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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. I need to get some pictures of my calico lionchu/lionhead/whatever. 2.5" (without tail) and no sign of a wen yet. I think he's my most active/spaz of a fish, and every photo comes out looking like a calico blur

  5. I do have to say that although there may be fish marked wrong and that sort of thing, the PetSmart locations near me have been clean with healthy animals and staff with the best of intentions - and that is more than I can say for most. :)

  6. Well, a lot of pet stores couldn't find their own butt with both hands. ;)

    Based on that alone, it would not surprise me if they (or suppliers) mislabel fish.

    Having worked in pet stores when I was younger, I can also tell you that the same type of fish will have different names on order lists from week to week. Or you order the same thing two weeks in a row and get two different kinds of fish. The employees simply put them in tanks as they were marked.

  7. "Moor" is a reference to the colour of the breed - black. To me the term 'black moor' is actually redundant. (Kind of like saying tuna fish, instead of just tuna.)

    They are part of the telescope (or dragon eyed) family of goldfish breeds.

    So how do you tell a moor from telescopes? Well - they are black.

  8. I wanted to update. So far, so good - mostly.

    Both fish are more active, eating plenty, defecating normally and seem fine. You would have NO idea the telescope looked to be at death's door when I got it.

    Yesterday, both fish looked to have one or two little...pustules or something. On their heads - these looked like little whiteheads. By the time I got batteries for my camera 24 hours later they were gone and have not come back. Definitely wasn't ick, and really and truly looked like a whitehead. Any ideas?

  9. I've almost given up on trying to understand goldfish colour changes.

    I have an off-standard (the whole head is red) red-capped oranda who I've had since December or so. This fish is suddenly going from snow white to orange. One side is developing a lot of orange on the body, and the fins are going orange fast. :)

    So if they are still juvenile green, I guess almost anything is possible still.


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