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Kerstin

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  1. [*]Test Results for the Following: [*]Ammonia Level? 0 [*]Nitrite Level? 0 [*]Nitrate level? about 5 [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? 7.8 or higher [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? same [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API [*]Water temperature? about 76 [*]Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 Gallons 2months [*]What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqua clear [*]How often do you change the water and how much? every 2 days about 5 gal due to left over food [*]how many days ago was the last water change and how much? yesterday 5 gal [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 single tails about 1 inch and a bit [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? 3 times a day: Hikari pellets crushed, GC salmon flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp [*]Any new fish added to the tank? no [*]Any medications added to the tank? not right now [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? fuzzy spot [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? not anymore So Poseidon one of my little feeders had a case of fin rot when I got him and after my tank finally cycled I thought I'd best treat it. My local Aquarium shop said that Furan 2 is the best thing to use, which I did. But regretted soon afterwards because it seemed really harsh on the little guys. Anyways I finished the treatment and he looked fine for a little bit and actually is way more active than ever before, but now he has developed a "fuzzy" spot right at the end of his tail, which seems to be growing. Can I just treat that with salt and clean water or is there anything mild I can treat it with as the other meds seemed way to harsh and I don't want to use those again. Thanks for your input.
  2. Very cool looking betta.
  3. Kerstin

    New Betta

    He is beautiful! Love his colors.
  4. They are sooo cute. thanks for sharing.
  5. Kerstin

    New Betta

    Hi there, congratulations on your new betta. Would love to see a photo .
  6. I use the NLS Thera-A 1 mm sinking pellets. It's already full of garlic lol. They kinda go into a frenzy when I drop this into the tank Thanks. I'll have to check those out.
  7. I have two tanks, one with full-grown fish and the other with all really small ones from 1-2 inches. I've always fed them pellets, gel food, and frozen things, and they've never had any dislike of them since day 1. I wonder if you could help them make the transition, by going from flakes to floating pellets and then to sinking pellets. In the mean time, how many times are you feeding them? Young fish need to be fed small amounts but multiple times each day. You just have to monitor your water quality carefully if you do so. I feed them like 3 or four times a day. And clean the gravel once every two days, just to make sure. I really want them to get used to the floating kind of pellet, because that's what I feed the guys in the pond, where they are supposed to go once they grow a little bit... I think I'll try the idea of soaking some in some garlic juice... Which pellets do you feed the little guys?
  8. I took the following passage from the NLS website, which makes both flakes & pellets: Pellets are preferred over flakes due to the fact that they are more nutrient dense, and much more stable in water. For species of fish over 2-3 inches, pellets are clearly the most optimum method of providing nutrition to your fish. Not only can you feed much less on a volume basis, but pellets will also remain stable in the aquarium for an extended period of time. By their very design, flake foods are paper-thin; absorb water very quickly, and while doing so leach out much of the water-soluble vitamins in a very short period. Some studies suggest that once flakes are added to the aquarium, the majority of water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are leached out of a flake food within 60-90 seconds. This information has been common knowledge in the aquaculture circles for several decades, yet some hobbyists seem to be stuck using outdated and less than ideal methods for feeding their aquarium raised fish. Using pellet food for all feed applications is yet another concept that has been proven in commercial aquaculture since its inception. Link: http://nlsfishfood.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=63&limit=1&limitstart=6 That's an interesting article. For some reason the flakes I got at goldfish connection seem to be much more "stable" for lack of a better word, less flimsy and my big guys really thrived on them. Also your article says "for fish over 2-3 inches". Seems like my little guy who is about an inch and a bit still has trouble eating the Pellets...
  9. Thanks for your input everyone. I'll definitely try all the suggestions. Maybe it's time to try making some gel food I bought some Hikari goldfish mini pellets. Of course they don't like them, but the bigger one at least tried them, just to spit them back out. I think even though they are mini pellets they might be too big for little Neptune. It says for gold fish 1 1/2 inch and over, but he is I think about a little over an inch if that. I also got some freeze dried Krill, which my two big guys really enjoyed, but I haven't tried it for the little ones yet. I'll do that after they get over the "shock" of being served pellets for lunch.lol @ Trinket. So nice to see you back online. Glad everyone is ok The tank is cycled, eventhough it did take almost three weeks despite using media from my old tank. No clue what went wrong there. I was expecting an almost instant cycle ,but no such luck. Should I maybe try the Jump Start food from GC? I was planning on buying some Pro Gold anyways...
  10. Can't wait to see photos of the little guy.
  11. Hi there, about a month ago I got two 1 1/2 inch or smaller feeders. They are still really skinny and don't seem to put on any weight. I'm feeding them the Goldfishconnection flakes (they wont touch anything that is on the ground so sinking pellets will just lie there), freeze dried brine shrimp, frozen blood worms (which they are not keen on) and salad, which they wont touch. Any idea on what else I could feed them to make them a little fatter? Any help would be appreciated.
  12. great photos! I love your two comets. They are so cute and TINY. Looking forward to seeing them grow.
  13. They're both so beautiful. Congratulations!
  14. Beautiful fish. How long is your friend in Germany for? I'm asking because when I got my raingarden fish he put them on hold for me for a little while until i had my pond finished. You could always ask him...
  15. I'm starting to believe that goldfish boy is posting these controversial topics to get people riled up....
  16. Went to my feed store today to stock up on my horse supplies and noticed for the first time that they had a fish section. They had lots of goldies and they ALL seemed to be healthy, even the feeders looked in better shape than in any of our local pet shops. They had the cutest little black moors. Soooo tempting, but I managed to walk away buying only a new can of freeze dried brine shrimp.
  17. I saw some on petfinder once, but only that one time.
  18. I agree, way too crowded. And how do they all get their fair share of food?
  19. Yes, single tails are my favourites. I've never had any other goldie. After being here on this site for a while I'm starting to like telescopes, too. Just don't have any more room... I think I remember seeing a photo of your shubunkin? If that's the one, he's really cute. Sorry to hear about your oranda.
  20. 1 comet, 1 common and one shubunkin.
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