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  1. My entered text got deleted (honestly it was a wall of text) so here's round #2

    The dilemma: 4 year old Pearlscale has possibly permanent SBD, needs final tank setup.

    Water changes: twice weekly (50%) and weekly 75% (3 changes per week total)

    Filter: Aqueon Quietflow 50gal

    Tank: 26gal long (custom tank my aunt bought, 34in long)

    Airstone: 1 large at center of tank

    I've had these 3 goldfish for 4 years, an orange Telescope and a white Pearlscale. The Tele only had slight ich when I got him and he was an inch long, now he's 6 inches and totally healthy, eating well, etc.

    The Pearl has always had a load of SB problems. Also when I bought her the pet store employee handled her really roughly and "broke" her fins (basically they're very crumpled and don't stand erect), and it's a problem that has never been sorted out.

    Never a good swimmer, grew more wide than she did long (only like 4.5 inches long). Thought she was egg-bound at first so did the whole temperature/light regulation thing for a month, then tried out helping her expel eggs (belly stroking over airstone). Then thought there might be a long-time bacterial infection, so ended up giving her an epsom salt bath and quarantining her in a 10gal with 100% water change daily.

    Anyway, to avoid another wall of text, I'm forced to believe she's just physically deformed. She's a pet store buy from a cramped tank with dozens of poorly-bred fantails and pearls, so I'm just kind of rambling here

    For the past 3 days I had her on a diet of thawed frozen peas, and she's been kept in a small shallowly-filled storage bin and seems to do really well in there. She's totally upright though isn't swimming much at all (though she CAN swim forward without tipping over which is great), and I've also been treating her with AQ salt with 100% daily water changes. She perked up right as I stuck her in the shallow water (1 inch over her dorsal fin) so I think taking off a loooot of pressure did her well as well with the WC and peas.

    Anyway, I can't keep her in a bin forever. The Tele is going to be outdoors for the summer only. I'd be okay with keeping the Pearl in the 26gal filled really shallowly, but what am I to do once the Tele is put back? Also she doesn't swim more than 10 inches at a time so it'd be sort of pointless to put her in the big tank?

    Anyway, thanks for any help. And yell at me if I'm doing anything wrong. I just want my girl to be okay :/

    EDIT: I can post pictures of her once I figure out how to. Also sorry if I put this in the wrong forum

  2. I have 2 goldfish in my 40 gallon long tank. An orange Telescope and a white Pearlscale. In the first 2 months of their lives here they were each 1.5 inches long and living in a 20 gallon tank before I moved them. They're about 3 years old as well.

    They have an Eheim 68 gallon filter, 0 nitrite, hardly a drop of ammonia as I do 3 50% water changed a week, 100% water change every other Saturday.

    They are beautiful. My Telescope is always growing, very active, swimming around and always alert. My Pearlscale is much less active, she used to swim around just like Houston but now is mostly listless. She's really stopped growing. In comparison, Pearl's full body+tail length is about 4.3 inches. Houston is definitely 5 inches (maybe 5.1).

    I noticed that lately when I feed them Houston immediately rises to the top and feeds, but Pearl stays near the bottom and waits to pick off some of the sinking bits (which isn't much), and it's not like Houston eats everything, considering he leaves a sizable amount left.

    Pearl also is a rather slow swimmer, she's very fat, almost as wide as her body is long. She has crumpled fins due to rough handling at my LFS where I got her ( you employee), but that doesn't impede her swimming

    Just wondering what's up, I mean you can give me a huge list of things I can answer if you want, or have a massive list of possibilities for why Pearl's messed up like this.

    Any help is appreciated :)

  3. GORGEOUS FISH!!

    Under the "whites" picture #4, a beautiful shiny white fish....with a single orange scale. I thought that was so cute!

    And the calico with the wide-open mouth.

    You take such awesome pictures, I can never get a clear shot. For me, here's how it goes: take 100000 pictures, delete blurry photos, end up with 1 or 2 good ones

  4. Weird policy to have....

    But I agree with everyone else-- invasive species are probably the culprits.

