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  1. At most of the horse farms I've volunteered and ridden at, we've used goldfish without any issues. We don't buy the baby goldies, only the 5"+ ones, and we keep about five in a 100 gallon stock tank. The horses drink the water pretty quickly, and new water is added in a few times a day, so the water is almost always pretty clean. It definitely cuts down on the mosquito larvae around the barns.
  2. He is amazing, Imogen! I've never seen a goldfish with such vibrant colour. What are you feeding him?
  3. Well, both have survived so far. Neither one seems to be doing just beautifully quite yet, but they are getting there. Here are the side views of the two of them... And their new names, as well! Here is Yin, the black moor. The flash caused his/her colour to look more coppery than it actually is. Here is Yang, the telescope goldfish. I chose to take the photo on this side so his/her bent tailfin would be a little bit less noticeable. (It's on the other side, and you can see it a little bit in this photo. I still think he/she is beautiful and unique.) Please excuse the watermarks on both photos, it's not that I don't trust you guys, it's that I've been showing this on other sites as well and don't want anyone to claim the photos as their own.
  4. Thanks for the information. Daryl, I've seen both the albino type, and a black variety of these fish, and yours looks like what I was talking about. I've spoken to my LFS, and there's not even a lot of Siamese/Chinese Dolls that they can order.
  5. The other day, when visiting vvvv,I saw what looked like a fake clam shell in several of their goldfish tanks. The fish were actively nibbling at the material in the shell. When I asked what they were, the storeperson said that it was special fishfoof which had been molded into the shell that allowed for timed release (softening?) of the food. One was supposed to put one or more (depending on # of fish and away time) in the tank to feed the fish while the owner was away. Just a thought. Oliver I wouldn't chance one of those "feeder blocks" in my tank. I did that once and nearly lost every one of my fish. Had I come home an hour or two later, they would have all been dead, I believe. I'd rather chance fasting my fish for a week than to possibly poison them with one of those feeder blocks. Do you have a good source of algae in your tank? Your fish may be able to get by just by picking at the algae for the week.
  6. Yes, they're the only two in there. I'll take a side view of them once they settle down.
  7. They're now in my 55 gallon. Right now, they're a little bit stressed out, but I think they'll settle by morning.
  8. Today, I went to a large chain store that sells fish, and found these two little guys. They're about an inch and a half to two inches, not counting their tails. The calico telescope has a little bit of a bent tail fin, but is otherwise in good shape. What's more, the person who netted the goldfish actually knew that they aren't supposed to live in bowls! I haven't named them yet, as I'm waiting until Saturday to name them. (If they're both alive Saturday...) The black moor is a rich black velvet, with a tiny bit of silver underneath his/her eyes. The telescope is primarily white, but has a bit of blue/gray mixed in with his/her finnage. I don't think their current colours are that stable, but I'm looking forward to watching these two grow. I'm also considering adding a third into the mix that is a red/orange, but I'm going to take it slow and just see how these two do first.
  9. I've been looking at a few photos of Siamese Doll Goldfish, and reading some of the posts here on Koko's about them, but not finding a lot of information on them. I realize that they don't live very long, but that is okay. They're just really unique to me. I've seen a few leucistics and albinos, but mostly coloured varieties. I also can't seem to find any suppliers that will sell individual fish, just fish in bulk. I am interested in finding out more about the goldfish themselves, and any suppliers that you are aware of. Thanks in advance!
  10. When I was breeding guppies, culling was an weekly chore. I chose to feed a few fry to my koi at the time, but gave most of them to my friend who kept an Oscar. It is hard to cull, but you have to ask yourself, do you really want to see this attribute in EVERY single goldfish in the world? As unlikely as that seems, if the gene's released into the gene pools, there's a chance many goldfish could look like that in the future. Culling will become a little bit easier when you consider the improvements you'll be making on goldfish worldwide.
  11. So, are the moors popping up in petstores now more like these "English Black Moors"? There are some really good examples of what the new moor body type on this post: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/...showtopic=63334
  12. I have noticed this moor/telescope body type in pretty much every store that I've been to. My theory is that the fish were more fragile than the chain stores wanted, and they had them cross either a common or comet in with them to try to make them more hardy. I like the appearance of these new fish, but considering I'm looking for a black moor and a telescope, and not a long-bodied-goldfish-with-giant-eyes, I'm still going to keep looking. Although I really do like the slender ones, I'm worried they would outgrow a normal goldfish tank...
  13. I keep considering just buying the DVD just to drool over the goldfish with a friend of mine. All of his goldfish are seriously out of my price range, but they are some of the most amazing I have ever seen. In the auction, I saw that blue Ranchu, and I thought it was absolutely stunning. You're so lucky to be getting it, Daryl! Maybe when I'm a millionaire and have a 1,000-gallon-tank, I'll make it into a fancy goldfish tank, and THEN buy all these beautiful fish!
  14. Thanks, I've been considering trying a few crickets. I've also heard bad things about tubifex worms, I've never trusted them with any of my fish. I have heard that Progold is a pretty good staple food, and I keep considering trying it along with these other foods. Thanks for everyone's help, but at this point I'm going with ProGold.
