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  1. It's been a little bit, and I think they've definitely grown! Here are a few shots I took today of Speckle, Pickle, and Buttons (who I've started calling Mr. B!).....finally got some good ones! The three musketeers! Pickle says....HUH???? Got some really nice ones of Buttons and his cute lil face Mr. B look at you!!! Speckle says hello! Mr. B swimming along.... Not enough photos of me......HMPH!!!!
  2. Well, I've pulled everyone out of the green water to drain the tank and scrub the walls to get rid of the algae, so I decided to take pictures of everyone to see what everyone looks like. Nova was taken out and placed in QT because he was bottom sitting. He's perked back up. He's probably going to come inside and stay in the 30 gallon tub along with Cream, and Sunny is coming inside and staying in a 20 gallon tub. Everyone's colors have gotten so vibrant. The pictures kinda don't reflect the changes in real life, but in person the differences are staggering! No constipation problems here! Caligos wen has just exploded in growth! It is truly fantastic. Sunny seems to be a girl! She has also began turning more orange underneath her spotted green coloring, previously it was yellow. Look at that belly! Mushu is filling out his ryukin shape, also becoming increasingly more red vs. orange. Renji and the nubby fin! The orange on the side is new. Renji may be a girl, and I'm not sure if I'd rename her or what. BF says Anoue. I say Nub. Unagi has gotten very dark. He is actually developing orange where the white in his fins were. It's a very interesting color! Cream battled dropsy and won, she has gotten pretty big, becoming the largest of the lionhead babies. I'm ecstatic about this, as her brother, Strawberry, passed away from dropsy ): Fio is looking plump and lovely. The small amounts of black she had have gotten much darker. I know the blotch on the side looks green, but it's actually black and on both sides. I've looked at it closely, and it is pigmentation. Sashimi was originally a panda. The orange used to be yellow as well. Tux! He is as gorgeous as ever. I think he even got bigger. His coloring has become more matte, I think this may be affecting his eyes to some extent but I'm not sure. Goodness I just love watching him swim so graceful... Anyways, I am trying to get the funds to build a pond so my stocking situation will be relieved. The green water was fun while it lasted, now hopefully I never have to deal with it again!! My wishlist now consists of tons of nitrate eating plants. Woo! Thanks for looking!
  3. I am buying a 330 litre tank (87US gal) I want to have goldfish, rosy barbs and a rubbernose pleco, would this be possibe? I know that goldfish and rosy barbs can go together and goldfish and rubbernose pleco can go together but would the 3 species be okay in one tank? I will be having a planted aquarium.... I will also be having 3 guppies in my 20 litre tank and will feed the fry to the goldfish occasionally, would the barbs be able to feed on the fry too? If i cannot have a pleco with the two other species or cannot find a rubbernose pleco i will just have the barbs and goldfish... What numbers of each fish do you suggest?
  4. Hi there, I have a problem and looking for some help. I had two goldfish, both nearly a year old. One of them unfortunately died today of a fungal infection. I was wondering whether this could affect my other goldfish? He hasn't been showing any signs of illness at all throughout the other fish' illness. However, I have noticed some slight twitching from him since I removed his friend. Should I be worried about him? Is it possible that he is simply stressed by the fact he is suddenly alone? Or will he be suffering due to my tank being sort of infected? Thanks in advance for any help, would appreciate any help asap so I can go and get treatment for him. - Mark
  5. Please post your findings too and we can all laugh together! A few to get the ball rolling... ^^ Actually this one might be slightly iffy, but the head shape seems more koi than goldfish to me, and I think I see barbels too... ^^ (p.s. I think we all agree that fish tattooing is unethical, please no debates about this here though!) ^^ This one is by far the most egregious! lol
  6. Also, how can I prepare them? For the peas, I heat them, then peal them. Then I smash them into little pieces. I am afraid they will choke or something will get stuck in their throat!
