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  1. So - here is what I have done so far. I woke up this morning and Speckle was pineconing slightly. She had been a little listless lately, but was eating/pooping fine and wasn't floaty or anything. The males have been chasing her around all over the place so I just figured she was tired. Anyway, I rushed to get her set up in the QT (10 gallon) before I had to leave for class and work, and started maracyn 2. I don't have a heater in there yet and have not done anything else since getting home 10 minutes ago. She is still tired looking, still alive (thank goodness!!!) and the pineconing has not gotten worse. What else should I do??? Thank you for any help...I feel so awful that my poor water piggy is sick
  2. Short video this time, camera ran out of battery lol
  3. I just realized that I've left you guys hanging regarding my little cuties We recently had a photoshoot, and I wanted to share the results. Pickle says hi! My lil' ECR, Dorito, and fantail Clem are NOT amused! Speckle is zooming! Mr. B says HEY!!! Mr. B is the 'big man in the tank'! And as a bonus...any of you guys remember that little three-legged kitten I had bottle-raised over the summer? Here she is - her name is Juno
  4. I like to call this....faces that Speckle makes when I approach the tank with (maybe?!?!?!) food!! Enjoy!!!
  5. Hello friends, Euthanizing has always and will always be a very sensitive topic. unfortunately, one of my fish needed to be Euthanized. i checked our site and realized there was no video demonstration on how this is done. so, whilst i was contemplating if i should euth my fish and as he took a turn for the worse, i decided that i would make the video to demonstrate how i managed this successfully & humanely. Please understand, there are many illnesses that can be treated, many fish that look like they are knocking on death's door and depending on what the health issue is, some fish can and have been brought back to good health from these conditions with the dedicated help of our wonderful Moderating Team and our Experienced Members/Friends. please do seek help by posting a thread before you decide to euthanize your fish. ********************************************************************************************** ***WARNING*** The following video demonstration shows a fish being sedated and then receiving an anesthesia overdose. Please do not play the following video if you feel that seeing a fish being Euthanized will affect you in any way. **********************************************************************************************
  6. Hello everyone! Here's a long-overdue update on my little water piggies I got my camera hood in the mail yesterday and wanted to try it out. They're LOVING the new 75 gallon tank....enjoy!!! Pickle and Clem Mr. B swimming along! The man of the hour You can see his cataracts well in this one. Bright lights throw him off and he really didn't like my camera flash. I LOVE this one!!! hahaha he and Speckle are two peas in a pod.... Really good one of Clem. He's developed a lot more black and orange since I got him in June. Lil' P! Pickle butt!!! And....a bonus mystery snail loving the TMS:
  7. I recently learned about the quarantine process. I currently have one ranchu, purchased one month ago in a 30 gallon tank. My tank recently cycled. I am getting an additional ryukin. My quarantine setup is a sterilite 32 quart storage tub with an air stone. My ranchu was not quarantined or treated with aquarium salt, should I quarantine both goldfish together or only the new ryukin? Is aquarium salt effective or necessary? I plan to perform daily water change on the quarantine tank and quarantine for two weeks if separated. Any advice or suggestion is appreciated. Thanks
  8. Welp, today I took home my missing pieces to my tank: two new fish! ;D I've now got one Oranda, one Pearlscale, and one Ryukin. They're called Krang, Petrie, and Björn Stevenson. I can't wait to watch them grow! All three are only an inch or so (and only 6-9g! Itty bitties!)