  15. I'll have to look into those amino acids. Thanks for the help so far! I'm still looking for opinions on the wheat germ and dehydrated chicken, though.
  16. koikitten

    Food Color

    It may bring out some colour in your fish, but there are healthier alternatives. I've always had great success with powdered spirulina.
  17. I'm currently working off of this: http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/4468/nutritn1.html And at this point, I'm wondering if implementing these foods into their diet would be ideal: Protein: Goldfish appear to need quite a lot of protein in their diet. I've been thinking of just using spirulina for this. It should also bring out the colours of the fish. Amino Acids: Wheat Germ: Arginine, Cysteine, Histidine? Spirulina: Lysine, Tryptophon Broccoli: Methionine Dehydrated Chicken: Isoleucine, Leucine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, and Valine Carbohydrates: I'll probably be using wheat germ as a source of carbohydrates, unless there have been known problems with this source. Fats: Unknown at this time. Any suggestions would be very appreciated on this. Fiber: Romaine lettuce and broccoli. Vitamins and Minerals: Any suggestions here would be useful as well! Extra: I'm going to add a small amount of garlic into the mixture, as I've heard it can be extremely beneficial to goldfish. So, any thoughts on this would be extremely appeciated, especially on the wheat germ and dehydrated chicken. Thank you for reading this.
  18. I've been considering since the mass pet food recall to stop feeding my fish commercial foods. With two new goldfish to be bought soon (black moor and telescope), I thought now would be the best time to ask about how to go about this. I've tried gel foods with my koi in the past, and found the smell far too strong. The koi didn't really care for it, either. I probably did something wrong, but even so, I just don't want to create gel food again. I wouldn't mind supplementing their diet with a tiny bit of the stuff, but I think that I would only use a recipe without any fish or meat in it to lessen the smell. So, what is required in a goldfish diet, especially for young, growing goldfish? I'm basically looking for what nutritional requirements goldfish have, and possibly some sources and additives. (Also, are there any gel foods that don't have that killer odor?)
  19. Wow, thanks for the detailed response! I've been thinking of having a heater in with them that will keep the tank to about 70 for their first year of life, seeing how I'd like to get them while they're young and watch them grow. I know that until a guppy matures quite a bit, you're supposed to have their temperature a bit higher than what they would be kept as adults, so I'd assume it works the same way for goldies. Thanks for all of your help.
  20. With the koi FINALLY moving out of the 55 gallon tank, I'll have a 55 gallon... with absolutely nothing in it. I believe I'd like to get a black moor and a telescope for the tank to start out with, and maybe add one more telescope or moor later. But, I'd like to know what the ideal way to set up a 55 gallon for the fish would be. I'm planning on going barebottom, as when I've had goldfish in the past, they liked to throw the gravel against the tank walls or play soccer with the little glass stones. What type of filter would be best for them? What sort of decorations should I have? I'd like the tank to look a little less bare. Is there a way to make the bottom of the tank not so reflective, without putting gravel in? This has really bothered my koi, and it's not very relaxing to look at for a long period of time. Will they need a heater? The tank usually stays at around 64 degrees. Finally, what would be the best type of light? Thanks in advance! Peace
  21. There's some book that my mom read a while back that had to do with that. The tattoo was supposed to mean "strength" or something similar, and it turned out to mean "General Tso's Chicken."
  22. Yes, light was on, and I had one of the old Whisper Heaters (that was for 5-15 gallons). I'm certaintly not buying those heaters again! Rhythm's bouncing back now, his fins took a bit of a beating, but not by much. He hasn't built a bubble nest yet, which leads me to think it's still too cold in the tank unheated (It's about 68 fahrenheit and he's used to 75.) I'll hopefully be getting some sort of replacement today for him.
  23. Last night, I noticed Rhythm, my betta, wasn't doing so well. He's never been one to get excited about food, but he seemed to be laying around a lot more than usual. Of course, I figured he was just tired and went to sleep. Five minutes later, I woke up with this gut feeling that the tank temperature wasn't right. Well, it sure wasn't. It read 87 degrees fahrenheit, rather than the normal 76-78 fahrenheit I usually have. No wonder Rhythm hadn't been doing well! I unplugged the heater immediately and went to do a water change. While the temperature change was probably too fast, I got it down to about 80 and then went to sleep. During the night, it went down to 68, and has stayed stable. Not sure about tonight, and I don't have time to get a replacement heater yet today. Hopefully he'll be fine. He seems perkier today, so... I'm keeping my fingers crossed he makes a full recovery, he's a very special little betta.
  24. I do hope your nitrite is only 2.0, and not 20! 20 is a VERY, VERY high nitrite level that can be brought down with multiple water changes. Goldfish like their pH around 7.0, although most will tolerate 7.2. As a rule of thumb, a fancy goldfish needs 10 gallons to itself, and a common or comet needs 20. Your tank is already overstocked, which is not helping with the nitrite issue. It sounds like the ammonia is under control though. Also, goldfish, being the waste producers they are, need a filter that pumps 100 gph (gallons per hour) per 10 gallons. If I'm correct, your filter pumps 75 gph. About the peas - they don't need them every other day, just about once or twice a week. They cannot digest the skins of them, so it's best to "pinch" the peas out of the skin. Best of luck to you and your fish.
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