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  1. I never knew it before I found Koko's but everyone here recommends doing several rounds of Prazi, which is a gentle medication that treats the fish for flukes. Apparently all fish have flukes all the time and can tolerate them at low levels. The recommendations I have seen are to do several rounds with aquarium salt when you first get your fish (there are 5 day and 7 day schedules) and several cycles need to be completed due to the life cycle of the flukes. Then people seem to do one treatment a month to keep the fluke population down. I never did this on my commons and I had them for five years. When I learned about it, I put them through the treatment and now I do once a month too. Sounds like you fish are doing great but I would bet a more experienced fish keeper would recommended the treatment. Apparently is is very gentle and safe. I am not sure what you can use in Canada as I know some countries have restrictions on medication. Someone will be able to give you a recommendation of what you can use at your location. Do you have pic of your fish?

  2. Best and easiest substrate to care for is Tahitian moon sand in my opinion. It has the look of sand, but is actually a fine gravel. It doesn't fly around like sand, and is dense enough that waste doesn't penetrate it as it will in sand. To clean you just hover above it. How big is your tank? I use a food grade grey trash can with lid and wheels called a brute. Pricey but well worth it. I wish I had two of them...and really do want a second one. Hefting five gallon buckets is starting to get difficult for me.

    I agree on the Tahitian moon sand. I switched from course gravel to sand and the sand seems to make a barrier so the gunk does not sink down the way the gravel did so I can get it cleaner. I also run my fingers or a slotted spoon through it once a week so no air pockets turn into toxic gas. Plus, it is pretty!

  3. I was just stopping by to check on your new fish. I am sure you are in good hands with Chelsea. I just had a PH crash a few weeks ago and was also in the Prazi QT process and my fish did something similar. Darting and hovering. Checked the PH and I was like "oh no!" Have you ever tried Gold Buffer? I am not sure if you can use it with your crushed coral but I have had great luck with it stabilizing my PH at 7.6 on all three of my tanks. When I do a 100% water change I dose accordingly. Same with a 50%. It makes me feel like I have control over it. I am very happy with the product (although the main ingredient is simply balking soda.) It helped with the every other day water changes too. If you want some I would be happy to send you some. I just bought a few bottles to stock up.

  4. Just a little update, no pine coning any more and there is no visible pink or red. His little head is covered in a thin white film but it it not getting fuzzy and it seems some of the black scales are growing back. We are doing well on the Metro Meds and his tank buddy has stopped bottom sitting! He still seems totally unaffected by all this and behaves normally, so fins crossed! I think he is going to be fine with clean water and the meds. Do I do the metro meds for 14 days? Just for the record, we are on day four. They seem to really think they are tasty.

  5. I am not a moderator or expert but you need something bigger than five gallons for a goldfish, even a small one, because they poop so much your water will be full of ammonia very very quickly. People here always suggest getting a plastic container, usually from the company called Sterilite because they are made of food safe plastic and will not harm your fish. You can get a cheap one for about $15 bucks until you get your bigger tank. Also, do you have an air stone and a filter? Good luck with your fish! Everyone here is very helpful so you are in the right place!

  6. There was a thread a few weeks ago about these. A lot of people put them in their HOB's because the tops can not be submersed so they can only be partially submersed. As far as creating a cutting, hopefully someone good with plants can advise you. From the sounds of it, you fish seems to be quite opinionated about how she likes to decorate! :lol:

  7. I'm not an expert but I am surprised you have nitrites and nitrates with a tank that has been only up for a few days. Did you use cycled media to get it started? Also, I would do a good water change because 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites is the best goal. I change my QT water every other day when the tank is uncycled. Also, every time I get a new fish, I keep the lights off on the tank for a few days to let them destress a little. You can also put a dark towel over part of the tank so the fish feels a bit more secure, helping reduce stress. I also try and put a bushy fake plant in there for the same reason. Not sure what is going on with your fish but it sure is cute!! Good luck!

  8. I love my Python. I think it is the best invention for water changes, it is not heavy or hard to use, as long as you can reach in to the tank you can clean the gravel. The user will have to have the dexterity to screw the connector on to a sink but it does not take any strength but you need to have decent finger movements. Some elderly people have arthritis that can make this hard. They are a little pricy but well worth the investment!

  9. I am just getting in to fancies and I am curious too. I have one moor that looks everywhere but the right place for food. It is pretty funny and i feed one, wait until his mouth is full, then drop a few more pellets in for this gal. She hand feeds just fine. My commons however, seem to be really precise with locating food. Well, except for Mitch. He's oblivious to everything...new tank, new cone feeder with delicious blood worms, garlic sea weed...He's like "whatever bro." I think of him as a mellow surfer type.

  10. Thanks Alex! I know I'm in good hands with your help! When I started the thread I was thinking, WWAD (what would Alex do?) :teehee I think I am going to have those made on rubber wrist bands for everyone! We could have different colors for different mods! Then, in my mind, I seed you conferring with Boss Lisa about all your patients!!! :rofl

  11. Woot woot! Pine coning gone yesterday! And apparently Metro Meds are delicious so no problems with getting them to eat! The white patch is still there but it looks "thinner" like it is healing. The buddy is back to normal. To be on the safe side and to avoid any ammonia issues, I am doing 100% water changes every other day and 25% alternately. Ugh, I am using buckets since I do not want to contaminate my python for my other tanks but we are lookig goo so far!

  12. Okay so I know this is for fancies but my commons are on six years (I had one growing up for 19 years) with substrate and I had 5 in a 29 gallon tank. I have three left now in a 55 with sand. They eat blood worms pro gold veggies sea weed shrimp pellets gel food and spirulina flakes. I try to keep the protien light some they are older and no longer growing. They look amazing since starting on the pro gold

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