  9. Here are the details: 10 gal tank set-up on 8/18 with a HOB Top Fin filter that came with starter kit 1 Ryukin added 9/1 after 2 positive water tests 1st water change Sun 9/8 10% aged with Top Fin water conditioner Since my 1st water change, I have had elevated nitrItes. I have done 25% water change between Sept 8-9. The last 10% I did was with Prime rather than Top Fin water conditioner. Recently (since 9/9 after work) Golden has been hanging out near the bottom of the tank behind the plant where she sleeps. (We only have 3 artificial plants, no live) I watched her from 10:30a - 2p yesterday and she will swim around occasionally (but vigorously) only to return to the corner near the bottom. She also seems to have shallow breathing. I don't think I've been overfeeding her as we feed her once per day 3-4 sinking pellets. I gave her peas on 9/4 (pellets every other day) and have only given her peas since she started this lethargic episode. She eats everything readily and does not leave food at the bottom of the tank. She will still swim over to eat and find food even with this lethargic episode. Other than elevated NitrItes (Ammonia and Nitrate levels, pH has been normal) my other concern is the temperature of the tank. It stays 75-80 degrees. We have air conditioning, but her tank is on the top floor where is stays warmer. I have closed the blinds to reduce heat during the day and her tank is not near a window. Right now as I type I am floating a frozen bottle of spring water with Prime in the tank and removed the hood. I have the standard incandescent lights that came with the starter kit and noticed yesterday that the hood gets pretty hot on top. I will go later today and buy some fluorescent lights. So my questions: - Should I keep the light off during the day on hot days? (i.e. which is worse for her overheating or not having a light?) - Should I keep performing daily 10% water changes until the nitrItes normalize or will I mess up the nitrogen cycle? Or should I add 1mL of prime to the aquarium daily? - Should I feed her? I was thinking I would fast her today just in case the elevated nitrItes are due to overfeeding - Any other recommendations??? I hope this forum can help! The pet store people are of limited help and many forums & websites contradict each other. I found Koko's to have the most consistent advice. I have read 3 Goldfish care books based on postings in your forum. I have not been able to sleep and have been running around town getting twice daily water tests (last night I purchased the API master freshwater kit so I can do my own testing). Attached is the result of the nitrIte test as of 4:30a today. I added 1 mL of prime directly to the water this morning. Thank you, Golden's Grandma **UPDATE** Haven't slept! After reading your article on cycling, I did a 40% (only had 4 gallons prepared) water change at 6:30a. Golden swam around quite a bit and scavenged for food (more typical behavior). I noticed she did go up to the top a few times as if looking for more oxygen. I did not turn on the aquarium lights today, but left lights on in the room. After about 30 minutes she was back bottom sitting in her corner with clamped fins, but her gills were opening quite a bit more than last night when it almost looked as if she wasn't breathing at all. I will test the water again in a few hours. I forgot to ask earlier about bacteria supplement. I used 10 mL Top Fin to start my tank and the bottle says use 5 mL with each water change. People/ forums say do not use it again, one guy in pet store said only use it when I change the filter cartridge (my filter is all one piece so I can't save any good bacteria). I don't know what to do, but my logic would say if my nitrItes are high and I need bacteria to convert it to nitrAte, perhaps I should be adding it??? Thanks so much! Golden's Grandma
  10. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap): 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): N/A Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 24 °C - 25 °C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 Gallon, had previous fish in it so it was running for about 1 year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 150 and Aquaclear 50 = 350 gph * How often do you change the water and how much? Every week 30%-50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago 25%-30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Fancy in a 29 gallon * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seacheam Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Northfin Veggie formula (sinking pellets), Introduced Peas fews days ago, and Earthworm sticks * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Going to the surface often and gulping air Few days ago, Tuff, My red ryukin was flipping upside down after eating and he looked like he was constipated, so the next day I went to the grocery store to buy some frozen peas, I went home and heated some under the microwave for 1minute I peeled the shell off and I squish the peas and dumped it in so Tuff can eat it, later on eating it he poo out normally but this time green and the day later he started to gulp air when ever he sees me, and I don't if it's normal or not, he keeps gulping air ever since when I gave him peas, yesterday, when I checked his poo it was like really long and it was whitish case in some parts and brown in some parts, in the morning, I see poo floating to the top with air bubbles inside, I don't know what I should do.. Is there something wrong with him? I fed him some more peas so he can poo all the air out..
  11. Hey everyone, I got my 2 Goldfishes on June 19, 2013 Heres some pictures for you guys. Their names are Puff & Tuff, Puff is a Calico Ranchu and Tuff is a Red Ryukin I currently house them in a 29 gallon tank. Hope you guys enjoy the pictures Puff: Tuff: Puff & Tuff ☺ : Thanks for looking !
