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    4 - Mügles, Blööpy, Mïllïe, and Lënny
  1. Thanks for reading! There were only three ryukin in the tank and I know for sure which one the female is, but the other two I'm not so sure of. I have a black and red who has been with the female red/white sakura for several weeks and a red/white metallic that I just put into the tank with them only two days before the spawning, so I have a feeling it's him - although it may be both. I can't say for sure because it happened while I was still asleep on Sunday morning. =) A good deal of the fry have hatched now - just waiting on the slow bloomers before I carefully vaccum the bottom of the tank to remove the bad eggs I couldn't get when I made my first attempt to clean them up. There was a good mix of 50:50 fertilized and unfertilized eggs on top of the sponge filter, so I had to leave that alone - not enough surface area for me to squeak my airline hose in there and only come out with unfertilized eggs! O.O I have a webcam that I'm going to point at the fry so I can monitor them while I am at work - I work long hours, and it will be nice to check in on them. If anyone else cares to see, I'll share the Ustream link when I get it set up. =D
  2. Hi all! I originally came to Koko's because my very first goldfish (an orange telescope butterfly named Mr. Mügles (female)) was having severe swim bladder problems. She has sadly not recovered, but is still with us, living a happy, healthy life on the bottom of her very own tank with a nice sponge filter that won't push her around. When I first got her, I actually got two fish. She and her companion Googles were in a 2 gallon bowl. I shudder to think back to it because I know much better now, but at the time, I had no idea what I was doing! Needless to say, we soon lost Googles, likely to ammonia poisoning. With the advent of Googles becoming sick, I started doing research and soon learned what I was doing wrong. Two goldfish in that amount of water? What was I, crazy!?!? Mügles got her own 10 gallon tank as soon as I could afford it, and some bacterial starter to kickstart the cycle. We wanted her to have a friend and since they were still very small, we added a new black moor, but he, too, passed away. We added an algae eater type (I can't remember exactly what), and he, too, passed away. It was starting to seem like we had a Highlander fish - THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!! She grew and grew, and we upgraded her to a 20 gallon tank after we moved cross country to California. Let me tell you, 5 days with a goldfish on your lap is pretty fun! She's my profile picture, in case you're wondering. We changed her water every night on the trip and had a battery powered air pump going for her almost all the time. We kept a handful of her original gravel and the Moai statue in there with her because we knew it had some good bacteria on it, and would help her along the way. She's seriously the heartiest little fish I've ever had, and I have 10 goldfish now - soon to be MANY more! From two, to one, to two, to one, to two, to four, to three, to TEN! Onward and upward - my Ryukin got busy this past Sunday morning and I now have FRY! This is my first spawning, my first batch, and I'm pegging everyone I know who's successfully raised fry for advice, tips, tricks and anything else I can get my hands on (especially reassurance!!!). Check back for periodic updates as I figure out whether I'm a decent Fishy Gramma!! =D
  3. Mïllïe took a sudden turn and passed away yesterday, I just thought you all should know. Thank you for your help. It seems there was more wrong than met the eye. I'm still in shock, wide awake at 3 am beating myself up even though I know there's no point now. Thanks for trying to help me help her. I miss her so much and everything is so raw, but I'll feel better with time. *hugs*
  4. I wish she would flip back over too! I'm keeping close tabs on her water and watching her eyes. One seems to get red for a day or two and then get better. When you say salt, do you mean aquarium salt or epsom?
  5. Millie has come around nicely and has been acting like I NEVER feed her! I put her back in with the others today and will keep everyone posted. While I'm on the topic of Millie though, I'm wondering what I can do to repair damaged fins?
  6. She's still on the bottom of the tank. I'm in search of some duckweed at the moment, but I doubt it will do much. She's been upside down on/on her side on the bottom of the tank for two months. She's having recurring eye problems (they heal up pretty quickly, though). I've moved her to a 20g bare bottom in my nice, quiet living room so she can live out the rest of her days in peace. I suppose we could mark this one solved (kinda?) unless anyone has anything else I can try....
