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CountryLovah

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  1. I agree. Just one fancy in a 15 gallon tank but yes as long as you commit to weekly water changes and tank maintence then you should be fine putting a goldfish in there. As for them needed tankmates, I know a lot of people that say that its unfair to keep just one because goldies are very social. But that being said I have a few tanks that for different reasons there is just one fish and those fish seem to be happy as can be... One of my healthiest happiest fish is actually in a smaller tank by himself... If you wanted to get two, I would recommend a 29. Its a good size for 2 goldies!
  2. I haven't read through this whole thread, just part of it.. But I wanted to say I am really sorry for the loss of ALL your fish and I really do understand how you feel.. Exactly... It's so sad when you put so much work into it and the results still end badly. I get REALLY depressed about this often actually, so I really do know where you are coming from... Just wanted to send some hugs your way..
  3. ooooooooooooooh gorgeous fish!!! Good luck, I hope you won him!
  4. 4 months is fine to use as long as you stored in in a cool dry place... Typically they are good for about 6 months from opening... As for whether or not you should give them, I think only you can decide because only you know your fish.. I know you've been a member here for quite some time. I know I've talked to you before so it's not like you are some newbie just randomly bombaring your fish with meds! LOL I feel like if you are seeing signs that problems could be returning and you want to be safe and do another course it's very valid... Especially if you are considering adding a tank mate... Might be best to be on the safe side... If it were me I would probably do another round, but at the same time I hate to recommend you do that and then it not work in the future. So confusing! Let me know if you use them and if you see any changes after another course.. I began another course of MM last week and the improvements I am seeing are just amazing.. I went from 4 upside fish constantly floating at the time with badly frayed fins to 4 fish swimming around happily.. 3 of them you would never even know they had floaty issues and I can see them putting on weight and their poo is normal again.. Thank God for MM's!!!
  5. Nice!!!! That's awesome that it didn't add much work for you! Now I bet everyone is gonna run out and buy some for their tanks too! Maybe since you are such a water change expert you should come help me with my tanks - I could use a week off from water changes! LOL
  6. It turned out AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! wow the fish have so much room.. they all look tiny in that huge tank!!!
  7. Yes he is SOOOO CUTE!!!!!! I saw him and this other oranda that are so adorable: http://www.raingarden.us/6856a.JPG i really wont give in and get them, but I would LOVE to have those two!!
  8. They are beautiful! I always check the goldfish connection auction but always forget about raingarden...I'm not buying any new fish so I just look at the auctions and all the photos you guys post and try to live vicariously through all of you! Ohhhhhhhhhhh man! I just took a quick peek and I already found a fish I want!!!!!!!!!! Great prices and SOO MANY GORGEOUS FISH!.. Oh well.. I swore to myself no more fishies and I will keep that promise. But can one of you guys please purchase that cute black and white oranda and show me lots of pics and videos??? http://www.raingarden.us/7063c.JPG
  9. Ooh Ooh! We can place bets on whether we think the gravel is all gonna get sucked up or if its gonna go off without a hitch... LOL (Wow.. I really have no life!!! Its sat night and I just did a puzzle by myself and am now entertaining myself wondering if the gravel gets sucked up! I need help! LOL!!!)
  10. Maybe I am overly cautious but that does make me a bit nervous.. Just because its so similar to how some of my fish act right before they relapse... It's so tricky isn't it? I wish it wasn't such a guessing game! Personally, whether you stick with the one fish, or get another, I would suggest keeping fresh Metromeds on hand at all times.. That way you can start giving them at the very first sign of a problem... Just keep an eye out and check them every day and watch for any small changes... And it's best to make sure you have a hospital set up available at all times so that if one of the fish gets sick you can seperate them and that way you dont have to medicated a fish that doesnt need it.. You know, I want to be totally honest on my opinion of this.... And I hope its not going to get me in trouble considering I am a mod... Generally I realize that most meds shouldnt be used as a preventative because its putting unncessessary stress on the fish... And generally you should only give meds to the sick fish, and not to an entire tank of fish unless every single fish is displaying issues. Which is why we all have our hospital tanks... But to tell the absolute truth, considering my mutliple problems with dropsy, there have definately been times when I have treated a whole tank and even used MM's as more of a precautionary thing like phishnet says... I am hardly recommending that it be done all the time, or at the first sign of any problem, but when you have had multiple problems and relapses like me, I do think sometimes it becomes neccessary to use it from time to time to prevent issues. For example, right now the fish began to get ultra floaty, have jagged fins/fin frays/fin rot, and basically started doing all the things they often do right before they get very sick or dropsy... I have learned that in THAT tank, I would rather start the MMs on all the fish BEFORE someone actually dropsies than to wait around... So I actually really support phishnets idea as long as you are experienced with goldies and are doing it wisely and not just throwing random meds at the fish... I've had a lot of experience with dropsy, but I have never lost a fish to it... So I personally am a very strong believer of Metromeds!!
