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  1. Harumph, I wanna live on Goldfish Lane... I wonder if I could get a petition going for mine - my street name is super dumb and already starts with a G! Half the battle!
  2. Aubree, I bet your local aquarium club does the same thing! But if you REALLY want, I'll fill an envelope full of java moss just for you
  3. That's crazy that you had to order Java Moss from Singapore at all! My local aquarium club gives away buckets of that stuff for free every month, people grow them like weeds! Definitely drug moss.
  4. COOL! Thanks koko! I can never figure out my goldie's bums - maybe I'll have better luck with the fins!!
  5. what's the trick with the front fins, koko? i haven't heard about sexing using that!
  6. Ohh tough call... instant cheap fish, or high-quality pricey shipped fish.... I think get Steve's fish. So prettyyyyy
  7. How much is he? Link him so i can lust after him too.
  8. Use a credit card and begin your slow decent into crippling debt! IT'S THE FUNNEST THING EVER!!
  9. A fantail or Ryukin with emergency tank divider sounds good to me! both get nice and big and are strong swimmers, so they should be able to play nicely with Sushi, escaping him when needed. I don't think I'd suggest getting a BN or Rubbernose pleco -Suchi seems like the type who would pick at the poor thing out of curiousity and drive him nuts!
  10. Thanks you guys! I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you but I was out babysitting all day. Trinket - I will slowly remove the salt. I wasn't sure how long to keep her salty for since she's got that big open spot without scales. I might have some melafix around here somewhere. Since this is a temporary tank it's the only one I don't have any crushed coral in the media basket, but I will scoop some out of another tank to use here. I had no idea about the KH-GH calculation, cool! You're so smart. Lupin and Kelsang - I always always get the trites and trates mixed up! You are right, it's nitrate. She fell on hardwood flooring about four weeks ago, as Trinket calculated. Her gills look good. Clear and normal. I am very relieved that it's possibly the salt and not something worse! Thanks again you guys. I'll keep you posted if anything changes!
  11. [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 5-10 [*]Nitrate level? 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? pH is 7.6, KH 120, GH 120 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? pH and Ammonia drops, all others strips, API [*]Water temperature? room temp, unheated, 20 degrees? [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal hospital tank, running two months, seeded with materiel from 55 [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? No name, ten gallon kit type filter [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 50% a week [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? one comet, almost 4 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and salt to.3% [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? New Life Spectrum Goldfish formula, once every two days, about five pellets [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? Salted to .3%, that's all [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? nope [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? "shaking" her head from side to side sharply; darting about jerkily, "nervous" behaviour Ok, so this is Clementine, my fish who is recovering from her time on the floor. Half her scales are gone and her tail and fins are tipped white and ragged, but I attribute that to her dried-uppedness. It's her behaviour that worries me. Today she has been doing a couple of odd things. She was shaking her head sharply, almost like a person trying to knock water out of their ear would. She's also been darting around a bit - up to the surface mostly, then racing back down. She does not do it often, but enough for me to notice that she does do it. No other odd behaviour - no gasping, no laboured breathing, no bottom sitting. She actively forages among the few large rocks most of the time. But that head shaking has really freaked me out. It's like she has moments of hyperactivity or being startled. I treated her and Boris for Flukes when I moved in here about four months ago. Do I need to run another course? Is she itchy from the scales coming back in?? ...can goldfish get itchy?? Is she just going stir-crazy from boredom? Thanks guys. My poor Clem.
  12. LOL no...I honestly do not know what kind they are. There's two of them. One has a black line down the centre and one has a reddish line, I think. I call them that because they came from a tank in the pet store where I used to work. My dummy manager used to order bucketloads of these totally random tetras every month, stuff them all in one tank, and nobody would ever buy them EVER. They would just slowly die off and she'd keep stuffin' them in. Nobody ever bothered to learn their names or if they were compatible or what kind of care they needed. So the shopgirls started calling them "bull$h*t tetras" because it was like they were just there to take up space. My fave tetras are Bleeding Hearts and cardinals. When my 35 gal is available again I plan on getting a big shoal of those
  13. Mimi = Big Fat Mimi, Skoochy-skooch, Boogaloo, other random noises Rex= Rexy, Rexle, Arexis, Baby Cecily = Sheila, No-Eyes, Poor Thing Frederico Fellini = Frederico, Bossy Boss Clementine = Clemmy Boris= Boris Bettas: Abey = Furious, Abe Irving= Irv J. Edgar = "Pleco" The Tetras = Bull$h*t Tetras
  14. That 55 almost looks too tight for him already! He's gonna be huuuuge! What a beautiful boy.
  15. Generally if you take off the larger "tube" portion and just use the plain hose, the suction is strong enough to pick up pebbles. I think the wider tube spreads the suction around so it is not as strong - ok I have no idea what I'm talking about. But if you use the hose alone, it should work
  16. Yeah I'm doing the cheapo plastic wrap thing too! Just gotta get my paycheck... now that xmas is over I won't have to be so stingy.
  17. Nope, just good old .3% salt! Her tail is slowly growing back, but it is a different shape than it once was (before it was forked, now it is growing out rounded). The tips of her fins that are growing back are all white, which I think means that part will fall off eventually. I don't think your fish has fin rot, it's just a sign that the fins are dead. Just keep your water super clean and .3% salt (if she can handle it, some can only tolerate .2%) and those white parts will soon fall off and be replaced by new growth
  18. I'm so sorry this is happening to your babies! I have been shooting my mouth off a lot and feel bad because I am not a Mod, so just hang tight and hopefully someone will be here soon. I'm not familiar with this medication "Ich-ease". Would you perhaps be able to list the ingredients so the mods can take a look at them when they arrive? So we can see if the harsh medicine is making your guys sicker. Also, did you Prazi the fish for flukes and other parasites when they arrived? If you are worried about the fish getting stuck to the filter again, try putting a glass or some kind of glass object by the filter so they can't get sucked in while passing by. that ought to take one worry off your mind.
  19. "Fin rot" is usually cleared up by pristine water and some added salt - or some like using melafix. You can use sea salt, pickling salt or kosher salt. I wouldn't recommend any stronger medications until we get a good handle on what's going on here. Your fish may be stressed by the harshness of the meds and that is why she's "grumpy". when you completely cleaned everything, did you by chance use tap water to clean your filter media? That would have killed your beneficial bacteria and started your cycle over, which could account for the cloudiness and "slime". Could you please post your water parameters for us to take a gander at?
  20. It will be very difficult to give you some help without those test kit numbers. If mom refuses to buy one and you have no money of your own, you can bring a sample of the water to a pet store and ask them to test it for you for free. BUT, make sure to get them to write down THE NUMBERS of the test results so you can post them here (they will probably give you a vague answer like "it's fine" or "it's yellow so that's not the greatest"). We need those numerals! As I'm sure you suspect the swim bladder issue is due to overstocking and poor water quality. I would do a huge water change, 80 to 90%, as soon as possible. With that overstocked of a tank, you will have to do probably 50% changes every two days to keep on top of the ammonia and nitrite levels. That's why a bigger tank is better - not only for space but because a larger water volume takes longer to become dirtied. Hopefully mom will be able to see the sense in getting a larger tank if the alternative is running up the water bill with daily water changes.
  21. try doing it at night when the lights are all off and the goldfish are sleeping? That way they won't see it.
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