    I know some dummies (they'll go unnamed) who have a 2 acre koi fish pond that they heavily planted with anacharis and every type of invasive water plant you could think of....well guess what? To this day it's overrun despite the koi's nibbling and it's gotten into some surrounding ponds from superstorm Sandy. Bad, also, because some of their smaller koi got into those ponds, too. They're trying to get rid of them, but still, they'll probably breed and just invade more.

    I just think that in order to be able to stock a pond you'd have to take some classes on responsible pond keeping.

  5. I would let Oscar stay in the tank for a while. He still needs time to get used to it, and if after a week of constantly being in the 65 he doesn't return to his normally happy self, then I would say he probably does enjoy being a bachelor. So let him be in there for a week, monitoring his progress. If he doesn't act happily by the end of the week he can live on his own (:

    I would like to know more about Oscar's behavior. If the fish aren't interested in one another, as the OP said, that is a sign of "happiness." Really, she should just be watching for signs that they shouldn't be together, such as aggression or problems feeding, rather than signs that they are "happy."

    I agree..... WHY would you think that a fish enjoys being a "bachelor" just because he's not constantly pestering Matilda?

    The fish is fine here.

    However, something here seems odd.....

  6. Thanks everyone ^_^

    I really love all the strokes in your goldfish drawings. I have a thing for lines XD

    And I have a thing for lines, too....lol

    Contour lines just make everything so beautiful and shapely, especially you're not too good with shading (well, sometimes I overwork the shading so I stay safe with contour)

    Here's one I forgot to add before, too.

    You might find it attractive ;)

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  7. ...AND MORE.

    I just couldn't resist.

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    I couldn't resist the horse :3 I just did this one last night....recently I've been painting horses doing human things LOL

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    And some pendants I make.....

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    I just love my horses ;)

    Sorry for the non-goldfish material, lol I just had to show off xD

    And any and all thinks that look like they're made in ink, probably ARE made with India Ink....I think everything here painted is made with India Ink. I'm certain that the top 2 are, though.

    Enjoy :)

  8. When I first got Pearl the itty bitty baby Pearlscale, she was afraid of people.

    So, on my nightstand next to my bed, I stuck her in a tiny 1 gallon tank and she lived there for a week.

    During the time she was there, I sat next to her as much as possible. I waved my hands, books, and feet around her, and eventually she was completely desensitized to activity like this. Eventually I could stick my hand in the tank, and she went from panic to curiosity.

    After that I put her in a 10 gallon tank with her little castle and lots of gravel (Oh, the days where she could swim through the castle door-- the size of a nickel!!!).

    I think maybe a month later I decided I was going to get a Black Moor goidfish, so my dad and I trooped 45 minutes to Pet Supplies Plus (yep---45 minutes!!) and we picked up a lovely little Black Moor....well all those fantails and Moors happened to be the same fish that were there with Pearl from a month ago-- except the tank wasn't so overstocked, and the fish were slightly worse for the wear.

    I chose Houston because he was not just beautiful, but also amazingly malnourished and his fins had been ripped and he had some ich.

    His belly was literally so thin, it was at the maximum of the thinness a goldfish can have.....I'd estimate it to be the width of a quarter's thickness.

    He was immediately put in the 10 gallon tank where he had MUCH more room, better filteration and aeration, and a non-aggressive buddy who he was all over for mating once he was put in xD

    Well he's been fattened up to an extreme now, sharing a 20 gallon long tank with little miss Pearl and no other tankmates :3

    They're both extremely fat (the fatter the cuter in my opinion) and Houston's mistress (is it appropriate to call her that?!) provides him a lot of what I might call companionship.

    They seem to have SOME sort of a bond-- at night when they rest on the bottom of the tank, they are always within 5 inches of each other.

    And as for Houston's tameness? Nada. I never put him in a 1 gallon tank simply because he was too big. He wasn't the tiny little ball of goldfish Pearlyness as Pearl was. So when I do my weekly close up check-up by picking the fish up and holding them at the surface of the water, there is quite a bit of chasing and splashing with Houston. Pearl comes quietly and willingly. So willingly, in fact, that when I clean the tank Pearl follows my hands around and I have to be careful not to hurt her because she gets so close.

    CUTE!!!

