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  1. Oh wow thanks Helen, I wouldn't have thought of that I don't want her eggs rotting / bacteria etc. I will put her in with one male and see how we go Thanks!
  2. Update: Opus is male... we've found breeding stars on him to. Now poor Voodoo is alone. Do fish always breed??, I know it depends on water temp etc... but what I mean is will it be forever going on with the 3 boys and one girl. Or could we separate Voodoo and one of the boys and encourage them to breed... after they have done their business then could we put Voodoo back in with the boys and all be ok?? Help =(
  3. I have my black moor female goldie Voodoo in with my broadtail Astral, and fantail Saffron - along with Opus my small ranchu. Astral and Saffron are males and have been chasing Voodoo around like anything. Yesterday I put her into a separate tank (set it up with media and some water from the other tank etc.), as I was worried the two boys were chasing her to exhaustion. Now I'm worried about her being lonely ... gah! can't win. What my fiance and I might do today is setup one of our larger spare tanks to put her in with Opus as I don't think Opus is male (bit young to tell yet tho). Anything you guys and gals suggest for my situation? Thanks in advance!
  4. Thanks for the info you guys Until my fiance and I upgrade we are going with your method Jamie thanks for that! I didn't think of it.
  5. Hi ladies/lads, Do any of you have your own automatic water change system going? My partner and I have tried the python but dislike the amount water wasted (we currently don't have water storage tanks we could use), we have had manual siphons which have all broken on us with use... We are looking into a decent sump setup etc, however that may be a while off yet. We kinda need something this weekend, we would prefer to not have to go out and get another manual siphon! Halp?
  6. They are completely back to normal this morning =) Keep up with the Metafix? And I will have to try uploading the video again.
  7. Hi Helen, thanks - I'm using the API one. From what I can gather, there has been nothing in the way of water works in the area. I added some API Stress Coat as well. I'm uploading a video at the moment. I've been poking around the net to see if anything explains the situation. What I found out when I turned the light on (wasn't until I went to film them) was that the tank was murky. What I think has happened is a bacterial bloom from disturbing the sand too much during the water change. This would cause fish to gasp right? ... I'd assume so. I've added a dose of Metafix and they seem like they are already acting a bit better. Less "oh gee gimme air.. in.. in.. in" and more "ok, in ...out...in..out" and swimming about a bit more like normal to lol I think they will be ok once this clears up. I will get the video on here when it's uploaded. If any one has any ideas/suggestions let me know =) Thanks!
  8. Temps had a 3 degree Celsius difference. Maybe that's what it was?? =S Should I quickly go out and get some heaters? I haven't needed them prior, so I don't have any. Temp in tank is 21 celsius and tap is 18...
  9. I did add the conditioner, yup. Tap pH = 8.0 The tank is a bit hard to judge, in the normal pH test it's 7.2 close to 7.6 / in the high range pH test it sits at 7.4
  10. Hi ladies and gents, My partner, Tim, and I just did a water change (70%) with our 220L tank; which homes four of our fish (our - Black Moor, Fantail, Broadtail and Ranchu) We noticed that after the water change our fish were opening and closing their mouths rather rapidly, and they still are - it's been over an hour or so since we finished with the tank. Tests after the change all came back fine. pH: 7.6ppm Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 5ppm What could be the cause of this? I'm worried it's like they are gasping for air!
  11. Thank you heaps for all of the responses =) He has grown up so much, even I sometimes can't believe he's the same fish! haha. I was so unsure about getting him when we did but my fiance was dead-set that he was going to be ours. I am so glad Tim was so much for getting him as he was because Opus is one of the most personality filled fish we have and fits into our finned family perfectly!! Opus has got such a belly on him now lol it is really hard to believe he is the same fish we got back then. But, I can assure you, he is the only ranchu we have, there is no mistaking it =)
  12. I made this to see how much my ranchu, Opus, has grown since I got him. There is quite a difference Unfortunately I didn't weigh him when I got him, and still haven't - think I'm going to have to do it soon haha.
  13. WHOA! Nice fish Good luck with the naming
  14. Wow ok. By flicking I mean like they would sort of "curve" their bodies then kick out straight again?? If that makes any sense. I don't feed live bloodworm. Maybe it was from the sand Is there any way to get rid of them? / should I be concerned?
