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  1. When they gulp at the surface like that they do get air bubbles in them and have a hard time staying down, usually until night time. First thing that comes to my mind is flukes. Hopefully a Helper will come around soon to help you out.
  2. Agree with Dnalex. Tank is a bit too small long term for them all. Also, it sounds like healing from ammonia burns. Your cycle could be complete by now but no way to know without the test kits. These are really important to have when keeping any type of fish. The best way to know if something if off first is to always check water parameters. I would suggest picking them up asap. I always keep kits for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and ph. Make sure to buy the liquid test kits as they are accurate. The strips are highly inaccurate.
  3. So sorry for your loss. Rip Simon
  4. hahahahaha.. let me know if there's a next inline for ya.. i will buy a new fish!! Lol Lets hope not! Had this one 12 years so ima keep him.
  5. Prime is a good conditioner to use. Check it out when you go. It does so much more than most others conditioners. Others have the same problem with ammonia in the tap so I'm sure someone will come along that can tell you what they do in that situation.
  6. Awww they are all so pretty! I love your black velvet babies! My husbands name is David, first love was Paul, kinda strange...
  7. I have the apple snails and I like them. They are just pets but work fine with my goldfish. There are only 3 in a 75g tank now and they do eat algae on the sides and bottom of the tank but really not enough to notice a difference. I leave some for them so they don't starve but I do wipe down the glass with an algae scrubber from time to time if needed. If your buying them just because you like them and have room then I say go for it but if you want a good algae cleaner I would just pick up an algae scrubber with handle, it works great and is fast! Never tried an algae eater or pleco. They scare me! lol Edited: Btw, I can barely read your writing with that size, ya killing me. lol
  8. Aww Bubbles... Hope you can get her healed up too! Just sending well wishes for you and your fish.
  9. Very cool! Free plant AND a free fish. Lucky day I say!
  10. I have many live plants to help keep the nitrates down along with large, I have gone up to maybe 70% a week water changes. I didn't go up because of nitrates, just think fresher water is better for them. This keeps nitrates super low as well. Never higher than 10. I think you can do things like this to ensure they stay low and also still keep checking your params. If anything is off I trust that my test kits will show it.
  11. Wow, I missed all the updated photos somehow till now. What a gorgeous pond! That is about the size I want to build and you did such an amazing job on it. I love the rocks around it now! Are those very expensive? I wanted some like that to go around my hopefully future pond. The fish are so pretty too! If only they knew how pretty their home is. lol Lucky little guys/gals.
  12. Haha, I was hoping someone on here would get Rudolph! Such a cute little fishie.
  13. It's not that she is just really hungry I'm sorry. She was doing the gulping more so when being feed MORE pellets so that's kinda the opposite response. But you can feed even 3 or 4 times a day in small amounts if you think that will help till the treatment is over and then see where she is at then. If the treatment doesn't stop the gulping at least she would be parasite free for sure and could go from there to see if the food or amount of food needs changing up.
  14. Zenfish- He was going to do the prazi because of other symptoms consisting of the butterfly gulping at the surface and his black moor in the same tank yawning frequently. They only got one dose of prazi which wouldn't kill flukes so that's why he is going to do a full treatment. Most don't have the equipment to scrape and test like that but symptoms do point towards flukes. Also, the floating he said was due to her gulping at the surface after meals so I really don't think it has anything to do with the food in this case. He literally sees her gulping for a long period and then she gets floaty from it. This may have become a habit though so getting rid of parasites may not make her stop doing it but hopefully /crossed fingers it will.
  15. They may sulk a bit at the bottom during treatment but that is normal and the treatment is safe for them . Some have different symptoms but yeah the yawning, gulping at the surface and darting all are symptoms of flukes. Won't hurt to see if it fixes for you and since you said your black moor does do a bit of yawning I would say this could surely be the cause of your problems. That is too funny about the cranky old man look. They most certainly do look like one!
  16. I just find this so funny and thought I would share since I've never seen it mentioned before. Hope its not just my fish! So I have been so busy lately with the kids(yay for school being out..lol) that I haven't been able to watch my goldfish eat after feeding them. Usually they go poo kinda while eating almost...ewww while I'm looking at them and I just assumed that was kinda normal. Well lately I've had to just drop in the food and go. Then I come back when I can to see my babies and they all come to the front and start pooping! They think I'm there to feed them again and I guess they are emptying their tummy's to make room for more. They just did it a little bit ago, I feed them frozen brine shrimp earlier and just got to go watch my babies a bit and they all came up to the front at me and 4 out of 5 were letting out some super long poos. They have got to be the biggest piggies I have even seen!
  17. I read some of your other post and saw you said she moves her mouth a lot. Does she kinda yawn? That and the gulping makes me think it is probably flukes for sure. Even though the black moor doesn't do this too, that doesn't surprise me at all, mine didn't show signs of flukes when my other fish in the tank did. Btw, she is so so so pretty. Me wants! lol
  18. My black moor seems to be the healthiest thing ever too. hehe Some fish are just more prone to problems, could be genetics but who knows. I'm not sure about the slow sinking ones either, never heard of them. I feed the hikari lionhead sinking pellets and they do go right down quickly. If she could eat at the bottom though I'm thinking she would be searching down their rather than the top after meals. Could just try soaking yours a little in tank water and then letting them sink and see if she will eat them that way. Most times you need to do I think 4 treatments in all to be sure flukes are gone, maybe someone else can post the link for it, my memory is terrible. haha They have a life cycle and you have to be sure to get them after they hatch and are free swimming to kill them all. This would be my first thing to treat when seeing the gulping. You would kill two birds with one stone(terrible sounding in reality lol) if this is the problem.
  19. The new setup looks gorgeous! And so do your orandas! I bet they are loving the new place to explore.
  20. Do feed sinking pellets if yours are not that type. They will then fiddle around the bottom looking for more food usually. Also I have heard of flukes making them do this too. Has she ever been treated? I would do a prazi treatment if not to make sure its not related in any way. Honestly I can't see why 4 pellets compared to 6 would make her not gulp? Just seems strange to me. I wouldn't use a net below the water surface if it was me just because I would worry they may get stuck somehow, goldfish do seem to injure themselves on just about anything. If the sinking pellets and a prazi treatment don't fix the problem then I look to other options but these would be the safest and easiest things to try first imo.
  21. Awww so cute! Thanks for the vid and I'm going to try it sometime soon too. They really seem to enjoy their treat.
  22. I noticed my water was warmer than usual when I did a water change on the 75g this past weekend also. The tank temp was 78f which was the same as the house and I couldn't really get the tap any lower than around 80f even after letting it run for a bit to make sure the warm water wasn't just from the water sitting in the pipes. That wasn't a huge difference so I just let it be at that temp and all was fine but I worry that it may get worse as it heats up more and more here. I'm in NC right near SC line. Thanks for the heads up on your solution since I may be needing to fix the temp here as well. Better make sure I gots me some ice before the next water change.
  23. Gosh, those are some cute little tiny fishies! That was so neat how they just popped up like that one day and you never knew there were any eggs at all. Must have been night spawning going on. I see you have ponds so at least you could keep all your babies and not have to worry about them going to an unfit home. If they keep this up though you may be in trouble. lol Keep us posted if you can, would love to see them as they grow!
  24. Well I don't have this problem since my tank is build into the wall and there is a room behind the tank itself but this was a funny thread! Losing those caps has got to be the biggest PITA.
  25. I really love the look of your tank! It does look so peaceful and pretty. I'm going to have to break down and get some of that sand one day, even the plants look more bright next to it.
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