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  1. shakaho - Wow. Beautiful job on the pond! I wanted to ask you how you screwed the boards to the pond - did your husband just use a masonry bit? What kind of screws did he use? Did he drill pilot holes first? I really love your design. I love my little pond, and would like to make it much bigger - or keep it as is and just build another one! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work - it's inspirational! ETA: I grow lots of plants in my filter - it's amazing how well many "land" plants do in there! I have a couple giant irises sitting in there ( in their pots!), some devil's ivy, impatiens, mexican petunia.; It's cool to try different things. The tomato idea in your bog filter is brilliant!
  2. I used tithra's recipe (roughly) and made gel food a few months ago. My tele, Mr. Moto, tends to be floaty, and the gel food seemed to help a lot. Well, I ran out a few days ago (it lasted a loooooong time!) but I was too lazy to make more, so I started feeding Haki Sakari sinking pellets again. Mr. Moto was fine, right? and pellets are easy. Mistake. Mr. Moto quickly got sick again - it was heartbreaking to see him floating tail up or even belly-up in the tank and struggling to reach the bottom of the tank. Peas didn't help much. So I whipped up a batch of gel food. (OMG it is so foul smelling! GAK!) That was yesterday. Mr. Moto is fine today - swimming easily and beautifully in all zones of the tank. Thanks, dnalex and tithra! Agar gel food really helps Mr. Moto! And the pearlies love it too.
  3. Mine love oranges! I cut a slice, remove any seeds, and hang it on the veggie clip, rind and all. They eat all of it except the white parts between the sections. What's left looks like a wagon wheel! They adore oranges.
  4. Oooooooooo...good point! I will continue to feed the AP then unless I hear differently. She likes it just fine now that she's figured out how to eat it. Man, I had to take Metro (flagyl) recently. It is the bitterest thing you ever tasted - just horrible. I'm amazed she eats it, but she noms it on down. Edited to talk about nitrAtes - yeah, it's low. I did two big water changes, one Sunday, one Monday. Now with the Maracyn2...well, I'll keep an eye on it. I hope it's okay. Trinket - if my GH or KH are too high, are there products to help with that?
  5. Hi! I'll either get the kit or have LFS test it - probably tomorrow. Suzy eats her medicated food (Jungle AP) eagerly. The bottle says to feed it for 3 days, then regular food 4, and repeat for a full 4 weeks. Omega One is her staple, plus veggies. She had some normal poops today (I see them on the bottom) but she had a long non-bubbly streamer one as well with some food in it. She is very active. Temp is at 80F. Params are 0, 0, and 0-5 (which is a bit worrisome). I will retest tomorrow. Eye rings may be a little less swollen. They are certainly no bigger.
  6. Hi! I just wanted to chime in and say Omega One is a high quality sinking pellet. Omega One is readily available at the big box pet store - the one for smart pets. I feed frozen bloodworms on water change day - before the change! You can change up when you feed things, and veggies can even be in addition to regular feedings. I read the ingredients list on the fish food. Omega One has fish listed first, whereas many foods have some sort of wheat or cornmeal listed first. That's the kind of thing to look for. You can pick up a veggie clip at the pet store, too. It's fun to give them different foods and watch them eat them. Mine love blanched zucchini on the clip (what a mess! But so good for them!) and the occasional orange slice is heaven for them! Again, the day before a water change or a few hours before is a good time to feed these foods.
  7. Golden Pothos (Devil's Ivy) will root easily from the leaves. If you look at the undersides of the vine directly below the leaves, you'll see a root node. You can cut off the part of the vine the leaf is on, and pot it up, keep it damp, and you have new plants. Trimming the vines will also keep them bushier - less long and leggy. I threw a piece of it into my pond filter and it's growing like mad! It does real well with its roots in water. Your plant looks so pretty on the tank! Good job and great idea! I'm going to do this - I've got tons of the stuff outside!
  8. Oh, I see that the GH/KH test seems readily available. Will pick one up asap. Suzy is nice and active this morning. Cute, too! I don't see any noticeable change with her eyes, but they are for sure not worse.
