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  1. I'm sorry about your poor fishes. How is the last one doing right now? Best wishes so that he pulls through.

    I'm sure experts would help you diagnose the underlying cause of this problem.


    As for the disinfecting part, I use Methylene blue, until the water (of course without fishes) turns deep blue to black under normal lighting, soak it for 5-6 hours, rinse repeatedly, until there is a very faint colour left in the water that you add. Keep in mind that Potassium Permanganate, Methylene blue, Malachite Green, all are potent stains and will stain your silicone sealant.

  2. I'm no scientist (so feel free to correct me with studies that say otherwise), but I think you're overthinking this, bagho. We've had wireless handsets and a slew of different fish (goldfish, tropicals, etc) over the years and they seemed fine. I think most people have wireless handsets nowadays anyway. :idont



    I have never heard of 'cordless phone radiation' doing any harm to fish, or any other pets for that matter. 



    I have had those phones and have one now.... no hard no foul with them hun... in fact I live about 4 blocks from a cell and power house :o



    Thank you very much for your assurance!


    I read a few days ago that cordless phone base stations emit a huge amount of power continuously, even when you're not on a call. The article said old models of analog cordless phones emit very little radiation, compared to today's digital, high frequency phones. That's why I was worried, because they have a fraction of body weight than us, and might be susceptible to the radiation doses that might reach lethal levels in them.


    Thanks a bunch for reassuring me.


    I'm getting one straight away!  :D

  3. With the slashing of landline rates, I was just thinking about buying a cordless phone for my home. I am just worried will the cordless phone do any harm to my fishes as the radiation will be there 24X7 in my home and surroundings.


    Any day, fishes are my first concern, and I can do away well with a cordless phone. If it harms my fish just a bit then I shall not purchase one. I also turn off WiFi when I'm done working.


    I had narrowed down to a 5.8 GHz cordless phone instead of a DECT one, which operates at 1.9 GHz. Because, as far as I know, 5.8 GHz waves would get absorbed more and won't penetrate the water as much as 1.9 GHz waves would.


    The cordless phone can be kept at a maximum distance of 15 feet away from the aquarium, with no walls in between.


    So kindly can anyone advise me whether I shall go out and purchase a cordless phone or shall I refrain from doing it? Thank you everyone!


  4. What they would naturually eat if in the wild: algae and freshwater seaweeds, insects.

    Check out this list of ingredients in commercially available goldfish pellets, and you'll get a better idea of what is mainstream.  The same blog explores options for making home-made gel food.


    Thank you for the link.


    Do you think Gelatin is harmful if fed daily?


    I don't know why people want to feed their fish sweets.  Yes, they will eat them, but they will eat nutritious foods just as eagerly.

    Because we love to eat sweets, that's why we think they'd love it as well! :D


    Can I feed them sweet lemon? Citrus limetta?


    Mine prefer oranges.

    You can cut a thin slice (1/8 of the orange or less) and float the slice in the pond or tank. They'll attack it once they figure out that it is food. I only do this once or twice a year. It is a special treat.


    Really? Can't we feed citrus fruits daily? What do you feed them as a staple?


    Yes, we get frozen peas, but all are laden with artificial colours and preservatives. That's why I avoid them.


    Are you sure of that or is that just an expectation?  Frozen peas are bright green, and freezing eliminates the need for preservatives, so that seems rather unlikely.


    Duckweed? Gee, that's a swell idea! We get duckweed to buy here. Can it be propagated in my planted aquarium?


    Duckweed will grow in an aquarium, however if there are goldfish in the aquarium they will we every last bit of duckweed, so it can't propagate  there.  Just put it in a tub with the used water from your water changes and it will grow well.


    The packet of freeze dried peas list Sodium Benzoate as the listed preservative. That's an irritant, right?



    Yes, I am planning to grow duckweed in my planted tank.


    Thank you!



    Spinnach, broccoli, frozen or canned peas (no salt!), kale, letteche, cucumber (cut it so that they can get to the inside) are all great veggies to feed your fish. If you can get a hold of seaweed, that is great too.


    Another idea would be to make your own gel food, then you will have a great supplement to the dried pellets.

    Yep! I am planning to make my gel food from instructions here on Kokos. Is gelatin safe in the long run when fed daily?


    be careful with broccoli it can cause gas just like in ppl :o

    Thank you so much for the information. Guess what? Last winter, my fish was all bloated up from broccoli and he was farting.



  7. We face this problem in early summers when the humidity is low and the temps high. If adding water seems tiresome for an everyday job, I guess your best bet is an acrylic cover for the tank. The water would evaporate much less, and the sound would be dampened. If you can't get an acrylic cover custom-made, you can buy a 1 inch thick polystyrene foam sheet. Grab an exacto knife and cut it out according to the shape and size of the top part of your tank.


    Are there any other leafy greens available?

    Kudos for wanting to share the king of fruits, I'm not even prepared to share mangoes with the rest of my family. :rofl

    I was thinking the same! It's not easy to get good mangoes here, so when I do get one, it's mine!!

    However I know they're in abundance in India, as well as lots of other delicious fruit. I was recently in Sri Lanka and was just like   :Scoff: for an entire month.


    Yes, right. Mangoes are a tropical fruit and can be very pricey to get a hold of, in temperate areas.


    Bet you enjoyed the mangoes in Sri Lanka. :)

  9. Banana: You can, they'll love it....but you're the one who has to show restraint!  :teehee  Just about as much as a pea. Divide it between many 4-15 goldies. Just the tiniest amount each.

