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  1. I have two comets that have been in a 55 gallon tank for six years. They are in my office and since COVID-19 I’ve been driving down there on weekends for maintenance. They do not seem happy and I worry about some thing going wrong. We’ve been told that we’re not going back to work until there’s a vaccine so I’ve decided to bring them home. A few years ago they had babies so I put together a 350 gallon “pond” in my backyard with tons of filtration and air. They seem really happy and actually had babies themselves. I’m very worried about moving the older fish in there. I’m worried about them getting stressed out. I’m worried about it being a completely different environment and I’m also worried because one of them is pretty much blind. I am looking for tips on how to make the transition as healthy for them as possible. It is going to be much warmer outside than what they’re used to in the office.How much time should I take to ease them into it and how should I do it?
  2. Hi I just got a new fish today, whilst in a quarantine tank I noticed that it has a red ulcer near its tail? Any ideas on what I could be? I've treated tank with king British disease clear will that work? Thank you
  3. First photo was February 23, second photo April 3. Originally thought comet and named her Asteroid. Now looks more like a common. Her tail fork has filled in and she's growing in height more. Most people are saying she's a common or mostly common. She was sold to me as a 29 cent feeder comet. I just would like extra opinions. Thanks for any contribution.
  4. Hey everyone. I am new to the forum and joined because I am having an issue with 2 of my 7 comets. I have had my comets for almost 3 years and they are all over 10+ inches - not including the tail. 4 have short tails and 3 have fantails. 2 of the 3 fantails have sections of their tails that are stiff and on one the bottom of her tail is permanently rolled up in a tube shape. They all eat well and are given Hikari koi pellets, duck weed, shelled peas and worms from my compost from time to time. (the compost is maintained for my fish - I also keep Oscars and Severums). They are presently in a 180 gallon until I complete their pond (2000 litres - hopefully in the next 2 months or so). The tank is filtered by an undergravel filter...water changes are done every 2 days at 50% and the nitrates are always below 40. I have all of them since they were babies....2 of them I rescued from the feeder fish tank at my LFS...They have been well looked after and are otherwise very healthy. I have never had to treat any of them for any diseases. As they get older though I am noticing this thing happening with just these two fish. Could it be a hereditary defect? I would think if it was diet or the conditions I would be seeing it in more or all of the fish.??? Thanks Melody
  5. Hello, I am a new goldie owner and a new member to this site. I found out goldies are needy little buggers after already having won one at my local fair. I didn't expect to need such a large tank, but I want him to live a happy life, so I'll deal. I currently have him set up in a small 10-gallon, and I am waiting on the petco dollar per gallon sale to upgrade to a larger tank. My apartment has limits on tank sizes (I believe it is 35 gallons). My question is, will he be happy and healthy in a 25-30 gallon tank for the next few years? Once we are in a more fish-friendly living space, I may upgrade to a large tank (55 gallon) or to a pond, but that may be a few years as we do not plan on moving soon. Any advice would help
  6. So I have been reading the sticky on ages of goldfish and have some questions for single tail owners (commons and comets) 1. What is the oldest singletail you have personally known, through a friend or your self or a parent. 2. What were/are the sizes really of single tails you have known? 3. Pond, tub or tank? And if so what size? For me personally 10-12 years have been the average for my single tails. My longest lived was my first carnival fish Fred who lived to be 16, and had a black mustache the whole time (was also 13-14 inches long may have had koi in him in retrospect) The oldest I knew was Goldie my friend Daniels amazing comet/butterfly koi hybrid. She lived to be 25 years. She had little mini barbels and the longest fina. So amazing All of mine and my friend Daniels were kept in tanks. Mine would phase through a 10, then go to a 20 high then end up in the 55/48 (when the 55s bottom blew out the landlord said no tanks over 50 gallons so I found a 38 and 48 long ha!) Goldie grew up in a 10 gallon alone then was moved into an eclypse 25 alone for the last 10 years of her life. Just curious. I have prolly raised 10 or 12 goldfish to be over 6 inches and over 6 years old with the help of my mom and grandfather over the years. I have long figured that poor genetics especially in "feeder fish" (which at the chain petshops are the ugly siblings of the fancys, you can regularly find wakins and such in those tanks) might be partially responsible. And there are so many koi crosses you never know what you'll end up with.
