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  1. You'll have to remove the snail body from the shell. Tweezers could work. After that, I would think a little soak in a concentrated saltwater solution would disinfect things nicely (and hopefully won't break down the shell).
  2. Not a TVR, in my estimation. A lovely side view ranchu.
  3. I've drooled over that video many a time. One of my favorites.
  4. I say ranchu for now. Lionchus have the arched back and tail tuck of a ranchu with the headgrowth of a lionhead. So, maybe when he gets older he'll be a lionchu.
  5. My nieces used my WC bucket once to give their Barbies a bubble bath. I got a new "Homer's Bucket" (the cheapie ones at Home Depot) to play it safe, but probably could have salvaged the old one. WC bucket is now on the top shelf of my closet.
  6. That white sand looks spectacular! Love the bubble disk too.
  7. Cuteness! Love the yummy lemony-orange colors.
  8. What type of work do you do? Its amazing you help animals. I'm the education director for a large nonprofit animal shelter. We take in more than 10,000 animals a year and provide tons of services to the community. Before that, I was with an assistance dog program. My job focuses primarily on children's education. It's fun, and my pug comes to work and shares my office every day.
  9. I have thought about keeping dwarf puffers! I think they're absolutely adorable but when I looked into them, I mostly found advice that they should be kept in trios+ and need around 10g each (so minimum was 30g for a trio)?? Nope. Keeping one is perfectly fine, and he/she will probably live longer due to reduced stress. DPs can be kept in small groups, but they'll still fight. Singleton puffers live longer and are generally happiest. Puffers, including dwarfs, are not community fish and don't live in groups beyond the time that they're juveniles (with one exception, the South American Puffer). They're predators, and other fish are generally seen as competition, not "friends." Here's a super-informative page on DP care: http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/library/puffers-in-focus/dwarfpuffercare/ You know, just in case you want to go for it ...
  10. That size tank, planted densely like that, would be absolutely perfect for a dwarf puffer. I keep a dwarf puffer, and absolutely adore him. They're interactive like goldfish, and round and cute, and only grow to one inch. Do some reading on them, and I bet you'll fall in love. (They're 100% freshwater fish.)
  11. I'm an animal lover and have worked professionally in animal welfare for more than 15 years, which means my mammalian pets (dog, cat) are all rescues. Keeping fish is the only time I get to choose exactly what I want in a pet, and buy it, guilt-free, since there's really no fish rescue where I live. I love that.
  12. Ranchu, for sure. Whether straight ranchu or lionchu will depend on the wen growth as he gets older.
  13. Oh, eek, little white bubble eye! The cuteness!
  14. Goldfish will swell with eggs and release them even if there's not a male around. Just part of their biology. Eating their own eggs is normal, and probably helps replace protein lost during spawning. I wouldn't go out and get her a male just so they'll breed. Breeding goldfish is a tedious and complicated process that requires multiple tanks and lots of hard work caring for the fry, including endless water changes, hatching of baby brine shrimp, culling deformed fish, and a fair amount of expense. That said, a 20 gallon long CAN be a nice home for two goldfish if you're an experienced keeper familiar with the ins and outs of the nitrogen cycle and dedicated to doing immaculate maintenance. I wouldn't recommend it for a first-timer though.
  15. Love me the tiger ranchus! Where is yours from, Mr. B?
  16. If you just set it up, keep in mind that a canister can take a few days to work the air out when it's new. Giving it a little "jiggle" can help this process. Might be trapped air causing it to run a little loud (you really shouldn't hear a canister at all).
  17. Do you have a heater? My goldies with SB issues have always done better in water of at least 78. Fasting like you're planning is a good idea since the fish is refusing food anyway.
  18. I had a bare bottom goldie tank for a while many years ago, but I just didn't like the look. I tried everything, plants in pots, scattered river stones, a handful of glass jewels, you name it. It just didn't work for me. But I tend to go for a brightly colored (some would say tacky, gasp!) look in my tanks anyway. So I dig colored gravel.
  19. Those are called veggie filters. Very cool. I like Fluvals. I used to run two 404s on a 55 gallon Goldie tank. Their only drawback is that the tubing is ridged, and can collect a fair amount of gunk if you're not diligent about scrubbing them out pretty regularly. You can get a "whoosh" of debris into the tank when you restart them. I still loved mine, though. They work hard!
  20. Yikes! Now THAT'S a diatom bloom! I usually do 12 hours on, 12 hours off on tanks, too, but with a timer. But I've never used a shoplight.
  21. I believe the reason for the white spots (which can even look cotton-ish) are because the wen has rapid growth, but the blood supply to the new growth isn't fully developed yet. Nothing to worry about -- just the sign of a healthy growing young fish! Brutus has lovely coloration.
  22. I'm thinking fantail for sure on the calico. I can't tell if Koi has a single or double tail. If single, comet. If double, probably fantail.
  23. Yes, perfectly normal. Nothing to worry about. Watching goldfish change colors over time is one of the most enjoyable aspects of keeping them. Have fun!
  24. Fantail, I think, but as LovelyChaos said, baby goldies can continue to grow and change on you. Based on that caudal fin, though, I'm really thinking fantail.
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