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  1. OMG That is one HUGE pearlscale. Very cute.
  2. Here is Groucho's tankmate, Goldie. Goldie is approximately 4 inches long total. goldie1 goldie2
  3. He was around 3 inches long total when I first got him. He is now around 7 inches long....with his tail taking up a good portion of that. Here is a tank shot that I took tonight for fish size reference....it's a 29 gallon with only Groucho and my red oranda(Goldie) in it. tank shot
  4. taken tonight......both of these links should work. larger tail larger tail
  5. hmmm...the other photos are not showing up for some reason. I'm working on it.
  6. I noticed the other day just how huge my calico oranda's tail has grown since he was a young boy. The first photo is Groucho right after I got him a little over 2 years ago. The next two were taken tonight. Check out the difference!
  7. Hi Cisco. Yeah, I had the same problem a year ago when I introduced a small pearlscale into a 29 gallon tank with 2 6-inch fish. I kept him in a quarantine tank right next to the big tank. He seemed like he meant well and couldn't wait to join the big boys. When I finally put him in, he was like a crazed shark. After about two hours of his terrorizing I put him back in the quarantine tank. I named him Damien right on the spot. Then I came here and asked the same question you did. I was advised to put him back in the big tank and give it at least 3 days. By the 3rd day Damien was as calm and gentle as his other tank mates. I think he got a little of his own back when I fed sinking pellets. My female ranchu has a bad habit of shoving everyone around searching for pellets. I honestly think after that first food chase he gained some respect.
  8. The only things in the tank other than the 3 fish are two fake log tunnels. The tunnels are C-shaped so when they are in the tank, they have no bottom. Each end has a large opening and there is a large hole on the top. there are also fake plants attatched to the top. Since the tank is in my bedroom, there are several hours every night that I get to watch the tank closely and I check on them off an on all day. I work at home so I know my fish's behaviors very well. I am at a loss. I don't get it. I will just keep watching them even more closely and see if I can figure out what's going on. It probably is a double injury that happened a couple days apart. I read on the net that Myxosporidiosis will cause a goldfish to start losing scales. That's why I mentioned parasites. I know that fresh meat can introduce parasites. Probably isn't that, hopefully it isn't that. I don't plan on doing anything unless the fish keeps losing scales/starts showing symptoms. I was just hoping someone was very familiar with why a fish would start losing scales on all different areas of it's body. Also if the exposed skin is at risk for infections/problems. And how long would healing time be...and if there is anything I could do help the process along.
  9. I've been keeping goldfish for the last 4 1/2 years and this is the first time I have seen this. One of my littler fish(around 3 inches long and an oranda) has lost about 5 scales on each side. He(she?) is acting perfectly fine. Just as chipper and happy as always. No gasping, flashing, or any type of odd behavior. No fin problems(red streaks, rot, clamping). No ich, no red spots, no hemorhaging. Just simply scale loss. Very strange. The other two fish do not have this problem. All are acting normally. The biggest fish has been in the tank for 3 years. The other two have been in the tank for a year. So no new fish. No medication have been given to this tank in over a year. I feed my fish Hikari Oranda small pellets, peas, bananas, oranges, green beans, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, canteloupe, and occasionally fresh tuna and shrimp. I haven't been to the board in about a year....but some might still know me. Just to update, the problem is occurring in a 29 gallon tank. There are 3 goldfish in it. Two are around 3 inches long and one is about 6 1/2 inches long. This is an established tank that has been running for the entire time I have keeping fish(4 1/2 years). Nitrites are 0. Ammonia is 0. Ph is 7.2 Nitrates are within 40 range. Water change is due tomorrow. Tank temp is 72. Our city water is fairly hard. I do a water change every Sunday. I remove 1/3 of the water. I use Aqua Safe. No hollow ornaments in the tank. There are 2 5/15 whisper filter pumps and 1 20/30 whisper filter pump lining the back of the tank. I have the extra filtration in case I need to set up a hospital tank...nice to have a cycled filter system. Bottom has a thin 1/2 inch layer of gravel. The tank is in my bedroom. I noticed the scale loss on one side of the fish 3 days ago. Now today there is scale loss on the opposite side too. I don't see how he could have injured himself. I suppose it's possible though. My fish are not breeding. I think I have tank full of males. I know for sure the biggest is a male. He bred with a big female several years ago. Okay, my question is: Should I remove the fish with scale loss into a hospital tank and treat with a parasitic medication? Is it possible that feeding fresh shrimp and tuna could have introduced a parasite? Is there anything I could do to keep the fish in the big tank and help him? Would aquarium salt aid him in healing? Would aquarium salt potentially kill off a possible parasite? Thanks in advance.
  10. Every camera is different and no matter what kind you get....you will have to play around with it for a while until you find the perfect combination. Quick shutter speed and a high pixel usually creates ideal photos. It's good to be able to adjust your lens too for proper focus. My homemade banner below was made from photos I took with an inexpensive digital camera. Usually it ends up that you get 1 good photo from every 20 to 30 taken. It takes practice and a whole lot of patience. Those rascally fish can be soooo uncooperative.
  11. With veggies, it's best to cook them soft, like if you are going to give carrots, brocoli, or anything that is hard to begin with. Just drop little bite size pieces in, you don't need to use a veggie clip....don't worry, they will find it....if it even makes it to the bottom before they scarf it down . Same for fruit, like bananas, strawberries....cut into little pieces. With an orange, take a whole section, peel off the outer membrane, drop it in, and watch your fish attack it like little sharks. By beans, you mean green beans? If so, then you should cook them soft and cut into little pieces. I do hope that's what kind of beans you meant. We don't want our fish blowing bubbles out the wrong end.
  12. Yes....sometime between late March and into May is when mine breed. I don't have a heater in the tank.
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