    Nobody cares, but I love to post stories about my feeshy-feesh ^_^

  9. AWESOME!!!

    Beautiful little guy, Ranchus are my favorite, especially the velvety black ones!!!

    Gorgeous, absolutely stunning ôuô I am soooo envious!!!

    Good luck with the little fishy-foo....I can't see any eyes, but a sure way to tell is he has them is to take a careful look: if there are deep gaping holes where eyes should be, then he has no eyes.

    Lol, I hope you don't take that too seriously ;)

  10. those dimensions are very confusing to me.

    How can the 25gal be shorter and not compensate in any other dimensions?

    doesn't sound like a 25gal at all, it sounds smaller than the 20gal.

    I was just thinking the same thing.

    You guys are right. I didn't even look at the dimensions provided. According to your measurements, your current tank is a 30 gallon, and the other one is a 25 gallon.

    That makes sense. My 20L is 30 by 12 by 12 or something like that. In this case the 30 is definitely better

    I was really confused as well.

    I thought the longer tank (the one I have now) was 40 gallons at first, and someone told me it's very easy to confuse a 40gal with a 20gal...WHAT THE HECK!?!?

    So I took my 5 gallon bucket (exactly 2 bucket-fulls fills up my 10 gallon tank, so it's accurate) and filled up the 20gallon....lo and behold, 4 buckets fills up the whole dang thing. It looks so BIG though. I don't exactly understand how that works, but I guess it's just confusing.

    It took 5 bucket-fulls to fill up the 25 gallon tank.....weird, eh???

    I'm just really confused though. I don't get how the dimensions don't match up.

    It is possible you have a terrarium on your hands. Usually tanks all have uniform dimensions, unless its custom

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well my aunt gave me the 20 gallon long tank.....she definitely got it from a pet store in the fish tank department...usually terrariums are in a different section, right?

    That is really, really weird though.

    Will it spring a leak???

    ...........................Huh.

    I'm stumped xD

    Well as long as you are sure it was from aquatics you should be good. It may be a different supplier that you got it from. But I would recommend saving for a 40l or something (:

    Well, my aunt who is superrich bought it :P She usually buys the top quality, most expensive brands that she can possibly get...kind of a show-off thing. And yeppers I'm definitely going to get a larger tank as soon as possible...I need to save up $$$ though, I just ran dry buying a $60 cowboy hat :no:

  11. What I think would be really cool is if you could MAKE a Bonsai tree out of driftwood and Java moss or a big bunch of Anubias Nana.

    Just take the root/stump part of a piece of driftwood, and plant the top of the stump in the gravel/substrate. Then you can root the Anubias to the root part of the driftwood....that would look awesome!

    Plus it's waaay better than a plastic plant.

  12. I don't bond with my goldfish other than handling them once a week.

    I follow the fish with my hands until I corner them, then I lift them up gently to the surface. I look for any odd bumps, red spots, etc, and then i lower my hands and let the fish do what he/she wants to do.

    My Black Moor (Now just a weird orange Telescope) will immediately swim away, but my Pearlscale will stay on my hand and just hang out there until I remove my hand from the water. She is really a friendly thing and will allow me to gently stroke her and will stay still during this process.

    The Pearlscale was kept in a 1 gallon tank on my bookcase next to my bed for a week before she went to the 10 gallon. During that time she became extremely friendly and I thought she was the cutest thing-- a fat little Pearlscale goldfish that was pure white with blue eyes is about the cutest goldfish you can possibly find! And she was only an inch long!

    Houston the Moor didn't get any of this closeness. When I bought him, about 2 months later, he was popped right into the 10 gallon and then was left there. That's why I think he's so shy when I put my hands in the tank.

    And as for plants...there was an experiment done where harsh heat was burned into a plant after making a loud noise. The electrical waves were measured in the plant during this time.

    After burning, the plant went berserk and waves of energy were sent absolutely everywhere. The next time anyone ever made that noise again, the plant made the same insane signals it made during and after the burning.

    I believe plants, like any other animal, when kept in an environment of people, at least like to know SOME of what is going on.

    It's weird and you don't have to believe me, but when I got a Bonsai plant I kept forgetting to water it every day so I put it on my bookshelf next to my bed so I'd remember to water it at night.

