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  1. My kitten cloud will sit on the cover over Caligos qt and just paw at Caligo. Instead of getting scared and swimming away she swims right up to him! Crazy fish! She is not scared of him at all! I can't relax with them together! He is the one that would kill her if he got the chance, but she is still more scared of me than him! My nerves are so worn
  2. These are my oranda. I am pretty obsessed with them. They are recovering nicely. The black/green oranda and the calico are new. Gifts from my neighbor for almost killing my fish. My black/green oranda And my kitty being good and just looking... not touching... They are still recovering but are almost 100%!
  3. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level .0ppm * Nitrite Level .0ppm * Nitrate level .0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * 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 ammonia drops, mardel or tetra (forgot) test strips * Water temperature? 78 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 5 gallon, 1 week quarantine * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s) 3 gallon filter, don't know which brand * How often do you change the water and how much? Every day, 80% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 ~2 inch oranda * What kind of water additives or conditioners? seachem prime X2 * What do you feed your fish and how often? once a day, 2-3 flakes * 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. Salt at .1% * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Missing scales, had a fluffy white string coming from his mouth when I first got him but this has since disappeared completely * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting more often. Hi guys, the inevitable happened and here I am on D&D about my new oranda whom was rescued from a tank of dying fish. From what I remember, none of the other fish had the same symptoms as Lord Jabu Jabu, but after posting a little while ago he was quarantined to prevent an epidemic. Those fish were all bottom sitting and had fin rot, along with cloudy eyes on the moors, possibly the beginning of ich or a fungus, or a pH crash. I do not have the resources to get a bigger tank for quarantine but he hasn't shown any symptoms that he is stressed (no gulping, frantic swimming, etc) He has been doing well but now he is bottom sitting. His poop is also white and stringy, which I think could also be a sign of stress but again, I have to work with what I have until next month -.- I can get prazi relatively cheap, only 6 dollars at my lfs. What can I do for this guy to make sure I don't lose him? He doesn't bottom sit all of the time, just I have noticed it happening more often, and it isn't normal for him.
  4. This is my new Oranda! People seem to believe she is a girl, it may be too early to tell but I don't wanna wait to name her haha. My ideas were: Caligo Eurynome Chaos Eris I lean towards Caligo or Eris (: <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%2FDSCN1550.mp4">
  5. To celebrate my guys recovery from the evil unknown illness of doom! :DDDD I wish I'd taken the time to get photos of then next to a rular... Without further ado! 160L tank in May last year, with Doc, Jack and Castiel (mayherestinpeace): The same 160L tank as of yesterday, with Jack, Doc, Henry, Sam and Dean: (very overstocked I know, I'm re-cycling Sam and Henry's tank currently) I'm getting decor on Thursday Now for the fishies, I'll put an estimated size excluding tail in brackets.. Henry~ September, 2010. (maybe 1-1.5") October 2010. Today~~ (3") Sorry for the blurriness XD Black background doesn't make taking photos of dark fish easy... Dean!! The day I got him and Sammy, October 2010. (1 inch) March, 2011 (1.5-2") Today (3-4") Sammy! October, 2010. (1") May, 2011 (2") Today~ (3-4") Doc~ The day I got him, Jack and Cas in May last year. (1.5-2"??) Today (4"): Jack~~! May 2011 (1.5-2") Squishing Cas there Geez I miss that fish T^T. And here he is today, the handsome devil. (4-4.5") Thanks for looking~~~~ <3
  6. Mods/Helpers, please feel free to move this if it is in the wrong spot! I remember we used to do a lot of general goldfish intros and discussions here, but with all the new boards/topics I have a feeling there might be a new home for these kind of posts! Some of you know I’ve recently been setting up and cycling a 102L/27Gal tank. Currently it is a mess of plants just thrown in and a bit of ceramic (inert/safe) fine gravel which is starting to just cycle. I have in mind setting it up in what seems to be a traditional goldfish style tank, black substrate with large white rocks and green plants growing in/around those rocks as a centrepiece. Something like this I guess in the end. So today I am getting driven around by my partner looking for, of all things, rocks for this tank. While at the various stores we are, of course, looking at the fish. The first store had some nice, but very young and slightly weedy looking panda moors, along with two nicer older black moors (one of which seemed to have serious SBD, which put me off of them right away!) The second store though, hooooh