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  1. Woops, sorry, I'm talking about Amazon Prime. I had a year subscription but didn't want to spend the money to extend it currently so I had to use their regular 5-7 day standard shipping.
  2. My Prazi and test kit aren't here yet (my Prime expired the day before I went to order... go figure!) but I thought I'd update everyone that Squirt's wound has healed tremendously! The raised area around the hole/circle faded from red to white and started falling off. Beneath, it seems he had a bit of damage to a scale on his side that is healing.
  3. I have been lucky with my goldfish so far. My sister and I won 8 Comet goldfish from a fair 9 years ago... they are still alive, but are now in her boyfriend's family's pond because they outgrew a tank quickly and needed a much larger home! They are still thriving in the pond. Currently, I have 1 Oranda and 1 Fantail who are 3+ years old and they're still doing fantastic... I am much more attached to them than I ever was with my Comets, so I certainly hope my little guys get to live long lives!
  4. Thank you so, so much for the help everyone - and the compliments on my Squirt, LisaCGold! Funny story, when I got him, he was in the tank with Fantails. He was so small I almost didn't even see him (hence the name). As he grew, I realized he wasn't a regular Fantail... and he kept getting chubbier and cuter everyday. Shakaho, you have calmed my nerves immensely! I was doing entirely too much Googling last night and thought it could be a tumor, or something else terrifying. When I researched ulcers, some people were talking about having to take the fish out of water and treating the ulcer multiple times a day which seemed daunting (this is why you don't Google symptoms...). So I'm very happy to hear this may be easily treatable! I'm going to hopefully run to the pet stores tonight, and if not tonight, tomorrow morning. Can Prazi be purchased at a pet store or should I just go ahead and order it with my Amazon Prime? I live in a pretty populated suburb, we have Petsmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, and many other small pet stores nearby. I will also be buying the water test kit ASAP! I have had these strips for years... and have never had issues with water quality before, so never thought to invest in the better kit. It is certainly time to now! I will report back when I get the Prazi and test kit! Can the Prazi just be added to the tank? I don't have a QT tank large enough for Squirt... but if it's necessary, I will get one. Also... good news, I think? His ulcer/wound looks much less red and inflamed today.
  5. So about a week ago, I noticed one of Squirt's gills looked odd like he had bumped something. But then today I noticed it seemed to swell up and looks pretty scary. Squirt is my little baby, he's the most hilarious little fishy and is definitely my favorite so it kills me that this happened! I'm worried sick. I only have the API test strips, so I'll try filling this out... Test Results for the Following:* Ammonia Level(Tank) - not on the strips * Nitrite Level(Tank) - 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) - 40ppm if this shade of pink is correct. * Ammonia Level(Tap) - n/a * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.5, KH 120-180?, GH 0? (hard to read the last two) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - API test strips * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? - 55 gallons, about a month or two. Established media used during transfer that has been established for years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? - Marineland Emperor 400, Aquatech 30-60 * How often do you change the water and how much? - 1/2 water weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago, 1/2 * How many fish in the tank and their size? Squirt - a big Oranda (about 3-4" without tail, including tail 6" atleast) and Squishy, Fantail, about the same size. Recently added a very small BN albino pleco. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? - Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? - Aqueon, the small sinking goldfish granules. Fed 3x a day, small amounts at a time. * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes, a very small albino BN pleco. * Any medications added to the tank? None other than the usual Prime. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - Raised bump, with what appears to be a hole in the middle? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? None. Swimming around happily as usual, eating as usual, etc. I'm terrified because I'm worried the Pleco may have done this? Squirt just turned 3 years old in September and has never had any health issues. There's nothing sharp in the tank. He is still acting as happy as ever, follows me everywhere when I walk past, swims through the bubbles happily, etc. We added the Pleco shortly after getting the 55 gallon tank. He was in a quarantine tank for 2 weeks before adding him to the main tank. He's being fed algae discs and cucumber... but hard to tell if he's eating the algae discs or the goldfish are. We do feed him at night to give him a better chance. I really hope you guys can help me. I'm worried sick! I've never had an issue with my goldies before. The pictures aren't the best, but as you know... it's hard to photograph an excited goldfish! From the side, it appears much more raised but I couldn't get a good picture. Thanks ahead of time for the help... I apologize if I didn't provide enough information, it's 5am and I haven't slept yet... I was so worried I had to post!
  6. That is an awesome benefit, for sure! I noticed something similar when I upgraded to a 55 gallon and put in two bubble stones and a large bubble wand on the back. My two goldfish are acting like babies again, swimming through the bubbles excitedly. It's adorable!
