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DesigNerd

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  1. A couple of my fish just started getting dropsy and I'm certain it's from over-crowded, over-feeding, and a bacterial problem for a faulty filter. I'm trying to remedy the situation with a few of them in a QT bucket with 80F and salt. Giant water changes with the main tank. Finally brought all the levels to 0. It was the phosphates that were through the roof.

    Anywho... I don't have any metro-meds or know where to get them. Can somebody please help me out. I'm willing to offer a trade of a few fish, perhaps the black moors which I have two of, though one changed almost entirely to gold in color. That's if your in the Portland, Oregon area.

    I could also send you a few bucks or massive karma points your way :)

    Thanks in advance!!!


  2. I have these 2 male calico colored shubies that need a new home. They are the only single tails I have in the fancy tank and they use that to their advantage in mating with the ladies. I'm also way overstocked and need to lower my overall levels, eventually downsizing tanks.

    Both these guys are about 2 years old and have fathered a ton of babies! They are total stud muffins!!!

    Ranging between body size of 5-6 inches with tail another 4-5 inches. It takes both hands to hold them and a rather big net. They're bros and have moved from lots of tanks together, also very friendly. Both eat out of my hands. I'd prefer that they stay together.

    On the open market they can sell for a lot but I'm motivating to downgrade so will part for $200 for the pair. Xander and Zoe are sure to knock up your ladies if that's what your goal is. I'm sure they can keep a store supply going.


  3. I have a small calico ryukin that has just started getting dropsy and has a boyancy problem. She has spawned hundreds of eggs in the last year which has stunted her growth. The males LOVE her. ;)

    I also have a gorgeos white & orange ryukin female, double in size and a lot healthier. Hasn't spawned all that many eggs, comparatively speaking. They are both the same age, about 2 years old.

    I'm really needing to downgrade my stock since I'm way overstocked, yes, m'bad. Eventually I'll be traveling a lot and may need to stop keeping fish entirely.

    The sooner you can pick them up the better!

    There is also a free baby!!! It's about 6 months old. Crossbred between a ryukin and a shubunkin. Single tailed. Genetics defaulted to wild green/silver colors. A great looking tail however a slightly deformed mouth and is still quite small.

    Late afternoons/evening/weekend work best for me. Please message me soon. I don't typically trust craigslist people to take care of animals so I hope someone here at Koko's can step up.

    ~Cheers!~


  4. WOW! 4 TBS for only 10 gallons?! I think that may be way too much!!! I've got a touch of dropsy here too so I'm trying to refresh my memory on what to do but I think that much salt will kill her. One time I lost a shubie to oversalting and his gills started to bleed. Worst death ever. Please use less salt.


  5. Wow that's just beautiful sand. My sand is just plain old boring beige stuff and I keep it about 1/4inch in some areas (maybe less) and up to an inch near the plants. The fish do a good job ripping the plants up and playing with them near their normal feeding spot. I suppose that's mental stimulation. lol


  6. I don't seem to have a problem with the filter and the sand, my intake wand is a good 6 inches above the bottom. Curious how thick of a sand layer you successful folk have. Maybe it's that I don't have it deep enough so the bacteria isn't getting trapped like it use to in the gravel. I worry about the gravel because the fish choking on it was becoming a regular occurrence.


  7. I wanted to weigh in on the sand choice but also perhaps to see if you could help me figure something out.

    A few weeks ago I had completed the stages of slowly removing out the gravel and adding 'clean' sand. I say 'clean' because I must've washed it over a dozen times and it looked fine to me. It was regular plain sand from the LFS, a good store I've had no problems with. Well since then I've not had my tank clear for more than 6 hours after massive water changes. I even cleaned my filter out (perhaps too much), twice. I did have a massive algae explosion but that was most likely due to leaving the hot lights on too long. I stopped leaving the lights on so long. So I added some phosphorous anti-algae pads recommended by the LFS to my filter, the filter with sand, gravel, and regular filter medium; no charcoal. The water still very cloudy. So I added some water clearer drops. Within an hour all these white dots and waves of cloud & clear water start rolling around. This was 2 weeks ago and 4 massive water changes ago. Still, the same problem. The parameters are technically great. Ph: 6.8 Ammonia: 0 Nitrates: 0 Nitrites: 0

    Not much in the way of algae growth but the water is icky! All the fish seem to be doing fine except one baby that got dropsy. To be fair, we had a heat wave and the place was stuck in the 90's and the tanks were crawling up in the mid 80's and climbing. So one of the water changes I made the water way too cold. Oops!!! Don't worry, she's being treated and warmed up in QT. Anyways...

    I don't know if that helps with your sand decision or if I have my own little water world of problems.


  8. So for the last few months after Zon passing, Valcore was doing well and seemed healthy. Until about last week. He wasn't acting normal. Then his scales started to raise a little bit. He then developed full blown dropsy again and his fins started to fray. I quarantined him and when I did a very quick salt dip his gills started bleeding. I screamed and put him back in QT but he died later that night.

    There is finally closure to this sad story. I believe if I had treated them from the start with metro meds maybe none of this would've ever happened. I hope others can learn from my mistake.

