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  1. Hi I want to breed my goldies and have found someone who will take the babies but I need more tanks for fry raising. I would like to get another tank but won't have the space to keep several glass tanks about and they will be too heavy to put in the attic inbetween. Acrylic tanks are rather expensive so I was wondering about using plastic crates (which is what I gather a rubbermaid is, I am in the UK and we don't have them) What I wanted to know was is there something special about rubbermaids that makes them save for use to put goldies in or can you use any plastic crate? How do you know if the plastic they are made from is safe and won't leech into the water?? Thanks Helen
  2. If the white looks like the stuff on the picture of Wicket below (the white bits not the ulcers) and is only on the head it is just where the wen is growing.
  3. He is looking great, just hope it continues. Not sure whether the black is ammonia burns or where he crashes into things when he is startled. He didn't come from a lfs he came from a specialist importer who takes great care of his lovely goldies. I was worried that as he hadn't had much success I wouldn't but we have very different water so that maybe helping him as well. I know what you been about the disappointment when they don't make it.
  4. I can't believe it, this is what he looks like 36 hours after those last pictures were taken Like I said I haven't had to use Medigold before but it is obviously seriously good. I will keep up the medigold for 14 days as the guy I got him from said it had cleared up before only to come back so I want to be sure. I am so chuffed as I thought it was going to be an uphill struggle to get him better Although I won't count my chickens just yet.
  5. Thanks guys they are a bunch of cuties and have settled in fine now. I can't believe it but Wicket has no ulcers left on his body this morning and only a tiny pink spot under his right eye and is still eating like a pig, just have to get him use to people near the tank. All my fish are named after kids TV characters My original fish were all named after magic roundabout characters so I ahve Dylan the telescope, Dougal the oranda, Rusty (originally Florence till it was a he)the oranda The two ranchu's are named after fraggles - Wembley and Mokey My little telescope Grover is from the muppets as is Scooter the plec Barkley is seasame street and the only one without a proper name is Tiny who I still haven't decided a proper name for even though I have had her since before christmas.
  6. Thanks Trinket. They do look like that in the photo but it looks a bit different in the flesh. The ones around his head are definatly not on the surface but sort of under the layer of his wen. The ones on his side do look more surface though and looked more pink this evening than in the pictures but that could be a trick of the light. I only got him yesterday afternoon so he had an evening meal of medigold, some for breakfast and dinner today so only 24 hours so pretty impressive if he is doing better already. I was thinking I would leave him on that for a week and see how it goes, what do you think? I have also put alittle tea tree in to ward off fungal problems as I have been told that massive changes in water hardness can improve chances of fungual problems. He is a real cutie, proper puppy dog face. His wen looked alot messier when I got him to with lots of trailing fuzz but that seems to have reduced alot.
  7. Here are those pictures. They were taken this morning and although it maybe a trick of the different light he did look less red this evening. He is also eating like a total pig which is great, just wanted to check they can't overdose on medigold, I have been feeding him twice a day but he is eating a fair amount in 5 minutes?????
  8. OK I hope I have it this time, for some reason it won't link to the folder they are in so I ahve had to move them Could a moderator do me a favour and delete off the error message icons for the pictures on the first post to stop it taking up the first page,thanks I got these guys yesterday. I was originally just going to pick up Barkley who has been on hold for me for over 2 months. Then I saw Wicket and really liked him. The guy wasn't to sure about selling him as he is covered in ulcers and black damage, plus he thought he was ugly. I also liked Mokey and wasn't sure who to have. In the end the guy said I could have Wicket, knowing he was going inot QT, for free if I could get him better so I ended up with all three. The guy worms and does micorscope scrapes of his fish to check they are clean before selling them so Barkley and Mokey have gone straight in the big tank and Wicket is on his own in the QT tank. Ok pics time, there are a few This is Mokey, he/she somehow managed to damage one of her pectoral fins in the plastic bag on the way home, although I have no idea how :shock: She is now mixing well with the others. This is Barkley, he is hard to picture due to his colour. He is swimming about but not mixing much. And this is Wicket. I hate to say it but he is becoming a bit of a favourite which is not good incase he doesn't make it. You can see in the pictures he has loads of ulcers around his face and down his sides and black from where I think he has been bashing into things. He gets very startled when you come to the tank and starts charging around bashing into things. So I am having to resist the urge to check on him to often, luckily he is a quiet room. He is eating the medicated food like a ganit so hopefully that will help him pull through. How could you not love this face Mokey eating with the others And here is the whole tank and most of the gang Both Grover and Scooter are making themselves scarce, hopefully they will get braver as they grow bigger. I now have 4 orandas, 2 telescopes, 2 ranchu and 1 lionhead and the albino plec. So no more goldies for me I think, although the guy the new chaps yesturday came from has got panda oranda fry and I would love one but I must resist :roll:
