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  1. Curious as to what is a ten - ten treatment? I use H202 outside the tank for disinfecting purposes ie. equipment, plants.
  2. Did the usual feeding. Aging water for their water change this weekend, tended to the duckweed and daphnia cultures!
  3. Baby brine? I just thought daphnia would be too small to be of any value, but if it makes them get off their heinies and cultivate their inner tigers it's all good! Thanks!
  4. Guests overstayed their welcome?
  5. Very pretty - I can't tell, but do you know if it's a frog or a toad?
  6. I have several small indoor cultures of daphnia for my other tropical fish tanks and never bothered feeding daphnia to my sub adult goldfish. Just thinking that it's too small to make it worthwhile. Does anybody feed live daphnia to their adults? I have to harvest daphnia anyways, the cultures have a die off so if it's worth feeding to the goldies, I'd rather make a separate culture just for the goldfish.
  7. You ladies are making me google stuff that I never thought of. I used to raise discus years ago and blood worms were considered ideal food growing out juveniles due to their amino profile/protein content. I use frozen blood worms now for growing out some juvenile goldfish, maybe developing a fuller wen. I downsized down to a few tanks now, but there's a spare tank that has baby discus written all over it. Our local discus wholesaler is using freeze dried Australian black worms for growing out discus fry and adults, and all his other fish including koi and top view ranchu. I like that idea because it is more cost effective than frozen blood worms and less allergy issues. And...black worms are a type of annelid. Just another option if you are looking for another possible protein supplement. It hasn't caused any allergy issues for me for the sample that I'm trying out. The wholesaler likes the loose black worms for his goldfish/koi, I think it stops the goldfish from inhaling a cube at a time. $$!! I would consider the loose black worms stirred into gel food.
  8. Interesting read about your food journey! But ok, I am a nerd, but intentionally or unintentionally I found this quite funny.
  9. I don't think an underground filter would work as well in your tank. They work better with smaller sized gravel and a deeper depth. Not so good with mechanical filtration (debris) but better for biological. I think you have plenty of bio filter capacity with your filters now, even though one (or both) might be slowing down.
  10. Is it just the one filter that the flow has cut down or both? I find that as my Aquaclear filters get older, the impeller gets worn and they start making more noise (humming/rattling) but flow is still good. If cleaning the impeller and the motor doesn't help with flow, I'd check the cost of a new impeller compared to buying a new filter. A lot of times the cost of a new filter isn't that much more than a new impeller and you know for sure that a new filter will likely gives you enough flow/suction. I've never used your filters before, I'm more familiar with Aquaclears. If you do decide to go with another filter, I'm very impressed with the Seachem Tidal hob filters. Very quiet, large media capacity, built in surface skimmer, easier to service, it seems to cover a lot of the little bugs that other power filters have. Price is the same or even lower than equivalent sized Aquaclears.
  11. Wasn't your winter way worse last year? I kinda remember a bunch of ice storms through the Pac NW. I can count on one hand how many times I had to shovel this winter.
  12. Speaking of LFS, they're also dropping like flies around here too.
  13. Just talking to my favourite LFS owner, she specializes in micro fish now, so she can keep her shop small. She used to keep everything discus but now are bringing in fancy goldfish from Thailand. on special orders. Flowers and fish. lol. All sorts of Fluval Spec tanks, tanks 15 gallons or less. Tiny, tiny fish and lots of shrimp, lol. I do have my small fish, but in not so small tanks. Likely true for me about getting burned out, but I just want to travel more so just slowly getting back to where I started...goldfish and a few corys.
  14. I'm relatively new here, so pardon my intrusion. That is so true about fish forums. Took a little break from forums and when I came back, I was shocked by the big drop in activity in our local and general/specialized fish forums. In our area, people are moving to micro tanks/micro fish. Just don't have the space for big tanks as housing is too expensive around here. I just sold my 2 x 6 foot tanks, I didn't want to be stuck with a couple of white elephants in a few years. Facebook is hot for fishy related info, but I hate looking up anything or referencing anything on Facebook/Youtube. I see a little bit of resurgence in local goldfish keeping though, so that's one bright spot.
  15. Haha, thanks for this. I was thinking in simpler terms, an angelfish strain developed in the Philippines.
  16. Such a pretty blue on the Pinoy. I'm not familiar with Pinoys - what makes a PInoy a Pinoy? Is it the blue coloring?
  17. Very pleased to report that the ranchu appears to be doing well, it's been about 2 weeks since finishing the 3% epsom salt treatment. I swear she is putting on weight and eating like there's no tomorrow. It's much easier to dose when fish are greedy and hungry and super easy when it's premixed in their gel food. Thanks for your guidance!