  12. hi guys again, i have needed to remove a few tumors from Leonidis. this time, my video recording did not stop too soon! and i managed to get the entire procedure on video. first up, preparations: preparing everything took some time as i also prepared 4 batches of 0.1% salt to add to the recovery tank in case i needed to make multiple waterchanges very fast. i figured, even if i did't immediately need it, that would be good for the next 4 x 100% wc's following surgery just the same _________________________________________________________________________________________ now, the procedure... it comes with a warning: please note: the following video displays a fish in surgery. there is initial flinching, some blood and a crazy woman with an aussie/greek accent. i will update with a few vids on how he's recovering in QT in a few days thanks for watching
  13. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) ​0 * Nitrate level(Tap) ​0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 KH107 GH140 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4 KH70 GH140 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 73*F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60gal, ~4months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2x AC 70 * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly, 60-70% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday 7/24, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3. 2x2.5in, 1x5in * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Alex's gel food 2x daily, alternate bloodworms and brine shrimp 1x daily * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? leftover Prazi and salt from last round of treatment * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 8 rounds of Prazi+salt for 2 fish, 3 for the other (just finished) * 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.? Snowflake floating tail up This is the second incident where I've caught Snowflake floating at nighttime. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort and swims away when I approach the tank, but I can see swimming downwards is hard work (see video). I fed everyone peas tonight in case she was constipated (she is a ryukin after all). Her poop is ~1.5in long, green and thin. I'm concerned because 1. she was kept in a 10gal with other fish for a few months and got floaty, and 2. I just read a post about females having trouble releasing eggs and I don't know how soon that can be a possible problem. Video is taking forever to upload so I will add it in another post
  14. so this is an actual video.. no still pics like before. just a general update
  15. Here is an article by Mr. Paul Van Allen, a training specialist working for Nikon, on how to take great pictures of fish. http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/h0ndz3t8/how-to-take-great-photos-at-the-aquarium.html I definitely recommend reading the article, but here are the salient points. Your settings should be: - manual - Auto ISO - 1/125 sec - f/5.6 - auto white balance - no flash Good luck, and happy picture taking. Here are some examples I hastily put together. This post has been promoted to an article
  16. Hey everyone. I just thought I would share an update and some quick photos of my ryukins. They have always been my favorite breed and I have collected some beauties from my local pet stores. I have a short tailed all white that is almost 5 years old,1 sakura that i bought at 1 inch long last nov. my orange ryukin that I posted my first thread about who is about 3 years and my red and white long finned who i got in may.They were all in a 20 long with multiple problems but I didn't realize that the very poor water quality was causing it. Anyway fast forward to a few days ago I was in home depot and saw this 54 gallon steralite container and thought it would be a great and quick fix for my fish to have immediate relief. Plus my orange ryukin was finally showing such great improvement in quarantine that I wanted to bring her back with her buddies. She is doing so magnificent slowly eating a few of her presoaked pellets again and schooling with the other 3. My aquaclear did not fit on the side of this tub so i have just and air stone right now going but am preforming huge daily water changes until I get my 55 gallon next week. I know this is really not ideal but its very temp. and all i can do right now. What a month this has been!! I Iove my fish so much and am trying my very best to provide for them the care they deserve Enjoy this process with me everyone and even though my fish look teenie they aren't, i just have my camera at a weird angle!! I will take better photos once they are in a permanent home so you can really admire their shape and colors! The gang, my r&w,all white and little sakura salo in almost perfect health!! she still tips a little if she isn't swimming but it isn't too frequent and she quickly rights herself every day she makes more progress! my very temp. set up!! Those are beautiful water lilly plants I found in a local pond in Pennsylvania then quarantined for a month.. my fish absolutely love them!! sometimes they even snack on the older leaves lol
  17. available in 1080HD sorry about the music, i got tired of all the selection & ended up just picking anything.
