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  1. I can't find the exact source but I do know that quite a few snakes were reported missing after several large storms (hurricane Andrew namely) from breeding facilities. Florida is a great place for reptile breeders because of the climate, large breeding facilities have an easier time maintaining humidity. I know many snakes are released but I believe the initial surge in population was caused by storms. EDIT: alex sniped me whoohoo http://www.wildwatch.org/Binocular/bino20/Floda.htm
  2. I know with many of the invasive snake problems in florida the main cause is thought to be pets that escaped after hurricanes, so I think in a state like Florida that can be a contribute as well. Snakeheads are really interesting fish, its a shame people cant seem to be responsible.
  3. Could it have been a portion of the slimecoat? I also think photos or a video of her bottomsitting would be helpful.
  4. I love this oranda by far my favorite on the forum
  5. Most goldfish even when distinctly one type have other genes mixed in. Like when ryukin are bred into many fancy lines to create deeper bodied fish. It take a few generations, but you eventually end up with a fish with some ryukin attributes that the breeder wanted (ie, deeper body) but with telescope eyes or a very large wen. In many cases you would still identify the fish as a telescope or a oranda, just with a deeper body (like ingot oranda), which are essentially ryukin ranchu crosses, but they posses the qualifying traits for an oranda and are often labeled as such. So if your batch end up looking like telescopes, call them such!
  6. I honeslty wouldn't be surprised if the lower ph was somehow attributing to these issues, but I don't have issues with my ph so I can only speculate. Honestly it never hurts to do another round or two of prazi pro, I treat my gang every few months. I know holes and tears in the fins that do not heal quickly or reappear in the same spot are often a sign of fin flukes. In my experience some fish seem to be more sensitive to them than others. It definitely does not look like finrot to me. I'd wait for a mod though because they really know best, not me
  7. pictures? I've never heard of this happening so I'm a bit curious.
  8. Mine get fed plenty and i have quite the varied diet going on. Most are bigger than the pictures now em but I still have stragglers. I also do not have a heater running in their tank anymore because of outlet issues (aka I do not have any more space lol) so the slightly cooler temps could be contributing to slow growth as well. My female and my male are both around a year old and in the 40g range so they aren't particularly large.
  9. I've thinned out the herd a but more. I have maybe 5-9 that are growing quickly and then maybe 7 that are still quite small :/ I did drop the ball a bit with finals this week so hopefully I can make up for lost growth over winter break. But I have 12 more babies that have been collected over the past two weeks. I've only been taking them if I see them clinging to things and my fish continue to spawn once or twice weekly.
  10. On top of Alex's requests could you check for raised scales? I always become suspicious of fluid retention when both eyes begin to buldge.
  11. We can really only deduce from what we observe without bias. Having both a pond and a tank I have been able to see how goldfish behave in the most organic and natural environment I can give them, versus a light planted tank with substrate. Both groups forage, ret, and acknowledge humans as a food source. My fancies forage the same relative amount as my single tails, but I have noticed my Singletails are never quite as tame as any of my fancies. I think trying to provide any animal with stimulation is important, even if it not an animal that is 'higher thinking'. While goldfish have shown to have decent memories and are clearly quite adaptable we have no real evidence for or against the presence of emotion. Instincts are different from emotion. Fear, hunger, pain, distress; these are all instinctual things that have been programmed into many organisms ( I say many because reaction to a stimuli is different than pain which not all animals may be capable of feeling in a biological sense). Therefore it isn't a long shot to make the assumption that banging on the glass of a tank could frighten a fish. But it is important to realize that they aren't scared for the same reasons a human might be. A flight response is an important key to survival in all prey animals and this is simply what theyre showing. Foraging is something built into a goldfish mind. It is an instinctual action and not something that is learned. We as goldfish keepers should try and allow them to express themselves instinctually to the best of our ability. We will probably never be able to say scientifically that a fish can become bored or lonely. But we can try to satisfy their instinctual needs, which will lead to better results than anthropomorphizing ever will.
  12. Yay Thai Ranchu!! Your pictures look incredible as always. My sibling to yours is holding his black really well. I've read that cooler temperatures may slow down black loss. Do you have any thoughts on this?
  13. I'm going to somewhat disagree with you Alex! I think especially with pearlscales the risk of any male goldfish pushing a female pearlie around could easily cause organ damage. My female Ushi has had difficulty releasing he eggs despite being chased and pushed for hours. Really a female that's ready to release should so very easily. Sometimes if I handspawn I'm really only holding the fish in my hand, and the second she wiggles in my hand she releases eggs. I agree that it can be dangerous but so can the injuries caused by spawning when you have such a delicate fish. I think as long as you are very gentle the risk of organ damage isn't any higher than the risk of injuries from males. I don't think it should be a first resort unless you are breeding however.
