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  1. Hi guys! I've recently purchased a bunch of orandas and one ryukin from a owner who could no longer look after them and they were in quite bad shape (they were sold to me in a dirty mop bucket and murky brown water ). When I got them home and put them in my tank, they were quite lethargic and just kind of sat on the bottom of the tank, I noticed then their fins were clamped up and almost all of them have veining in their tails. I followed the advice of my local petstore and they advised me to just add aquarium salt and they will get better over time. Its been about 2 months since I've bought them and I've noticed they are swimming much more actively, eating normally, and the fins don't seem to be as clamped up anymore. Was just wondering what else I can do to help out my goldfish as their tails still have the veining in them - will this ever go away? there is one smaller oranda who's anal/lower bottom fins are still very much clamped up - is there any other way apart from aquarium salt to help this? Another seemed to have a bit of fungal growth but the aquarium salt hasn't seemed to help it much, would you advise me to use multicure (it freaked me out the last time it turned my tank green for a week ) I have a 6ft tank and there's 6 orandas, 1 ryukin and 4 plecos and a few guppies. Hope you guys can help Anal Fins Clamping Fin/Tail Veining White/Pearl Scales on end of dorsal fin - not sure if fungal/bacterial?
  2. Elisa

    EGGS !

    Mochi has been chasing Misha around pretty avidly since putting them together... I didn't think anything of it as I assumed Misha was a boy (lack of 'outie' vent and a few breeding stars....and me wanting her to be a him) This morning, when I went to feed them breakfast, Mochi was at it again....Smashing poor Misha into plants and filter intakes. At first I was horrified, but then upon closer inspection I noticed there were eggs- everywhere I have no idea what to do, as I really do not have the space or time to raise fry at the moment I don't even know if the eggs are fertile ? Mochi is a confirmed male (lots of breeding stars on gill plates and pectorals coupled with his incessant chasing of Misha etc; ) ---- what do i do????? And how long does it take to tell if eggs are fertilized? *freaking out*
  3. So, my two oranda monsters had officially been out in their patio pond for a month now Things have been going really well (knock on wood) and the two have really thrived in their own personal 75 gallon summer oasis I am hoping to move two of the larger mocha fry out into the pond later on this week and without further adieu i present to you an update of the illustrious two Top veiw of the pair, i still cannot get over how dark and velvety Mochi's colour has become !!! I think Misha has grown nearly half an inch in length !! really have to get on measuring them officially and getting a food scale it still astounds me just how much my 'little' mochi has grown and changed since purchasing him what a cutie top view of their summer digs of course mochi is nearly invisible against the dark backdrop thanks for looking ! will be posting an update of the mocha fry soon
  4. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 20-25ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8, kH= 100, gH=70ish? * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4-7.5 kH=20ppm gH= 70 ish? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops API * Water temperature? 73-74 degrees. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 Gallons 4.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? SUNSUN 525 GPH canister 9 watt UV sterilizer built in and Aquaclear 70 300GPH * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 90-100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 7 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6. ranging with tail, 2.5-7 inches. (300 grams of total fish weight) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead (Puff and Koko float), Omega one (haven't fed that in a while so I'll see if they float on it), Pro gold (we really good on this and suddenly started floating on it), Repashy (no floating) bloodworms and brine shrimp (no floating), peas (no floating). NLS (a little floaty) * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 3 of the 6 have had dropsy. I recently did 3 rounds of prazi pro without salt dips or salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? some dots on Kokos tail, and Puff had a cut on her chin. It appears to be healing though, as I can't see it today. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Both bottom sitting after being fasted for 2 days and now only minor bottom sitting. Koko has always had swim bladder issues since I first took him home. He is now floating and can;t really control himself after some foods. Puff always had a good swim bladder and just floats after eating. I think they all gulp at the top when there is no food left in the tank. Could they still want more and then cause themselves to float because of doing this? My other fish don't float (except for Chubba, but she is the dropsy fish and has had a bad swim bladder for a long time now). Advice would be awesome. Pictures to come soon.
