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waterfaller1

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  1. That's what did me in. I kept going back to the store to check and see if he was still there. I kept trying to talk myself out of him. I failed. At first he was afraid of the big guys when I put him in. He is smart! Now he waits on the left side of the tank for me to give him a special drop of food, since the biggies clamber around the food pile.I have a new camera and I am anxious to start taking pics of the fish with it. That gold knick knack fish pic was taken with the new camera.
  2. My first ever They were keeping him as a snail eliminator. He had been there a few months.
  3. Thanks for the good wishes and great info! Thanks too for the pics of cool fish. I love nature..it is constantly amazing. I have kept some very interesting species myself. Both fresh and saltwater. here are a couple cool ones and this is one of my favorite fish..can you find her?
  4. I have to agree. It's just amazing, and right up my alley. What could be better..waterfalls and an aquarium.
  5. Thank you. I liked him not only for his huge crown, but he was also not as rotund as most pearlscales. I thought he was balanced nice. Plus he had a cool personality.
  6. I would love to have Tut back. He was a stunning crown pearlscale.
  7. Very good now. Thank you for asking. I watch them like a hawk recently. I cannot help it!!
  8. I think threadfin rainbows would look cool in that tank.
  9. I have seen one before that won an award that was good. But this one tops it in realism in my opinion.
  10. Did you notice the tiny daphnia or whatever{birds}? I would love to know how they did this too...Unreal.
  11. My jaw has not yet gone back to it's correct position
  12. Thanks for that Alex. I have spent wayyyy too much on them. I admit it. Gah ... I wish my dogs would chew on nylabones. I got them a 3-pack and they were like ummm ... what's that, Mom? My Chihuahua mix, Roxy, still hasn't found anything she would rather chew on than paper ... yes, paper ... Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk I get him the really knobby ones and it keeps his teeth clean. Today I found some kind of curly horn, and he went nuts for it and hasn't put it down yet. That is a very generous offer. Let us see how the second foreclosure goes...court date is next week. I would be very concerned in this neighborhood though with them out outside. maybe inside a porch or something. I am right near a lake, and there are raccoons the size of beagles, every water and predatory bird, from herons to hawks, owls and bald eagles. possums, rats, feral cats... I do not think it would be safe here. Hmm..have to have 'em live long enough to breed them though!
  13. I am starting to become concerned about the TMS..really. What would be better that they wouldn't eat? According to her posts, it's a 90g. Yes, 90 gallons with a 29 gallon sump.
  14. I had that big piece of driftwood for awhile. They seem so much happier and swimming more since I took it out.
  15. This is the difference between breeders/sellers versus hobbyists, with the overwhelming majority of breeders favoring bare. Actually, the only breeder I know who adds a layer of substrate of sand to his set ups is ichthius. I know that he has several fledgling breeders doing the same. Having a bare tank makes it very easy to keep clean. Is it stressful? Good question. I know breeders will normally use completely bare tanks, but Chelsea said Dandy Orandas thinks EVERYONE should. That's the first I've heard of that, and I think it would be stressful due to lack of stimuli. Bare BOTTOM tanks can still have plenty of stimuli (in fact, I may do one for my next tank - I've seen a lot of good ideas on here!), but I would think goldfish would get bored with absolutely nothing to mess with or sift through. Although I suppose one could argue that the fish socializing with each other is sufficient. Hmm ... Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk There are a number of points/observations I would like to make, and I hope you don't mind just bullet points for them 1. It has to be said that a bare-bottom tank is much easier, and safer, for a beginner goldfish keeper. So, if I were someone who is selling very expensive fish to people, I would also be thinking that I want to help them keep their fish safe. This means barebottom, gel-based food, and frequent water changes, because you can't go wrong with that. With substrate and plants, I do think that it provides many inherent activities for the fish to keep themselves active all day, but there are dangers of too much gravel, the wrong type of substrate, the wrong type of decoration, and/or the wrong type of plants. I actually recommend a barebottom tank for beginners for these reasons. 2. You know how people will always think their way is the best, and the correct, way? I think there is that factored in as well. 3. I think that a barebottom tank can still have a lot of things for the fish to do, unless you mean a completely empty tank. Then it that case, it's a bit too spartan. I did keep the bottom bare for quite awhile. I guess going back to plants made me want the substrate. i have been starting to push it back though and clear a spot where the food falls at least. since I have noticed recently they are ingesting the substrate! I see substrate poops. That can not be good for them I am sure. I do the same. Every time I get so depressed and curse myself for having them instead of some tough bullet fish like cichlids or something.