    Every morning when I woke up, the FIRST thing I thought of, was the Bonsai plant. An image and a "feel" of its energy shot into me and I'd feel desperately thirsty. When I watered the plant the thirsty feeling went away immediately.

    I still get very thirsty in the morning, though the feeling to the plant is less "attached" and strong because I keep the plant outside in the summer so it gets to grow very well in the sun.

    Once the top layer of leaves got burned by the sun and when the plant started to burn I got a major headache that lasted until I brought the plant inside at night so I could give it a bigger pot....

    I love all of my houseplants like pets. I talk to them.

    Right before I water them I say loudly, "Are you thirsty? Here's a drink" and I feel the energy "dancing" around when I say it.

    I like knowing that I'm caring for a living thing, but it's different form having an animal that moves on its own.

    Right now I'm almost in tears over....guess what it is.....a GHOST SHRIMP. I've had it since March (his name is Ash--the Resurrection Shrimp) and right now he's turning white. I completely redid the decor in his tank and got rid of anything that could possibly cause illness.

    I'm very antsy because even though he's acting fine, usually shrimp turn white when they're ill and about to die.

    When I was little there was no more than a bit of sadness when I lost a goldfish.

    Now, if one of my animals died (regardless of whether it would be my horse or my shrimp) I would cry my eyes out because it was a living, breathing being that deserved the highest quality of life.

    I love all of my animals, even the ones that are not living.

  13. those dimensions are very confusing to me.

    How can the 25gal be shorter and not compensate in any other dimensions?

    doesn't sound like a 25gal at all, it sounds smaller than the 20gal.

    I was just thinking the same thing.

    You guys are right. I didn't even look at the dimensions provided. According to your measurements, your current tank is a 30 gallon, and the other one is a 25 gallon.

    That makes sense. My 20L is 30 by 12 by 12 or something like that. In this case the 30 is definitely better

    I was really confused as well.

    I thought the longer tank (the one I have now) was 40 gallons at first, and someone told me it's very easy to confuse a 40gal with a 20gal...WHAT THE HECK!?!?

    So I took my 5 gallon bucket (exactly 2 bucket-fulls fills up my 10 gallon tank, so it's accurate) and filled up the 20gallon....lo and behold, 4 buckets fills up the whole dang thing. It looks so BIG though. I don't exactly understand how that works, but I guess it's just confusing.

    It took 5 bucket-fulls to fill up the 25 gallon tank.....weird, eh???

    I'm just really confused though. I don't get how the dimensions don't match up.

    It is possible you have a terrarium on your hands. Usually tanks all have uniform dimensions, unless its custom

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well my aunt gave me the 20 gallon long tank.....she definitely got it from a pet store in the fish tank department...usually terrariums are in a different section, right?

    That is really, really weird though.

    Will it spring a leak???

    ...........................Huh.

    I'm stumped xD

  14. those dimensions are very confusing to me.

    How can the 25gal be shorter and not compensate in any other dimensions?

    doesn't sound like a 25gal at all, it sounds smaller than the 20gal.

    I was just thinking the same thing.

    You guys are right. I didn't even look at the dimensions provided. According to your measurements, your current tank is a 30 gallon, and the other one is a 25 gallon.

    That makes sense. My 20L is 30 by 12 by 12 or something like that. In this case the 30 is definitely better

    I was really confused as well.

    I thought the longer tank (the one I have now) was 40 gallons at first, and someone told me it's very easy to confuse a 40gal with a 20gal...WHAT THE HECK!?!?

    So I took my 5 gallon bucket (exactly 2 bucket-fulls fills up my 10 gallon tank, so it's accurate) and filled up the 20gallon....lo and behold, 4 buckets fills up the whole dang thing. It looks so BIG though. I don't exactly understand how that works, but I guess it's just confusing.

    It took 5 bucket-fulls to fill up the 25 gallon tank.....weird, eh???

    I'm just really confused though. I don't get how the dimensions don't match up.

  15. Today my mother is going to sell the 25 gallon tank my neighbor gave us.... she has a space in a consignment shop for vintage and antique stuff and weirdly enough fish tanks sell well there. I've had my 20 gallon long tank for my 2 fancy goldfish for maybe 2-3 months now. I love it, but I'm not sure whether or not I should switch it with the 25 gallon.

