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  1. Oh, sweetie! I hope they've perked up by the time you get home!
  2. Hooray! Glad to hear he's doing better!
  3. Oh my word, I'd love to road-trip over and take him, but I'm trapped in my folk's house until at least... July. Hopefully you'll have found a great family for him to live with by then!! (Also, in retrospect, I don't know if I qualify as an Experienced Fishkeeper....)
  4. Uh-uh, Sue! I refuse to take any blame for the fact that this thread is a few twists short of a slinky. I *completely* started out asking a normal question.
  5. Steph, I have no idea if this is the best plan or not, but I honestly would just wait a day and *then* suck all the eggs up. It's not like they're going to hatch between now and then, and hopefully if you give her an overnight, she'll be able to get them all out of her system.
  6. Hey Janelle! Sorry your little guy's eye isn't improving on its own. Do you know what your water readings are (ammonia/nitrate/nitrite/ph/etc), now that you've been changing the water every day? You'll want to wait for a mod to verify that it's the time, but I know Jenny gave you a link on salting... which is somewhere... hang on... http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...;hl=how+to+salt -- and if his eye is starting to look sketchy your next step might be to salt the tank. I'd wait on that, though, for someone else to back it up.
  7. Hokay! I'll keep an eye on her, but for now I'll just assume it's med-related or a color change or puberty or something.....
  8. Here Trinket! Just for you! ::: triumphant jazz hands ::: I just swiped them from my camera phone, again, so they're fuzzy and awful, but hopefully you'll be able to get an idea of what I'm talking about. She hasn't been on meds or salt since I got her -- I dosed her with General Cure for that first week (four...ish months ago) and that was it.
  9. I showed this thread to my brother already, actually, and he looked at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears. Whatever. I maintain he's merely jealous of the huge resource pool of awesome and knowledgeable goldfish people I have on hand.
  10. I... don't, actually. It's the one part of my testing kit I've put off buying. Bad Minx... I can take some in to my local PetDumb, though, and they could tell me what it is, right? I don't know if she's had finrot... although given her condition at the pet store it's as likely as anything!
  11. Ammonia - 0 Nitrite - 0 Nitrate - 10 Ph - 7.5 Temp - 68ish? Size -Ten gallon tank, running for about four months Filter - One "Whisper 10i" (my second one just gave up and died Monday... have to get a replacement this week, blah) Water changes - 25% daily, 75%-100% every other week Fish - One, 1.5 inches (and one ghost shrimp) Additives - Prime, LeafZone Food - Flakes/Gel food/Crumbles/Misc veggies, 1x daily New Fish - No New Meds - No Unusual Findings - The tips of all her fins and tail have been turning black slowly over the past month or so Unusual Behavior - No Bette Davis is having a big of a fin discoloration issue at the moment. I associate "tips of fins turning black" with ammonia burns, but... might it just be a color change? This isn't a biggie, obviously, since she seems fine, but I just wanted to check. Tiny camera-phone video here: (Try to ignore the shrill scream of my bird right at the end, aha. ) http://www.axcessmypics.com/photos/photo02...ce655232855.3g2
  12. Hi Janelle! I don't think I'd be able to poke out one of my fishes' eyes, either. Blech. If it won't fall out on its own, though... anyone reputable and mod-ish know if it might be better to just try and suck it all the way out with the siphon? Finish the job it started, so to speak? It seems like that's the way most fish lose their eyes completely anyway.
  13. Do it. Dooooooooooooooooooooooo it. You know you want to.
  14. Cuuuuuuuuuuute! But wait... Nitrates turn into plants!?
  15. ::: patpatpat ::: I know, I'm sorry! I'd have kept him forever if I could.... But Dobby (formerly PhoenixFail) is so happy at his new home! Plus, his mother is like... well, like a new mom. I've gotten approximately thirty calls in the past two weeks: "I'm not sure he's I'm feeding him enough! He always looks hungry!" "Should I get him toys? I don't want him to get bored!" "I was singing to him last night and he was obviously not listening to me! He doesn't accept me as his new mother!!" It's magical.
  16. Darn it, Sue! How am I supposed to talk myself out of buying more goldies if you give Ken such rave reviews!?
  17. I'm sorry... I'm trying to imagine all of the little bacterias singing Lion King showtunes at the top of their tiny little voices....
  18. ::: LAUGHS ::: Oh good. I can remember an explanation that long.
  19. My baby brother is running off with two of my babies, so I sat him down with his new tank and took everything apart and explained how he's going to have to take care of his goldies. But he kept asking questions, if you can imagine that, and I suddenly realized that I don't actually know the specifics of stuff like the beneficial bacteria that lives in the filter media. "You need it so don't kill it," was about all I had. Could someone give me a quick rundown on BBs so I can explain them to him (and to me)?
  20. When I do my 100% water changes, I cheat a little bit -- I empty it to about 80%, and then I add another ten gallons, empty it to 80%, add another ten gallons, etc... that way, I figure I get basically everything, without actually having to take my goldies out of the tank and worrying about temp and stuff.
  21. He is *adorable*!! (In a very manly way, obviously...)
  22. Whoo! Good for Fiona!! If she ever wants a hubby, let me know and I'll mail all three of mine over there in a nice big envelope full of breathing holes. At least one of them is a boy.
  23. I'm so proud of them! They had gel food the other day and went after it just like big goldies! Even Elevensies, thank goodness, since I'm almost out of First Bites and I don't know what I'd do if, at two and a half months, he hadn't moved up to visible food. Oh, most definitely. Thus far the Fear of Spoon seems to be working, but once they're out of hearing range, I think they'll probably relax and turn a nice un-spotty orange...
  24. My guys just spawned a few days ago, so it's definitely possible. Actually, I never thought of them having a specific breeding time, although that would make sense... Are you able to separate your fish until they all calm down?
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