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  1. Thank you! Of course, I want to maximize the happiness and comfort of my fish and I agree with you that an eventual upgrade to a larger tank or pond is in order once I'm in a position to do that.
  2. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/109678-how-big-a-tank-should-i-get/?hl=%20swimming%20%20room http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/122537-why-is-there-no-general-agreement-on-tank-size-for-single-tailed-goldfish-it-seems/?hl=%2Bswimming+%2Broom#entry1933351 Basically, my takeaway is that there are some pretty sharp disagreements about this at Koko's. I'm going to have to think on it and figure out for myself what to do.
  3. Hi Helen, Thank you for the thoughtful response! I'll catch Pasi in a tupperware tomorrow and treat him with HP and continue the prazi rounds. It really puts my mind at ease to have the opinion of someone experienced. Thanks for expressing your concerns about tank size. I plan eventually to get a bigger tank or build a pond, but I'm unfortunately really not in a position to do so right now since I'm expecting to move for a more permanent job in 6 months or so. I recently built an aquaponics system for the tank under Shakaho's excellent guidance to keep the nitrates in check (for which I still owe everyone a DIY thread) and am very fastidious about water changes, but I know that does nothing as far as swimming room. I'm also a little bit confused about this advice because before I got Aura and Pasi I remember posting to ask about whether my 55 could hold more fish and being told that the Koko's recommendations (15-20 gals/ fish) applied to single tails and fancies equally. But I do agree that my single-tails could benefit from more swimming room and wonder if maybe something could be added to the guidelines about that? I noticed that many 75s are actually the same length as 55s (4 ft), which means that really any medium to large size adult single-tail would eventually need an 80 long minimum. I'm sure there's been a thread about this at some point--let me see if I can dig it up!
  4. Here's a video of Pasi swimming. Sorry for the glare--in the sunroom at this time of day the lighting is terrible for taking pictures. If a more clear video is needed, I can retake it tonight.
  5. Hello Helen, He's actually always had that blood-streaking in his tail fin since I got him from a shelter last March (the nitrites in his shelter tank were through the roof), but it does maybe look a bit worse now. Here's an old picture for comparison: I'll make that video and post it shortly. Thanks!
  6. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap) .5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5, * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? I just broke my last thermometer, but probably in the upper 60s or lower 70s * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons; been running for 1.5 yrs including 2 moves in which the filter media was preserved without any cycle bumps * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval Aquaclear 50 (HOB), 200gph and Sunsun Canister HW304B 525gph * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 3-5 days, 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 single tails: Pasi 6", Aura, 7" and Kaji 8" sl * What kind of water additives or conditioners? 2 capfuls Seachem Prime, 1 capful Seachem Flourish * What do you feed your fish and how often? 1/2 tbsp of Hikari staple soaked in aquarium water every morning; variety for dinner: seaweed, repashi, frozen bloodworms, frozen shrimp or blanched veggies * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Yesterday after the WC I added a dose of powdered prazi * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Pasi and Aura who I adopted in March of last year were treated with multiple rounds of prazi and salt at the time. Pasi was also treated with two rounds of Furan-2 for finrot at the time. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Pasi has a bright red cut on his back and lower edge of his dorsal fin * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Fin clamping and bottom sitting So I came back from a 5-day vacation Mon night and found that my darling Pasi had a bright red cut on his back and lower dorsal fin (pics below). It seems like a physical injury to me but I have no idea how he could have gotten it; as far as I can tell there's nothing particularly sharp in the tank except maybe the filter intake tubes (see full-tank pic). Yesterday (Tues) I observed him and he was still swimming around, begging for food and eating normally, so I did an 80% WC and added a dose of powdered prazi (it's been about 7 months since the fish were last treated and I thought maybe the injury was related to flukes acting up). While I was away for the 5 days, the fish were fasted, so the stress of fasting may be a contributing factor. Well, ever since then the other two fish (Kaji and Aura) have been acting normal, but Pasi is fin-clamping and bottom-sitting. This morning when I came to feed them, he wouldn't even swim up to beg, but he did eat when I put the food in. I'm thinking I might want to move him to a hospital tank because Kaji (who adores him and is almost always by his side) keeps nudging him (I think in a concerned rather than aggressive way, but it keeps him from resting). A diagnosis and advice from someone more experienced would be greatly appreciated!
  7. I think what everyone's trying to say is that the more gallons of water your tank holds and the greater amount of swimming room per fish, the happier the fish and the less maintenance it will take. I used to have 1 large fish in a 55gallon by himself. I changed about 75% of the water once a week, mucked out the filter every couple of months or so and had absolutely no problems with water quality. Right now I have 3 large adult fish in a 55 gallon tank (which is just under the recommended 20g per fish) and maintenance is rough. I change 90% of the water every four to five days and clean the canister filter (which is a huge mess) every 15 days and my water quality is still not ideal. So if you got a 29gallon tank, once your two fish got big like mine your maintenance would have to be even more rigorous. Slacking on the maintenance could lead to health problems, and treating sick fish is very stressful and time consuming. If you don't want to have to put in that kind of time and effort to maintain healthy fish, then it's probably better to just start with a bigger tank or less fish.