  7. So My 30 gallon heater apparently is dead (I haven't had a need for it until tonight and just found out). I also have a 5g heater that I bought in error for my 3 gallon. Here's the deal: I have no central A/C or Heat and it's 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside. So it's currently around 65 degrees in the house and getting colder. I've moved her (edit: her = my female betta) tank into our kitchen (warmest room in the house). And I know Goldfish are more tolerant to cold but I do have the Chinese Algae Eater in my 30g with the goldfish. Is it OK to use my heater (for 5 gallon tanks) in my 3 gallon for my betta? Should I go buy a new heater for my 30g?
  8. hi new here so thought i'd post some pics and a vid of the 40 gall with a red cap oranda, butterfly moor and a ryukin the plants are anubias nana and elodea canadensis. filtration is a fluval 206 canister and a fluval U4. lighting includes on 11 w fluorescent cool white, 25 double bright LEDs (four blue) and thre underwater LED spotlights. these photos where a nightmare these were the only ones that came out semi presentable out of 40, the goldies just wiggle about too much lol. couldnt get a close up of the moor unfortunatly as he's the biggest wiggler of them all. the red cap spawen today and the other two are males so this has made tem extra exitable as this is there first time at it, so to speak, as all are under a year old. enjoy
  9. Goldie - Common Goldfish (orange) Speckles - Shubunkin ( black, white(blue), orange) Maella - Common Goldfish (black, bronze, brown, gray, white)
  10. What is everyone's favorite type of goldfish and why? Curious as to why some chose the type of goldfish they keep.
  11. Well, I finally figured out how to use my sisters camera to take pictures of my fish!! I tried tirelessly to figure out her aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings, and after many failed pictures I finally figured out that her camera is smarter than me, and using the auto setting with burst photos makes for some good shots I tried to focus mostly on my more camera shy fish, but a couple more snuck into some of the shots (; My newest fish Nova and Minnie are absolutely gorgeous, and the pictures don't do them justice. Minnie is the same Minnie that Ms. Jenny decided to rehome. I picked her up on the way down from Oregon and I couldn't be more thrilled! She is absolutely perfect and I can't thank Ms. Jenny enough. I hope that even with the overstocking (and plans for a second large tank) this is still a good home for Minnie (: And Nova, I found at a petsmart. I had never seen anything like her! She was labeled as an Oranda, but she is incredibly thin and long. I am not sure if she is just an Oranda or if she is maybe something different? What do you guys think? Without further ado, here are some better pics of everyone in the 125 (: Nova (: I was thinking about submitting one of these 2 pictures for pic of the week. Minnie, she was hiding in the corner and it was hard to get a good pic of her. She likes to stay near the bottom to forage for food (: Fio, wiggling away... A cluster of fish. Mushu, Nova, Sunny, and Cream Sashimi, showing off her color change. Camera focused on the dirty glass ): More clusters! Caligo, realizing I took a picture of her. She likes to turn away from the camera...... Sunny! Anyone know what is up with his coloring? And when I actually get a good shot, the light is too bright ): They all look 10 times smaller in this monster Thanks for looking!
  12. I just got the 30 gallon yesterday and I had absoloutley no money to buy any decor. (You know, those times when you are like "Alright, total is $230.86... Wait I have only 130") Yeah it is pretty much always like that to me. xD Anyway, I am going to start buying some decor to put in the tank, but I wondered if Goldfish liked sleeping under silk plants or even in large LARGE houses. (My goldfish are only about 3 inches) I had two comets before and they liked to sleep in houses. So any Ideas? You can even put in ideas on how you think you would like to decorate my tank. 23 replies = Pics (It is because I dont have my camera right now to show you how my tank looks like, but if you guys think you can write 23 replies, I will get the camera for you!)
