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  1. Lis your goldies are looking fabulous! I've been trying to message you about something (having a bit of a fish rehoming crisis)... it says you can't receive more messages because your inbox is full... would you mind messaging me when you get this please. Lovely to see an update on your fish!
  2. Hi everyone! Apologies I've been a bit AWOL over the last 18 months, it's been a bit of a busy one. In a nutshell we've recently bought a Narrowboat to live on (I know, I think we've gone mad), and so sadly this means we can no longer keep our beloved goldies. This is a shame because I've finally got my dream tank, a 6ft 400l rimless aquarium with aubergine coloured cabinet, but there's no way this can go on a narrowboat so sadly it will have to go. Even more sadly is that I'll have to rehome the fish - since I've moved to this area about 18 months ago I've had major problems with the water (big pH swings) and as a result I've lost a few fish and have a couple who now have significant buoyancy problems. The only two fish that are unaffected are Matcha, my lovely calico oranda who I've had for around 3 yrs, and Stephen the Fry, an orange single tail who is Matchas fry (although he's about 2 yrs old now so he's not exactly a fry anymore!). This is a long shot but I don't want to rehome them to just anyone and was wondering if any of you Kokonuts with enough tank space and experience would be willing to take them on? Dependent on distance I'd deliver them to your house along with food etc.. Matcha spawns every 2-4 wks so would be ideal for breeding. Something important to note is that they did have what looked suspicious of ich a few months back after the introduction of a new fish (which I quarantined for 4 wks with no apparent problems!), I treated the whole tank but I'd still recommend quarantining them before introducing them to any of your fish. They're up to date with fluke treatment. Please let me know if you're interested or you know of anyone who would be. I'll upload some photos shortly. Kate x
  3. Love my Fluval FX6, it's all I've ever known so I couldn't imagine having a non-self-priming filter!
  4. What is the status on your little guys? Are they ok? Hi guys sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately both the calico oranda and broadtail moor died. However the kirin ranchu survived qt and is now thriving in the main tank. I wonder if the pH issues I've been having since I moved house contributed to the loss of the other two fish... anyway everyone is doing well currently so fingers crossed. The new tank will be arriving this month so I'll get some photos when it does
  5. Thanks Jenna Everyone is much perkier now... it must be the sudden ph change after a w/c... they're due a w/c but I'm scared of doing it now, which seems very counterintuitive to me! My immediate response whenever the fish weren't looking too great was to do a huge w/c, poor things I had no idea that was making them worse!! I'll have to do several smaller w/cs a week now, but I just don't know how I'm going to fit that in, I spend so much time at work now and on call, it's getting me down.
  6. Oh my gosh they are beautiful!! I do love a chu
  7. Hi guys, I'm having trouble with my tank, I don't know what's going on and I feel really upset. I had a tank full of beautiful healthy fish before I moved house a few months ago, and since the move they've just not been right, it's been one thing after another. Yesterday I had to put my lovely ranchu, Crumpet, to sleep after ongoing non-resolving buoyancy issues, you can read his thread here http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/123093-ranchu-having-buoyancy-issues/. The current issue is that whilst my chu was in qt I did a maintenance fluke treatment on the main tank as it hadn't been done since I moved house (I use Kusuri, flubendazole). The main tank at this time consisted of my big female oranda Matcha, my ryukin Jeremy, my fry Stephen (April spawn of oranda and ryukin), and a newly added little kirin ranchu that was added to the tank a few weeks ago after a 6 wk qt with the usual salt, Kusuri etc and no signs of ill health. First 'round' of kusuri in the main tank I noticed some streaks in my ryukins tail and some little holes in the fry's fins, but otherwise nothing abnormal, I assumed they had a reasonably heavy fluke burden and so after 4 days did another 'round'. The morning after everyone apart from the new ranchu was sulking, my oranda had red streaky fins, as did my fry as far as I could tell with his colouring, and my ryukin was worst affected with very streaky tail and fins and has since developed tears in his tail which now seem to be resolving. This was a few days ago, and I've been adding melafix daily since to aid healing and prevent any secondary bacterial infection setting in. They soon perked up but everyone still has streaky fins. This morning they were all chasing round the tank, my female oranda was spawning. Here's my main concern; I've come home this evening to find my new ranchu bottom sitting, he frantically swims to eat when fed but then plops back to the bottom again, he was absolutely fine this morning, the others seem fine apart from my ryukin who seems a bit less active than usual. I tested the water and everything is zero, but the thing that concerns me is that my tank pH is about 8.2 whilst the tap is around 7.6... I did a 90% w/c yesterday... how could it have risen in the tank? Is this pH swing causing all my problems? Here's the form: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master drops * Water temperature? Around 20 degrees C, but has been fluctuating recently due to my heater breaking * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 US gallons, 2 yrs * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval FX6 * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly at least 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 80-90% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4; large oranda, large-ish ryukin, medium fry and small baby ranchu * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API Stress Coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Mixture of soaked pellets (saki hikari and hiker lionhead) and gel food (repashey soilent green), and occasionally peas and FBW although not as much FBW recently as have run out * Any new fish added to the tank? One ranchu approx 3 weeks ago * Any medications added to the tank? Two rounds kusuri (flubendazole) and daily melafix over past few days, described above * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. As above. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Ryukins tail and fins covered in bloody streaks and frayed, body also appears reddened * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Ranchu bottom sitting. I'm really worried about these guys, I was devastated to lose Crumpet yesterday and I don't want to lose any more. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Oh my gosh, I think you've stolen my little nymph fry, Stephen?!
