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  1. If you are willing to risk sucking up fry with an airline, be sure the height difference is only small, if the current is too strong you will definately damage the fry. I only scoop fry with a small bowl or spoon though.....
  2. WELL....... You asked for it!
  3. Ohhhhh.... lets do this!
  4. I would say to directly do a large WC 75%+ and add the salt and double dose dechlorinator. I would also use clay minerals to help them restore but maybe you dont have. I hope the med team here wil help you along soon!
  5. This is such a mystery to me, how to take such good care of a goldfish that is obviously kaput. This may sound harsh, and it is because i have culled much 'better' fish. Anyway, without causing too much confusion i hope, i really love to see this fish and how it has been cared for with so much love is inspirational!
  6. I have the 'jugs' on the powerhead equipped with medium coarse filter sponges, a 4cm hole trough to fit some bioballs so i can run multiple jugs on the powerhead without the risk of clogging! A very good simple and effective way to mechanically filter a gf tank!
  7. I forgot to mention, you can obviously run a PVC air supply from the cellar if you want! I will make it a task to be done soon Koko! Offcourse life is busy when you have small kids, i had 4 and during those years i had NO fish! But i'm making up for it now they are in their teens
  8. Well, i have seen your study of the filter media's 'wildlife' so i think you know why i am partial to easy cleaning and mechanical filtration! Yes the Hob's and power heads make some noise but like you say the big air pump which you will need if you have as many tanks as me is the most loud. UNLESS you spend a little more on that part, i use really heavy cast metal membrane pumps(Velda Silenta Pro series) which are quite costly but are amazingly quit. i have this pump attached to a PVC system to get the air troughout the fishroom. Maybe ill do a vid on the airsupply system i have running, the pumps i use are not available in the USA though. Anyway, the equipment should not be louder then the sound of running water in the fishroom.....
  9. Hi Koko! It is a matter of preference, i have used some canister filters in the past, but to me this seems a step in between internal filters and pond filters. In my GF tanks i have (Resun) powerheads with filter ´jugs´, spongefilters and HOB´s. This works for me, at least for mechanical filtration and ease of filter cleaning. Biological filtration is ok if you maintain this setup properly, i clean the filters at every WC and never have any ammonia or nitrites. The spongefilters kind of provide BB saveguard (i think) for the powerheads and HOBs, when i clean the sponges some BB are released in the tank and will quickly reseed the other filters. Probably the best thing about my setup is that it is practically risk free, if one filter gets clogged or dies, there are still 2 or more working..... I am working on an 'aquarium' airlift system aswell, to improve the biological filtration effectiveness. There is allways so much to try out and improve, just wish i had MORE room for many more HUGE TANKS!
  10. Ive added a small vid to the youtube channel explaining how i WC the smallest fry. Excuse the poor quality of the video. There are many video's on how to feed freshly hatched atremia on youtube, how to hatch them and what is important. I personally use chlorine to sanitize the hatching bottles and rinse and sieve the BBS very carefully before feeding. I also have a second set of the bottles so they are also dry when i prepare a next batch.
  11. Did you have time to cull yet? The fist time you cull i would focus on crooked spines, single tails and underdeveloped fry(runts). These are easy to recognize and will help the good ones to proceed in better water quality and more food. I allways keep feeding the same amount after i cull. I usually cull about a third to a half of the fry. Maybe culling is the only downside to breeding GF, but it is key to breeding healthy and beautyfull fish.
  12. A few pictures please! Keep in mind the changes in feeding and waterquality should be kept in check with heavy WC's. Is the flukes treatment a precaution or do you have fluke problems?
  13. You can just have a lab test the water periodically, also a good suggestion would be to visit a commercial company that uses well water to grow their trout or whatever coldwater fish. You will learn alot from that!
  14. Dino is very busy since he opened his store in februari this year. Ik know he want to get into exporting his fish, but it takes alot of time and effort to get this properly managed so i´m guessing thats why...... The fish i have are also from Dino, these are difficult to keep in our very unasian ways and climate and i must say they often come with some kind of transport damage. Their quality is unique in Holland though. Starfish has a huge bonus though, they can also source locally bred FG like the amazing TVR from Jinchu Kai UK(Andrew James and other Kai breeders) but also the highest quality Bristol shubunkin and veiltails. The huge bonus is that there is an active breeding society in the UK, unlike here in Holland where noone ever seems to have bred any FG. Still in my agenda to make a trip to Starfish on one of their open days! Here -for your enjoyment- is a video of a dutch international koishow where Dino and some of his fish were at. I was there on sunday so many were sold allready i'm afraid. The big ranchu in the video (18cm i think) was a prizewinning ranchu in Fuzhou goldfish competition i was told, it came with a cup and all......
