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  1. I'm not supposed to go in pet stores because we're saving money, paying off credit cards and will be moving sometime in the future. Last year when I went to one, it ended up being adoption day and I accidentally got a cat! LOL Anyway, I went to Whities with JD yesterday (where we met and he is working again) to get some live rock for our nano tank. I always go and look at the goldfish, which is usually safe because they never have anything nice. But they do accept trade-in fish and there was this huge, gorgeous, telescope-eyed calico ryukin! My issue with ryukins in the past has been major flipover problems. This fish is already large and mature and didn't seem to have any balance issues. And it wasn't too expensive and we get a discount... and I have a 100 gallon and about 4,000 empty tanks in the garage... And I've been so sick lately and had constant headaches. When I'm in that much pain, I look for any little thing to make me happy... so I decided to buy the fishie! I've been good and haven't bought any fish in a whole year! Really! So I'm setting up a Q tank today and JD is bringing the fish home for me tomorrow night. I wish it was here now because I always worry about my pets and I'm ridiculously attached already. Anyway, I'll post pics tomorrow when I get her (?) home.
  2. Great advice, as usual! Good luck with your move. And how fun, Vegas! You will just love it there. As far as having a pond, it is possible but you just have to take some precautions. The weather there is similar to how it is here, and it gets just as hot. An above-ground pond is out. Not only does it get well over 100 degrees in the summer, but it has very very cold winters. (Deserts have crazy and extreme weather!) So you'll definitely want to do a large in-ground pond. Make sure it's in a part of the yard that is shaded. There aren't many trees out there so maybe see if you can use the house to shade it, or plant some big trees. Have a waterfall that provides lots of water movement and circulation. We've had a 2,000 gallon pond here for many years and most of the fish have done well. The issues that it's had have been unrelated to heat but rather poor care. Anyway, good luck and let us know when you get nice and settled in!
  3. Congratulations on the new baby! I am really glad your fish was OK. Like the others mentioned, I think you handled it very well. I hope the boy has learned a lesson, and hopefully you can continue to be a good influence to him. Also I wanted to mention that it's great that the teacher called to double check and make sure he was supposed to have the fish in the first place.
  4. Hopefully Daryl will chime in on this. I know she has raised a lot of nice quality fish. When I raised mine, I fed them ground up hard boiled egg yolk. As they got larger I gave them ground ProGold. I have only raised two batches of fry, though, and neither were what I would consider high-quality. Beautiful fish, but no show stoppers.
  5. He told me himself that I should refrigerate it! I specifically remember that because it gets hot here and someone told me that the heat will spoil the food. I wonder if he's changed his mind since then??
  6. LOL great to hear from you! A lot has changed. Hope you'll be able to be on more regularly. And yes, I had to laugh at your reasons, and especially that you didn't post a pic of the new baby moor!! Yep, there is such thing as a panda moor! I have one that used to be black and white and now she's white with just a couple black spots. Some of her black turned orange, too, so she's a true tricolor! And she has no eyes, because whatever her last owner had her with ate out her eyes. She eats as well as anyone else in the tank, though. Anyway, again, good to see you.
  7. So sorry, that is really upsetting, I know. White fish stand out the most in a pond and are usually the easiest targets. If it was a crane or heron (which is likely if you are in a rural area or city near water or ponding basins) it will definitely come back. They've been known to clean out ponds, so definitely get some sort of repellant. They are very, very bold animals and are not always even frightened off by dogs. My mom had a large pit bull (more like a small horse!) and the stupid bird would walk right past her! I have heard that those decoy birds do not work at all. The herons and cranes are very intelligent and will figure out that it is fake pretty quickly, so invest that money into something else. If there's any way at all to get the netting, try to do so. Ours is an odd shape too, with a bridge across the middle, so it was tricky to do. The pond is lined with rocks all around so I hooked the netting down around the rocks. Is something like that possible for you to do?
  8. Thanks guys. I remember asking him a long time ago about the best way to keep it, and he suggested refrigerating it, which I've done ever since. I like the vacuum sealer idea. Would you recommend double or triple bagging them? I really love his food and have recommended it for years! I even give it to our pond fish sometimes, though the sinking food tends to get lost in there. I wish there were some local goldfish people I could split it with!
  9. I have used Progold for about 7 years now. I have mostly large fish now so I buy the big pellet. The smallest container Rick sells that in is 20 oz. and my fish can't eat that much in a year! I supplement the Progold with other foods as well so we just can't use that much. Do you know if it's safe if I freeze say half of the Progold and half of the Spirulina flakes (which are also only in a large container)? I've had a lot of bacterial problems over the years so I'm very finicky about making sure my food is fresh and good. That's why I need to order more soon! I've had this bag for about a year now (I keep it refrigerated).
  10. Thanks for the responses. I let her back out of the basket last night so she could root around in the tank and when I went to check on her, one of my orandas was nibbling at her. She didn't seem injured, just tired, so back in the basket she went. I think I'll keep an eye out for an even larger basket. Daryl, remember years back I asked you what the usual ratio of males to females is in a spawn? The great majority of my goldfish have always been males! I may have one or two females in a tank but no more than that. Just wondering, are females more often culled or something? Whitie is my big rescue fish that used to be a panda moor and now has no eyes and just a little black and orange remaining. She has a special place to me because I remember selling her to her former owner years ago!
