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  1. I've not yet had the opportunity to build my own pond , however I have a few years of experience with pools, sprinklers, wells and water treatment ( I can't seem to escape working with water) I have worked a few pools that were better suited for Koi than humans. Do you find that now that you have emptied the filter box that the leak is still occurring if so at the same rate or slower? what is the actual bottom and banks of the pond made of? dirt with rubber liner? concrete? gravel with liner? In pools the most common places for leaks to occur is around the collar of the main drain on the bottom, the mouth of the skimmer, and the breach of the wall for the pool light. * if your pumps are front loader and suck water through the side wall of the pond my hypothesis would be the constant flow has eroded around the material and has caused a weeping leak. You might be able to detect this by using some type of fine tip syringe with food coloring, with all equipment off inject wherever equipment or fittings breech the pond to see if you can see where the dye gets sucked out. You may have to scrub yourself down with a plastic brillo put on a rubber male contraceptive (or 2 for good measure) with once around with tape for watertight integrity ( prevents possible infection) and take a swim so you can see. If you've already isolated it to the secondary filter box, it might just save you headaches to build another box around the outside of your filter box made wood with a 2cm gap off the original box and pour hydraulic cement in to form a new outer-box fused to the old box in an effort to seal any pinholes or cracks you can't see. My thinking is outside of the original box rather than patching inside so that as the concrete cures over time any efflorescence that might form will have minimal surface area contact with the water the fish live in and any salts that might collect will be more on the outside. If you suspect that the crack or leak is in the bottom, and the box cannot be fully emptied or lifted up to seal underneath it may help to take the water level down as low as possible and line the bottom of the box with a screen like material, then gravel, then some type of clay, mud, or sludge from elsewhere in the pond to form like a natural plug for the hole or crack, another option would be to line the bottom of the box with gravel and hydraulic cement that, then whatever roots may have penetrated the bottom of the box will just keep growing into the ground and as the plant stock grow in girth and begin to get chocked by their own growth they will throw out new roots above the choke point in the stalks.( If removing the plants temporarily for inspection and repair is not an option) If you did need to hydraulic cement the bottom of the box even though hydraulic cement will setup under water its probably best to let it be hit with sun and soak on its own before exposing the ecosystem water to it and then circulating that water to the fish. I would steer away from any type of epoxy or putty since these things usually have many different chemicals with often unmentioned voc. Super fine sand may even work to plug bottom holes once it gets mixed in with some mud, detritus, biofilm and water. what are your thoughts on this? Best Regards, Jordan
  2. That’s a nice looking hen you have there. If you run the pump overnight have you tried turning it off over night and seeing if it leaks more or less? how is your pump plumbed in on the suction side? Do you have a skimmer , a main drain, and a vac line like a swimming pool or something different? best regards, Jordan
  3. Very interesting indeed. Do you have fish with large or exotic eye characteristics or the non protruding pea size eyes?
  4. I tried to snap a good set of comparison photos but my fish are not cooperating with me today. It’s hard to tell by photo but the males overall shape, while round, is slightly more stream lined while the female is more bulbous. Hope this helps.
  5. I see. Is this fish is in the same tank /water/ temperature as the first fish? if so I would guess that they would both show the same signs if they are both male and in the same conditions. I have 2 other fish in my tank with the one I posted before and neither of them have any spots showing, with that in combination that they are rounder in the belly I have come to the conclusion I have 1 male and 2 females
  6. Hi Siena, Out of my own curiosity, what alerted you to the light freaking the fish out? when it was on were they hiding? When turned from off to on did they go hide? Do you feed them floating food , and they refuse to go to the surface while the light was on ? I’m regularly fascinated / entertained by fish behavior so any of your observations would be greatly appreciated. best regards, Jordan
  7. Hi Eva, difficult for me to tell just by looking at the fish here. Do you have other goldfish for side by side comparison or for this fish to interact with in a breeding like fashion? The top down view as well as the side view show a slightly more round shaped belly , however the overall shape of your fish is not like the fish I am used to seeing and either way belly shape alone is not a sure way to tell. some other things you might be able to look at would be the fish’s rear area - what shape it is , if it protrudes etc. I recently turned up the heat in my tank, and my fish that I suspected was a male now shows some breeding tubercles on the pectoral fins,
  8. If anything, I’d say maybe beat em’ self up feeding on sinking food close to the decoration, I had one of my fish scrape herself up and lose 2 scales in the fast pigging out on some gel food too close to a rock