  18. you are advised to not read further if you have issues with seeing dead fish and their autopsy photos. it so happens that Mr Disabled was unfortunately becoming more disabled. in the last week, we was pinned to the top and unable to free himself from the surface. this enabled him to become an easy target to his tank mates and as opportunistic as they are, they wasted no time to begin the pecking. after loosing a few scales to these attacks from the other fish, i decided to place him in a breeders basket to keep him safe. once there, i tried everything to better his position such as epsom laced meals, fresh steamed veggies, but nothing worked. today, i decided that it was time to euth as his quality of life was zero. once euthed, i decided to investigate so i can see where his problem stemmed from. thinking all along that he suffered a hard knock to the head during spawning that he developed neurological damage. but, it appears his brain was fine. what happened is the knock he did, made his swim bladder detach from the default position in his body. after a number of days, i began to see him behaving unusual, drunk like swimming & then resting slightly tilted, a few weeks later, more tilted and so on and so on until he began resting on his side completely. what was happening is that his swim bladder was working it's way from the top (near spine) all the way to the belly area to which it stayed. there he stayed for a year and some. recently, i tried to correct his position not knowing what exactly was wrong with him. i believe after i saw the autopsy results today, that my attempt to correct him may have caused his condition to worsen. ie, he was up for about 2 consecutive days? the swim bladder being full of gas would have tried to raise to the top again, positioning itself into a not so ideal area, this may have caused the bladder to raise a little within his body, then more to the side & eventually pin him to the surface of the water. here are the pics from the autopsy. 1. the first incision from vent to head: 2. a brief open to see what's directly behind the cut (here is where you see the fallen swim bladder) 3. checking to see if the front swim bladder is still attached to the rear swim bladder as well as checking how healthy everything looks. everything checked above average. 4. a better check to see if both swim bladders are still attached but i needed to remove the organs to see clearly: 5. organs removed for examining, however, to me, they appeared the correct colours, size & looked rather healthy. 6. removal & measurement of swim bladders: 7. 8. after realizing how oddly the swim bladders were placed, i decided to see how straight his spine is once all the organs and swim bladders were removed. here you can see a relatively straight spine, irrespective of the amount of time he either lay flat or bent. 9. vital organs in check: 10. gills, eyes & mouth were all A+ i didn't run anything under the microscope as my fish are investigated every other month & treated with 1 round of prazi every 4-6 weeks. last microscopic examination to the giants tank showed absolutely no parasites, not even rotifiers or cilia of any sort. nothing moved. slime coat was all clean. mouth swabs all clear as well as 1 gill sample i checked from Leonidis a few months ago, all clear. so basically i had myself a 100% healthy fish with a silly swim bladder
  19. I have to reduce my stock of fish and I have 5 lovely ryukins for sale 3 males and 2 females sizes are between 2.5 inch and 5.5 inch head to tail. If you are only interested in 1 or 2 then £10 per fish.its only the ryukins for sale in the vid no others. If interested then I live in the uk warrington .cheshire .you must come and collect and bring suitable container. Thanks jeff If u type in ryukins and marimo balls in YouTube then you will see the fish .these have grown since that vid was taken
  20. Ryukin Veiltail = Squall White Ryukin = Pearl Ribbontail = Goldeen
  21. ok, so feeding was for the first minute or so..then i got carried away and babbled for another 10 mins.. sowwy.. bonus vid - neurotic pearlscale FEEDME dance.. compliments of Ms Piggy
  22. As some of you might be aware, I have a thread in the 911 forum right now...my fishies are going through a rough streak but they're under treatment for flukes now and their tank is salted for nitrites! Thanks to everyone at Kokos for your wonderful and loving advice While Speckle has been in the QT for a break from the nitrogen cycle, she has learned an ADORABLE new habit! At first....I thought I was just making it up but....she has learned how to get my attention by making a noise! She blows a bubble and then pops it at the surface, making a little "click" noise. The QT is on my desk and she spends the day trying to get me to look at her while I do my schoolwork, and after she started making this noise I looked at her because I had no idea what she was doing!!!! Now she has figured out that noise = attention and she is doing it whenever she wants some love and I'm not "giving her enough." She's also learned to spit water at the tank top to make a noise.....that will be a joy when she's back in the main tank with no top. This fish is such a smartie!!! None of the others seem to learn as fast as she has. (as I write this....she "clicked" again!!!!) I wish I could post a video for you guys...she is just too cute. And this is unbelievable, I would understand if you were skeptical without video evidence! But I swear....as soon as I look at her she stops and swims little dances, then looks at me , then dances.
  23. Hi all! I have a question while I read up on good feeding practices. My 5 inch ryukin goes crazy for leafy lettuce. I've noticed that lately his poop...well, it's significant! Haha. They're huge strands, bright green, a few inches long and almost the width of a straw! I wonder if it's normal just because I haven't seen it before. Usually poops are very skinny and brown. They've been getting leafy lettuce for the last 2 months or so. I'm also never sure how much lettuce to give them. I love it because it keeps them away from my plants, but I'm afraid to give too much. They go nuts for it! They also get different food once a day, either flakes or pellets or brine shrimp.
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