  11. It never fails. In whatever group of fish I have, there is always a majority of males. In this group, I have nine, and am sure that at least seven are males. That spells trouble for poor Whitie, my lone female. I went out into the fishroom yesterday to find that familiar milky-white water and knew they had been up to no good! (At least they munched on plenty of eggs and I didn't have to feed them last night). Whitie had looked pretty beat up about a month ago. Her otherwise long fins were shredded and bloody at the ends. I immediately did a large water change, thinking maybe my nitrates were high. I tested and found no ammonia or nitrite. I finally determined the boys had beaten her up. She had been healing up all this time and was just about back to normal, and then I found her injured again yesterday. Poor thing is about the size of a softball, and she was trying to hide from the boys in the plants. So I iso'ed her in my floating plant basket and she's been there, taking a breather. Does anyone else iso injured and stressed females? I know there is an inherent danger in them becoming eggbound when they can't release their eggs. I have lost several female fish to this. But at the point where they have bloody, damaged fins, I would say the eggbinding is the less immediate danger.
  12. Nope, it's still here like normal. It's not one of the more active forums, though. Maybe with springtime here it will pick up now?
  13. That is great news!! I hope to see the pictures soon. I second Martha on Photobucket. I've been using it for many years (I just have a free account) and I love it. All the pics I ever post on here are hosted through Photobucket.
  14. Be careful not to get the glue on their flesh. It depends on the kind of glue you're using, but if it's superglue it cures quickly in water (I always use gel superglue on my corals so I assume that would be safe for the snail shells). The snails can be out of water for a little while without being injured. They are known to come out on their own, anyway. I just wanted to caution you about having crabs in there with the snails. I'd definitely get those crabs out. It's lucky they haven't attacked yet, but being scavengers, they will munch on any slow moving thing they can find. I also would separate the hurt snails to keep them safe while they recover. Good luck.
  15. Yay, what a fun spring project!! I really love the design of that, too. I hope you can show pictures of the process. I wish I was putting in a pond this spring, too!
  16. I've longed believed that invertebrates, including hermits, can feel pain, but due to the lack of a central nervous system, it isn't the kind of pain we know. Thanks for sharing that article. I wish they would elaborate on how they process the pain and how they feel it. That is very, very interesting and I hope we hear more about this in the future.
  17. I LOVED my pink skunkies!! As far as clowns go, they aren't one of the more aggressive species. And contrary to popular belief, they do not require an anemone or coral to host in. They will host in anything they can, including caves and behind filters. In a 20 gal, I probably wouldn't try to put any other fish with them. Like all clowns, they will get much bigger than what you see in the stores (about 3-4"). They are very territorial but have great personalities. When we set our tank back up again, we plan to get more pinks.
  18. Hi Anna Moore, please don't dredge up posts from two years ago! We try and keep the board pretty current.
  19. I would definitely go for captive-raised. They will be healthier, not have been subjected to being wild caught and shipped all over the world, and you can rest knowing that you're not further depleting wild seahorses. Many are now endangered due to loss of habitat and the Chinese medicine trade, unfortunately, as well as the souvenir trade. Why you'd want a dried-up seahorse as a souvenir, I don't know! I remember getting one as a kid and it freaked me out. Even captive raised seahorses do need some live food in the tank to sustain them. Feeding brine shrimp alone isn't a balanced diet. For that reason, you should also consider setting up a large refugium. This way you'll have a continuous supply of live copepods going into the tank for the seahorses to feed on. I'm familiar with this due to keeping mandarinfish, which have similar requirements. Seahorses also need very low flow tanks. For that reason, cyanobacteria is a concern. When there is low waterflow, it flourishes, and can be a huge nuisance to get rid of. As for gorgonians, most do not need the high-powered lighting that corals do. They are extremely difficult to care for in captivity, because most are filter feeders. It's a delicate balance to keep enough in the water for them to eat without getting your tank levels out of hand. Anyway, hope all this helps. I have wanted to do a seahorse tank for years and know a few people who've kept them. I can't stress enough how important it is to buy captive. Check out ORA. They're a great supplier of captive raised critters. They have really nice stock and reasonable prices.
  20. They are BEAUTIFUL! What a great find. I especially love that tricolor. I hope they keep some of the black. I have a very large formerly panda moor who is probably about 5 or 6, and she still has a bit of black left on her. It's left a cool pattern. Oh, and I still refer to them as moors, also! I use moor and telescope interchangeably.
  21. I agree. It's a fish that would have normally have been culled. With pet-quality fish, deformities like these are common because they aren't meant to win awards or be high quality.
  22. Sounds like a wakin. They are commons with a double tail.
  23. I'm not sure how pond snails are. I think they eat algae but don't know if they eat plants or not. They should stay in the water though. I really love nerites. I had a couple in my saltwater tank years ago and they are interesting little critters. Someday I want to set up snail tanks, too. My list of someday tanks is way too long!
  24. Hmm, that is interesting. Maybe it would be best to just rehome that problem fish. If he's stressing the poor puffs, you sure don't want to l leave him in there. Eventually you'll probably want to just stay with a pair of clowns in the 29. The damsels will eventually get too big and territorial, too. Maybe at that point you can find some other smaller marine fish that won't outgrow it. If you don't have corals, you could find a pygmy angel, maybe.
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