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  1. This is Bubble, Bobby's new oranda friend.
  2. tithra: good point, plus it'd be fun feeding the fish and watching them swim to the top! does feeding them repashy do away with feeding fresh veggies like peas? i feed mine repashy now, but since bobby's (the pearlscale) poop still isn't short and is instead LONG and trailing behind him, i figured maybe peas would help. but his mouth is so small and he's so bad at catching food.
  3. thanks for all the info! i feel better now here's another question: how in the world am i supposed to feed peas to my fish (pearlie and tropical) with teensy weensy mouths?? the big comets just eat them whole, but everyone else doesn't stand a chance. it'd be like me trying to eat a bowling ball. i mashed some up, but it just made a big mess that went all over the tanks.
  4. So I've had a bunch of questions just randomly floating around my head for a few days, and I think it's time to find some answers. I wish I could just ask at LFS's, but I know better than to trust anything they say. Here it goes... 1) Is a filter that's cycled in a goldie tank good to be used in any other tank (community, nano, QT, etc.)? For some reason, I have it in my head that a goldie cycled filter can only be used for other goldies. Weird, I know. 2) Is goldfishconnection.com the ONLY place to buy Pro-Gold? 3) How is it that Pro-Gold pellets don't have air in them and don't need to be soaked like other pellets? 4) Why is it okay to have the pond version of Pro-Gold as floating pellets? Aren't my pond comets as likely to swallow air as are fancy goldies? 5) Are black orandas really that hard to find??? I've been shopping around for DAYS and haven't seen a single one!!! 6) Why doesn't my little baby pearlscale eat Repashy Soilent Green as well as my bigger comets do? The comets scarf it down in one bite, but the lil pearlscale just nibbles at it. I tried feeding him/her lil tiny bite-sized pieces but s/he just loses them and they end up all over the tank, so now I just leave it stuck to a plastic fork and let him/her nibble on it until it's gone. I feel like there are a couple more questions I've been wondering about, but I can't remember them at the moment. Thanks for your input!
  5. fortunately, bobby is still swimming normally and eating normally and seems perfectly fine. the surrounding tanks at the lfs looked fine, too. i was going to mention that previously but wasn't 100% sure that the water in surrounding tanks was being shared with all the tanks. now i know... he he. i hardly ever see any sick fish at my lfs.
  6. oh sorry, I only use prime in all of my tanks. everyone eats the same, gets a water change with prime at the same time. the only thing that is different is that the tropical tanks have heaters and the goldie tanks don't. bobby and pickles came from the same tank at the LFS. everyone in the tank looked and still looks healthy. (i have since gone back to get a couple rams and a cory cat for my community tank. )
  7. no problems in the other tanks. they came from endler/community tanks.
  8. the 20Long is temporary for the winter. i figured since they are/were so small it'd be okay for a short while. the comets are in the 29gal until their pond is ready again in the spring, and then bobby (and his future friend) will take over the 29gal. i just picked up a 55gal ($40!) that i haven't decided yet if it's gonna be a goldie tank or a tropical fish tank. it could be bobby's new home, and he could have even more friends! we shall see... the food mix is what i feed my endlers/tropical community tank. i also have omega one goldfish flakes (all flakes get soaked for at least a minute before i feed them), but i figured all the stuff in the endler mix would be good for the goldies, too. i've only had these goldie tanks set up for less than 2 weeks, so i'm learning as i go. can't wait until the repashy gets here!
  9. it's a 20 Long. i'll do a huge water change right now. anything else? is bobby out of danger?
  10. Pickles died. But, here is all the info just in case Bobby is in danger... even though he seems fine. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0-.25 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 5-10 * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-.25 * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~8.0 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit, drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 20, Tetra Whisper PF 10 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? just Seachem Prime during water changes * Water temperature? ~69-70 * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, ~50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days ago, ~50% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20L, been running since I added the pearlies to it about a week ago. the filters have been running on other established tanks for about 7 months. * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 pearlscale goldies (now just one ), Bobby is about the size of a quarter, Pickles was a little bigger * What do you feed your fish and how often? a mix of Golden Pearls 200-300 microns, Decapped Brine Shrimp, color flakes with Naturose, veggie flake, brine shrimp flake all from kensfish.com. once a day. i'd like to feed at least twice a day but i leave too early in the morning for work to feed them and i don't trust my partner to do it, lol. repashy gel foods should arrive in the mail by this weekend! * Any new fish added to the tank? nope, just the 2 pearlies. * Any medications added to the tank? nope * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): just seemed sad and tired since monday or tuesday. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? none * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? not eating, he hid under the leaves of one of the plants on monday. came out and slowly swam around since then so i thought he was doing better. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.
  11. I saw him like this when I woke up and checked the tanks today. what do I do for him?? does Bobby look okay?? I'll test the water soon, but I just checked it on Monday and it was fine.
  12. is algin okay to use instead of agar agar when making gel food? it's also algae-derived. has anyone ever tried it?
  13. Hi! I bought an Aquatop CF400-UV canister filter from Amazon (with free shipping!) when they (accidentally???) listed it at $17 about 3 months ago. It's just been sitting in my basement because I didn't have any tanks set up big enough to require using a canister filter. I just bought it because it was $17!! Anyway, now that I have 3 lil comets in a 29 gallon for the winter, I figured I'd pull it out and give it a shot. The directions are terrible for someone who's NEVER used or really even seen a canister filter in use! But, I managed to put it all together. And now I have to figure out what media to put in it. It has 3 media chambers, and it came with a blue coarse filter pad and 3 white fine filter pads. It suggests mechanical media (the blue pad and a white pad on top of it) in the bottom, chemical media (activated carbon?) in the middle, and bio media in the top. So what would be the best for 3 comets in a 29gal? I've read that most people don't use carbon because it's not necessary and that fluval biomax seems to be what people prefer for biomedia. How full should I fill each chamber? Do they go straight into the chambers or placed in a holding bag of some sort and then into the chamber? How often should I use the UV light? Also, I'm about to do water changes on my pearlie and comet tanks so I tested the water. Everything came out fine with the following results: pearlie tank (20 long): pH- 8.0 amm- 0-.25 nitrite- 0 nitrate- 10-20 comet tank (29 gal): pH- 7.4 (this is the lowest pH reading I've ever had on any of my tanks so I prolly made some sort of error) amm- 0-.25 nitrite- 0 nitrate- 10-20 I was wondering if having plants in the goldie tanks would help with the nitrates between weekly water changes. I saw a video on youtube that showed green foxtail in a ranchu tank that they didn't bother or eat. are there other plants they won't destroy? thanks in advance for your input! off to do the weekly cleanings!
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