  15. Afaik this depends on the genetics of the fish, a genetic coding that 'allows' yellow might be prone to discolouration if you ask me. Most R/W coded fish do not allow this yellowing and even in green water the white stays absolutely white(see my avatar fish for example). The fish that are fully white turn yellow, but the ones with a tiny red spot remain white.......
  16. Offcourse i'd put in some music Mr. Hyde, why disapoint? There are many colour enhancing additives in goldfish food available and green algea or even green water can be cultivated in aquariums. To me however, taking fry outside seems to jumpstart a specific development that is different then when grown out in an aquarium. Maybe better said they get a good start in life that way. So basically i think you can archieve the same results providing all the beneficial factors in an aquarium setting. Putting them in a pond is much easier though, if you have the outdoors space needed. But ive also seen people having ponds on their balcony so where there is a will, there is a way! Still i would like to caution anyone to just put their goldfish in an outdoors pond, it is not as easy as it may seem to maintain a save and stable waterquality. An aquarium is easier to maintain stable for fancy goldfish, at least i think so.
  17. Oh not again! You must be thinking by now! Not a great quality video, but these moments are worth sharing anyway....
  18. Welcome back! Allthough i agree with the above, a small add. Once the large fish are used to your (tap)water they will be allright with large WC's. If tapwater is very different then what they are used to, you do need to build up WC's. A fishshop that gets imported fish will probably have this problem where fish are used to very different water then provided by them. Salt is often added to goldfish water in asia, mainly to protect the fish and buffer some minerals. I do so aswell and it seems to 'calm' the water. This is the same with zeolite, clay and crushed coral or aragonite. It all aids to get a balance of minerals in the water especially when you do large WC's and have very soft tapwater like i have. Again, it is important you know your water and that the fish know it too.
  19. Not at all Fanatailfan1! I will have to correct this fact, if only for my own peace of mind.......... Many hours, many disappointments. But i still love the fish regardless and i actually believe those breeders feel the same way......
  20. It is a personal battle of mine i have to say up front, but many 'commercial export' FG are just culls and many will not survive another year because the breeder knows his fish. There..... i said it.......
  21. These are SO CUTE! Must be hard to let them go, you worked so hard to raise them! I hope you will find good homes for them all.
  22. Thanks very much foor the kind words! Here is a little bit of a shock for gaining size.....
  23. It highly depends of what GF we are talking about i guess. Ive had Koi and Commons in ponds that were 10+ easy. One lionhead and a fantail lasted for 7-8 years but they were also in a pond for most of their life. In an aquarium 5 years old seems pretty decent to me at least but ill bet some will manage to keep fancies longer. Maybe a good question to ask in a seperate thread so more can chime in.
  24. Thanks for the interest guys! The fish are still a bit skittish from the trip but when i went away they ate all the pellets in a couple of minutes.
  25. Hi Allie, I am not the most knowledgeable person here when it comes to medication or to advise treatment. I do know Bactopur and in a high consentration it can easily deprive oxygen. The shedding of slimecoat is due to the high salinity, this is not a problem for the fish it will just start producing more mucus which in case of parasites can be a good thing. Combining treatments, salt and bactopur in this case, is very hard on a fish and i have often heard it became fatal. In a relatively cold climate like in Holland i still can get very hot, when that happens you need to be aware that with a couple of degrees extra the bacterial activity can double. If your tank and especially filters are clean the system can handle it (at least my tanks do) but if you are away on holliday for example you could run into trouble. To me this fish look in good shape and proportion, exept for the bacterial infection offcourse. It is not uncommon to see aquarium goldfish that are 5 years old dying of 'old age'.Part has to do with the genetics, some also with damage suffered during its life and so even before you got the fish. Maybe not a correct vetinary approach but to me this looks like an intestinal inflammation or otherwise just old age at which internal organs simply gave up. Feeding medicated food and keeping some salt in the water(in quarantine) would have been enough as treatment if you ask me. Finrot as such is usually due to fish living in bad water conditions for a long time, usually more fish in the same tank develop this condition so i dont think that is the problem here. Hope this helps and other will chime in their thoughts on the situation.
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