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  1. How fun! My fish love watching us through the pond window and all come swimming upto it when they see we've come outside...I wonder if they'd push each other to see who would get to hang out in the bubble. The view would be so much better from it. Haha, this is great!
  2. I want ALL the goldfish! The more I have, the more I want. The pond is the worst for me. Seeing a dozen plus goldfish school together, in all of their beautiful colors and long, flowy tails, is one of the most beautiful things and I could watch them all day. I will never, ever, ever have just one goldfish now that I've seen how they live and interact in a "family." I can't even speak highly enough for its beauty.
  3. Would you be able to catch her in another bucket if she's giving you difficulty? I have one particular fish that I can touch no problem, but used to flail maniacally if lifted out of water. I would catch him in another bucket, clean everything, then pour most of the water out of the bucket before putting him back into the tank. It seemed to be the least stressful for him. And I'd end up with only really a few hundred mL of water going back into the tank.
  4. How frustrating! I didn't see when the babies were added? How long ago was that? I just have to say though, your fish has incredible markings. Lovely!
  5. Yes, we can see the picture. It looks very uncomfortable If you have a minute, could you please fill out the following checklist to give us a head start before a mod can give you a hand? It may prove useful to know a little more about your tank, water parameters, the fish's history and tankmates Hopefully she feels better quickly! I'm sure you'll get some great guidance shortly. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? * Water temperature? * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? * How often do you change the water and how much? * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? * How many fish in the tank and their size? * What kind of water additives or conditioners? * What do you feed your fish and how often? * Any new fish added to the tank? * Any medications added to the tank? * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  6. Once those plants grow nice and big I think you'll be really pleased with it. Your fish is beautiful BTW. A nice and solid looking fish!
  7. I'm looking more towards about 2000 gph. I don't think 1200 is enough, and haven't seen much inbetween that is actually available right now. I can dial down the GPH anyways if I need to, but I don't think it'll be necessary. I wasn't thinking about the extra power to RUN two pumps though if I were to...I was running two before (upgraded pond and just added a second pump to our preexisting one) so I already have the equipment, and was getting water pulled from both sides of the pond, so was thinking of the benefit of that along with the security that if one burns out I still have the other. I suppose as long as I have my inflow opposite from where my pump is I should get decent enough movement as long as enough water is moving the get proper circulation. Using less energy and having less pre-filters to clean sounds like a better option anyways. No electrician needed Our outlets are proper GFI outlets...I was using an outdoor "waterproof" box with a timer, which obviously didn't do its job. I might just plug everything right into the wall and build a small roof over that area. I have seen you mention bottom drains before I believe...did you happen to do a thread about them? I didn't put one in initially because I wasn't confident on the steps and its not a huge pond, but I may have to reconsider that. It would definitely be helpful to a cleaning regime.
  8. A recent storm rained so hard that water got into my plugs and fried out my pond pumps - boo!!! So, I'm looking for suggestions....I searched amazon, but am having trouble pulling the trigger. My pond is 600-700 gallons, but I'm open to suggestions on smaller sizes as I have the option to set up two pumps if need be - I ran two prior to this blow out. Also, if you know of any pond products/boxes to water protect the electrical, that'd be great! My home depot outdoor breaker obviously didn't do the trick. I have all the filtration etc, just need the pumps to move the water. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
  9. That first picture! haha, perfect reaction face to your news
  10. I don't have any advice, but wanted to send Laverda some well wishes. She sounds like a bit of a fireball if she's still giving you trouble when she must be feeling so horribly, and that in and of itself, in my opinion, is a blessing for her possibilities.
  11. The lot on my new bottles say "0215" and the expiry date is 02/2020, so 5 years, but I wouldn't rely on them for that long, personally.
  12. Do you have plants or anything in there? Maybe having something she can keep between her and this new comer until she's had a chance to get used to another fish? I think most goldfish are fine with new friends, but like anything, adjustment time varies from personality to personality.
