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  1. HA!!! I just laughed out loud several times.....I love goldfish!!! I don't understand why anyone would want anything else in their aquarium! When I was at the pet store buying all the equipment to set up my tank, the worker was helping me get all the essentials (I was trying to buy all of the best quality stuff.) As I was checking out, he finally asked me "So, what kind of fish are you planning to put in this tank?" and when I told him it was for goldfish he said, "You are buying all of this good stuff for goldfish?!" and looked at me like I was insane!! I did see that other thread after I made this one Chrissy_Bee! The trouble they manage to get themselves into is truly amazing. When I first got my fish, there were three, and I was checking on them quite often. One night I came in the room and did the headcount -- one, two.........oh no, where's number three??? My heart actually stopped -- I didn't see her ANYWHERE! After searching the whole tank to no avail, I finally started checking the floor (even though it was a covered tank.) No fish! It was then I saw two little eyes peeering out at me from a little hole in my tree stump decoration in the tank! (At around 5" in length and girthy, she wasn't a particularly small fish -- and the holes were only about a couple of inches wide!) I have NO idea how she managed to get in there -- there were two holes, one on the top and one on the bottom, neither looked anywhere big enough for her to fit through. I tried for about 15 minutes or so to get her out, and no matter what I did I could not get the poor girl to fit through either hole!!! To make matters worse, she also kept managing to wedge herself deep inside the crevices inside the decoration (there were lots of hollow tunnels from the roots of the stump that she kept squeezing into)...I had no choice but to pull her gently by her tail a couple of times to get her de-wedged. It was terrifying! Finally, I somehow miraculously tilted her and the tree stump to the perfect angle and she managed to swim out -- it was a TIGHT squeeze! She seemed okay afterwards -- honestly I think I was more shaken than she was. Needless to say, I shoved big rocks in the openings on the tree stump so it would never happen again (it has since been removed)...but I never would have guessed she would have been able to squeeze in there in the first place! Silly goldies!!!
  2. Anyone have goldfish that do really silly things? At night, my oranda Penelope -- she is in my bedroom -- will sometimes go to the side of the tank where she can see the TV...and after I turn out all the other lights...will just hover there and watch!! She stays there for a few minutes at a time -- it is so funny!! Would love to hear some other silly goldfish antics if anyone has any stories...
  3. A 250 gallon LOST tank would be awesome and so funny!! The alpha-fish of the tank could be Jacob. We must chat after the premier...we should start an off-topic thread for us and any other fellow LOSTies! I am rather new at fishkeeping and still learning, so I unfortunately can't offer any advice, but it sounds like you have a great plan and know what you need to do -- I am sure that whatever you do for your fishies will be what's best for them! Maybe I will have to keep an eye out for a future Faraday for my tank....!
  4. I know I know!!! I'm so excited to see this season but also so bummed that it will be over...I am going to do the same thing though, buy the whole box set and watch it all over again!! If I do get another :5: , it will surely be a Desmond...Eloise...or Faraday Best show on tv EVER, for sure!!! I do hope your little guys are okay though....sorry to stray off topic (esp. a sad one when your guys are sick!) Best wishes on their getting better!! :heart
  5. Very sorry this is off topic, but I had to say something....I think my two fish -- Hugo and Penelope -- would get along with your fish quite well, esp. Sawyer, Kate and Hurley. Excited about Feb. 2?? I can't wait!!
  6. Any one have experience with lavender or lavendar/chocolate butterfly telescopes as far as coloring goes (retaining color or changing?) I have heard they're pretty stable but haven't heard much from people who have personally had them.
  7. Hi, so sorry you are having trouble with your fish...that helpless feeling when they are sick is the worst. Sorry to just chime in here but....you really...really....really...really need to get your water tested!! (If you haven't done so already.) You should do this before adding anything to your tank, like the other posters have recommended. You can take it to the pet store to have it tested, or invest in an API kit which lasts a REEEAALLY long time. It's an invaluable tool that can mean the difference between life and death. It's very easy to do (I was intimidated at first, but I bought one and I am like a regular chemist now, testing water and PH and so on. ) The stress from bad water quality can bring on all these other problems. If your tank is still cycling, you need to test regularly so as to know when you need to change water....and then you will also be able to know when it has finished cycling. I hope everything gets straightened out soon! I can tell you really do love your fish. I am rooting for them -- they are adorable.
  8. That is excellent news Trinket! The thought of velvet was making me very nervous and baffling me as to what could have caused it -- water quality has been perfect for quite a while now, and the few times there were issues, I was very religious with water changes. The only thing I did add was that half dose of Coppersafe (and salt but that's pretty harmless.) I did a 75% water change today to get rid of most of the Coppersafe -- I'll do another 25% tomorrow to get rid of even more. There is new light on her tank, this one is some kind spectrum light (?) that is supposed to emphasize colors, so maybe that's why I had just noticed the golden coloring. Nothing at all at the peduncle and she looks fine everywhere else. I am going to try to stop being a goldfish hypochondriac and just do what I can to keep them healthy...and you are so right not to rush into medications until you are sure what you are dealing with. It's a long story, but I lost my oranda's 2 siblings (they were shipped and arrived sick and injured straight out of the bag), which was really hard for me because I tried everything I could to save them, and as soon as I thought they were improving, something else would occur. Since then, I have been on the lookout for symptoms...but I guess my oranda is healthy and I should just relax a bit! Thank you so much for your help!
