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  1. I am currently working on designing a pond for my yard! Right now I have a 8x6 irregular shaped design, it is 3.5 ft deep in the middle: Does anyone on here LOVE math, and want to calculate the gallons for this thing?! XD I think I will go to the math forum and ask volume calculation of irregular objects is really not my area. It has a raised edge, but it will not be filled to the top of the raised edge, it is really just to make it harder for animals to fish, and to redirect runoff. If I have enough space I would like to put in koi, but maybe I will stick to a whole bunch of goldfish! I did not place a filter or aerator in my design sketch, but they will be there. the weird looking rectangles on the right are painted cinderblock hideouts. I am trying to make it as "raccoon proof" as possible (more here) Any ideas? Improvements? This will be really fun to dig!
  2. Hello everyone, I recently got a new Wakin goldfish, (feeder tank rescue) and he seems really healthy except that he has a tendency to, as I refer to it, "flounder;" by which I mean he leans slightly to one side when he swims. There is no side in particular that is the problem, but when he swims he always leans to one side; usually it is the direction away from the back wall of the tank. He doesn't seem to have any trouble with his swim bladder (he can move up and down without using his fins), and he has no fin tears that might unbalance him. Could this be a parasite problem? I really don't know much about parasites, but seeing as he is from a feeder tank, it seems possible. -The ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels are 0. -The pH is 7.5 The problem has gone away over the past week (I did a 30% water change on Monday and Friday), but I would like to diagnose it if possible, so that if it happens again I know what is happening. If anyone has any ideas at all, I would really appreciate it if you shared them; I am drawing a blank on this. Thanks, -Cyprinidae
  3. Last Saturday (the 28th) attended the Northwest koi and goldfish show in Portland Oregon! Here's some pictures I took: Beautiful koi at over 2' long! I wanted to buy one of these guys! But I couldn't believe how much they costed! $250 a piece!!! A pearl scale, moor and fantail for sale This guy was also for sale. I felt awful, because I could see he was suffering from specticemia. I really wouldve picked this guy up, but he was $300 dollars (not kidding!) and it was too much of a risk. Beautiful ranchu and oranda in the showing room (not for sale) Beautiful oranda for sale. I went just about insane not being able to buy this guy! This koi looked like a block of cheese to me! Still, it's a beautiful fish. Panda moor! Very cute & small! Thanks for looking!!!
  4. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level 0 * Nitrite Level 0 * Nitrate level 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.7 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Test Kit * Water temperature? 74-75* F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 38g, 3 mo * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin 350 * How often do you change the water and how much? 25-40% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Last Saturday 7/21 * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, fits in the palm of hand. Ryukin * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Daily, 3 pellets each. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Fish is not swimming properly. Alive, no external issues. Floating with current.
  5. So I feel like my guys have grown a bit but maybe it is just me lol. Any who here are some updates on my guys I am still thinking of names for my bubble eye and I have a pretty good idea what I might call my red Oranda as well Best viewed in HD First up is my Bubble eye my sister pointed out the other day he is getting fat lol. I then noticed he seemed a bit rounder and is looking very nice specially that tail since it is staying up nice and tall Next is Castor <3 I decided to add something to his tank since I felt he had nothing to do. I do want my real plants again but I am going to wait till we finish moving to are bigger place and have more time to take care of them I feel that Castor has also grown specially in the belly area lol and a bit longer as well Here is my new Oranda, he was my special buy since when I got him I knew he was going to be a handful and have a very eventful QT period He has perked up a lot today so I figured I would post a video of him and I didn't want him to feel left out lol
  6. Hey all, My three ryukin goldfish are doing great, but all of a sudden, one of them decided to show symptoms of SBD. He's active, but staying on the surface, unable to swim down. What should I do? They're in a 40G, cycled tank.
  7. As some of you know, my tank just recently finished it's cycle after a very long three months! I had a hard time deciding whether i wanted to do 2 goldies in my 30 gallon, or let have 1 special one have all the space for himself. After hearing from you guys that it's really much better for them to be together, i have gone with these two little lovies! I believe I will call this pretty little fella(?) Pinto: http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o542/jk10611/DSC03101.jpg The darker one in the back has been dubbed Percy. He still has a lot of fry coloring, but in the light he looks like he has some nice lemony yellow underneath! He is a little more camera shy and hard to get a picture of. http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o542/jk10611/DSC03104.jpg Showing off their cute 'lil faces! http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o542/jk10611/DSC03107.jpg So far today they're just taking it easy. Tomorrow i will start the salt and prazi process although so far there hasn't been any fin clamping or yawning and they have been nice and active. Pinto seems to have either a funny shaped tail or was getting nipped at by the other fish in the tank... I am going to see if salt and water changes will help with this. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think it may be. I also found a store about an hour away from me that has Nerite snails so after these guys are done with quarantine I would like to go up there and pick up a few! Thanks for looking, i am very excited to finally have some precious gold ones!
