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About finsNfur

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    15 goldfish, plus tropical fish, in 7 tanks and a pond
  1. I hope your pond is okay, I don't live too far from you. It has been a very long winter, with no end in sight. Have you seen your fish by now? I have a 500 or so gallon pond, and to keep the snow from filling in the pond (a few years ago the snow turned my pond into a slushy and several goldfish died) I now keep a piece of plywood over half of the pond all winter. I also have an inexpensive floating de-icer that keeps a small hole open, since it gets so cold the water will even freeze over the air filter thingy that's at the surface. All that said, the surface was still frozen over around the de-icer, and a few weeks ago when it finally began to melt I found I had several dead frogs floating under the pond. Maybe they came out of their hibernation but couldn't get through the ice. I haven't seen all my goldfish so far, either.
  2. Ohmygosh, we had a seminar at work a few years ago on this issue. Bottom line, those Lysol wipes will clean, but only so far. They don't kill off germs the way you think they would. As I recall they don't even contain bleach? They are semi-effective.
  3. This is something I battle with. I used to "save" fish, but eventually realized I was just encouraging the the problem so now I try and avoid most LFS. I did recently adopt a betta on a FB tag sale page though, not sure I was saving it, but she didn't want it anymore, and no one else wanted it-----so I stepped in. In essence I avoid circumstances in which I am required to make a decision.
  4. Commons grow longer than fancies, but fancies grow much rounder. So in terms of absolute mass fancies are often larger, and greater mass arguably equates to increased bio load. The current stocking recommendation for single tails is this the same as fancies, but I think many would argue that a longer tank might be more important to single tails than fancies because they tend to be slightly more agile swimmers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I agree with this. And I still can't see either a common or a fancy goldfish in a 10 gallon tank, so that rule is out the window to my mind. A 20 high for one fancy, well he'd be lonely and still somewhat cramped so he'd need a mate, a 20 long for a common, also lonely and cramped and needing a mate, I guess we are now up to 35+ gallons in my little world. So I guess to answer the original question, I would take into account the measurements of a 75 gallon tank. I would think it would be suitable for all types of goldfish.
  5. The type of goldfish is important too, as commons grow larger than fancies. Can you imagine a common in a 10 gallon? Even 20 is too small for a common. I don't think the tank requirements foe commons are stickied anywhere, and they are probably the most common goldfish, with so many given away at fairs. Is there a link to that somewhere?
  6. Very nice tank! And my kitchen is that color, too.
  7. Very pretty fish! I especially like the white one. They were lucky to come to you.
  8. That looks so peaceful, and your goldfish are very pretty!
  9. That is terrible. Some of my neighbors keep fish, including my next door neighbor with two comets in a goldfish bowl. I've tried numerous times to explain they need a larger tank. The answer is always a shrug, and "it's only fish". Some of my other neighbors keep killing bettas in a bowl because the kids forget to feed them. And the moms laugh about it. When I try to helpfully give advice they give me a look like I'm a nutcase, and again a shrug with "they're just fish". Most people seriously don't take the care of fish seriously. Meanwhile, once while I took over a petsitting job for someone who quit, I discovered a dying betta in a bowl. The owner had been away 2-3 weeks. The bowl was literally a tiny cup with just enough water left to cover the fish,and all it's fins and tail had rotted off. The fish was barely alive. I had that poor thing in a ziploc baggy and home within an hour. I called the owner and said I'd found the fish, it was dying, and he said he'd forgotten to tell the previous petsitter as well as myself about it. Said not to worry the fish was old anyway, just pour in some water and feed it. I was only being paid to stop by a few times a week to feed the cats, I told the owner the fish died. It certainly would have if I had left it. Meanwhile, the fish recovered and is beautiful and healthy now. Long, flowing fins, he was a male. Had him over a year, and I don't think he was old at all. Just another story of people who don't care about fish. Ugh.
  10. That is some huge water lettuce! I love the way the pond is looking. Now all you need is a deck around it.
  11. That's what I was wondering. I strongly dislike that show though, they just throw up new tanks without any cycling, and promptly overstock the tanks. I bet most of the fish die.
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