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youngb204

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  1. the expenses keep going up just bought a gravel vac for $20 with shipping and all some sponges (to make a sponge filter) need to buy gravel and K1 media still (For a moving bed filter that currently uses straws)
  2. hi everyone i bought some hikari sinking pellets and my goldfish love them i toss in a pinch or two, the goldfish eat as much as they want, then i remove what they haven't eaten My question is, is this ok? I was wondering if i should lower the amount to avoid wasting food they leave about 25% of what i give
  3. I already got freeze dried blood worms.. I soaked them then crushed pressed on them and threw them in the tank, they sank and the goldfish LOVED. a pinch gone within 10 seconds Is it ok to use the freeze dried food for now? and whenever that runs out i can get frozen.
  4. Is it possible to let guppies breed, then throw their fry into the goldfish tank and let the goldfish eat them? Like is there a benefit to this? Or should I just avoid it.
  5. Man the comments in this thread will surely save me from spending more money on these fish
  6. second on the cup part so easy and from my experience, the fishes don't mind it
  7. I love amazon. there's always sales on there. I've ordered things that are $70 in store for like $20 on amazon... even if you don't have prime shipping, its still saves a TON of money!
  8. Hi, thanks for the elaborate post and information. Currently I have two small fantails in a 20 gallon long, with a filter thats running 200GPH. According to the guidelines, I am pushing it. Could you recommend me a water change % schedule (for example 50% wednesday and sunday) to compensate for the smaller tank size
  9. How much money have you spent (so far) on your goldfish? a background on how you got into the hobby and where you are now would be nice. I love reading those stories. As well as what you are planning to spend on in the future So, I was recently a huge gamer, and i realized there really is no benefit of it.. once i realized my computer was outdated and a new one that would last (assuming the parts didn't die on me) would cost ~$900. So I sold my current one for $400, and used the other $500 i had laying around in my budget. After looking around, as previously stated, i realized that gaming was too expensive and had no benefit aside from entertainment. So I thought, maybe I shouldn't go for $900 computers, and I should go upgrade my xbox 360 and get an Xbox one. But then you pay for online subscription and $70 per game.. then i'd need a new controller.. basically it was way over the cost of just getting the system and a few games.. Fast forward a few weeks, and I'm in the waiting room waiting for my brother to get out after seeing the dentist. Me being the impatient person I am, I go walk around the mall.. I go into the pet shop. Here is where it all started... I had 2 goldfish in a 2 gallon tank (WalMart tips lol) and they died about 3years after we bought them.. about 8 years ago this happened. So as I'm looking at the goldfish, I ask the guy how much it would cost to get two goldfish and set up a tank.. This guy told me get a 2 gallon tank, some gravel, and 2 goldfish... no filter no conditioner, nothing. told me to go home rip the bag and pour the goldfish in. So after 3 days of watching them do NOTHING, i started researching. Atleast my previous goldfish swam and loved their 2 gallon tank lol Then i learned all about filters and tank size and what not... So, 3 weeks since i've had my goldfish... I've spent $250. 20 Gallon tank, a 200GPH filter, and some decor. Future Plans Syphon ( $55) Larger Tank (55 gallon or more...Cost will vary, but probably $150ish?) More Fish for my new tank Additional Filtration (Sponge and another HOB/Upgrade) Substrate Decor, background
  10. Hi do you think its okay to do so twice a week? This net hurting the fish talk is making me worried. Also, whenever i come home or feed my fish, i always let them nibble on my fingers... is that a problem? I wash my hands for about 2-3 minutes with water before doing all this. Why would you need to do so twice a week? The nibbling isn't a problem at all. It's good that you wash up well. Cause i change my water 25% twice a week. And I do move the fish (in a separate 20 gallon rubbermaid with aquarium water) because I don't have a gravel cleaner atm, so I usually move the gravel and net out the junk. Ah. Why not get a cheapo one that you can siphon into a bucket while you save up for a python? I remember netting gunk in my old tanks... it was a pain in the rear. Is there a specific reason you're changing just a small amount at a time? (Sorry for all the questions, I am just curious.) I don't see why handling them during those WCs would be bad as long as you're quick about it and don't hold them tightly. Well what i've learned in the 3 weeks i've had my fish and browsing the goldfish forums is everyone has a different opinion, but the general line kind of depends on yourself. Someone suggested I change the water 25% two times or once 50% (or more if need be). He/She said she prefers 25% twice and has been doing it for years. So I did that, and I test my water every week and results are fine. And as for getting a cheap gravel cleaner.. well I have 2 fantails in a 20 gallon atm, and I'm saving for a bigger tank since I'm going to need that anyways. I'm actually going to be making a DIY gravel filter with an airstone, a bottle, and a nylon sock (the looks I got when I bought the nylon sock were hilarious) so it will depend on that. Because yea $20 for a gravel filter isn't much, but I'd rather get the tank first, as I'm in canada and that $1/gallon is inexistent....
  11. Hi do you think its okay to do so twice a week? This net hurting the fish talk is making me worried. Also, whenever i come home or feed my fish, i always let them nibble on my fingers... is that a problem? I wash my hands for about 2-3 minutes with water before doing all this. Why would you need to do so twice a week? The nibbling isn't a problem at all. It's good that you wash up well. Cause i change my water 25% twice a week. And I do move the fish (in a separate 20 gallon rubbermaid with aquarium water) because I don't have a gravel cleaner atm, so I usually move the gravel and net out the junk.