    I mean, they do very well in there with a very strong filter, no gulping, no problems other than swallowing air during feeding (resolved with frozen peas)....

    So should I switch?

    The 20 gallon long dimensions are:

    36'' L

    17" H

    12'' D

    And the 25 gallon dimensions are:

    30 1/2'' L

    17'' H

    12'' D

    I think I should keep the 20 gallon because there is more surface area....but does it matter?

    Also it's longer so obviously it's more room for the fish to swim since a lot of the time they take a short burst of speed right across.

    What should I do?

    Bigger is better, but....

    I'm doing a water change right now, so it'd be easy enough to empty like 7/8 of the tank and put it on my dresser with the goldfish in it, then bring in the 25gal and replace it, put the water, filter, gravel, and plants in then pop in the goldies....simple enough BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO :help:

  16. Hmmm.....

    one thing I'd like to say is that ghost shrimp defend themselves nicely.

    I had 3 with my betta in a 3 gallon tank. If Om got too close to them, they would either dart to cover or lift their claws high and pinch the hell out of whatever part was close enough to pinch. I know it hurt the fish because he would jerk and twist and wiggle away and stay in hiding for a few minutes after the incident. I don't believe a shrimp would pinch a goldfish unless cornered, or unless my shrimp were just really aggressive. They never actively sought fights, though.

    Another thing is that ghost shrimp are only aggressive amongst themselves. A ghostie will easily rip a pellet out of another ghostie's claws, but with a RCS he will sit peacefully and not fight. This is from my experience.

    Also if ghosties are to be kept with RCS, I would keep them in a 2:5 ratio in order to establish the RCS as the primary sights. Also with the RCS in bigger numbers it will be established that they are the "head honchos".....

    Other than that, I don't think shrimp should ever be kept with goldfish. They are just much too defenseless and a fish can easily corner one.

  17. Yesterday I was doing a water change. I took out 5 gallons from the 20gal tank, and turned off the filter so it wouldn't basically burn out from having the water level too low. I go to fill a 5gal bucket in the bathtub, and I put a thermometer under the faucet.

    Wayyyle, waddaya knuuur?

    The old-fashioned mercury thermometer with the bitty metal beads BROKE. I panicked, turned off the faucet, and ran to get my mom xD. She told me to turn on the air vent, open the windows, and cover the mercury with a paper towel.

    I did so. In like 3 hours she cleaned it up. I kept telling her to clean up the spill, but she was busy with something else. So I don't know if the air is poisoned now with mercury, or if the septic system is not poisoned with mercury.

    Anywho, I told my parents to call whoever cleans up hazardous waste, they said no, and that was that.

    I can almost feel the mercury seeping into my skin O______________________________________O

    Anyway, my goldfish had to go overnight with just 15 gallons of water and no 68 gallon filter :(

    They're around 3 1/2 inches long (orange telescope that used to be a black moor) and 3 inches (white pearlscale)

    Please let them not be hurt!!

    Well, of course they're occasionally gulping air, but it's not all the time, like you might hear from goldfish that are really suffering. It's around once every 3 minutes.

    HOWEVER~

    I'd just like to know....

  18. AMAZING!!!

    I do glass painting, though I paint things like plates and wine glasses with special glass paint that you bake....nothing fancy like the pop-out stuff you do. I admire your concentration. I can work on a drawing or painting for days, but with crafts I have little patience :krazy:

  19. AGHHH! We got a power outage, PLUS my camera is being a crazy thing whenever I plug it in. All these error messages pop up, so I'll have to check up on that with my dad. Other than that, I've been leaving my bedroom window open at night so it cools down to about 60 degrees--not too cold for the budgies, they have a thick cover over their cage, but it's REALLY cold for me, LOL.

    The goldfish tank is down to 75 degrees, but poor Houston is still being stripped of his beautiful color. The parts that first started turning orange are now gradually turning pale gold-- I expect that will happen with the rest of him. Poor little guy xD

    Actually, he's about 4 inches long and he's around 1/2 inch longer than little Pearl, my Pearlscale princess.

    Houston is growing at an alarming rate!

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