  9. Hello dnalex, Trinket, and koko! Thanks for taking time to read and reply. It's much appreciated. dnalex: Thanks for the info re: Maracyn2 and the cycle. The package brochure claims it doesn't affect the BBs, but that doesn't seem likely. I just checked the params: Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates 5 pH 7 - 7.2 Temp 80.5 koko: Suzy's eating the Jungle AP medicated food. I just saw her eat 2 pellets and saw her eat a couple this morning and some last night. The darn things float around and she's not used to that, but she must be eating more because I don't see any on the bottom. I think it's 2 more days of this. She's swimming around just fine. She's in the middle zone mostly but swims in all zones. No bottom sitting. Trinket: Yes, Olivia's illness was very sad indeed. I still have no idea what killed her - a fungus, I guess. Suzy was (apparently) unaffected and remained healthy throughout the ordeal. I believe in retrospect I should have been a stronger advocate for Olivia, as I knew something was seriously wrong with her. So I have resolved to be a good advocate for Suzy so I can get her through this illness. I'm doing lots of research - here, of course, and on the 'net. I haven't seen any mention of eggbinding and popeye being correlated; it might be, but I haven't seen it. I have made good use of koko's Poop Page! I don't see any poop in her tank today - I guess that's good as there was quite a lot before. Her eyes look about the same to me. But she's active and eating, as I said. I am about to add the 2nd dose of Maracyn2. Yes, the brown algae is a constant pain. I've had it for a couple months or so and I can't get rid of it. I usually scrub it off everything at w/c, but I didn't this last time (lazy). I have bought some better lights for the plants and because I read it might help with the brown diatoms. I believe when Suzy feels better I will switch her tank with the turtles' - I don't think the background has been a good choice for goldfish and I am suspicious of it. I don't have a GH test. Are they readily available at the LFS? Anyone know? Can the LFS test for it? Thanks for the tip on lights with Maracyn2! I didn't know that - I don't think it's mentioned on the packaging. Thank you so much for reading, understanding, and replying!
  10. Hi, koko! Thanks for reading! Hah! Suzy could be Johnny Cash, for all I know! She was tiny when I got her - maybe 1.5". We just passed our one year anniversary, on October 13! So she's only a year or so old. I call her Suzy 'cause she just looks like a girl to me. I have no idea, really; I'm waiting for more evident signs. Suzy does not look bloated to me or to my husband. Her body shape is as it usually is. Her poop is not zig-zaggy. Except for when there are food pockets in it, the poop is very silvery, thin, and long - like a thread. So I'm thinking she's not egg bound. Anyway, I did a 75% water change this evening, and started your treatment plan as I felt I had to do something! I did a lot of reading and your plan made the most sense to me. The only adaptation I did was to feed Jungle Anti-Parasite, as it contains Metro and I don't have any Medi-Gold or Metromeds. I figured if anyone knows what she's doing, it's koko!!! Thanks again. Any and all input is most appreciated! I don't want her to dropsy, and I sure don't want to lose her.
  11. I'm sorry, but this doesn't make much sense to me. She's been in .1% salt for a week to treat raggedy fins and that is when her popeye occurred! If salt were efficacious, then the popeye wouldn't have developed, would it? After what happened with Olivia, I am so scared to take chances, folks. Here's what Koko said about popeye: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/4110-treating-popeye/ "Posted 19 November 2003 - 09:14 PM If his eyes look like this this is what I would do:) 1. Get a heater and raise them temp to 78F. 2. Get maracyn 2 use that as directed. 3. Use 1/8 of a teaspoon of Epsom salt per 5 gals of water just once with the whole treatment of Maracyn2. This should be about a weeks treatment. Then if you can go to http://www.goldfishconnection.com and get the Medigold this is an anitibotic fish food to help this." Is this wrong?
  12. Shouldn't I salt with Epsom Salts rather than regular salt? Also, I have both Jungle Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Parasite foods. I had thought perhaps a round of the AP might be useful. I fed a pea with an epsom granule and raised temp to 80. Please advise! She is active and ate the pea heartily (and a few more plain ones!)
