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  1. I've always found pearlscales, even really round ones, to be quite capable of getting their fair share of food in mixed-variety tanks. Go for it! (And you better post pics of that baby pearlie when you get it!)
  2. Now THAT would be awesome! I love discus but have never kept them because their care needs sound overwhelming. But a 110 gallon tank with big discus? Stunning!!!
  3. If I had an available 110 gallon tank, and I wasn't going to turn it into the freakin' sweetest goldfish aquarium in history (which is what i'd probably do!) I'd stock it with fresh or brackish water puffers. Either a single Fahaka puffer, or 3 Green Spotted puffers would be how I'd go. But I have a serious weakness for da puffs.
  4. My pug eats a no-corn/wheat/soy/grain food. But she's not going to go out and fell a gazelle anytime soon.
  5. Absolutely true. But fancy goldfish are as close to carp as my pug and your chi are to wolves.
  6. Does the nerite help with the diatoms? I know one snail can't handle a whole tank full, but does he make a dent?
  7. I'll remain selfish right along with you. The thing about fancy goldfish that I always keep in mind is that they're a man-made fish, virtually incapable of surviving on their own in a setting not controlled by humans. (Yes, goldfish ponds come closest to mimicking nature, but are still a highly controlled environment. My point is, you're never going to go river rafting and see a school of wild ranchus or a bunch of naturally-occurring bubble eyes foraging for algae in a lake.) So I don't see giving them a sand substrate as an attempt to replicate a natural environment, per se, but more as a "bonus" for a lucky fish who thinks, "Ooooh, neat!"
  8. That's part of the fun of goldfish -- you never know what you're going to get! She's darling. Her first photo suggests that the color change was already underway when you got her.
  9. Great food, by the way. It can cause white fish to develop an orange wash, though, so be aware of that if you're trying to keep a white fish its whitest.
  10. I had white aragonite sand in my Figure 8 puffer tank. It was lovely. The only bummer was that when the tank got diatoms, so did the sand. UGH. Thorough stirring at water changes helped, and once the tank got past its diatoms, the sand looked good again. Can't wait to see pics of your tank!
  11. You can try putting the coral in a dish, but my bet is that Nemo will rummage through it and have it spread all over the tank in no time. He is going to loooove his new digs!
  12. In his book "Fancy Goldfish" (a must-read!), Rick Hess says that young fancies tend to do OK for their first winter or two outdoors, but have less and less success tolerating it as they grow.
  13. White vinegar is fantastic for hard water stains. I use it whenever I get a used tank.
  14. Eeeeek! Killer bubble eye! Sorry, I know it's a real problem, but it just cracks me up. I used to have an aggressive telescope. For him, it was a matter of shuffling him between tanks until I found a combination of tankmates he could live with peacefully. He hated ranchus, too. He was finally fine with a pair of young pearlscales.
  15. So whaddaya know, I'm now a Koko's subscriber, thanks to a very generous benefactress who shall remain nameless. I've wanted to subscribe to Koko's for so long, and now I have this golden opportunity. And it gives me access to having a subscribers' blog too, so I thought this would be a good chance to start fresh from my other blog, kind of the way I'm starting fresh with goldfish at the moment. For those who don't know, I had some serious medical issues last summer, including emergency brain surgery and a long (and still ongoing) recovery that necessitated rehoming my beloved ranchus and their Tacky Tiki Tank with a good friend. I still get to visit the ranchu trio, but it's just not the same as having my goldfish friends living with me. The good thing is that my friend is completely smitten with the fish and is taking excellent care of them. The bad thing is that I am now completely sans goldfish, an unacceptable state in which to find myself. I'm finally strong enough again to think about keeping a goldfish tank of my own. The sheer muscle power involved in maintaining my old tank is out of the question now, but I'm thinking something smaller, but still goldie-worthy, ought to be manageable. I've been scouring Craigslist for weeks and think I may have come up with a winner: It's a 26 gallon bow front with stand, which I think will be absolutely perfect for a couple of goldies, and will be a size that I can take care of without it being too much for me physically. Only problem is, I've been playing phone tag with the seller for almost two weeks now, and he's just not willing to set a time for me to pick it up. You think Craigslist has flaky buyers? Don't even get me started about the flaky SELLERS. Anyway, assuming I get this tank or something equivalent, it will be time to find the perfect "look" for what will become known as The Tacky Tiki Tank Reboot. Because as we all know, I have a serious passion for the (ahem) tackier styles of tank decor, and I'm already acquiring little bits and bobs to trick this tank out right. So far, I have a piece of nifty vintage aquarium decor, a tiki hut that I think will be stunning. I like to do fabric backgrounds on my tanks, so I found this piece of spectacular out of print Shag fabric left over from the Hukilau event a couple years ago: It's even more vivid than it appears in this photo -- the background is vivid turquoise! Which of course necessitates a complementary set of tikis: I'm also thinking a volcano will be a must as well. I mean, if you gotta have an airstone, why not do it with style? Coming up next time: What kind of goldfish to get? It might be time for me to (gasp!) have something other than ranchu. Stay tuned!
  16. As everyone else said, less is more while you're getting your fish's health issues under control and dealing with water quality in an overstocked tank. That said, I do love me a nicely-decorated tank (properly stocked and healthy, of course). I've always used a couple plastic plants in my tanks, and have never had problems with injuries to my fish resulting from their use. I also like fun stuff like a volcano or a tiki statue (or both!). But I'm the first to admit that my tastes run toward the tacky. And I always leave more than ample swimming room for the goldfish. Focus on your fish for now. Later, you can see whether you're a less-is-more or a tacky-it-up type!
  17. Cuties, all of them! I especially like the one with the really white tummy.
  18. Wow, you win the Dedicated Goldfish Keeper Award for waiting 3 months for your tank to cycle! Lovely new fish! That black oranda is a stunner.
  19. Sorry, I thought you were asking what to watch out for when buying the fish. Never mind.
  20. I'm sure you're planning to QT the new fish before adding it to the main tank. Other than that, when picking a new goldfish, look for one who's swimming actively and maintains proper balance in the tank (no listing to one side or head standing when it stops). No missing scales (unless it's a pearlscale, in which case a few missing pearls is to be expected). No red streaks in the fins, no open wounds, no clamped fins. Look for a shiny, active fish. If it has a wen (head growth), make sure it's tight and even, not loose and floppy. Check for dual anal fins if that matters to you. And follow your heart.
  21. I had a pearlscale years ago with a crooked mouth. He lived a long happy life in spite of it. This was Sherbet:
  22. I personally think you could keep your 6 goldfish in a 75 gallon tank if you're diligent about water changes and water quality.
  23. I agree, your success will under- or overstocking will depend on the amount of maintenance you're willing to do. Of course, that doesn't mean you can have 30 fish in a 30 gallon and be successful. But an experienced and vigilant goldfish keeper can stretch the boundaries of the "rules" a bit and still have happy healthy fish. Similarly, you can't have 1 fish in a 55 gallon tank and think you never need to do water changes.
  24. Is it newly set up? If so, you should probably test pH every couple days for a month or so until you're certain things are stable.
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