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Andrea

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  1. Unfortunately I'm living in the other end of the country otherwise I'll give you guys some young ranchus. Anyway as a start if anyone living in the West would like some 2-3 cm quality home bred Thai ranchu, please PM me. I can arrange them to be picked up at a Shopping center nearby (postcode 6148/6155).

    Any takers?

    Ohhhhh...I want ranchus. You wouldn't consider moving to tassie would you? LOL....only kidding.

    Can't get any decent fish here due to stupid quarantine rules.

    Living in Perth is better..lol. Thru' those imports I got in 2011, I've successfully built my ranchu army, (next project will be tvrs and orandas) now I'm planning to do some charity by giving away my youngsters to hobbyist in Perth. I'm not set up to do shipping yet but if you ever come to Perth do look me up and don't forget to bring your packaging gears too. :)

    If I ever move to Perth I'll definitely look you up, the Ranchu's in your sig are gorgeous. Or if you ever move to Sydney make sure you advertise it on here ;)

  2. I checked out livefish and got the impression they were just generic photos, which I just find very strange and I don't like it. It's good if you can't get good fish near you or a particular type, but besides that I would always like to personally pick my own fish and see it before I buy it!

    Good to have all those links though Helen :)

  3. I hate to mention this but your post brought back some painful memories. In Nov 2011 we brought in a large shipment of Thai high end ranchus (svr) orandas and young tvrs ( 24 x) thru' her. She lost 21 of our tvrs at her premises due to some "mysterious" parasitic infestations.(won't even show us all the pics of the dead ones) Luckily our svr and oranda got to Perth safely. Alex should remember this. Anyway I agreed her gold fish pricing are a huge rip off. They don't look that great either.

    Really? That's awful. :(

    I've seen fish very similar to that out my way for much cheaper. They are lovely fish but yeah I wouldn't pay that much and I'm a bit scared of getting a fish shipped to me. I just don't think I would personally ever do it, but that's just me :)

    Lucky, the majority of fish stores have since closed out my way, it's really quite depressing actually. I have heard there's a really good store out Asquith way and somewhere further north up around Lismore (I think from memory), but the latter is so far away from Sydney that it hardly seems worth the voyage. :rofl

    Guess it depends on what part of Sydney you are from. I've heard some good things about some fish shops in places like Surry Hills, Auburn, etc but never been. One fish shop near me has often got quite good goldies in, rare types occasionally, but not all the time. Their saltwater fish standard/care is really slipping lately so I'm becoming a bit wary of them however.

  4. Whew! I did notice it straight after the feeding, I mean within seconds. But maybe it's the pellets or the smallest possibility my pond snail, Bob :blink:

    I have the heater on 26 degrees but because of the minimal water flow, I notice that sometimes parts of the water only get up to about 24. Would you recommend to turn the heater up a bit to combat this?

    Thanks Narny. You're a life/stress saver haha, now I can just go back to enjoying Albus :) But I'll keep an eye on this too.

  5. Seems like I'm only introducing my new fish on here whenever there is a problem :(

    I recently brought a new betta, after losing Klaus the other week when he decided to jump out of his tank at night. I have the tank all sealed now and brought Albus on Thursday. I've just noticed today under his head/gills is a bit swollen. I'm not sure if is anything to worry about, but I am admittedly worried :(

    • * Ammonia Level (tank): 0
    • * Nitrite Level (tank): 0
    • * Nitrate level (Tank): 10
    • * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0
    • * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0
    • * Nitrate level (Tap): 0
    • * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.6
    • * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Brand of test kit (drops or strips): API Liquid test drops
    • * Filter name and size (GPH/LPH): Hailea internal filter, it does 60lph, but I have the outake tube facing towards the glass, so there is little water flow
    • * Additives and conditioners: Prime and I was adding Stability to keep my cycle going whilst there was no fish in there (for about a week)
    • * Water temperature (With or without heater- please specify): 24-26 degrees
    • * Last water change date: Last Thursday
    • * Tank size (Gallons or litres): 20 litres
    • * Fish in the tank (species and number): 1 betta and 1 pond snail

    • * Any new fish added into the tank: Albus is new, brought his last Friday, but the only fish in there
    • -If Yes: Were they quarantined? No
    • -If Yes: Quarantine period and process (meds added): No
    • * List prior health issues in tank: He has a bit of fin rot, but was like that in the shop
    • * Medications previously added to the tank: None for Albus
    • * Medications on hand: Aquarium salt

    Affected fish information:

    • * Diet- brand and amount/duration of feeding: I feed him about 2-3 pellets per day, yesterday I didn't feed him, today I feed him about 4 bloodworms and that is when I noticed the swelling
    • * Any unusual behaviour such as nipping, bottom sitting, etc: He seems fine, swims very quickly and randomly at times
    • * Any unusual findings on fish and in tank: Swollen abdomen
    • * Affected fish in quarantine or in main tank: Main tank
    • * Current medications being used on affected fish: Nothing
    • * Previous medications used to treat affected fish: Nothing
    • * If any, list previous health issues and treatment protocols taken: None
    • * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video.