boy. It’s just a chain store, but in the past I have gotten some very nice stock from one of their stores, and their fish are also usually pretty well (not perfectly, but a sight better then most!) taken care of. So, what do I see peeking at me from the very top tank? A 2 inch long BLUE ORANDA. Something that despite my general lack of fondness for most orandas (sorry guys, but those wens used to creep me out something massive, it’s only recently that I have come to really like them!) has always been on my wish list. Previously I did have a small, baby blue (who was kind of dumped on me as a ‘gift’) who perished in the main pond due to a mishap with a rock getting pushed in, him trapped and us not noticing until it was too late, but that has been my extent of oranda keeping. Ever since I have wanted another blue oranda, especially an older one with a good chance at keeping his colours! So, as we pull a ladder over to see this tank properly (TALL tanks, and I am quite tall and even I needed the ladder!) and climb up, a few other little faces come into view. One nice red ryukin, a very nice lemon ranchu who seemed to totally lack a wen (but adorable none the less! He made me giggle, as he seemed so naked without a wen!) along with some very tiny chu fry, two nice looking red orandas, and another nice calico one with a longer body. All of these orandas were traditional style fish and around 2 inches long. After standing on the ladder and seeing how active the blue one was (and friendly! He was all up over the glass begging at us!), I had already made up my mind that he was to be coming home with me right then! Two of the other orandas also striked my fancy, one was the calico with the longer body type (too long for my liking, but a beauty non the less!) and the other one of the reds who had the biggest wen! She was slightly beaten up from shipping, the top of her dorsal looks like it has been chewed off and she seemed to be getting bullied by the other red and the ryukin. So I have a look at the other tanks while waiting for some staff, which housed some passable, but not amazing teles, some baby chus (some of which certainly had potential to grow into beauties!) and an assortment of other fish, some of who were very nice (in particular some nice Bristol shubunkins, something that is a rarity here!) to pass the time. So the fish guy comes up, and I ask him to bag me up the blue oranda while talking to the boyfriend about whether we should pick another as I could QT them altogether rather than later having to fetch the QT tank from the parents (200km away) should I want to add to the tank later. Another look at the tank and instantly I decided on another oranda, as there were still so many cute little faces begging at the glass! I got caught up picking between the red I liked and the calico. The red only had a single anal fin (And I’m a stickler for proper double fins in my fancies!), while the calico had a slightly too long body, even for a traditional style oranda. If I had an extra 10gal in this tank, BOTH would have come home with me! But in the end the ryukin came over and both the cali and him started to bully my favourite red, actually getting a chunk off her already damaged dorsal, and seeing red’s little chubby face begging against the glass won out over the mean calico, and she was plonked in the bag with our blue. It was a bit of an “Alright, get in the bag, you will do” moment Now, I know in the past I’ve never been an oranda fan, but I have always had a soft spot for the slightly longer bodied orandas with the long flowing heavily forked fin (as in the traditional ‘Chinese style’ oranda rather than the shorter, rounder, short but fuller type finned that are prized now with the more Japanese bred aesthetics) and these two both fit my liking. The red could possibly have longer fins an only has a single anal fin, and the blue a slightly shorter body, but for only $30 each I am not complaining! I know of a supplier in the city over with similar quality fish selling for much more (though his are special imports, so it is understandable!) then what I spent on these guys. So we get home, acclimatise them (Which consisted of equalising temp then just scooping them out and dumping them into the tank, I did not want water from that system in my tank as it is a system where all the tanks are connected to the one filter/share the same water, and a few fish in other tanks looked a bit off, so yuck!). I did not use the three bucket method, not being just arrived shipped fish I did not want to, but have salted to .1 and prazied. In addition I am using SeaChem’s stabilise every 12 hours along with 50% 48 hour WCs in lieu of actually having my tank cycled until I can acquire some cycled media from my pond or fighter barracks (once again, 200km away) this weekend. I suspect the red one has some flukes as she is breathing rapidly, and the blue one seems to have an ich spot on his fin, so will be salting for that. Since they have been in the same tank it’s going to be easier to just treat them together for everything, as if one is showing symptoms it is likely the other was exposed. Photos incoming in the next post!