    RIP Valcore. :rip:


  9. Thanks! I laugh every time I see the "SOON" which the last picture would be great for too. I should change that next time I post it.

    The adoption thing is really just personality. I think Goldie Lox, the 'Tro-lo-lo' ryukin just doesn't seem to like me. I think it was the first couple times they laid eggs and the shubies were so rough and hard with her that I got scared and separated her. Ever since she's like "What B?! What's your problem B?!? You gonna mess with me, B? I mess with you!"


  10. Thanks, and that's very good advice. I've been looking at those guys for a couple months at a very trusted LFS fully well knowing they have already had a basic round of treatments. There's another store where I know to always qc them from now but that's another story.

    The tank is 75 gallons so yes, I know I'm over stocked but they are so small right now and I may be adopting out 3 of the adults. Plus I have real plants and clean my filter good. I know, excuses excuses.


  11. So I accidentally picked up a couple babies while getting some new food. In hindsight I say it was us celebrating our lease renewal and deciding not to start selling off fish for a big big move but really they were just too darn cute!!! Looked like the healthiest outta the bunch too. Sweet!

    Here's the new fishies. Sorry for the poor picture quality.

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    ...because he nibbles all the other fishes butts! Grody little fellow.

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  12. I've got a healthy 29 gal tank mixed with swordtails, neons, rasboras, frogs, snails, and my new little additions 3 bettas. One male named King Tutu and 2 females.

    At first they did display some fighting but after the initial battle, all other arguments are only over territory and it's pretty mellow. They were all introduced to the tank the same day, all very healthy and skinny. There are LOTS of areas for them to hide and keep peaceful.

    The problem now is they're all so FAT! Since it's a community tank with lots of little baby swordtails and other fish I haven't found a good method of feeding them all without the bettas overeating. They have nearly doubled in girth.

    Beyond setting up a whole new tank, what are some feeding options I can do to put the bettas on a diet but keep the babies properly fed?


  13. I've been in just about every aspect of the aquatics hobby and goldfish have taught me it's very easy to criticize everyone else's hobby.

    If goldfish were dogs or cats we'd be critised and legislated out of existence. A buggeyed bulldog with two long tails?....

    Good point. We can dance around the issue. As if fish are wet lab mice being tested for various illnesses. The ryu-bellies a creation to figure out stomach cancers. The tele's a test to figure out glaucoma. So I've been told. I don't know what the beautiful double tails are all about.


  14. I used to feed ProGold but did find it made my floaty fish floatier. That being said, every fish is different. It is a very good high quality food.

    That may help some of the babies that are bottom sitting. I've added more aeration and do more water changes too.

    Do you think it's good for babies that are 1mm big?

    Best...sig...EVERRR! Hahaha! Admiral Ackbar, lol!

    Thanks!!! I felt a little redundant doing quotes and source but that is proper protocol.


  15. Success! I've created MOLD! :I-Thank-You:

    Looks like I'll have to stitch together a bunch of store bought stuff and do the long wait method. le sigh.

    Lesson learned, don't leave stuff out to get moldy. DUMB! Maybe if it didn't have the yogurt or excess water and all stayed in the cold or fridge it might work.


  16. I like my rocks the way they are, and I have no place for pots. Maybe a tacky statue is what I need.

    like a garden elf you can cover in moss?? Look at this one relaxing, you could give him a moss jacket :P

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    He needs a moss hat and jacket! I love it! :rolleyes:


  17. Unless you put it in between sheets of mesh and used fishing line to keep the pieces together.

    If I don't see any progress today or tomorrow I may add another sheet of screen to grab more of the particulates. Thanks for pointing that out.


  18. I'm curious to see how this turns out. I just used to stich small sections with 100% cotton bits of moss to fiberglass door screen or plastic fine mesh. The moss is slow growing, but after a few months, it would be a 100% green carpet. The cotton would naturally discintergrate after a few weeks, by which time the moss already had a natural grip to the screen. Looked pretty good actually!

    Only downside was the amount of food and poop that got stuck in it, even when on the back of the tank like mine was. Hoooh boy. And it's near impossible to clean without ripping it out and taking it ourside and hosing it down. Though the stuff is tough and didn't seem to mind a bit of that treatment! :P

    Good luck!

    Oh that's really smart using the cotton. Wish I had thought of that. I'm curious, was your thing in a fishtank? You took it out and cleaned it with a hose? It got that bad?!?! ohhh goooOOOodness

    As for how it spreads everyone, moss is a particulate so in theory where ever it's wet and a dust bit of the moss gets, it'll find a way to grow. I just think that the whole inside of the container will be growing moss too. Which if it does that's good cause then I can start another propagation.


  19. I just know people all around the world are screaming "No, not the Guinness!! What's this crazy woman doing?" Well, I thought that too but the LFS had the audacity to sell the moss for $10 a tiny strip. If I were to buy all this premade it would be easily over $100, so if it does work it's worth the beer.

    um.. oh yeah. I really wish I had checked this thread before starting. Now that it's submerged I'm just crossing my fingers that the moss will attach. Maybe after a couple days I can drain it carefully.

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