  9. More accentuating photos for my fellow recreational scientists out there.
  10. I read this thread and I have a slightly different looking thing but it certainly looks relative, any advice or comments on this thing would be appreciated. I haven't added anything new, I do have an abundance of nitrates that I still have not been able to cut down enough, Ive been too busy to do really big water changes. the way it looks like its grown out from a central hub makes me suspect it is some kind of fungal mycellium. the idea of under water mushrooms almost makes me want to let it grow and see if it has some kind of fruit/ reproductive body. I'm going to take it out though because the snail pictured eating the black/green algae got to that spot and busted a U-E
  11. Hi Beth, Thats a nice looking fish! I have been feeding my fish Repashy super gold for a few months now, and they will eat it until they pop if you let them. I have used both the cube method and I have made the jerky as well and I find that the cubes are much more efficient for my tank as the jerky causes my fish to go wild fighting over it then they're all up in the plants and rocks trying to get the jerky, one of my more mischievous fish actually disappeared in my tank one day for about 20 minutes and I come to find that it had somehow worked itself into one of the ornaments I had in pursuit of the jerky- causing me to remove that ornament. I feed repashy twice a day most days, sometimes on the 3rd day I'll feed repashy in the morning and pees at night. If I notice they have trailing poop I know I've gone overboard with the repashy so then I fast them for 12-20 hours and if they're hungry all they have access to is algae, my plants, or snail eggs. Hope this helps, Best Regards, Jordan
  12. Whatttttttttt that is awesome and I had no idea that this is how this was done. I also dove right into the planted tank even though my local fish store guy told me that it could not be done with goldfish. The plants are an important part of my filtration. I have mostly Amazon swords , and "German" swords. I also have a couple lotus bulbs / lotus plants with lily pads, I did get what was advertised as a java fern (non reputable store sold to me before I knew better about them) the jury was out on that until now! I think I have a java too and I think it's ready to be divided. I thought maybe it didn't like my substrate mix so it grew roots from its leaves as an adaptation or something. Will these actually cling to stone? What do you use to get that going nylon thread? I also have one anubias "cofeefolia" originally I had made a cave out of 3" PVC pipe and buried it in my tank then placed driftwood on top of it and was trying to grow the anubias over it too so it was like a cool burrow at the base of a tree overgrown with roots - awesome in theory but proved to be slightly problematic to clean and possibly dangerous for my brazen fish so I took it out and I stuffed the anubias down into a crack on the drift wood and it grabbed on like an orchid would grab a tree. Thats pretty funny about Jelly Bean hiding food from Lydia. My SeaKing has much better vision and a much larger mouth than Magikarp and Goldeen - leading to SeaKing hoarding food in his mouth but it falls out when he chews or he tries to go hide in a corner and drop it. Since I feed them soft food I started cutting a larger piece and feeding SeaKing first so that his mouth would be too full to suck up the other pieces before everyone else got a chance to eat.
  13. Hey Reno Goldfish Fam, Thats a cool looking fish, you certainly know more about what's going on over there than I do and have the knowledge of before and after -but I do have a couple questions, I see you have some ammonia in your water, as well as nitrite, ( Not judging you) I also see that you are using a tetra test kit, I am not familiar with this kit but are you able to tell me if this measures for PPM ( parts per million) or Mg/L ( milligrams per liter)? Also, aside from the fish in questions behavior staying the same , have you noticed behavioral changes in your other fish towards this fish? Any breeding like activity taking place such as other fish chasing this fishes tail / attempting to push this fish into plants ? when its rest time do all the other fish shy away from this fish do they gather together in a fish pile? does this fish shy away from the others?anything of note helps. Chasing : This might be an indicator that the fish is ready to breed and is releasing hormones, alerting the males Do you have a suitable place in your tank for the fish to lay eggs, such as plants real or fake or a spawning mop ( can be made with green yarn) ? Fish might not lay eggs if the fish doesn't find a suitable place. Something else that might keep a fish with eggs from laying eggs would be temperature. Whats your water temp? maybe if your water is on the colder side and you bring it up to the "Springtime pond" temperature if it is eggs - the fish will lay them. aside from eggs, you see no other signs of dropsy, bloating could also be caused by internal parasites, but having multiple fish in the same tank myself I always figure that if its parasites they'll get into the water column and all the fish will get it and display symptoms? my thoughts on the omega one pellets : I fed this to my fish 1 time and did not pre soak it and my Thai Oranda had immediate swim bladder issues. I spend the rest of that evening with my hands in the tank holding him upright for fear that he would get permanent equilibrium issues, I massaged his belly until all poop and gas had passed and he could again regulate his neutral buoyancy. Now I feed my fish Repashy Super gold, and every few days I throw in some pees if I see their poop starts to trail a little. Soon I will start experimenting with my own gel food recipe that includes more vegetables as repashy is mostly protein, that way I can give them one high protein meal a day and then one equally high fiber meal. not saying omega is bad, just watch carefully hope this helps, Jordan
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