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  1. I have just spent half an hour with a calculator, and I'm still not sure I have an answer. Does anybody have any thoughts on this, good links on how to calculate, or other suggestions? We have a 13 foot round pond, 2 feet deep, 5 adult goldfish about 6 inches long. And fry!
  2. Installing a cross-beam in the basement! Now that's a fish project!
  3. Many people would hesitate to go to a local pet shop for advice - we've all been burned by people in the shops who don't know that much. I, myself, don't keep Bettas, but it is my understanding that they do fine in a well set-up small tank (but not vases as I have often seen them in!) I hope during your research you can get some good information from people who keep Bettas here. Mean time, on your poor little goldie - is it possible that you could get him out of the bowl and put him into a clean Rubbermaid container? Not elegant, but it could help with a lot of problems to have him in a larger amount of water. It really is less work, actually, in a larger tank. In a tiny amount of water, every little problem is magnified and waste builds up fast. And don't be afraid to look at used tanks - sometimes you can get good deals on tanks with all the filters, etc., when a person tires of the hobby, or upgrades to an even larger tank. Good luck, and I think it's great that you are reading up on the subject!
  4. Good question, Nomi. And thanks, daryl, for the detailed information. lynda - yes, I am looking at some fish from Goldfish Connection/Dandy Oranda's, and good point about the summer heat problems with shipping.
  5. That is fabulous! That's an ambitious piece of work to build, but almost more impressive that you designed it as well! Wow! Really, really nice! As SunshineGurl said:
  6. I don't know, maybe I will be ordering fish that will have to be sent via airplane. This makes me very nervous, as I have read horror stories about fish undergoing traumatic trips and arriving dead or traumatized. I would rather go without than have an animal hurt. But it seems that there are reputable dealers who do a good job sending fish through the mail, and I will do business with those dealers. That said, what should I expect and plan for? Would I have to pick the fish up at the airport? Where would a person even go to get a package with a pet in it? I've usually picked up people at an airport, not a package or pets. What should I have ready with me to bring the fish home. (It could be a 1-2 hour drive from the airport depending on time of day.) Should I have some water ready to do a bit of a water change? Should I ask the fish dealer what pH I should have it set to? I would have the cycled tank ready and waiting. I suspect the fish will have not been fed before their trip, so they would probably be hungry. I don't know exactly what to ask, but I'm hoping that people who have done this routinely will have some ideas on how to make this a smooth process.
  7. Oh, Tracey I wish I could look at those pictures and help! But that's way out of my league! One thing to think about, as Trinket says, is a new tank. A lot of people on this site, me included, have gotten used tanks really inexpensively. People get into the fish, then get either tired of it, or upgrade to a larger setup, and sell their tank and at a low price because it's unused and taking up too much space. Around here many people have had luck with craigslist, and I even see they have craigslist in the U.K. Anyway, I just wanted to pass along that there is nothing necessarily wrong with a used tank, as there are ways to clean and sterilize them. More water would sure help - the more water, the easier it is to keep things stable, it seems. And you do have a lot of fish, creating a lot of waste, making that ammonia go up in the blink of an eye. Just a thought, as I can't help with the medical side. Good luck!
  8. You have me worrying about the "wispy bits of slime" on your Black Moore. Until you can get a picture, you might like to look at different descriptions of diseases on Koko's, and see if any seem to fit - http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/disease.html Erinaceus talked about splitting the fish up, and maybe that would be a good idea - at least setting up the Black Moore in a "hospital" tank. That way he would be less likely to pass bacteria or whatever along to the other fish - and you wouldn't have gravel in there to harbor whatever nasties he might be carrying. Just a thought, and I hope someone else can help determine what's going on with him.
  9. I am out there vacuuming, so I will be removing water. The question is about putting the water it back in. I was thinking of putting the hose into the waterfall, because then it would most aerated and most likely to remove the chlorine. I will also add the de-chlorinator, but I do want to minimize stress on the fish and the beneficial bacteria. What do you think? Also, I've read about chlorine remover hose attachments. Should I invest in one of those?
