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  1. I wish you could see my happy face right now! *goes to look it up*
  2. Holy Schmaoley, I had no idea I was going to spark a debate when I posted this! As things worked out I've been very sick this last week, and all the tanks were snatched up before I could get my hands on one. The reason I was going with the 10 gallon was because it had a very nice start-up kit included. Not something for really long term or extended keeping, but something to kick start the hobby back up for me. I had no intention of keeping a large, fully grown fish in it. Just a baby and upgrading as needed. @Fantailfan - I love that you're an #enabler ! Even at $1 a gallon there's no way I could afford the filtration necessary to run a 40 gallon. Looks like things may have worked out for the best for right now.
  3. Hey all! It's been a very, very long time since I had goldfish in my house. Admittedly it was out of control (90 gallon with 2 fish. They killed anything else I put in there), but I might have an opportunity to start up again. There were a number of 10 gal aquarium starter kits (good kits, not useless ones) donated to the shelter I now work at. Management is trying to determine how many the shelter needs, and the rest should be up for grabs. So I'm trying to decide if I'm ready to jump back into this. I know it's addicting, I did it for 7 years with lots of lessons learned, and that's what scares me. I know how easily 'Oh, just one baby in a 10 gallon is all I need' turns into 'I need a giant custom tank and ALL THE GOLDFISH'. Also looks like in the time I've been gone we're recommending 15-20 gallons per fish instead of 10? Or is that still for streamliners? ^_^ Thanks!
  4. Oh that's funny. He hasn't grown much over the years... *shrug* but it probably explains his need for more space. And thanks guys. They're awesome fish. ^_^ Just a little biased. depending on how far away is far I might be able to meet someone halfway, like if you're way up north or down near portland.
  5. I do not ship; but I am willing, and would prefer, to deliver locally. I'm really looking for great homes where I can drop them off and see the set-up, and drop you an email occationally just to see how they're doing. Adoption fee of $10, let me know if you would like more than one. I am re-homing because I don't have the time or the patience to put in to them like I used to, and I'm at a point where I really don't know where I am going to be next year, possibly the air force, and I need some extra monies. So let's meet the guys! Flint - Flint is about 7 years old, and a stunning white common. He does have some orange on some of his fins, mostly on his dorsal. I am about 99% sure he is male. He is roughly 9-12 inches long, including tail, and would love to be your next pond buddy! He currently lives in a 90 gallon (which will soon be for sale) and likes to "pace" back and forth across the front of the glass. His current diet is Omega One Sinking Pellets. Click here for pictures! Jello - Jello is a two year old Comet. His favorite activity is bugging Flint, and he follows him around all the time. They really are buddies. I have no idea about the gender of Jello, but suspect that he is male. He is roughly 6-8 inches long, including tail, and is looking for love in your pond! He also loves Omega One Sinking Pellets, and fresh oranges. Click here for some Jellicious Love! Charms - Charms is the old man of the bunch! I've had him for roughly 7 years, and he was 5 when I aquired him; making him a ruggedly handsom 12 years old. I've never been able to decide if he's a fantail or a ryukin, but I usually refer to him as a ryukin since he has a smallish hump on his back. He is a dashing 5-7 inches long, and has been with Flint for a good long while. Charms is my hardiest fish, having survived aweful conditions before I rescued him, and fighting through all my mistakes when I first started keeping goldies. Despite his size and age, given the right conditions I think he'd make a great pond fish. He loves Omega One, frozen brone shrimp, and fresh oranges. He is 100% male, as I have seen breeding stars on him in the past. Click for pics, but don't be blinded by his stunningness! Deep Fry - Deep Fry is my beautiful telescope baby. He was an impulse buy a year ago, and just recently joined the ranks in the main tank with the big guys. He's definately a social guy, being alone really bugged him, and he holds his own very well even with the streamliners. I would definately recommend a tank with only other fancies for him though, and would not suggest putting him by himself. He is at least a year old, but I'm not sure how long he was in the store before I purchased him. I have absolutely no idea what his true gender is. Deep fry may very well be a girl! He loves Omega One, and frozen brine shrimp! Deep fry is about3-4 inches. Click for cuteness. Sushi - Sushi is that fish. That's right, the one you hardly notice. He's a beautiful calico lionhead, and is adorable when he wiggles, but is all too often the one who get overlooked. Sushi is at least a year old, but I'm not sure how much older than that. I believe him to still be fairly young, and may in fact develope head growth in the future - but isn't there quite yet. He loves Omega One, frozen brine shrimp, and frozen krill. I have no idea to him true gender. Sushi is roughly 2-3 inches long. Click! Good goldfish! Noki - Noki is one of my favorite babies, right next to Deep Fry and Charms. When I bought him he was still fry colored green. He's developed into a lovely bronze/chocolate color, but is still changing. Right now he is begining to show some signs of calico/red coming through. He's about a year old, and has yet to develope head growth. I am not sure as to his gender, but he's really the "dog" of the tank. Big mouth, wiggly butt. He has a fairly straight back with a small lionhead curve at his tail base. He is about 2-3 inches long, and love his Omega One Sinking Pellets! Click for adorableness! And here's a photo of all of them together so you can see size differences: As you see, I love these guys. If I had the time and future certainty I'd probably just trade down, but I really want what's best for them. Please email me at tabithakaup@hotmail.com if you are interested. I'll also be posting the tank up soon, and I'll link it here, and post a link here to there when it's ready. Thanks everyone!
