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Ranchugirl last won the day on August 13 2020

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  1. How are things, Heavenbound? We haven't heard anything in a while - I hope you have something good to report.
  2. Such beautiful fish, NightAngel!! Looks like you had a ton of fun. As always, the show must have been great. You didn't bring home one itty bitty fish? And such adorable children you have. And so patient...
  3. Well, the things that make me think about that food you are having your eyes on, Christo, is the fact that it is floating, plus it has 3 mm in diameter. I would avoid floating pellets as much as I can for goldfish, unless yours are single tails. Floating food and fancy goldfish don't do so well together. I have used floating foods before, and it didn't matter how much I soaked it and squeezed the pellets before I fed them, they still kept floating. That food is better made for koi and single tails in the pond, not for fancies. Plus 3 mm is already quite some size. Again, better made for bigger fish. Hubby fed his baby koi with big pellets like that, but he crumbled the pellets in a plastic container with a hammer. But again, those were koi babies with a different body shape and not prone to floating issues. With the "homemade" pellets like that, espeically without the ingredients listed, there is often a lot of junk in it. Maybe you can ask the seller for the ingredients and see if he is willing to give it to you. They sometimes act secretive, not to give away "their miracle ingredient" for better fish health, when in reality its the junk they want to hide. A lot of grinded fish stuff like bones, meal or even corn, I would be careful. Ask him and see what you get out of him.... I know its always tempting to go for cheaper food. It might be good for a while, or as an emergency stash if the good stuff runs out. But in general, I would rather spend a bit more on food, and know that it is a better quality. You can always supplement your fish with some frozen things as well to stretch the expensive food some - any kind of brine shrimp, bloodworms and whatever not hops around in the freezer section of the pet store. Peas are cheap too, or making a batch of gelfood with all kinds of goodies - and tossing in a few pellets of the good food. I always found tons of ways to work oround being tempted by cheaper food. My personal golden rule - if there are the words "floating" on the package, I don't even look at the rest of the food anymore. I don't buy it. Only exception - Goldfishconnection's floating seafood flakes. Those flakes sink within seconds of hitting the water, and are just wonderful!
  4. It as been a few days since your last post, Lemonlily - how does that lump look today? Any chance of a picture? Gives us a better idea what it might be. And since you are at it, how about a few details about the pond? Size, gallon, what filter, how many fish, how often do you change water and such. Any plants in it? Any new fish lately?
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    Well, Ich can show up in small numbers - however, just one dot seems a bit unlikely. Did more dots show up since then? Did you get a close look at it? Could it have been a fish louse?
  6. You might have to separate them permanently - if that is the only way for the little guy not to be bothered.
  7. Hi Jill4Joy, how did the fish do while you were gone?
  8. Hi Newbiefishgirl - how are things? Is that new system in sight already?
  9. How is the situation now, Nismo? As Newbiefishgirl stated, beneficial bacteria (BBs) don't live in water - they live in the filter media of the filter. But since you moved your old filter over to the bigger q-tank, any kind of cycle burp should be short and painless. The BBs don't adjust to tank size anyway, they adjust to fish load. So, by moving over to a bigger tank with the same fish load, nothing should happen to the cycle. If you added new fish to that bigger tank, you would have to watch your water parameters though until the BBs grow in numbers to take care of the bigger number of fish. However, with a bigger load of six fish, another filter seems to be in order, since small filters can't handle much of a load to begin with. So, you added that second filter to your bigger q-tank, do I read that right? Any time I have a filter with lots of BB's and a new filter with no BB's in it at all, I always use media from the cycled filter and stuff some into the new filter. That way Bb's will grow and develop in the new filter as well in a much faster time than if the new filter would have to go through a whole round of cycling. Fish eat now?
  10. That is a beautiful fish, however not a true goldfish - its a koi/goldfish hybrid. But georgeous nonethless! I saw a picture of that fish before, if I just can remember where. Some hybrids are just plain ugly, but bis one is stunning! The Chinese say that you need one black fish in your pond or tank for good luck - I wouldn't mind having that one! Of course, with a potential adult size of 20something inches and more, that beauty is better off in a pond than a tank.
  11. NOW you are an officially initialized python owner! But see it on the bright side - the living room and bathroom are sparling clean now....
  12. He does look so GOOD! As a tip for that lid incident not happening again - maybe putting a stack of books on top, so he doesn't get any ideas next time. And if it gets too hot in the tank during the summer with the lid on, try one of those reptile lids, which are basically nothing but a frame around and a mesh on top. That way air can circulate, but dear Duncan can't go on to any new adventures?
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