  8. These are photo of my second tank which are two Aqua Nova tanks on a 6.5 foot home made stand. The tanks are filtered by 1500l/s canister filters on each tank. the first tank contains 6 Ranchu and the second tank contains 4 Dragoneyes and 2 (so called) Black Butterflies. Happy Viewing Paul. Ranchu Dragoneyes
  9. I have attached Photo's of my main aquarium which is a Aqua One 4 foot 280 litre (75 US gallons) on a home made stand, the original stand disintegrated when I converted the tank to marine. I keep nine goldfish in the aquarium including 2 ryukins, 5 orandas and 2 pearlscales they range from 4 inches (10cm) to 6 inches (15cm). The aquarium is filtered by two filters, a 2000 litre (520 US Gallons) per hour canister filter and a 2500 litres (40 US Gallons) per hour overhead filter which is built into the hood. Happy Viewing Paul
  10. I think everyone will enjoy these pictures because it is not very common to witness schooling goldfish. My 80’ x 60’ pond started with 100 “feeder fish” about eight years ago and predation is via Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher and on occasion, an Osprey. The water is fresh and clean and fed by well-water, and I stopped using any chemicals and filtration about 5 or 6 years ago. I do have a water recirculator running 24/7. This is the very first time that the goldfish have schooled; they finished spawning, which took about one month, recently. I took these pictures on Monday, 21 May 2012. They swam in-place with their tails down and heads up. As you can tell by the pictures the sun was not yet up. I took pictures and watched for approximately 1-1/2 hours and they eventually disbanded. I realize this is not often witnessed and only happens when the pond population reaches a certain size and the goldfish are happy and healthy! The larger females you see in the pictures are anywhere between 12” and 24” long. They are all common goldfish; no Koi. The smaller fish “schooled” the following day and I assume are below the surface hiding from this mob. This proves that “age” has nothing to do with the schooling instinct, but if you are a tiny fish-fry, you don’t want to hang out with the big-guys and get eaten! The solid black fish are a different species but they are schooling with the goldfish. If you want more pictures posted or further information, please contact me. NOTE: I DON'T SEE THE BOX TO UPLOAD PICTURES...
  11. I have two lemohead lion head goldfish, their names are Twila and Lila.. and I am concerned about one of them, her name is Lila. I have been concerned for a long time, but have been scared to do a post on this in fear that I will be ridiculed because I can't really decide whether or not I am doing something that is hurting my fish or helping... So here is the story: I had to go away for two years back in 2009 (I don't really want to go into it and no it wasn't jail) and I paid someone to watch my two fish Twila and Lila because I couldn't care for them. When I first got Twila and Lila, they were the same size, and were healthy in every way. This is a video of the smaller fish Lila that I am concerned about back in 2009 when she was healthy and doing well: When I finally was able to have Twila and Lila again, I put them together in a quarantine tank temporarily. I had not seen them in 3 years. They were the same size before, but now Twila has doubled in size and Lila (the smaller one) seems to have stayed the same. Also, this is where the concern comes in. Lila cannot swim off the bottom of the tank and has a crooked spine. She can move around on her belly, which is why I had to remove the gravel. Occasionally if she really gets motivated (like when I'm feeding her) she'll swim around but very rarely, and it is hard for her. She is the smaller one in the tank. If she does swim she seems to have to dart around. While she does look active in this video, she was more just frantic because of the new tank. In general she just lies still. The quarantine tank obviously was too small, so eventually I moved Twila and Lila into my big tank with Alfredo (my red cap oranda) Because of the gravel, the person who had been watching my fish told me to get a plate because Lila would like to lie on it because it isn't abrasive like gravel is. I got her a plate, and she sits on it all day: Here is where my big question is... is keeping her alive humane? Is she suffering or in pain? She gets really excited and wiggles around when she is hungry. She lies there most of the time not moving much.... and its heartbreaking. She seems to live for the food. She does move around when I get near the tank. There is no indication of her being in pain or uncomfortable but fish can't talk and I have no idea if she is in pain. I hate that she can't swim around. Am I a bad mom? Would it be more humane to put her down or does she deserve to live even if she is handicapped?? Finally, here is a video of her now around feeding time. Lila is the smaller one. You can see the difference in size between Twila and Lila:
  12. Hi guys, I have 3 ryukins and I feed them API Sinking Goldfish Pellets. I want some more options though. I do have Hikari Frozen Bloodworms that I occasionally feed my bettas, so could I feed them those? And I also heard there were some vegetable items I could feed them such as romaine lettuce? How would I prepare that for them? Thanks in advance.
