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  1. Ah, they are gorgeous! I'm definitely jealous, I couldn't find butterflies around me anywhere. (heck, even just nice telescopes..)
  2. Would you mind letting me know the source/store these fish are from? You can PM me privately if you like.
  3. How big is your pond? In my experience (with aquariums and driftwood) Purigen removed tannins very effectively, and even more fantastic - it's reusable. 1L of Purigen treats about 1000 gallons and costs about $50CAD. Needs to go inside a filter. Edit to add: when I say effectively, I mean my aquarium went from brown to crystal clear. It's awesome stuff. You have to re-charge the stuff about every 6 months and it also reduces ammonia, nitrites, nitrates.
  4. I was lucky I had such understanding parents at that age also. I might not have had axoltols, but I did have a tank full of newts to watch me while I slept! Haha
  5. If I was that daughter, I'd be excited beyond belief!
  6. Absolutely not, unfortunately. 1. They need different care requirements 2. They will stress each other out. If the goldfish are small, the axolotls will try to eat them. If the goldfish are large, they may stress the axolotls out a great deal 3. Axolotls are prone to catching infection from the goldfish 4. You are already at max for fish, and axolotls produce just as much, if not more waste
  7. Ok off topic: Niffarious, is that an Axolotls in your pic? Do you keep one with you goldfish? Nope, their diets and care requirements are far too different, and both species would stress each other out. To add to this, axolotls are prone to catching bacterial infections from goldfish.
  8. Don't be discouraged against having frogs as pets though. There are tons that make better captives, and you can support someone who is producing and selling ethically, as well as find species that suit what you are capable of providing.
  9. That tank is a disaster and completely over-stocked. Yes, the produce a lot of waste and grow quickly. You don't 'take them out'. They need to be provided an environment that suits their needs as they grow...a combination tank with spots that they can use to pull themselves out of the water to breathe and rest as they transform. When they are fully small frogs, they can be housed in an adult-suited environment.
  10. To add to this, I won't support stores that do this kind of thing. There is basically a 99% chance that the tadpoles in fact came in with the goldfish and they are selling them without regard to species impact on local wildlife. How irresponsible to be selling possibly invasive species without any knowledge of what it is. How can you even hope to properly advise customers to care? Do not impulse buy a tadpole because 'it looks nice'. If you are interested in frogs, research species you will be able to keep properly for their whole lifespan and go from there. They are rewarding critters to keep, but you will have to set up their own habitat.
  11. Agreed, highly likely a bullfrog tadpole. While it may be compatible with goldfish for the time being, keep in mind it is going to become a frog and will need a vastly different environment. At that time goldfish will also be on the menu. Bull frogs are very messy captives and an extremely invasive species.
  12. Here's a thought. I've seen this situation on other animal hobby boards but similar situations. Perhaps show your mom this thread? Sometimes it helps parents to be able to see that other people with much experience are giving this advice - with nothing but concern for the animals and so that you enjoy them instead of having problems.
  13. I would be wary simply because eating too much rice makes ME feel floaty...I can only imagine the goldfish...
  14. Are matte fish genetically predisposed to be being less healthy, or is it something that is proving difficult to breed out of calicos?
  15. I can hardly wait to see these as they get older!
  16. It's taking every bit of my willpower to not get one of the black lionheads at a store near me. A store specializing in goldfish. A store about 4 blocks away from my office. I'm heading home in 2 hours. Willpower fading...
  17. I have two lionheads with somewhat smaller wens. Hands down they are my most active, inquisitive, and healthy goldfish. A lot depends on their breeding and prior care, among other things, but my experience personally and while working in fish stores is that lionheads tend to have the fewest issues of the three varieties you have mentioned. It is hard to generalize because there are so many factors, but they are my favourites because of this. On the other hand, while they are my favourite in appearance, I have had nothing but bad luck with telescope goldfish, and while working in fish stores they had the most problems overall also. Again, the disclaimer that this is my personal experience and I'm sure others have had other experiences!
  18. A great store near me just got in some black ones. Trying hard to resist D:
  19. I've seen the name 'demekin' applied to this type of fish (telescope, ryukin body) many times, usually by chinese suppliers/breeders/enthusiasts. Although that might be the origin of the name (IE the literal translation) I am inclined to think it has been applied to this type of fish as a variety or breed. Regardless of the appropriate name, that's a bad example of the type. Although every demekin I've seen has short-ish fins, they have also been well balanced fish and decent swimmers.
  20. Thank you The only thing I can think of, knowing the history of the fish, is that there was just too much damage to be reversed. It had been in less than ideal and very stressful conditions since early December.
  21. Hi all. I was planning to update this today with pictures and a note of how good this tele has been doing. Her fins were re-growing, she was growing, and very alert and active. This morning I found her dead. Not bloated, no marks, lesions, no nothing. Looked fine...but lifeless. The water parameters are perfect and the other goldfish is fine. I've got no idea what the culprit was...unless there was just too much damage done before I got her.
  22. A friend of mine has several of this plant (not actually bamboo) in her goldfish tank. It seems to thrive perfectly well without being potted, so long as the stem is submerged only - no leaves. They are pretty hardy though...even if you submerge some leaves, those leaves may die but the plant will be fine. Rotting material is not good for your water chemistry of course... My experience with them is that direct, bright light is not their favourite. This is a more likely cause for leaves to yellow than anything else. If you have strong lights for other plants on your tank, you might want to pass.
  23. I hope you find what you want. I was so upset at first that my calico was not developing wen. But...I have a few heavily wenned guys now and I love the calico's look at this point...so I'm happy! Haha.
  24. Here is Derp. As you can see, very little wen so far. Entirely possible it will grow, but Herp my orange ranchu/lionchu/whatever (purchased together, same size etc) has a much larger wen already.
  25. Absolutely gorgeous!! I guess I'm just going to live vicariously through all you guys who have awesome pandas.
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