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  1. Having just offloaded a tank full of guppies (my LFs were happy to take them and their parents), I am now down to 4 fish only. Aurigae is my red and white Ryukin. Her name is taken from that of a star; at one point all my fish had astronomy names. She doesn't live up to her dainty name. She's ungainly and waddly, and a bit of a pig. Bugly is my Telescope eye. He was a moor when we bough him, but the black is fading fast. He is named after his buggly eyes, and his name seems to echo the way he beetles round the tank loking for food Spiegli is a chocolate pompon. The name derives from the German for fried egg. I have no idea why I thought this name was suitable for such an elegant little fish, but it seems to have stuck. Chalky is my unimaginatively named albino cory.
  2. I tried a variety of plants with my first batch of goldies. I finally threw in the towel when I came home to find the two of them chomping their merry way through the new Sword Plant I'd bought. They were eating at such a rate that they weren't even digesting it, and the whole tank was full of bright green poo! Since then I have stuck to silk plants. The little terrors dig them up and drag them around the tank occasionally, but that seems to be the worst they can do.
  3. My mister is just as bad as I am! He's not neccessarily obsessed by the fish- he looks after them well, but is a bit more emotionally distanced from them. However I often catch him talking to them, especially if they are doing something stupid or funny, and he always points out anything that suggests the fish are off colour- when a cory was ill he was the first to notice.
  4. I salt according to what the packet of salt says on the side (don't have a packet to hand atm). The cory was in there for a good few weeks without any problems, and his companion the albino has been in there for several months and is very perky. The speckled cory seemed to recover after a day or so in solitary, and regained his balance. However on Monday I noticed he was wobbly again, and though I put him straight back in the iso net, the next morning he was very very dead. We had this happen to another one a while back, when I kept them in the betta tank, again no outward signs, had been in the (lightly salted) tank for nearly a year. I think it must be swimbladder (or whatever device it is that lets catfish regulate their buoyancy- I know it's not the same as a goldfish). Oh well, at least I got him out before the goldfish started nipping his fins, and he died peacefully
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    Mine like algal wafers, go mad for tubifex cubes (I soak them til they're squishy and then swirl them in the water), and enjoy peas if chopped finely. They also like cabbage and salad leaves; I shred the leaves but keep them on the stem, and dangle them in the water on a hook. The other day I caught my ryukin and telescope playing hide and seek through the leaves. Cute! They also spread fragments of leaf all over the tank and clog up the filter...not so cute.
  6. Currently keeping fancies and tropicals. I'm afraid commons don't do much for me, though if I ever get a pond I will definitely keep them
  7. Just peeked into the tank this morning as I was clearing up, and saw to my horror that our speckled cory was spiraling round and round on his back, apparently unable to right himself! I fished him out and stuck him in the isolation net (our iso tank is currently full of guppy fry), and he's now floating belly-up at the surface, still breathing but apparently incapable of moving. What on earth has happened to him?? He seemed fine yesterday, and the other cory in the tank seems very healthy. The tank is 40g, contains three goldies, two guppies and two cories (yes, I know, but I had little choice at the time, and no one has eaten anyone lese so far). It is heated to about 22c. The ammonia and nitrite are both nil, the nitrate is the 2nd shade of blue on the test strip (ie two degrees of colour away from nil). We have been suffering algae problems, but bigger water changes and copious scrubbing with a toothbrush seem to keep it under check. I change the water weekly- about 50%-60%. We use Aqua-plus to condition it, and doc Wellfish salt at reccommended dose. The filter is a HOB Fluval 3+. We feed them on tropical fish flakes and hikari algal wafers (most days) with goldfish pellets, catfish pellets, tubifex cubes, chopped prawn, cabbage, peas and salad leaves as treats. *edited to add* he shows no obvious signs of infection or illness. Colour is normal, respiration is a little faster than usual but may be because he is panicky. Belly is nicely rounded, whiskers are as they should be, tail and fins not ragged. His posture is rigid, all fins and spiky bits splayed straight out. all other fish are disgustingly healthy.
