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  1. I've read that freezing the lettuce leaves more nutrition than boiling, but that lettuce isn't highly nutritious to start with. The fiber sounds like a good idea in any case. I'll have to check out the spinach.
  2. This is not a fish question, it's a frog question, but since it's really a filter question, I hoped someone might have some information. I am going to be setting up an aquarium with half land half water, for a tadpole. The water level will be quite low in the tank, maybe 7 inches. A filter that hangs over the side of the tank (such as what I have for the fish) would not do, because it would have to pump the water very far up, then fall very far down, creating a lot of noise and spash. I have been reading about in-aquarium filters that suction-cup to the inside of the aquarium, at whatever level the water is. I found them looking up terrarium filters, and they are used for frogs and turtles. I am thinking about getting one of these, but I have no idea what to get. Does anybody have any experience with one of these?
  3. Great that Minibus is doing better! I hope the meds do their magic, and quickly. Just in case you do decide you need potassium permanganate, here are some thoughts. You might try the household appliance section of a home store, such as our Sears department store (not sure what the equivalent would be in Sweden.) If you go to the department where they sell washing machines, etc. they may have this product. It is for water softener equipment, and it removes iron. I got this tidbit from Daryl on Koko's: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...st&p=720140 At Sears, I had to ask them for it, as it was stored in the back room (I guess they don't put odd chemical products out on shelves.) Also these products have been mentioned on this site as having potassium permanganate: Permoxyn, and Jungle Pond Oxy Clear. Your shubunkin is lovely, and I do hope she does ok!
  4. Hi Lorelei, sorry I'm picking up on this thread so late. But I wanted to share that I had almost exactly the same experience at a LFS. I was new to fishkeeping, and went there looking for help on fishless cycling - and they absolutely could not understand the whole concept, adding ammonia, etc. And they work in a fish store! Had nobody ever mentioned it to them, and had they never looked it up on the internet? It's too sad. It's a really excellent concept that works well. I've used the BioSpira product, and it did work for me, but the cycling did still take about a week. Hopefully the Stability will work well for you also. My KH is usually zero or one, and I still manage to have a cycled tank - I use Buff-It-Up to stabilize the pH. I sympathize with you about the very soft water, but my bacteria don't seem to mind terribly much. I think fishless cycling is the best thing. No fish are harmed, and you can really push the ammonia to high levels and get the cycle moving - once you have the right bacteria in there. So good luck with it, and keep us posted on progress! Are any nitrates showing up at all yet?
  5. Not everyone would be excited to see frogs in their pond, but I am! We were walking around the pond today and heard the unmistakeable plop of a frog jumping into the water. Later, my husband walked around the pond examining every rock, and found him, a little dark frog with a yellow smile. We don't know what kind he is yet. Apparently, he finds the habitat suitable. Soon he will have company - the little tadpole I'm growing up in the aquarium is getting legs. If that wasn't enough excitement for one day, we were actually sitting on our chaise lounges pond-side (at last!) and what should appear but two hummingbirds, male and female! They like to sip from the "Black and Blue" Salvia - they've visited them for three years in a row now. The label on this particular kind of salvia says "attracts hummingbirds" and believe it or not, it really does! I have never kept a hummingbird feeder, but maybe this year I should start. The troubling of five in the pond are still doing well, and their babies are growing huge in the indoor aquarium. One was tearing vigorously at a bit of pea today. What a grand day!
  6. As far as that body-twisting, when you did the large water change, was the pH matched pretty well? Also, how do you get the water to the same temperature - leave it out overnight? I have been told here that it is best not to add warm water from the tap, which may have picked up minerals from the water heater. Just some thoughts. The little ones really grow fast, don't they!
  7. Thanks for the info on coco fiber, jsrtist. Based on that, I'm not going to try it right now. I ended up making my floating island with a plastic basket, some rocks on the bottom for ballast, then some lava rocks (pond bio-media), and then some "Hydro Balls - Lightweight Expanded Clay Terrarium Substrate." Found it while researching frog stuff. As it turns out, it acts as a bio-media for damp-loving terrestrial animals. But you can also use it under their damp "forest floor" material and pump water through it, so it apparently doesn't degrade. I first noticed it because of the clay component, because that is what my gravely water plant potting mix is - only this is not gravel, more like little rounded brown clay lumps. I thought it looked natural. I also put some round aquarium media in there, because I was short a little. Anyway, this experiment is to see if a bio-media is good for growing plants on the floating island. I like the idea of putting more media for beneficial bacteria in the pond. P.S. Based on your experience with the dove building a nest in the coco-mat hanging planter, I bought two of them at the fabric store - on sale! I think I'll put one out this year and see if any second-nesters use it. A longshot, but something to try. Also an excuse to grow some more plants.