  10. I guess the best fussing you can do is to keep the water quality really good, and get that medication in there. Hopefully Trinket or someone else can comment on the Moore's tail, especially if you can get a picture. You might want to check out Koko's information on diseases, in the mean time: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/disease.html Some medications don't mix with other medications and that could get tricky. Maybe it's good you have that other tank if you have to separate them. No idea about your filter question, as I said I'm fairly new at this myself. Six months ago, I was right where you are now! Some people think that the beneficial bacteria you buy are good, some say they are a waste of money. The beneficial bacteria that seemed to help me the most were a kind that was sold refrigerated, but I would have no idea if anything like that is available where you are. I did start up a pond this year, and yes, you cycle those too. The stuff I used was from a garden center and I think it did work, but boy did it smell bad. So I'm not sure how that would do in a house. You might want to try a separate post in the section on Tanks or even Ponds, to see if anybody will see that specific question and know the answer.
  11. Oh Tracey, I am so sorry about your fantail! It is so hard to watch your fish die, I know from my own experience, and every person on this site loves their fish and feels the same way. Trinket is one of the medical experts on this site, so whatever she says, she knows what she's talking about! Reading it, she says ASAP, so I guess that means right away, not waiting until things are perfect. With a lot of fish in a small tank, it could be hard to get things perfect and take a long time. Unfortunately, I know that meds in the U.K. are different from here or where Trinket is. If you need more information on that specific product, it might be worth a look in the "International Goldfish Help" section under U.K., because they do discuss information such as medications available in different countries. But this 911 site is really active for medical problems, so please come back! Some medications actually upset the cycle, so it's back to the old water changes to keep the water safe! Also, some medications require that you take out the carbon filter, so be sure to check that. Again, I am not familiar with that product. I wonder what's going on with your Moore - maybe you could give more information and possibly a picture? I like your idea about the new filter and keeping the old one, too. I've moved some fish around a bit lately, and when I take their filter with them, I don't have to keep starting up a new cycle. And for sure you will learn a lot here. It is amazing how much information there is, and we're always so happy when somebody comes along to join in that really cares about the fish.
  12. Good questions, I don't think I've ever seen any really complete descriptions either. One thing I can share - to clean the stuff in the gravel out, you can use a siphon. You can get one at a fish store.
  13. SunshineGurl - good work! You must have been able to make an impact on him without making him angry and defensive. That's so tricky to do! You must have a real talent with people! Yes, I agree with your idea to encourage him! Hey, maybe even bring a friend by during lunch to see the tank and "show off" the fish in your office. It sounds like he is willing to make further improvements, like the vacuuming, now that the precedent is set. A little algae - well, you could think of it as a midnight snack for the goldies.
  14. Hi Tracey. Trinket really knows best, and you are now in good hands! If she says that 50-60% water changes minimium with no ammolock, go for it! When you do water tests, you will know if you have to change out more water. Sounds like she is focusing on water quality for sure, including the pH. She did also mention the dimilin (or UK equivalent) for the fish lice. Is that listed as an ingredient in any of the products you have? Yes, a bigger tank sounds great. In your small tank, it's going to be tough to keep the water in good condition.
  15. Hopefully a moderator will come on soon to give better advice - I'd be sort of stuck just like you. The really medically knowledgable people are all over the world, and come in at various times. I am trying to think of the kinds of things that might come up in your discussion with them, in case someone comes on when you are asleep, so they can start to answer. Have you got the ammonia, nitrite and nitrates down with water changes? Are you using one med or two? You mentioned "disease free king british" and also "white spot control." Do you know what the active ingredient in the med you are using has in it? In the article on this site on fish lice that I mentioned, it tells talks about meds, and maybe you are in fact already using it. (Of course, moderators may have other suggestions.) Do you have aeration in the tank? And how about the size of your filter? When you up upgraded from the smaller tank, do you have a filter for that tank, too, if you needed to set it up temporarily as a separate hospital tank? Sorry again that I don't have more help to offer!
  16. Yikes! For information on fish lice, you might try to read up on this: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/Fish%20Lice.html One might worry about putting too many different meds in at the same time, and the moderators really will have specific ideas about what to do, I'm sure. Good point, Erinaceus, about stirring up nasty stuff in the gravel! You can bring in new nasties with fish or with plants. There are techniques here on how to manage that, but that can be for another time.
