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  1. I've never seen a goldfish exhibit stress from moving from a cramped aquarium to a spacious pond. The reverse move can be a problem. I also have moved fish from cool to very warm water or the reverse. No problem. Goldfish get sluggish in water warmer than 90F or colder than ~55F. You can gently adapt them to the water change by doing a 50% change every few days, replacing the removed tank water with pond water. They won't even know the difference.
  2. It sounds like spawning behavior. The odds are very good that the fantail is a male and the ryukin is a female.
  3. Your pH is fine. Goldfish do well at pHs between 7.0 and 9.0. A stable 8.2 is perfect. If the pH drops much below 7.0 you run the risk of a pH crash, and that will harm your fish.
  4. If you want to get any fry, you need to remove the parents from the tank. They will eat any eggs and fry they can catch.
  5. I wouldn't bother trying to restore that pond. As soon as you fix one problem, another one will pop up, and another and... I have two in-ground ponds that I built myself. They are endless problems. I recommend you fill in the "pond", level the ground, and either build an above ground pond with concrete blocks or (easier and better) get a stock tank to use as an above ground pond. Look at these for ideas: https://www.google.com/search?q=stock+tank+pond&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS867US867&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiA9vDGlMPoAhVrU98KHRTtAu8Qsxh6BAgOECw&biw=1453&bih=920
  6. Yes, that's a goldfish-koi hybrid, and yes they are usually, if not always, sterile.
  7. Breeding yellow with yellow gives the best chance of getting lots of yellow babies. Yellow with yellow and white should get you a mixture of yellow and yellow and white babies.
  8. Breeding goldfish can be easier than not breeding goldfish. Put a female and a male goldfish together and they will produce fertilized eggs. They will do their best to gobble up the eggs. You can increase the number of surviving fry by putting spawning mops or lots of floating plants in the tank before the fish begin to spawn. Once you see eggs scattered around the tank, remove the adults. Within a few days you will see tiny fry swimming around.
  9. I've never seen goldfish fight, and I've had hundreds of goldfish. They will make a point of being the first one to the food. Sometimes a big fish will grab a large pellet away from a little one who couldn't swallow it.
  10. Please read this article on using salt. To treat ich, you use 0.3% salt. That is 3 teaspoons of salt per gallon of water.
  11. When you change water add the baking soda to the new water. Yes, do it every time.
  12. Please fill out our form so we can figure out what is wrong. Go to your pet/fish store and get some API general cure, and, if you don't have it already, some aquarium salt. If you don't already have a "hospital" tank, an underbed tote works fine. I like this one. The Form. Please copy & paste the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems: Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level(Tank) Nitrite Level(Tank) Nitrate level(Tank) Ammonia Level(Tap) Nitrite Level(Tap) Nitrate level(Tap) Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Water temperature? Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? How often do you change the water and how much? How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? How many fish in the tank and their size? What kind of water additives or conditioners? What do you feed your fish and how often? Any new fish added to the tank? Any medications added to the tank? List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question."
  13. They should be fine. The chasing usually indicates eagerness to make a new friend.
  14. Draw a gallon of water from your tap. Read and record the pH. 1) Add a measured amount of baking soda, like 1 teaspoon. 2) Record the amount of baking soda you added. 3) When the baking soda is fully dissolved, read and record the pH. Repeat 1, 2, and 3 until the pH reaches the desired level. If you add up the amount of baking soda you put in the water, you will know how much baking soda you must add for each gallon of water in your tank.
  15. The change in the amount of nitrate doesn't tell us anything unless we also know the amount of ammonia and nitrite at the same times.
  16. Apparently nobody thought to refer you to our guidelines for healthy goldfish when you first posted here. Please read it. If you want information that someone copied from someone else who copied it from someone else and so on ad infinitum, then just search for goldfish care. If you want information based on experience, advice from breeders, and scientific research, read here.
  17. I would need a completed form to determine the problem. There are bits and pieces of information in her posts, but they are hard to find. A pH of 8.2 is perfect, so she should stop trying to lower it. 7.6 is the lowest pH we recommend for goldfish. While a pH as low as 7 is fine for goldfish, it is also less stable ans may suddenly drop to a too low pH. What is a "tiny bit of ammonia?" What are "skyrocketing nitrate readings"? How much water gets changed and how often? Three goldfish in a 55 gallon tank calls for larger than average water changes. Diatoms ("brown algae") feed on on silicon leached from gravel, especially new gravel, and from the glass of a new aquarium. They do not indicate "bad water" but function like plants in removing carbon dioxide and ammonia from the water. They are unsightly but are easy to remove from the glass. As the tank matures, they will decline in number.
  18. I think he's telling you what he wants -- shallow water.
  19. I'm no expert on hybrids, but that fish looks like a wild-colored comet to me. The dark color makes it hard to see some of the markers of a hybrid like the number of lateral line scales and the number of dorsal fin spines. Does the 8" length include the tail?
  20. The container Koko recommends is an underbed storage box like this one. If you can't find a similar box, empty your aquarium, discard the gravel, and put in 6 inches of clean water. Change 50% of the water daily.
  21. Please read our guidelines for healthy goldfish. If you don't understand some of the advice, ask us, not the guys at the pet store.
  22. I don't know what is wrong with the fish, but it is NOT nitrate poisoning. Your nitrate concentration is perfectly normal. How long have you had this fish?
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