  14. ^thanks for the tips! Honestly it would be easier for me to insulate the filter because I want to hide it anyway (even through my pond exterior isn't super pretty the filter still is an eye sore). The material you suggested was what I was already planning on using you had shown it to me once before!
  15. Well not exactly. It's just the iris is not metallic so it does not reflect light. It is definitely there, just see through giving them the button eyed look. The mother of my fry is a matt, blush gills and all while my two male pearlscales are both nacreous.
  16. Button eyes(matt fish) are 'known' to grow slower and stay smaller than their metalic counterparts. However one of the biggest fry in my last spawn is a matt . I haven't seen any sources that support this however.
  17. Just a little update! We are well into winter now and the pond is doing wonderful. I've tossed most of the plants in the bog filter except the creeping jenny which should die back and regrow in spring. I've added a Tru temp 1000 watt heating system to compensate for the fact that the pond is not being naturally insulated by the earth as it would if it was inground. The best thing about this heater is that it is very accurate and so far has survived very well outdoors. I then went on to construct the exterior insulation for my pond. I need to finish enclosing the top along the border and stuff it with more insulation but I haven’t had time with finals. There were a lot of issues with this build because several things were cut to the wrong dimensions that I had given them (thanks a lot home depot), but I made the best with what I had. The most expensive component of this was the insulation, which costs around 35-40 dollars a sheet (and I used two sheets). I forget the R value, which dictates more or less how effective it will be in retaining heat, but it is one of the highest on the market for polyiso insulation. I then cut it to fit the frame and sealed it in several layers of heavy plastic to keep it dry. I may have to replace it at some point if it gets wet, which is fine. I’m also building a green house style roof to keep snow off the pond and increase the amount of heat, which will get built over the next week or two. We actually had nearly 8 inches of snow dumped on us out of the blue on Sunday, when we were only supposed to get a dusting, and I was completely unprepared. But the pond stayed at a toasty 50 degrees and the fish are fine. The netting held up most of the snow from coming in contact with the pond and I went out every few hours and brushed it off and onto the ground. To be completely honest however the 1000 watt heater is pulling most of the weight and has done a fantastic job, all these extra measures are to ensure that it is easier to retain that heat and reduce temperature swings. I’m eventually going to cover up that ugly cinder blocks supporting the filter but that is not a top priority atm. Also all my fancies are handling the cold spectacularly. These are the only pictures I have uploaded but everyone is quite active and wen is growing like crazy. Since there are no leaves on the trees the pond gets much more sun and the algae has taken off. It's grown thick on interior of the pond and the fish spend most of the day eating it. When temps are good I throw some repashy super green in as well. At this point they are getting few once or twice a week and seem to have good appetites.
  18. Before I added my heater there were a few days the pond got into the low 40s and I have fancies and honestly they did just fine. With my heater and added insulation (still no roof but it is a work in progress) it tends to stay around 50 or above. We had 8 inches of snow dumped on us quite unexpectedly on sunday and the pond was still 50 degrees and all the fish were happy and fairly active. Good luck with yours this winter!
  19. Add more moss & marimos so the damage is spread out and not centralized! I keep a marimo in my tank as fodder so they keep their mouths off my crypts.
  20. I had a nerite lay dormant for nearly three weeks. I thought he was dead but was unsure, so I put him in his own container and proceeded to go on vacation! When I came back two weeks letter he was still closed up but the next morning was out and zooming around! He's still alive too. Snails are weird.
  21. Thank you, MK! He's a $13 fish from Petsmart! I have a small shubunkin with similar colors out in the pond. I love spotty fish!!
  22. Magikarp!! And wow I am in love with your spotty ryukin.
  23. Having euthanized fish a few times now, it never gets easier. My thoughts are with you and Leon may he rest in peace.
  24. Yep, I typically just lower it until my fish have enough to cover their backs and then refill!
  25. Awesome I'll try some of those as well. The good news is I haven't really lost many besides the ones I originally culled and the few that passed on their own. I definitely have some now that are much larger than the smallest ones. the guy with the bent back is still very small but is still kicking. Most are developing dorsals atm. I'd say I have roughly 25-27 left. On one hand I really like the tub I'm using because of its shallowness and it's so light which is easy to carry and rinse out. But on the other hand it is black and I can't really see the fry! Poor color choice.
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