  16. I know breeders will normally use completely bare tanks, but Chelsea said Dandy Orandas thinks EVERYONE should. That's the first I've heard of that, and I think it would be stressful due to lack of stimuli. Bare BOTTOM tanks can still have plenty of stimuli (in fact, I may do one for my next tank - I've seen a lot of good ideas on here!), but I would think goldfish would get bored with absolutely nothing to mess with or sift through. Although I suppose one could argue that the fish socializing with each other is sufficient. Hmm ... Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk That is what Ken told me when I had the issues with Charlie and Tut. He said all of that stuff looks nice, but does not do the goldies any favors...
  17. This is the difference between breeders/sellers versus hobbyists, with the overwhelming majority of breeders favoring bare. Actually, the only breeder I know who adds a layer of substrate of sand to his set ups is ichthius. I know that he has several fledgling breeders doing the same. Having a bare tank makes it very easy to keep clean. Is it stressful? Good question. I guess they wouldn't be breeding if it was too stressful! You think? This is the difference between breeders/sellers versus hobbyists, with the overwhelming majority of breeders favoring bare. Actually, the only breeder I know who adds a layer of substrate of sand to his set ups is ichthius. I know that he has several fledgling breeders doing the same. Having a bare tank makes it very easy to keep clean. Is it stressful? Good question.
  18. Carole, I don't know what the secret is, but in my experience, there is a vast difference between getting and raising young fish, as opposed to getting them already mature. I'm so sorry you are having all these issues. One reason a very good majority of my fish are bought as babies and not adults.... It seems to be harder to get the adults to acclimate to a new tank. The other thing Like Hidr said is less is more.. I been finding that out just cause well I dont have as much time with mine as I did before and they are doing great. Hun all I can say is ..... Get back on the horse again and we will be here to help ya Thanks Koko. Where do you find babies? The big box stores? I saw some today for 29 cents! This guy had floaty at night issues once in awhile if he ate too much, alongside the bigger guys. But by morning he would be ok. He never showed anything else odd. Except one day of sitting down low. The next morning poof..gone.
  19. What is Chillodonella? That's a new one for me. Thank you Laurie.
  20. Thanks again for all the kind words and encouragement from all of you. Carole, I don't know what the secret is, but in my experience, there is a vast difference between getting and raising young fish, as opposed to getting them already mature. I'm so sorry you are having all these issues. It almost seems like it's not fair then. If we could all get babies, we could watch them grow{fun} and watch them live long lives? The sellers and breeders probably wouldn't make as much money though. Especially since we wouldn't have to keep buying them!
  21. Thanks for the nice compliments. Hmm...have not grown a full new leaf yet. There are a few new ones, but not sure if they are done growing yet. If the goldies don't stop trying to push their way through there, they might even grow better. I keep having to reset them, as big ol' Charlie loves to just mash his face in there and just wiggle!
  22. Wow..I have so much catching up to do on this thread! I thought I could quote and respond individually. Or at least go through and read it all, and answer the pertinent parts. I am glad I started this thread. Today is my dog's birthday, so I had to go to the big box store for nylabones, treats, and a toy. So I happen to go by the tanks of course. Lots of beautiful shebunkins and comets. And I saw something I have never seen them do. It appeared they had a single tail goldfish in many of the tanks with tropical types...just one in each. One was very gorgeous and I had to convince myself no no no!! He went from yellow to orange, to white, to orange yellow and white on the tail. LOL..hopelessly pathetic. I just got home, so let me get some things done and I will come back and address the many comments and questions. Thank you all so very much. This is such a great community of really caring and supportive people. I do appreciate it!
  23. Thanks Mikey. No issue with loss of cycle. My tank does not have a conventional filter. It uses a filter sock in a sump{equivalent to your pad} and six media bags with Eheim type media{just added two more about a month ago, the stuff that is in canister filters} The tank gets a water change once a week. When the sump looks dirty it gets cleaned too. My fish always seem to cull themselves back to five. So I won't be adding anymore.
  24. Thanks all. I am just feeling like a failure. Watching them take their last breath is so hard.
  25. To successful goldfish keeping? I am serious. If I don't find the answer, I am afraid I will be done with keeping them. I lost Spott yesterday. I have lost too many to count or admit to. But Spott..really? Spott has seen and been through it all. I feel I am nearing the end of the road here. Do I have to have a barren tank with nothing in it but water and fish to keep them? I am so sick.
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