  5. After 7 days of observational quarantine with Misha looking healthy and happy as can be, we finally made the 'big' move ! Mochi and Misha are now bombing around in their temporary 20 gallon home In about 2 weeks I'll be able to move them outside to a cushy 40 gallon patio pond in which they will spend their summer anywho, enough of my rambling- here are the two cuties !! (i don't know why i have so many problems with cropping....i can never make my movies settings correct to fit in youtubes screen..... anyone got any tips? )
  6. In a way, I saved my very favorite types of goldfish to be updated last. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to cooperate tonight, so the pictures are less than stellar. In any case, these are the ranchu and orandas in my keeping. Here's the lone ranchu in the bunch. He's the mellowest guy of the the group by far. My red cap. The oldest oranda, and the 2nd oldest fish. Her cap is heart shaped. My tiger oranda. There is so much wen on this one. Chocolate/brown oranda. He's a recent acquisition from DO. As is this black oranda. Thank you for looking!
  7. Ok so I went a little nuts! Before anyone mentions overstocking let me inform you that many of these will be going into ponds. I have about 750g of pond systems for this year's growing season. I REPEAT, THEY WILL BE GOING INTO OUTDOOR PONDS!!! Many of the local fish stores in southern California got in shipments of goldfish this past week (just landed from overseas) and I became obsessed w/ collecting and cherry picking a selection of goldfish to learn from. Each has a different trait that I wanted to observe over time. As a side note, buying too many fish may not be good for the individual enthusiast but it is a good catalyst for the fish industry, hobbyists as a group and the economy as a whole. But let's not get into that. Anyway, over the past weeks quarantine, I can see a couple that need to be culled for swim bladder disease and my favorite shubunkin is clinging on to life while the tank was salted for ick. It looks like the fish swallowed a piece of salt rock, got bloated and was losing balance when I found it posted near the sump overflow. I decided to put it out in the pond early in an effort to dilute the salt. So far it is still breathing but it is hard to say whether it will make it or not. My quarantine process consists of salting the tank gradually over the course of a few days; 0.12%, 0.3%-0.4% (for koi I go to 0.5%). I also increase the temperature to expedite bowel movements from their previous living conditions and to make sure all are eating. Once everyone is eating and fish waste appears normal, I turn off the heater and let the tank cool naturally to ambient temps 65-70f. Having the bulk of my fish keeping experience in tropical fish, I'm just noticing that swim bladder disease (predominantly in fancy goldfish) can be manipulated w/ the fluctuations in temperatures. For instance..some lfs kept their tanks @ 75-78f where the fish will swim fine but if the water gets cooler, the swim bladder disorder becomes more prevalent. Two of my fish (black oranda & calico fantail) swam fine at the fish store and during the first phase of quarantine, but found themselves trying to maintain balance during the second phase when my tanks cooled to 65-68f. Here is the stock list of fish you'll see in the video. 5 Red Cap Orandas 1 Black Cap Oranda 1 Chocolate Oranda 1 White Oranda 3 Red & White Telescopes 2 Calico Telescopes/Dragon Eyes 1 Orange & White Telescope 1 Orange & Black Telescope 4 Pearlscales 1 Crown Pearlscale 4 Red & White Ryukins 3 Calico Fantails 2 Orange & White Ranchus 3 Shubunkin 4 Koi And here's a video of what 33 mixed fancy goldfish and 4 baby koi look like swimming in a 135g tank:
  8. Hello everyone! So I just tried out a new LFS and brought home two new red cap orandas. But when I took a close look at them on the way home, I noticed a white spot on both their fins. But after bringing them home and seeing them under the light, they have quite a few white spots. Is this ich? Of it is, how can I treat it with aquarium salt? Will the salt affect my other fish that don't have ich? And I don't have any test kits, but am planning to get some soon! Thank you! Picture: http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o766/seannn_/20C91604-A226-44FB-9F5A-F03526340438-4547-000001EF7D152F5F.jpg
  9. Here they are! I recently have rehomed my large orandas to a local school that works with autistic and special needs children like I do. Most of the children in this school have severe behavioral issues that don't allow for regular school to work for them. One amazing science teacher contacted me about fish for his pond - He wanted some big ones. I decided to sell him the large ones at a discounted price and donated just as many. Here is the result. The 300 gallon pond/aquaponics system. The kids get to test the water, feed the fish, and observe the pond in the science classroom as rewards for good behavior. He has done an awesome job at so many things and the smaller fish I gave him are growing fast. He taught them about the nitrogen cycle, clean water, varied diet, etc. It's nice to know that I can visit them still and that they are part of something so wonderful. Here is a video for anyone who is interested
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