adding tablespoons (that is, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons.) Good luck with your fishes, it's so hard to help them when they can't even whimper to tell you what's up.
  6. Food should be no issue around here. LOL
  7. Hi Anic, I think you may have a "Peace Lily" in that whiskey bottle. They are great indoor plants for low light, and you practically can't kill them. They're from the rain forest, and apparently they don't need much in the way of nutrients, so the water alone seems to be working for your plant. I have one that a friend gave me as a tiny plant, and now it's huge, so if you did pot yours up, I suspect you'd also get a large plant. Here's a link where I got the above information: http://www.peacelily.net/peace_lily_care.html
  8. I have been doing a little of that, and wanted more information on it. Swift, those were some great ideas - protecting the roots with black tights, and the cutout plastic disc to keep the leaves above the water! One reason I have wanted to do it, is that plants with their leaves sticking up out of the tank do not affect the oxygen and carbon-dioxide in the water. So while they do their work of getting the nitrates out, they are not using up the oxygen that the fish or beneficial bacteria want. I do not know a lot about this, and I want to know a lot more. Right now I have one of those "lucky bamboo" plants sticking out the top, as well as some philodendron. I also have some water plants. I am convinced that the plants do help with the nitrates, and I need to do some experiments to know if it's a lot or a little, but I don't think I've ever had nitrates above 10 except in my fishless-cycle tank.
  9. I love the marbles, too! Beautiful tank. Cute little baby fishes, also - can't wait to see more of them.
  10. Happy news, a friend is giving me a goldfish that has been in a bowl for five years! I don't know the exact size but it is certainly bigger than the fish I have now, which are young ones: 2 inches, 2 1/4 inches, and 3 inches. All of the fish are common or comet goldfish. When I get home with the fish, I will be playing musical aquariums, moving fish around, and getting the new fish into QT. But at the end of the story, will all four fish be able to live together? Or will the larger, older fish harrass the smaller, younger ones? Nobody is in there yet, but eventually all 4 fish will end up in a 40-gallon tank.
  11. I'm a newbie here so I feel strange posting a suggestion, but I suppose the more experienced people will sort me out if I'm wrong. I used crushed cuttlebone to bring pH up (boiled the cuttlebone first) plus a little baking soda too. I had read on this site that people put pieces of cuttlebone in their filter - but that did not have a quick effect, and when making large water changes, I wanted the pH corrected right away. I also tried crushed coral, but that didn't have a quick effect either. Glitterfish, I hope you can find some solutions because I enjoy your company here, too!
  12. Good points, Sushi, especially the one about it being a health hazard. Also, I wonder what will happen to the fish at the end of the school year - do they go home with children for the summer? In any case, they may need to find new homes come June.
  13. Gardengirl, some more thoughts (I ended up tossing and turning and thinking about this anyway.) One thing that might cause people (like the Principal for instance) to understand why you want to take care of the fish in your room - it does reflect on you! Suppose parents, School Board members, or even teachers who didn't know the story, visited your classroom and found dead and starving fish in the tanks. What would they think? Anyone who did not know your long-term reputation would possibly think you are not a very concientious teacher. I'd be surprised if one teacher messing up another teachers's classroom is considered ok. If someone went into his classroom and cluttered it up and left it in disarray, I'll bet he wouldn't like it - and this has worse consequences than a few books and papers out of place. If you think this is going to turn out to be confrontational in any way, you might want to keep some notes on what you do. That way, you will have your facts to calmly say things like, "Since I started taking care of them last month, we haven't lost any fish, and when I got here, there were 5 dead fish that had to be removed." Again, good luck!
  14. These kinds of stories break my heart. Especially when they involve schools, where young people are "learning" from this experience - what terrible things are they learning - to disregard other living things? I hope you do get to make a difference here, gardengirl. But it is so impossible to to make people change or think. I applaud you for taking the time to care for the fish as much as you can - I hope you can pull it off. I'm going to just shoot out some ideas, most of which you've probably thought of and discarded, but here goes anyway. First thing you might need to know: Is it possible that this other teacher who doesn't change water hostile to the prior teacher, and what this prior teacher has accomplished? Why is he trying to "take over" the realm of the prior teacher? (Can somebody throw him a different thing he can "take over", other than the fish tanks?) If you could figure that out, this may help you in dealing with him. Would it be just possible that you "forgot" that he was taking care of the fish, and did it yourself this once... or twice... and the guy realized he didn't have to do any work, he would just let all of it slide? Never, never say anything against him, and just smile brightly and say how much you enjoy the lovely fish. Then when they are fat and happy and doing well, maybe people will be able to see this is how it's really done? Another thought: Sounds like someone needs to "gift" some books on fish care to the school library. Maybe the librarian could put them out on a display of "new books." Displayed or not, you could innocently take a book out, bring it into the classroom, and consult the book... (That way you're not the bad guy, you are yielding to a higher authority.) Also: It sounds like the teacher who left might be in a bad situation, leaving so suddenly. But sometimes people who are ill appreciate others calling on and remembering them. Would it be possible to call, ask how he is doing, and ask if he has any books on fish care you could borrow? (Or even if he had any books that he could recommend.) THEN you can say that the books came from or were recommended by the prior teacher, and it gives them some authority - books gifted along with the fish. Another angle: I don't know if you are teaching any kind of natural science in your classroom, but you might like to teach a segment on Biosphere II - an artificial closed ecosystem in the late 1980's - that didn't quite work. It almost sounds like your Earth Science teacher across the hall is trying to prove that he can kill fish in a closed ecosystem - much as Biosphere II did. I am no expert on the Biosphere projects, but they had many failure points. The aquarium is also a closed ecosystem. And like Biosphere II, it will need outside resources to be added in order to keep going. Perhaps the aquariums could be part of the lesson??? Anyway, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biosphere_2 Another thought: If the prior teacher gifted the fish to the school, who pays for the food, filters, supplies? Awareness of fish the through Bake Sale? I know, I'm grasping at straws... By the way, the ASPCA has a single page on fish care - nothing elaborate, very minimal, but it describes much better than what the fish are getting now. It might serve you somehow - with the ASPCA name recognition. (If they see the name ASPCA, they might also realize that there is information on their site for reporting animal cruelty.) You could just print out the "Fish Care" page and leave it lying around... I know, all of these are longshots, but I could either toss and turn and not be able to sleep, or type a lot to you. GOOD LUCK!!!
