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  1. Happy Spring! It's been a while since I've visited, but I'm so happy to have a freshly cleaned fish tank (and pump) today, as well as a happy, healthy fish (Bubbles, my ranchu) that I thought I'd say "hi!" to you all and share a photo. I'm still using the Tahitian black moon sand, but I've had to remove quite a bit of it to get rid of the stuff that keeps accumulating on top-- it's super hard to keep that black sand clean! I've also removed several of my river rocks, again to make it easier to clean. (The smaller rocks also keep disappearing into the sand due to Bubbles digging and moving the sand around.) I've kept a few large rocks to hold down the live plants--the anubias, ferns, and anacharis (which have a habit of breaking off into little bits and clogging the filter intake). By the way, the plants have just thrived under the new UV tank lights! And I've kept the bubble stone as a toy for Bubbles to play with. It's hard to see the piece of dark mopani wood in there, but I worked so hard to boil it to remove the tannins, that it's gonna be a part of my tank for a long while... Enjoy!
  2. Hi all! Here's an update on my goldfish, Bubbles! Another 8-9 months later, Bubbles has changed color again! At first, I was worried that Bubbles was ill when I saw white appearing behind the gills, but Bubbles seemed happy and healthy. After a week, Bubbles turned from all orange to mostly white with a few orange bits. Very cool!
  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Six years is a good long time for a goldfish--I bet he had a very happy life with you!
  4. Thank you! Bubbles changed color almost overnight when I started feeding him the Repashy gel food. My kids didn't believe it was the same fish, he changed color so quickly LOL! Thank you! I decided not to add a second fish to my (29 gal) tank, and I think it's made a big difference in Bubbles' overall health. Thanks! I think he's the healthiest fish I've ever had! The tips and advice from this forum have really helped.
  5. Happy Holidays, everyone! I've been away for a while, but I'm back for a bit, and ready to lurk around my favorite goldfish forums and see how everyone's doing! My little ranchu, Bubbles, has grown quite a bit over the past year and a half--I've included her/his baby pic with a current pic to see how much she/he's grown. In case you were wondering, I feed my fish Repashy Soilent Green, the occasional frozen bloodworms and peas, and Omega One pellets.
  6. Thank you so much for your help, Arctic Mama! I really appreciate it.
  7. Thank you so much for your expert advice! For the thorough cleaning, does that mean just scrubbing everything down in a bucket of Prime'd water, like I normally do? Also, what is colloidal silver and how do I use it? Does it need to be rinsed/scrubbed out afterwards? And finally, is 6-8 weeks in a 10 gallon QT tub going to negatively impact Bubbles's well-being? I mean, is there anything I should do to make it more comfortable for her? It's so small and dark and empty in there.
  8. Thanks for the support! Treasure was one of my favorite fish--she had a lot of personality. I wish I could've kept her alive longer. I want to do a better job with Bubbles.
  9. Sad news: my sweet, color changing fish, Treasure, passed away after a long illness. Her old tank mate, Skippy, died while we were away on vacation in Hawaii in June. I was not there to see Skippy pass, as she was being taken care of by an inexperienced fish sitter for 3 weeks. In hind site, I should have done a more thorough tank cleaning after Skippy passed away. Instead, I did a regular cleaning, then bought a new fish (Bubbles), put Bubbles through a 6 week QT in a 10 gallon tub, then introduced the new fish to my main tank. I gave the main tank (29 gallons) two rounds of a prazi treatment. Anyways, I've noticed that Treasure gradually lost her appetite and energy, and last week, she swelled up and pineconed out big time, and died two days ago. I removed Bubbles to my 10 gallon QT bucket with an air disk and started her on a prazi treatment. So my main tank is now empty of fish (while Bubbles is in QT) but full of live plants, fake plants, river rocks, an air stone, mopani wood, and black Tahitian sand. This time, I want to properly clean the tank before putting Bubbles back into it. At this point, should I throw everything away and start over/re cycle the tank? What do you recommend I do after losing 2 fish in the last 6 months?
  10. I bought a small piece of mopani wood at PetSmart and boiled it several times in a large pot to leach out the tannins. It took about 6 rounds of boiling before the water ran clear. I've had the wood in my tank for over a year and it hasn't colored the water at all. The two biggest problems I have with the mopani wood is that it permanently stained the pot I used to boil it, and the wood is rough on the back so the brown algae is much harder to scrub off during water changes. Otherwise, I really like the look of the natural wood in the tank. Even though it's a small piece, it sinks and sits easily on the bottom of the tank where I place it in front of the airstone.
  11. I've also used this sand. It sinks quickly after being stirred up. If you have a bubbler or strong current in your tank, the sand can settle on leaves and rocks and build up little sand piles. My fish also like to sift through it endlessly. They've never choked on sand.
  12. Very cute mollies and tank setup! Most of our local fish stores seem to specialize in saltwater fish and tanks, especially gorgeous corals. I'm thinking of starting a second saltwater tank with mollies, too. How easy are mollies to take care of, compared to goldfish?
  13. East coast ranchu Sent from my Z963VL using Tapatalk Thanks for the info.
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