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  1. Not sure how one of those work, but the drop kits work easy. Watch the decimal points though..... there's a lot of difference between 3% and 0.3%.. The decimal point is a killer.....
  2. Sorry to read about Putters Fuzzy! Yes, sometimes they can be aggressive, but its not just Oranda's either that can do this. I had a onery Blue Oranda and I ended up seperating him from the others for awhile before I could put him back in tank permently. But the onery ol guy would eat anything in front of his nose short of the driftwood too! And I wouldn't have been surprised had he tried to eat it also! The salt and a bit of mela fix should be ok. My chubby fish alway's got into under or knocked scales and got himslef into things he should not have and thats what I used for him and he alway's seem'd to heal up just fine until the next hair brained stunt.... <read fishy version of mega clutze looking for a place to happen>
  3. And I havn't had a problem one with mine with a ph of 7.6! Go figure! You might try useing peat instead to soften up water for them, but I wouldn't put them in with Betta's either! If you really want some, why not go for a same size tank just for them?
  4. Iris, Varigated Sweetflag, Lizards tail, corkscrew rush are some I have that fair well! Bog plants so to speak. I do have lily's in my pond and my koi leave them alone! It is normal for Koi to scrounge in the gravel though so mine are covered with flat large rock pieces also like a puzzle around the tubers so they can't dig in the pots. I've also had anacharis in the pond without them messing with it. I have picky koi though, and havn't found much they bother as even the duckweed is still floating around and the small water lettuce I put out last week. Plants should be potted though, I get some of those pepsi flats and use a piece of liner in them and just pea gravel! Pea gravel is easier to clean up and easier to get into when its time to divide and repot plants.
  5. I keep netting on my pond raised with shepards hooks for now, but they are long enough to drape to the ground where I have them staked and rocked down. But when we rebuild, it will have a pergola over the top, and be 2 feet above ground with mostly striaght up and down sides, and I'm considering making removable screen's for the pergola. Some folks use fishing line criss crossed as this fouls the heron from wading in. Their legs work the opposite of ours so anything they have to step over they get hung up on. Raccoons are pretty smart though and can move a hefty size rock even, so staking close togetherlike 6 inch's with heavy duty long stakes they can't pull out or up and a heavy net, not the light "bird mesh" stuff. That light black stuff rips to easily! My Dh made me stakes of rebar he bent the tops over (no easy feat) and they are drove in ground with a sledge hammer! I also have a sensor light so night maruaders have a good scare as soon as the light comes on, they have me and 3 dogs chasing there furry hinney's Night shifters do have some fun and I'm sure the one and only raccoon who ever tripped the light is still wondering what the heck that awful racket was chasing him! I had a shovel whacking the ground behind him as I chased him....
  6. It may or may not go away on its own. A UV light installed in line would be good to stop it though..
  7. Pea, green beans, Zuchini and yellow squash. Blueberry's (I have the real buses so thats as fresh as they get) Oranges, Pineapple, Kiwi Fruit. They just have to develope a taste for it. Some never will! I have a friend who has one Koi that swims away across the pond and turns it back on her when she feeds shrimp to the others, he detests shrimp that badly! As for lettucs, it should be leaf lettuce like romain and spinach is good also.
  8. I have cherry Shrimp, they seem to be pretty hearty. They have a bn pleco and two albino cory's for company and I just counted some 50+ baby's in the tank! I'm sure there is probably more then what I could actually see to count..... So far so good though! They seem fairly hearty though, nitrates should not be high though. But the ph range and temps are fairly versatile.... :thumbup:
  9. Yes, its a thing the chinese have done for years.. but we keep in mind that the first three years of growth are the most important ones, these are the fastest growth spurt years, then it slows down. A lot of folks have more trouble with trying to use AQ tanks though, if its possible, Koi are even more messy then goldies! The risk of stunting them back though through the rapid growth period is not something one really wants. A stock tank is pretty neat though, and pond filters can be switched over for use. A basement or a garage is feasible for overwinter. I just picked up a second stock tank, 300 gl's for a round one and it was only 169.00 for that. My other one is 750 gl's and I've used it to overwinter with.