  18. With my breeding group, once they start laying, they lay like clockwork but usually during our winters with the rainy season. Maybe you'll have more eggs in a few weeks?!
  19. Oh no! They all died at the same time? Were they fungused over?
  20. What worked well for me is dropping in an almond leaf or 2 to the fry tank. It serves several purposes, provides cover, breeding ground for infusoria, and helps condition the water. Some say anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, betta people swear by them, my cory fry did well on them. Daily water changes, I used a short length of rigid airline tubing at the end of a regular airline tubing to vacuum up mulm. I did well with culturing microworms for food, I gut loaded them with spirulina powder, just an option if it's hard to come by baby brine shrimp. You'll find it amazing when the fry literally morphs into tiny little replicas of their parents - maybe in 4-6 weeks, by that time they'll be pretty hardy. Have fun!
  21. Are the fry kept separately from the other corys? Some adults love snacking on "catlets".
  22. Congrats on the new fry, what type of corys are they?
  23. Thanks Sharon, I've used a 3% epsom salt solution to treat a colony of cichlids where a few of them showed bloaty symptoms. It worked really well. This ranchu is isolated, would it be ok to feed the epsom salted gel food to all my goldfish? The pH of the new water is 8 after adding the baking soda, 7 out of the tap. pH of the old water and the new water is the same, the goldfish are removed from the tank and water mixed with a pump and the filter for at least half and hour before my goldfish are added to the tank. Just because my GH is next to nothing out of the tank, I like the idea that there are minerals in the water to help grow out younger fish. Once this ranchu is symptom free, how long would you suggest that I add new tank mates to her tank? I have tank mates in QT right now.
  24. I have an adorable ranchu that is swimming and eating normally but other than white floaty clear looking poop/membrane through the tank, I wouldn't think anything was wrong. Just wondering if I should look at alternate or more effective meds to use or continue what worked temporarily (3 weeks) before? Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8 pH, KH 6dH, GH 5dH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7pH, KH 0dH, GH 0dH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master test kit using drops * Water temperature? 75*F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40 gallon breeder, running for 4 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AE Shop overhead trickle filter, powered with a 300 gph powerhead. bio capacity is approx 4 litres? * How often do you change the water and how much? Water changes weekly, 100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last water change was 4 days ago, 100% water change * How many fish in the tank and their size? One ranchu about 3.5" SL * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Prime water conditioner each time, Replenish for GH to bring it up to 5 dGH, Baking soda to 6 dKH, a little bit of Koi Clay. * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Repashy Solient Green, a mix of NLS Algaemax & Thera A+, Paradigm Herbivore, frozen bloodworms. 4 times a day, whatever she can finish within a minute * Any new fish added to the tank? No new fish * Any medications added to the tank? No meds in the tank right now. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Started using Pimafix over Christmas for a week Switched to Seachem Paraguard at New Years for a week - some improvement 2 teaspoons epsom salt for 2 weeks at the same time as Seachem Paraguard Stated using API General Cure for a full treatment (4 days), started around January 10 * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Fish looked a little bloated, scales were not raised though, the epsom salt seemed to have helped. Fish looks normal now except for a few flecks of black dots on her wen, it's the black Tahitian Moon sand. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Constantly foraging for food, behaviour is normal I've had my red ranchu for over a year. She lost a tank mate, another larger ranchu last August. Dropsy. I blame myself as I was recovering from surgery and I wasn't able to do my regular water changes. They were both being grown out in a Rubbermaid stock tank. I moved the red ranchu into her own 40 gallon tank in September and all was well until I started noticing whitish clear floaty membranes through the tank, tank bottom and around the filter intake in December. I've never seen the membrane hanging from her bum. It's a 50/50 mixture of normal looking poop and the whitish poop. She wasn't too interested in the NLS pellets so I just fed Repashy. I switched to Paraguard for a week, the whitish poop dropped quite a bit and I continued feeding Repashy only. At that time she seemed a little bloated and dosed 2 teaspoons of epsom salt to her tank. 1/2 tsp per 10 gallons. I continued that for 2 weeks and she seems fine now. The whitish poop started to increase and I switched to General Cure and I had the greatest results with that, the treatment ended about 3 weeks ago. I gradually started introducing her regular foods and she has been eating well and reacting normally. The past week though I've been seeing more of the whitish clear poop/membrane again. Right now I'm now sure if I should just monitor and let her system rest from the medications used over the past month with nothing but water changes and easy to digest food. Or another round of General Cure or a different medication?
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