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  1. Well, first you have to decide what kind of snails to get. I don't know what kind/how big your fish are, either. I have three, 17 month-old commons. I purposely introduced pest snails to help with the algae. I have a separate tank dedicated to pest snails (and one female betta). I put Malaysian Trumpet Snails in first, because I have a bowl of crushed coral they can burrow into. They did an ok job on the algae, but not great. So next, I added ramshorns. They're doing a FANTASTIC job with the algae, but every once in a while, one of my fish (Bucky, it's Bucky, he's a snailicidal maniac) will swoop in and pluck a snail right off the wall. I don't know if any of them are going to live very long, but I keep plants in my snail tank, and they do great, so I'm not overly worried that the snails will eat my plants. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  2. I'm so terribly sorry that he passed away. :-( Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  3. Hello, welcome to Koko's! This forum is a fantastic resource, the people here are kind and experienced. There is a wonderful article on quarantining new goldfish, which I believe you might find helpful, here https://www.kokosgoldfish.com/Effective%20Quarantining.html Even though you're not technically quarantining your new guys, the methods in the article can help ensure they remain healthy. Of course, if Shakaho or Koko say something different, I would take that advice because they know their stuff. My story is similar to yours. My goldfish were feeder fish, crammed four to a bowl as centerpieces at a school banquet. I had "fishkeeping" experience ONLY in that fifteen years ago I had tried to keep a tank and killed a succession of fish until I gave up. I took home two bowls, and lost five of the fish before I managed to get a tank. (It was an awful time for me.) I kept my three survivors in a 20 gallon high for four months before I got a bigger tank set up, but they hadn't outgrown the smaller tank yet, if that helps. I also live in the foothills of the mountains, and our water is very soft (low KH) so I would suggest that you keep an eye on your pH. You might need to add crushed coral or cuttlebone to your tank if the pH doesn't remain stable. Also, I made the rookie mistake of adding aquarium salt *directly* to the tank, so I just want to be sure that you know to dissolve the salt fully in water before adding it to the tank. Tetra Safestart Plus isn't really compatible with Prime and you're not supposed to change the water for two weeks, so I would switch to Seachem Stability. Stability is a bacterial supplement that's dosed every day, so a water change won't hurt anything. I think you're also going to want a bigger bottle of Prime. I didn't even know those little bottles existed until someone on a betta forum told me, LOL. Good luck, I hope your little guy feels better! I can't play your videos, but I'd love to see pictures of your fish, just because I like looking. :-)
  4. Seaking, in particular, is incredibly beautiful. Your pictures are so well-done, and your fish look great! Thank you for sharing! Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  5. It's okay, I know I'm ridiculous. [emoji38] It's my way. They really are like 2 year olds, aren't they? I'm going to have to baby-proof my tank But I think that's what we love about them. What kind of crazy thing will they do next? And then they give you that innocent look and you have to laugh! [emoji1] Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  6. I was chasing him, too! That's when I realized he had outgrown my fish net. So I'm yelling, "Spit it out! Spit it out!" And I'm trying to chase him with a ladle, which was all I could think of. I was trying to tell if he was choking, and thinking, "Oh my gosh, I'm actually going to have to use the fish Heimlich manuever and my family is going to make fun of me for FOREVER". But he hunkered down in a corner until he got it down, and then he came out with this innocent look on his face, like, "What? Why are you yelling?" He's still alive and eating today, so I guess the shell was soft enough for him to squish. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  7. My common goldfish just appeared out of nowhere and swallowed a ramshorn snail whole. I'm stunned. I don't know if I should give him a pea now, or what. I just don't even know what to say. I thought he was going to choke on it, it was probably about 1/4 inch diameter. I didn't even know his mouth was that big. That's all. I just had to share my astonishment. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  8. Hi, Goldfish Rescuer 101! This is a fantastic place to get goldfish advice, the people here are very knowledgeable. They do need that form filled out as well as you can, though, so they can be as thorough as possible when looking for illness or other problems. You never know what can help. If I remember right, you said in your other thread that you use Seachem Prime to treat the tap water, and that your water temperature is between 68 and 70 degrees, is that all correct? And there is one other goldfish with him, who looks in the pictures to be a long-bodied goldfish of about the same size as Flubber? Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  9. Update: Not a huge success, but she went out and bought a 20g High for the goldfish. I did send the corner filter with her, but forgot to talk to her about not changing her filter media. Sooo....wah wah [emoji53] Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  10. I actually purchased the Ikea tote, but I don't know if she has room for it. (I would have already set it up but couldn't find the space for it.) Also, her filter is a HOB and I didn't know how to make it work with the tote. She might be up for small daily water changes, I didn't think of that, thank you. The male betta is no longer sharing the tank, he developed dropsy and I wasn't able to save him. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  11. And I'm not looking forward to it. I've been fish-sitting since May, and on Saturday the owner is coming back for them. The fish are not in ideal situations and I'd like to gently encourage the owner to do better by them. The owner is a college student and lives in the dorms. When the fish arrived here, there was a female betta in an unheated, 1.2gallon tank with an undergravel filter. I added a heater that was actually rated for her tank, but I'm going to keep it, hoping that the dorms will be warm enough. (Plus I don't have the money to just give away equipment.) The undergravel filter seems to be cycled. This fish is doing well. Should I talk to her about getting a larger tank for the betta? There was also a divided 10gallon tank, with a male betta on one side and two, year-old, common goldfish on the other side. There was a HOB filter, unknown gph, it appears to be an aqueon quietflow with the blue grid inside. She changed the filter media monthly, and I know that the BB is *supposed* to live on the blue grid, but the tank wasn't cycled, so I did a fish-in cycle and didn't change the filter media. Should I talk to her about not changing filter media, or trust the blue grid? There wasn't a heater in the tank, but the male betta developed dropsy not long after arriving and I was unable to save him. I removed him to a quarantine tank, and after his death I monitored the goldfish, but they've been ridiculously healthy, knock wood. I removed the divider and added a corner filter I found at Goodwill ($3! Plus media I already had on hand!) Even though these goldfish came from the same batch that mine came from, the ones in the 10gallon became enormous! They are easily an inch larger than my largest goldfish. While I don't mind at all giving her a $3 filter I got lucky with, I don't really want to give up my air pump. Do you think I should talk to her about extra filtration? How would you phrase it? Finally, she was doing water changes every two weeks, I have no idea how much. She doesn't own a testing kit, and I know that's a big expense for a college kid. Would you try to talk her into bigger, more frequent water changes, try to get her to buy a test kit (so she know when she **absolutely has to** do a water change), or both? Would you try to talk to her about a bigger tank? Would you try to talk her into rehoming the fish? I won't ask her to give them to the pet store. If this is a TL;DR--all of my questions are at the ends of the paragraphs. I would sure love advice. This is my daughter's friend, but not one I know well, and my daughter doesn't want me to lecture her too much. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  12. The chain store bettas are always a roll of the dice. You don't know their heritage, you don't know how they've been treated, you don't know if their immune system is compromised. That said, I've had pretty good luck. My koi betta has been with me for a year, my doubletail male has been with me for ten months. My daughter's betta, however, got a tumor around two months after he came to live with us, and passed away after about seven months with us. He was a very entertaining fish, with lots of personality, and I can't regret knowing him. My personal opinion is that it's worth the risk, but I've noticed that the ones with big, heavy fins tend to bite their tails, fwiw. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
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  14. I'm so sorry. I recently lost a fish to dropsy. I tried medicating, but you know, I hate that helpless feeling dropsy gives you. I'm very sorry you're going through this. [emoji45] Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  15. I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry for your loss. I know other people don't understand how fish are real pets that are really important to us. I hope you get the answers you need. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
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