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  1. I also highly recommend avoiding King Koi. They sell fish with OBVIOUS health problems even in the photos on their site. They dupe a lot of non experienced people into buying sick fish and then try to shirk responsibility or dodge refunding. I no longer buy fancy goldfish as I cannot find anybody that does not import and I have simply had too many problems with imports. I will probably pull out of goldfish once my current ones pass away. I have several left I got from Bo Zhao of Zhao's Fancies. I had a HORRIBLE systemwide bacterial infection after adding a few of his fish last time. He said adding his fish to a system that only contained his fish was totally fine... So I did that without quarantine and the newer fish I got from him brought something nasty with them that infected EVERYONE. I lost 2 of the ones I had from him prior to the new batch... And ended up losing one of the new ones as well. I had to use meds and PP and it was such a pain treating them but the rest survived. That was spring 2020 and all the survivors are still alive today. After that happened - I haven't bought anymore fish at all. I have less time these days and will just pull out of goldfish for a while once these pass away. My oldest and strongest little boy is a tiny white Ryukin who just never grew that I had for 4 or 5 years now. His brother and sister I had for a few years too but lost them due to illness (my own) and resulting neglect of their system. He somehow survived though along with 2 Petco Shubunkins. All those Ryukins were USA bred and not kept with or around imports and have been the healthiest fish I have had that I got from breeders. I simply will not buy from importers nor will I recommend any of them. You'll usually end up with a sick fish one way or the other. Even the user who recommended Goldfish Island (an importer) ended up with a sick fish. Their customer service seems on point which is great, but they still sell sick and diseased animals... Which is just problematic IMO.
  2. Way too many again - thread BACK ACTIVE. HELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPP
  3. Mary nearly 3 years later... Turned out to be a MALE and be MEAN. But love him all the same.
  4. Given tons away. All adult males sans one gone. Most babies gone. Levels are respectable now. Will update if that changes.
  5. The GFK site wasn't really getting many posts so I guess the ADMIN let it go or closed it. Sucks all the useful info there was lost. Forums are just dying. It is what it is. As for my fish - I have one system left. The goldfish I have left are Diva, Boss, Rangli, Elizabeth, Piccolo, Limbo, and lovely Bayana... my last little white Ryukin. There are 4 baby single tails from a spawn left too. I won't be running any other systems. Don't have the time or patience. And after these go, I'll likely set goldfish aside for a while.
  6. @spider man I did not even know she had Guppies. I have not spoken to her in a very long time. I got these off eBay as tiny fry and they bred out of control!! It's nice to see you here tho. I lost any way of contact with you since GFK no longer runs. If they keep this up - I may boot all of them and try a different species because omg
  7. I gave these away today - but I have more to give away. I'm also giving away fry as well. I will likely still have some come May.
  8. Got 15-18 tiny fry guppies in December. First time keeping guppies. They're grown up now and I have too many males and their numbers are increasing. The boys sometimes fight etc. If you have a good home for them please let me know. I'm in Atlanta but I have shipped fish before and can if absolutely necessary. I have like 4 extra males at least. They're mixed breed but the boys are lovely with big colorful tails. I haven't posted here in a while but figured to post this just in case. Thanks!
  9. I don't truly post here anymore... But want to sympathize with you here. I got a fish from that same importer, and though I did a standard QT... It wiped out every single fish in my pond. Nearly 30 fish, half of which I had nearly 2 years with no issues. I've met SEVERAL more people who had nasty issues with that vendor. He doesn't quarantine and his fish aren't healthy or to be trusted at all. If you email Bo Zhao of Zhao's fancies... He may be able to accomodate you. He is VERY nice and accommodating. His fish are known for good health and they are not imports. I bought this big girl and he threw in the dinky one for free. Still a good quality baby fish. He often has dinky fish he doesn't sell laying around. No reports I have seen of ugly disease from his fish. He recommends you don't mix either, but if you HAVE to (say, for owners of a single pond who have no choice) he will give you instructions to minimize issues. He's great. I have several fish from Chuchugoldfish on eBay. No imports and been nothing but strong healthy fish for years. Even a total pH crash that killed several strong single tails could not kill his fish. Zero chance of vicious disease. He often has small fish for an excellent price... But they sell out quick so gotta keep an eye out. I avoided Cynthia when I went looking for a new Oranda for some of the same reasons you did. She makes it seem like you'll kill her fish instantly if you aren't an expert.
  10. Tell me about it. But my issues lied with imported fish. Never had a vicious outbreak from fish I bought locally. They all come from the same farm down here that supplies all the southern mass merchandisers. But fish from sources that I don't know, I would definitely be careful and wait the extra time.
  11. As it turns out... The cats can't stand that food. Neither of them. I guess I see now why it was cheap. I would have been beyond furious if I bought that food at full price only for my cat to hate it. Today I did a clean of the mud pond. Kosmos, my favorite, is gone. All the other 6 were found doing okay. Some of them really are getting quite a bit chunky and I they were visible from the top. I did decide to net it finally properly... Was a pain but will definitely prevent any birds from hunting in there now. I'll post an update on the blog about it... But I also found something else at the bottom What a cutie pie... I want to find out what kind dude he is and see if I can care for him. He was looking quite pekid.
  12. Man that is HOT, but you guys get mild winters so there's the exchange. Your goldies should be happy and growing lol. Mine are totally annoyed. Today was 62° as high. In two days it'll be 20° at night. Crazy.
  13. Last night it was 24° outside. I covered my mud pond. It'll be 28° tonight and its very windy. I left the cover on. I'll take it off tomorrow. Gave Mary and her minions another 25% water change. So she's had her 50% now. Everything looks good there. Her Barbies are getting so big. It's crazy. I've done some more research and it seems like the Barbies might get 3-4", which I had no idea because when I see Barbies in videos, they're always super dinky little fish. I hope mine don't get that big. Yikes. They're already little bastards.
  14. Well she doesn't get good quality food usually. You see that giant bag of Special Kitty food that she usually eats. But our last two dogs lived to be 15+ years old and Blue there is about 20 years old. My other cat that ran away was over 10 years old. We've never really fed high quality foods because we really didn't know about it until we got my previous cat, because she had urinary issues and we had to search for different foods. Still, our pets have always seemed to do pretty well on standard foods thankfully. But I'm sure the higher quality food won't harm Blue and she's happy to have something different.
  15. And I also found this Instinct cat food for $2 as well. It's the Kitten formula but I'm sure 20 year old blue doesn't care XD. She wishes she was a kitten again.
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