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mermaidkitten

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  1. He is gorgeous! Hope he feels better soon!
  2. Haha yes. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like their are many that can be placed on driftwood (anubias, java fern, windelov fern, not sure what else??) or by themselves (I only have moss balls). There are a lot of different types of anubias so I think I might be relying on that a bit, but it'd be nice to have a variety of textures... I was thinking of saving up for some sort of floating plant like Water Sprite but that might be a bit annoying when I'm pouring buckets of water in at water changes... Save up for a python! They are awesome for water changes and NO BUCKETS!!!!!! Your tank is beautiful! When can I move in?
  3. So sad. I am sorry. I don't even walk past the Bettas at the pet stores any more since it turns my stomach to see them so unhappy. I have a hard time refraining from buying them just to take them home and make them feel better too. I just avoid that aisle all together.
  4. Hope your fish feels better! Good luck! You are in good hands here!
  5. So mine have always slept in the same spot in the same order, big fish on the outside, the only male in the middle, like the ladies are his escort. This is a cruddy pic in our old tank but they always line up like this and still do it in our big tank. Thankd for not making me feel like a wierdo for taking pictures of my fish when the sleep!!! I love this place!!
  6. Thanks for the thread, I have noticed this same poop issue with my commoms since switching to pro gold. What is NLS?
  7. Beautiful fish! One of mine has a huge divot in his head from whacking it on the filter (I saw him do it) and it has never filled in so I guess it is a scar. I hope you get to the bottom of your fish problem. He looks very happy and really enjoys eating!
  8. Ooh! Go check out Solid Goldfish! She has a blog and tons of You tube videos about tank decorating and her taste is lovely!!!
  9. I just lost one too and it feels so neglectful on my part. I really hope your fish feel better!
  10. Looks great. The 55 will be so much better. I lost three in the past year from over stocking/rapid growth/not knowing any better. Here are my feeders from the carnival a year ago in their 39 gallon and in their new 55, and they still look huge to me. One is 13" long and are in a new 55 gallon thank and they are so much happier and their water quality is great. I thin k commons are beautiful! They have a lot of personality too. Next stop....75 gallons, then, I have to get a pond!
  11. Jumbo would talk slow and deep like hes dumb even though he isnt. Midge would be high pitch and annoying and Chubs would not stop asking for food over and over and over again. Funny to think about! Thanks for starting the thread!
  12. I have always felt that I am a common girl. Okay that's quite far from the truth in terms of personality because I am often described as "quirky" or "eccentric" and (behind my back I am sure) just plain strange. In a lovable way, of course! But, in terms of goldfish I have only ever had commons. I had one for 20 years and when I was a teenager, I had three fish tanks in my little bedroom (and two rat cages but that is a whole different blog.) I had one fancy fish for about one day and it died right away. I always felt that the fancy fish were beyond my taste and ability. Now that I have moved my commons from my bedroom to the living room, in their 55 gallon tank, I realize that my bedroom is sort of quite and lonely. Okay, not that lonely, since I am surrounded by dogs at all times, but finned loneliness.I have wanted to get some black moors for some time and have been casing the local chain store deciding on which fish to pick. Every other day there were fewer and fewer of them. Last week I was talking to "my fish guy" there and he told me they were having a hard time keeping them alive. One look a the tank and there was the classic over stocked and complete encyclopedia of goldfish illnesses. They were down to three moors. I was only planning on two but the sort of brown one with gold dragon type eyes was not looking so good. I already had the QT tank cleaned and ready to go so they came home with me. I have had them for a week and oh my are they different than commons. First of all, they are little (about an inch and a half) and all three are so excitable and curious. They swim funny, by my standards, with their little shimmy. They love searching the bottom of the tank. They follow each other around like a little gang. They love food. Their little mouths are so darn cute I just can't stand it. When they sleep they look as if they are suspended in air, blissfully. They are in the Prazi/salt process and even after a day or two they have started to look healthier, fins not torn, white spots gone. I just can't wait to get them into their new Zen themed tank. So, instroducing my first time, not so common moors...It's a little blurry but THEY NEVER STOP MOVING!!! I have added a pic of my not so common commons as well. Jumbo and Bumps are visible, Midge is blocked by Jumbo's 13" of pure fish!
  13. I just upgraded too! I went from a 39 gallon to a 55 (getting a 75 next week since my fish are HUGE!)I tested the tank for leaks, added my new Eheim 2217 canister, let it sit for a few days to let the temperature match the environment, made sure my temp and PH matched, moved my HOB's on the new tank, and then struggled with getting my 13" common into the new tank (thought I was going to have to call someone from Monster Fish Keepers over to help as he was NOT happy with being caught.) I have been testing the water perimeters daily and aside from a drastic reduction of nitrates (the reason the upgrade was needed) every thing seems fine (and trust me I was very nervous about this change over.) Plus, it was so much fun watching how differently my three fish responded to their new home. One took a few days of not noticing before he realized he could really swim faster in this large tank, one was just delighted right away and started exploring, and one did not seem to notice at all and was more concerned with trying to find snacks. Aside from a slight haze in the water (possibly from the additional air stones?) that lasted a day and the bubbles on the glass from the newly filled tank, everything went smoothly. Congrats and good luck!!