  9. Sorry no idea why they are not working, will try and sort it
  10. Ok pics time, there are a few I got these guys yesterday. I was originally just going to pick up Barkley who has been on hold for me for over 2 months. Then I saw Wicket and really liked him. The guy wasn't to sure about selling him as he is covered in ulcers and black damage. I also liked Mokey and wasn't sure who to have. In the end the guy said I could have Wicket for free if I could get him better so I ended up with all three. The guy worms and does scrapes of his fish to check they are clean before selling them so Barkley and Mokey have gone straight in the big tank and Wicket is on his own in the QT tank. This is Mokey, he/she somehow managed to damage one of her pectoral fins in the plastic bag on the way home, although I have no idea how :shock: She is now mixing well with the others. And this is Wicket. I hate to say it but he is becoming a bit of a favourite which is not good. You can see in the pictures he has loads of ulcers around his face and down his sides and black from where I think he has been bashing into things. He gets very startled when you come to the tank and starts charging around bashing into things. So I am having to resist the urge to check on him to often, luckily he is a quiet room. He is eating the medicated food so hopefully that will help him pull through. How could you not love this face Both Grover and Scooter are making themselves scarce, hopefully they will get braver as they grow. I now have 4 orandas, 2 telescopes, 2 ranchu and 1 lionhead and the albino plec. So no more goldies for me I think, although the guy the chaps yesturday came from has got panda oranda fry and I would love one but I must resist :roll:
  11. Thanks for the advice Trinket, I will just keep up with the food if he keeps eating then, I will try and get some pictures later so you can see what a sorry state the poor chap is in, fingers crossed he makes it, he is such a cutie.
  12. [*]Test Results for the Following: All information for QT tank [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 0 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph-7.8 KH-150 GH-150 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Ph-7.6 KH-30 GH-30 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?API master test kit, drops [*]Water temperature? 72F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? QT tank 20 gallons US - running over 1 year [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)?QT tank- inbuilt wet/dry trickle filter in lid not sure of spec, eheim aquaball 550lph, also airstone 200lph [*]How often do you change the water and how much? twice a week 6 gallons at a time [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? one red cap lionhead about 6 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? On medigold twice a day at the moment, normally mix of frozen food, progold and fresh veg [*]Any new fish added to the tank? the one red cap lionhead, added today [*]Any medications added to the tank? Tank has 1tsp salt added to help with osmoregulation as fish came from water with hardness over 400ppm, tea tree to stop further external infection [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? it has alot of red ulcers and some blackening on sides where old damage is healing. [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Alittle quite but only just gone in the tank today so not sure yet Hi guys I am after a bit of basic advice about treament really but thought I would include the above incase someone asked about it later. I picked up some new fish today from a dealers, two had been on hold for me for over two months and who I know have been wormed and had scrapes taken and examined under a microscope several times and been given the all clear health wise. While looking at the tanks I commented on a cute lionhead who had 4 ulcers on his body as well as blackening from healing and the normal white spots on his head from wen growth. The guy said he had been struggling to get him sorted and as I had a QT tank if I wanted I could have him for free if I wanted to try and sort his health out. He was milling around the tank ok and sifting through gravel seeming very unbothered by his condition. The guy said he had been a bit short of time to look after him properly and is going into hospital for a stay tomorrow so he would get even less attention for a while. Normally I would QT the other two new fish before adding to the main tank but as I am 99% sure they are clean and wouldn't redose them knowing he had already done it so I took a chance to take the chap home as he is such a little cutie. He is now resident in my QT tank which is already fully cycled ready for new fish. Out of the three fish he actually settled in the best and I even got him eating a fair bit of medigold before I left for work. The other two are in my main tank now. My question really is should I be treating the water for the bacteria as well as feeding him medigold or just go with the medigold to start with? I haven't had to treat for a serious illness before so I am not sure whether to use medigold alone or in conjunction with a water treatment. I didn't put the light on last night to give him time to settle but I will try and get some decent pictures of his ulcers so you can see what I mean tomorrow, they are not pretty but there is no puss or anything just redness in about four differnt places, as well as the blacking from healing. The poor chap does look like he has been through the wars though. Thanks for any help H
