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  1. UPDATE! My black moor seems to have gotten the hint that the other fish isn't a female as the behavior tapered off over the course of the week. Both fish are getting along swimmingly now Thanks everyone for your help, I'm relieved that everything is working out and my existing fish is even actively interacting with his new tank mate ^^
  2. Currently I have the two of them in a 29 gallon tank. They each have a lot of space since I have no decorations other then a few plants. I'll keep an eye on Yamato and if she is looking exhausted I'll try to separate her for a break. Glad to hear that this isn't year round though and that they can get along ok because I really like both of them and I don't have the space to set up a second tank at the moment. They're both quite charming fish so I'll try to get some pictures of them up later
  3. What a dramatic change! She's truly lovely <33
  4. Been a long time since I've posted, my Ryukin, Yamato has been doing really well, he's about a year and a half old now. Sadly he's been plagued by floating issues so I have had to keep him on a strict blanched peas diet. Anyways, I figured it would cheer him up to have a buddy in the tank with him, so I purchased and quarantined a beautiful Black Moor who I just introduced to the tank yesterday. The Black Moor, Othello, made himself right at home but almost immediately began chasing Yamato all over the tank. Yamato swam away with great speed at first but over the past day has gotten more and more apathetic about the whole thing and Othello now spends his time headbutting Yamato. I was really confused at first why the new fish would show this kind of aggression towards the established fish, especially since Yamato is larger, but then in dawned on me: THIS WAS MATING BEHAVIOR Yamato might be a female...whoops So I guess I'll just let nature take it's course and hope that maybe if Yamato lays some eggs it may help with HER floating issues a bit. My one concern that I wanted to bring up for discussion (and something I haven't found a straight answer to so far), how do male and female goldfish get along when they're not breeding? Can they coexist happily in a tank? Does this chasing behavior happen year-round? I don't want Yamato to be harrassed everyday all day for the rest of her breeding life so I'm hoping this only happens at certain times of the year. Also, is there anything that can be done to discourage breeding season, like raising water temp, etc? Thanks in advance for your insight!
  5. That sounds like a nice idea (I'm sure the fishies enjoy it ^^) but my apartment is in a basement...so natural light is not in abundance ^^;
  6. I posted a picture of the whole tank here if you wanna see: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/99614-i-finally-made-the-plunge/
  7. I think that makes a good deal of sense. My regular light is on from 3pm to 3am (because I'm kind of a night owl ). I'll have the blue "moonlight" come on 3am-5am and 1pm-3pm. That leaves him 8 hours in complete darkness AND should give a nice dawn and dusk feel for him. Thanks for the idea! oh and thank you for the compliment, I'll go tell him you said so
  8. That actually sounds pretty cool. I was looking into adding a blue LED light for a moonlight effect when its bedtime. That way I can still see him but he can rest. A two light set up is a definite possibility. Thanks!
  9. I would love to be able to do that but since I'm home at different times everyday depending on my work schedule I'd never have the light on at the same time every day. I guess what I'm most curious about is whether it is ok for me to have the light on for 14-16 hours a day (with about 8 hours lights off). I don't want to give him too little sleep but I'd really like to be able to watch him more throughout the day.
  10. I recently set up a timer for my tank. I have it set currently for 12 hours on and 12 hours off. My fiance and I have been tweaking it a little so that it matches times when we are around and want to watch the fishy. I was curious to know what other people set their tanks light/dark cycle to? Anyone had any luck with a particular setup? I would greatly appreciate any feedback or advice to maximize both my time watching Yamato and provide him with adequate sleep time. Thanks!
  11. That's the place I bought my fish from! lol...That one is bizarre...Cute but kinda disturbing ^^;
  12. Thanks, glad to hear that this is pretty normal. When I first got Yamato, he was even worse. He was bottom-sitting and hiding in his corner all day. I read a few of your posts actually about Prazipro and I ran out and bought some. Once I added that, he perked right up. Other than him being easy to startle his bottom-sitting has completely stopped. I saw someone else suggest hand feeding for a little while until they associate me as the "food blob" ^^ Figure that might be worth a try.
  13. My new goldfish has been in my tank for a few days now. He is very comfortable swimming all over the tank when no ones near by (I peek over the couch and watch him a lot ). He also doesn't mind when people are up close and watching as long as no one makes any sudden moves...but if you move or if anyone walks by he panics and runs into his little safe spot in the corner... I worry that he's a little skittish. I'm not sure if this is normal for a new fish. Anyone else have a goldfish that was really jumpy? Any ideas for how to reduce his stress and help him be more comfortable? I figure that over time he'll adjust to having people going by the tank. He'll have to get used to it eventually! I just feel so bad scaring him all the time just because I need to walk by
  14. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear that! I would have been furious! My condolences <3
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