  7. Hey guys, so I rescued a cute little oranda from a tank at petco where every other fish got sick and died. Now, he has been perfectly healthy and nothing has shown up. From what I could tell, one fish was sick (his eye was sunken in and he was half eaten to death until something killed everyone else) it looked like it could have been ich. Now, he does NOT show any symptoms at all, and I couldn't quarantine him and he kept escaping through the divider in my tank. My question is, if something were to show up, when would it? Nothing looks wrong with him. He swims around, eats, and looks healthy, other than a couple of missing scales. I have had a close eye on him to make sure I can take him out if something comes up.
  8. Lord Jabu Jabu Tui (Originally a full panda) La (He has a gimpy dorsal fin, originally a chocolate) Lord Jabu Jabu, Vonnegut (the big one) and Rowling (the not in focus one)
  9. I am happy to say that in 4 weeks or so, little Bert will have a new friend! Meet Norton He is about 3 inches without tail. I thought he needed a derpy name to match his goofy face
  10. I have a panda and a white telescope fish and now that they are getting bigger in their 55 I want to add another fish! At first I thought that orandas and ranchus were totally weird and ugly but recently I have found myself admiring them. So I guess my question is which one should I get? Why? What are some different characteristics of both? Do they have different maintenance levels? Different environmental hazards? It won't be for a while that I can get one, because ideally I would like to buy it directly from a breeder so I have to save up!
  11. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level- 0ppm * Nitrite Level - 0 ppm * Nitrate level - 5.0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8ph * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 ph Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 78f * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 25 gallons -9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Internal back of tank filter w/ three mechanical stages, and a biological stage, run with a Rio 8HF8 (550 gph) * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% to 70% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? two days ago 70%, yesterday 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Orandas 3-4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime w/ water changes * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead, Bloodworms, occasional peas * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Added 10 teaspoons of salt two days ago * 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.? As of two days ago one fish is headstanding at the bottom of the tank. Actually it insist on burrowing its head at the base of a plant or in the corner. No other signs of problems. Eyes and scales are okay, no bumps or spots. Fish was fine before this without any problems. I have added 10 teaspoons of salt and have been fasting the fish. I am planning to try to get it to eat some peas tonight. Fish does seem stressed, steady gulping and gill movement. The only thing thing out of the ordinary was I asked a friend to feed the fish for one day while I was gone. I came back to this situation. I am assuming they overfed, but it seems like a drastic reaction to one overfeeding? This is a beautiful fish which has been very healthy up until now. I was just commenting to my wife last week as to how well the fish were doing. I would appreciate any help you can provide. Thank you, John
  12. i am a new goldfish owner and about a month ago i purchased a black and orange oranda. After about two weeks he lost all the black (i know this is normal for goldies) then a week ago i noticed that the ends where turning clear! is there something wrong with him? or is it normal?