  13. Martha missed off the conversion chart, I have the same test kit so here it is, it is the same for GH and KH conversion:- No of drops...dKH ppm......... KH/GH 1........................1.................17.9 2........................2.................35.8 3........................3.................53.7 4........................4.................71.6 5........................5.................89.5 6........................6................107.4 7........................7................125.3 8........................8................143.2 9........................9................161.1 10......................10...............179 11......................11...............196.9 12......................12...............214.8 Hope this helps
  14. Thanks guys, the albino was sold as a bristlenose but it is only about 1 inch so maybe the bristles haven't developed plus I am not sure all the females have bristles. I had a terrible day yesterday with Elmo/Grover (I am now swinging towards Grover as he is so clumsy ) He wouldn't eat and was just sitting on the bottom, had me in a right panic. But luckily I think it was just that the current from the aquaball may have been to much for him and he is a fussy eater. I have turned the aquaball right down and angled it against the side and he has started to swim around again. And it would seem he just doesn't like the little food I got for him. I broke up the food I give the others into manageable pieces and he has been wolfing it down today. I also read in a new book I got that young fish are better with a couple of small meals a day so he is now on two meals a day instead of one. Scooter is doing just fine and there is now not a spot of algea left, lucky I got some courgette for him. Here are a couple more pictures from this morning, the white thing is a shell I am using as a dinner plate for him so I can see if he eats his food.
  15. Thanks guys, here are a couple of pictures of them in the tank (glass needs a wipe ) It is hard to get one of the telescope as he rushes around so much.
  16. Due to adverse weather I have been unable to collect my black oranda and now it will be over two weeks before I get another chance so when I see this little guy I couldn't resist. I saw this little guy and just couldn't resist, he is very small , about an inch, but has been zooming round the tank like a right nutter, although he doesn't seem to realise he needs to stop before bumping into the glass :shock: which could explain why he has a broken dorsel fin and most his other fins are slightly wonky, not sure if they will heal normal or not. I haven't decided on a name yet, maybe Grover or Elmo. Grover/Elmo waves hello And this is my new albino bristlenose pleco Scooter , she is tiny as well, although not as small as the standard ones at the lfs, my snails have really been struggling to keep the algea under control so thought I would try a plec as the bristlenose are suppose to be ok with goldies as they are very placcid. More pictures once they are settled in and I turn the light on. Hopefully they will be ok as Scooter is very busy eating and Grover/Elmo is dashing about everywhere after the disaster with Cosmo and Dibbs.
  17. I have just got this book and am impressed with the detail in it, although I am only part way through it. I was a little confused to read the writer recommend to put fish food in the fridge, I always thought you shouldn't becasue the fat goes rancid in it or something like that?
  18. I have used it with nerite snailsa couple of time with no problems and I think I did use it when I had apple snails but not 100 % sure
  19. Hi Nightangel. Yes I have managed to get the situation under control just using coral as I don't like adding lots of chemicals to the water so haven't tried any of the bottled solutions so can't comment on how well they work, but the coral is a nice easy solution. You will need to replace the coral at some point, I think I read about every 1-2 years as they do "run down " as they leach out the bits that buffer your water up but this is the same where ever you put it so just keep an eye on it every month or so after it as been in a while. I have had the same lot in one filter for about a year now which I just rinse out every two weeks as it is in the filter and gets cruddy but the hardness hasn't shown any signs of dropping again but I will replace it soon just to be on the safe side. I don't think you will have problems just putting it in the tank bottom as it will still leach out into the water, you will just have to gradually build up to the level so as not to stress the fish with a sudden change, and be careful the goldie doesn't try eating it as the stuff I get is quite small. I can't remember now but I think it took a while to leach out so might be best to put a little in and then wait 24/48 hours before testing for hardness and pH or adding anymore coral to ensure you don't over do it, think it took a week for me to get it up to the level I wanted but I was super careful. I don't have mine at the 200mg/l because it just makes the pH go high as mine is high to start with so my hardness is above 150mg/l without the pH changing and seems to be ok as that is in the medium hard range and has been stable since I put the coral in. Fingers crossed you get it sorted which ever route you take