  15. I bought it from an online supplier - its "CaribSea Tahitain Moon Sand" which was commercially bagged up when I received it. I bought it from "The Age of Aquariums - aquariumproducts.com.au"
  16. It's strange what ever it is No my tank isn't planted but I do have black sand that I put in it a week or so ago. I do feed bloodworms. These guys though, most seem alive and kicking... they seem to "flick".
  17. Hi, I was thinking of putting this in the disease diagnosis/treatments section but I wasn't sure. After cleaning out one of my tanks filters (with some of the tank water) my partner looked into the bucket after emptying the water to find these... there are a few in the picture =S Can any one please tell me what these are? and what action I need to take?
  18. its a bubble under his chin I think its on the slim coat. It doesnt seem to be losing colour from what I could tell
  19. Hi Helen, Oops! I forgot about the not linking to out side sources thing (besides photobucket and youtube of course) sorry =S Im unable to upload the video to youtube because my friend has uploaded the video to facebook since it was too big to email to me. And from what I can find there is no way to download a video from facebook? Anyhow, Here is a photo I took of him yesterday... the other side of him was a bit worse (more area covered by the fungus)
  20. Hi Kokopeeps. This is on behalf of my friend who keeps goldfish. I did the best I could filling out the details for her. Basically what has happened is she has had one fish die 2 weeks ago it bottom sitting etc but otherwise no signs of ill heath. Now another fish is showing similar symptoms. However when my partner and I went over to help check levels etc, we noticed her black moor has a white fungus sort of thing on both sides of its body. Thinking that maybe this was the cause of the other one becoming ill, we lent her my bottle of Metafix. Have I done the right thing? or is there more that can be done for her lil guys? Oh and also the water has been a bit bubbly since the one past away - and this was before the dose of metafix. I've done the best I can with the following details... Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 - 5 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank) 0.25ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): ?? * Nitrite Level (Tap) ?? * Nitrate level (Tap) ?? * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ?? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Unsure * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API conditioner * Water temperature? Unsure * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4, 75% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 70L ish (I can't remember exactly) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 under 6 cm * What do you feed your fish and how often? self feeding stone * Any new fish added to the tank? Nil * Any medications added to the tank? one dose of Metafix * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) One fish died two weeks ago. Now a different one is showing similar sypmtoms * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White fungus? on black moor both sides of body * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? dorsal fins down. slow swimming * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Not entirely sure * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Here is a video of the little guy - Nono/video/embed?video_id=10200397480933687
  21. At approx 20 minutes ago our gorgeous Cydon (spin off name from Poseidon) lost his life. To non fish enthusiasts they would not have thought much of it... but to my partner and I even though we only had Cydon for a short time, he was apart of our lil family - we love our fish and spend so much time and energy with them and for them. We did the best we could for the little guy - if it wasn't for you guys here on the forums for helping along the way I'd have been in a heap and not known what to do. Thank you so much for your help and support! xx
  22. No worries Helen, thanks for the thought though x His poop is food colour. His gills look ok, I would feel for firmness but I really don't want to stress him - he is starting to float side ways now and faint... I think this it
  23. I know it's only been a few minutes since my last post, however, things look like they have taken a turn for the worst. My partner was watching the lil' man the whole time while I was posting here then I joined him after feeding my other crew of goldies. He was swimming fine when I posted this but before I fed him he started to just float around, bottom sitting as if he has no will to swim. I put some food in for him (hikari sinking pellets) and he didn't go straight for them like he did last night in fact I don't think he's eaten one bit... I keep watching him, looks like right this second he is swimming a little bit. He definitely is a little fighter, but I fear the end may be quite close. It's as if he is blowing the food around but can't take it in... and his swimming when he does, doesn't seem to be very strong at all...
  24. Ok thanks Alex I will do - I missed giving him a salt dip last night because the fish guy I saw yesterday to get the fungus cure told me not to do any other treatments while doing this one. But my partner and I can do the salt dip this morning. I will take your word over the LFS's word!! To confirm ... am I still to do 100% water changes with the 3% salt per liter etc... as the fungus cure bottle says 20% water change every 3 days then to repeat treatment if needed? Progress: the infected area's are a a very strong red colour now... especially under his eyes. It also looks like he is losing mass... (also doing a LOT of poo!) He is still able to eat, thankfully! Thank you for all your support you guys!! I appreciate it. I'm staying as positive as I can. While trying to do the best that I can.
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