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  1. Thank you for the link! I never built the pond because as it turns out we are moving! Can I have a pond in Vegas or does it get way to hot? I wouldn't want the fist to boil in the sun... ya know. I REALLY wanted the pond too.
  2. I'm sorry about your fish! The same thing happened in my tank while I was gone and I lost my baby too. Thank you for starting this thread because now I know what happened to my baby.
  3. I'm moving cross country from Houston, TX to Las Vegas, NV. How do I pack my sweet lionhead goldfish?? Would it be best for me to find her a new home even though I didn't want to give her away or is there a way I can pack her for the 2 day drive without hurting her? I don't want to stress her out.
  4. Darn! I knew I was going to get in trouble for the 2 week water changes. I thought that because it was 75 gals I could get away with it. Normally I do 100% water changes before I leave for a week. I'll do another 100% water change on the large tank today. Once that is done do you think I should move the 2 goldfish over to the large tank again or leave them were they are for now. They look like they are doing better other than the fins. Now that I know that the black spot is somthing healing and not something that will kill her. I feel much better! Nothing a some good clean water and time won't fix. As for the raised scales. It's only kind of raised towards the back of her near the tail. Do you think maybe that means she needs to poop more and needs peas? I may have been feeding her to many times a day. You know how cute goldfish are when they eat a cube of frozen blood worms!!!
  5. it doesn't have an airstone but it has a filter. I put the water level 2 inches lower so the water falling from the filter could help add air to the water. I have to pick up an extra air pump.
  6. ok, i'll get that info for you. I just changed the water in the QT tank so everything should be fresh.
  7. I have some Jungle Brand Anti-Bacteria Medicated Fish Food. should I give them some of that?
  8. thats a nice looking tank!! good job picking it out!!
  9. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 10 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.6 / high range pH 8.2 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, INC (drops) [*]Water temperature? [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gal / running over 6 months or so [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 Marineland Emperor Bio-Wheel 400 Power Filter How often do you change the water and how much? every 2 weeks 1/2 the tank [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 small butterfly koi, 1 small lionhead, and 1 med size lionhead [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? frozen blood worms, fish flakes, goldfish crisp, dried shrimp, etc.. [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? no [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? both have frayed fins and med size lionhead ALSO has a large black spot on one side of it's body with raised scales. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? med size lion head bottom sitting and kind of legs it's body go to one side. I have no idea what is wrong with my medium size lion head Shelly!! She and my smaller lionhead (Dolly) had a bad run in with a case of finrot while I was away for 4 or 5 days (about a month 1/2 ago). As soon as I found it I did a 100% water change and scrubbed the tank clean. I took the carbon out of the filters and added Melafix to the water for about 3 weeks. Their fins started growing back then about a month goes by and I look in the tank... in a matter of what seems to be over night.. attack of the finrot again!! My smaller white lionhead (Dolly) has nearly no front fins left. Just little nubs!! I took both of them out and put them both in a 10 gal tank with clean fresh water even though I know they need more than 10 gals I though It would be better than what ever is going on in the large tank. So far the smaller tank has salt in it but that's all I've added so far. Also, Shelly not only has finrot but she has a large black spot under her scales on her left side and the scales are raised from her body. She seems to be bottom sitting and not moving around much. What do you think is wrong and how do I fix it fast?
  10. wow! look at those little guys go! your first post was on Nov 17 2008 and in only 4 days you posted pics of the fry?? so fish eggs hatch in only 4 days or so?
  11. i would go with glass after reading this post.
  12. Trust me on this one!! IT DOES SUCK UP FISH! Who knows.. maybe my fish was nosy and swam into it but either way the suction got him, he was STUCK, it sucked his eye out AND deformed his mouth. I have pictures that I posted on another thread. The Python is a GREAT product as long as you watch it and don't turn your back. I would never leave my Python in the tank and walk away. If I had to leave the room I'd pull it out of the water.
  13. Here is an old thread where I posted the story about Billy & the phython. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...showtopic=68178
  14. i use the foot of a fish net pantyhose and it works like a charm!!! the holes were big enough to let the trash in just find. Also there are some fishnets that have larger holes than others and those work better. be VERY careful with your python!!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn't so much as turn my back on it. don't EVER turn away from it. I turned my back for 2 mins and it sucked up my lionhead and sucked it's eye out of his poor head! I don't want to scare you from the python because it's a great product just watch it.