  12. Hi do you think its okay to do so twice a week? This net hurting the fish talk is making me worried. Also, whenever i come home or feed my fish, i always let them nibble on my fingers... is that a problem? I wash my hands for about 2-3 minutes with water before doing all this.
  13. To add to the stocking opinions, IMO it depends on how you take care of them, and the fish itself. For example, My friend had an extremely active goldfish which only grew to an inch. Why? He kept it in a 1 gallon aquarium. But besides that, he did water changes every 3 days, and had a filter. It lived for 5 years. fractional amount, but still considerable. Another friend had no filter, 3 goldfish in a bowl. Lived 3 years, and he changed the water every 2 weeks. So it really all depends on how far you are willing to go. Some people think its cruel to let a goldfish live for only a small fraction of their average life. Others can't afford it but still want goldfish. So yea... the decision is up to you
  14. hi again guys sorry if I'm making too many threads.. I'm a beginner and have lots of questions and instead of searching the internet, i like to post here since i find it adds more discussion Anyways, One of my fantails is more active than the other. They are both healthy from the looks of it, and do both eat, but one seems very shy. Goldfish A (haven't named them yet lol) will nibble on my finger if i place it in the tank immediately. Goldfish B will kind of wait a few minutes, nibble on my finger, then get back to his regular program.. which is usually throwing himself against the filter current Goldfish B is very child like, it follows A around a lot. BOTH recognize me whenever i come up to the tank, and aren't scared of interaction. However, there is no bullying from A, in fact, the times where there is bullying *very MINOR* its B doing the Bullying I currently feed them 2 times per day, goldfish flakes. Soak them in water and let them drop and they go nuts. Its just B eats a lot less, as A is quick to take most of the food like he's never been fed in his life... Question So my question is, how can I solve this? I was thinking having a small 3 gallon tank that I use to feed the fish. That way I can keep my main tank cleaner, and feed them one by one.
  15. Hey guys, So I was wondering, whats better 1. Having a carbon pad/bag in your filter, or extra filter media, for goldfish. 2. Regardless of the answer to the above question, is DIY biological media good? If so, please give me some recommendations or tutorials. I checked some youtube videos and everyone has their own method, so if one of the DIY experts here could recommend something that would be great. 3. How often should I clean AND/OR Replace My: Filter Parts (tubing, general parts like holders and stuff, and the fan thing.. that thing that pulls water, forgot what its called) Biological Media Sponge Carbon Thanks guys!
  16. So as I notice myself getting more and more interested with keeping goldfish (and desire to keep some fancy guppies for breeding), I would like to know what everyone's daily schedule is like with there fish if you could please list what tank(s) and fish(es) you have, as well as how long you've had them I'm a student so After the first feeding I'm gone until AFTER the second feeding (brother feeds them 2nd time) 20 Gallon Long, 2 small fancy goldfish. Had them for 2.5 Weeks 7AM: Feeding them 5PM: Feeding Then whenever I come home (time varies) i take about 15-30minutes and just sit and watch them while interacting with them. They've finally started nibbling on my fingers and run to where I'm sitting, they recognize me i guess. All the other times (for the past week or so) I'm constantly learning about goldfish and planning on getting another set up for some guppies, as well as looking on classified ads for some cheap 40+ gallon tanks (Since i'll be moving these guys within a year)
  17. Hey guys, So I bought a 20 gallon tank (before everyone goes crazy, I talked to a goldfish "expert" at my Local pet store, and he said two goldfish are ok for a 20 gallon tank if you have a good water filter and change the water/clean the water regularly. He himself houses 2 per 20 gallons, and if they get really big or develop problems then he moves them, but he's had 2 in a 20 gallon for 5 years) BUT I will be getting another 20 gallon tank again, since they go on sale a lot, or maybe a 75 gallon for my birthday. or just a rubbermaid container lol They are two fantails. not sure of sexes, forgot to ask. Anyways, I cycled my tank, with some old filter media and bacteria cycle product (by Nutrifin Cycle), and got it tested and the results were perfect. I've had my fish for 2 weeks now, and they seem very slightly bigger. Here are some problems and situations i need advice on 1) They keep chasing each other, sometimes with food, sometimes just in general. Kind of bumping into each other and stuff. Thing is, sometimes they are minding their own business, and sometimes they are just chilling with each other. 2) Right now, I don't have an air filter. SOMETIMES they go up to the surface for like 1 second and go back down later. Should I invest in an air filter? what other benefits do they have besides providing air? 3) Right now, my tank has no substrate except for a very small amount on the left side to hold 2 plastic plants, as the other two are already weighted. Should I add a substrate like sand to the tank? I kind of like it bare as its easier to clean... 4) Can i just use black construction/presentation paper for the aquarium background? No problem with this right? 5) How often should I clean my filter? Every water change (Weekly/bi weekly) 6) Is it ok to add toys and stuff to the tank? Like souvenirs and what not,something that doesn't have spots where water can enter.. assuming they are not sharp. Thanks guys
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