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  1. Many of the members here take such excellent photos of their fish. My pictures are always terrible, especially when I try to do anything in macro. If I get a decent shot, it's by sheer luck. Can any of you experts share some tips? What kind of camera do you use? Do you use manual settings, a tripod, a flash? Anything you could share would be sure to help!
  2. Ooooh! Ahhhh! I love fantails! Great names, Moon and Sunrise.
  3. My new thought is that the fish are having a love-fest, and scraping up against the rocks. Tangerine is in love with Ghost, and has been following her for days. And Mandarin (I did see her in egg-fattened state) has probably been chased, too. I've brought plants back in from the pond, and put them into the fishless tank I'm trying to get ready for the frog (if he ever gets legs), and next thing you know I have a second batch of tiny fish swimming around! (I put them with the others into the more-hospitable 40-gallon tank, and I think I have about nine fish in there now, with the four original ones already looking like real fish.) The cycling is a concern for sure as well. I had no idea nitrites would get to .5 so fast. But this morning, after a downpour, nitrites .25, at least as far as the bucket would go down. I did a 100 gallon water change anyway, using the sump pump. I hope these fish appreciate this. My life was normal before fishes. Now I have no idea what I'd do without them. I sat by the pond trying to get pictures, and managed to get one of the side of the fish without the black spot. The side with the spot looks the same as shown below, except picture a dark pencil dot right in the middle of the gill. (Pouring rain again right now, and I can't really try pictures again until it stops.) I found a piece on Koko's (on the disease list page) about Melanophore Migration, a black spot which appears during healing. I hope it is something like this, rather than some sort of parasite. Given what I think are abrasions, maybe? The fish really are all very active and seem healthy. I gave them more slime coat protectant, and also added a full dose of Microbe-lift beneficial bacteria. Boy did that stuff stink! I guess I could say it smelled "natural" so maybe it will give the pond a cycling boost. Mean time, I have to learn how to catch the fish.
  4. I, too, am very curious about this, but I haven't found anything written on it. Here are some thoughts, though not answers. If you could come up with large pieces of old driftwood, and if you knew somebody with a band saw, they may be able to cut them up into boards. My thought is that pine woods would probably be bad with all the resins. I believe they make turpentine from pine resin. Of course, people and birds are not fish, but these lists may help narrow your research: This list has trees toxic to humans, and lists the part of concern (leaves, bark, wood): http://old.mendelu.cz/~horacek/toxic.htm Woods safe and toxic to birds are listed here: http://www.birdsafe.com/woods.htm I have been wondering about hard maple myself. Also, I am thinking of bamboo. I have kept live bamboo in the aquarium and the pond. One of my ideas is to drill the bamboo, and lash it together to make a little table to set plants on. If you ever do find any information, let us know.
  5. I had a fish that would stay at the bottom when I first got him, and had him in QT. Then when I put him in with other fish, he really perked up! I do hope the problem is just shipping stress. That must be a frightening experience. Keep us posted!
  6. Your fish are absolutely adorable! And you take the most wonderful pictures, too.
  7. I was at a meeting of our local koi club about a month ago, and a member who sells koi and goldfish showed us some of his fancy goldfish. One of the fish he showed us was a Bristol Shubunkin, which he noted was hard to find. Ed does not breed goldfish, but must have a source of unusual varieties. Anyway, it might be worth contacting him about them. http://www.koi-art.com/goldfish-store.html Good luck!
  8. Joy, I'm glad you asked this question. I've had that question, too. I can't even bear to cull my flowers that self-seed, let alone a little living pet! But I am also worried about being overrun with tiny fishes. I've read that clove oil is recommended, too. Such a sad topic.
  9. This might sound like a trivial question - but it's quite distressing! We have a fish that has some problems (posted in disease forum) and I want to catch her. We bought a large net with very fine holes, and we thought we'd either nudge her into a washbasin, or catch her in the net and pick her up in the washbasin. What dreaming! These fish do not want to be caught. Maybe the fine net was a mistake. I am thinking it would be easier to move the net through the water if it had larger holes. Thoughts? Any ideas on catching fish in a pond? They are 4-5 inch long common and comet goldfish, in a 1300 gallon pond. We're going to have to learn to catch them!
