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  1. First, let me thank you guys for this forum. You've saved me from frustration and fish deaths several times now, but this time I've got an issue I haven't been able to find a solid answer to yet! Today, I discovered one of my fancy fantails swimming nose-up, with a bunch of white fuzzy globs on it. They almost look like lint balls! I immediately worried, but since it doesn't look like ich, I decided to sit tight and run some tests. I googled it and found a thread here with a lady with a similar problem, and Trinket told her it was likely a pH problem. I tested pH and found it was barely registering with my test kit (straight yellow/6.0) so I followed directions from that thread and added baking soda. That brought me up to 6.4, and from my reading it seems moving the pH more than .4 in a day is harmful, so I stopped there. My ammonia came out just light of 0.25, Nitrite at 0, Nitrate at 10ppm. These levels are fairly consistent for my tank. I usually treat the ammonia with AmQuel Plus about every 3 weeks as needed. I need to get a KH/GH test kit, but $ is tight so it's on the list for next paycheck! Have any of you experienced this before? I think the pH issue is the problem, but it just seems like this tank always has some issue. I had goldfish as a kid and can't remember ever working this hard to keep them healthy! I've given more info below, as well as a video of my fish and my tank. Please don't mind the children in the background The best shot of the affected fish is at roughly 2:25-3:10 in the video. Any help at all would be most appreciated! As requested: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 * Nitrate level (Tank): 10ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 * Nitrate level (Tap): 5.0ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): was too low to read with my kit (6.0) before baking soda, 6.4 after * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 6.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master kit, drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin 100 (for 20gal) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? AmQuel Plus, Stress Zyme+, aquarium salt * Water temperature? 68. rose to 70 yesterday but went back down * How often do you change the water and how much? 10-20% bi-weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20% changed 4 days ago * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20gal hi-tank, running since July * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish total. 1 feeder goldfish, 3.5-4" long. 2 fancy fantails 2-3" long * What do you feed your fish and how often? once daily, TetraFin flakes * Any new fish added to the tank? not in last 60 days * Any medications added to the tank? other than those listed (conditioners), I added 1-1/2 tsp baking soda roughly 3 hours ago to help buffer the pH. pH changed from 6.0 to 6.4 * List previous issues experienced: Starting a new line here. This tank has been a headache from day one. It started off cloudy, yellow cloudy. Our LFS told us it was likely tannin from the river rocks we used and it would work itself out. After a few months it did, but in January our Kio jumped out of the tank (we didn't have a lid at the time) and one feeder died a day later. I cleaned the tank that weekend a bit too briskly and stirred up a lot of excrement into the water. My hubby and I had a fight and I forgot to change the water, which spiked the tank terribly. The second (still with us) feeder developed red streaks in the body and fins and upon testing I found the tank had ammonia, nitrates, and nitrite well over tolerable. I did a complete water change, conditioned the new water, and reset the tank. The tank has been clean and only had a minor spike or two of ammonia since. The feeder ("Lunk" is what I call him) has turned around fully and is currently quite healthy. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? One fancy seems to have what chunks of fuzz, almost like lint balls, on it's fins, the other only a tiny bit. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The fancy showing the fuzz was swimming nealy straight up and down prior to me adding baking soda to the tank to buffer the pH, but is swimming better now (thanks to you guys!!!) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I add 2 tsp of the AmQuel and StressZyme+ roughly every 3 weeks, depending on ammonia levels and other test results. I last added salt in January, and had plans to do it this weekend before this all happened! * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. Video can be found at
  2. As every year, there are plenty of questions popping up about how to keep the tank water cool during summer time. The answer is: you don't have to. Goldfish are cold water fish because they can live in cooler conditions than tropical fish. This does not mean that the goldfish will suffer and die as soon as it gets warm. After all, these fish have been bred long before the invention of air conditioning and lived - and still do live - outside in ponds where it gets very warm during summer. A healthy goldfish can easily deal with temperatures up to the mid or even high eighties. The important thing is to keep the temperature stable. Adding ice to lower the tank temperature is actually more harmful than beneficial, since even if you manage to lower the tank temperature by a few degrees, within a couple hours it will swing back up, causing constant fluctuations which stress the goldfish, unless you add ice every couple hours including during night time. Instead, you should rather strive to maintain constant temperature, even if it is in the