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  1. I'm so sorry she passed so suddenly. Sometimes they do go downhill despite our best efforts.
  2. As unsightly as a tumor can be, luckily they're almost always benign in nature. But I'm sure your fish would appreciate the benefits an good staple pellet or gel food would offer regardless!
  3. I redid this recently! I rescued two larger crabs so I took that into account when adding more substrate.
  4. The tank looks fantastic! And that bundle looks nifty! can't wait to see it filled and full of fish
  5. Wow great grooming! Look at the head on that one, such a great specimen! Well done on your part.Anybody else have black thai SVR? Let's see Em! Thank you! He comes from ECR lines so he has genetics on his side as well. He's a very well balanced fish and his black is only getting darker as he ages. If it is any consolation my black ranchu seems to have no issues with sight. He is the first one to food the second it hits the water. Most telescopes have major sight issues but most people tend to look past that. As long as the fish is living a good quality life ya know?
  6. This is my 1yr old Thai SVR. He's a very very pretty fish.
  7. His name is Hoshi (japanese for star) Here is a picture of him from when I put him into the pond last summer
  8. I only have one oranda, a lovely lemonhead who is going through a huge growth spurt atm. I'll get a better shot of him on Saturday when I clean the pond.
  9. Good post! I have a Thai black svr and I love him, they are indeed tricky to reproduce sometimes. However links to other forums are not allowed on kokos, so it's best if your remove them.
  10. He's so lovely!! That wen is just ridiculous! Happy birthday George!
  11. I'd take everything but the duckweed! I love me some plants LOL (I only dont need duckweed because it's slowly taking over my lungfish tank)
  12. This article will discuss how you can feed goldfish to minimize swim bladder and feeding related health issues, the amount that should be fed, and how this ties in to the anatomy of the goldfish. Goldfish have an extremely inefficient GI tract, and are completely lacking a true stomach. About 15% of teleosts, including cyprinids, have no stomach and no region of low pH or pre-digestion. Anterior portion of intestine has some storage function, intestine in these species is usually very long compared to, say, a trout (Rombout, et al. 2011. Teleost intestinal immunology. Fish and shellfish immunology) Here is a more in depth description: Carp lack a stomach, but have a long intestine which winds extensively throughout the visceral cavity. The gall bladder rests on the dorsal surface of the anterior midgut and the bile duet opens into the intestine just anterior to the gall bladder. In addition, the liver has no specific shape, but seems to serve as packing material around the intestine. Food seems to be ingested in small particles in a relatively steady stream instead of intermittently in large units, so the storage function of a stomach probably is not missed. With the liver filling all the available visceral space, there would be no room for accommodating the stomach expansion of a large meal anyway. The remainder of the visceral organs are relatively unremarkable (L. S. Smith. “Chapter 1. Digestion in Teleost Fishes.” 6.3 Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio). University of Washington, 1980) Their odd anatomical structure has evolved out of a carp’s need to forage constantly to take up any food source they could find. This is partly why they can also be such a hardy and incredibly invasive species. But there is much to be learned from this in regards to their health and feeding habits in a domestic setting. This is precisely why goldfish need small meals, especially fancies with their compressed body shape, which makes them more susceptible to complications caused by overfeeding. The best way to establish how much food your fish should be getting is by weighing them. It is generally accepted to feed .5-1% of the fishes body weight if feeding pellets. If gelfood is being fed, which contains much more water, you can bump this number up to 2-3%. This post on Koko’s can tell you approximately how many pellets to feed based on weight. Then take the total amount of food you’re going to feed and divide it into as many meals as possible. I try to feed my fish 3-6 times per day, but this varies with my work schedule. The key is to experiment and see what your fish do best on. Proper food management in regards to time and amount can really make a huge impact on fish with swim bladder issues and help encourage growth (in fish that are growing slowly) or discourage growth (to lessen chances of obesity). Moist foods, such as gelfoods, can often be more gentle on the GI tract than pelleted foods due to their high water content which does not expand as readily in the gut and is often more easily digestible. Many breeders looking to groom a fish to show will feed more frequently but this does increase the likely hood of factors like obesity and often impacts the lifespan of the animal, so take into consideration that overfeeding does have consequences other than the obvious (more waste output). Overall proper amount when feeding and spreading more meals out over a given period of time will help food be constantly moving through the GI tract and in proportional amounts. This will lessen the pressure being put on other organs, the swim bladder in particular, which will aid in better balance and lower the risk of constipation.