  11. SAME!!!!!!!!!! I think maybe if I had just the one tank it would be okay but I have too many tanks so I keep them all bare bottom to minimize the work! I do love the way it looks though. I would be glad to get some, if one of you wants to come help me do tank maintence??
  12. Chrissy! Now I know its different for everyone, and of course it depends on the type of dropsy like everyone stated, but I wanted to share my personal experience regarding the "contagious" factor.. I bought 3 orandas at Petsmart... Chase, Voorhees and Spot.... Chase and Voorhees went into a tank at home home with three other fish after QT. Spot went into a tank at work with about 8 other fish... Since I got them both Chase and Voorhees have dropsied and Spot has had bad pop eye (which can be related to dropsy).... In my case, so far the dropsy itself has not spread but its not as simple as that either.. Spot is home with me now with 3 of the other fish that were in the tank with him and those fish are unaffected. However in the OTHER tank, I have found that while the other fish have not dropsied, they ARE displaying issues such as floating/flipover and bad fin rot and all of these things seems to get worse just as the other fish dropsy.. So it appears that , whatever causes the dropsy in that tank has spread, and the other fish are just not responding to it the same way as the fish that dropsy.... So just keep an eye out.. Watch for things besides JUST dropsy because it may give you a clue that something is still not quite right.. But in your case, I think that so far its just been the one death and if the problems seem to be resolved, then why not try another fish if you really want to get one!! I think clean water is really key.. Make sure you don't allow gunk to accumulate... Adding another fish obviously means adding more waste so just be sure to keeep an eye on your water parameters and keep the tank nice n clean.. I have had a fish that relapsed simply because I allowed gunk to accumulate on a filter pad and once that pad was cleaned, the pineconing went down! Good luck getting a new fish and good luck with the other fish! Here's hoping to NO MORE DROPSY and happy healthy fish!
  13. I LOVE this tank! It's looks AMAZING!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous and the fish look awesome as well!!!! So jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. I've never used it personally for my fish at home but I used that exact product in some of the cichlid tanks when I worked at the pet store and used the acid buffer for the angelfish.... I like Seachem products in general and from my experience I liked BOTH the alkaline and acid buffer.. Obviously if you use it again and the fish have a bad reaction then I would discontinue it but I've always had a good experience with it myself... The problem with so many other products that change the PH is that they don't adress the KH and GH just the PH. So often you will raise the PH just to have it crash back down. These buffers are meant to prevent that from happening and the good news is you aren't coming from a really REALLY low PH trying to go to a really high one.. Any drastic change can be bad for the fish.. I think if you can mix it up ahead of time and have the ph's match that would be good, but it also gets tricky cause often the ph will rise once in the tank.. So basically try to just make the new water as close as possible to the old so you are minimizing stress on your fish
  15. I've always read that when you are using ammonia for fishless cycling it should NOT foam when you shake it... I got some at walmart that I used (this was like 3 years ago now I guess) and it said clear ammonia and it did not foam when shook.. I would be careful if its foamy but again, maybe someone else can confirm whether or not this is okay?
  16. In the really cold months I set my tanks to around 72......... And then as the temp gets warmed in the summer they tend to stay around 74-78... Right now everything is around 74-76 but I still have the heaters in use.. Usually in summer I can unplug the heaters and everything stays warm on its own.
  17. Oooooooooh your new fish is really beautiful!!!! And thats soo nice to hear of a fish store with nice clean tanks (and I love the fact that they asked you if you had a tank not bowl).... I really love her colors.. She's a beauty! Congrats!! Oh yeah and I totally see the kitty head on your other fish LOL
  18. Me too! His answers are always short though. I like long explanations! LOLOL It'll probably say something like "no its fine to keep giving them whenever you need to. Thanks Rick" and i'll be like "noooooooooooo I wanted a paragraph with DETAILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
  19. EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If I don't use the meds, the fish won't recover.. But every time I use the meds its probably making things worse in that way... But I suppose if I dont use the meds, they die. If I use the meds, they make have a shorter lifespan than if there were no issues at all, but at least they are alive.... Thats why I try to wait as long as possible and help them naturally as best I can through water changes and clean tanks and then when it gets to a point where I can't deny they NEED something more, I give it to them... All I know is right now I have 4 happy orandas (5 if you count Chase in his seperate tank) and a few days ago I had 4 miserable looking orandas.. Miranda had flipped the worst and even she is trying to correct herself and swimming better... I guess I should just be happy everytime they get better but that part of me just wants to cure them for good....