  13. Hello I've been moving some of my fish around, to try to find a balance between sizes and colors, and I think I finally have the combinations that will work. I'd like to share some pics today, primarily of my 55 gallon tank, which doesn't get as much pictorial attention as the 100g. That will change though. The thread is a bit pic heavy, so I apologize in advance for that. Here we go Here are the four in the tank. One black, one white, one orange, and one carrying all three colors. There are three telescopes, and one oranda. I'm actually really proud of these guys, since I've raised them since they were barely an inch long. They are steadily growing, especially the last half year or so, with Pro-Gold. ___________________________________ AND some pics of some of inhabitants of the 100g My favorite of the bunch! Chu1 Chu2 I am ryukin And we always close the thread with an O Thank you for looking
  14. Okay so for the past year my 4 goldfish (each over 4 years old), my black oranda (under 1 years old), my angel fish (8 months old) tetra (8 months old) have been living in the same tank with the temperature at 26° C, They have to filters and regular water changes etc etc, yesterday I looked in the tank and my oranda was seriously ill it had a scar on it's side and its eye was cut see pictures for details As you can see her eyes seems to be growing a second eye which is impossible so what is it? Here is the scar yesterday was way worse: Now what I have done, I removed her and placed her in a tank in my room, so I can watch her and every morning I change the water, My Concerns What is wrong with her eye? I'm not too worried about the scar as it is healing, she is still quite strong and able to swim but is generally just resting at the bottom of the tank, Her eye but is really scaring me I'm unsure if you can see in the pic but it looks like there are two eyes and it looks like there's an indent on her eyelid Please do not lecture me and just help me, I'm really concern she was like the best fish every when I cleaned the tank she would swim right up to my hand and eat food from it , Please help any ideas and if she gets better (i hope) I'm going to house her separate, I read online that they are very delicate and must be kept in a current less environment, with soft ornaments and stones
  15. Hi guys! Currently have a batch of eggs. My new red female oranda x with my new male blue Chinese oranda. First thing is first, these are not fish I would usually CHOOSE to spawn. While they are beautiful to look at the female is not show standard (forked tail, curls to caudal, single anal fin), and the male, while technically he does not have any faults as per se, is typical of far eastern orandas bred for above viewing/the old Bristol standard (now replaced by the short bodied square finned standard for SV) with a longer body and long forked fins. Like I said, they are lovely to look at, very active and just in general gorgeous fish (fast becoming two of my favourite goldfish actually!) , but the female is not really a fish I would deliberately breed if I had access to better specimens, and the male I would cross to a similar old type to produce orandas suited for the pond and top view. That said, they are not bad fish by a long shot, being not even a year old yet they both show lovely wen growth with big thick heads and carry themselves well. The male in particular has a typical ‘top view’ head with a very square/blocky face from above. I would LOVE to one day have him in a pond as he has been bred to be viewed. These two are slowly changing my mind about orandas! Never used to be a fan of wens! The eggs are currently 48+ hours old at room temperature. I can see eyes and notochords (backbones) forming when I look close. Tomorrow morning at 10am EST they will be 72 hours old. Room temp fluctuates between 20-23*C but only slowly/is quite steady Anyway, onto the questions. My main question is what can I expect colour wise? My only familiarly with colour is the shubunkins and calico. Being that (as I understand) the blue fish is a white body with a black wash/pigment overlay, and the red a white with a red overlay of pigment (not 100% on that to be honest, correct me if I am wrong) my concern is that I will get an abnormal % of bronze fry (Bronze being all layers of pigment, white, orange and the black, etc) On the other hand, I understand blue is recessive? Which would lead my fry (the ones that colour up anyway) to being orange like the mother but carrying the blue genes (provided she does not carry them, in which case I will get a % of blue fry). As you can probably tell goldfish colour genetics are NOT my forte. Bettas, yes, goldfish I have no experience with beyond the shubunkins, lol! I am just assuming a similar inherence to koi. Secondly is, at the temperature previously mentioned when can I expect hatching? At 72 hours? Currently the plants and salvaged eggs are in 2gal buckets (two of them) and I have one 5gal tank set up to transfer some eggs to (as soon as it reaches room temp, just set it up) and the other 5 gal coming on Monday. As I plan to ruthlessly cull at 1 week any singletails or obvious defects (bent backs, etc) I am hoping this will tie me over for a few months with daily or twice daily WC as they grow. I’ve never intensively reared goldfish fry before, I just let them go in their own ponds (no adults) to grow. This is new to me. I will look into rubermaids as they grow, or even just suck it up and buy a second tank. Though unless by some amazing coincidence I get amazing fry I don’t see myself keeping many, if any at all, as I lack the room in my 1 bedroom place. As I understand goldfish will take non moving food items right from the 48 hours after hatching when the yolk is used up? I know with bettas they needed live food in order to get the hunting instinct/feeding instinct going. As I see liquid food recommended I am guessing this is not the case for these guys? I have on hand Wardleys version of liquifry, and instant BBS (pre hatched and killed/in a jar for easy feeding. I always mess up hatching them muself.). Will these non moving foods be adequate? I plan to start with liquifry and eventually co feed with the BBS over the course of the week, and if I can get my hands on a culture, microworms, as I have always found them a good food. Once they can take adult food I will probably move them straight onto NLS pellets crushed, bloodworms ground, and all those things. Thanks guys! Any help or direction to articles would be helpful! All my previous egglayers (goldies and koi) were raised outside in a pond setting, and bettas are basically cared for by the male, discus by the parents, etc, so I have little to no actual experience with raising fry myself indoors in an intensive setting! Edit: Double post for some reason
  16. I've posted a bunch of pictures of my other guys, but not many of FiFi. c: and I noticed that her colors are changing nicely now. I got some really nice pictures of her and her fins today, so I decided to post them. I think she is well on her way to turning orange and white, hm? c:
  17. I have a little red cap Oranda, named Cerise. They have one orange eye and one blue eye. I noticed the orange eye is larger than the other the past few days, then I looked back at pictures and realized it ALWAYS has been larger. I got a little worried, but I've had them for two weeks and none of the other goldfish show anything like this, and their other eye, the blue one, is totally normal. Should I be concerned or is this just genetic? It really is like it doesn't sit right int he socket. Here are the best photos I could get. Help?