  10. Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you, things have been crazy here! With Koi its kinda like goldies, trial and error with the different fruits and vegies. Each has a individual personality as well so some can be finicky or picky eaters while others will eat anything you toss out. However, its just getting them to take a taste of some things. Offer them more then once, give em a chance to get a taste or two. Both stores are online, Dr.s Foster & Smith, and PSKoi, You have to email Russ & Kari for current prices and orders. Nice folks there. F&S can send a catalog out also. I usually get both for AQ's and Ponds. Well, as for the fruits, I couldn't get them to touch the fresh fruits at first, but started giving them the fruit treats and started slipping in real blueberry's as I have blueberry bushes in the yard, so then I slipped in real oranges pieces on them. Pineapple, watermelon, Kiwi fruits are some other folks have gotten theirs to eat. Zuchinni and Yellow squash, green beans and peas are favorites.Spinach, leaf lettuces (not iceburg).. Cauliflower and broccoli are loved as well. You can also get some plain knox gelatin and make a vegie gel food. Shrimp, sardines, tuna any of the fish is good for them also. I make my own gel food for the goldies so the koi get gel food treats once in awhile. They go nuts for that. I don't call myself a expert though, I believe we learn more and new things everyday, so a student would be a apt description, LOL!
  11. My 10 Koi get 6 handfulls in the am, and fruits, vegies or other things in the evening.
  12. So sorry to read this Andrea! A lesson for all and shows even the best of us have problems and accident's and loose a few sadly! Big hugs my friend!
  13. Hi Fuzzy, I have mine in with a BN pleco and two albino Cory's. They are versatile in PH range and water temps. I would not put them in with large mouthed type's of fish though. The adults are big enough to go in with Tetra's (neons or like sizes) but the tank should planted or have lots of fake plants and baby's would of course be a issue as fish could eat them. Best to keep a few off to one side in a tank of their own I was told, at least two females and some males. They are fun and yesterday I counted some 27 babie's.
  14. I think I recognize that species! Felinas Boxitus Relaxus! I have a rare white one, a Black and white one and one tabby.
  15. LOL! I just got one also, named him/her Binny and I'm getting a Albino this week. Looking into getting a Gold Nugget pleco also. They are pretty cool! Glad your getting a kick out of them as I am mine!
  16. How cute! Too bad about the pics though! Would be nice to see the darlins! The yelllow sounds like a Yamabuki, though there is variations of, Matsuba or Gin Rin. The butterfly could be Kohaku, dunno, a pic would be more telling. But with age and size, sometimes change is possible. I bought a fish once in those colors, about 3 month's later it started developing the pine cone matsuba markings over it all and turned out to be a Kujaku.. Had black starting appearing, it would have been a Sanke most likely though. So anything is possible when it comes to koi!
  17. Hi Bluiis, The Hai Feng is known as a good food, but don't overdo color foods period. Too much of the color formulas can lead to brassy color. I feed a mix of Dainichi growth mixed with Saki Hikari and OSI growth personally. 5 lbs Dainichi, 2 lbs Saki to 2 lbs osi. Mixing foods is good, one kind of food has things the other two do not. With the Dainichi, I get a 42% protein value, it has Koi Clay, the Saki Hikari is a 38% protein but has acidophilus which is good for digestion and less poo, and the OSI at 36% protein so I'm averaging the protein values out at levels where they should be, about 38%. The osi was recomended to me from one of the dealers helpers. Its pretty reasonable and seem's to help create a shine. Also I feed vegies, fruit and some Koi gourmet treats in mixed flavor. Try Russ at PS Koi for the OSI, I get the Dainichi and Saki Hikari at Fosters and Smith along with the fruit treats though.
  18. Andrea I just picked up a second round stock tank, 300 gl's. I will divide the fish between the two. 4 smallest ones to the 300 and the larger ones to the 750. They'll be hooked up to the pond filters there. Probably a good 2 month's easy. Got to pour a base and set the first row of re-bar, then start the blocks. I'm thinking the pond won't be habitable for at least 3 month's. After the liner is in, it needs to be going through a PP treatment, then run for a couple of weeks. I'll be seeding the filters etc before I add the fish back in. My smallest koi are 2-8", then the 10 1/2 and I'll probably put in the smallest of my yamabuki's. So they would average around a 100 gl! Got my 100 gl stock tank and two kiddies snap locks to house the pond plants and will probably pick up another small pool as well. Those are cheap and quick to set up. I should be good to go now! Thank you Mislam!
  19. Oh Fred, I'm so sorry to read this! Was someone taking care of the fish while you where gone? This doesn't make any sense to me unless they where fighting, got caught in something or attacked! Are you sure they are gone, or could they be covered over? White eye can cover the eye's and look as if they are gone? She can survive without them though, and they will heal, but the water needs to be pristine and you will have to support her in feeding by hand feeding though sense of smell should take over. I think you should also post up in the sick fish forum and look at maybe at least salting to 0.1 or other treatment. As for pain, I certainly think they do feel some, though maybe not the same as we do. Its not your fault though, no one can predict things and things like this are liable to happen to anyone!
