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Linzi Glitter

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  1. There is a LOT of research on goldfish learning, you should do some reading. The nice thing about animal behavior research is that the papers are pretty easy to read. Goldfish certainly learn from negative stimuli. Have you ever removed a fish from a tank and then gone back with the same net (or whatever) and tried to catch another? Unless your fish are very different from mine, they respond with fear to simply observing that something bad happened to another fish. A fish, or any other animal, doesn't have to understand the concept of punishment to respond to it. If an animal repeats actions that have negative effects, it's likely to win a "Darwin Award." There is a LOT of research on goldfish learning, you should do some reading. The nice thing about animal behavior research is that the papers are pretty easy to read. Goldfish certainly learn from negative stimuli. Have you ever removed a fish from a tank and then gone back with the same net (or whatever) and tried to catch another? Unless your fish are very different from mine, they respond with fear to simply observing that something bad happened to another fish. A fish, or any other animal, doesn't have to understand the concept of punishment to respond to it. If an animal repeats actions that have negative effects, it's likely to win a "Darwin Award." Could you please link me to some of these articles? I haven't been able to find any on goldfish specifically, and am super interested!
  2. You definitely don't need a heater for goldfish, but lots of people have them for various reasons. I have a heater stable at 21*C (70*F), and they are lot more active than when the temp would dip down to 12*C (54*F). But them main thing to consider with temperature is that you are feeding them appropriately - As Scurrie mentioned, colder water= slower metabolism = they need less food.
  3. This is awesome! It feels like there is so much goldfish misinformation that it always makes me happy when there is a chance to change some misconceptions! You've already had many great suggestions above, and I think the Nitrogen cycle would definitely be of interest to chem people. People are often surprised when they learn how big goldfish can get and how long they can live with proper care, so I think it's worth including this, and you could link it to stocking guidelines and the Nitrogen cycle nicely. Goldfish learning and memory might be something interesting to discuss! There aren't many articles on goldfish specifically, but there are some on other species of fish, and plenty of youtube videos as Georgia suggested above! Good luck!
  4. I followed Tithra's advice and got mine at one of those tobacco shops (accurate to 0.1grams). They gave me a $10 discount because they thought it was so cute that I was weighing my goldfish food
  5. Perhaps you're right. I'm kind of good at mega sugarcoating things I will see if I can fit it in somewhere. Thanks!!! Lol yes a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
  6. As someone who used to squeal and jump through the roof when a fish touched me during water changes, I completely understand that reluctance to weigh them. But it's not that difficult, I promise! If I can do it, you definitely can! And it's so worth it - I was drastically underfeeding before I weighed my fish, and they have grown and become more vibrant since I changed that!
  7. I experienced a nerve wracking month or so after introducing a new fish. All of the previous goldfish I introduced were friends straight away, but Nightshade was was really bossy. He would relentlessly chase Panda, who I suppose was the leader. I don't think it was breeding behaviour, because it was much, much worse around feeding time. So I started scooping him up and feeding him seperately in a container, which was annoying, but after I stopped this a week or so later, feeding time was much calmer. Then there were a few days where things turned around and Panda suddenly started bullying him really badly (so weird, because I had never seen her be anything but peaceful and friendly!). After that everything was fine and has been for several months now. So I think sometimes it just takes a little while for them to sort out who is the boss. But definitely keep an eye out for signs of stress, I think it's better to seperate them than to compromise their health!
  8. It's also worth remembering that the stocking guidelines are a maximum, but it is perfectly ok (and I think preferrable) to understock. Trust me, with so many beautiful goldfish in the world, we all understand how tempting it is to get as many goldfish as possible! But long term it is easer to provide a happy and healthy life for your fish when your tank is understocked
  9. He is beautiful! Perhaps it is worth giving some friendly feedback once you get him home. Nothing nasty, just something like, thankyou, he's home safe and beautiful as a sunrise etc etc etc but I found the auction a little stressful because the process / deadline was unclear to me. They can't improve it if they don't know it's not working optimally!
  10. I see colour change as an adventure, but don't give up hope on him keeping his colour! I have an uncoloured / bronze / wild type "feeder" comet called Gumshoe. Since I found Koko's, I have slowly been learning more and improving the care of my fish, and Gummy has become more and more metallic gold like your fish. So maybe care and feeding play a role? I mean if Repashi can give white fish a yellow tinge, it's not a big stretch that it can make bronze fish more golden!
  11. One Eye is so beautiful, even with one eye! I would have been so tempted to call him Pirate! I love butterflies, and never thought I would find any in Australia. But lovely Helen pointed me in the right direction, and now I know that there are gorgeous, beautiful butterflies for sale in a variety of amazing colours, right around the corner from my house... But I'm fully stocked! Torturous!