  8. Someone told me that if you use algae tablets for feeding, you have to be "careful" that it does not cause algae in your tank. But since I let algae grow at the back of the tank anyway, I didn't think this was a bad thing. I don't know if it's true - I had algae before I started using algae tablets. But if you really have a great environment for algae, and only brown grows, I wonder if it would be worth trying an algae tablet to see if something green will grow. Again, I don't know myself, just passing along second-hand information.
  9. Bravo! I love to hear rescue stories, and they certainly needed it. Beautiful fish, and I'm sure with good care they will thrive! Looking forward to more pictures!
  10. I wondered what happened to all those fish that came with the tank, and it seems to be turning out well. Sorry about the little fry, though.
  11. I was looking into hydroponics to give some hints as to how to grow plants in a pond. I currently have some plants in the pond, in floating islands which have basket-type pots. The pots are filled with sort of a gravely planting material, and it seems to work fine. But I would rather not use the gravel stuff, so I was looking for alternatives. One of the materials that hydroponics people use is coconut fiber. It says it does not affect pH, and is also sold as a bedding/substrate for animals like toads. Since these are sensitive creatures, I am thinking that coconut fiber would not do much to the water, and wouldn't harm the fish, while at the same time being a good thing to grow the plants in. I know it's an off-the-wall idea, but I wondered if anybody had any thoughts on it.
  12. I am completely taken by two-tailed, no-headed monstrous Sarasa! Isilme, do you breed them? I might be interested.
  13. Such cute little ones, with darker eyes than mine have. You have double-tailed fishes in the pond? I would love to have some. What kind specifically do you have? I love fry!
  14. It is interesting that you both saw this non-schooling behavior. It is so interesting to see their personalities. I will definitely pay attention to their changing behavior as they grow, and watch for schooling next month. I feed the babies Hikari First Bites, which they seem to like. I also give them frozen baby brine shrimp about every 4 days or so, but I actually saw fish spit them out on two separate occasions, so I'm not sure they like them. I also put an adult sinking Pro-Gold pellet into their dish once in a while, just in case they become ready for it. Any thoughts on when this should be? At this point, I'm not sure who is eating it - probably the tadpole. The tadpole gets spirulina algae tablets and shrimp pellets, and I've seen the goldfish poking around his dish, too. And they have algae on the back wall of the aquarium which is always of interest. A few times, I saw a little fish tearing vigorously on the hornwort. I know, I know, I'm not supposed to have the tadpole and the fish in the same tank. But it's such a nice, large green habitat, and I hate to ruin it for anybody. Frogs are apparently very hard to keep, too, and I hate to make a change. I want frogs in the pond very much. On a frog forum, they warn me how much ammonia goldfish produce, and here I read it is not recommended. But in truth, nobody seems to bother anyone, and nobody's been eaten. My only concern is when he gets a big frog-mouth (maybe a month) and could actually go after the fish, but if they grow this fast, I probably don't have to worry. In any case, they will all have to live in the pond eventually anyway. Right now, he's huge and bumbling, and the fish are very fast (just like their parents!) It will be interesting to see how their colors change. When I got my first "feeder fish" in December, I think they were about 1/2 inch longer than these are, and they were orange. It will be interesting to see these change - or maybe they will stay chocolate-colored.
  15. Oh, Chrissy_Bee, I would love to know someone who would take care of fish properly while I'm away! It is a real problem, for sure - I have no idea how to find someone to care for my little ones! Maybe the ad isn't such a bad idea!
  16. I have fry that are about a month old. Is it practical to think of putting them into the pond with their parents this year, or should I start planning to keep the aquarium up and running for them this winter? Just trying to think ahead. I am thinking they have to be big enough not to go through the skimmer basket (maybe 1/2 inch holes.) How fast will these little guys grow?