eighties. The only time where ice may be used is if - as it is in my case where the "cold" tap water during summer reaches up to 94F - your tap water is warmer than the tank water. Then you will want to add ice during water change in order to not suddenly expose the fish to fresh tap water that is warmer than their tank water. I am speaking from experience here. I live in South Carolina and have had no AC for years. My fish spend several months each year in water that's temperature is anywhere between 80F and 88F, and none of them, not even my "problem children", ever showed signs of stress because of it, as long as the temperature is stable. The only real danger with high temperatures is that warmer water contains less dissolved oxygen. In order to ensure enough dissolved oxygen for your fish, make sure to have a strong bubble wand or similar running in your tank. There also are a few ways to help keeping the tank temperature lower in a stable way, such as leaving the tank uncovered (increased evaporation), keeping the tank lights off (this might not be applicable in a planted tank) unless they are LED and don't produce much heat; as well as lowering the water level one to two inches. By lowering the water level, you will create much more splash from the filter outlet. The more surface agitation, the more oxygenation and evaporation. As we all know, evaporation cools. So a combination of open tank lids, tank lights kept off, and water level lowered a tad can reduce the temperature by a few degrees. When lowering the water level though, if you have smaller size tank or a heavily stocked tank, you may want to up your water changes a bit to make up for the decreased water volume. You can also have a fan blowing onto the water surface (I simply have the ceiling fans on during summer 24/7) to increase the evaporation and it's cooling effect. But of course, this will also have to happen constantly in order to prevent temperature fluctuations. Last but not least, small fluctuations during day- and night-time are fine, just like they would be outdoors in a pond, where the water would cool a few degrees over night. So as long as the only temperature fluctuations are somewhat similar to what happens in an outdoor pond, your fish will be fine with certainty, unless you have a weak/ill/overly sensitive fish I hope this info helps all of you that worry about the warm weather
  3. Not sure if I put this in the right place, please move it if necessary. First of all, how do you hold a goldfish? For close examination etc. Is there anything I should be careful of? Also, how do you weigh a goldfish? Also, related to weighing, I believe my fishes' growth have been stunted (can post pictures if you want to confirm), so what is the best way to get them to the size they should be? Thanks
  4. 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!
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Hello all that might be interested I wish I could say I am a proud pondee (hmm, what is the correct term?) and a proud goldfish caretaker, but as I am so freshly new to this stuff I still cant. But I think happy, intrigued, intrested and a bit scared would be correct words. (i just joined yesterday, as one of my goldies got some white spots.. ehwell - so it begins... But here is a happier (hopefully) topic - the "showmeyours" one...) So it goes. Renovating a house. And an architect (a good friend) said that a pond (ok - maybe you'll tell me what to call it) would be lovely in the garden. And so - it was built. Only afterwards I started to get more interested in the complicated affair that is pond keeping. At first I didn't even think of the fish. Just a little water motif to liven up the garden. But then I started browsing around. First the plants and all the possibilities. I am not a very artistic type - so I can't seem to make things aestetically pleasant by using same plants. So I ordered around 10 different - one of each and planting began. I though I would leave it like that till next year, before I put any fish in (I still haven't moved there, so that would be easyer and it would be wiser and it would give a pond its time to establish. But, of course, the mosquitoes came (and they came big!). And I really didn't want to supply the whole neighborhood with thousands of them, so - the first settlers came. Way to early - the pond was only a month old (but water measurements (i know, i know - strip) didn't show anything drastic, so I felt kindda assured they would be ok. Only after a first purchase, I started reading more about goldfish. And a whole new world opened up. And wau, was this world large. And confusing. And interesting. And beautifull. And seemed sooooo complicated! .. okok enough already! Back to the water. So here is the basic. A rectangular inground pond. Cca measurements 2,5m x 1,7m x 1m. Oase 5500 pump in the corner, going through 11W UV lamp to a 30cm waterfall that is falling to an immersed waterbed (a couple of cm out of the water) filled with gravel and plants - that is hoped to work as a filter (any ideas - will it?) There is another submered "waterbed" on the other side (cca 30cm below the surface) with submersed plants. And a lilly - that is not growing that well.... And of course - some pictures. All taken with phone, it shows on quality. There are also two of the fish that developed a couple of small glittery spots. And a couple of whiter scales on the sides that look like they are harmless, just not orange...) http://s1064.photobucket.com/albums/u380/njubee/ Ok, now I really will stop. Hopefully I didn't bore you to death, but on the other hand - I didn't make you read all of the above And have a nice weekend!