  13. Is this the 40 gallon you were talking about on another thread? If so, can you just raise it off the floor a bit so its too high for the dog? (assuming you don't have a massive dog, that is) I had a small container garden a few years ago that was about that size and I just used some decorative garden fencing to keep my dogs out. It worked well enough to keep them from drinking out of it without obstructive the view. Just drill some small holes along the edge and the stakes slide right in - keeping the drilled holes the same size as the stakes and you won't even have to fix it to anything. Not this specific one, but something like this... http://www.robbiewalden.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/decorative-garden-edging-ideas.jpg
  14. Yes, I would think it needs replacing. I just opened a new kit a few months ago and it gives me a 2020 expiry, BUUUT, I've seen a few comments around that they are very generous on their expiry dates, and my previous kit - which was always kept stored out of sunlight and intense heat, started giving inaccurate readings about 18 months prior to its expiry date. Next kit you buy, take note of the expiry date somewhere - the numbers wear off really easily on these bottles. Some of my few-month-old bottles have already lost the dates from smudging and are completely unreadable.
  15. Ha, aren't they though?! This made me laugh. Thank you, I'm glad. He's currently chasing after a fly that keeps landing on the outside of the glass, so I guess he's feeling pretty good
  16. I agree about seeing the freshwater planted tanks! Did you notice they added a crystal bee shrimp competition this year? Crazy!
  17. Ok, so this is where I'm not sure what to think...the top photo, I would look at the vent and think female, but in the second photo you can see what looks like breeding tubercles, which I thought only male goldfish got. Thoughts?
  18. Seems to be doing well. Thank you for asking! Nope, I'm not sure. I tend to call goldfish that I don't know the sex of "he" so Pumbaa very well could be a female. I'm not really all that good at being able to sex goldfish. I'll see if I can get a couple of pics and maybe someone else will be able to tell? Thank you, the tank water was about an inch from the rim. I like it really full so its not a noisy, but I usually have partial covers. Like I said before, I was doing some tank work and left them off while I went out to pick up a few things...my fault. I had never seen any of them even try jumping, or any of them get pushed around so the though didn't even cross my mind.
  19. She's absolutely beautiful and I'm dying over that name - I love it! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery
  20. I can't get a good image with my phone and my camera is not available at the moment. The ones on my phone keep coming out pretty blurry, ugh. Thank you! He is the only one that has even tried, and I did check water parameters so I know it wasn't a pH crash, but its still good information to have! Obviously SOMETHING was up, but I still have no clue what.
  21. Thanks everyone! I'm surprised at how well he's doing so far. He's a bit sluggish, but is eating and pecking around at things in the tank like he always does...I'm questioning if he is seeing as well as normal, but we'll see the permanence of that in time.
  22. So my fat little ryukin, Pumbaa decided to jump the tank while we were out tonight. He must have been stressed about the work I was doing on the tank, that I left half done while I went out to pick up some more supplies. I don't know how long he was out for, but it was at least 45 minutes...he was still breathing some when we found him, and is swimming upright, though slowly. Honestly he seems not too bad except for being a little quiet/traumatized and a couple of little injuries. He looks like he may have scratched his eye, and there is a little cloudiness to it, but I'm not too concerned about that...a scratch can heal, and if he has any loss of vision it seems a small price to pay. The thing I did notice that I'm watching is some light bruising on his belly...it looks shallow, so I'm hoping its just surface bruising. I've turned an extra bubbler on, and they have pristine, freshly changed water...is there anything else I should do other than waiting and hoping for the best? I put him right into the 55G when we found him, and I didn't want to move him again for fear of stressing him out too much. I honestly don't know how such a fat-bodied, short-tailed little fish managed to launch himself so far!
  23. I'm so sorry to hear this She was beautiful...I wish you got to have more time with her.
  24. I live right in central BC on the American boarder. It's about 2 hours North of Spokane Washington. Your oranda is gorgeous by the way! Thank you, she's pretty lovely! I grew up in Vancouver so was curious if you lived anywhere close by I do know your area pretty well though, but unfortunately no LFS suggestions. Oh nice! I lived in Vancouver for about 18 years...I still miss it sometimes. A beautiful city with great food but it just got too busy and expensive for me. Definitely a beautiful city. I totally miss it! I love San Diego and everything, but it just isn't the same...the culture is different, the food isn't as diverse, and it barely has more than 1 season. It is cheaper than Van though so there is that Anyways, nice to see you on the board, its always good to see that Canadian flag
  25. I live right in central BC on the American boarder. It's about 2 hours North of Spokane Washington. Your oranda is gorgeous by the way! Thank you, she's pretty lovely! I grew up in Vancouver so was curious if you lived anywhere close by I do know your area pretty well though, but unfortunately no LFS suggestions.
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