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  1. Wembley has Dropsy His scales are raised and his tummy is swollen and he is breathing very fast. I have moved him to a little QT tank as Huxley and Snufkin are in the normal QT tank. He was looking a little under the weather yesterday and his tummy hasn't looked right for a few days looking slightly sunken not swollen but he came and tucked into his evening peas so I left him. This evening he was tucked under the heater so I nudged him out to find all his scales were sticking out, swollen and he was looking very sorry for himself. I have moved him to a little QT tank, added epsom salts and octozin as well as raising the temperature. He is in a plastic fry hatchery to keep him near the surface as he is gasping alot. He won't eat though which is a very bad sign as I really need to get some medicated food in him. To be honest I will be happy if he is still with us in the morning I have raised the temperature, added epsom salt and Octozin (UK dropsey treatment) And all is not peaceful in the other QT tank either. It would appear Huxley is a male and has taken a keen interest in Snufkin (who I am guessing is female) and keeps following her around nudging her bum which she isn't very happy about I have had to move a few things around to stop her wedging herself behind them to escape her admirer.
  2. Well done with the article and I love your garden. One small thing, the address for the Raingarden takes you to Raindrop Landscape Consulting and Project Management, think you meant these people http://www.raingarden.us/
  3. Thanks for all the nice comments. Snufkin has settled in well so will dose them with wormer in the next few days. Both Huxley and Snufkin are about 2 inches not counting their tails so still smallish. They are suppose to be ranchu but neither have tucked tails although I have another ranchu whose tail tucked more as he matured so it might still happen but I like them better when they aren't as tucked as it badly affects their swimming which amkes me feel guilty. They came from a group of about 30 so it was hard to just choose one each time as they had a real mix of colours although you could tell they were all from the same parents.
  4. Having lost Wellington and loving Huxley so much I decided to go back and pick another one. I couldn't wait any longer and popped over to Dorset yesterday to choose one. Choosing just one more was hard as there were two I really liked but I resisted and came home with just the one. Here is Snufkin who I think is a female, her and Huxley hang around together in the QT tank which is very sweet. And a little video of the two of them
  5. Thanks, the tank is about 120 gallons. The bogwood came from a couple of places, some from local lfs and some of ebay but that won't be much help to you as I am in the UK. The plants tied to the bogwood are various types of anubis, with some java fern on rocks and Cryptocoryne Becketii on the tank floor and Crinum Thaianum or Onion bulb plants at the back
  6. do you have any of your full tank shots ? your tank is planted right . I never manage to get any really good whole tank pictures but here is the best I have managed so far. and one of the tank with the gang in I guess a copyright would be good to stop people using them without asking and my hpsauce koko name is fine
  7. I don't have a problem with you using my pictures for the article as long as I get to see it . Here are some of the better ones of the fish, sorry I don't have an indoor water garden so no pictures of that. Telescopes http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download333.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download279.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download074-1.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Cosmo%20and%20dibbs/download070-1.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Dylan/boysintankandMac038.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Orinoco%20and%20Tomsk/download367-1.jpg Orandas http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download419.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download039-1.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download281.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Barkley/download655.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Barkley/download645.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Orinoco%20and%20Tomsk/download478.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Rusty/download616.jpg Ranchus http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download184.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download013-1.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Penfold/download617.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Wellington%20and%20Huxley/download702.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/Wembley/download621.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download335.jpg Lionheads http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download110.jpg http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x6/hpsauce_album/download115-1.jpg
  8. It was bound to happen Jenny, Dylan started off 99% black but now doesn't have a dot of black left so I wouldn't worry about it.
  9. Unfortunatley Wellington went down hill and I found him dead this morning, I guess maybe the change in water conditions was to much for his little body to adjust to. Huxley is fine and so cute I am thinking of getting another one from his batch instead of another panda oranda to replace Wellington.
  10. Thanks Huxley isn't a pearl scale he is just a ranchu. I don't think the black/grey on his back wil last so he will be mostly white with some yellow patches. Huxley is doing well but Wellington seems to be having a hard time adjusting to my very soft water as he came from very hard water, he has produced alot of extra slime coat and is a bit clamped up. He is still eating so I hope he will adjust given time. Morph and Huxley came from two different places but there are a few places with nice goldies within driving distance.