  13. Alfredo continues to crack me up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-fYhmLzAY
  14. First off, Cyrrus is headstanding ): I'll post in d&d soon. Second, there were casualties. Before leaving, Tui and La were dropped with their tub. Bf felt terrible but we got to them quickly. They seemed to be in shock, so I just kept them dark till we got to Sacramento. I checked on them and they looked ok, a couple of ripped fins, so I changed the water salted them to .1% and double dosed with prime. On the midway stop, I went to redose with prime, both were gone ): you wouldn't have even known it. They looked like they were alive but I checked gill movement and nothing... The shadows of their lives were still there... Fate decided to rub the salt in my wound extra hard... My 55. An entire panel, cracked from corner to corner. Infuriating. Bfs mom is bringing me her late fathers bow front because we had to leave ours for room. But now I am stuck. Luckily my grandma is going to take us shopping tomorrow so we can check prices on tanks. If nothing good comes around, we will be getting two 50 gallon storage tubs until we can get it sorted. We were going to one anyways, but now the poor fish have no aquariums ): we are going to go look at a 100 gallon tomorrow. Just so frustrating, the second half of the trip was terrible until home was in sight. Happy to say everyone else is doing ok. They are a little slow, because the water is cold. I am letting them destress for a little while before starting salt and prazi. My family is enjoying the fish (: I have had people let them nibble on their hands. Minnie is just the center of attention. No one has seen a goldfish like her before! They watched me hand feed her and were commenting on how pretty she is. My crazy mom decided to pop a hole in the bag without me knowing, so while we were unpacking I had to rush to put her in something else. She dwarfs everything around her (: The actual driving parts were long and boring. Very noisy with a chorus of cats realizing they were trapped in tiny cages. Very squished. But at least I got In N Out for the first time in over a year (; San Diego greeted me with Oregon like weather and a nice reassuring sign from the heavens: Full, double rainbows. Couldn't fit the whole thing in the shot. The stress of this trip was ridiculous and I feel like almost everything went wrong. I thought we had this well planned but there were so many accidents that just made things so much worse. My head is hurting. My aquarium is broken. My telescopes are gone ): the only thing that has made this entire thing worth it is the plans for the pond and getting to keep my precious animals. I am happy that things weren't worse, but I am thinking the next time I need to move fish near a family member, I'll just overnight them there.
  15. So, I write in after a 9 hour drive from Albany Oregon to Sacramento California. It has been stressful and hectic, but after a nap and some Aleve I am feeling cheery, especially because everyone has made it in relatively good condition. Fishies are a little pale and kitties are a little frazzled, but everyone is getting a well deserved break. Man it's been a crazy ride. Snow, ice, rain, and steep mountain paths and no leg room Question, how should I do a water change? The water is slightly different. My kH is 80 this kH is 110, my pH is 7.6, here is 7.8. They really need one. Had this waiting for me at the receptionist (: I didn't get to meet Ms. Jenny, but I can tell that she is awesome by seeing how well Minnie is packed and how absolutely stunning she is. Couldn't get a great picture but she is gorgeous. Kitties are glad to be in the dry, warm hotel room. Otter and the puppy (bfs moms chihuahua) are playing and cloud is exploring. Not excited for the second half but at least we are halfway there (:
  16. heres an update on casper and flo easter2012 when i had my morris in qt sept 2012 i removed the gravel recently
  17. I am very excited to say that I have gotten the ok to build an above ground pond at my Grandmothers house in San Diego. I will be moving back there in the very beginning of January and renting a room from her. This month will be all about the planning of the pond. Next month will be about acquiring all my supplies (: I have some preliminary planning to do. I am planning to build a stock tank pond with either a 150 gallon Rubbermaid, a 160 gallon Tuff Stuff, or a 250 gallon Laguna. Obviously my first pick is the 250 gallon, or the 160 gallon, but the rubbermaid is a fall back and I know that is something I can readily get. (There is a 90 dollar Laguna basin that is KILLING me cause it is too far away >.< ) I will be trying to get the 250 gallons, if possible. If not I will see if I can't special order the 160 gallon from Tractor Supply. But for these questions, assume I will be using the 150 gallon rubbermaid. Here are my preliminary questions... I have been reading the pond forum all night! My first question is about the San Diego weather. It has made it to 115F in the area I will be living in. This will be a fancy goldfish pond, and needs to be able to hold 5-7 fancies. They are ryukin, orandas, ranchu, and lionheads (possibly). What affect will the heat have on the pond and fish? I am going to be trying to put it somewhere it will get shade. How long does it need to be in the sun, if at all? If it was in mostly shade would that affect algae growth? This will affect the placement of the pond. Also, during the winter