  20. Salt is treated (and alway's should be) as a medication. Generally there is enough natural salt in the water to provide the needed between water changes as a rule. Different water sources, differing levels of salt content naturally occur. However, in cycling, the salt is used a prevention for brown blood disease dureing the nitrite phase along with the WC's. When the nitrite starts to show then its 1 tsp per gl to get 0.1% (or 1 Tbsp per 5 gls) When you do the WC, you only add the salt to the new water going in. IE: 2 gl's out, salt the new 2 gls in with 2 tsp. Adding a salt test kit is a good thing too!
  21. I'd also go with 2 bio HOB's and up the gph for the bio activity. You can alway's tone the outflow down with some sponge or something. A good bubble bar and strong pump going will benefit. I'm running a double p-350 on my 35 gl with 4, two are still small yet and its working out great!
  22. Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate and not a salt at all.. For practical purposes, "salts" are chloride-based compounds like table salt (sodium chloride). Some of the other common salts are potassium chloride and calcium chloride. magnesium sulfate is a known treatment for intestinal parasites known as hexamita. ALL fish have these parasites in their guts. Different species of hexamita effect different fish. For koi and goldfish, spironucleus is the usual suspect. Like I said, hexamita is typically not a problem until the fish becomes stressed and then it becomes opportunistic like every other parasite in the pond. Once this happens, hexamita can spread to other organs in the body with the result being dropsy conditions. From here, it can be the source cause for internal bacterial infections. Hexamita has been blamed for causing constipation but what it really does is far more sinister than simply upsetting the digestive process. When stress lets hex take over, we can expect gut problems like peritonitis and gastroenteritis. These problems are what really cause the constipation. Necropsy and scope of the intestine can prevail a lot of info here! When you understand the uptake/intake with fish and gill function, the epsome will work better fed, then used as a water based treatment... This really can go in depth! Here is where the normal recommendations for epsom salt use do not work. First off, in order for koi and goldfish to get any benefit from in-water meds and chems, these chems and meds need to be taken up through the gills as koi and goldfish drink VERY little water, if any. This is why there is moisture content in koi and GF food!! The things you learn here.. And epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) are not taken up very well by the fish through the gills. The transfer process of meds and chems from the water to the blood (through the gills) is basically an ionization process through specially developed cells. For true salts, these cells are routinely called chloride pumps and are designed to look for the chloride ion structure. The ion structure of magnesium sulfate is foreign to koi and GF and so it does not get taken up by the gills. The ion structure of nitrite is very close to chloride and this explains why nitrites are taken up by the gills and how we use salt to stop this. A better understanding.... Dropsy is alway's a bad subject, but in learning, there are differences, major ones, in types. Winter bloat (aeromonas in the intestine-seen in pond fish) produces the infamouse dropsy symptoms, Bacterial infections (all) do also. There is a herpes virus that also causes dropsy symptoms and can resolve on its own in optimal conditions in 2-3 weeks. Mycobacteria as cause is untreatable, Cancer, also untreatable. This is why we alway's do a gill check that anemic gill tells us if there's kidney and internal failure. A good example is my own case here, I got up the morning of my birthday no less to find one of my fan tails in full dropsy. I had Bi-furan on hand... I salted with regular salt to 0.1%, Treated the water with the bi-furan and then dipped the gel food in the bi-furan and fed it. Gill check showed good gill function, and I raised the temp up to 79*. Three day's the bloat and pineconeing, bulgy eye's was gone, I treated 5 day's total. Clearly this was a bacterial case in MO... You guy's can wake up now, I hear the snoreing!
  23. Epsome salt can be used in equal proportions with Calcium Chloride to raise the GH of the water. Planted tanks/ponds especially, the plants like the magnesium (and calcium). And no, it isn't used for ich or gill function Converse...., thats regular ol salt your thinking of!
  24. I just got some Cherry shrimp myself! The adults are ok with tropicals,especially if its well planted, but small young would be snack for about any fish. And they are all too small for a goldfish tank. The only ones large enough for that are probably the Bamboo Shrimp, which are filter feeders. Best to keep the smaller ones in a species only tank or with non agressives. I have a couple of baby Albino cory's in and a baby BN for now and they seem to be doing great! 3 females packing egg's already. But here's a good site for the shrimps: http://www.petshrimp.com/
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