  11. And here are this mornings pictures now they have settled in, they seem to be doing fine and have had breakfast.
  12. I am back from my trip out to Dorset with my (hopefully) last additions to my tanks. It took all my will power to leave with just one of the ranchu they were all lovely and I would have loved to have a pair So here they are in their bags acclimatising. I am thinking of the names Wellington and Huxley (not 100% convinced yet ) Wellington is very small and has no sign he should be an oranda yet Huxley's amazing and the more I look at him the more I want another one We are not sure Huxley is the original from the pictures as they have changed so much so I just picked the one I liked the most, which was hard. I am going to take a while introducing them as the water they have come from is very hard whereas my water is very soft so hopefully more pictures tonight.
  13. Hi everyone I have been using Hikari saki for a while and it has really helped my floaty goldy. The only problem has been that the fancy goldfish version is in very small pieces and meant for goldies up to 3cm. They also do a larger version for koi which has the same stuff in but in larger pellets. The problem with the koi version is that the smallest bag size they do is 2kg which is massive. I have got a friend who is happy to share the bag but I still think it is going to last foerever so I thought I would see if anyone on here wanted to chip in too. The average bag of fancy goldfish food is about 200g so if I split the bag up and sent 200g to each person that wanted some it would only cost ?2.80 plus ?1.50 postage (which compared to the ?8-?10 for the 200g bag of Hikari Saki fancy goldfish pellets alone is a great deal) They also do it in a few different versions but I was going to go with the basic one, but if the majority of people want the growth or colour enhancing one instead I will go with the most popular if that is ok with everyone. It is great stuff so let me know. I have a bit of my present bag of food left so won't be ordering it for maybe a month so if you have food left don't worry.
  14. Thanks guys I am off this morning to go and collect my last two fish who I have been waiting since July to be able to collect, I will post some pictures once they have settled into the QT tank. The camera is a DSLR a Cannon EOS 350D with a standard 18-55 lens on I never managed to get many good pictures with the black background but the blue has made it much easier.
  15. Here is the tank with it's new blue background now the tank has cleared but it is still a bit of a dark photo. And here is the happy occupants, having the blue background seems to make it much easier to get good pictures so there are a few
  16. No just kidding, this is just their temporary home for the day while I put a new background on the main tank.
  17. Sad news ............... Muffin didn't make it through the night He wasn't very keen on his dinner last night and his other side had been swelling like his bad side so I guess it was all to much for him. I don't feel as bad as I normally do when I loose a fish but Muffin had always been so ill I guess I spent each morning expecting to find him floating in the tank and was always delighted to find him swimming. At least he isn't suffeirng any more, but it is a shame after he faught so hard for so long.
  18. He is super cute with that munchin face
  19. It is it not being against the tank that is causing the problem if you want it to be the colour in the fish shops you find they actually paint the back of the tank otherwise what ever you use will look much darker. To get a background to look as bright you have to seal it against the glass with something, think I read you can try vasline but I used soemthing called 'seaview' that is specially for the job although it was still a total sod to do. I am just about to change my 100 gallon from black to blue and it is going to be a nightmare as it is tight against the wall so I have to move the fish, empty it and then try to do it.
  20. I don't know if you call it the same thing but the active ingredient in melafix is tea tree oil, I get mine from the local health food shop. I actually use that rather than melafix and just add 2 drops per gallon of water and just repeat each day for 7 days (I have read if you add it for to long it can affect their gills but have not checked this to be true). This was my Dylan after being abused by the boys with damaged fins and missing scales and this was her a week later after treating with just tea tree oil with nearly all the fins knitted back together.
  21. Muffin is still doing fine although I think his not so bad side might end up bursting like the other side did but not so badly as some of the scales around it have fallen off which is apparently because the tissue goes soft and doesn't hold them properly. He is still eating and pooping fine and swimming around although other than not being so red there is't any reduction in the size of his wound, it is just wait and see at the moment He is still on daily water changes but is on a lower dose of salt and half dose of tea tree and no pimafix now.
  22. I am not expert but it doesn't look like finrot to me, it looks like how my female moor looks after she has been chased by the boys wanting to breed (although I have never actually seen them chasing her as they only seem to do it at night). Finrot is normally more messy, the tail starts to sort of rot (for want of a better word) from the edge back down the fin and you often get a fungus looking edge to it and it gets very ragged, that looks more like damage than disease to me but like I said I am no expert. When mine get damaged fins I just add some melafix which helps healing and they have always been fine.
  23. Sorry I can't offer a home. You might have to gradually get him use to colder water ready for him to go outside in someones pond eventually. I don't know if any of these are near you but there are always alot of people offering to rehome goldfish and koi on this site although they will still probably be outside ponds. http://www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk/php/koi_goldfish_ponds.php
  24. Updated pictures of Muffin. He is doing ok still but the hole isn't any smaller. I think the pictures do show his wound is a lot less red though.
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