  7. Is this still available? I'd love to try this food! Any idea how much shipping would be? I live in the Dayton, Ohio area.
  8. I am speechless, those are incredible photos of some GORGEOUS goldfish!
  9. OMG that is amazing! Thank you, ChelseaM! I was so excited for my new faucets... until I realized the water changer doesn't fit! This tip will be a lifesaver, because filling a tank with a plastic pitcher takes eons! Haha
  10. Oh my, he is so cute! How big is he? Any idea how much shipping would be to Ohio?
  11. I recently upgraded to a 55 gallon and am looking to sell my nearly new 45 gallon Aqueon tank. It was purchased from Petsmart and includes the matching stand, the top of the tank, the hood and the light fixture that has a really nice fluorescent bulb in it. This stand is VERY sturdy and is made very well. These are sold already put together at Petsmart. Also including my Aqueon water changer with the 25ft extension - reaches a total of 50 feet. I spent well over $300 on this tank setup and the water changer when I bought it a year or so ago. Unfortunately, my new apartment has the "fancy" sink heads that pull down so I can't use the water changer anymore. I'm currently asking $150 on Craigslist but would lower it for Kokos members! Specs from Petsmart's website: Includes: Aquarium, Stand Used For: Freshwater Fish & Saltwater Fish Tank Size: 45 gallon Installation Type: Stand Color: Black Shape: Rectangle Dimensions: Aquarium: 13"L x 36"W x 24"H Stand: 14"L x 37"W x 25"H Material: Glass, Wood I don't have any pictures on my PC of it empty. I just scrubbed it clean yesterday. Here's some pics of when it was filled up: And the stock picture on Petsmart's website: I live in the Dayton, Ohio area. Not sure if anyone here is anywhere close, but I thought it was worth a try!
  12. I just use a pitcher to move mine, like a big gallon plastic pitcher. I just put it in the tank and they swim right in, and then I pour them gently into wherever I need them to be. I have two super docile fish, though, so they don't run away in fear or anything.
  13. Thank you for this information! I actually didn't even think about that... duh moment for sure! Haha luckily I did add about 25% fresh water, since I had been letting the 45 gallon get a bit lower before I got the 55.
  14. Thanks so much! And LOL - that is so me! This is why I put off cleaning my Emperor 400 until I absolutely HAVE to, because it's such a pain in the butt to clean and get running again!
  15. Thanks so much for the welcome! OMG - your tank is GORGEOUS! I love all of the rocks! Where did you find them at?
  16. Thanks so much for the help, everyone! After reading your recommendations, I've decided I will definitely be going with the Aquaclear 110 to work alongside my Emperor 400. Knock on wood, I haven't had issues with it yet! I have the 55 all set up. I set it up right beside my 45 gallon, and transferred the water and filters directly from the 45 to the 55 and used the same substrate. So far, all I've bought for it decor-wise are a bubble wall, two bubble stones and a huge 3ft bamboo plant that I am obsessed with! I'll be posting pictures tomorrow! I'm thinking of adding some live plants, but not 100% sure yet. As for lighting - I was going to order the Finnex off Amazon... but got impatient. My Petsmart had the 48" Aqueon LED light for $89 so we went with that. It looks AMAZING. We are obsessed with the nighttime blue light, too! Squirt and Squishy are SMITTEN with their new tank. They've been having an absolute blast playing in the bubbles!
  17. Do you have a Petsmart near you? It may not be popular opinion, but I have an Oranda and a Fantail from Petsmart and they are the healthiest, happiest goldfish I've EVER had! They're 3 years old and are thriving. The Petcos in Ohio are awful, but our Petsmart's are top notch. Even better than my LFS.
  18. For reference, this is a picture of them when I first moved them to the 45 gallon. They're probably 2, if not 3 times this size now! Close-up of my beloved Squirt, who is significantly chubbier these days
  19. Hi! I haven't been on here in years. My two goldfish (Squirt, Oranda - and Squishy, Fantail) that I joined with in 2012 are thriving... and growing to be massive! They're currently in a 45 gallon aquarium that I got at Petsmart about two years ago. It's served them well, but now that they're growing I've noticed that they don't have nearly enough horizontal swimming room. I decided to upgrade their tank - and lucked out because Petco has their $1 per gallon sale right now. I went yesterday and the 55 gallon somehow rang up for only $40! I was so excited! Obviously, I only have the tank right now. I've been driving myself mad researching different lights, filters, etc. I have a few questions. Any recommendations on a good, somewhat affordable LED light? I hate the look fluorescent gives my tank and really want to do LED. Will I need a hood or a glass top for LED, or can it safely sit above the tank without a top? I've also been going back and forth between the Aqueon 55/75 and the Aquaclear 70 or 110. Obviously, the Aqueon is significantly cheaper which sways me that way a tad. I currently run an Emperor 400 and an Aqua-Tech 30-60 on my 45. I really dislike the Emperor 400 since it's a pain in the butt to get going and will shut off randomly thanks to it's difficult impeller. I'm thinking of doing a partial bare-bottom tank, with river rocks separating the area of gravel and BB. I'm also thinking of trying some live plants. Can you tell my brain is everywhere right now? I'm going to Petsmart tomorrow to get all of my supplies and am so excited! I will be posting pictures of the progress and pictures of when it's done for sure. Updated photos of Squirt and Squishy are needed! Thanks!
