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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
  16. How big are the goldfish? Is someone able to take them in the 20g? Is your pet sitter willing to do water changes? Is there anyone willing to come to your home and take care of the goldfish in their 55g tank?
  17. Thank you both. Ikea is an hour north, but I like the dimensions of that tote so I'm going to try to make it up there. I'm hoping that the relatively compact size might possibly work in her dorm room? [emoji106] Do you have any recommendations for a filter for the tote? Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  18. So...my daughter's friend, who lives in a dorm room, will be traveling all summer and needed a fish sitter. I felt uniquely qualified, since I keep the same types of fish (bettas and goldfish) so I accepted the task. Now I don't know what to do. There is a female betta, in a Top Fin FC200 tank that's 1.2 gallons and has what I hope is an undergravel filter. No heater, a plastic plant, colored gravel, and a small tiki-type decoration. She appears healthy to me. The second tank is a divided ten gallon. On one side is a large male betta. I think he's a veiltale, but he has some obvious fin rot. He has colored gravel, two plastic plants, and a Top Fin coral reef-type cave decoration. Other than the fin rot, he appears healthy, though he sometimes has trouble "catching" the food. Brace yourselves. On the other side of the divider are two long-bodied goldfish. They have colored gravel, a plastic plant, and a coral reef-type cave decoration. I know that these fish are at least one year old, because they were rescued from the same centerpieces at the same event where I rescued mine. They've been fed good food and are roughly the same size as my three. Their gills were black when they arrived but appear to be healing. On this side of the tank, there is an Aqueon Quietflow filter, I don't know how many gph it's rated for. It has the blue grid that Aqueon claims will hold beneficial bacteria but she has been changing her filter pads monthly, so I don't yet know if I have any hope of an established cycle. There are no heaters in either tank, but my room temperature water is at 76°F and the days are getting warmer. I have many dilemmas. I don't think it would be kind to keep those goldfish in that 5 gallon space. When she comes to claim them in August, I'm going to have to talk to her about what she's doing wrong. If I move the goldfish somewhere else, where? And how could I possibly put them back in that tiny space? I would love to hear some advice. What would you do? Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  19. I have a couple of these, and I did use one as a temporary tub last fall. Loved it! Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  20. I have had three, 10ish-month-old commons in a 38 gallon for six months, they seem to be doing fine. I also have a Aqueon 75, it's doing a great job and my parameters are better in that tank than any of my others. I did put a bunch of Seachem Matrix in it (for nitrates) because I'm like that. But my fish seem to be doing just peachy. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  21. I have seen ads on Craigslist asking for goldfish for ponds. You could also ask around at your locally-owned fish stores. Garden centers sometimes have show ponds for their aquatic plants. Also, it might sound strange, but my local zoo has a whole goldfish river in the children's area. You could try calling around to some of these places.
  22. Thank you everyone. I'm not surprised, but I was hoping a little bit that someone would say, oh just go get some colloidal silver. I do really appreciate all of you taking the time to take a look for me. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  23. Sorry--it won't let me edit my previous post. Very shortly after we moved him into the tank, we noticed a black bump on his side, near his spine. I asked on a forum, but no one seemed to know what it might be. In early December we noticed some ragged fins and increased our water changes. The bump was only slightly larger. Clean water didn't help. The fins got worse, and the bump got bigger. By January his fins were terrible and the bump was larger. It looked like it had burst. All decorations came out of his tank except for a plastic cup I had soaked for a week in dechlorinated water. At the advice of another forum, we started treating with Jungle Fungus Cure, methylene blue baths, and methylene blue swabs. His fins began recovering, but the tumor burst twice during swabbing, the pus was white and kind of a thicker, creamy consistency. It hasn't burst again, but it's definitely growing. I have dozens upon dozens of photos from throughout this process. Here is the last time I swabbed him. And here is today. The people I've been getting advice from are at their limit. Their last-ditch suggestion is Potassium Permanganate swabs. So I'm here, on my knees, looking to see if there's anything we've missed. Please. Tama is so smart. He is beautiful. He thinks he's a big vicious brute. I want to help him if I can.
  24. ** Test Results for the Following: * * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * * Nitrate level(Tank) 5 ppm * * Ammonia Level(Tap)0 ppm * * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 ppm * * Nitrate level(Tap)0 ppm * * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4/7.6 * * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4/7.6 * Other Required Info: * * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * * Water temperature? 78F * * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 5 gallons, 4 months * * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? A drip tray filter came with the tank, and I added a sponge filter * * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 50% * * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 50% * * How many fish in the tank and their size? Only one adult betta * * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, Stress Guard * * What do you feed your fish and how often? Omega One betta buffet * * Any new fish added to the tank? No * * Any medications added to the tank? Not currently * * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. --one full round of Kanaplex --three rounds of Jungle Fungus Clear --methylene blue baths twice a day for two weeks, methylene blue swab once a day for two weeks --Bio Bandage swab for ten days --nothing but clean water and stress guard for the last week. * * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Tama is tecovering from fon rot, and seems to be doing well. He has a giant white tumor which continues to increase in size. * * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Tama is eating and swimming as usual. He doesn't act ill. Tama came to live with us late August, 2016. In early October we purchase a 5 gallon Aqueon Minibow and moved Tama in. It was rapid-cycled with media from my established goldfish tank.
  25. Pictures! Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
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