  9. The calico oranda isn't looking too good now, I'm not having much luck with this lot
  10. Kate89

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    Lovely!! So colourful and busy!
  11. Thanks Sharon. Fingers crossed the oranda and ranchu will be ok.
  12. I found the broadtail moor dead this morning, no idea why, was active and eating well last night
  13. Temperature has dropped from about 23-24 to 18-19 degrees C. Maybe I have been overfeeding, I've now much reduced it.
  14. Guys I'm worried. Crumpet has been in a qt tub for the past week as his floatiness got worse. I have been feeding him peas only but he still hasn't done a proper poo. There's a heater in qt with him and the increased temp seems to have increased his activity but he's still floaty when resting, so no improvement there. I've ordered some duckweed but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm worried he may have an internal infection, and I'm also worried that he hasn't pooed. Is there anything else I should be doing? Would epsom help? Should I start antibiotics? I have metro meds but worry about feeding him pellets when he's so constipated.
  15. Love the minimalist look! And your fish are gorgeous
  16. My fish have always been kept with a heater at around 22 degrees C. Recently my heater broke which I thought wouldn't be an issue for the reasons you describe, but it would seem that the reduced temperature is causing my ranchu and ryukin some digestive issues (see this thread http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/123093-ranchu-having-buoyancy-issues/) so I'm now thinking I will have to replace the heater.
  17. Hi guys I'm looking into heating options for my new tank, and as the tank is going to be rimless and background-less and quite minimalist I would like an equally inconspicuous heater. Initially I was considering a Hydor in-line heater http://www.hydor.com/eng/prodotti-tecnici/heaters/heater-for-external-canister-filters.php However the diameter is much less than the Fluval FX6 hose diameter so in-lining it would be a bit risky. So I was thinking of buying a separate pump and inlining it with that instead. However I've just come across the Dennerle Thermo Soil Heater... under-floor heating for aquariums?! http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co.uk/dennerle-thermo-soil-heater-24v50w-p-10577.html Does anyone know of or have any experience with this heater? I can't find any reviews online.
  18. Yes I agree. However my chu has very recently developed this problem having had no problems like this before, he is not a 'floaty fish', he has been in the same tank and depth for the past 18 months. I'm very suspicious that the reduced temp has given him digestive problems as I've now got him in qt and he hasn't pooed properly for 3 days. I've now got him qt as he was really struggling, he's now been in qt since Friday evening and hasn't had a proper poo yet. I really think the reduced temp has messed with his digestion. I've now got a heater in his qt (I've also ordered a replacement for the main tank) and am slowly increasing the temp, I'm feeding him peas only and have covered the surface of the water with elodea so that when he does float he isn't exposed. Any other suggestions? Would feeding epsom and peas help? I know this might not seem like a big deal but he is my fave fish (don't tell the others!) and it's just very unusual for any of these fish to be not right, they've never had any health problems before
  19. He seems to be doing a bit better today after having another day of just peas. Will do the same tomorrow and see how he goes unless anyone has any other suggestions. I might just be worrying about nothing.
  20. Empty it then fill it half way then empty it again. Was still looking merky when I started filling it which is why I decided to drain it again.
  21. Thanks guys! I'm so pleased with them Just had a really long day so will post more pics of them tomorrow, and I'll do the Star Fisheries thread too Lmao you crack me up
  22. Sorry not the greatest video, you can see he's having problems at the beginning of the video but seems fine afterwards
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