  20. When I had mine they would only eat fresh live bloodworms not freeze dried or even froozen they were so picky and weren't even that interested in snails. I think Jenny gives hers bloodworms and also has a little snail farm going that she uses to feed them. Wormer plus is definatly a must with DP's and works well. Good luck
  21. Hi Nightangel I have similar problems as our water is very soft and has about the same readings for GH and KH as yours although my pH is slightly higher at about 7.8-8. I have never had pH crashed in my large tanks but the ones that have been less than 25 US gallons have caused problems with sudden ph crashes down to 6 in 24 hours before I started using crushed coral. I use the crushed coral you can get as substrate but put it in filter bags in my filters instead of having it as media on the floor of the tank as depending on the size of tank you don't need that much to bring your hardness up to a level good enough to buffer the pH. I have found an amount slightly larger than a golfball holds my 20 gallon QT tank at a good level to stop crashes ( and fits in the internal filter) without making the pH any higher which happens if I put to much more in. In my 100 gallon tank I have two filter bags with about a tennis ball sized amount in each, which are in my two external filters running in my big tank. You might need to play about with the amount you need as it took me a while to get it at the level I wanted and if I added to much my pH got to silly high levels. This is not based on anything scientific that I know for sure but I think the heavier the bio load on a tank the more likely you are to suffer a ph crash (something to do with organic material degradation releasing acids into the water and so lowering pH), specailly if it is a smaller water volume which is harder to keep stable. Which may expalin why your angels don't have problems as they produce less waste, is Chewy's tank smaller than the 150? I would definatly add something to buffer up the water as even if you don't have a pH crash it is stressful on goldfish to live in such soft water as they should be at about 200mg/l GH. In super soft water the fish has to work harder to keep it's fluid level concentrations of salt, protein ect. at the correct level because the water outside their bodies is so low in concentration it is constantly passing into their bodies by osmosis to try to even up the concentration by dilution and so the fish has to osmoregulate more excess water through urine which goldies aren't adapted to do. Also bogwood naturally lowers your pH which is good for me as ine is so high to start with but may be hampering you even more.
  22. I have always found adding some melafix (I use neat 100% tea tree as that is the main ingredient in melafix, 1 or 2 drops per gallon) does an amazing job helping fins to heal quickly as my female goldies get roughed up badly at breeeding time and after a week they are all healed and it doesn't interfer with any other medication. My ranchu had got one of his pectoral fins caught in something before I got him and lost half of it but it has knitted back together really well although one bit is shorter as the rib bits haven't grown back, but it has only been a month so they may in time. Here are some pictures of Dylan after rusty had been harassing her and shredded her tail and a week later and you can see how the tail is knitting back together, tea tree is great stuff Good luck with your pearlie
  23. Hi don't panic black can be a sign of healing, I found this on a goldie health site I use BLACK SPOTS The most common cause of black spotting on fish is transient ammonia spikes (or other toxins) that cause burning. Check water parameters first, do big water changes. Black is a sign of healing. Spots should fade in about 2 weeks. I also found this on goldfish connection from Rick Heiss:- Black patches on Goldfish?What is the major cause of black patches on goldfish? You buy a new goldfish, place it in a quarantine tank, treat your new goldfish for flukes with Prazi Q or our Aqua Prazi and feed our Medi-Gold for two weeks and the fish is healthy and doing great!! Then you add it to your main tank to join your other goldfish friends. In a short time your new goldfish is getting black patches on it's body and fins??? OH NO!!! Now what do you do? You just placed the new goldfish in with your other fish and it has black patches all over it, are the black patches contagious? Are all my fish going to be sick?? The answer is no, don't worry, your new goldfish is not sick! The black patches are a sign that your goldfish is healing from the rough handling it went through before it reached you. Your good care has helped the goldfish to heal. The black patches will vanish after the new goldfish is completely healed. Now here's two black and gold lionheads. The the black patches on these goldfish are natural, however, like all black and gold colored goldfish the black patches will disappear and the fish will become solid gold as they grow older. The black and white panda goldfish will also lose their black color as the grow old.
  24. How exciting for you Kathy, the parents are lovely colours
  25. Cosmo followed his buddy Dibbs this morning, I found him resting on a moss ball peacefully no longer of this world I guess the courier journey must have just been to stressful for them.
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