  15. I've been reading a good bit about bottom drains and everything I read says to put one and how important and helpful it is. Today I just saw something that said it's great for deep ponds. Maybe that's why I was told I should think about adding one.. I want my pond 3' deep. The sales person told me that most all the ponds they build are only 2' deep.
  16. That made me laugh right out loud! It made me giggle too! I told him I wanted the pond bigger. After I measured the spot it looked soooo small in such a big empty back yard so I figured if I'm going to put in a pond... well heck! Lets put one in! Now I'm wanting it to be about 3,000 gals. Something more like 13' X 10' X 3'.
  17. Ok. My husband IS NOT going to be digging me a pond after all. Instead it looks like we'll be paying the nice people at the pond store. lol I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!! lol When I was at the store today the person I spoke to said 2' deep would be good enough and most people don't go deeper than that but right after that he said our area has lots of different predators such as raccoons, heron, possums, etc.. that would harm my fish! So now I don't know if I should go ahead and dig 3' deep like I wanted it or make it 2' deep and make the pond larger. Also, don't know if I should add plant shelves or not. I don't care much about plants (it's more about the fish for me) but I keep reading that they help make shade for the fish and help with other things such as keeping algae away. Can I mix butterfly koi and goldfish? Can fancy goldfish such as lionheads and orandas go with butterfly koi? If I did mix them would they cross breed? With luck we'll be breaking ground in about a month!
  18. I'm building a pond so I'm doing my reading up and asking questions. Well, I've read in quite a few places that having a bottom drain on your pond is a must or you'll be sorry down the road and wish you had added it. Also, I'm reading that having the bottom of the pond sloped/angled is very important for cleaning. When I went to my local pond store today the guy I spoke to told me NOT to add a bottom drain. He made it sound as if it opens you up to more problems than it's worth and pointed out that it could leak because it's cut into the liner, it could get stopped up, etc.. He said he NEVER installs them and doesn't recommend them what so ever. He said the only bottom drain he would recommend is one that is not built in.. the kind that sits on top of the liner. He totally agreed that the bottom should be pitched at an angle though.
  19. No, but I wish I did!! I would LOVE to be her new momma! She looks like my Lionhead Dollie!! Except my Dollie is all white with only the red on her head and tip of her mouth just like that one!! Now I know what she'll look like when she grows up. I wonder how much that baby sold for because she's a cutie!<P>No, but I wish I did!! I would LOVE to be her new momma! She looks like my Lionhead Dollie!! Except my Dollie is all white with only the red on her head and tip of her mouth just like that one!! Now I know what she'll look like when she grows up. I wonder how much that baby sold for because she's a cutie!</P>
  20. Sorry for all of the questions everyone! Does it look like the waterfall in that photo is UNDER that shelter in the middle of the pond? and how do will the wood hold in water? Is it treated with anything?
  21. Can anyone point me in the right direction for the equipment? What type of filter, UV light, pumps, etc.. I was told that Firestone makes a good liner and Pondmaster's Mag Pumps are good.
  22. Well I called that 1-800 before you dig number and the guy cam by the house today to mark the lines. As it turns out.... the place I picked for the pond works!! So it's a go!! I took the little orange flags he left on the back of my property and used them to mark out my pond.. after I marked out 10' X 4' it was WAY to small !!! Looks like it's going to be more like 15' X 5'. I'd love for it to be 3' deep but I'm just not sure how the digging is going to go for my husband and I. I don't know how hard of a job it's going to be to dig so I may be lucky to have it 2'. If anyone knows of any digging tips please let me know! I guess we are going to rent a tiller to help with the work. I'd love to hire someone else to do the work but that's more money I can spend on the pond and I'd like to keep the cost under $1,000. Do you guys think that's possible?? I was thinking of doing something like this for now then adding the deck in a few months or so. I have to figure out how I'm going to add the waterfall though. I want it to be something like what's in the first picture. Any ideas?
  23. Yes, he's the little one in the middle of the photo. He's all white with the red on his head.
  24. Gah! I'm... I'm really glad mine were all present and accounted for. Otherwise I'd have had to challenge my filter to a duel. "You killed my Chester! Prepare to die!" I'm with you on that one! Well, what happen in my case was I left for a week and a friend was coming over to feed them. The filter tube that goes into the water fell off and she just didn't put it back on. It NEVER fell off for me so that makes me think she had her hands in my tank or was poking around with the net. Did you get your filter working again? Did the noise stop?
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