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  1. So i'm making a 'top tips for goldfish shopping' list and, i thought you guys could help me think of what i could put on the list, here's what i've go so far:

    1) If the fish looks sick - it proabably is, only buy it if your willing to care for it and nurse it back to good health

    2) if it sounds too good to be true - it probably is, don't alaways believe pet store staff's one-liners eg 'this fish doesn't need a filter!' etc etc, most pet stores will tell you stuff just to sell you a product

    3) shop around. if you're lucky enough to have more then one pet stores in your area, use it to your advantage, shop around, just like you would if you're buying a new television or mobile phone.

    4) What do the fsh in the tanks look like? If they're active, alert and bright coloured, they're healthy, but if their fins are clamped, not swimming much or DEAD DO NOT buy any fish from that tank!

    i need some more!

  2. I think it depends on the fish itself while i agree single tails are usually the hardiest but the hardiest fancy i have ever owned was a blackmoor who survived dropsy twice and ich once.

    Yeah, i suppose it all depends on the breeding behind the fish, if it be for quality or quantity

  3. Pearlscales ARE pretty hardy, but did you remove the alive pearlscale from the tank before you found out what killed your other fish? the hardiest of all goldies would have to be the single-tailed goldfish, but from the fancies, my guess if probably the fantail or maybe the oranda?

  4. Yeah, because you have 5 in a 55, 1/3 is good enough, as alanworm said. But nitrates can go up to 20, i do a 25% water change every sat. on all my tanks, and my nitrate is at a constant 11.

    try different things, but not anything too drastic, it could kill your fishies!

  5. yes ,that'll be ok, but moving from 0.3% salt to 0 can be very stressful, even fatal

    I dont think that is necessarily true. :saywhat Maybe a tad stressful, but not life-threatening.

    I agree with shamu, it is possible for a fish to stress so much they die from the level of salt, but i don't think it's the stress directly, i think it's because stress makes them vunable (sp?) to ich, fish lice etc

  6. It basically means rubbing thier bodies on the gravel or ornaments, or other things in the tank. I guess they do this trying to rid themselves of the parasites. The term "flashing" is meant when they "flash" their scales or the underside of themselves while rubbing on the gravel, etc. I believe I have that right! LOL!

    lol, i like to think of flashing as goldfish mooning us, but that's just me, yeah basically thats what flashing is

  7. As everyone is sayng, you'll need to upgrade, and really you shouldn't have your moor in with the common, because the moor is sight-challenged it'll take him longer to find food, and because the common is so fast, he'll snap up all the food most likely without leaving any for the moor

  8. I've already add some salt when I noticed the problem. What well happen if the bacterial problem is not taken care of.

    If it's bad enough it could kill the fish, but either way the fish is most likely stressed and it needs to be taken care of because at the moment it could get ich.

  9. While adding my new fish to a tank i wondered if i could do something with the bags the fish came in and i thought 'why not recycle them and put them in my I.C.E (in case of emergency) kit!'

    The bags are stronger and bigger then the usual sandwhich bags and can hold more water and more bigger fish then the others, plus you save the environment by not needing the extra plastic!

  10. Maybe something happened and he didn't get a ryukin after all?

    I haven't gotten him as yet, even though i was expecting to bring him home tuesday, i couldn't because apparently he came down with ich at the store, but at least the pet store are doing the right thing in treating him there and not selling to a potential person who bought him because he was nice little spots!, so hopefulyl he'll come home when he's well again

  11. I got a new betta today, a blue and red crowntail, with his little body and the base of his fins blue, with his fins an awesome bright red - it's almost metallic. No pictures as yet, as i'm letting him settle in without having a big thing flashing and being poked in front of him, but i promise i do get pictures soon!

  12. So today i was shopping for a betta at my LFS, and as i usually do i went to chekc out the goldie tanks, and low and behold i spot a ryukin - not just any ryukin the most handsome ryukin i've seen he was orange and white, with a black spotted tail, and i'm sure he saw me, because he reacted to me as if my finger was food. But, as i've got a 20 gallon almost cycled, i've asked them to keep him on hold, and so me and my betta left the store by ourselves.

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