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  1. I have a feeling that is about the only way im going to find my panda :wall . Still this is one talented person.

    Two shops in my town are carrying young panda fancies. Don't know if that helps or you can get a mail delivery but they are Pets on Broadway and The Family Pet both in Portland, Oregon. They are super adorable!

  2. That's simply gorgeous! Hooray froggies. :tonge:

    Those darn suction cups made me fall into the tank a few days ago. Got my dress & bra soaking wet. I didn't realize how short I am, even with a step-ladder those suction cups require really long arms. I'm gonna start hunting these down too.

    Look out florists, here come the fish people.

    Fish people. Fish people. Look like fish. Talk like people.

    South park anyone? lol Nevermind.

  3. Thanks all. About a day after the kids got in the new tank I got a new bubblewand, the last one in town. I'll get another soon when the shops next shipment comes in.

    So... something incredible about that bubblewand, the fish decided it was really awesome and laid down some eggs on it!!!!

    I hurried up and got the other tank ready and moved the eggs to their own tank. That was very unexpected. They're no longer chasing each other and now just joyfully swimming around in bubbles and having cuddle puddles.


  4. I don't know. My ryukin just laid eggs yesterday (just a few days in on the new tank). About the same size as yours. Getting chased a lot happens to make the momma release the eggs. I might have comet mixed with ryukins too. Seems like we've got the same problem. After the eggs dropped they've stopped the chasing and are nice again to one another. Maybe that helps?

  5. Oh and all the aggression, it wasn't that. With the temperature changes due to the lighting caused them to experience a season change, they were super happy and introducing themselves figuring out a pecking order... who were the girls and who were the boys. They were mating. Now I have eggs on the bubble wand which I'll transfer to another tank. HOORAY!!!

  6. The tank was still cycling. It's finished now. The water straight out of the tap ammonia level is .25 and now it's down to zero. The ph has risen as well, just took a little time.

    I found out that the tail polyps was actually herpes and there's nothing really to do about it other than salts. Fortunately it has not spread to the others. It was the stress of moving to a new home that made them flair up. Now they are settling down.

    Overall the fish are super happy and I got a new bubble wand. Sometimes these things just work themselves out naturally.

    When they grow a bit bigger I have plans for another tank. One step at a time.


  7. Other Required Info:

      Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level: 0.25
    • * Nitrite Level: 0ppm
    • * Nitrate level: 0ppm
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.8
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): good question, I think it's 6.8 also.
    • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: API Freshwater master test kit, drops.
    • * Water temperature? Unsure. A day ago during setup was rather cold, added 2 heaters and the above lighting which got warm and it's noticably warmer. oops. Just installed the thermometer, looks like about 76F.
    • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Only running about 2 days now. 75 gallons. Previously, the shubunkin was in a 10 gallon tank.
    • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval 305 pump canister filter. Fluval rigid foam partical filters, 4 of them. Some dirty gravel from both 10gallon tanks that the fishes were split between, and some ammonia lock.
    • * How often do you change the water and how much? Brand new tank. 100% Not sure about how often to change this giant sucker yet. I'm up for suggestions.

    • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? About 48 hours ago. Only 24 hours before fish entered new home.
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? Total: 9 fish. Breakdown: 4 shubunkins (the one with the problem is the biggest shubie), 3 telescopes, and 2 ryukins.
    • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime! Aquarium salts. Night out.
    • * What do you feed your fish and how often? Twice a day. Flakes mostly, sinking green pellets, and sometimes cut lettuce & peas.
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? The 4 shubunkins are now mingled with the 5 fancies. They both had same tank water though. One tank was perfect and the other; the tank with the shubies had some strange white mold fungus growing on the plants. I yanked those out and tossed them. I thought the problem cleared up. Apparently not.
    • * Any medications added to the tank? None.
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. They've never been treated with anything other than the standard aquarium salts at regular water change intervals and even then it was normal recommended doses, not theraputic levels.
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, bloodshot tail, polyps as of today. Previously that tail area had little tiny itty bitty hard to figure out white circles. Tail possibly previously broken.
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? In the small tank for the last month or more all the shubunkins just kinda sat around unless they were eating. Wandering just a little bit. In the new giant tank they are all swimming actively, having fun, and also being aggressive with each other taking turns. They all end up doing the cutest cuddle puddle afterwards so it seems like there's no hard feelings. Except however, this particular fish with the polps, Valcore, is the largest and he and most of the other fish have been ganing up on Xanadu; a ryukin. The aggression seems new for the shubies but during feeding time in the fancy's tank they were always pretty mean. A wee bit of yawning but not too bad. No scratching or flicking. About a couple weeks ago (?) during the white fungus outbreak, there was some scratching and flicking but stopped the day after I removed all plants.

    Valcore, the shubie with the tail problem had small little white spots on tail for months but never seemed to be an actual problem. Now overnight since moving from 10 gallons to 75 gallons this outbreak got swollen up fast. No other fish have any signs, symptoms, or the remotest possible problem with their scales. Just this guy which seems very odd to me but hey, I'm a newbie. Is in cancer? Skintabs? Polyps? Scarring? Injuring? Heck, I dunno.