  13. Hi everyone. I'm sneaking away from my 'honey do' projects to upload this video of the fishies from this morning. Don't tell!!! My new phone has a better camera than the old one so I hope the quality is ok. Thanks for watching and enjoy! <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%2Fvid1136.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fn494%2Fmjbubbles4%2F20120527_083837.mp4">
  14. Well my in-ground pond hasn't progressed any and now I'm kind of moving houses so Rupert, my goldfish from the state fair, who has been living on my counter for months, needs a new home. A while ago I wanted to have a container pond which is what I'm going to do at this rental house. I don't have that much money to spend but I've been looking at these stock tanks. http://www.tractorsu...10-gal--2229862 http://www.tractorsu...apacity-2177201 http://www.tractorsu...apacity-2177227 Are there any opinions on plastic versus galvanized steel? I'm in Texas so it gets really hot and sunny. Also what kind of filter do you think I should get for it? I plan on keeping plants and some goldfish in it. Any tips are welcome Also how should I protect it against my cats, dogs, and other predators?
  15. Hey guys, This is the first time we've ever had a tank this big 40g. So I filled it saturday after cleaning it and put in dechlorinator. I put the Marineland Penguine 350 filter in and it's been running since then. There's nothing else in the tank. I plan on seeding it with substrate/filter media from my already cycled tank for an insta-cycle. It's now cloudy. Will this dissipate after a while, like once I put the fish in? Thanks.
  16. Here she is! The new 6 and a half inch oranda!
  17. Hi! We build a new small pond in our garden. It is only 1000 liters, that is approx 264 gallons. I would like to move 4 of my tank goldies into this new pond as I would like to cut back on the number of aquariums I keep. I know 264 gallons is quite small for a pond but I think it would is fine for 4 goldies? There are 2 commons, 1 oranda and 1 fantail (all petshop qualiyt so the fancies aren't too drastic and can swimm well). When can I move them to my new pond. I know it has to be cycled but I am wondering about temperature range? Is it too soon to transfer them out now? I know the nights are still very cold but the day temperatures get to 15C already... Also would those fancies survive the winter (it gets to freezing temperatures here so the water freezes)? But there will be silt on the bottom so they can hibernate like normal goldies. I already have a pond with commons and comets and they seem to be waking up... Thanks
  18. Hello, my goldfish TV Ryan of nearly a year seems to be sick. I have never been a very good fish keeper, but I've been attempting to improve as time goes on and by lurking these forums. This particular goldfish, a comet, has been a trooper for nearly a year, and he has endured a lot of stressful situations, which is why his sickness now is perplexing. I brought the water to the local PetsMart to be tested, and they told me the pH was very basic; I've been attempting to lower it in time. The worker recommended that the goldfish may have parasites, and we've begun a treatment for him. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate level: 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8-8.2, attempting to bring down with Seachem Neutral Regulator and AQ pH Down * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): Not sure, but it is very hard water Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?: Usually American Pharmaceuticals test kit with drops, pet store used strips of some sort * Water temperature?: About 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 25 gallons, about seven months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?: two sponge filters (not sure of name), 45 gallons and 25 gallons respectively * How often do you change the water and how much?: weekly, 25%, but I've been getting lax lately * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?: Today, but it was only a gallon; before that, a week ago, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size?: 1, three inches; was a fantail of 1 inch, but she died * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just stress coat that can act as a conditioner? Not sure of brand * What do you feed your fish and how often?: Flakes, once every three days, added bloodworms to diet * Any new fish added to the tank?: No * Any medications added to the tank?: Tetra Parasite Guard * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: No extensive medicinal treatment before * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?: Preponderance of black spots on side, preceded by edges of fins turning black; "cotton" on one side; clamped fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?: Bottom sitting; used to be very friendly, but now needs coaxing ​I would just like some additional advice. Does it sound like parasites? The store clerk said that the treatment will not work immediately, but I worry that I will make a mistake and inadvertently hurt TV Ryan. I apologize if this post is in the wrong board, and I will delete it immediately if there is a problem.
  19. Ive been trying to fined out and oh so intriuged about these panda moors, and panda orandas... etc. But do they keep their coloring? Ive heard some do and some fade. But what does it turn into, if it doasent stay panda colored? And for thos whove never seen a panda...A.K.A White with black markings on the eyes, fins, and maybe on the mouth... basically the markings of a panda just on a goldfish lol. Does anyone have before pictures and a full grown picture of one i.e the same fish in both pictures lol!?!
