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  1. I prefer the versatility of goldfish. I can keep them in a pond outside. My sponge filters are on solar, so no electricity use. Tropicals are tempting, but then, I'd have the stress of tanks in the house (which could leak), and another addition to the electricity bill. The house is already crowded enough with vivs and bird cages - all of which require supplemental special spectrum lights, and/or supplemental heat. Outdoor goldfish are pretty much low-maintenance. Unscrew the plug at the base of the stock tank, and water the grass. Turn on the hose, and drop in a measured amount of Prime. I net out the gunk from the bottom to feed the potted plants. If we had more space and disposable income, I'd probably have a few 200 gal tanks in the house - one with goldfish, one with discus, and an oscar tank. Oscars are one of those animals that are so ugly, they are beautiful (like hairless rats).
  2. Algae is a plant. Don't feel bad. I lost two separate batches of silk worms this spring after treating our dogs for flees.
  3. RIP Hanako. Found her floating this morning. I filled a new tub (100 gal) and moved everyone over to the other side of the yard. There is no shade, but one theory I have is that anything from the pecan trees that falls into the water might make the water toxic. I had a full tarp over it, but of course, the recent hail storm blew that off. I skimmed the debris out that evening, and they had a big water change the next day, but perhaps the damage (if that was even the cause) was done. Second unexpected death this spring. Just don't know. She was big, cheerful, vigorous fish from Dandy Orandas, purchased last summer. The remaining five are NOT happy stuck in the smaller tub. I'll drain the big tub this afternoon, and move it tomorrow for them.
  4. Strange. It WAS merged on my monitor after I posted it...double checked. Oh well, all is good. I find computers to be bit of a mystery.
  5. Dawn, I don't know how my post merged with yours. Still getting used to the new format on a few of the icons. Koko, do you know what I did wrong? Thanks.
  6. Thanks. I'm sure it was rather unpleasant for them. I gave them a water change, and they seem to have come through it fine. After that one unexpected death a few weeks ago, however, I don't take anything for granted.
  7. I always thought the term, moor (spell?) meant that the fish remained a stable black. Jenny of Solid Gold had a recent update of her moors from the breeder Amy Shanka (spell?). I thought the fish were simply gorgeous, but they weren't black. Does this happen to all moors? I liked how Jenny set them up in the aquarium just for filming - very pretty. I want those fish, and that tank (although as a permanent home, it might have been a little overstocked). Wish I had more space....
  8. We had a nasty hail storm today. Hail the size of regular marbles mixed with big marbles. Intermittent heavy winds and hard rain at the same time. It crushed the roof in one of the out buildings, and of course, the tarp on the big tub was no real barrier. Both out door tubs basically had the equivalent of chests of ice dumped in with the fish. After that, a bunch of leaves and what-not blew in over the top. We had a bad roof leak in one of the bathrooms. As soon as it was safe to go out, my first priority was just to clear out and deal with the gutters. They weren't draining, as they were jammed with the piled up hail. I was afraid the weight might tear them down. (I think ice weighs nearly about as much as water.) Climbed on the slippery metal house roof to look for the leak, and found two holes, and smeared a bunch of roof tar over that (which didn't really want to stick, even though the label is wet/dry). So, with all that, the fish seem to be ok. I didn't feed them tonight - too much junk in the water as it is. I'll give them a nearly entire water change tomorrow. I HOPE we get decent weather for it. This afternoon was just still too crazy windy to make it worthwhile.
  9. I thought this was the best collection from Dandy Orandas I've seen yet. It was like entering a goldfish museum. Most of the fish are already sold, but you can find them on the side bar, and still view the close up pics. My favourite goldfish are always the long body hibunas, comets, and wakins. I like the way they move. There were some gorgeous offerings in hibunas and comets this week. ...and, they got snapped up. Lucky buyers. He keeps the prices lower on these beauties too, they aren't the $300+ ryukins, veils, etc. Worth a look, IMHO. Hope Ken buys more of the same on his next trip to China. No money, spare gallons, nor time for more fish right now, but if this is the direction the hobby in moving in, I'm all for it!
  10. I've read that they can be harmful in a mixed tropical aquarium. Can't remember where! IIRC, it was maybe something about the tiny bubbles getting stuck under a shrimp's carapace, and harming it. Have also read that it is better if dissolved gasses can have a chance to dissipate before adding the water to the aquarium. Not sure if that is exactly what goes on when mixing hot and cold, and adding straight from the tap.
  11. Thank you, both. Wish I knew what the problem was. Hope she didn't suffer much. Sometimes this hobby is tough. We have no LFS anywhere, so every fish is ordered on-line, and Fed Ex'ed. Due to the expense, each purchase is given considerable thought, and each arrival is greeted with excitement. She was a beautiful girl.
  12. She was fine yesterday. Took the protective tarp off the big tub first thing this morning, and found her floating dead. The anal area was protruding a bit, but other than that, couldn't find anything wrong with her. This tub gets two big water changes a week, as I use it to water the garden. 300 gal with seven fish - now six. Everyone is energetic and looks healthy. I started another water change as soon as I found her. Ugh. She was a lovely girl, and I'd only had her since last summer. Sad day.
  13. Whatever the cause (maybe breeding?), if one or more fish are getting stressed, then someone has to go. I'd remove the "bully" first, and see if that settles it. With a 100 gal spare, maybe separate two fish, so they all have company? Good luck with it.
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