  18. What do you think would be the best size of tank to aspire to if you wish to keep Orandas(considering the ideal number of orandas) that isn't out of reach to the average person (income etc)?
  19. About 3 weeks ago, I noticed that the wen on my redcap oranda was being bitten by two other fish in the 24 gallon tank at my office. There were chunks missing on the back sides where the fish bit. I brought the Oranda home last Saturday, and set her up in a 16 gallon tank that I had de-chlorinated and salted and let sit with filter running for several hours before putting her in. The tank is still cycling however--unfortunately with her in it. I have gravel and some plastic plants, which I carefully washed. No amonia or nitrite spikes yet--am testing daily now and did a 25% water change on Thursday last week. Two days ago, I noticed that there seem to be dark spots a couple of places under and on top of the wen--I think where the bites were. The spots are more pronounced today. The wen has been growing like crazy for months--it's really something. I am giving daily does of Melafix. Was planning to do another 25% water change today, but should I while I'm treating with MelaFix? Here are my water and care details so far--would really appreciate some guidance about caring for the spots. From what I've read, it seems likely that this is an infection and treating with Melafix (what about adding garlic?) should do the trick. But I'm concerned now, because I realize that I should have cycled the tank before putting the fish in. Thanks in advance for your help! The name of my Oranda is Einstein-inspired by the translucent brain-like wen. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0.25 * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 6.1 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? - API * Water temperature? - 65 degrees (estimate) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? - 16 running one week * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon (medium - came with aquarium) * How often do you change the water and how much? - did a 25% change on Thursday this week. Was planning to do a change today, (water is a little cloudy - and I replaced the filter yesterday, which I realize now I should not have done because the bacteria was starting to grow there), but would like to know if I should change while treating with Melafix - the bottle directions say treat for 7 days and make a 25% change after that. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days * How many fish in the tank and their size? one Oranda - 5 inches fin to face * What kind of water additives or conditioners? - salt on set up (approx 1 teasp); 5 ML of Aqueon water conditioner on set up; 5 ml of prime 4 days ago; 5 ML of Microbe-Lift Bacterial Aquarium Balancer on set up; 5 ML of MelaFix (with medium filter removed from water circulator for about 2 hours) yesterday. * What do you feed your fish and how often? - have been feeding 3-4 mini pellets (floating) of either Hikari Oranda Gold, Pro-Gold or Aqueon Goldfish Granules. * Any new fish added to the tank? - No (will probably add once tank cycles, or might cycle another tank ... still trying to figure this out) * Any medications added to the tank? - just the Melafix. Planning to do that again today. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. New tank ... everything is above * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? nope * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? - no ... she/he seems active (hungry as always)
  20. Here she is! The new 6 and a half inch oranda!
  21. For some strange reason I had a leak start in the corner of one of my tanks. I had to relocate some fish and crowd them all into the 40 so I can drain and reseal. (Argghhh!) Anyhow gonna have to change water out everyday for about a week or so, but I got almost everyone together for some pics. In a different tank, Hambone is growing so fast! Just out of QT, This is little Cleo. Poor little thing has a deformed tail and fin so she struggles to swim straight. She is hilarious to watch though, she turns flips and does all sorts of tricks. I just love her, she is so amusing. She always seems so joyfilled. I still have to get a pic of a couple of them. Digger thinks cameras are murderers and skids to the back behind plants when he sees it.
