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  1. On 3/5/2019 at 4:04 AM, koko said:

    Well TD testing the tap water its 7.6 but the tank was 7.0 and my filter system drops it even farther to PH.

    Boy that's so much fun :lol2 


    Awe wow thats fun to have to manage.  Im so lucky my tap water is ideal for goldfish.  its 8.1-8.2 stable and try to budge it all you like it aint gonna happen LOL.  Our town water supply comes from a coastal bore that is among lots of shell beds undergrounds.  The water straight from down there is very high in sulphur and iron.  The water treatment place removes the sulfur and iron so that we dont all smell like we have showered in rotten eggs and look like our clothes have been washed in sewage.  Im so thankful they treat the water.  So are my fishies LOL

  2. On 3/3/2019 at 4:05 AM, koko said:

    I think for me at some point in life. I will have a pond outside. I think I will like it much better plus I can have more space in the house. I got a big enough back yard to have a big pond but I also have Raccoons and Opossums out there. Also some wild cats and bats :lol 

    oh yes that does make it tricky.  You will need a pond guard too.  Shame that theres no freshwater shepheard sharks that will protect goldfish heards LOL 

  3. 1 minute ago, koko said:

    I have thought about doing that (bristle nose) but Im at the max. I think what is doing it for me i get low light coming in from the window behind it. Its the only place in the house where the tank can fit :) Plus its in the only part of the house that has no carpet :) 

    Yes i understand the issue.  I live in a tiny house so tank placements are awkward.  I had to reduce my bioload to add my pleco.  I moved some of my goldies out into my outdoor ponds and they are loving it out there.  One is a bathtub, one is a washing machine drum hubby lined with a liner and surrounded with bamboo fence sheeting, and one is a very big terracotta pond.  They love the sun and the bugs and critters and the extra yummy algea to munch.  I do understand the bioload issue is tricky with goldies and trying to fit them in smaller houses. :heart


  4. 5 minutes ago, koko said:

    WOW I just love your tank. I could sit and watch it all day. :)

    Mine is a mess right now as I cant get the brown algae to stop growing. I replaced my light since I couldn't find any t5 bulbs in my area.

    Been giving the tank florish in there but that doesn't seem to be helping and I think thats way my duckweed died in there :( 

    I struggle with algea and diatoms too.  The diatoms are because of my water being so high in salicates.  I cant always clean the tank because of my health issues so I added the bristlenose pleco and she keeps the tank clean for me.  i pretty much just need to wipe the front glass and do waterchanges.  Its my cheat :teehee

  5. 5 hours ago, koko said:

    Oh no hun :( Im so glad you figured it out. What a bad disease to get on a fish. Do you know how you might have gotten it?

    I think it was why pOdge was so sick when i first got him years ago when you first helped me.  I think the others got it from him. I think it must have laid dormant for a while after we treated him initially and it popped its head up each time the fish got stressed until they got really sick.  It was weird because not all the fish had the same symptoms so it was hard to pinpoint, but collectively costia fitted.  Im glad the ones i have left are ok now ☺

  6. I managed to get a couple of photos of my Tropical tank too, but they werent very clear either... these are the best of them.

    Its a 200L tank with driftwood, various anubias, various java ferns, and african water fern.  It has 11 corys, 3 longfin rosey barbs (this was all i could find anywhere), 7 danios, red cherry shrimpeedoos, an albino BN pleco named Pip, ramshorn snails, and one little 12mm endler boy who thinks he is the boss of the tank :teehee




  7. I couldn't get very good photos. :no: But here they are LOL

    Schnubbs the shubunkin was too interested in the urgent possibility of there being food under every rock, and Tiny was too busy too.  Louie the black Demekin was gracious enough to grant us a dodgy swim by shot, and Claude the Pearlscale was in full pose mode LOL.  Squeak the Bristlenose was hiding and only sat still long enough for a half dodgy photo before vamoooosing into the cave. 






  8. 5 hours ago, koko said:

    Yeah I didnt know it was that low till TD tested it. Yes Im buffering I have wondershells I use all the time in the tank. I haven been doing only 20-30% water changes lately cause its just so cold here. The water is so cold it hurts your hands when you try and wash them :(

    I lived in an area that had water like that. I had a hard time with plants because of it :lol 

    Awe fishies will be happy with little waterchanges then.  I kinda feel like my fishies need little singlets when i give them cold waterchanges in winter :lol3

    I dont like water that cold, my bones hurt so much with cold.  They say put ice on injuries, but the ice hurts more than the injury lol.  

    Im managing my tank planties ok, and hubby adds extra ferts to the garden plants.  I think they need extra minerals due to the calcium binding it or some such thing.  