  13. I'd just like to pop in and add that Spazzy appears to have SB problems as well, they are 'spazzing' trying to remain in the water column and to stop themselves from sinking (That is what I gathered from the video anyway). If this is whats happening it's likely one of the lobes of the swim bladder has collapsed or failed to form at all which is causing this issue.
  14. Three days isn't a huge deal. If you do it frequently however I would look into getting a reliable automatic feeder like the fishmate. I would never use holiday/vacation feeders. They provide little nutrients or actual food for the fish and just rot and degrade water quality, and because you aren't there to change the water if can often cause a spike in your parameters and make the fish ill or kill them. Fish have metabolisms that are quite unlike humans and mammals, so a short period of fasting is not going to hurt them. I go on vacation at least twice a year and I never have issues. I feed like I normally would until the night before than do a huge waterchange and double dose prime. Get up the next morning and go on vacation. If it's a week or less no one feeds the fish unless a fish is in QT (then I have my bf pop in and check on them). If it's over a week I have a sitter come in and feed prepacked amounts of food sparingly a few times a week, and then hide the rest of the food. I leave prime with dosing instructions as well in case. When I come home I do a waterchange and all is well typically! Most of the time I've lost some plants though as they will turn on them when they arent being fed 24/7
  15. I would say wait a few days and see how he does on MM if he shows improvement and marked increase in strength then you can start the prazipro. It is a very gentle med and if he continues to go on the mend I would start it asap. I mean no one really knows your fish better than you, so I think it's important for you to assess his strength and use your best judgement.
  16. Poor Ballerina! Her injuries don't look too bad, very similar in fashion to the injuries my butterfly sustained when some boy pinned her up against a rock in the pond that was holding down a plant. I hope her and rocky recover nice and quick Your pearlies look marvelous! I'm so glad you decided on tikus.
  17. I built a cinderblock stand for my 30gal. Definitely the best/sturdiest stand I've ever owned! My best advice for cutting costs is to look in the trimming/cull wood section. I picked my pieces up from there and it saved a few bucks.
  18. Thank you! I really think it's the Hikari Lionhead. When I fed hikari lionhead I didn't see much of a difference, not compared to the flowerhorn food I'm feeding now at least. The flowerhorn food would do it! I don't know if you saw, but I did a comparison of Omega goldfish versus the sinking cichlid pellets, and found that the cichlid food is better for the goldies. I can't tell if it's the HL, but I give some deference to it. I also feed a lot of frozen blood worms, brine, and mysis shrimp, as well as Omega cichlid, shrimp pellets, and NLS Thera-A. So, it's hard to attribute to one thing. LOL I did read the murmurings about how the cichlid food is better for goldies. That's what made me want to try the flowerhorn food, the kok (I swear that's what it's called ) on a flowerhorn is oddly similar to the wen of goldies so it makes sense that the recipe for increasing both would be similar. I also just really like trying higher end foods I haven't seen before.
  19. Thank you! I really think it's the Hikari Lionhead. When I fed hikari lionhead I didn't see much of a difference, not compared to the flowerhorn food I'm feeding now at least.
  20. I agree I've had crypts do well in my goldfish tanks. I really like crypt balansae and sag sublata.
  21. I have a planted tank that's currently growing in that houses my lungfish. Difficult because he most walks on the substrate so plants can't be too delicate or he just tramples them. Rather poor picture but you get the idea. It's a very low tech tank but it is doing extremely well despite having a big dumb fish traipsing through it constantly. This is my planted goldfish tank, high light but fairly low tech otherwise.
  22. I had this happen when I resealed my 55. I used aqueon brand silicone so obviously mine was 100% safe. This is most likely just a bacterium growing taking advantage of the silicates leeching from the new seals. It looks a lot like some of the stuff we culture in dishes at school lol. I just wiped it off with my fingers and eventually as the tank aged it stopped. Nothing to worry about imo, I saw my fish eat it from time to time as well. Edit: I should also mention I let it grow quite a bit before initially removing it because I was curious. It seems quite innocuous. A lot of weird stuff grows in aquaria.
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