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  1. Hm, doesn't look like egg pooh to me either. Just like Imo, I would think towards stress issues as well. How long/deep is she again, without the fins? Fish do react stressful to shipping, some more than others. The cabine may or may not be pressurized, but fish's senses can feel more things than we think. That lateral line is a wonderful sensory "invention" - and despite the good package of the box and all, can feel changes during traveling. Did Ken mention any issues she had when she arrived at his place? Not that I would remember all the fish in a delivery of 100s, but Ken is very observant, and might remember. Btw, you can feed a grain of epsom salt in a pea, if you want to try that as well. Other than that, and the Medigold (are you still feeding that, yes?) I would give her time. I had a fish arrive via air once (not from Ken), and she had issues as well like I never saw in a fish. Time did the thing, together with good tank conditions (Maya was alone in a 55 gl tank for 2 weeks!) Oh, and do you have a picture from her from above?
  2. When you imagine how many of those tiny eggs - sticky little things - are compacted into a goldfish's body, you can imagine that not all the eggs find their way out. Maybe the exit or the way to there is too small, and the eggs are partially or completely blocked off when trying to drop. Lets just say that absorbed eggs are more commonly seen in fat and round fish, not all that often in slender comets or shubunkin. Their body shape is just better to work with in that regard. And yes, sometimes its just one of those things. Female too small to handle all the eggs, too many eggs all at once, not enough male stimulation - sometimes you just don't know.
  3. Sue, instead of the eggs being released, they slowly break apart in the fish's body, and the body re-absorbs them. It is like digestion - and what I don't like about this is that it can cause bad bacterial infections. After all, there is something falling apart inside a body, and since it is so hidden, we can't often see the first signs of bacterial problems. If something goes wrong, it is often hard to treat. It takes so long because of the sheer number of eggs involved, and because the biological breakdown is a slow process. I personally take a good egg release over absorbtion any day - it is a lot less stressful on the fish.
  4. Its a bit harder to tell by he pooh alone - have there been other changes in the fish's behavior as well? There is usually a whole "big picture" of how absorbed eggs can be diagnosed. I usually was able to tell by the way the fish acted - my problem females were mostly heavier in movement, looked more swollen on one side of the belly than the other. How I can usually tell is when they generally lose some of their energy - energy that is used to absorb those eggs. The more eggs there are, the less energy will be left for the fish. I can especially remember one particular female which was literally not getting her butt off of the tank floor anymore, not for anything, not even food. It took almost 3 months, and I had given up on her ever moving much again. Rows of meds were given with no success. Then one morning, she just got up, ate and swam like she never acted up. It always reminds me of Chronic Fatique syndrome, where almost everything in your life is just too much, and you can't muster the energy for much at all. As to thinking that your fish might not be old enough - well, let me tell you that the size of the fish isn't neccessarily a dead giveaway. I have had quite a few fish who seemed like babies from their looks and size, and I turned around and they decided to chase some girls - successfully.
  5. I would just rinse them off well under running water - that should do the trick. There isn't more that you need to do, after you made sure that you really haven't used any fertilizer of any kind on your lawn. About those Cherios - that is something a lot of koi keepers feed to their koi. If I remember right, it was mostly as a nutricious food during the winter, when the weather/temperature does allow feeding.
  6. He IS a beautiful fish, and its too bad that you have to find a new home for him. He would be just my kind of fish - except that I am across the big pond, and it just isn't doable.
  7. Boy, I didn't realize this would turn into such an interesting discussion! I would think in case of the tosakin is the extreme tail, which makes it very hard for the tosakin to swim properly. The fish has to put so much strength into getting itself anywhere. It is however a beautiful fish in my eyes, and if one wants a tosakin, needs to take precautions, like tanks that are wider, rather than deep, so the fish doesn't have to struggle unneccessarily to go anywhere. When we look at the various extreme breeds of goldfish, then we have to remember that they aren't the only creatures in that regard. There is one fish in particular, of which I can't remember the name now (Jed, I am sure you'll know - MJT likes those! ), which have such extreme heads that I am sure they can't move that easily either. I try to keep thinking of that fish's breed, but my brain turned into mush. Then we have the brightly neon colored fish lately, glow in the dark, dots and stripes, that causes premature death and shortens the lifespan of the fish enormously. The latter markings are done by injections - injections that have to be repeated in order for the fish to keep the coloring. Not something I would ever support, and refuse to buy. That said, without that kind of breeding we wouldn't have most of our pedigree dogs, from the fragile little Chihuahua to the German shephard with the tendendy for bad hips. Some of those "side effects" are more obvious and disabling than others - and I have to agree that breeding just because we humans find it fancy is not something I support. When we decided for a pet in our household, we were thinking of what we wanted in a dog. A friend of ours had a little Pomeranian who broke or injured her legs just by jumping down a chair, and I felt sorry for the little thing. There were numerous dog breeds that we were thinking about - German Shephard, Great Danes, Boxers, Spaniels, Chow-Chows. There was always something we didn't want to support on those breeds, like bad hips, cupped ears, etc., so we ended up in a shelter instead with a mix of a dog who doesn't have any inherited hicup due to overbreeding. But going back to the fish in question - with overgrown wen, huge eyes or bubbles -, we can make sure they get the best care. There is a reason that a beginner shouldn't start off with a delicate fish breed. He/She needs to grow into the hobby first, learning the basics, before jumping into the hard stuff. Its like starting to knit, and wanting to work on a project with the most problematic design. Not good for starters, but with practice and experience it will go easier with time. Once we know the needs of the delicate breeds, and we can accomodate them with some changes in the the tank, there is no reason the fish shouldn't live a happy and healthy life. Those fish have been around for generations and decades, and they always will be bred. All we can do is not only keep them as safe and well as we can, but educate people about those needs as well. What they do with it is their choice.