  15. I have been reading that one should only buy frozen brine shrimp that is labeled "bacteria free." Is there a particular brand that I should look for? I did buy a package of it, but now I realize that it does not say anything about bacteria on the package. I am wondering - should I cook the tiny shrimp in the microwave? I did feed it to them a few times, and they loved it, but now I am concerned. Thanks!
  16. The jar on the Potassium Permanganate says "For use to regenerate manual iron removal systems." I think that means it's for water softeners. I didn't think of Home Depot which is close by - I made a trip to Sears. It wasn't on the shelves, I had to ask for it. Maybe because it can cause burns if it's not diluted. It came as a little jar of purple crystals. My plants all get a bath of it (very dilute solution) when they come in, to remove nasty beasties.
  17. I am getting a new 40 gallon tank delivered today! I can't wait! But before I go putting my fish into it, I would like to know how to clean it - do I need to use Potassium Permanganate on a new tank? Or would something less caustic do the trick. Ammonia? Salt? (I know, no soap.) It's brand new, so it won't come with the last inhabitants' bacteria and parasites, at least. Thanks!
  18. Good points, I think I'll pass on the reptile tanks. But good idea on cleaning with ammonia. I'll use that tip in the future. Thanks!
  19. I have been looking for a large, used tank. Sometimes I find them and it says they have been used by reptiles. Is it safe to get such a tank and clean it, or not? And if it would be ok, how would one clean it properly? Thanks!
  20. They're so adorable! I hope you can share more pictures as they grow up!
  21. I will be very interested in hearing if the crystals work out better than the other products. I too am worried about contaminants in our city water, and better ways to control it would be great. If they do work out, I think I found a source: http://www.chemistrystore.com/Sodium_Thiosulfate_Uses.htm (They mention removing of chlorine so I think this is it.) Good luck to you and your fishes.
  22. I didn't know whether to post it in the section on water quality, or in the pond area. Anyway, it's a question about my aquarium, but it relates to the fact that the fish will be going into a pond. I have had a heater in my aquarium, especially when I was treating with meds, and I brought the temp up to over 70 (don't want to wake the fish up now to check exactly.) My husband thinks I should take the heater out now that they are healthy and doing well. They are going to be pond fish in the spring, and we don't want them to be too accustomed to being so warm that we can't get them into the pond until August. These are common/comet goldfish, not fancy ones. What do you all think? Also -- would one of those winter pond heaters be good to get the water temperature up in the Spring a little faster, again, so I can get the fish into the pond? (Please be flattered everyone, husband said I should ask for advice here - he's starting to appreciate you all, sort of second-hand. )
  23. In looking at a 30-gallon tank, I find that it comes in a "long", a "regular" and a "tall" version. I seem to remember reading someplace that more top surface area and a long swimming area might be better for my common/comet goldfish. Does anybody have any thoughts on that, or other pros and cons of the various heights? Thanks!
  24. 100 goldfish! But I would love to have such a huge pond. Let's see, going by 20 gallons per fish - I could end up with 50! I was thinking maybe, about 10 fish? And then apparently they would multiply... My first two fish eat from my fingertip, and are quite tame. I probably shouldn't get them too tame, or they would come to every stray cat in the neighborhood. That's why I talk to them before I feed them... They DO come when I call them. But do they really know the difference? Maybe it would be for the best that they hid for a year or so. (P.S. Husband thinks I'm nuts, and this is about the only place I could admit to such things. )
  25. I currently have three small common/comet goldfish, about 2-3 inches long. The plan is to put them into a pond this year (about 1000 gallons.) My husband is concerned, though, if they would be too small for a pond. I would plan on giving them plenty of hiding places and plants. They have been growing very fast - I got two of them in December, and they seem to have doubled in size since then - and gotten much fatter as well. How fast will they grow in a pond, and will they be big enough to over-winter in 10 months or so? And while I'm asking - how many goldfish should I plan on putting in there? I want to find them and quarantine them in plenty of time. (One such lovely just HAD to come home with me today. Did that ever happen to anyone? ) Thanks much!
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