  10. We have 5 goldfish, about 4-5 inches long, that live in a pond as of 2 weeks ago. I had them in a 40-gallon aquarium for many months prior to that, and they were very healthy. In the pond, they had fun playing in the waterfall, but I think several fish got some scrapes on the rocks. One fish is sort of whitish on one side, maybe an abrasion. Another fish has a problem that I am actually more worried about - the gills have some whitish on them, like the one I think may be an abrasion, but on one gill there is a charcoal gray spot! It is right in the center of the gill. We tried very hard to catch them this morning, to get pictures, but no luck. If they get brave again, I will try to get a picture of the gray spot, while they are swimming in the pond. The pond is still cycling, unfortunately. We will try changing out some water today. My thought on the abrasions, is if I can ever catch them, is to put some peroxide on it. But on the gill - I would hate to put anything on the gills. Any thoughts on that gray spot? Mean time, I have to try to learn how to catch fish. Ammonia Level? .25 Nitrite Level? .5 Nitrate level? 2 Ph Level 7.2 (stabilized with Buff-It-Up) KH 0 Chloramines 0 API test kit, test strip for chloramines 1300 gallon pond, running 3 weeks 3000 gallons per hour pump Haven't changed water yet - pond vacuum on order Microbe Lift protectant for pond fish (slime coat protection, microbe protection) No medications Fish were put into pond 2 weeks ago Fish are fed Pro Gold sinking pellets and floating pellets Fish act very normal and are very active
  11. If you can post more pictures as they grow, that would be great! It is so much fun watching them grow, and I can't wait to see what they will look like. Such cuties, and they are getting big!
  12. I am not an expert, but I will share my experience and what I've read. You might want to look into a pH buffer like Buff-it-up. I used to use baking soda, and that did not "hold" the pH at a given level. When the review says it keeps the pH "rock solid", that is my experience, too. My thought, though, is to use it to keep it stable at a somewhat lower level - 8.2 sounds quite high to me. Perhaps you could do an experiement with old tank water, and if it worked out, then you wouldn't have to worry about your water out of the tap (which from my reading is actually in a good range for Goldfish) changing to that high level - good when you have to do frequent or large water changes. Maybe the chemistry buffs here could tell us, but I think the buffer would keep it maintained at a certain level, and not just raise the pH level, as baking soda would do. I am curious why your pH would go up so much. Do you have crushed coral or rocks with limestone in the tank? Interestingly, they say that driftwood lowers pH, maybe some of that might help? What is the KH in the tank? That could be an interesting factor. I do not have a "high pH" problem - quite the opposite - so I will be interested in seeing how you work this one out.
  13. The "Pond Fairy" seems to have given you a lot of ponds! How exciting!
  14. After the big fish went out into the pond, I thought I had an empty tank, so I bought 3 tadpoles, and one died overnight. The others have been doing well for several days now, and seem active and healthy. They are still pretty small and don't have legs yet. I do worry about them with the fish, too, but they seem so happy in there I hate to change anything. As for food, I am hoping that there's plenty in there for them. I always used a feeding dish for the fish, so I used it for the tadpoles too, and on several occasions I found one in the dish, where I had put some some goldfish food. Next thing you know, it was gone. They also have some previously frozen lettuce. And now, leftover brine shrimp. And the tank, though I did a 75% water change for the tadpoles, still has plenty of algae on the back and sides, and isn't squeaky clean. There are plants, lots of hornwort for everybody to hide in, and their ornament. Overall, it looks kind of "pond like" rather than a nice pristine fish tank. But the water is good. So I am hoping for the best for both fish and frogs. Mean time, I put water in a 10-gallon tank, filter, bubbler, a plant, and some ammonia, and I'll see if I can get some algae growing there. The father of the fry has to be my 5-year-old rescue fish, who was the only one who had breeding stars. The fry seem bigger than they were yesterday.
  15. Four, there are definitely four of them that I can find. One is smaller than the others, so I wonder if he's new and just ventured out from the plants? They seem to like to go to the places in the tank that have the most light - I have a light at one end, and it also gets some window light through the algae. Here are a few pictures: I put some frozen baby brine shrimp in, but nobody showed much interest in it. I hope they're finding other good things to eat. I also covered the filter intakes with nylon hose and a rubber band. So now they should be safe. One of the two tadpoles went bumbling into their area, and the fish shot away like lightning, so I'm thinking I don't have to worry about that at least yet. Here's a tadpole: I am reading that at this stage they eat algae and detritus from the bottom, so it's like having a bottom feeder. He doesn't have a big frog-mouth yet, just a little mouth. The two of them mostly stay at the bottom, or cling to the sides. Maybe they will clean up the brine shrimp that the fish don't find. It was funny when I put the fish into the pond, I would go into the "fish room" and see the empty tank, and it was like there was something missing. Well, no more, now there is a whole menagerie!
  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We were very worried about what to do, but we're also excited. The bigger fishes in the pond are also doing some bumping about... I thought water gardening was going to be a calming experience. Maybe I need to rethink that.