  7. Thanks! The plants are very new. I think I actually got them after I got the oranda and ryukin... I would hope that they aren't rotting.. I did have a sprig of anacharis that was looking pretty grubby, so I took that out. Nitrite this morning was 0. =]
  8. So it seems like the salt and pristine water conditions have really helped her. She's still floating at the top of the QT, but her scales have settled and she's not going upside down anymore!
  9. The metro is powdered. The scales have gone down a bit since first posting.
  10. I haven't contacted him again as he only guarantees live delivery, and last time we emailed he said that she had never ha any issues while she was in his care. I have melafix, Metronidazole, and an older bottle of Pimafix that came with the tank I got off craigslist - not sure if it's any good.
  11. Big temperature difference between main tank and QT, so she's acclimating right now in a tub. I hate putting her in such a small container, so I gave her some frozen blood worms and she is gobbling those up. No loss of appetite here, thank goodness. As far as whether it's on both sides, it seems like it is, but it's more pronounced on her left. Here's another photo: Added aquarium salt to the main tank. Ryukin and moor are wondering where she went!
  12. I'll transfer her to QT now. Thanks, all. Also forgot to mention there are two anubias, a crested java fern, and a few sprigs of anacharis in the tank as well, with black flourite sand. The thing that's bothering me the most is that the nitrite is so high all the time. I've never had that happen before... =\
  13. Not sure why it isn't letting me post the YouTube video...
  14. Hi all and thanks for reading my post. Here's the required information: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) ~.25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) ~.25-.50 * Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) ~.25-.5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap 8.8, settles to mid 7s after 24 hours Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit - API Master - drops * Water temperature? ~74 * Tank size 44g bow - running for 2-3 months. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Recently replaced penguin 330 hob with sunsun canister - rated 525 gph * How often do you change the water and how much? Daily, ~50%. Filter replacement caused bump in nitrogen cycle, introduced tetra safestart plus, nitrites and nitrates increase rapidly right now. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 50% (test results are post WC) * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three - two roughly 4-5 inches with tail, and the oranda at roughly 6 inches with trail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Natural Regulator, baking soda * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy soilent green, 2x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? The oranda and ryukin are new as of 2-3 weeks ago. * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. No treatments * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or results Fins are still frayed from shipping, scales seem to be protruding slightly. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Floating at the top, sometimes flipping upside down... Test results pre-WC: PH 7.4-7.6 Ammonia .25 Nitrite 2-5 Nitrate 20-40 Kh 125 GH 70 We've had Mïllïe a few weeks. She didn't take shipping from Dandy Orandas well, and was a little floaty shortly after we received her, but on the advice of Ken at DO, we simply watched her water conditions and removed the bubbler from her QT tank and she came around. She did very well for the next couple of weeks, and I'm an impatient newbie, so I put her in the main tank with my black moor and ryukin. She's been in there for a week and a half, and during that time she was okay, but I switched filters and despite my best efforts to keep the cycle going, bumped it somehow and the nitrite results were through the roof. That's when I went out and got some safe start. I came home today and she was floating on the top, so I tested the water even though I knew I was going to have to do a big WC, because I wanted to have before and after results for my post. I was planning on posting about Mïllïe anyway because I wasn't sure if her scales were slightly lifted when she came to me or not, and thought that might be a problem. My husband said they've been like that since we got her, but I don't know for sure. Sorry for the terrible quality of these photos, they're the best I can do right now... Also took a video that might make it a little clearer... Thanks in advance for your help!
  15. Thanks guys, it looks like she's going to be on the bottom for some time. I've been siphoning off waste and keeping the water as pristine as I can so she doesn't get any infections. Despite there possibility of scale damage, my husband wants to try making her a little life jacket so she could possibly be upright for the remainder of her time with us. I'll post a video if he can work it out. I know it's not the best for her, but if she can tool around well enough, we could put her in the big tank and she won't be lonely.
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