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  1. I'll put it as a side note, personally that's what I'd choose too...and they're often cheaper...like I said, I just had to have some kind of suggestion there for bowls or it would have been removed from the very first site (which didn't allow pictures) for being off-topic
  2. Thanks for the pics! I've put in credit to your username...still not sure if it's out of line or not, and if so then mods please correct me, but here's the article I put it on in its first location that allows pictures (haven't cross-posted yet). It clipped his/her nose a little bit, but I think still clearly illustrates the point. I went a bit conservative by many people's standards on the sizes required for goldfish, but the main intention is to get people's fish out of those darn bowls . However, if anyone sees anything that needs correcting please feel free to let me know, I have a stable ego and just want to make sure new goldie owners get pushed in the right direction. This originally came about from seeing the title "How to Care for a Goldfish in a Fishbowl" on another site I write on, no one had written to it yet so I figured I better get my .029 in first while still striving to at least touch on the topic I was supposed to .
  3. Ooh, got to love the adult versus fresh-from-pet-store fishies there . Thanks Hidr, that's about exactly what I was looking for! One of the place I have the article can have multiple pictures...but for the other place, it'll be tough to choose just one .
  4. In the past I've been given permission to use some great pictures from people here for my informational articles, and I just wrote one about keeping goldfish in bowls and was wondering if anyone has a picture they wouldn't mind me using to really illustrate the point? Quite a while ago I had a member here offer me a picture of a goldfish swimming in a tank near the bowl it'd started out in, but I've changed computers several times since then and no longer have it. The pictures I was able to use for the Aquarium Giants article really helped it along and people actually started paying attention to just how big the lengths I mentioned were. I'm not sure if it's okay to post a link to the article or not, but if anyone would like to see it before offering a picture for use I'll gladly send the link via PM . Alternatively, if anyone knows about the rules concerning one's own links please let me know, thanks!
  5. Yeah, I've heard of Bio-spira before...as near as I can tell this product isn't refrigerated, it says the bacteria is "sealed in a live, propagable state". The reason I'm interested in seeing if this product actually works is that it also claims to slowly leech necessary minerals and calcium into the water. My main stance against all of the "reduce water changes" products is that it does nothing for the minerals and such that get used up and need to be replenished. This product looks like it could be a very good one...if it actually works like it says it does. Right now I have a lot of potential customers interested in getting aquariums but don't want to or can't do weekly or bi-weekly water changes, and it gets pretty expensive for people who have me come do all their water changes. Doing my own at-home experimenting could take a long time so I'm curious to find people who have already tried it or knows someone who has. Thanks for the input
  6. Ok, so I came across this bio-filtration type product that claims to have live beneficial bacteria in it, etc...I don't have any experience with it so I really hesitate to recommend it before I know something about it. If it has live bacteria, how do they keep it alive? The product claims to significantly reduce the need for water changes. Has anyone used it, and how does it work? The site with more information is below, please everyone let me know your thoughts. http://www.onedersave.com/
  7. Hi! I've personally never heard of them going bad but I do tend to stick to the same rules for freeze-dried bloodworms as I do for all my other dry fish food...if it's over six months old I don't feed it to my fish (though I often still use certain foods to feed my live critter cultures that are to be used for fish food). This seems to be a fairly widely-accepted rule of thumb but perhaps someone else will chime in with something a little more specific. Any chance you could ask the person who gave them to you when they were purchased?
  8. I was going to suggest applesnail.net as well, it's an awesome site! Sexing is pretty easy once you get the hang of it and find a way to entice the snail far enough out of its shell to see if there's a hole or...other...back above the left side of its head. Applesnail has pictures of what each looks like.
  9. When you say "extreme fatness" did he look like he'd swallowed a gumball and did his scales poke out like a pinecone? Dropsy is the first thing that comes to mind when a sick fish is bloated.
  10. Hehe...you should see my crab tank, I have four fiddler crabs that LOVE to get up into the flow of the filter, go parasailing, and sit by the bubble stone and fight with all the bubbles that come out. As for Sherlock...I'm not entirely certain, I've had fish before that had signs of SBD come and go so I treated them with peas and spirulina flakes anyway and the symptoms went away, is there such a thing as intermittent swim bladder infection?
  11. Try fresh alfalfa, it's much better ...I did eat some bird food once, it was dehydrated fruit pieces and very tasty
  12. Sadly I used to get that a lot too...I truly regret not working there anymore because of all the fish that are being sold without correct information being given about them but unfortunately I just couldn't handle other aspects of the job anymore...I did enjoy the derisive snort or "suppressed laugh" and the emphatic..."about .02" answer. I would then go on to explain how much space goldfish need, the myth of "growing to the size of their tank", and when they asked what COULD go in there I answered nothing, they ask why the place sold them then and I said that as long as people buy them my employer of ambiguous ethics would stock them. I guess maybe there's a reason I don't work there anymore, huh?
  13. My first were a couple of feeders a friend gave me, she knew I was into fish and "could never keep their water clean" and offered to give them to me along with their tank which they shared with three guppies....well their "tank" turned out to be a two-gallon bowl, I'd been into tropicals for a couple of years at that point (I was nine) so I already knew a bowl was a major no-no but I didn't know how unique of requirements goldies have. I put the pair in a 10G along with a pleco and a couple of snails (this was before I knew the proper care of either of those too). They reached about 4" each and died about two years later but I can only imagine what that two years must have been like for them , thankfully I ran across Kokos when I discovered that wonderful site Aquarank which led me to both Kokos and Applesnail.net, two sites I am eternally glad to have found. The saddest story I can think of in the recent past...when I still worked at W-Mart (ours wasn't too bad for fish) I'd been eyeing a shubunkin and a comet, both about 7" long, but had held off because I wasn't sure I wanted to tie up that much tank space before I'm in a position to get a stock tank. One day I came in to work and my boss told me they'd just sold minutes before I got there...I was a little disappointed, but it happens. The very next day they were returned dead; my boss and I were both shocked, they'd been in great health and the person said they were being purchased to go out in a pond...the person's response? His kid liked them so much he put them in a 1G in the kid' room! Holy crap, how did they even fit those two in a 1G? Do people have any sense at all?
  14. I haven't actually tasted it but I've been tempted, that Pro Gold smells REALLY good...it must be, because my cat (ok, my SO's cat, I don't claim her after this) ATE THE ENTIRE BAG. That's right, the BIG bag, the $20 bag, she snacked the entire thing down and I none the wiser until I went up to my fish room that evening to feed everyone and had to give them a second feeding of Salad Supreme.
  15. You're in good company...I also think it's perfectly normal, but try asking a random person off the street what they think
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