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  1. Hi all, I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this, but I am wondering if anyone in the NYC/New Jersey area would be interested in taking on Vickie, my orange oranda. I would like her to have a good home in a cycled, not-overstocked tank, ideally with some friends. She is currently kind of lonely. I used to be a regular writer here at Koko's (my blog is "One Fish, Two Fish"), but I am giving up fish-keeping for personal and practical reasons. You'd be welcome to have any of my aquarium equipment, too (lights, AC 70's, a 29- and 10-gallon tank, medicines and chemicals). I also have a very cute tiger nerite snail you'd be welcome to have and some plants. Vickie is healthy and regularly Prazi'd, but, of course, I would recommend quarantining her in case your tank has different pathogens. I don't have a car, so you would have to pick her up. I live in Jersey City. Below see a fairly recent picture of Vickie in her tank. Thanks.
  2. I had this problem. Can you handfeed the blind fish, or is it afraid of you? Honestly sometimes I would spread the food out, and if my aggressive fish just followed the other one around despite there being plenty of food for everyone everywhere (which she did), I'd shoo her away. Sometimes I tapped her, gently, but you might not be comfortable with doing that. So long as you scrub up with vinegar or castile soap, it shouldn't be a problem to put your hands in the water. More space should help with this problem, I would imagine. As my aggressive fish grew bolder, she also became territorial during non-feeding times.
  3. I love the black goldfish with orange eyes! And your new ryukins have great fins already! So cute.
  4. Also: if I were to remove the nerites for maintenance Prazi rounds, where would I put them? My house is cold and I only have the one heater. I'm worried I'd kill them either way.
  5. So.... are they hurting each other or mating? I have cuttlebone and a pretty high pH in the tank, and I haven't seen them do this before. I also don't see many eggs in the tank, so I'd thought they were male. Should I separate them?
  6. OK--I bought the cuttlebone just in case; I figure it can't hurt! I hope I find my missing nerite, too, who seems to have gone into hiding within an hour of being in the tank. Perhaps it buried itself? I checked the filters, floors, etc. What little spy!
  7. Yep bleach is the way to go. Bleach is magic!
  8. Yeah, I'm perplexed, but I'm wondering if the gH drops quickly after a water change (I did one earlier today). I'll take another reading tomorrow. The snail is actually running away from my camera--how do they know when these things are happening?? But it is a white spot (not a cyst) on the apex of its shell. Just in case, do you have any preferences re: cuttlebone? I found this on Amazon but some people noted that it has trace salts in it.
  9. The shell has grown a white spot on its apex. My gH is around 9-10 drops (this is with a recent dose of Equilibrium), which is 161-179.
  10. Hi all, I current use Seachem Equilibrium and baking soda to keep my kH/gH under control, but I would like to boost the water's calcium content further, since I think my snails' shells could use the help--and it might help some of my plants, too. I've read about using cuttlebones, but don't want to use them if there are unnecessary additives. I've also seen that Seachem makes a calcium supplement for corals, but it seems not to be calcium carbonate. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  11. When you remove nerites, where do you keep them? When I've quarantined them in the past in a bucket, they haven't done terribly well. Any ideas? I'm also hoping to feed Super Green to them if they run out of algae in the tank. Do most of yours like this?
  12. I'm going to try snails (again), this time from a much better source that shouldn't require much QT, but I was wondering if nerites do poorly during PraziPro maintenance rounds. I've read that apple and mystery snails are unaffected, but mixed things about nerites. Thoughts?
  13. I hope things turn around soon in fishworld! Sounds like you are very busy (and perhaps stressed). Hang in there!
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