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  1. Green water does not have a single cause. My ponds are in subtropical sun -- which is dazzling light -- and I have poured green water into a pond, and the pond was perfectly clear in an hour. Green water happens when planktonic green algae monopolize the ammonia processing system. This can happen in a new pond when nitrifiers are just getting established in the filter, or in the spring when the nitrifiers are slower than the algae at getting up to speed. These are normally temporary.

    Established green water can only be corrected by rebuilding the ecosystem of the pond. I have never heard of green water in a pond with a properly constructed bog filter nor in one with a DIY upflow biofilter with lots of plants in the top of the filter or which empties into a veggie filter.

    Good point. I wasn't saying lots of light = green water but you don't get green water with out lots of light. When I had green water issues with a stock tank, I just put an opaque cover over 2/3 or so and the green water disappeared a few days later.

  2. Thank you everyone :)

    Maybe a break will be good! I've always felt that when I get so frustrated with something or start to dislike something I used to love a little time away makes things more enjoyable later!

    I would say if you truly feel you need to rehome your fish then do it but I would keep your equipment and try again in a few months or longer :):idont It's what I would do...

    :hug good luck and know we are all here for you! Do what you need to do for yourself :hug

    I believe it would be in the best interest of the fish. I'm feeling like a goldfish serial killer.

    I think the problem is the equipment. I've gone through 3 tanks and the same filter. Even tho I've bleached the filter the white fly larvae come right back and all the green water and algae. And every fish gets dropsy... One after the other.

    I think my equipment needs a serious bleaching multiple times before being used again. But if I do decide on a goldfish later on, I'd want to start fresh.

    Maybe you are doing too much. you can keep goldfish with no equipment at all just a tub and water changes, although you are better off with an airstone in there. That's how I breed mine outdoors just a tub and an airstone, no filter at all. Change water ever 3 -6 days. I didn't think white fly larvae were aquatic. Are you sure that's what it is? Green water = too much light. Dropsy is just a symptom of other problems, parasites, bacterial infection, virus, could be almost anything. If you cure a dropsy fish with medication you probably just got lucky. Euthanasia is the most humane course of action. A fish with dropsy will probably never recover fully and given the likelyhood of it surviving in the first place its better just to euthanize. Maybe your tap water has something odd in it. Or maybe your filter has something in it. You could try getting a sponge filter, they are very cheap and work very well. I would hate to see anyone give up the goldfish hobby. Maybe get some $0.10 feeder goldfish to restart your tank before giving a go with the fancys.

  3. The double tail isn't "really really recessive". You can transfer that trait to another line. Incubating at higher temperatures is likely to produce double tails from a single tail line. Notably in shubunkins. The double tail is affected by temperature as well as genes. You can get single tail black moors if you incubate the eggs at lower temperatures. Not all of them, mind you, but the temps do affect this and other traits. More males at higher temps.

    I had no idea about this. Temperature affects tails. Wow. How does that work?

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    I'm not exactly sure "how" it works. I think it tends to happen more with shubunkins due to the origin of the original cross (calico telescope x comet) telescopes pop up from time to time in calico spawns for the same reason but the incubation temp also affects the twin tail mutation. The lower the temp in a fantail spawn the higher the occurance of single tails.

    I wonder if the temperature affecting tails in goldfish, is anything like temperature affecting gender in snakes. Thats really cool! Oh and the link is taking me to a site where the book is 200 something dollars. It looks like a really interesting read, but i think I'm going to have to pass on that until i graduate college. Still, this is interesting.

    The sex ratios are affected by temperature as well, higher temps produce more males, most breeders incubate around 72 to get a more even percentage of males and females.

    The temperature of incubation may affect more traits than these but those are the one I know of.

  4. The double tail isn't "really really recessive". You can transfer that trait to another line. Incubating at higher temperatures is likely to produce double tails from a single tail line. Notably in shubunkins. The double tail is affected by temperature as well as genes. You can get single tail black moors if you incubate the eggs at lower temperatures. Not all of them, mind you, but the temps do affect this and other traits. More males at higher temps.

  5. guanine deposits under the scales cause the reflective sheen that makes a metallic scale look shiny. the scales on a calico that are shiny have guanine deposits underneath them, those that don't appear matt or transparent. This also applies to the gill plates and eyes. No guanine on the back of the eye and you get button eyes. No guanine on the gill plates and you get rosy cheeks.

  6. If you want to be stringent, a black moor is a specific line of goldfish developed in England,

    You might wanna check your facts on that.

    In page 130 of Joseph Smartt's book, Goldfish Varieties and Genetics, the "moor" is a distinct class of goldfish, according to one British goldfish group, while all telescopes are considered moors by another...

    This is where some people get the idea that a moor is a telescope, but a telescope is not necessarily a moor.

    You may want to read that once moor, I think you are confusing black moor with broadtail moor. Broadtail moors were developed in britain, but black moors development in china predate the goldfish's arrival in England.

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