  9. Hi! Ive been absent for too long! I thought id update you with my current setups.  :hi

    Inside we have the 400L goldfish tank with Louie my original black demekin Kokos fishie, Claude the very genetically imperfect pearlscale, Schnubbs the Subunkin (shes only 6 month old and has outgrown 5 year old Louie :o), and last but not least is Tiny the Calico Fantail.  Tiny has quadroupled in size since i got her. Shes the tinyest goldfish i have ever seen in a fish shop, only less than a pea big!  I also have a clean up crew of two Gusslings who are babies of my now departed Guss the mystery snail (now ping pong ball size), and Squeak the albino Bristlenose Pleco.  

    Unfortunately i lost many of my babies to a mystery disease outbreak, including my beautiful and most fav fish ever pOdge.  I treated the tank for months with varying treatments but with no sucess untill i revisited the idea that it might be a costia outbreak.  I heat treated the tank to 32degC for 3 weeks and that seems to have done the trick.  We have been 6 months disease free now :clapping:

    Ill update with photos so you can see tomorrow.  I have a video but i dont think i can upload it. :no:

  10. 7 hours ago, koko said:

    Tested my ph out of my tap.... 6.0 :yikes  Thats cause of all the snow and rain lately.

    Awe no! are you buffering it for de feeeshies? we are so lucky our ph here is so stable.  it is very high but stable.  its near impossible to adjust it LOL. 

  11. Awe Koko im sorry Justines struggling so much.  I have bad anxiety and some days even as an adult theres no why, its just there for no reason.  Im so impressed you are helping Justine so much.  So many kiddles dont get the help they need and live tourtured lives.  Its so lovely your little Justine isnt one of them! <3

    Daniel, your packman made me giggle! 😂

  12. Hi everyone! 

    Im still alive! I think?  :peeka

    Things got a little down and i lost some more of my babies.  Im not sure yet whats going on, but im thinking i have some resistant bug in the system. Ive decided im not buying any new goldfish untill these guys are all gone, then ill disinfect and restart from scratch.  I havent lost anyone for around 3 months now so i think i have stabalised everything for the moment.

    Louie and p0dge, my two original babies, are still chugging along, though both have health problems.   Louies eye tumour has progressed and split her iris again, it doesnt seem to be affecting her behaviour at the moment though, so im just monitoring.  

    P0dge had a blister appear in his tail, which weakened his tail and caused it to break along the joint of the two lobles about 2cm from his butski. He now is having a terrible time swimming.  No rudder at all equals round ball fish bouncing around the tank in random directions.  I have modified the filtration in the 200L so the current is really slow, and his only tankmate is Mrs Magoo the butterfly telescope who was struggling in the 400L tank. Im thinking of adding Guss the mystry snail in to help with algea control.

    The other 400L contains Louie, my 5 remaining inside butterfly telescopes Spot, Mrs Rubbles, Grumpfish, Candy and Purdy. They all seem to be doing ok, though Purdy bottom sits alot of the time.  Im thinking its because her fins are soooo looong she has an effort swimming.  Her tail is streaky at the end where it drags along the tank floor too.  Im keeping a close eye on her though. 

    In other news i have now 5 other tanks.  2 betta tanks with ramshorns and cherry shrimp, Bertie and Ichybod are both good boys who dont harass their tank mates. Plumbo the dumbo betta though takes great delight in diligently and ruthlessly ridding his tank of any other living creature, so he is in solitary confinement.  My 4th tank is a planted red cherry shrimp tank. The last is my new planted cory tank, and i must say i am loving these guys!  They are albino longfin corys and such characters.

    So thats it i guess for the moment. Ill try toget you some updated pictures soon! 😀

  13. 20 hours ago, mikroll said:

    Why put it away?  They were successful once  and can and probably will do it again! Goldfish often breed during season 2 or 3 days before full and new moon. So plan for it with nice water change and a little dip in temperature . Good luck next time.

    Thankyou mikroll! I might just do that! 

    10 hours ago, koko said:

    Well thats why I got more eggs again :rofl No male in my tank but I got eggs. Thanks for that.

    Yeah Ree keep it up, you might just get lucky again :thumbs: 

    Thanks Koko. If they spawn again ill let you know. 

  14. 20 hours ago, koko said:

    Oh no not Wiggles :cry 

    Yes. Its sad. :cry:cry:cry

    18 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

    I'm sorry :(

    Thankyou Taryl. He was a sweet baby. :cry

    15 hours ago, DawnMichele said:

    Sorry for your loss. RIP Wiggles.

    Thankyou Dawn. :wub: Isnt it funny how attached we get in such a short time! 

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