  22. Rather than repost the pictures and the video, I'll link the thread: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/98735-omg-fishies-are-here/page__fromsearch__1
  23. Hello, Given that I have 20 goldfish now, it would be a bit of an insane update if I were to attempt to post pics of them all in a thread. So, I figured I would do periodic updates with one or a few of them at a time, tied to a central theme. I'd like to present a little update on Kisuke, one of my blue orandas. __________ This is what he looked like when I first got him a year ago (April 2011) ___________ A few months later (September 2011), he got a little bit lighter, but not much ___________ Still the same in at the end of November 2011 ___________ Then, at the beginning of February 2012, he started showing some blond ___________ Then a month later (March 2012)... __________ It's been really fun watching him change colors. I don't think he's quite done yet, so there will be more updates to come. Thanks for looking
  24. Good day All, Just a quick question this crisp Ohio morning. I picked up a Blue Oranda from a local pet shop over the weekend that I couldn't resist. He is perhaps one of the best examples of a "true" blue that I have encountered. Most blues that I have seen (in person) are mainly silver with large amounts of bronze and green. This guy's body is almost entirely steel, with a thin bronze line on the side and his fins are a dusty blue/grey color. He is about an inch long with a deep, plump body and has good head growth for his size. My only concern is that his tail fin seems to have been damaged in transit to the store. One side has a minor kink in it and the other side a slightly split. I know the kink will probably not go away, but I hope that it will get "better" as he grows. The split fin is very shallow (maybe 1/8" to 3/16")and reminds me of the tongue of a small snake. The ps employee told me that it will heal, but I have some doubts. So the question is, will the split fin truly "zip" back up and is there anything I can do to help it along?? Thanks for the help!!
  25. Hullo from NZ! Hope everyone had a good Christmas. I have a problem in the form of my favourite Oranda becoming lethargic and losing her gold colour. I would appreciate any help on the matter. Test Results on 25th Dec: Ammonia Level - 0 Nitrite Level - 0 Nitrate level - 10-20 Tank pH Level - 7 Other: Test-kit - API freshwater master test kit - liquid Water temperature - 24C / 75.2F (this is room temp for us at the moment) Tank size - 160L / 42gal Run time - 7 months with fish, 8 without. Filters - Eheim internal 2010 = 220-500 l/h + Eheim internal 2012 = 220-570 l/h Water change - 25% once a week Last water change - 24th 25%, 25th 50%, 27th 10% Fish - 3 10cm (not including tail) oranda, all female and one year old, 8ish adult red ramshorn snails Additives/conditioner - Seachem Flourish in the correct dose once a week after water change. Food - Mix of Hikari oranda gold, wheat germ, saki growth, kanshou spirulina twice a day. Extra feeding of either peas, frozen/frezedried bloodworms, gel food, freeze dried baby shrimp 3 times a week. New fish - No. Medications - No Entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank - Never had any problems till now. I cycled the tank for a month and a half when I first set it up with live plants but no fish. The fish have been healthy and thriving up until now. Unusual findings on the fish - Loss of colour in one fish. Used to be a brilliant gold, now is turning white. The change began with the wen and I attributed it to rapid growth and then her body started fading too. This is the first year I've had them so I'm new to the Oranda growth process. Unusual behavior - Same oranda is lethargic and often gets caught in plants and seems unable to escape, very lethargic, sits at the bottom of the tank and only moves for food. Often does headstands while foraging after feeding. She doesn't sit on the gravel with her body, more like she rests on her fins. As far as I'm aware, nothing has changed. I reorganised the tank and added a large piece of clean planted driftwood about 2 months before she got sick, they didn't seem to have any problems with it then. I removed it yesterday just in case but no improvement. I've added an extra air pump to no effect. After I found the nitrate was at 10-20 I did a 50% change and after that she seemed a bit better, but the next morning she was hiding in the corner again. It is Summer here in NZ so the fish are growing a lot and room temparature is up. I should also mention that our water is pure with no additives at all. Also the other 2 fish in the tank seem to be fine. They haven't lost colour or energy at all. Thanks for looking! Please let me know if you need more info.
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