  12. Thanks so much Alex, it's been so awesome to have your perspective and help with this. I think you're right, it's probably just him as an individual. He's not a particularly 'well bred' fish (you might have noticed that the top lobes of his caudal are fused), so it's entirely possible he has internal genetic faults as well. But I love him heaps anyway! :wub I will give him the best possible care, and hopefully he will still live a long happy life!
  13. Another video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glsSwqc6opk&feature=youtu.be This one features the 'weird behaviour' that prompted me to start this thread in the first. He isn't momentary getting stuck sideways in space here like he does sometimes, but you will see the repetitive up and down behaviour, gulping air at the top and crashing face-first into the gravel. It seems easier for him to go up than down. I have had reason to suspect that he has low vision, so maybe that's why he crashes into the ground. But is this normal? None of the other fish do this, although some of them occasionally gulp air too. Would you expect to see this after 6 rounds of Prazi? Does he seem sort of listless to you? He just doesn't seem to have the same vitality as the others either.
  14. You missed one Alex: - Misinformation I was told by my lfs that the bacteria are in the water column and if I change too much water I will destroy my cycle
  15. Video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgiXl2zqlCI&feature=youtu.be Sorry about the poor quality, but it's really the best I can do. It doesn't help that he is black and the background is dark! The 'spot' is on his right side (you can occasionally see it when he swims toward the right side of the tank maybe best at 1.13ish), and it is about mid-body, kind of under the front of his dorsal fin. It is fading, and really hard to see in this vid due to the quality. At 1.26 I really thought he was going to sit, that is where he likes to sit, and that is how he settles down on the bottom. lol at 0.53 when Panda tries to steal the spotlight, they all wanted to get in on the glory
  16. Just started round 6 today. The video is on its way, I promise! Thanks, I'm really regretting the whole semester of procrastination now!
  17. It's hard to say how much time is spent bottom sitting, because my life is super busy atm with final papers due for uni, I haven't been around as much. Also because when I approach the tank or even walk past he gets up and swims to the front to say hello. But when I'm chilling on the couch, he will sit on and off for an hour or more (mostly siting, but swimming around a little). The dangly part of that funny spot has disappeared and all that is left is a kind of blemish (not really even a sore). A small white patch appeared on his tail, doesn't look like a grain of salt, more blurry if that makes sense. Will try to get a video up today, I'm just technologically unadvanced so will need to rope in my housemate for help!
  18. Update: Just began my 5th round of Prazi Pro, salt has been at 0.1% and have been following the schedule religiously, with 75% water changes each time. The two worst affected fish have had 3 salt dips at 3%, and the other fish have had one 1% dip and one 3% dip. There is still a lot of bottom sitting in the tank, from Nightshade, and to a lesser extent two other fish. Two tears in Nightshade's dorsal fin have joined together, so he is now missing quite a large chunk of fin. I think it's getting worse not better, but I'm not quite sure. Is this what fin flukes do to fish? (the white flecks are hard water / salt marks, I just figure I will polish the outside of the tank up again once I'm done with the salt and super frequent water changes!) http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/lcgillard/Nightshade-dorsal_zps1e87aaf1.jpg Today I also noticed something freaky - it appears like a little sore (the bronze under his velvety black is showing through) and there appears to be something attached and dangling out of it, like a cotton thread or a spider web. These are the best pics I could get, my camera is stuck on a weird setting, and I've circled in red so you can tell it apart from the water marks. http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/lcgillard/Nightshade-growth2PAINT_zps7024effe.jpg http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/lcgillard/Nightshade-growthPAINT_zpsd14ca1f8.jpg What is this?
  19. lol is this the hidden part of D&D? After your treatment has been effective and your fish are healthy, Alex recommends candy?!
  20. So many lols in this thread! That's fab that your hubby is on board, and sticking with it! My partner likes the fish, thinks they are cute and totally supports me - but isn't interested in water changes at all! When I'm not sure about something I will explain it to get a second opinion, and am usually met with "I'm not sure, maybe you should ask Koko?"
  21. When I was researching Repashy before I started feeding it, I came across quite a few reviews from people who said their fish initially reacted like this - eating it, spitting it out, eating it again etc. Perhaps they are not used to the texture? Anyway, it's such a high quality food, it's worth giving a chance to see if they get used to it!
  22. I don't have fry, but that's so nice of you! Sharing is caring!
  23. Thank you! *fingers crossed* Should I be salt dipping every fish or just the ones with the symptoms? And should I be salt dipping before each round of Prazi? Really want to smash those flukes!
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