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  1. Hey Sue! I think this is a great idea! I really look forward to hearing the progress and comparisons of the cycling. I've used Cycle and Stability, personally, I liked Stability better... but can't wait to see how this turns out! One thing I'm curious about... since there's no actual filter just media would this cause a different effect than in a fish tank? I mean, because there is media present, would the bacteria grow there, in lieu of growing on the media within the filter? That's probably a really obvious question... Hahah! It's been a long day and I'm afraid I'm delirious.
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    So far so good. They really seem to like it and I haven't seen any negative effects from it. They eat it just as they do spinach, raw. They like to swim up to it, attached to the Veggie Clip and rip the living you know what out of it... Hahah! Within a couple hours it's gone.
  3. Well, that would be difficult, granted I haven't actually purchased the fish yet. I plan to soon, maybe next week...
  4. Awwwh, no one will get mad at you! Just post the results back as soon as you can...
  5. Well, there's a few reasons for this. Utilities are ridiculously cheap in Seattle, all my lights are energy savers, and I have a studio apt (fairly small) with HUGE windows so I get a lot of light. In the winter on the other hand, my bill goes waaaay up (roughly $40) due to heating costs. I'm used to paying $250 with air conditioning in SoCal, so yes, this really small bill was quite a pleasant suprise!
  6. Hello and welcome to Koko's! Thanks for providing so much useful information, this will definitely help moderators and other members in assisting with your fish. However, it would be really helpful if you could answer the questions below: [*]Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? Nitrite Level? Nitrate level? Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap? Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?) [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? [*]How often do you change the water and how much? [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? [*]Any medications added to the tank? [*]Add any new fish to the tank? [*]What do you feed your fish? [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..? As it stands I can offer a few responses to your post: * Unfortunately, plecos and goldfish do not make good tankmates. The older and bigger plecos get they begin to suck on the goldfish's slime coat. This is most likely what you witnessed the other day. Chances are, this happens more frequently than you are aware. I've had to get rid of my favorite pleco because of this same situation. Do you have another tank you could place the plecos in? Would you be willing to part with them? * Your pictures are posted on snapfish, which requires a user account to view them. I've got an account, so I could view them, but I doubt everyone does... can you post them on photobucket.com, then copy the links into the thread? * Based on your pictures, I think your right in saying the white marks on your oranda is new wen growth. * As for the damaged scales, this definitely could be caused by your pleco or from possible breeding behavior with the fantail since you state breeding stars are present on the fins. I would recommend salting the tank gradually to 0.3% to help facilitate healing. However, plecos (from what I remember) do not handle salt well.... Here's a link about using salt: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...showtopic=60876 Hope this helps...
  7. Thanks everyone! Looks like the curtains will be open tomorrow... Hopefully the sun will come back out, it's summer here, but you wouldn't know it. Yeah, thankfully my little family of snails seem to be enjoying the brown algae, they've been munching on it all day. And yes, I've even caught my fish stealing a bite or two. I sure hope it turns to green in a few days. Come to think about it, I was getting worried about my electric bill, so last week I left my light off when I left for work a few days in a row. But today, I got my bill (only $4), so it looks like my light will be back on throughout each day from now on. I bet that's what set off this brown algae...
  8. Here's some links about fish changing colors. I can't seem to find much information about this, but I'm confident this can be a sign of stress. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...showtopic=24218 http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/FishColors.html From what I gather, this situation can be taken care of by bettering your water quality. Hope that helps!
  9. Glad to hear they seem more active than before. Has your Moore's eye gone down in size at all? What's your Ammonia reading?
  10. Mr. Matt, how's your Oranda doing? Any updates on the situation?
  11. If purchasing a test kit is currently out of your budget, I would strongly recommend taking a sample of your water to your pet store and have them test it for you. When you do this, ask them to give you the exact readings in numbers; such as Ammonia: .25 ppm, in lieu of Ammonia: safe. This way we can really see what's going on in your tank. You will need results for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and PH. As it currently stands, you have x4 the amount of fish recommended for your tank size. If you've been reading around here, I'm sure you've seen the "rule of thumb" of 10 gallons per goldfish. Many of us (myself included!) came to Koko's searching for answers when our fish became sick due to overcrowding. Personally, I had 9-12 fish in a 30 gallon, which should have only really housed 3 fish; this situation was disastrous, to say the least. Also, do you know how many gallons per hour your filter cycles? It should have this information on the pamplet that came with the filter. If that's not readily available, the information can be found online. I see you change your water completely every two months. Do you do any partial water changes in between these large changes? If not, I would recommend doing at least 25-50% water changes at least every other day. Without a test kit it is nearly impossible to see what's going on, and I strongly think this situation is due to water quality. I think your fish's color change (as dramatic and rapid as it is) is unfortunately a call for attention. I'm not 100% sure, but I think color loss can be a sign of stress. I'm going to check into some older posts and see what I can find about this.