  6. Sure! It will probably be a day or so though.
  7. LOL, I thought the exact same thing when I saw the topic this morning!
  8. Flint is a roughly six year old white common I got from a science project back in the days I was still in high school. I've had the pleasure of watching him grow from a itty bitty feeder to a big robust boy of about 12 inches. For the last four years it's just been him and Charms, my fantail/ryukin, in a 90 gallon tank (Jello, a comet, joined them last Sept.), but when I went down to portland yesterday I purchased four new buddies, fully stocking my tank. So here's the real reason for the post - Is it time to say when? He has a tendency to race back and forth in the tank, and bump his 'nose' on each side. I really want good for him, and I need advice, lol. Or maybe just someone to tell me it's time for him to have a pond and some new friends. Any thoughts welcome. PS - Also concerned about separation anxiety in Charms if Flint goes. They've been inseperable for years, and even teamed up in killing a few of my new buys years ago.
  9. I had the privilage of spending yesterday in Portland looking for fish! What fun was had by me and my coworker and snail loving friend, Jamie. In my pursuit of a lionhead I first went to The Wet Spot (LOVE IT), but they were practically sold out, so the woman recommended a place called Pets on Broadway. Country: USA Town & State (fully spelled PLEASE): Portland, Oregon Name of Store: Pets on Broadway Adress: 2762 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 Phone number: 503-282-5824 Review: This place is amazing! I didn't have the time to check out their fish supplies or other pet things, but the store was a a pretty good size. They easily had 10 tanks devoted to goldfish, with varieties like wakins, celestials, ranchu, ryukin - all of which are usually really hard for me to find. The woman that I spoke with about the ranchus knew what she was talking about, and was very helpful in aging the pets, talking about body shapes, defects, etc. She was also very upfront about the fact that they had treated a tank for bacterial infection when they got the fish in, and spoke easily of their favorite foods and current diet. The guy that checked me out was friendly, and easily met my requests for packaging when I told him they had a few hours ride home.
  10. I agree that it has a lot to do with breeding and conditions when the fishies are younger, however i'm not sure that that can account for 100% My fantail, Charms, came to me at about 4-5 years old from horrid living conditions. He was in a 10 gallon with one other fish, the water was about 1/3 full, and the woman had to FIND the fish in all the poop (They were both rescues). His friend, Lucky, lived for about a year and half but eventually died due to swim bladder problems. Charms turned 11 this year, and he's bigger than ever! At about 7 inches he's my little survivor.
  11. Did I place this in the wrong forum? I just realized this is a PHOTO forum. Oops
  12. How exciting! I went about 4 years ago and the number of people, vendors, and amazing fish was worth it! I still have the keychain I bought there. ^_^ My question is this: I live up in Puyallup, WA and am looking for 1-2 new fish to really spice up my tank and add some...flavor. I think that this event will be a great opportunity to purchase in the size, color, and variety I'd like to get. Can I get these fish at an even like this for under $50 for both? If so, what should I look for in a vendor? Will the fish survive the trip back? Right now I have ONE store locally that I trust for live fish purposes due to my living space and the lack of a quarentine tank. I've only purchased one fish in about the last four years, and that was a very carefully thought over decision. Is this event going to be something that will really pay off in this respect, or will it be harmfully to my carefully controlled enviroment, lol. Thanks! PS - for those out of area, Puyallup is about 3 hours north of Portland, where the even takes place.
  13. Okay, small update. Everyone seems to be doing a little better, more active, seems they like me again. I just ordered some coral from Big Al's, but what should I do for calcium? I've found Kent's Liquid Calcium, but it says that it is for marine tanks. Can it still be used in freshwater? When I talked to my lfs they also mentioned cuttlebone. What exactly is it and is it better/worse than liquid calcium? Also, once I get the calcium, should I add it before or after the coral? Does it matter?
  14. Woooooooow. I'd never been to Big Al's, but from what I just saw it's amazing! They have my foam pads at HALF the price of my local retailer!! I think I'm in love. Thanks!!!!
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