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  1. on the photobucket album the top row ... first three pictures were taken last night ... all the other pics are from 1 1/2 yrs ago ... thanks
  2. thanks stakos/helen ... I took 3 pics and put them in my photobucket tonight but they are just too bad to get a real idea. So I will take some more tommorrow and repost along the the water parameters. Is there a chance you can look at them then? http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/g376/backyard11/
  3. Hi everyone, I have been gone for quite awhile! 1 1/2 years possibly. I could use some help again. The last time I needed help everyone came through for me. That was when I wanted to bring two of my pond goldfish in for the winter into a 55 gal tank to "enjoy them" ... it almost turned into a dissaster! That was two years ago. All has been great since then. BUT! In the first week of May my oldest and largest female jumped out of the pond. This has happened with a couple of other very young fish previously and I used to put up a screen during the early Spring weeks when my large male will chase the females relentlesly . But because these fish are 4-5 inchs long and fat now I mistakenly decided not to put the screen up this Spring. Anyway, I came home to find her under a hedge... she was covered in bark and dirt ... there was no movement and she looked gone. I picked her up and felt a slight bit of movement. So mistakenly I tried to brush off a bit of the bark and then placed her in the water and moved her around. To try and shorten this up .. she came through this experience with practically no afteraffects. Other than some missing scales and tattered tail and dorsal fin ... she was just fine acting normal ... But since then she appears to have gotten some slight swelling where some of these scales are either missing or damaged. Where the actual scales is missing the spot appears fuzzy.. no redness. So the two symptoms are; white areas as big as the scales were themselves (slightly fuzzy) and under those some swelling or "Puffiness". Since May, her tattered tail and fins are 100% healed and normal. I have given the entire Crock/Pond one 7 day treatment of Melafix ... I did not notis any improvement whatsoever, so I brought inside the house to a 20 hospital tank with only a pump for circulation. I then gave her a two day treatment of Tetracycline T.C. ... waitied one extra day, no change that I could see, I then did a 25% h20 change and started a 3 day treatment of Quik Cure wondering if that may help. I still seeing about the same condition. I'm not seeing much or any of the puffiness though. I would appreciate any ideas .... Can I expect the scales to grow back? Maybe these white areas are merely the scars that will remain ...I have 3 pics on my photobucket top line left to right. hard to see much though. Thanks, Tom
  4. Red, I tend to agree with you .. why is it my fish can thrive outside in a Pond with just about every negative bacterial condition that we try to fight indoors ... I the temp may be a factor ... but maybe we are going overboard ... tom
  5. One more thing that I have mentioned in past posts ... with all of the combined experience that all the great folks here at Koko's have ,... one would think that We/Koko's warriors could have some sort of affect on "Breeders" to at least make some attempts to breed for longivity as well as beauty!!!!! These highly "Tuned" fish require such perfect conditions to live a relatively "short" lifespan it is a sad thing at times to me.....on the other hand ..... some of the most beautiful things in this world aren't with us for long .... so what do I know! W. Tom
  6. Now Red!! why do you have to bring up "smoking" while I'm enjoying a cigar outside in my "Taj Mahal"?!!! But you're right ... from everything I have read in this site ... there are indeed exceptions...... If you Google the oldest Goldfish in an aquarium you will see one that has lived almost 20 years in a small tank .... maybe it has to do with the local water system? ... afterall .. our normal testing doesn't address all of the problems with the public H2O systems. .... Tom
  7. Sand!!! You are fantastic! .... All of my fish are "Feeder Fish" although I paid 23 cents apiece for them ... quite a few died after bringing them home to my ponds due to the warmer water etc .... after all they were being kept in refridgerated contitions with no food ..I now have 14 fish .... I started out with 12 .... 7 died ... so the rest have propagated and that is where I am now ... I take pleasure in the fact I rescued all of my fish from "Death row"!!!! washingtongoldfish tom here's a link to my two babies ....http://s1098.photobucket.com/albums/g376/backyard11/
  8. Oerba Fang!!!! you are Awesome!!! washingtongoldfish tom
  9. Hey Au-fish! ... I noticed the same thing after moving 7 of 8 fish outside to my ponds .... I left one fish that just had gone through a hospital tank situattion.... she was healthy but acted very "shy" and hid anywhere she could .. I decided to go ahead and move her outside and she did very very well out there and has grown and matured ...I think they really do not like to be alone ... washingtongoldfish tom
  10. Hey Waaterfaller! ... I'm a pond person .... but have brought fish inside for the last 2 yrs ... I've had problems which the great folks here have helped me with .... I have, over the past couple years brought waterplants inside, in an effort to keep them alive over the winter .... for the most part this has not been successful but not because of the "Ceramic pots" ... they have not caused any problem with PH or anythingthing else .... as far as I know ..... washingtongoldfish tom
  11. Great info .... OK , so I will definitely split the medium in my outside similar filters and to be on the cautious side, I'll try and add the fish one at a time after checking the parameters.... thanks again for all the good info ..... Tom
  12. Grace ... great info .. thanks ... I know I'm pushing things but the plants have been such a positive thing over the past 3 yrs .... I will take it slow as you advise .. thanks again ... tom
  13. Grace!!!! Thankyou so much for responding! I really think I have a good set up of ceramic donuts etc .... for the colonies to get established but the timing is what I'm most interested in ... a completely new tank would take , what?, 4 to 5 weeks ... I started these new filters last week but I'm hoping it will not take that long ... any guesses on the amount of time? ... if I wait 5 weeks it will be end of May and that will set back my outside plans for the Summer ... don't worry .. I will not hold you responcible for your advice because I know , in the end, I must keep a close watch on things ... thanks again .... really!!! washingtongoldfish tom
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