  17. I took the goldfish out of the 40-gallon about a week ago, and didn't have a chance to clean it -- and I was also thinking that a nicely cycled tank would be good if I found a new fish at the fish show this weekend. Mean time, in the tank I found fry! Maybe 2-3 of them only. Now what do I do! What do I feed them? I have some frozen baby brine shrimp, but will they even find it in such a large tank? It has a lot of algae on one side, but it doesn't seem that they eat that - they need protein, yes? To complicate matters, there are two little tadpoles in there. I think the fry are too big and fast for the tadpoles to eat - so far... And they like their soupy algae tank, too. What a situation! The tadpoles eat the algae, so I'm thinking if anybody gets moved, it's the fry - if I can find and catch them. Thoughts? I am now understanding the panic I've been reading about, when somebody gets eggs and fry unexpectedly! My husband is enchanted by them. I've said he's now a fish-dad, just in time for Father's Day!
  18. Balsa wood, that would be safe? I thought only driftwood was safe. My husband is good with wood, but we hesitate to make something for the pond - but it would be great if we could!
  19. Thanks - I will check out the lfs for tadpole food. One of them was munching on the algae, so I take that as a good sign.
  20. I just got 3 tadpoles, and I was going to put them into the aquarium now that the fish are in the pond. Problem is, what do I feed them? How about frozen brine shrimp? Do I need to quarantine them like I do fish? Could they be carrying the same kinds of diseases? Should I dose them with Prazi? Any info on what to do with these little guys would be most helpful!!!
  21. My fish are so fat, I wonder if they will eat anything I don't hand to them on their terra-cotta platter. Thanks for the info on the parrot feather - I will have to look that one up. I have 3 water lettuces but I think I should get some more. I have 3 water hyacinths also, so we'll see how they do. The fish are small - 5 of them, 3-4 inches long excluding their tails, so with any luck they won't bother the plants much.
  22. I do hope they are just having fun! They look like they are just playing, but I'm not a fish (oh, Trinket, you are a fish, so maybe you know better .) I will definitely keep an eye on the fish and the temperature. My thought is to feed them in the same spot, in their dish. This is near the middle of the pond - I have to wade in to do it. The idea is to not associate the side of the pond with feeding, just in case a raccoon gets any ideas. They really love the Pro-Gold sinking pellets, but maybe at some point I will try something that floats, and throw it into the middle. But I so miss being mobbed and nibbled by my hungry little ones, when I'd feed them in the tank. In their tank, they had some little terra-cotta plant saucers that I put food in. In the pond, I've scaled up in size - a large plastic terra-cotta colored plant saucer. Having fed them there only once, yesterday afternoon, they came right over this morning when I went in the pond, and ate their goodies immediately.
  23. We put the fish in the pond yesterday - pH and temp were the same as their tank, and they didn't seem too upset. They seemed to like the green plastic tables in the center for hiding, and also ventured out a bit to explore. I fed them in a plastic dish near their tables, and they found it right away, and ate it all up. This morning I went out into the pond to put food in their dish, and they weren't as friendly as they were in their tank, but they did swim around me a bit. And of course they ate every bite! Here's the pond: This morning there was some peculiar behavior at the waterfall. For all appearances, one fish appears to be trying to jump up the waterfall. Picture salmon going upstream to spawn. The other fish do go under the waterfall and stay there for a bit also, but do not try to jump. They do all swim about the pond as well, but the waterfall seems to attract the most interest. This all makes me worry that the water (78 degrees) is too hot and there is not enough oxygen in the water, except for the waterfall area. But no fish are gasping at the surface. Right under the waterfall it ought to be well oxygenated, so why does one jump? And they do swim and poke about otherwise. Here is a picture of cavorting under the waterfall: The one who is jumping is my old, rescue fish that spent 5 years in a fish bowl. So maybe there is some impairment from long nitrate exposure. He is a male fish, as he had pronounced breeding stars this spring - is it possible that this is related to breeding? The others are babies and maybe have no interest yet? The area will be shaded by noon-time, in fact shade covers some of the pond already by 10:15. We have one more day of near-record-breaking temperatures (91), then we should be back in the 70's. If the water temp goes too high, should I try to change the water? And what is too high? Or do I really need to consider a bubbler also? Could this be the same bubbler that I put in the pond for over-wintering?
  24. Fantastic pond!!! I love it! The plantings look great in there, too. I'm sure the fish will love it! (BTW: I am glad to see that I am not the only one who weeds grass. )
  25. I'll definitely watch the temperature, thanks. So far it's a few degrees lower than their tank in the house, but it is going to 90 this weekend! We rarely get that hot even in the summer, and for this early in the year, I take it as a very bad sign. It is shaded most of the day, one end getting about 4 hours of morning sun. I have no hope of ever getting a lotus to bloom there. I have planted water lilies - will they help with keeping water cool?
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