  14. Thanks for starting this thread! I saw someone had these sticking out of their filter and they looked lovey and if they help with nitrates in in!
  15. Thanks for the info! I love how I learn more and more about my fish health every day I am on the forum...of course I hope I never have to see this in my fish again!!
  16. Sorry about your fish. I am not an expert at all but could the "c" shape or curled fish be nitrate poisoning? I see your readings said zero but your test strips are known to be inaccurate. I had (prior to getting more educated on stocking levels) seven county faire fish in a 20 gallon and Over time I lost three from nitrate poisoning and all three had this same symptom...curled up so to speak until I researched it and came to that conclusion. By the way one of my commons is now almost thirteen inches long. They get quite big! You will get awesome advise here so you came to the right place!
  17. I dream about fish at least once a week. I rarely remember dreaming about anything else. With my constant bouts of insomnia I lay with the lights out just watching my goldfish, wanting for sleeping and welcoming dreams. Sometimes the fish dreams are relaxing and I wake up feeling centered and content. Sometimes they are upsetting the residue after waking is panic and upset. Either way, why always fish? When I have the relaxing dreams, I can feel the cool of the water, the sensation of another goldfish tail across my side, the desire to simply swim and be. They are mostly from the perspective of the fish. Plot-less yet fulfilling. The unsettling dreams involve some type of rescue of an exotic fish. The glowing strange shaped fish in a dark tank in a basement that I am attracted to and want to save but terrified of at the same time. And it talks, but only to me and not in words. There is the other one that actually wakes me up. My dad and I walking through some Arizona desert into an abandoned adobe style house, open and tumble weeds throughout. It looks as if a pet store was also abandoned as there are algae dried tanks placed in rows. We think “how sad” until he spots the little flicker of life of a dried up white fish of some type. We pour and pour water into the tanks until they are revived to lush fish tanks of exotic fish, but they all look happy but haunted and angry and odd, as if resurrected. The feeling it leaves me with is chilling. And, I have never been to Arizona in my life…. I have had these dreams my whole life. Why fish? Is it because I am a Pisces? That for as long as I remember I have had (at least one) a fish tank in my bedroom? That my daily wax and wane is always to a tank full of goldfish? Was I a fish in another life? Fish Dream Meaning Psychological Meaning: Fish can represent insights into the unconscious. (The unconscious is represented by the sea). Jung said that fish are often symbols used by the dream to describe psychic happenings or experiences that suddenly dart out of the unconscious and have a frightening or redeeming effect. Fish caught in a net and brought to the surface may represent insights emerging into the light of consciousness. Fish are also a common symbol of fertility. Your dream may be indicating that you are experiencing a period of personal growth. Fish are a product of the emotions and intuition as opposed to the materialistic earthbound approach to life. Mystical Meaning: A fish is a symbol for Christ and they have also been used as a symbol by many other religions to represent divinity. They are the spiritual abundance that feeds everyone. Your dream may be a mystical insight into your divine potential. Hidden Meaning of Dreams by author Craig Hamilton-Parker. Dream interpretation for Fish Dream Meaning Symbol is Copyright Photo Credit: Greene and Blue Fish by Georgie Greene
  18. They are beautiful! I just got my first black moore and I have never had any fancy goldfish just commons. They are a delight to watch!
  19. Sad update. Yesterday her mouth was almost swollen shut (mouth open but the inside was nearly totally constricted) and she was pale and listless. Even though her fins and scales were healing nicely I have not seen any improvement in her mouth, only decline. She would not hand or syringe feed. It seems that whatever she had really effected her face and head as it got even more swollen. For the past few days she would just bump into the filter intake over and over like she had no clue what she was doing I have a feeling somehow her brain was damaged in all this. Needless to say, I feel that she was really suffering and did not have any more fight in her. Her quality of life has been awful for the past two months, bordering on cruel. I euthanized her yesterday afternoon. I sat with her the whole time and she did not seem to suffer at all. She was such a lovely girl and now I hope her little spirit is swimming somewhere with her other tank make that died several months ago. Thanks to everyone here for the help and support. In the mean time I got the other fish in their new 55 gallon so they can have more room and better water quality. Next month they are getting a 75 gallon tank and fins crossed, they will not out grow this one!
  20. I have no idea about the heater but I LOVE you fish names!!!
  21. Thanks everyone! I will test my tap nitrates tomorrow. I just can't get them any lower and that my be why! I just thought it was because the are so cramped in the tank they are in. I totally took the day off work so I could work on the tank. Is that wrong? I will also look into some plants. I had a moss ball once and I swear they took a chainsaw to it when I was at work.
  22. Thanks! Suction cups! I stole the idea from the girl from the Solid Goldfish blog her tank is awesome! It's still cloudy becuase I just put the moon sand in. I painted little glow in the dark dots so at night it looks like stars. It came out way better than I thought.
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