  20. I would like to say hi first of all... new to forum and am really excited by what i have seen so far... first of all just to talk about my main tank... 46.8g bowfront tank with a marineland c360 and a marineland penguin 150 to filter... pretty well planted , have driftwood and some live rocks. i have 1 calico oranda, 1 blue oranda, 1 white and red ryukin and 1 red ryukin. a few snails. 2 34" life glo bulbs T5HO and a 20 inch air stone. first questioin... would i be overdoing it by adding a school of about 9 white cloud minnows?? even with extra filtration i also do 20 - 25% water changes every 3rd day in my main tank... what do you guys think?? second question... i have read about having carbon in my filter and have come to the conclusion that it is probably not the BEST thing for my plants and is not doing anything too beneficial for me as i do constant water changes. what else can i put in my filter that will be more beneficial for my plants and fish?? i.e polishing pads?? ceramic balls? thank you all in advance!!
  21. im so sad to say that i lost my goldfish april to an unknown disease, she was sucked up a couple times by the filter intake and from all the stress she succumbed to whitening of her skin and rapid weightloss, bleeding under the skin and in a matter of a couple days became listless and died just a day before she passed, she was eating and swimming happily despite her whitish patches and bruised up body, there wasnt enough time for me to get her in a hospital tank/diagnose and medicate, she deteriorated overnight and died the following day. as i was prepping her in a jewelry boxe lined with cotton for burial, i noticed that her skin was crawling. but since i have a microscope on hand, i took a small sample and put it under a slide and this is what i saw i hope the video shows, and someone could identify what killed my baby. i could take a guess that it is bacterial in nature, or maybe fungal, if they even moved. i hope it isnt something my other fish would get. again, i do not have my tests, i just did a small waterchange today. i promise to provide my water parameters as soon as possible, i have a gourami that my girlfriend is supposed to get and i would get the kit from her, we would need a fish baggie from petsmart or something and hopefully get a new goldfish or at least a 5.5 gal hospital tank just in case any more emergencies happen. i miss my baby already..... and the tank looks sad without her. romeo (the one with the heart shaped spot near its dorsal) lost his 'heart' around the same time i noticed april acquired more spots. i guess romeo has given it away she too has my heart and it sure is a big lossnow that shes gone. shes survived many many ordeals including pop eye and swimbladder problems. shes in a better place now.
  22. I just saw these two and knew they were the fish I wanted. I didn't even look to see what kind they are. Could somebody help me out? I know they are either common goldfish or comets. There names are Hercules(gold) and Titan (white & gold). I would really appreciate it and so would they. :goldfish:sorry about the quality they are less blurry in person and way more adorable! Hercules has a messed up dorsal fin I call it his battle scar.
  23. Sorry I post so often, but I recently removed the grave in my tank, so now its barebottom. It looks pretty, and I love how easy it is to clean!!! However, I am starting to feel kinda guilty for removing the gravel that my fishies enjoyed playing with so much. They were always picking it up and having a bunch of fun!!! Do you think they miss it? It it mean to not have some form of entertainment in there. Is there any kind of home-made toy or something that my fish might enjoy? thanks! -Mandie
  24. Hello I just wanted to do a small update about my new system upgrade that I recently did. Here is a video I uploaded recently tell me what you think and comments are always excepted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRvYSMNsFgw&list=UUK91-17_o6iM2cv5hItMQvA&feature=plcp Also on a side note I have had something extraordinary just happen to my goldfish I recently saw that they weren't breeding and wanted to hand spawn my females and some of my best males when in shock I found that my females had been transformed to males no eggs whats so ever only milt discharge was appearing on all my females I was wondering if anyone has had this happen before????? I need Females!!!!! HELP!!!!!
  25. Hi Everybody! I'm new to this website, so bare with me. This is the first question i have ever posted on this website. So- now, my question:) I had two young Ryukin goldfish in my tank, but they recently died from a gill disease which i tried to treat, but the medicine didn't work in time. I really liked having the Ryukins, and i always kept the water quality perfect, and did 25% water changes 2x a week. I fed them a pinch of food every morning. So- can anybody recommend the hardiest breed of fancy goldfish that doesn't get sick easily? I am going to get 2 more goldfish today or tomorrow, but i don't want them to get sick and die like my previous ones did:(. My tank is NOT large enough for a comet or common goldfish, and i don't plan on getting a tank that is, so please recommend fancy goldfish breeds. THank you! -Mandie
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