  20. I found this online.. Not sure if its true... Platies and Mollies cannot cross breed. Platies and Swordtails can cross. Endlers, Mollies, and Guppies can cross. A Guppy and Molly cross is normally unable to reproduce. I think its an interesting idea though. To actually see which ones WILL actually do it.
  21. That makes total sense and I think it gets frustrating and tiring and I know what you mean about eventually just getting to the point where you just dont bother trying anymore... I get like that all the time and think "forget this I am done trying" but so far I haven't given up yet but I also don't go to ridiculous extremes trying to help anymore either. For me I have on particular tank that the issues recurr worse than others, and those of course happen to be my favorite fish... But so far every time things get bad a round of metromeds does the trick... How long that can go on I don't know. But even this time, I ended up starting them on a MM course and in just a few days fish that were literally flipped over for weeks are swimming around normally again. And believe me I have tried and ruled out so many things. I have tried gel foods, and soaked pellets of different types including pro gold and saki hikari and for whatever reason this particular group of fish does well for a while, then starts to flip, gets split, ragged fins and two of them dropsy.. I've found now that once I see the flippies and the ragged fins, if I start the MM then I can usually avoid the dropsy.. and then they go back to living normal lives for months... So for me its worth it because they are getting A LOT of good time that they wouldnt have had if I had just stopped. IN my case years.. 2-3 years actually. But I really do wonder, how long can these same fish keep recovering just from MM?? Or perhaps its like you said and these fish are just going to need treatment forever... I just wonder if MM are okay as a long term treatment for chronic and recurring problems, or if they are going to do more damage than good being used so many times...
  22. Thanks Amy! And I know you know EXACTLY how I feel. Actually I think you've had worse luck than I. I've watched you do everything right and still have so many problems and every time you lost one of your fish it just broke my heart.... I would be the same way actually now! I know that with such a big tank you are sooo tempted to add more fish...I have a 55 gallon right now with two fish that are relatively small. I know I could add another and sometimes the tank looks so empty but I dont because I just don't want to risk the fish that are in there now. I've seen too many times what can happen adding a fish to a healthy tank. Even a Qted fish!!! Thats why I have basically stopped adding any new ones and I dont switch them around. Even if it were to make more sense for that one to go with this once, etc. I just leave em be... And if in the end I have 4 large tanks with one fish each, I am just gonna keep them like that because I dont wanna risk anything going wrong LOL Aww thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!! I am hoping that even with their issues, this batch of fish will still hang in there a while yet... Don't worry I dont take it as criticism at all and I actually know exactly what you are talking about and have probably done this myself in the past but I really dont think thats the issue now. I keep things simple. Weekly water changes, they are not overfed... I do think its a matter of having a lot of fish with issues that are just never going to be resolved... Sometimes I feel like I just have a bunch of handicapped fish that need special care You are so right.... I know for a fact I have done this very same thing when I first started out... In fact it was with my bettas. I actually thought I was going a good thing by testing the water, but when I found out I had a high ph i started adjusting the water with ph down like crazy and ended up killing one that would have lived perfectly fine with his water just left alone.... And when my fish had Ich I plopped in the QuickCure without doing water changes or test because thats what the pet store told me to do and I really think if I had known what I know now some of those fish could have been saved. It's really sad... I know what you mean.... but at the same time... I just cant picture my fish NOT being goldies! I love their little puppy like quality... Ive kept bettas before, and a few tropicals, and it just never did much for me. The goldies and their cute little personalities is what draws me to them. Its a shame you had such bad luck with your bettas. Hopefully Goldfish are working out better for you! .
  23. Awww thats cute.. And scary - what if they hadn't noticed him in there and the bowl had been demolished?!?! Good timing! And very lucky fish!
  24. As far as I know Goldfish Connection were the only ones that sold it And I just heard back from Rick and he said it was discontinued due to lack of demand.. Oh man!
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