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    2. Billy, now 5 inches :D and rolo, not so baby any mroe and not a fantail! turns out to be a brownish black tele :P

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  1. Are you sure the boiling water wouldn't make the paint on the gravel peel?
  2. I definetly noticed a difference when I got a new tank (36 gals) for billy and changed his food to Hikari oranda gold- he grew lots. Previously he was in a 5 gal and on nutrafin flakes. Rolo, my black tele is about 18 months younger than billy, and she is almost as big as him as she has been in a properly sized tank all her life, and had been eating nutritious food all of her life. just goes to show tank size and food play a big part! I would feed them on progold but I have not yet found a place that ships to the uk.
  3. thanks guys, I think I shall boil. when I went to sea pets (small british chain) I saw some ryukins! £30.50 each though for the large ones, so i decided not to. There was a calico one which I would of bought if it wasnt so much money! also I saw a tank full of baby ryukins, about half of them calico. I would of bought one but they were all sick. In the queue to pay, in front of me there was a family with a girl who looked about four. I saw they had bought two of the baby ryukins and had some spongebob decorations. Those poor fish won't last long- doubt they have a large tank Anyway, Thanks guys! PS- the tank literally was bare apart from a manky plant pot, so I bought decs and that came to about £46, so I dedcided not to get any gravel. (sorry the computer has just gone into italics mode and I dont know how to get it off.)
  4. hi everyone! long time no see! I've just come to post about my black (painted) gravel. It has been left outside, unsheltered for the best part of six months as I went barebottom, but now I would like to put it back in the tank. I was wondering how I should go about sterilizing it- or would it be best to buy new gravel? I'm having a trip to lfs today to get some new decorations (tank has been bare except one plant pot- all plants in there died) so hopefully it will look nice and pretty! thanks guys! PS- just realized it has been almost a year since I joined!
  5. grr.... cheked back this morning and looks like Billy and rolo had a tasty feast last night.... ah well, will hopefully spawn sometime again soon! xxx
  6. Hola amigos! long time no see huh? well today i have got some exciting news... Yesterday I noticed eggs in the aquarium! yaaaaay! This proves rolo is a girl (I thought she was a girl cause her bum is an outie) . there are some eggshell bits in the tank where Billy most likely has nommed his own children! I bought a new algae magnet thing, and last night, i noticed some orangey lumps on it, with a few little fragments of eggshell, and a white, unfertilized egg. some of you will know i have a barebottom tank, so there are only about 5 or 6 eggs left, on top of the algae magnet. This is the first time I have ever seen a fishie egg, and they look so cool! like clear orange jelly wiith a black/ grey dot in! I wonder what my telescope x fantail babies will look like- if they survive. bye for now! xxxxx PS I really shouldnt be a stranger! I have been looking round and there are lots of new members
  7. Hi There! I am UK too. are you planning on using this as a permanent home for you oranda? If you are, please get a bigger tank, I am sure that your fish would appreciate it 80 litres you will need for you oranda, not 54 if you are planning on using this as fishie's permanent home. I guess you could use a table/ unit if you are planning on this for a quarantine tank, but If you get an 80 litre+ tank you will need to get a cabinet designed for that tank. (most tank manufacturers make stands fitted to their tank). You need ten times filtration for your tank per hour (for example, If you had a 100 litre tank, you would need a filter that did 1000lph output. The fluval u4 filter does 1000 litres per hour if you are interested). one of the filters I have is called the biobox 2, which does something like 640 lph, and is available from seapets. hope this helps. As Koko said, you could keep one oranda in here, but he would probably appreciate the extra room of an 80 litre tank. PS. I don't know how new you are to fish, so do you know about cycling of a tank? PPS: one US gallon = 3.8 litres
  8. U.K. becks, I did get it from Pets@home. It makes me sad, because theres a entire aisle in my pets at home, with tiny plastic kiddie tanks. I'm guessing they are for goldfish, seeing as young children love them. :'( i see dead goldies floating around in some of the new arrival tanks there. I hate pets at home. I was nine when I got that tank. Also in the leaflet that came with it said that If I put nutrafin cycle and nutrafin aqua plus in and leave for 2-3 days it would be Ok to put fish in. I didnt know a thing about cycling, and considering my first four got a 20% WC once a week, even during the cycle, they lived for a few months which surprised me as They probably would have died in a few days. My first little black tele, 'Raptor' died in the first few days though. When I asked in PAH why that could be, the lady just said "they are very sensitive to water quality". Another thing that happened a few months ago in PAH was (since Billy wasnt growing a wen, and he was 18 months at the time) I asked "why isnt he growing a wen?" as he was sold to me as an oranda. The person serving me said "wens can take years to develop". Billy is definetly a fantail though. Pets At Home annoy me. So Much. PS: Blackteles, thank for the warm welcome back by the way
  9. This site is so amazing. By the way, Golden fishy, I love your siggy. I only just realized that the fish follow your mouse!
  10. i give two pinches every time i feed mine, which is normally once or twice a day. I feed them hikari pellets and sometimes tubifex worms or bloodworms for variety. I prefer not to feed live worms, as they can bring parasites into the water. Hopefully you will learn as much as I did from the helpful members on Koko's Welcome PS: it is perfectly normal to be checking this site every five minutes and wanting to go on as much as you can!
  11. Yes, Billy seems like he enjoys the upgrade, and Rolo was very lucky when I picked her. all the rest of the fish in her tank (they were all goldfish of some sort, probably one of the earliest culls as fish in her tank had eyes and fins missing) have probably ended up in tiny bowls or tanks like the one i used to have billy in. Believe it or not, The leaflet that came with it said I could keep up to four goldfish in it.
  12. Look at this. Billy used to live in a tank the exact same as this, just a few months ago... http://www.seapets.co.uk/products/aquarium-supplies/aquariums/plastic-aquariums/marina-cool-blue-21-litre.html now he's in the same tank as this... http://www.seapets.co.uk/view-image.html?title=Aquatlantis%20Ambiance%2080x40%20Aquarium%20And%20Cabinet%20Light%20Wood&filename=973000-large.jpg[/img] How things have changed, all thanks to Koko's :')
  13. Good Luck! hopefully He'll get better with a little TLC. like the others said- What MASSIVE telescopes for his body size. So cute!!
  14. It's a pretty addictive hobby. A few months ago poor Billy was in a 5 gallon tank. i had a jug to do water changes once a week. I remember getting excited when I first got to siphon lol. My mum even let me keep stinky mushed up carrot, pea, hikari pellets, tubifex, and bloodworm (gel food) in her freezer. That took a little persuading. In fact a lot. The babies loved it though
  15. If you were to put them in a kiddy pool in the back garden, I guess you could fold some chicken wire over the top of the pool? if there is anyone in your neighbourhood with a large goldie pond who would be willing to take them on, that could work
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