  8. Thanks! That's a good suggestion. I currently have mint growing in a pot with a couple other herbs and it does tend to take over, so I guess in the pot it will stay. I was trying to pick plants that I typically use for salads and smoothies anyway and chard will work just as well. I will definitely take pictures and post a DIY thread!
  9. Ok, so here is a summary and plan I drafted for building the veggie filter. I'd love feedback before I go ahead and buy all the parts and get to work on the building. How-to sources: Basics of indoor aquaponics system (ugly example) More complicated video: http://ibcofaquaponics.com/ How to make the box: How the bell siphon works: How to make a bell siphon (standpipe, bell, media barrier + bulkhead and drain pipe): Basic plan for the aquarium shelf and planter: Items needed for shelf: · Shelf board (54”L X 8”W) and side boards (52.5”L X 8”W) six of these cut to size: 1” X 4” X 8’ http://www.homedepot.com/p/WeatherShield-1-in-x-4-in-x-8-ft-Ground-Contact-Pressure-Treated-Board-010408APG/206949799 · Wood nails and wood glue · Furniture shims (for my uneven stand) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002Y0LIQE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=41V1G419WL0S&coliid=IUTTORZWSQ3FL Items needed for planter: · Planter box w/ drip tray 36”L X 7.5”W X 5.75”H (volume is about 25 liters) http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bloem-7-5-in-x-36-in-Dura-Cotta-Window-Box-in-Black-DCBT36-00/205054805?MERCH=REC-_-NavPLPHorizontal1_rr-_-NA-_-205054805-_-N · Grow media (need about 20 liters) https://www.amazon.com/ROOT-GMC25L-Pebbles-Liter-4mm-16mm/dp/B00CJIAGY6/ref=sr_1_8?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1466548076&sr=1-8&keywords=clay+pebbles · Plants: Basil, Mint, Chives, kale Items needed for siphon (Home depot): · 3/4” Bulkhead https://www.amazon.com/Lifegard-Aquatics-Double-Threaded-Bulkhead/dp/B001EUG9PU/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1466546349&sr=1-1&keywords=3%2F4%22+bulkhead+fitting · ¾” standpipe (3/4” coupling, 3/4"straight through, 3/4"slip/female thread, 3/4"male thread/1" slip) · media barrier (4” straight through with slits cut throughout) · bell = 2” straight through w/ 2” cap (airtight seal) and slits 1/2” from bottom · drain pipe (3/4” straight through) · plumbers epoxy putty https://www.amazon.com/PC-Products-PC-Plumbing-Moldable-Concrete/dp/B008H4QYSI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466550160&sr=8-1&keywords=plumbers+epoxy+putty Plant Lighting: · 2 of these to clamp on the back of the shelf https://www.amazon.com/Hgrope-Flexible-Degree-Hydroponic-Greenhouse/dp/B018HQSXB6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466812874&sr=8-1&keywords=clip+plant+lights
  10. I love how thoughtful your names are, Morgan! Kappa is my fav though.
  11. You know, in a very roundabout way, my fish "Pasi" is also named after a cow. He's all white with an orange spot on the middle of his head. Being a huge nerd, this reminded me of the Cretan bull who was said to be blessed by the gods because if you're all white, you would be sacrificed, but he was all white except for a spot between his horns. Well, "Cretan bull" wasn't really a great name, so then I thought of Pasiphae who infamously fell in love with the Cretan Bull and gave birth to the Minotaur. So, through association I decided to name my fish, who is male, Pasi after Pasiphae, because he's a pacifist (he doesn't ever fight with the other two although they fight all the time), and because I found out this was also a real boy's name in some parts of Europe. Anyone else have a good fish name origin story?
  12. LOL I love the name "Cow" for your goldfish
  13. I've found two which i rescued and put in a diy breeder box (read: tupperware with holes punched in it!) with a chunk of wood and a blanched cucumber. I saw two other dark ones, but couldn't catch them in time... All the albinos are definitely gone.Sent from my LGL41C using Tapatalk I hope the two end up surviving and growing into cute little plecos! Do you have experience raising pleco fry?
  14. Did you test tap and tank pH? It would be more likely they were upset by a pH change than a 3 degree temp change. In theory the cold tap will be coolest in the morning and warmest at night. Last time I tested was about 2 weeks ago and, as always, pH was 7.5, but not a bad idea to test again now that the weather's gotten hot and the tap is all funky! Yeah, VA weather is quite temperamental. I still much prefer it to upstate NY though where I did my schooling.
