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  1. Hey! It's been a while since I've been here! Tomorrow (2/11) is the two year anniversary of when I got my fishlins. I can't believe it's been so long! Anywho, I have been feeding tetrafin flakes for most of that time. No complaints about growth, except that maybe they've grown too much! I got them at 1" to 1 1/4" for the largest, now they're 8 1/2" for the smallest and 9" for the largest! However, mostly because I was exasperated with having orange dye in my water, I finally caved and ordered some progold online. I've only been feeding it now for two days, though the fish seem to like it alright. However, my problems are: They seem to have a hard time picking it out of the gravel. They go for a bite of fishfood and end up with a mouthful of rocks. It's so much denser that the flakes, I'm really not sure how much to feed! As for how much, with the flakes, I shot for about 4 minutes for them to eat about 90% of it. I know that's a little on the high end (and probably why the dye was such a problem), but it worked for me as far as fish health. But it's taking them so long to pick the progold out of the rocks that timing it doesn't seem like a practical way to measure how much is enough. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I put a dish in their tank so they don't have to pick it out of the rocks? And if I don't, how will I know how much to feed? Thanks a million!
  2. Or maybe let the ashes go in a stream... I think that would be what I would most want to do. Thanks for helping me think about all of this.
  3. Thank goodness this isn't a pressing problem. My goldfish won't even be two years old until sometime in November (I got them in February 2008 at about 3 months old), and they all are far healthier than when I got them. But that's exactly where my question comes from. In less than two years, they've grown from an inch long to eight inches, and I doubt they're going to get any smaller. I guess I grew up with the thought in the back of my mind that dead goldfish were flushed. Now that I actually consider it, I realize that it's not exactly and end filled with dignity. But considering how large they've gotten, it wouldn't be an option for me anyways. I live in an apartment, so I couldn't "bury" them. So what would you do? Just put them in a box and throw them away? That really doesn't seem right, either...
  4. Thanks Trinket. Also, @Helen, if you're in the market for an aquarium you might check craigslist. I found my 29 and my 30 there with lots of extras and only about $20 each.
  5. Here are a few links for you: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/UsingSalt.html http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/TheImportance...terChanges.html http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/TwelveSteps.html Hope you and your goldfish do well!
  6. No, table salt is not an option. Try pickling and canning salt. It's very pure and dissolves easily. You can buy a huge box, more than you'll ever need, for something like $2.50.
  7. Hey Helen! I hope the mods will excuse me for giving this "bad advice", but I really can't help myself. First, your instincts are right. The commons/comets and the fancy goldfish are best separated. The commons/comets were naturally selected for survival and are faster, grow much larger, and are more aggressive than the fancy goldfish, who were artificially bred for their beauty. The commons/comets can torment the others literally to death, and even if they don't do that, they can still eat all of the food and leave the fancy goldfish undernourished. Second, you're right again in guessing that your goldfish need a lot more space than they have right now. Ideally, a fancy gold fish will have ten or more gallons, while a common could benefit from up to twenty. However, and here's the "bad advice" I'm going to give you, anything is better than nothing. What I mean by that is, if you can't go out and buy a hundred gallon tank, twenty is still better than ten, and thirty is even better than that. Even if you can't do everything, don't get discouraged. Still do what you can. One thing that is in your favor is that these numbers are for goldfish say, three to ten inches. When your fish are tiny, as I'm suspecting your new additions are, they can do with less. It's not ideal, but it is possible, as long as you take good care of them and do frequent water changes. I got my four lil' black moors when they were barely any more than fry, only 1" to 1.25" long, and kept all four in the same 10 gallon tank for several months. The dangers there, though, are that your goldfish are more susceptible to disease, more stressed, and likely to be stunted if they're left in too small a tank for too long a time.
  8. i had a filter die like that recently (early december), but i have no idea at all what brand it was. i had just moved and reset-up my goldfish tank, and then had to leave for the weekend. the filter worked fine for the 36 hours i was there, but sometime over the weekend. the motor it was very hot when I got back, and I tried and tried but couldn't get it working again. the goldfish weren't doing the greatest when i got home, but they're all okay now. the unfortunate thing was, the filter was given to me with a used tank i purchased, so no warranty. i wasn't even sure who made it or what store it came from. i replaced it with two smaller filters, for two reason. first, two smaller filters were cheaper than one bigger one. second, if one died the idea was that the other might keep on working.
  9. the woman of the house had enough of your fish hobby when she was younger, hmmm? i'm young an unattached, but i've already determined that any young woman too good for my fish is too good for me. lol. okay, so i'm not entirely serious about that, but i'm still glad that you're able to have fish at all. a lot of people don't live where they could have an outdoor pond.
  10. drkslvr

    I Got A Job

    where are all of these aquariums? offices? apartment buildings?
  11. Yellow: So, what are we going to do tonight, Brain? White: The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.
  12. that really is beautiful. i want one! the problem, though, is that here in kansas we have herons all over the place. you couldn't keep fish in a pond like that if your life depended on it. really sad that i can't have one.
  13. i have to say that i'm really excited for you and your fish rescue. i would suggest that, in your advert on craigslist, that you say you'll take any unwanted tanks, chemicals, or equipment, too. maybe some of the people who don't want their fish anymore will just give you whole setups, and you won't have to buy as many qt tanks.