  20. I won't tell anyone on HH you said that! We are a pretty friendly group! Hehehe, sounds like a plan! What can I say, I just love it here!
  21. Thank you so much, sonny.barlie! Thank you so very much, Avepico! I appreciate it! Yes, that is me! I was wondering if you'd comment on my post! After commenting on your thread it made me want to return to Koko's, and I'm so glad I did! And thank you so very much! I had done some Google searches when I saw Squirt's head changing, but thought Oranda's heads formed quicker. I'm so excited to see what he'll look like another year from now! Hahaha, Squishy thanks you for the compliment! *puts lock on aquarium* Thanks so much, ShawneeRiver! They're my little babies! I know I've said it a hundred times, but thank you all so much for the kind words! This is the most friendly forum imaginable <3
  22. Aww, I'm sure they'll start growing quicker! What size are they in now, and what type of food do you feed them? I'm not sure how recommended this is here, but the Aqueon Color Enhancing Goldfish Granules have been absolutely amazing for Squirt and Squishy! They've kept so vibrant, absolutely no health issues and grow like a weed! My old fish that are now living in a family member's pond were on regular flakes and lost a lot of their color and would always get swim bladder, but when I switched them to Aqueon they started thriving again! I'm sorry to hear about your hammies health problems. Our time with these fuzzies are far too short, and often plagued with illness... it's so sad. But atleast she lived a wonderful life with you! I also agree, dwarfs are my favorite... I've always been kind of indifferent about Syrians, haha. The little dwarfs are just too cute to resist. I will definitely have to post photos of them! Thanks so much! This is exciting, I wonder if he's an oranda/fantail mixture? Thanks so much, shellbell4ever! I couldn't believe my eyes when his head started changing. I always knew he was special with his super chubby little body! Hehe. I'll definitely be posting a picture soon of the finished tank! I am already itching to upgrade them but will have to wait until December. I especially can't wait to decorate that huge tank! Hehe, thank you so much!! He is SO chubby that I swear, it looks like his fins might bust open! :roflIt makes it even more hilarious because his name was "Squirt"... there is nothing small about him now!!
  23. Thank you both! I was also leaning toward Oranda, since I've noticed his head getting darker and seeming to pop out compared to what it used to be! Is it possible for goldfishies to be mixtures? I'm sure they will, Georgia! My little guys were in a 5 gallon, then a 10, and then the 29 they're in now as they grew. They grow so tremendously fast that I'm just going to upgrade them to as big as I possibly can - it will be amazing to see how large they'll be in another year! Also, I LOVE the hamster in your avatar, Georgia! Such a cutie! I have 6 dwarf hamsters myself!
  24. Thank you so much! I love them to pieces. I just wish the video would show!
  25. Hi, everyone! I've been missing for far too long. Squirt and Squishy turned 1 year old a little over a month ago. They were extremely small when I got them so I assume they were quite young. Anyway, here's a hilarious before and after. Squirt and Squishy, September 2012. Squirt is on the left. We named him Squirt because he was SO small. Them in their first 5 gallon tank: and... drumroll please... Squirt and Squishy NOW! Needless to say, Squirt is NOT small anymore. LOL. They're currently in a 29 gallon tank with a very powerful filter, but I'm planning on buying them a 65 gallon with the stand from PetSmart for their Christmas present. I already know these fishies won't stop growing! Here's a video of my little chubbies. Give the video a moment, it's applying the stabilizing editing... oops! (Excuse the empty tank, we just moved so I want to buy some new tank decor ) They are just the BEST fish. I talk to them and they swim everywhere so excitedly. They're definitely the type of fish who could learn some tricks. Also, a quick question. I think Squishy looks 100% Fantail. But is Squirt and Fantail? I feel like his head has been changing and he looks a decent amount different than Squishy. But I wasn't sure if there were just variants of Fantails. Or, if Squirt was just unusually "plump". Haha. Thanks everyone!
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