  13. They're beautiful! Congratulations! I love the ranchus!
  14. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 10-20 (closer to 10, before water change) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API drops * Water temperature?: 76F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 55 gallons, 5 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: AC 70, AC110 * How often do you change the water and how much?: Once a week, 50% plus * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: Today, about 70%. Previously, last Saturday. * How many fish in the tank and their size?: 1, about 4 inches. She's an oranda. * What kind of water additives or conditioners?: Amquel Plus * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Omega One, peas, zuchinni, frozen bloodworms occasionally. * Any new fish added to the tank?: No. * Any medications added to the tank?: Salt 0.1% last Saturday * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: Salt when I lost poor Olivia last June * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: Frayed caudal fins a bit - raggedy around edges. Popeye? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: Less active than usual. Less appetite than usual. Long clear stringy poop. Food in some, but not in all. Hello all. I hope you can help me with Suzy. I have been concerned about her for a couple of weeks. This may be unrelated, but a couple of weeks ago (10/15) she had a long, clear, bubbly poop. I looked it up on Koko's poop page, and it said constipation. So I fasted her a couple of days, and then fed peas. She seemed alright after that. Then on 10/22, I noticed her tail fins looked a little raggedy. I added Morton's pickling salt to .01%. Her tail looks about the same today, maybe a little better. The last couple of days, she's had lots of long stringy poop, mostly clear but some food in it - one as long as I'd say 10 inches! Now I believe she's developing fluid rings around her eyes, particularly the left one (the side she doesn't want me to photograph, apparently!) No food today - yesterday a zucchini slice, which she didn't eat with her usual enthusiasm - just pecked at it some. Poop stuck on a plant (sorry about water spots, but you can see the silvery part too, above the food part): Hope you can give me some advice. There is, of course, some salt remaining in the tank (I haven't added more, but I did about a 70% w/c about an hour ago).
  15. Oh! They're beautiful! I'm so glad this worked out for everyone!
  16. Phineas and Ferb are adorable! Congratulations!
  17. Interesting thread, beautiful fish, - and you did a fantastic job with the Commander! Congratulations on your success! I hope you will continue to post at Koko's!
  18. Interesting topic. I have no idea yet of the sex of my fish - I've had Suzy for a year and a day now and she was just a little bit when I got her. My questions: Do breeding stars have any function for the fish? Are they glands? Are they a display? Do other fish have them? There must be a reason the fish developed them and passed that trait down. Does anybody know - or can make a good guess - why?
  19. I think a main difference is the amount of tail tuck - a ranchu's is angled down at about 45 degrees, I believe, whereas the lionhead's back is straighter with the tail held more flat. I also believe that ranchus tend to have less wen. As I recall, lionheads are the older breed from China, and the ranchus are a Japanese line descending from the lionheads. I want a ranchu myself for my group!
  20. Incredible! Now that I think of it, I guess I do "call" the pond fish when I go out to feed 'em. "Pond fishies!" is what I think I generally call - and they do show up pretty quickly! Wow. I guess I need to observe more closely. They have names - Marceau (white face, orange eye rims), Candy (striped), and Right and Left (both white; I can't tell 'em apart in the pond). Hmmmm.
  21. Awww, thanks gang! Mr. Moto's a cutie, alright - and loaded with personality plus! He (?) is changing fast now, and it's neat to watch. He may just turn out white, although there are traces of orange here and there. It's a little disappointing (I had hoped the black would prove stable; sadly, no) but I knew it was a crap-shoot when I bought him. He's an adorable fish though, no matter what color he turns out to be in the end! It's a... mystery!!!
  22. This is my "panda" moor *ahem* Mr. Moto! Yes, the mysterious Mr. Moto is altering his disguise... Before, August 12 After, Oct 4 Before After Heh heh heh. Mr. Moto solves mysteries with his cuteness alone! Look, you can even see his glasses now! (reposted from the Befoe and After thread)
  23. Awww, he's so cute! Good on you for the rescue, and congrats on the new baby! I would have been thinking about Alice in Wonderland for the name, I think, considering the teapot! I can't believe they were keeping a fish in that - but at least they recognized it was a bad idea. Adorable! Thanks for sharing!
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