  8. Yeah, an apartment and a pond don't do well together, now do they? I can see your problem, Mr. Lim. The way I look at it is that you grow into the hobby, first starting with one or two fish, and learning about them all. The more you learn and experiment, the more you find your own ways of dealing with whatever comes along. You try more things, like in your case breeding, and you produce some beautiful quality. During that journey, you make decisions on what to add to your fish load and equipment, or when your comfort level is reached. Each keeper has his/her own level of comfort, and their own limit where we say "This is all I can handle" - for whatever reason that might be. Some are happy with a few fish, and some keep on getting more and more, and feeling just fine with the maintenance load that comes with it. If somebody would have told me when I bought my first pair of goldfish and a 10 gl tank, that I would stand out there twice a week and change 100s of gallon of water each week, inside and outside the house, I would have laughed at that person - barely struggling with keeping those two alive. But we do grow in our own pace and way, and each has to know where the limits are, when a chore becomes negative and stressful, when waterchanges are dreaded, and it is just too much. Some may read through your post and say "Oh boy, how can he handle so much!!?", while others just smile and go "What is he worried about - I have double the amount of fish and tanks and do just fine." As long as you are happy with what you have and how you handle it all, then that is perfect for you.
  9. So, I was hanging out in a magazine store this afternoon, when I stumbled upon a pond magazine. What caught my eyes was the mentioning of an article about goldfish, so I made my way through the magazine. What I found was a positive info on single tailed goldfish, but when it came to the fancies, there was a rather strange and completely negative paragragh. Now, I have to admit that I was in a hurry (hubby couldn't wait any longer ), and I flew over some parts of the article. Mostly against wenned fish, telescopes, bubble eyes and celestials - that they were unacceptable breeds and mutations, ugly little creatures, and their breeding would border on animal mistreatment. Mostly because the headgrowth can grow over their gills or eyes, or the incapability of the "funky eyed" fish to see their surroundings properly, and that such breeding of those fish should be halted. At first I thought "Well, that article is somewhat right when it comes to keeping those fish in outdoor ponds and such", but after reading the paragraph numerous times, I found that the author was totally against those fancier breeds in general. If he indeed spoke only for the keeping of those fish in a pond, he completely used the wrong expressions to word his opinion. What major part of goldfish keeping would we have without our fancies? I am wondering now how widespread that opinion is, or if that was just one writer putting something on paper that was just his personal experience with those fish. If he indeed tried numerous times to keep those fancies in a German pond, then I can totally see his frustration. Again, I flew over some parts of the article, and I have to go back and read the rest. I refused to buy the magazine out of anger about that paragraph, and didn't see why I would support such writing by buying the magazine. As lovely as single tailed fish are, I could not be without my fancies with their big heads, big eyes and bubbly little faces.
  10. How did the blackout go, Bubbleboy? I hope all your fish are okay, and nothing happened.
  11. Well, those little buggers do get excited every now and then, don't they? After a while, the glass gets somewhat of a soft algae cushion, and that will be very helpful when the fish hits the glass next time. At any rate, I would think that the fish eventually knows where the physical boundaries of the tank are, and the bumping into the glass will happen less often.
  12. Exactly those faces are why I fell in love with goldfish in the first place! Your ranchu are beautiful, and I feel like pinching those cheeks a bit.
  13. Well, there are different ways of keeping a tank cycled - my favorite one, and very easy, is to just hang your cycled filter onto the tank where you have fish in right now. That way you don't have to have an empty tank sitting around, and once you find a new fish, you can just fill the q-tank back up, condition the water, put the cycled filter back on, and viola! Remember, the cycle is in the filter, not the tank. If you want to keep the empty tank with the filter running right now, I would just add a couple of pellets of fish fish food every day. That should take care of an average 10 gl tank/filter.
  14. Justin's explanation sure sounds like the problem. I usually filter my tanks with Aquaclears, and have had about a dozen of them. To get the pipe down towards the pump is the part that causes noice if not down all the way. Other than that, sometimes some leftover air bubbles in the intake also cause noice. If there still is some air in there, that is also a sign that the intake isn't down enough towards the pump. There should only be a very minimal amount of air, if any, left in the intake tube bow, right where the 90 degree angle piece is.