it can get into the 30's at night. Should I be worried about the pond freezing at all? If so, will the moving water prevent that? What size tub would the filtration have to be in? I have seen some conflicting answers. I have seen some threads say 10% of the ponds capacity, and some others saying it could be less, because the 10% is the standard for koi. I remember reading that the pond needs to be filtered 2-3 times over per hour. Is that correct? If not how much should the filter turn over? I will be building one similar to the examples posted by Shakaho. I just want to make sure I have my info correct before I start planning the design of the filter (: What are the stocking levels, and what kind of work am I going to be looking at doing with my current stocking prediction? I can easily change 10% a week, even more if needed. We have lots of plants that would looove to have fish water. If the 150 gallon is not suitable, what would be an appropriate stocking level for it? I might have more questions, but those are probably going to be more on the mechanics of the pond. All I know is I am super excited and when I get excited I become impatient and miss tons of details So thank you in advance for reading (:
  18. Right after New Years I will be making a 17 hour move down south to San Diego. I have browsed a couple of threads about moving goldfish, but it seems the longest trips are only 4-5 hours. This month we are doing our planning for the move. I plan on using 1 or 2 sterilite tubs, about 36 gallons each to move 11 goldfish, and fasting for 3 days beforehand. It is a 17 hour drive from here to my home in San Diego, traffic permitting. We make about 4-5 stops on the way down. I will also have a couple of bubble wands in with the goldfish and my plants/bb's in a separate bucket. Has anyone done a move this long before? How can I give my bb's the best chance at surviving? What do I need to do for the goldfish on the way down? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I won't be driving, thankfully, so I will be able to take care of anything that needs to be done. I am so nervous about this, but I would rather make a crazy move with the fish under my care rather than giving them away up here (: Advice?
  19. Unfortunately I couldn't get all my babies because Cali is a camera hog and whenever I focus on one fish she swims in front all "ME ME ME ME I'M BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPH ME HELLO I'M HERE POINT THE CAMERA AT ME. ME ME ME" But here are some I got xD Tiger Honey Cali
  20. <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid4.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy118%2Fsoy_mocha_latte%2FAnimals%2FVideo0025_001.mp4"> I wanted to share (: The had a bunch of lovely fish and you can see why it is so hard to resist I also wanted to ask a question, is there something wrong with the bubble eyes? They would have just gotten in yesterday. I saw 3 bottom sitting, one with a slightly damaged eye, and the rest are fine. Is there something I can recommend so those guys can get better?
  21. Hi I did post another topic but didn't get any responses . Specky has a white fuzzy looking only small bump on his Side . I am edging towards fungus as it has started to get bigger but is still small . Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level (Tank) 10ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap):0ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap)0ppm * Nitrate level (Tap)0ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)8 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)8 ( hard to tell ) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops api master test kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Unknown * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Nutrafin aqua plus * Water temperature? 18 c * How often do you change the water and how much? 1 week 85% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Wednesday 80% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 25 gallons , 3 months ish * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 3inches excluding tail * What do you feed your fish and how often? Tetra granules flakes bloodworms daphnia veggies ect 2 x day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Not yet * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Small white fuzzy but not to much on his side * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? A little bottom sitting but not so much now * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. In next post . Thanks . It hasn't spread since Tuesday . And should I isolate him or treat everyone ?
  22. Hi everyone! I had a question with goldfish plants. I was wanting a couple anubias to tie to rocks for the new tank. I havent cycled yet so i was wondering if you could cycle with plants after sterilization or after cycling when the goldies go in. Of course they would be sterilized. Would cycling be too harsh on the plants? I may also get a java fern or a couple different low light plants. The tank is going to be bare bottom. If i decide to have crypts they would be planted in jars with nutrient rich soil. Thank you soo much!
  23. I've heard that you should soak flakes and pellets momentarily before you feed them to your goldfish to prevent any swimbladder problems. But do you need to soak pellets? I've read that even pellets contain some air that the goldfish can't handle. Thx!
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