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  1. Expensive, and lots of fittings that could potentially leak. Never used one - they scare me. I like to keep everything in the tank. Sponge filters and box filters just seem to be the least problematic.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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....
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks, everyone. They arrived at 2pm. Both in good shape. One eyed jack is cruising around like nothing happened at all. The one telescope eye is a BIG eye. Doesn't appear to be swollen, but big, as in, "are those real?" sort of big. (Reminds me of a lady on line, who is documenting her weight loss (90lbs and counting), who had a mastectomy, and reconstructive surgery back when she was much heavier. She said one side is like a water melon, and the other side is more of a fried egg.) Anyway, he is a cool fish, and I hope BF likes him as much as I do when he gets back from travel this week. The Tancho comet is enchanting. Looks like some other-worldly water sprite... a dream-like fairie fish. Definitely taking the trip harder than her tank mate, but I've had a few fish sulk after shipping. I expect she will perk up in a couple days. My apologies for the lack of pics.
  12. Will be shipped tomorrow, for Wednesday delivery. One is a tancho comet - always wanted one. The other is...umm...a one eyed black telescope. BF took a liking to it (For an extra fifteen bucks, we could have bid on the one with TWO eyes.) Well, at least it will have a loving home. Dandy Orandas auction. Quarantine will be a fifty gallon stock tank on the back patio (in mostly shade). I'm setting up that this evening.
  13. Koko, you don't understand; I live in the Stone Age. No cell, and old digital camera (gift) no longer has the cable...as if I even knew how to work that. I'll catch up someday. Promise.
  14. Old thread, so maybe moot, and a bit of a long shot, but maybe contact ThePondDigger? He has a channel on YouTube. He seems to work out of SoCal (could be wrong, but that is my impression). The fish would get good homes.
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