  15. In general, anything that holds waste can be considered bio media - basically, it holds beneficial bacteria. Some inserts are better than others in holding those bacteria, but they will hold it, some more, some less. Stuffing any empty space in a filter is what I usually do - the more media, the better. What is currently in your filter(s)? Of course you also can hang bio media anyplace in your tank, wherever you find enough space, or it is optically not too disturbing. To a degree, most people don't like their media exposed to the eye, especially when it gets older in the sense of bacteria loaded, and might seem "not clean" for the general enjoyment of the tank. But yes, anywhere with some sort of an airflow is good - beneficial bacteria will not do well in stagnant water, even turn toxic. That is the problem with too much gravel on the tank bottom. Often, not enough air flow gets through, and the good bacteria "suffocates" and turns toxic.
  16. Snowbabe, I have combined both of your threads - that way we can give concentrated help, and not have to work on two topics that basically have the same problem. And to answer your question about the carbon - yes, I generally would remove the carbon when treating with any medication.
  17. That is good news indeed, ItHurtz! I'll move it out of the 911 section for now, but please, if anything changes, feel free to continue on with the problem, and we'll move it back in here.
  18. How are things now with the fish, Baygentst? Any improvements?
  19. Well then, if you can manage to drop the temperature slowly from the room temperature the fish is in now to the pond temperature, then it can be done. But still, the pond filter, if running at all this time of year, has compromised beneficial bacteria, and isn't functioning with the full 100% capacity. Cold temperature does that naturally, and if you add a fish to a population right now, I would do it careful. How many gallon or litres holds the pond?
  20. Scotland, and Ireland, are definetely on my list, Frazer! For years now, I keep watching documentaries about those countries, and can't wait to get there in person. It is a bit rugged, but also very beautiful. Yeah, hubby already noticed! I do enjoy wine more than beer, mostly Lambrusco, but hubby is the one who noticed it about the beer. About the giggs, well, fish wise is nothing yet. Until we have our own place again, I don't want to put any unneccessary stress on any fish with quarantine, moving, and moving again. For now, I just do window shopping, when it comes to fish. As to a job, I used to be into law, working as an office manager in an attorney's office. I loved it very much, and still do - mostly the variety of the job. My old boss was into everything, from accidents to divorces, civil law, inkasso, and so for. I never got bored, and hope to find something like that again. I will need a refresher course in book keeping, but other than that.
  21. About the shubunking going into the pond, it all depends on how cold it is outside right now. Generally, I'd hate putting such small fish in the pond during winter time - it can be a bit hard on them. Where do you live? In general, shubunkin are fine with koi and other goldfish, so you shouldn't have a problem with the little guy in that regard. If your mom can, have her a holding tank or rubbermaid in the garage. That way the little fellow gets exposed to cooler temperatures more gradually, and then he can go out in the pond safer. If the pond is frozen or close to freezing temperatures, I wold wait for the pond adventure until spring. As to the two remaining fish in the 20 gl, yes, they should be fine just by themselves. 20 gl is perfect for two fancy fish.
  22. Yeah, I noticed, Quasi! There are a lot of places I want to see, or rather see again. We used to drive over the French border to STrassburg for Flamekuchen, visit my uncle in Luxembourg, my MIL in Austria, and go see the UK. With Europe open like that now, I can just leave my passport at home!
  23. Yeah, that might be the case. That sometimes happens when fish get into new water conditions. I would definetely keep an eye on both and the water perfect - just in case. Like I said, most pet store fish bring more home than just the cute face. Its just the way it is.
  24. 220 lb Mastiffs - now there is a great visual! Good comparison though. The main problem, as others above have stated, are really the water conditions. The pH has dropped because the waste of too many fish (nitrates most likely) in a small tank have turned the water acidic. Acidic water makes the pH drop. When you added fresh water, that wasn't nitrate ridden, the pH problem corrected itself, but will go on further if you don't keep up the water changes. pH swings like that also cause stress on the fish, and further the problem with the red streaks. Red streaks are pretty common in fish that are sensitive when the water conditions aren't right. Once the fish are in the bigger tank, with the old filter and a new filter on it, you will see the streaks go away over time.
  25. Well, that is really easy to tell, once you know what to look for... In a ryukin, right after and above the head, there is a vibible hump, that continues up to the dorsal fin on top. With a fantail, the area between top of head and the dorsal fin is straight - no hump. That is the big difference. Your red/white ryukin has a slight hump there, while the calico fantail is rather flat there. Basically, when you can draw a visual straight line between the top of the head and the beginning of the dorsal fin, then you have a fantail. If there is any sort of raise in that visual line, then you have a ryukin. If I hadn't all my goldfish pics on a disc somewhere in my moving boxes, I'd show you the difference on pictures. Btw, I love your calico fantail - he has a wonderful coloration. And your orandas are beautiful! Okay, dug around a bit to find a picture of a true ryukin, so you can see the difference... You can clearly see what I mean with the hump right between the top of the head and the dorsal fin. It looks like a big hill right there. Now, that is a ryukin. Here we have a young ryukin, where the hump isn't as dominant just yet, or rather hardly there. That probably will get more developed with age and the right food. A ryukin usually also has a deeper, more stocky body shape, while the fantail is not so deep, and a tad more elongated.
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