  9. I just read this whole post and I am very touched by all you did for the poor little guy. I am sorry for your loss...you definitely did all you could.
  10. Oh okay, thank you so much ryukin girl! I have another thread on another forum and the general consensus seems to be that maybe it's just his coloring? If it wasn't for the other symptoms (occasional gulping/gasping, flashing, and very occasional twitching while in one place), I probably wouldn't have given it another thought. Anyone with any experience w/velvet that knows personally what it looks like? Hard to find a good pic on the internet to compare...and it apparently doesn't photograph well if it is there. Thank you!!
  11. Not sure how to add pics directly to post (using Flickr for the first time.) Here is the link to photostream, please let me know if it doesn't work? http://www.flickr.com/photos/46787227@N02/ I am going to get a copper test kit today to help monitor the levels. Is the Coppersafe going to kill my cycle? As of today the readings are: ammonia=0, nitrite=0, nitrate=5 ppm. Boosted the salt up to .2 (or .02, sorry, which is it?) concentration...fish seems to be handling it well.
  12. Hi, thanks so much for responding. I will try to get a pic today....he is white/lemon colored, so it's kind of hard to see -- not sure if the pic will show it but I will try. It is actually pretty -- when the light hits him just right, there is a golden dust on his body. The lights were out last night with just a little hitting him from a light from another room, and it was EXTREMELY noticeable...there was quite a bit of it on him...just a golden dusting on his white scales, on more of his body than I had thought previously (not just limited to belly/near dorsal.) He started acting weird in the last 2 days....twitching in place...flashing (which he has been doing for a while but I was attributing this to flukes...it's a long story but I got him and two other fish from a seller I THOUGHT was great...they came with a host of problems {they arrived with ulcers/HITH and God knows what else} and I lost the other two...this one is the only survivor and I would be so upset if I lost him, I've become quite attached.) I added half the recommended Coppersafe dosage last night because I read that goldfish can be sensitive to it. I am also slowly raising the temp to above 82 degrees..I read velvet cannot survive in these higher temps. I did not feed yesterday so as to keep the ammonia in check. I will do whatever it takes to help him. Have to charge my camera a bit (been acting up lately w/the memory card so hopefully it will work), and I will add a pic ASAP. Thanks so much. =) Connie
  13. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? 5-10ppm [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? ph 7.2 [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? ph 7.2 [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops [*]Water temperature? 76-78 degrees F [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallons, recently upgraded in the last few weeks [*]What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 2 penguin 200's [*]How often do you change the water and how much? weekly around 50% or more as needed [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 oranda, 5-6 inches [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Novaqua+, Amquel+, added salt today [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? He has been on metromeds, medigold, jump start, just started Hikari Lionhead [*]Any new fish added to the tank? No [*]Any medications added to the tank? No just salt [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Gold dust on belly and near dorsal [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Appetite fine, flashing, occasionally gasping
  14. Hi, what is the best treatment for a goldfish showing very obvious signs of velvet? (Long story, but I have been treating for flukes without seeing many results....coloring of fish prevented me from seeing velvet until now!) I did a 75% water change this morning (before I saw the velvet) and added Prazi....since I have added carbon to remove Prazi, and bought Coppersafe and Maracide. There is a .1 or .01% (I can never remember which =) concentration of salt in the tank. I am experiencing a bump in the cycle (tank was previously cycled for a few months, and either Prazi or switching food and possibly overfeeding caused my cycle to take a slight hit in the last day or two.) Saw .25-.5 ppm ammonia yesterday and today...added some Amquel+ this morning, now the reading is ammonia=0, nitrite=0, nitrate=5-10ppm. I am panicking a little since I know velvet is deadly and I have been through a lot with this fish and I would be devastated to lose him....please, any help would be greatly appreciated as to what my next move should be (Coppersafe/Maracide/neither?) There is a very obvious (now that I see it) dusting of gold on his belly and by his dorsal fin. I'm new at goldfishkeeping but there really is no doubt in my mind that I am dealing with velvet at this point. Please help!!
  15. Hi! Just wanted to add, Drs. Foster and Smith online (drsfostersmith.com) is a GREAT place to buy Tetra Safe Start! The one time I bought it at my LFS, it was near expiration and did NOT work. I decided to try ordering from Drs. Foster and Smith instead...they sent it with a cold pack and it worked GREAT! (I had measurable nitrates almost immediately, and the tank was fully cycled in a little over a week...I did 30-60% daily water changes during this time.) I bought another bottle for another tank from Drs. F & S, and it actually arrived frozen (it was cold weather and I did not order the 2 day shipping option....and the Safe Start will not work if frozen or exposed to heat....) Well I called them to tell them it had frozen and they sent me a new bottle for FREE with FREE 2-day delivery! I was amazed at the quality of customer service and highly recommend them!! Also, I recommend keeping it in the refrigerator if you are not going to use it right away...it is shelf stable, but I think it works much better if kept cool. Good luck!! =)
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