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  1. OMG that ranchu's little mustache!!!!! :rofl Please name him Mario or Watson or Genghis or something like that. EDIT: Can't spell. OOPS.
  2. You two can fight over it. I should probably wait until I have a more thought out design before committing to another plant. I still want to see pics though! Maybe when you're overrun again, I'll be ready for some.
  3. Pics? I've been wanting a new plant for the betta tank.
  4. Lol I'm TOO cold! Our high is -9*F tomorrow, and that's not even including the windchill from the 20-30 mph winds!
  5. Um, wow, I just liked your page, and saw her comments! She's um....tactful!
  6. I can't really add more than what Alex and Sakura already said....but I just wanted to point out that flakes hold few nutrients and are less than ideal for goldfish since they can expand inside them, which can cause swimbladder issues, etc. You can presoak them to help with that, but by that time a lot of nutrients are gone. Not sure if you knew this or not, but it may be something you should point out to your facebook fan. Pellets are a much better storebought type food, though I personally think veggies/greens and gel food are more biologically appropriate. Pellets are still an excellent option though, I just always make sure I read the ingredients on them. As far as number of feedings go, Sakura is right that you should aim for 2+ feedings a day, or even as many as 5 or 6 . This simulates their eating in the wild, where they would graze all day and eat small amounts often. That being said, if someone's schedule only allows for 1 or 2 medium-large feedings a day, this isn't necessarily detrimental to the fish, and shouldn't really harm them at all. I like to change things up with the amounts of feeding. I usually do Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday with 2-3 small feedings (depending on my schedule), Wednesday/Saturday with one large feeding, and Sunday is fasting day. That's just my personal preference though. It's really up to the fishkeeper to find a schedule that works for them and their fish. There's certainly a correct answer as far as what is most biologically appropriate, but no correct answer for each individual (short of overfeeding, etc.). Hope this helps answer your questions.
  7. The bamboo will be fine without substrate. Mine hangs out in my filter box. Looks great!
  8. This is true. I suppose I didn't really go into detail on that. It's really a matter of personal preference. My room temp is usually 69-71ish, so I just keep it there. In the summer it does get to 74 during the REALLY hot spells here and they do just fine. You're not cooking your fish or anything. I just personally would rather trade slower growth and a slightly slower metabolism for the potential for a longer life span. None of my fish are floaters, so I don't HAVE to keep it at a higher temp. That being said depending on the room temperature where you're placing the tank, a heater isn't a necessarily a necessary piece of equipment, so if you haven't already bought it and your tank will stay at a suitable, stable temperature, you don't need to go out and get one.
  9. You don't need the heater. Goldfish are coldwater fish so 74 is getting a little toasty for them. I just keep my tank at room temperature, so it winds up being around 70....but really anywhere between 60-70 is a good range. If you don't want to do live plants, that's fine, but like others have pointed out, with your intended stocking levels, your nitrates will be climbing pretty steadily. I would recommend keeping some lucky bamboo or pothos in a small HOB filter box, breeder box, etc. to help with nitrates. You won't need to care for them at all and you'll get SOME nitrate eating going on. As others have also mentioned, 5 fish is too much for your tank. I have a 75, and I probably won't be going over 5 fish. MAYBE 6, if I really really found one I just couldn't live without after that, but then I'd be doing a LOT of water changes and I'd have to upgrade my tank eventually. Unless you're planning on upgrading tanks eventually, stick with 4. Even that's just slightly pushing it, and you will want to keep up on your water changes, doing them large and often. I'm not familiar with your filter, so I can't offer advice there. As far as decor goes, fake plants are fine if you don't want the upkeep of live (it really isn't much at all though). Watch out for your decorations though. Don't get decor with holes (these are meant more for small tropical fish and goldfish can very easily get stuck and injure themselves....trust me, I learned the hard way with my pearlie, and he didn't make it after that injury). Don't get decor that is hollow. It traps air that can get stagnant and harm your fish. Don't get decor that is rough or sharp in any way (check your fake plants for this too). Goldfish are SUPER clumsy. You will notice many of us have fairly bare tanks, with not much besides plants. That's for a reason....goldfish are a little derpy. If they can hurt themselves on something, eventually one of them probably will. Round, smooth decor, or things like ceramic pots, etc. are ok for decor. I wouldn't recommend gravel at all for a goldie tank. 1) It is really easy to trap waste, debris, and other nasties in gravel without you even knowing about it. It's a very messy substrate. 2) They like to forage through substrate, and gravel presents a choking hazard. Unless you want to stick tweezers down your fish's throat (not fun), I'd recommend sand for a goldie tank. My fish love digging through it. If you don't like sand, other options are barebottom (which many people here like for easy maintenance) or LARGE river rocks or glass marbles. Just enough to make a thin layer on the bottom. They will nudge those around and have plenty to dig through, without trapping all that nasty stuff in there. MY personal favorite is definitely sand though. As far as waterchanges go, here we recommend upwards of 50% weekly. It will depend on your system on what you need. Some people here do 80% 2x a week. I personally do about 75% weekly. You'll just need to keep an eye on your parameters and see how long it takes before you need to change your water. An excellent water conditioner to use is Seachem Prime, or Amquel+. Both are fine, but Prime is more concentrated and lasts longer and is usually cheaper and more readily available. That being said, Amquel+ is still a great product. The reason we recommend these, is because they neutralize ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates as well as dechlorinate your water. They're VERY good products. We also recommend you do any water testing with the API Master Freshwater Test Kit. Amazon is a great place to find those...usually around half off! Strips aren't very reliable, but drops are and this is a brand many of us use and have great success with. I think that covers everything I wanted to say. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, we are here to help! Welcome to Koko's, and good luck!
  10. I would say ribbontail. Beautiful either way!
  11. He's definitely a good person to work with. One of my fish in an order once got snatched by a heron before he could send it to me. I would definitely pick a substitute, just like Fang said. Even if your fish got better by the time you were cycled, I wouldn't want a fish with previous known health problems. You're paying too much for these fish to be unhealthy. Unfortunately stuff like this just happens.
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