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  1. hahahhahahahahha!!!! this is one of best posts i've seen all year!! so sneaky!!!!
  2. I'm wondering the same thing too. My oranda used to have a white (barely fuzzy) dot on her wen that did nothing for weeks. Then I did praziquantel treatment (treats flukes and doesn't mess with the cycle) for other reasons and the spot disappeared. I think the parasite acted like dirt. If someone could post a pic of wen growth, that'd be nice. Welcome, Kristin! I think goldfish look good in pairs. You could always upgrade and use your current tank as hospital/emergency tank. *nudge nudge* Goldfish are very sweet
  3. Um... you are WAY overstocked. But since they don't eat, I guess it's ok Nice job on the background! So lively!
  4. hahahhahah algae moustache!! so cute i don't have much but here's lil stories: i got a young male (<2in long) who always chases my queen (who is much larger) in the butt, even when she's not got eggs. sometimes my queen gets fed up with him, so she swims next to one of my males who is same color and size. the lil lad gets mixed up and starts butt nuzzling the big male. he realizes his after a few seconds, turns around and makes a mad (wobbly) dash to my queen on the other side of the tank. i've got another male, who is particularly smart and naughty (although probably not as smart as yours ). during feeding time, he'll sometimes use his body to hide uneaten pellets from view while he's still chewing what he's got. once, he tried to nip off a piece of spinach that another fish had hanging out of her mouth (she bit off more than she could chew). lastly, after i introduced a new food item that was too hard chew, he found out that pieces break off more easily when he spit them out rather than chew directly. so he spit - bit - spit - bit - spit it out. this was only the second time i gave'em this new food, and he already figured out a trick O.o lastly lastly, he sometimes sleeps his with head resting on a rock - so cute.
  5. I'm a big fan of Django Reinhardt - whom I just discovered about a year or two ago. Named the kiddies after his songs. Honeysuckle Rose - queen of the tank, rosey cheeks and SOOO cute Cloud Castle - cuz he's got a white belly and he's floaty... You Rascal - cuz he's so naughty, but very smart Festival - cuz she's very active and a basic orange fantail - like what may be a prize at a festival - she's such a good girl Baby Django- cuz he's the youngest, his actual name keeps changing cuz I haven't found one to fit him perfect, he's so adorable though
  6. I just started treatment for flukes again after about 6 months since the last treatment. And I'm wondering... shouldn't I be cleaning/treating the Python too???? Would it be alright if I clean the hose with water+bleach mix between every water change? by "clean" i mean run solution though the tube and soak the outside. The flukes just showed up again so soon.. I just wondered.... =_= sanitary overkill?
  7. mine had the quiet but noticeable grinding/grating noise.
  8. i recently had a problem with a new filter as well. i called the company that makes it. they told me to oil (w/ vegetable oil) part of the metal shaft in the pump. sure it enough it worked! but that's just my case. perhaps call the company that makes yours and see if they might suggest something or replace it?
  9. thank you so much! i'll give that a try! y'all are so nice!
  10. thank you for replying!!! the yellow part feels pretty solid :\
  11. The rhizome is slowly turning yellow from one side. Only one of my ten anubias are doing this. Its leaves look great. Set up: 50 gallon tank w/ goldfish. Watch changes every 5-6 days. Bare bottom tank. No other plants except pothos (in HOB filter) and anubias on rocks - attached with rubber bands. No fertilizer. No added CO2. Tank Lighting: Marineland Hidden LED lighting system x2 for the length of my tank. http://www.petsmart....tAvailInUS%2FNo Room Lighting: Fluorescent lights - I live in a dorm room. I usually don't turn on the tank lights. Fluorescent lights are bright enough, especially for anubias I figure. None of my other nine anubias are having any problems. I've had them since beginning of January. Goldfish tried to nip at the leaves at first but gave up. Damage is very minor, and plants don't seem phased at all. I have no problems with algae yet. I try not to keep lights (ceiling) on for more than 10-12 hrs per day, but I sometimes may go over (I study exclusively in my room and forget sometimes). Took pics of from last week (bottom two) and today (top three); it doesn't seem significantly different. Maybe just slightly more yellow. The tip looks more green in the photos than it really is in real life. But just slightly so. What should I do? Should I cut off the yellow half? Today: One week ago:
  12. I have a bunch left that I had opened in December, so it should still be good. I've been wanting to sample Pro-Gold, so I'll trade with you equivalent amount if you'd like. I can send it out today for however fast you want it shipped. Let me know.
  13. alright. thank you so much for your help!!! i really really appreciate it. weight from nov 26 is 44.2 grams. i'll re-weigh on saturday.
