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    2 ( got them 21/9/09) 2 other tropical fish, catfish and SAE

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  1. Congratulations on the new tank! I'm so glad your parents happen to stumble across the tank you were after. I can't wait to see it setup and in action, it's always so exciting getting an upgrade!
  2. Well after a week of slow internet it's finally back at normal speed, so I was able to upload a pic of the two of them and a video of each because they are IMPOSSIBLE to get a still snap shot of. Even then it's very mediocre. Bubbles left, Flash right: Flash He is about 4-5 cm, loves to dart up and down the tank and has he quirks and great personality that I love about him. Kinda acts crazy at feeding time and is always the first one to the food. BubblesHe is about 5-7 cm, he got his name because all he does is play in the bubble wall when it does on, he doesn't seem to understand you can't eat them but he will still spend 10 minutes a day trying to gobble them up. It's hilarious, and he is very curious to anything new in the tank and will happily nibble at your hand while you fix up the tank. I cannot shoo him away he just keeps coming back!
  3. I agree with cometgirl. Generics play a big role in how fast commons grow. Environment - Also their environment that there in such as tank space i.e how many gallons does he it have to swim in? (10g per+, is a great start) Is it overcrowded? Goldfish will only grow to the size of their environment. Tanks and ponds have different growth rate due to space. Ponds - Goldfish in ponds generally will grow fast due to abundance of algae to eat and also the live microscopic animals, left over food and insects to feed on. Basically can eat at any time they want, and natural light helps. Food - food that you feed them plays a part in their growth as well. If you want your goldfish to grow fast consider feeding them a wide variety of foods (vegies, flakes, gels, pellets). Also high growth food will help to maximise the growth potential of your fish. (feed them more than 2x a day, but only what they can eat in 2 minutes, I would say 1 minute if you feed more than twice a day.) Genetics - The fish is only as good as its parents. Good bloodline = good fish and possibly less chance of disease.
  4. I couldn't swore I posted a reply here, apparently not so anyway. Kymie your fish stunners and although I don't like to pick favourites Molko is my fav. LOL technically I agree it's more of a umm..thing with fur...cat! But it's cute, I showed my sister and she so watch out
  5. Those fish are very nice, I always hoped that fish would stay the same colour but there genetics seem to disagree with personal opinion . That yellow and colour really does look awesome, I haven't seen a yellow like that before on a goldfish. He will be a stunner, can't wait to see the full transformation.
  6. I would go with 4x what the size tank, I have a 160L(42gal) tank with a filter that does 640 Lph. It's always done the job and I haven't had any problems with the water quality or mess floating around in my tank. The current isn't to strong and the fish can still swim properly without having to fight against current to swim from one end to the other.
  7. Well I looked around and found this; pH in an aquarium will gradually lower (become more acidic) due to the biological processes at work in the tank. If the water has a pH buffer capability (due to the hardness) it will prevent the pH from lowering until such time as the buffering capacity is reached, then the pH will drop significantly because there is nothing to prevent this. But if your hardness is minimal such that there is no effective buffering, the pH lowering will be slow, not sudden. water chemistry not sure if this helps but you might find something... I'm puzzled by this. Good luck, hopefully someone comes along soon. Do you have many plants in your tank, if any?
  8. The tank looks awesome, and those plants are really cool. Wish I could add more plants to my tank but ah, goldies are taking to them What's the purple grass/plant called? I'm contemplating going bare bottom (to make it easy to clean), just have to empty out all the gravel and I can't motivate myself to do it just yet. Lazy? Yeah LOL
  9. 23 centimeters in circumference is HUGE! Reminds me of a toad or puffer fish Is that the biggest they get to?
  10. Well this would only really be a guess without tank information, It isn't Ich as it's only one spot so I'm thinking it may be a fungal infection or bacterial infection. Have you seen any unusual behaviours? It may help to look at this forum as it looks the same to what you have there. white spot on head
  11. The ideal pH level is around 7.6 (goldfish and bettas). Most fish will adapt just fine to any pH as long as it's maintained and managed at a constant pH level for your fish, rather than trying to adjust it to "perfect levels" because doing so will cause unnecessary stress your fish and you will always be bouncing the pH up and down trying to stabilise searching for the perfect pH. This will cause unnecessary stress on your fish and could kill him, so just keep it stable and he'll be fine. I'm not sure if i answered what you were saying or i confused myself
  12. To me it sounds like your fish is suffering from ammonia poisoning/burns and that's what's caused the red spots/streaks in tail (which are blood streaks). The fact that your fish isn't eating and is acting "depressed" is a good sign off that. I would do a 30-40% water change now, then 15-20% a day until the spots clear up, this will affect your other fish as well if this is not treated. Also give the gravel a good clean, check your filter is working and give it a clean, and add possibly a general bacterial treatment. Also use ammonia lock, aquarium salt, stress coat, and stress zyme. If possible. The ammonia build up may be caused by excess waste and lack of water changes and due to overcrowding in the tank (ammonia does become a big problem), the rule of thumb is 10 gallons per goldfish as they can grow very big and produce a huge amount of waste. It would be really helpful if you could put a picture up to help us tell what it exactly is, but red spots sounds like Ammonia burns and poor water quality. It's important to treat it before they become open sores. As this does kill goldfish if untreated. It would be helpful if you could fill out this (or whatever you can fill out of it); [*]Test Results for the Following as this would help to give you better advice and help: [*]Ammonia Level? [*]Nitrite Level? [*]Nitrate level? [*]Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? [*]Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? [*]Water temperature? [*]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? [*]What do you feed your fish and how often? [*]Any new fish added to the tank? [*]Any medications added to the tank? [*]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, etc.?
  13. The fish are stunners, and the first pic with little carmen is adorable . Oh and by the way i know how it feels to take heaps of photos like you did with Roger, my fish always run when they see the camera! It's almost impossible to get a shot, i sit there for a good 15 minutes trying to get 1 half decent 1 . persistence is the key
  14. I 2nd it's a permanent life defect you can't stop genetics. I'm glad you saved him and as long as he is swimming and happy, it's a long happy road ahead. The LFS i go to near me has a Pleco that has a broken/twisted spine that only use its front fins to swim with which makes it really slow. But the guy said they have had it for 5-10 years (can't remember its exact age) and is in excellent nick and obviously isn't for sale as the guy loves it to much and has put a lot of hard work in to give the fish an easy life. I might take a pic the next time I go there.
  15. Well silk plant is a better choice because they are softer, and won't rip or damage your fish. Although if you could get live plants, they would be very benefitial to your aquarium as they will provide oxygen to your tank, but they also feed off the Nitrates in your tank. I've also heard silk plants detiriorate over time but im not 100% sure if this is true.
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