  8. I've been window shopping for tanks for months and finally scratched enough coinage to get my fancies & shubunkins the larger tank they deserved.





    Ta DA!!!


    The kids were split between two 10 gallon tanks. Now they have 75 gallons and are totally loving it.

    They're learning to swim and play and sleep in such an open space, they even just dug up a plant. Fun times!

    So far the little stumpy fancy, Uriel aka Admiral Akbar, has learned how to swim in such a tough current but spent the first night blown in a corner. S/he's now coming along swimingly. (bad pun intended).

    I don't know why s/he's so crazy looking but s/he's a riot to watch.




    Everyone finally in one frame!


    And my own spin on a meme:


    I'll be getting new tubing for the old pumps soon and I'll replant and add more plants when I get the chance. And some airstones. And maybe some LED's er somethen'. And a background but I'll probably just make something come warmer weather with foam & concrete. At least the kids have more water and are way happier.

  9. Tithra, yeah it's the ammonia lock stones you're talking about. I didn't think about that but I am using gravel from the established tanks and some of their water too. Maybe I could use the established tanks filter medium too, it's the bags of gravel and stuff. I'm sorry I'm so vague. I need to wake up and have coffee first.

    I managed to get the short hose to work last night before crashing at 5am. yay. The suction cups were missing from the used set-up but I got it covered with a giant rubberband. yay diy.

  10. I got all new media and gravel for inside the fluval pump trays along with the ammonia rocks. I did a quick bleaching and bleached the tank for 3 days and rinsed it 3 times then smeared it with prime and washed it again. Then washed it again. Then did a dumb thing, I filled the tank and treated the water and even got that bottled bacteria. Then I realized I needed to get the pump started and D'OH! I didn't leave enough room behind the tank. Emptied the tank, moved it, then realized that the previous dude cut the tube too short. I duct tape the hell out of it and tested it a bit, no leaks so far. Now I'm refilling the thing and just about to get it all started. Oh and now I've moved the intake and outflow to mostly opposite sides. Just gotta recustomize the lid.

    ...but I'm really nervous about the floorboards. I'm 2nd level of an old 1930's apartment. At least I finally got it covered on my insurance.

  11. I bought this fluval 305 pump system from craigslist and the guy had cut the hose a bit short. He used it for a long time then downgraded. Anyways, so... I'm trying to set it up and I can only imagine that he had the intake right next to the outflow. Unless I buy new piping (or a whole new system) I'm gonna have to do the same.

    Is it okay to have the intake next to the outflow? Seems kinda pointless to me. Will it be strong enough for my 75 gallon tank?

    Thanks all.

  12. I'm sorry for your loss and all the craziness that insued. I found your topic because I think I may be starting to fight the same battle and was hoping you could shed some more insight. Plus I'd like to now how your other fishes are doing after the epic battle of November.

    I unfortunatly went too long without a water change but something mysterious happened after adding the pothos plant and another plant I do not know the name of. The back wall, I had been allowing algea to grow trying to get that green wall look, well it was less green and more white. The new plants, less the pothos and more the unnamed plant (from the LFS) had grown these small white balls of what I imagine was a form of mold...?

    I learned after the fact that when adding new plants, they should've be treated with bleach. D'oh!

    The tail fin on the all-white shubunkin had lots of those white marks and all the calico shubunkins had maybe only one or two of the same marks. I haven't seen any issues with scales falling off. Only them flicking a little throughout the day, maybe every couple hours. No visible marks, scales, or bites. *visible* being the opperative word.

    I just did a water change and yanked out most of the plants. I'll probably just take out the other ones as well. I've not done *ANY* treatments yet; besides the basic mineral salts and dechlorinator.

    If you were to start over knowing what you do now, in my situation, and no other obvious problem, what would ya'll suggest? Mind you, the strange white mold looking stuff was scraped and currently the last is being filtered away. Another water change tomorrow will follow.

  13. Kid testing the safety of a toy only goes so far since the testing only takes place at the ports to about 30% of product if that. That's how a lot of lead filled 'toys' and other manufactured products keep coming in to the states and need to be recalled only later after enough kids go to the hospital.

    I do know for a fact that the softer the plastic is, the more it can leach into your water.

    Hope that helps even though this post is many months later.

  14. OMG! Well I have noticed they have a little itch but no noticable parasites or scales being strange. I think it's the size of the tank and not ich. I'm gonna be putting them in the larger tank in a few weeks when it's set up with other fish as well. I certainly don't want diseases passed around though. They don't flick very often, maybe only once a day.

  15. I stumbled across this on facebook via a friend who's just a lover of the arts.

    I couldn't believe my eyes, it's so realistic looking I thought they were real. Watch the video. No goldfish were harmed in the making of this craft.

    This is a great way to keep goldfish with none of the responsibilites.


    Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori






    Link to the video. I don't know how to embedd the video here.

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