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  1. Anyone ever raise any comet and shubunkin babies? What do they end up looking like? Any photos of your offspring you raised? I have no idea if any of them will make it, but I planted my tank recently and there are eggs all over the plants, so perhaps a few will make it if the other fish don't gobble them up? I guess we'll see!
  2. Actually this sounds easier than I thought. I forgot I could take the hoses off like that! I was thinking I'd have to unscrew the hoses. Duh! Thanks for the tips!
  3. Awesome! Thanks for the reassurance! Honestly I'm scared to clean it. Once you unplug it, do you have to somehow drain it so it doesnt spill everywhere? How do you keep from making a mess while disconnecting it from your tank?
  4. Hi Guys! I've finally been able to purchase my first canister filter! I'm super excited, and I'm hoping I got a good one. It's a SunSun 525GPH Canister Filter with 9-watt UV Sterilizer. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MH37484/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) Let me tell you how intimidated I was when I opened that box...it was huge and so much more complicated than a HOB filter. Amazingly I got it together and working, despite the lack of clear instructions, and it seems to be working beautifully. I have it in a 75 gallon tank right now. I completely forget how many GPH you need per fish. Do you guys know if this will be sufficient for 5 goldfish? I have one 5 inch common, one 4in shubunkin, one each 2-3in pearlscale, calico oranda, and panda oranda. I'm really hoping this filter will work for them. Also, any tips on maintenance for this thing? I have never owned one so I'm learning all this from scratch. Any tips for keeping it working efficiently would be super helpful.
  5. I've had the common goldfish and shubunkin before all the others, and I've had them for almost a year. They have always been healthy, but when I first got them I did treat the tank as a preventative. I can't remember what I used since it was so long ago. When I got my new fish, I chose very carefully since I do not have a spare quarantine tank, and I would treat the water as a preventative as well. Never had any problems with any fish at all in the last 4 years, actually. I learned a lot from you guys years ago and how to stay on top of things. Also...maybe it's my imagination...but I think my common goldfish is getting brighter since I've had the new lights. I'll take some pics in another week or two for comparison.
  6. Maybe...he was a feeder fish in a crowded and disgusting tank when I got him. No telling what happened to him there. I really dont think it happened while I've had him because I've never noticed any missing scales. Who knows though. Thanks for the input!
  7. Interesting...I never noticed any loss of scales at all though. Perhaps it happened before I got him? We'll see if the lights help, I suppose.
  8. You haven't given us a lot to go by. lol! Try posting photos. Even then, it's really difficult. I just found out last week that my common goldfish is a male when I noticed him chasing my shubunkin, then saw the tubercles on his gills. Literally the next day the water was cloudy and there were eggs everywhere...I am assuming from the shubunkin. Sometimes you can't tell until one starts chasing and one sprays eggs. lol
  9. Hi, I don't see if anyone mentioned the type. He looks like a shubunkin. Good luck with your new baby!
  10. Also, if anyone has any feedback on why my common goldfish has a few clear/white scales...I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. I have not have any problems with water quality at all, but about 4 months ago the light on his tank broke and at the time I could not afford a new one. I have since ordered two lovely full spectrum plant grow lights. I'm wondering if you think it could just be because he was in the dark for a few months (aside from a little window light) or if it could be something else. He definitely has scales there...they aren't missing. They are just a clearish or whiteish color. :/
  11. Aaand I found some more I wanted to share. This is my new 75 gallon. Petco had a sale on it for only $89 (it was 50% off). I snagged it.
  12. Hey guys! I posted recently that I'm back on this site after a very long hiatus. The last time I posted here (aside from this past week) was in 2007! Woo! I originally joined in 2005, and I love that this amazing site is still going strong. Anyways, I wanted to share my babies. I visited a pet store a couple days ago and she had pearscales and pandas and I about lost my mind. I have been trying to find a pearlscale in my area for 5 years. The first photo is my lovey teeny tiny pearlscale, followed by an equally tiny panda, a calico oranda, a scruffy looking and rather large feeder goldfish and my my pretty female shubunkin (she just laid eggs last week!), and last but not least...my lovely Fishzilla, may be rest in peace. He was an 11 inch "feeder" goldfish, and such a pretty thing. Hurricane Irma left us without power for 8 days. I was staying an hour away at my mothers home (who had power), and would return every other day to replace the tank water...but it wasn't enough to keep him alive without a filter. :'( Fishzilla is pictured in my 40 gallon tank, but all the other goldfish are now in my new 75 gallon tank. I have an awesome canister filter on it's way from amazon. Woohoo! Once I move into my home next month, a pond will be amounst the first improvements to the property, and shubunkin, my two koi, and my orange common goldfish will all have an amazing new home...while my fancy babies will stay indoors for my viewing pleasure. lol.
  13. I cant remember if I ever one or not....I dont think I did. But I know everytime I entered a photo, it took me like 150 tries just to get a decent one. lol. My computer is FULL of goldfish photos. Probably why its running so slow. :/
  14. Ok, sorry if this has been posted already. I looked and did not find it so if it was please excuse this. Ok, so I was begging my hubby for a python. I showed him the 25 foot one at PetSmart for $32. It wasnt long enough but hubby wanted to see what it was all about anyway. He looked at it, and of course...if you are married you have probably heard this... "I CANT MAKE THIS!!" LOL!!!! So this credit really belongs to him, but I thought Id pass it along. Our original idea was to use these parts: A 50ft cheap for $6 A thing for less than $1 A to connect to the hose. This is so you can make it fill or drain. It was under $3 I think. And last, a to go on the sink to connect the system to the sink. This would have worked had my hubby not forgotten that the male end of the "T" and the male end of the sink would not connect!!! LOL. So we went to Ace Hardware to see if we could find a piece that was female on both ends to connect the two. While looking we found a water bed drain and fill kit. It came with the sink adapter too! So I returned the other items. LOL. The water bed drain and fill kit was less than $6. Here is how everything was put together... This is the piece that connects to the sink and to the hose. It even tells you on the piece where the hose goes and where the sink faucet goes. The bottom of it turns so that you can fill or drain your tank. Go ahead and attach this to your hose. It comes with another piece to go on the other end that would normally be used to fit into the water bed to fill it. It looks like this . I bought these little strainers to go inside of the hose for $1.50 so that the gravel will not be sucked into the hose, ruining the plumbing in your sink! The fit inside the piece just like this , with the round end being pushed inside. Attach that to the other end of the hose. You're set! Total cost? Lets see... $6 for the 50ft hose $6 for the water bed drain and fill kit $1.50 for the stainer piece. ------------------------------ Your total is $13.50 for a 50 foot alternative siphon system!!!! It worked great for me. Only thing I can say is its a little slower at draining because the hole inside the drain and fill kit is smaller. If you get the "T" piece and do it that way it might be faster because the hole is bigger in that thing. It fills faster than it drains and I dont mind that at all. If you dont like the garden hose, you can even get a clear hose at home depot or lowes if you wish. A small sized clear hose at Lowes was 28 cents a foot. If you are on a budget this is the way to go and it sure beats dragging the hose in the house every time I have to do a water change!!!!
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