  12. Nope, it's a "breed" more or less. That would be like buying a cocker spaniel and hoping it grows into a poodle. One thing you will notice though is it's body will deepen and it's wen will (most likely) grow, but overall, the changes which will occur will be based on three factors: water quality, food, and most importantly, genetics.
  13. That's probably a wise decision. I have kept 1 inch fish with 6 inch fish before and let me tell you, it was a struggle. More poor tiny Lionhead could barely compete for food with his monstrous Oranda tankmates.
  14. I strongly recommend getting the API Master Test Kit. It's a drop test system that is really quite accurate. Don't waste your time/ money with the strips; they're really inaccurate and rather hard to read too. You should be able to find this at your local fish store, but if not, it's readily available online. Here's the link: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod...amp;pcatid=4454 You may also want to invest in a KH/GH test, which doesn't come with the Master Kit, but is definitely needed if you ever have crazy PH problems (like I did)... Here's the link: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod...mp;pcatid=13521 Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous post; make sure to treat your water with dechlorinator. Most people around here recommend Prime (including myself), but I know some people also see good results with Amquel as well.
  15. Thanks Daryl! So, would you recommend I leave my lights on a bit longer? I have a good light, it's a Coralife T-5 I think. Or maybe leave my curtain open for more filtered sunlight to give the green algae more light to grow? Or will this just make the brown stuff get worse...
  16. Yep, I agree... looks like a Lionhead to me! A very cute Lionhead, that is. Looks like (s)he needs a little fattening up, can't wait to see how (s)he looks in a few months with your care!
  17. Hahah! I'm a natural blonde and I miss things like that all the time; maybe it's my black hair dye sinking in...
  18. Can't due Siren, I live in Seattle and am a former Starbucks barista, their logo is a Siren... hahah! Yeah, Lynda-- your awesome, you provided so many awesome suggestions; hmmm... I AM a Capricorn... that may be it...
  19. Good point Lynda! Yeah, I think when I change my water out tonight, I will flip the vase over on it's side. Thanks for the suggestions!
  20. Hahah! I was totally thinking Hydra... but there's this record label that puts out a lot of bands I like called Hydrahead... not that it's a bad thing, just an aside... Thanks for all the great suggestions. Oh, and CountryLovah, the other fishes names are Leviathan and Kraken-- see pictures in signature.
  21. Well, in a few weeks I plan on adding to my collection. I plan to get a small calico ranchu/ lionhead and want to carry on the seamonster theme in my tank. But, I'm at a loss for names... Any suggestions?
  22. Below in my signature are pictures of my two fish, whom I "think" are ranchu, but would love some feedback. I know ranchu are supposed to have a more arched back and defined tail tuck, so my lemonhead potentially may not be a ranchu... Also, they are both very small, the white one only about 1 1/2 inches long, the orange & white one is about 2 1/2-3 inches, so they are still growing, and have very little wen so far. But, here in the US I feel like we never really get actual "purebred" ranchu or lionheads anyway... So, let's here what you have to say about my little seamonsters.
  23. Hello everyone. Not really sure where to post this, so here it goes: I've got a lot of current running in my tank; a Penguin 350 and an air pump rated for 75 gallon tanks attached to an air hose that runs the length of my 30 gallon tank. Anyway, my fish seem perfectly content with their home just the way it is, but... I want to make sure they're not getting stressed out. So, I added a clear, glass vase in my tank to provide a bit of a quiet place. Well, I'm wondering, what's the best way to do this, it's a rectangular vase about 10 inches high, I have it standing up, so the fish swim down into it right now. Would it be better to place it on it's side? Or would the fish potentially get stuck? I've never seen a fish swim, err backwards... I guess what I'm trying to say is, would they struggle to swim out of it? I've seen pictures (I think from BeancurdTurtle) with a similar set up. Any suggestions? Or am I just becoming an ultra paranoid, fish parent?
  24. You are too sweet CountryLovah! I'm just re-telling everything I've read from everyone elses posts, including yours!
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