  17. Here's an update: The gills still have a gray-ish or white-ish cast, with a little dark gray/black spot on one of them. It may be a little less noticable, but maybe it's wishful thinking on my part. It is definitely not worse. A different fish that had the whitish-looking (what I called) scrape on the side seems to have improved. I am hoping it is just a healing thing from the scraping. And spawning was certainly going on - I have the fry to prove it. The fish has been and still is acting normally. Yes, it is possible that on the unseasonably hot, 90+ degree days, they were getting more oxygen under the waterfall, and they got scraped there. They haven't been playing "salmon" under the waterfall lately, so they either got bored, or the more normal, lower temperatures have caused oxygen to be better. The temperature in the water is 72 at this point. And/or maybe it was the ammonia or nitrite, especially with those high temps. Thankfully, at this point, the pond is cycled, and I get readings of ammonia:0, nitrite:0 and nitrate:0. That nitrate reading was strange to me, but it never was very high. I do have algae, and I also have plenty of plants that protrude up out of the water, so they should be eating the nitrates, but getting their oxygen from the air - at least that's the intent. Eating problems: None! These fish are little vacuum cleaners! I still need to get a black net and catch him, and get a picture. I truly hate the thought of doing that, and so I procrastinate. But I really do need to learn to catch fish. Thank you all for your thoughts on this.
  18. The fry are growing! They were first noticed as tiny bug-like creatures on June 12th, and now they look like real fish! This little one is about 3/4 inch long, excluding tail. (Ok, I could have posted the picture in the Worst Fishy Photos thread, but I'm still practicing all the suggestions folks have made, and it's still the best I can do. ) One thing I have noticed is that the fry do not school. Basically, they ignore one another, and spend all their time poking about and presumably eating. There are 4 large fry (about 3/4 inch long), and the other 5 or so are about half that size, hatched later. They have a 40-gallon long tank, so there is plenty of space for them to just hang out. Do fry normally school? Or are they so un-stressed in an aquarium so they do not feel the need? Also, when should I start seeing what color they will be? Do I see a hint of orange here, or am I just imagining things? They grow day by day, and it so much fun to see their progress!
  19. These are just a riot. And the descriptions add to the experience for sure! Educational, too. I never really understood scales in such detail before.
  20. Do you have any algae or plants in the fishless tank, that might be eating up the nitrates?
  21. When I first put my goldfish into their pond about a month ago, they started playing in the waterfall, jumping onto the rocks where the water flowed. They had never seen such a thing before! I was concerned, but they really seemed to be playing and enjoying their environment. Mine are fat little fish, too, and they seem to be doing fine, except that I think they may have gotten a scrape or two - which also doesn't seem to be slowing them down. How big are your fish? Could they actually get out and get beached?
  22. Well that is very interesting. Thanks for sharing the information.
  23. Worst fish photos - I'd be a contender in that category for sure! Thanks for the great advice, folks! I'm going to study each one in detail, and try things out. I have found that the lag time on pushing the button is quite long - but my husband thinks there is a "fast" mode of some sort. I had thought that "no flash" would be the rule, and would bother the fish. I will have to try the "push the button down half way" trick. That migth help a lot! It takes so much time for the auto focus to kick in, that I miss the fish and/or it is too blurry. I will definitely have to work on lighting, and setting shutter speed. On my camera (Canon Powershot S3IS) the manual focus is not turning the lens like I am used to, but there is a little rocker-button in an awkward place that is really hard to control. I found a small trick a while back - to feed the fish so they hover and chew - otherwise they fly around the tank too much. At least I could get them in range of the camera, but the pictures were still terrible. I also think that when they were in the aqarium, they saw the round, black lens of the camera and thought it was the maw of a predatory fish, and would avoid it. I don't think Photoshop Elements would fix my terrible pictures, but I will have to look into that "Smart Fix" feature. I'm so used to my old image tools that I haven't migrated to Photoshop, but I will check it out. I have to say again that I wouldn't have thought mere mortals could take such excellent pictures of fish if I hadn't seen them here. Thanks again, and any more suggestions, do pass them on!
  24. I just never knew the answer to that. Can you settle the question? Thanks!
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