  8. Unfortunately the plec died within a couple of days of buying him. We don't know why. For the first few days he seemed ok. QUite active and investigating the tank, then we came down one morning and he was behind the filter, barely moving. I fished him out and put him in the iso net, away from the goldfish, but the next morning he was stiff as a board and dead as a doornail. Our water levels were all ok (can't remember them now, but only the nitrate even registered), and the cory that went in at the same time as the plec is happy, healthy and even grown a little. Guess we picked a bad one
  9. Mine incline towards the 'dig it up and punt it around' form of tank rearrangement. I like to hoick all the contents out every now and then, and give them a good scrub, as I have a bit of an algae problem in my tank. Then I shuffle stuff around when it goes back in, and try and improve the way it looks. Recently I splurged on a new plant for the tank- it suckers to the wall and hides all the wires running to the air pump and heater, and a new bubble wall, as the old one was quite frankly useless. I also moved the hideyholes around and built a few new ones. The corys seem particularly taken with the new lay-out, and spend a lot of time foraging around the back, whilst the goldies seem to appreciate the added swimming space, and I caught one of them investigating the new rock feature. The guppies, on the other hand, are blissfully unconcerned by anything that isn't shaggable or edible!
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    if you are feeding peas some goldies will need them chopped into smaller portions- I divide each pea into 8 or 9 bits. I also hang parboiled shredded cabbage leaves in the tank- my three strip a large leaf in two days.
  11. He looks like a very pretty Ryukin to me- very nice fish you have there!
  12. So I've bought a monster. Oh well. He's only little, so I have plenty of time to think about how to house my monster. Our current tank used to house a very grumpy sailfin (the owner upgraded to a laminated double thickness bomb-proof supertank when it became apparent that the pleco hadn't quite finished growing), so if the worst comes to the worst I can always buy the goldies a new home. I'm sad to hear he was probably wild-caught. I know that bristlenoses and the like will breed in captivity, and had assumed that since that LFS has tank-bred zebras and the like that something as common as a, well, common, would not be worth the catching. Apparently not. though I read that they are bred in the Far east in large ponds. Can any of you shed any light on his sunken belly? Am I looking at a malnourished critter, or something more serious? He seems quite at home this morning; I caught him motoring across the (sadly algaed) wall of the tank when I put the light on.
  13. So do I! The horrible (ex)housemate's Gibbiceps is well over a foot long! Matters are somewhat complicated by the fact that he isn't red. At all. He is brown/lightbrown, almost giraffe-style colouring, and banded brown/brown fins. I haven't seen his dorsal extended yet so i can't say for sure on whether he's a sail-fin, but I doubt it. I've spent the last ten minutes trying to photograph him, but he's only about three inches long, so I've failed miserably. Methinks my best bet is to enlist the horrible (ex)housemate, and his big book- it must be in there somewhere.
  14. Myself and himself went out plec shopping today, with the intention of buying a nice little Bristlenose to complement our tank. What we actually bought (as the only ancistrus they had were wild caught )was something labelled as a Red Pleco (no L number available). He seemed pretty perky in the tank, eyeing us balefuly from under a log, and thrashing quite healthily when they netted him. However, there are two things about him that have me worried. Firstly, I have no idea what he is, or how big he will grow. A brief go0gle has not revealed anything to enlighten me, and I wonder just what he actually is! He doesn't have the colouring of a Common, and his nose looks a bit long to be a Gibbiceps. I'm guessing Hypostomus, but beyond that i'm stuck. Has anyone here heard of a Red Pleco? Secondly, when he finally glued himself to the wall of my home tank, we noticed he had a rather sunken belly, as if he hasn't been getting enough to eat (this LFS has the habit of putting up to ten plecos in a single tank- not a clever idea IMO). He's not been in there long enough to me to ascertain if he is eating or not, though I spotted him humping a wafer earlier, so it would be nice to have a heads up on any other possible causes (the rest of him looks normal btw- good colouring, bright eyes, nice fins, normal vent etc) as i'm a bit concerned. No piccies i'm afraid, he camofluages too well with the gravel for my camera to pick up.
  15. No, alcohol is not a good method - it poisons the fish rather than euthanises it, and would not be a humane method. That's why you should not use anything like vodka to emulsify clove oil and make it mix with water (just shake it like a previous poster said) Clove oil is by far the best method if you are in the least bit squeamish. I have used this myself on a very ill pleco, and he was not bothered by the smell or the change in water, he just squatted in a corner and went to sleep- it really is that simple and painless. I don't have any of that at the moment though, and I am ashamed to say i am too scared to use a more hands on method- worrying of panicking or hurting the fish rather than putting it down. Currently my method is to isolate them away from other fin nippers and scavengers, and hope they either recover or pass peacefully. I sometimes feel very cruel, as if I'm prolonging their suffering
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