  14. I do have metromeds I was gonna put him in salt, but if it's possibly SB, then I guess not? also I have epsom salt
  15. aw no! that looks awful! poor Bilbo... it looks like glaucoma, which occurs when normal circulation of fluid in the eye gets blocked up. but i don't know if it applies to fish too. i hope whatever treatment you do works >.<
  16. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 20ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.5ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 5.0ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 8.0 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drop test kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70, Fluval 405 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * Water temperature? 74 degrees F * How often do you change the water and how much? every 3-4 days, at least 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today 85% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55gal, running 6 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fish(1 inch, 2 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, 3 inch - not including tale) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Saki Hikari twice/day, spinach every few days, no more peas * Any new fish added to the tank? 1 inch oranda added about 4 weeks ago - oranda was quarantined for 5 weeks with salt and prazi; pothos added 2 weeks ago, anubias added 1 week ago - both sterilize with recommended 19 water:1 bleach - tied anubias to rocks * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): some floaty problems that resolved with peas; 2inch ryukin bottom sat for several weeks but got over it; stringy white poop - resolved on its own; flukes (long periods of air gulping, flashing, yawning) resolved with prazi. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? bottom sitting and air eating This has been going on for 2 days: My 3-inch ryukin (Cloud Castle) has been bottom sitting recently. He bottom sits as if it's sleep time. He was always somewhat odd, as he usually hovers 5 inches in a corner and hardly interacts with anyone. He's never overtly sat at the bottom though until now. Occasionally, he'll dash to the surface, take a gulp, and sink right back down to this corner. He's never done this before either. He does move around occasionally from one corner to other corner. He seems to have difficulty maintaining height when swimming. Also, I think he is blind in one eye - which looks fine externally. If I wave my hand next to one of his eyes - no reaction. Wave my hand in front of his other eye - he startles and starts to swim around a bit. He's always has a hard time finding food, even if I drop it a few inches in front of him. Maybe his sense of smell is diminished too :\ He has an appetite, but it is somewhat diminished from usual. At feeding time, he swims around, but after a few bites, he sits. Fins are not clamped although occasionally it will 1/2 go down when he lays by the filter intake. No abnormal findings exteriorly - no discoloration, no spots, no pine-coning, gills look fine, fins look fins, eyes look fine. Something to note: I didn't not perform water changes as often past 2-3 weeks due to winter holiday. I have performed 2 water changes since I got back earlier this week. Nitrates got as high as 40ppm, but ammonia and nitrites remained at 0ppm. pH is stable. His history: I got him from Rain Garden, and I've had him for almost 4 months now. He took at least a week to recover from travel stress - didn't eat until 3rd day. When I had flukes problem, he was the most severely affected (flashing, yawning, air gulping, lost 2-3 scales). He's always been a fairly weak swimmer and has a hard time finding food. Never had any health problems besides flukes while in my care. Video of him (about 3 min): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ExJ3iP1jVE Items on hand: Canning & Pickling salt, Prazipro, Metromeds If I need to quarantine him, I'll have some difficulty as my current spare tub & air pump are utilized by fry right now. But I got a Petsmart on the other side of the island (10 min away) and good LFS about 40 min away.
  17. I have some new fry, and I added some anacharis and javafern to help keep ammonia/nitrite/nitrates down since I shouldn't perform water changes for a while. I wanted to lightly salt the water (0.1-0.3%? I don't know yet; I'll look into it more.) Are these plants gonna be ok with the salt at these levels?
  18. how do you collect the brine shrimp from the hatchery? there are tons of failed eggs and egg shells floating around. i managed to collect a few, but i lost many due to clumsiness. mine are about 4 days old now; i saw two of them suck in brine shrimp. amazing!!!
  19. I'm sure it was mentioned earlier. Keep and eye on the main tank for stranglers. I found two in mine! Luckily my goldies didn't notice them and I turkey-bastered them out. I understand your worriy >.< It's almost the end of the third day for my fry. They are barely moving. Some are still on the bottom, not moving. I put some Hikari first bites just in case :\
  20. i'm definitely following this thread! i got a batch of fry just about the same time. come back from parent's home to a surprise! i had moved egged my pots and plants into a sterlite tub then a day later, tons of fry! right now is end of day 2 and they're just floating still. i started brine shrimp eggs that hopefully hatch when fry are ready to eat >.< best of luck, tithra!
  21. My parents had goldfish for a long time, but i never paid much attention to them. One day, they put together a backyard pond and stuck our aquarium fish outside. So we had goldfish and guppies (tons of guppies!!!!!) Well winter came, and all guppies died. Goldfish still held strong even when the surface froze over one year. This pond had no pump, no filter, and just a few plants. About 2 years later, I decided to clean out the pond. My parents had moved out, so it was only me who could've done anything. Crazy undertaking!!! For a pond that was only 2.5 ft deep, it had 1 ft of sludge! After 3 days, I managed to pull out all the fish, scoop out all the water&sludge, clean the pond, and refill with clean water. I put the goldfish back in and sat there for hours in awe of them. Then I fell in love with goldfish. One year later, I found out I could have fish in my dorm room. So got 2 goldfish in a 10 gallon kit. Then I found titra's and sakura's youtube videos. I promptly upgraded to 50 gallon and bought 2 raingarden goldfish (despite being near broke! and i'm recommended to not have a job for another 2 and half years =_=). But I really love having them.
  22. Heya! I just added a new one to my tank, and I see what you mean. The new one is about an inch long. The others are 3inch, 3inch, 2inch, 2inch. New one is doing around checking everyone out and lightly pecking. He follows my queen goldfish (3inch oranda) the most and seems to nuzzle/hide under her tail if he can. Just like you said, the older guys just ignore the new one, and there's no damaged fins Glad that things are going will with your new fish!
  23. hahhahaha awwww clever quarantine set up lol "fighting in the prison yard"
  24. Hi! Welcome to the site. I'm pretty new to goldfish, so I don't have many answers. My fish eats air after meals too, but not for as long as yours. One thing that I tried that reduced it was give them a little spinach on a veggie clip after giving them soaked pellets. It distracts them from air eating, but they still do it (but less). I leave the veggie clip in even after they ate it all because they still try to eat more (good distraction!) I've read somewhere on this site that giving seaweed helps to stop/reduce eating air, but I haven't tried it. Hope you find the answer you are looking for soon!
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