  9. 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!
  10. What is everyone's favorite type of goldfish and why? Curious as to why some chose the type of goldfish they keep.
  11. 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?
  12. Hello, I have 3 goldfish (had 4 recently, but one died ) Test Results for the Following: I dont have any means do do this.... any suggestions for items commonly available at chemist shops? Other Required Info: * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? : Some sort of canister filter * What kind of water additives or conditioners? : anti-chlorine drops and some general goldfish aid. * Water temperature? room temperature, around 20-28 degrees C, throughout the day. * How often do you change the water and how much? About 30-50% each week, filter is cleaned every 2 weeks * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Over 8 days 50%, delayed because I didnt want to do anything that'd hurt the goldfish. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 24x20x15 inches, running for ~1.5 years, with complete cleanings every 6 months (I remove all goldfish, thoroughly clean the inside, gravel, and change around 80% of the water. filter is untouched for at least 1 week, then it too is cleaned) * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 Fish. the sick one is 2 inches (body) the other 2 are 1-1.5 inches, bought about a week back. * What do you feed your fish and how often? goldfish pellets, 2 times daily, soaked for 10-20 seconds, about 8 pellets each. * Any new fish added to the tank? 2, about a week ago * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) : none, was perfectly healthy till date, been around 1.5 years * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? : A bit of white stuff on the tail, might be poo, or nothing. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? : None, normal behaviour... maybe a bit less hungry, but nothing too radical. Also, I havent seen him poo for about a week. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 2 minute salt bath 1 week ago. http://imgur.com/a/pgWX4 <--- album 1. tank size, with inch ruler 2. food. bloodworms and pellets. 3. side view, notice the visible swelling 4. medical stuff. not the best quality, but its all i could get my hands on. I am uploading a video, will post later.
  13. 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
  14. Goldie - Common Goldfish (orange) Speckles - Shubunkin ( black, white(blue), orange) Maella - Common Goldfish (black, bronze, brown, gray, white)
  15. 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!
  16. Do you want a goldfish you can carry with you, and not have to worry about water changes, feeding, or sicknesses? Introducing Mini Goldfish! I can capture the likeness of your goldfish and eternalize it in polymer clay! These guys are adorable! They can be made into necklaces, charms, bracelets, or just kept as cute little bottled goldfish (: These little figurines are tiny! In the bottle they are magnified by the same oil used in rice writing So far, I have made; Oranda - Guess who this cutie is? (Permission was granted by the owner) A Ranchu, my own Fio, the tilty chu (; A Ryukin A Comet And the little Telescope! Free personalization options: Custom fish Choice of glitter substrate: Blue, Purple, Yellow, White, Green, Pink Type of attachment: Necklace (cord and loop attachment), Charm (loop attachment), or just the Bottle Additional options: Plain white gift box - $1.50 Customized gift box - $3.00 ** Limited** Phone Charm attachement - $2.00 These guys are $5 dollars each, plus shipping. I ship by weight so it's usually not that expensive I can't say I can do international shipping because I have no idea how to fill out any customs or what the prices would be, but if someone wants to message me all of the info for international shipping, I can consider it and see if it would be something I can do (: To order, fill out the below form in a comment (: ** Just highlight and copy and paste the form if you aren't sure how to quote only the form so we don't have a bunch of long posts! x.x ** I accept check or paypal. When your goldfish figure is completed I will send a message with my paypal/ mailing information. If any changes need to be made to the figurine, please specify before sending payment. When you are happy with the figurine, payment will be required before shipping. Please include shipping information (: **Make sure the figure is what you wanted, as I will not refund after goldfish is in the bottle. My supplies are limited and I can't reuse bottles after they have been filled and sealed.** Please do not copy, distribute, modify, or use my works in any way without prior consent given. Consent may be given through sending an email to: charly.chic@rocketmail.com or through a PM to me on this site. Any use without consent will not be tolerated!
  17. 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?
  18. 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!)
  19. Alfredo continues to crack me up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-fYhmLzAY
  20. 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.
  21. 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 (:
  22. heres an update on casper and flo easter2012 when i had my morris in qt sept 2012 i removed the gravel recently
  23. 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
  24. 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 (:
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