  14. that's great! thanks! i know that the tetra pumps say that they have siphon protection, but should i use a separate anti-siphon valve, too, or is the built-in one enough?
  15. I'm looking at getting my 30 gallon tank set up with an air pump, etc, but would like some guidance on what to buy. There is a cheep pump with two outputs at wallyworld that claims it works in up to a 50 gallon, but I'm not sure I trust it, and I have no idea how loud/quiet it is. There are two tetra/whisper pumps I see everwhere that are both much more expensive. One says it is for 10-30 gallons and the other says it's for 30-60 gallons, I think. Since I'm on the line, which one would you recommend I buy? The smaller one only has a single output. Also, does anyone know how quiet these pumps are? I'd love input on what brands/models of pumps you have had success with in a 30 gallon, and which ones are quieter! I don't think my roommates would much appreciate a noisy aquarium pump. Also, bubble stones or bubble wands? I'm kind of leaning towards bubble wands, but honestly, how do you make either one stay on the bottom of the tank? Also, I saw something at pets--smart, like a bubble dougnut. it was a little more expensive, though. What do you guys have/think? Oh, and it would be nice to stay under $50 for the entire set up, if that's possible. Thanks.
  16. sry to resurrect, but... when i got my 30 gal, it came with a light. i was excited, because i wanted to be able to use it to watch my fish. but then i discovered that every time i turned it on, they would freak out and hide for up to an hour and a half. it wasn't any fun to watch my fish be stressed out, so i stopped using it. i discovered that if i set it a little ways behind their aquarium so that it was shining up, it created plenty of light for me to watch them, with out scaring them out of their wits.
  17. Yeah, I guess I really don't know either. Oh well, I it doesn't matter too much, as long as the fish are healthy. There isn't any way to take a picture of the stuff, it's just too small. So, I guess that's it for this thread. Thanks you guys for helping!
  18. I can say with certainty that there isn't any algae in the filters, because algae is photosynthetic and I have HoB filters that are completely boxed in in black. As for the colonies on the fake plants in my tanke, they don't look like any algae I've ever seen, and in fact, they do look like bacteria. They're mostly arranged in the mushroom-shaped colonies that bacteria form in biofilms to allow aerobes and anaerobes to grow together. They're translucent white, like most bacterial colonies are, while most algaeal colonies are either green, red, or brown. Also, while algae usually seem to grow in masses or filaments, the absolute tallest of these colonies are about 1.5mm tall, while most are shorter than that. And their stalks are so thin they're almost invisible. In fact, the colonies themselves are so small, they appear as a film unless you're studying them very carefully and in excellent lighting.
  19. Ever since I got set up with my 30 gallon fish tank, I've been getting freakishly low nitrate readings. When I first set up the tank in mid-July, I did a total tank transfer from my 10 gallon and, after a day, was getting a nitrate reading of ten. Well, I kept up on my water changes, but even for that, what was happening seemed weird. Instead of going up from 10, it went down, reaching 0 about one month after the tank was set up. Then, I had to take down the tank and move to KU, and when I got set back up, I was getting nitrates of 5. Slowly, these dropped again, until now, a month later, I'm again getting a nitrate reading of 0. I'm using relatively new API liquid tests, and I'm doing them correctly. I just don't understand where all the nitrate is going, because I don't change nearly enough of the water to account for its disappearance. (I started with 25 L twice a week, but am now doing just 25 L once a week.) There are no plants in the tank, and no algae. The only think I could think of was that there was somekind of denitrifying bacteria in the water turning it back into N2, but the only bacteria I can think of that do that are the paracocci, but they're soil bacteria, not water bacteria. Still, I can say that there is profuse bacterial growth in the tank, covering all of their little fake plants, and the nitrate values have seemed to be inversely proportional with the density of the colonies. What do you think? Have any of you ever experienced anything like this before? Do you know the scientific explanation for it? Also, without nitrate values, I'm not sure how much water I need to change in their tank. Is one 25% change a week enough? I'm able to vacuum out their gravel pretty well with just that one change, and there isn't any nitrate, nitrite, or ammonia to bother the fish. But do I need to do more water changes than that for other reasons? Thanks for your help.
  20. interesting article, slugger. and, as he said, does anyone know of a test for chlorine and chloramine? i don't know which is in my water.
  21. When I first bought my fish, I found the most basic (not as in pH, but just the simplest) dechlorinator I could find. It didn't have any drugs or algae killer or ammonia remover, it just removed chlorine and chloramine. I liked it and my fish have done great, so I thought I'd get it again, but no such luck. wallyworld has stopped carrying at any of the stores in my area. it seems like all of the petstore dechlorinators have some super-special patented ingredient in them, but i really don't want any super-special ingredients, i just want dechlorinator. i definately don't need any ammonia remover, because my tap water is ammonia-free and i don't want to periodically starve the tank's cycle. i also don't have any algea, dispite how bad i wish a little would grow, and so there's no reason for an algae killer, either. i guess my problem is that i just don't want to put any more chemicals in my fish's tank than i have to, but the pet stores don't seem to be giving me many options. any suggestions?
  22. beautiful fish! I guess I'm behind... where did you get these fish from? an online auction?
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