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  1. Earthworms are a good safe food for your fish. They won't get any diseases, or parasite infections from earthworms. If you catch your own be careful of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Worms sold at bait shops should be farm raised so chemicals shouldn't be a problem. If your fish get sick after feeding worms. Your problem is most likely your water quality and not the worms. Since feeding worms can make your water dirty. I've never had any problems feeding worms.
  2. What is proper snail food? I've had snails for over a years (with no fish) and haven't feed them at all. They just ate the algae on the walls. Now a week ago I bought some snails. These snail were expensive so I would like to give them the proper food and proper care.
  3. Brine shrimp are so easy that you don't need a gadget.
  4. Cherry shrimp live in fresh water and they do not need salt water to reproduce. They are one of the more hardy shrimp. Although cherry shrimp can live in a wide variety of water conditions, shrimp are much more sensative to water quality than fish. As long as you have 0 ammiona 0 nitrites and vary low nitrates shrimp are easy to keep.
  5. Since goldfish are non-native and Invasive it is likely that they would be included and WILL be affected. Hamsters, ferrets, gerbils, hedgehogs and sugar gliders are also non-native and being domesticated wouldn't matter because they are also invasive. Skunks are native to the US and wouldn't be affected. Can you post the soure of your information and where the list of the of things that will not be affected can be found.
  6. "What is HR 669? H.R. 669 stands for House Resolution 669 and is titled "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act". It is a bill currently before Congress that if passed will change the way that the US Government classifies animal species that are not native to the United States. H.R. 669 will make it illegal to breed and sell many animals that are very common in the pet trade. Why should you care about HR 669? Anyone with pet fish, birds, reptiles, or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Any company selling product or services for pet fish, birds, reptiles or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Would you be impacted by "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act"? * Virtually all fish in an aquarium are not native to the United States * Most pet birds are species not native to the US * Most reptiles kept as pets are not native to the US * Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets are not native to the US What can you do to stop HR 669? You can help by standing up and making your voice heard. Let your Representative know that you oppose H.R. 669 and the financial and/or emotional effect it will have on you, or your friends, or your family members if it passes.
  7. My black moor has clear eye and this tank only get natural day light. I had her for about 2 years and she was 5 inches when I bought her so I don't know how old she is. I think mine bottem sits during the day sometime because swimming is a lot of work and she gets tired.
  8. I have a large black moor that sits on the bottem like that during the day sometimes. It's a lot of work for fat fantails to swim so I figure she's just resting.
  9. That happened to me once. My heater shot the temp. in my 55 gallon to over 100F and all my cichlids died.
  10. All goldfish get big if you give them space ,good food and good water. The goldfish that don't get big are stunted.
  11. Nice pictures. Baby shrimp are called shrimplets. If you have good water conditions and no fish in the tank the shrimplets should survive and start having babies of their own in a few months.
  12. nick11380

    Bread?

    My mom doesn't buy high quality dog food. She goes to the grocery store and buys skinned chicken breast and bakes it for the dogs.
  13. The Wakin would be the hardiest fantail.
  14. A betta should be fine in your 2.5 gallon. But I wouldn't put anything but snails in a tank that small. Do you know what kind of shrimp you have? Don't listen to anything pet store employees tell you about shrimp. They know even less about shrimp than they do about goldfish. There are 2 types of shrimp that are commonly sold in pet stores. Ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus) and Bamboo shrimp (Atyopsis moluccensis) Ghost shrimp eat fish food, string algae and "anything edible". Bamboo shrimp fan the water for floating food item. Some pet stores sell "Dwarf shrimp" these are small shrimp (Neocaridina sp and Caridina sp) these shrimp eat fish food, algae, & biofilm. None of which will be able to take care of the mess that goldfish produce. Plus goldfish will eat shrimp. Shrimp are also much more sensative to water conditions than fish. They would not be able to survive in an uncycled tank. You could keep a betta in your 2.5 gallon. Shrimp in your 10 gallon and goldfish in your 20 gallon.
  15. If your water has chorine or chloramines you better have a conditioner. My city water will kill a fish in minutes. All the water conditoners bind. They don't remove chloramines and trace minerals.
  16. Do a 75% water change right away. Don't worry about the stress because it will be even more stressfull leaving them in toxic water. Then do 50% to 75% water changes every day until you can the the water tested. A 5 gallon tank is too small for goldfish so you might want to think about getting a bigger aquarium if you can. Flakes are ok for fish under 5 cm for fish over 5 cm (2inches) pellets are better. Although you might get varying opinions on this. Tetra is a low quality food. The best food I've found is Omega one. New life spectrum and hikari are good foods. It doesn't really matter if you get flakes or pellets it's the indgredients that counts. If you have access to earth worms that's a great food for them. As long as there collected in an area that hasn't been treated with pesticides or fertalizers.
  17. Welcome to koko's I'm sorry that your fish are dieing. That's part of the learning curve. When I first starting keeping fish 30 years ago I couldn't keep fish alive no matter what I did. But over the years I figured things out. I had to learn it all on my own because there were no computers back then and no great forums like koko's to get help from. My first thought is that maybe your aquaruim isn't cycled. In an uncycled aquarium the ammonia will build up and kill the fish. You won't see any signs of disease because it's not a disease. It's toxic water form ammonia build up. Kind of like if you left your car running in the garage with the garage door shut. Test the water and if the ammonia and/or nitrites are high do a large water change. And you will have to do a lot of water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrites under control until your tank is cycled.
  18. I'd get a heater and set it at 74-76F. That would be the easyest way to regulate the temp. A temp change from 74 to 80F isn't going to stimulate breeding. You can use the methods above to cool the tank but that won't give you a stable temp.
  19. I made the stand for my 55 gallon aquarium with cement blocks. I took nine cement blocks, stacked them three high and layed a board across the top. It was quick and easy to make and it's rock solid. Na, my fish don't own me. If they get out of line, I just tell them that I have place on the wall for them. Right next to the Oscar.
  20. If you cut the tail off. The part with the head will survive and heal. But the tail part will die. The tail part can't grow a new head. Some worms might be able to totally regenerate a new worm from each chopped part. But the Night crawlers and Red worms can't. The bacteria in the worms aren't problem for fish.
  21. Goldfish will gobble the babies right up. They'll eat the adults too if they can fit in their mouth.
  22. The pond snails and rams horn snails never hurt my plants as far as I could tell. If you like them, go ahead and keep them. You can keep them in a small aquarium or large vase or large jar (a gallon is plenty big). They don't need filters or air. They are kind of interesting. Keep them in a container by themselves. They are pests so don't put them in your fish tank.
  23. If you don't find anybody here to take him, you could try putting an ad on craigslist. Then you could ask about their fish keeping experiance so you can find him a good home.
  24. I'm not sure how well keeping them over night to allow them to eliminate is going to work. They don't eliminate it all. I don't like getting worm poop in my water. So I cut the ends off starting with the head to kill it first. Then I squeeze the dirt out of them.
  25. It is likely that these snails are either pond snails or rams horn snail. If that's what they are they are considered pest snails and have no real value. I got some pond snails and rams horn snails with some plants I bought a litte over a year ago. I planted the plants in a 1 gallon aquarium a year ago. I haven't feed the plants or the snails at all. I've even let the aquarium dry out to the point where it was still damp but you couldn't see any water. These plants don't need to be covered with water so they grow nicely. When I fill the tank up with water the snails start crawling around again. They'll eat fish food. If you put a live plant in with with them you won't need to feed them.
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