    The first two photos are from the first day I got him, while the last two are from just now with the definite swollen belly.

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    I really really hope this isn't dropsy :( I wasn't even going to get another betta and I'll be devastated if I lose another one. I really hope he'll be ok. Please help. There is no pine coning that I can see, but is all underneath so it's hard to see.

    I haven't seen my pond snail for a few days now, is it crazy to think he could have eaten him? If he bit him we is probably small enough to be eaten in a few bites, but probably not.

    Anyway this is Albus everyone, my new betta, my new stress in life haha.

  6. Very nice, I bet he is one happy guy! I would love to plant my betta tank that much, but don't have any luck with plants. Do you siphon that tank with all those plants? If so, do you find it hard?

    Thanks! You should go for it :)!! I'm finding the plants surprisingly easy, I just use a lamp from ikea with a 24 watt bulb, I think the general rule for plants is 3 watts per gallon? (Some one correct me if I'm wrong.) I did make a tiny siphon from a plastic tube and some airline tube, which made it easy to get in between the plants. I haven't really bothered siphoning recently, because I find I'm not really picking much up.

    I brought a clip on aquarium light so hopefully I'll have more luck now. But was having to do siphons because of all the dead plant muck haha. I'd love mine to look like yours :)

  7. Very nice, I bet he is one happy guy! I would love to plant my betta tank that much, but don't have any luck with plants. Do you siphon that tank with all those plants? If so, do you find it hard?

  8. Yes! I would! I had my betta for months, nothing wrong with the water (as far as I could see/test), there was only a tiny gap in between the lid and the tank and I woke up to him very dead on the floor.

    I wouldn't risk it. There is nothing wrong with having a lid and as you said they are jumpers. The last thing you want to do is experience what I did :(

  9. Will my tank remained cycled without a fish in it? I can add stuff to it if needed. The snail is about the size of a small pinky finger fingernail, maybe a bit smaller, I have no idea what type of snail he is.

    We'll do anything we can to help :)

    But yes, the cycle probably will need some sort of waste to feed on in the meantime.. The snail will produce some, but it's likely that a good part of the cycle might die off in the mean time. When you decide to add another fish, there's a chance that will cause a cycle bump. You might want to consider adding some fish food or ammonia to keep the cycle strong.

    I hope I helped some :)

    Thank you for clearing that up :)

    I hate to see the tank go to waste and I can't get rid of my little snail friend, just have to be a bit more ready so hopefully I can keep my cycle going till then. I imagine I'll see a bit of a bump but.

  10. May I ask why he shouldn't add 'bacteria'? I imagine he means good bacteria that comes in bottles, like Seachem's Stability. I add this every time I do a water change, isn't this a good thing? Don't mean to hijack the thread

    Also wait for a mod to confirm, but they mean more like 50% twice weekly, the more you can do the better in this situation.

    Andrea, it's simply not necessary to add good bacteria at every water change. Once your cycle has established, it should be more than sufficient to take care of all the ammonia and nitrite produced. Adding these supplements doesn't accomplish anything, except to cost money.

    Thanks for clearing that up Alex, just another one for them to get my money :undecided:

  11. May I ask why he shouldn't add 'bacteria'? I imagine he means good bacteria that comes in bottles, like Seachem's Stability. I add this every time I do a water change, isn't this a good thing? Don't mean to hijack the thread :)

    Also wait for a mod to confirm, but they mean more like 50% twice weekly, the more you can do the better in this situation.

  12. Thanks guys, it helps to know you all understand.

    It was so horrible to see him lying there, barely even looked like him. I still have the tank set up with the lights on for the plants, it's horrible walking in there and not seeing his beautiful white and red body.

    I can't imagine why he jumped or what he went through afterwards :(

    If I get a new one, I'm definitely making sure there is no way out! There was only a small gap where the glass can't go as I have a clip on light there, but it runs across the whole tank and that's all it takes I guess as he was tiny! Might put up mesh or something there, I'd hate to see the tank go to waste as I tried to make it a lovely home for him :(

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