  15. Funny, I actually changed the water today and had the same problem with the tap temperature, although there was much less of a temperature difference--coldest tap was 80 and tank was 77. I had already taken out 90% of the water, so I just let the tank fill much slower than I usually do to give the fish time to adjust to the temperature change. They did hover at the bottom a bit (they're sensitive), but perked up again about an hour later, so I think it was okay. I think I'm going to start changing less of the water more often, at least until I get my veggie filter up and running.
  16. I've been reading your post about lowering nitrates and look forward to seeing the final result! I'm super overstocked and look forward to applying some of your amendments!Sent from my LGL41C using Tapatalk Isn't Koko's great? It may take a few weeks for me to buy and set up everything, but I will definitely post an update when I've got the system going. Shelby: That sounds like the dream set up of future me when I actually own a house!
  17. Three of us! Shelby: I am extremely envious of that pond of yours in the picture. I'd also like to know what fish you have atm.
  18. I've watched the videos multiple times now, showed them to my dad and think we have a reasonable idea of how to build and install the siphon now--thank you. Will water enter the grow bed simply through the outlet tube of my canister or is it more complicated than that? ---- Shakaho: Yes, I've been to China many many times for study, field work etc. Funded trips to China were really the best part of my graduate studies and I highly recommend taking at least one trip there. China's at once very modern and very traditional and because of strong regionalism, every single locality looks and feels very different and has its own food, customs, arts, landmarks etc. Of course your experience would highly depend on where you visited and what kind of guides you had. Distaff: Actually, although many Chinese people have a very strong sense of history and heritage, many of their heritage sites are relatively new, built from the 1970s to the 90s, not just because of the destruction of rapid urbanization (i.e. bulldozing), but also because traditionally China didn't have the value system of ruins preservation. Chinese buildings tended to be built of transient materials such as wood that would require periodic renovation or often reconstruction every couple decades, so the idea that the "original" should be preserved simply wasn't as prominent as in the West. Another major factor was that 20th century China went through several materially destructive wars and periods of social upheaval, the most recent of which was the Cultural Revolution, so by the late 1970s very few historical sites were actually left intact. Really, heritage sites in China nowadays are more about revival and renewal although they often become entangled in global discourses of preservation. Ironically, most of the "bull-dozing" that you hear about is bull-dozing of old neighborhoods and buildings from the mid-20th century that are being cleared away either to make room for newer buildings that conform to Western standards of modernity (i.e. include plumbing and electricity) or to build restorations of structures from before the 20th century, which the state now considers worth preserving as part of Chinese cultural heritage. Sorry if that explanation was a bit long. Thanks for humoring me and engaging me on the topic!
  19. I submitted the final version of my dissertation yesterday. What better way to spend my new-found free time than on Koko's forums?
  20. Yes, it feels very strange to be done! The topic is heritage tourism and historical memory in contemporary China. Happy to have aquaponics occupy my brain for a while!
  21. I really appreciate all your time and patience, but please don't spend too much time trying to help me--looking up DIY videos on the internet should be my job and is something I'm sure I will greatly enjoy doing (particularly because I'm submitting the final version of my doctoral dissertation today and will actually have guilt-free time to do this kind of thing for a while!)
  22. I guess I've come late to this thread, but just wanted to say that I really support DP's calm, diplomatic approach to the whole situation. Most people really aren't cruel, they're just uninformed and a bit thoughtless. The best thing you can do is gently draw their attention to the problem without making them feel attacked. And the truth is that people are complicated and people with otherwise outstanding qualities of kindness and intelligence can be completely unaware of how to care for animals. The last time I was in China doing field work, I stayed with my good friend of many years. Her mother had just gotten two single-tailed goldfish, who were living in a shallow glass dish (yes, even worse than a 2 gal tank). I mentioned to my friend, gently, that they probably needed more space and showed her a picture of my goldfish in his 55 gallon tank. She insisted that my fish was a different kind and that hers were "the type that didn't get big." She said she had kept two fish in a glass bowl before and they had lived for five years and even had fry. Also, they changed the water in the bowl every day with tap water that had been left out over night. Instead of criticizing her, I talked about how fun and lively goldfish can be and encouraged her to teach her daughter to care for them. On separate occasions, I also expressed my concern to her about how the fish weren't moving, how their gills were inflamed and they didn't look healthy. She told me she would try to find a bigger container for them and I advised her to feed them less--only one pellet each a day. I left Beijing to travel for two weeks and when I came back, the fish had died. My friend was quite upset, confessed that this had happened in the past, and said she would tell her mom to stop buying pet fish. Not the happiest ending to a story, but in China, even more so than the US, the lives of fish just aren't regarded as worth anything, especially considering that just one generation ago, many people were so poor they could barely afford to feed their families. I think, in many cases, the best we can do is spread awareness.
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