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  1. Ok will do. She seems normal this morning, except for looking a bit hungry. Both were looking at me like where the grub, lol.
  2. Ok made my siggy smaller, but I don't think I have PM capabilities yet as I can not find a PM link anywhere. Walter is doing load better, about and hour or so after posting I checked her and she was upright, listing just a little. she then ate some peas and I left her in the bucket for a few more hours before doing a 50% water change and putting her back in the tank. So far she is doing well and acting normal. She is not swollen and poop looks normal. I have not fasted lately, but I think I will, then give her some peas, just to make sure. Thanks for your help.
  3. Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? -0 Nitrite Level? -0 Nitrate level? - 20 Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? -7.6 Ph Level out of the Tap? -7.6 Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? -20gal, for over a year What is the name and size of the filter/s? 30/150 Aquaclear, 10-15 Aquatech How often do you change the water and how much? -Once a week, 25% water change How many fish in the tank and their size? -2 Orandas 1 5in the other 4 in, and 1 rubbernosed pleco What kind of water additives or conditioners? I add Kent liquid plant fertilizers Any medications added to the tank? -No Add any new fish to the tank? - No What do you feed your fish? Tetra ColorFin Sinking Granules Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? - No Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, ect..? On Tuesday I found my Lemon Head Oranda Walter listing to her side so I did a little over a 25% water change and she seems to perk up and be ok. Last night though I went to feed and she was completely over on her side, but when I put the food in she swam around and ate like usually, but when she stopped swimming listed back over onto her left side. So I moved her to a 5 gal bucket for the night. My other Oranda has been acting normal. This morning she was still on her side, so I did a water change and added a bubble want to the bucket, and also offer her some peas, but she just spit them back out. I don't know if something is wrong or if it is just old age, Walter is 8 years old.
  4. I ordered some plants online last week and got them Monday:) I was so excited they all look to be in great shape. I just stuck them in the tank yesterday, won't have time to make everything look nice until this weekend. Here is a list of the plants I got Moss Ball Crypt Spiralis Amazon Sword Rotala rotundifolia-2 Hygrophila difformis Anacharis-2 Hornwort Moneywort Mayaca Ludgwigia narrow repens Ludwigia broad leaf repens I purchased these plants from aquariumgardens.com reasonable prices and very nice plants, good size. So if you are looking to buy plants online give them a look:) I will try posting some pics of my new plants this weekend
  5. If you don't have a bubble wall or stone try adding one. You probably already realize that you are a wee bit over stocked with two gfs in a 10 gal. I would check my water params. If water quality is not at its best that could be causing his mopiness because he doesn't feel well.
  6. Lol silly fish:) Maybe he has some Oranda in his past. Congrats on the new tank, your fish are gonna love it. I am hoping to get a 40 gal at the end of the summer. Also just a little warning about your baby racoon, just incase you didn't know. Most is not all raccoons are infected with a parasite called Baylisascaris procyonis, a type of roundworm, which has been shown to cause visceral larval migrans in humans, which means it can migrate through the tissues of a human host causing severe damage or fatality since it can migrate to the heart, brain, eyes, lungs, and other tissue. The eggs of this parasite can remain infective for months or even years in the enviroment. Racoons can be treated for the parasite with a worming, but there are not currently any drugs to kill the migrating larva in humans. Iam assuming since you have the raccon that you or your parents are wildlife rehabilitators and probably know this, but if not just thought I'd let you know. I learned this in my parasitology class, I am planning on becoming a Vet Tech.
  7. I use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Kit as well. What makes it so nice is you can buy relacement reagent when one runs out:) You should beable to purchase one at mmm or else buy it online at Big Al's, That Fish Place, drsfostersmith are a few places that have it.
  8. If you have had a fish with ick in the tank you will probably want to nuke it and the filter to make sure none of the eggs or parasites survive to infect your new fish. I would remove all the water from your tank and give it a good scrubing with hot water, same for your filter and toss your old media. I would then spray it all with a 10:1 bleach solution, 10 parts water to 1 part bleach and then just let it dry. That should kill every thing. as for your pleco you could just put it in a rubbermade container since it shouldn't take more than a day to clean your tank and filter. If you have gravel or decoration soak then in a 10:1 bleach solution for 15 minutes and then rinse and let then dry out. You will have to cycle your tank again I wouldn't try saving any media or anything since it could have it on it. They do sell cycle starting stuff in pet stores that you could use to help your cycle get going faster. I think some people on her have use them before with sucess, but I amnot sure what brands. Hope this helps you out, and congrats on the new pond your are goign to have some very happy fish:)
  9. the general rule is 10 gallons per fancy gf and 15 - 20 per common or comet gf, so right now you would need a 30 gal tank minimum. That may see extreme right now since they are probably small , but if kept in the proper conditions gfs can grow to be quite large. I just purchased a lionhead gf a few weeks ago and it has already grown over an inch! If you want to get a catfish then you will probably want a seperate tank for it. I don't know alot about them so you may want to do a go0gle search. If you can't afford a larger tank then you could get a rubbermade container to put them in or else return the two you bought to the petshop or find new homes for them. Just be sure since your tank is probably cycling right now to do regular(probably daily) water changes of like 25%. Right now good bacteria are getting established in your filter and tank and as they grown and multiply your aquarium will have a spike in ammonia and then nitrites which are deadly to fish at even low levels, the good bacteria will use these and end up producing nitrates which harmless except at high levels. If you don't have a freshwater test kit then you will want to get one ASAP, liquid test kits work better then strip tests. Here is a link about cycling your tank http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/cycle.html Hope this helps you out and goodluck with your new fish:)
  10. lol, me too, i would love some little lionhead fry, but I also hope they hold off a little bit before starting a family
  11. Yup are far as I know when gfs spawn the male will chase the famel around with his nose up her butt, but I think mine are too little to be doping such things, lol;)
  12. Ok I did water changes today and decided it was time for Cora to get moved into my 20 gal with Zane. Well first Cora followed Zane around, but now Zane is following Cora with his face up her butt. Is he old enought to be doing that? I wasn't even sure if Zane was a he, but I guess he is. Zane is around 1 1/2 - 2 inches long while Cora is about an inch. They seem to have calmed down a bit since I put them in, whenever cora wants a break she zips down behind her little cave a gives Zane the slip, lol. I would love to have them spawn, but I think they are a little to young to being doing that now. If Zane keeps up the chasing should I seperate them again or leave them be as long as Cora isn't too frazzled?
  13. Never ever release a domestic animal into a wild enviroment. If they live they will most likely compete with natural inhabitants for food and space and could become a major problem. Most likely your fish would not survive in a natural pond or creek, they are domestic and have probably lost alot of their natural instincts which would keep them alive, and would be easy targets for wild animals. Do not release them try to find new homes for them.
  14. Wow not to be mean of nag since It sounds liek you are doing the best you can. Definately try to get the pond built ASAP or try like lillypetal said and find new homes for them. Ask if a pestshopt will take them or you might be able to put up flyer for like free comets for someone's pond. Definately do water changes at least weekly if not more because with than many fish ammonia and nitrites can build up to toxic levels in no time. goodluck:)
  15. first off how big is your tanks and how many fish do you have in it? If they seem to be struggling then you probably have too much water movement, they need at least on calm spot to rest in.
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