    Hehe, I will. :D Thank you for the assurance, and for the tip!


    Are there any other leafy greens available?

    Kudos for wanting to share the king of fruits, I'm not even prepared to share mangoes with the rest of my family. :rofl


    Yes, we have spinach. Is it okay to feed them spinach? (Remember Popeye? I mean, the cartoon, not the fish disease. :D)


    I am still rolling on the floor, laughing, after reading your signature. Lincoln and the internet! :P


    If you want to feed sugary foods to goldfish, only do so one time a month with a large water change right after. Not only do goldfish not process a large amount of sugar very well, but fruit is often a messy affair to feed.

    Indeed. You are right. Bananas and mangoes can get quite messy for the water. But once a month? Oops! I wish we could make it their staple food. But it's sugar anyway, and it's not a good idea. For treats, it's okay, right?


    Can't you buy frozen peas in India?  That's what virtually everyone here uses.  


    Green veggies are what you want.  Can you get duckweed and grow it in a tub?  That is the best veggie for goldfish and is probably the most nutritionally complete single food you can give them.  

    Yes, we get frozen peas, but all are laden with artificial colours and preservatives. That's why I avoid them.


    Duckweed? Gee, that's a swell idea! We get duckweed to buy here. Can it be propagated in my planted aquarium?

  10. Hi Bagho,


    From what I've learned:


    Goldfish don't digest sugar very well.


    Mangos: perhaps add a slice without the skin, mashed into the next batch of gel food. That is as much as I would use. I wouldn't give them more than a pea-sized taste.

    Peas: If you take off the outer membrane of the peas and smoosh them...you could freeze them as treats for later. Just do one or two at a time when feeding.

    Lettuce: steam it or not, clip it and let them decide


    Have fun with their treats!  I'm sure they'll appreciate the diversity.

    Thank you! That's a very informative reply. So I guess, I can't feed them bananas as well. Bananas contain lots of sugar.

    Yep, I have planned to pasteurise and freeze peas next winter for use in off season. :)

    That's a cool idea to feed lettuce!

    We're prolly stuck now to packed foods.

  11. It's summer, and the oranges, peas and lettuce are out of the market. So I was wondering if I could feed mango to my goldies, without posing a risk to their health.

    I prefer not to make dry fish food their staple food, and always try to rely on fresh, alternative foods.

  12. Good luck Mandy. Ich can be very persistent and frustrating to get rid of completely. You need careful strategies and lots of patience. Hope your fishes get better soon. :)


    According to my experience, at 30-32 degrees Centigrade, Ich dies off in 7 days without host. At 26 degrees, it takes 10-15 days. Add 5 days to these figures to be double sure.



    Look for signs of septicemia that could follow ich, as the organs of the fishes are injured and their immune systems overworked and compromised.

  13. Also when the fish is in a dark place and has had no food for several days, it will just sleep, or at least not move around.  Under those conditions, it's metabolism is slowed so it uses less oxygen.  

    Thank you for the valuable information, shakaho.


    I know fasting is a big part of it turning out successful. When I ship fish I usually fast them for 48 hours prior to putting them in their bags. I do mark my packages "LIVE FISH, PLEASE KEEP AWAY FROM EXTREME TEMPERATURES." I don't know how often this makes a difference, but I know of one instance in which it did. I shipped to a rural area of Minnesota where they only had two day shipping guaranteed, no one day. BUT... it arrived in one day and the people at the post office saw my label and put it on the truck early. I know because they told the girl I was shipping to that it was supposed to go out the next day, but it was put on the truck early because someone didn't want the fish to sit there longer. 


    I have shipped and received many fish in the mail with very few problems. The only real bad incident was when I had a particularly spikey fish (cichlid type) tear though his bag and empty it, but he survived because he stuck his gills down where the water was. 

    It must have been so traumatic for him to be in there, sticking his gills to the water remaining in the packing.


    I had a fish that was a special Chocolate Oranda Female for my Chocolate Male I had.... She was DOA, she had been shipped and in the middle of trans she released her eggs in the bag.. The water was very yellow and smelled... I felt bad for her....


    My :twocents: try not to ship a female that is full of eggs :o


    That is so heartbreaking, Koko. :( Indeed.


    By the way, your DP made me crack up. Fart zone! LOL. :P

    On the topic of ammonia, it is important to understand how fish actually become harmed by it. Fish obviously release ammonia through their waste as well as through their gills. The ammonia in the water isn't actually what harms them. What happens is as the level of ammonia in the waters increases, the fish are less able to release ammonia through their gills, so the level in their body rises.  This will be uncomfortable for them during a short trip, but isn't usually deadly. It's kind of like humans and cold weather. You can stay outside in freezing temps for a shirt time but try sleeping outside during a snowstorm and you may end up dead.

    Also, the fact that they can survive these trips is evidence that goldfish are hardy and resilient fish.

    That is some information! Thank you!

  14. Yep, he was fine.  :D  That was almost 2 years ago and he's doing just fine.  Thanks for asking.  :D

    Great to hear that! :D I like Ranchus because of the absence of dorsal fin! :D


    As far as oxygen goes, most professionals' bags are only filled half way with water and the other half is oxygen pumped into the bag. This keeps the fish from running out of oxygen, since the bag jostles around during shipping and the surface agitation allows oxygen into the water. Other pros use kordon breather bags, which allow for gas exchange on their own.

    Thank you for the information. Pure oxygen from cylinders, right? Kordon breather bags seems a good idea.

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