  17. I should say that I'm still a bit new at this myself, and I especially don't know the medical stuff. But I will share what I have learned. You can up your pH with baking soda. Might take some experimentation to figure out how much. Sometimes just a pinch would do it for me. Your pH out of the tap is within the range that goldfish like (lucky you!) but Erinaceus said to keep it up where it is, so as not to stress the fish. If you decide at some point that you need to have a good product that ups the pH and keeps it steady, folks recommend Buff-It-Up available on-line from Goldfish Connection. You may not need it, though, in the long run. I do think some of my early problems were caused by too much gravel. There must have been some nasty stuff living in there. Many people here recommend bare-bottom tanks, some don't go that far. I have a scattering of little rocks at the bottom, but I vacuum it a lot, and sometimes even take it out and boil it. When some of the serious medical experts come on, you will get a lot of really excellent medical advice. But the first thing they always want to work on is understanding the water quality, and getting that right, so you're off to a good start.
  18. So sorry about your beautiful little fish. I can vouch for the fact that getting the water right is key, and once that's right and you have your tank cycled (handling ammonia properly) plus a maintenance routine that works, they are really not so much trouble to take care of. At this point, water changes are key, as Erinaceus says. At one point, I was doing 80% water changes every day, things were so bad! I, too, am curious about the gravel. It may be harboring harmful organisms that caused your fishes' problems. When you do a water change, are you vacuuming with a siphon? For sure, the people here have all the details - sometimes more than your head can take in all it once! But after a while it all makes sense. I do think the goldfish liven up the place, and really are a lot of fun. Welcome to Koko's!
  19. I think they are about 7 weeks old, though I seem to have had several batches of them, so I'm not exactly sure. Excluding tails, one is about an inch long, the others are a little bit smaller. I had many more in the tank, but I put most in the pond, and kept 4 inside. They are at the stage where they often swim in a group, and come to the side of the tank to look at me when I come into the room. When will I get a hint of color? Right now they are light bronze on top, but their little bellies are whitish. Sometimes I think I see a glimmer of orange in their scales as they swim, but I am probably just imagining things.
  20. I was just curious about the tails on the fry. My little ones have what look like common tails, but I think both the parents have longer comet tails. Do they grow more as the fish get older?
  21. Beyond the plants that we can buy specifically as water plants, there are some that normally grow on land, but can do very well growing right in the pond, either in a pot, a floating island, or maybe in a waterfall. I've learned on this site about Peace Lily and Spider Plant, and can vouch for the fact that they are doing well. Can folks share some of the other plants they've found, that successfully grow in the water?
  22. On inexpensive water plants: I've been learning that you don't have to use "water plants" per se, and that other plants do very well in the pond. I in fact do have a Peace Lily that has more white "flowers" than I've ever seen on one, growing in a floating island. And I have a spider plant (the house plant, not cleome) in there, too, and it's really happy. Of course these things are houseplants, and wouldn't over-winter. But I've been able to pick up house plants at places like Wall-e World and big home improvement stores, often on sale. What reminded me of all this is that I went to one just now and came back with a 4-pack of decent-sized creeping jenny, $1.50. (Ok, I'm bad, I also got a bunch of other rescue plants from the discount section of half-dead plants.) I do have creeping jenny in an island and it's doing fine so far. Know what, I'm going to start a thread about non-water plants that people have in the water.
  23. Lecturing the fish? I'd be very interested in your technique for building floating islands. I've built a few, one that I like, many that I don't.
  24. Those were good questions that I've been wondering about also. I am now wondering - the dechlorinator products that I can find seem to also have some slime coat protectant in them. So is there a reason to use them anyway, even if the water is aerated for days and the chlorine/chloramines test as removed?
  25. Listening to you all, I'm starting to worry. Techniques such as what Chrissy_Bee suggested, not keeping a QT tank, do not appear to help. Is there a "Carassius auratus Anonymous" where we can seek help? Do we want help? Nawwwwww... We want fish!
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