  7. So I fired up my 10 gallon tank and got a 17 cent comet out of the feeder bin. I am going to record his growth on my goldfish blod and tumblr, and here if I can remember!! My goal is to show people just how fast they grow out of a tank. I have raised many a common and comet and fancy in my day, but documenting it seemed fun and educational. I have also learned that Tumblr is full of trolls. But trolls atleast are bumbing the trend on my first post!! Lol! Anyways Tuttle is 1 inch long with tail, in a 10 gallon tetrapro tank with a tetrapro I filter until I can dig out my aquaclear! Tank was cycled with fish food and treated with prime. Hurrah!
  8. I can't seem to post a pic from Dropbox; I'm trying to share the link. Some of you may remember that my new baby comet, Faramir Fish, was ill this past winter. You all helped me a lot, and I wanted to share a pic of him now. He's twice as big as he was and doing very well. This should be the URL, at any rate. I don't know why I can't post the pic. https://www.dropbox.com/s/62wtom3j0m51l96/2015-07-30%2018.51.59.jpg?dl=0
  9. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank). 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank). 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank). 5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap). 0pm * Nitrite Level(Tap). 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap). 0pm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) PH between 7/7.2 KH:0, Cl: 0 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master Drops * Water temperature? 24c * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 11G running about 18months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Filter that came with tank, fluval edge as well as a little green machine for alge * How often do you change the water and how much? 10% a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 20% yesterday and 40% today * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 rocket 2" long * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Fluval aqualus and fluval cycle * What do you feed your fish and how often? Pellets once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? Nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.prazi about 10 months ago * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Looks normal but keeps sitting on bottom of tank and was shaking for a couple of seconds earlier not as active but does move now and again. Yesterday he was swimming up to the top and breaking through the water then went back to sitting on the bottom. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? As above Thanks Graeme
  10. Here are new photos of the little brats Parents gave me new LED hoods for Christmas, makes such a big difference!
  11. Here are the pictures you asked for! Artie,Vinny,and Moe (comet) seem to like their new home. I know Moe will grow too large for the tank, we will be renovating our outdoor pond come spring, so he will live there when it's ready. There are some small species with them (cherry barbs,glowlight and zebra danios,platies cories,and a few loaches). There are a few rasboras , a gold barb, and a tetra that were too fast to catch, but when I catch them they will be moved to the tropical planted tank. Everyone is doing great, and they all seem happy. I just rearranged the decor so the sand made things a bit cloudy. The tank has mostly plastic plants so far, but also has some small live anubias and what I think is ludwigia Also here is my yellow-finned Hillstream loach (Gastromyzon viriosus)
  12. After creating a post relating to my Tropical Tank yesterday, Sue (Motherredcap) enquired with regard to my other goldfish, and how they are doing. Here's a brief video of the "Wild Bunch"..... eating as normal, food plays a very big part in their lives!! Here's an old introduction article for the boys..... http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/106352-my-fishy-family/ I hope you enjoyed this Sue????
  13. So what's the dumbest thing somebody with hundreds of goldfish could do? Buy more! I know it seems crazy to be buying fish but there is method to my madness. I got these two guys at the local Wal-Mart this morning. Next Spring I want to try breeding comet to fantail so I need to get a few more of each so that I have a good shot at having a breeding pair. What I want to end up with is a single-tailed fantail shaped goldfish with comet fins.
  14. As I was going through my old photos yesterday I came across baby photos of my four "Tiny Tots" . Now to our newer members, with Tiny Tots I tend to refer to my 8" single tails that were my first (accidental) home bred goldfish. They just kept this name over the years. Anyway, I managed to come up with somewhat of a timeline of these four brothers, who I never realized grew so beautiful and big until I looked at the old photos. Around the 20th of March 2011, early in the morning I found a bunch of uneaten eggs in my largest tank. I had noticed spawning behavior for a while, but was never in time to find eggs. But in February 2011 I transferred to a different store and now started at 6:00-7:00 am every morning. With that, I finally found my some unconsumed eggs and removed them, not knowing if they were even fertilized or not. Within the next 24 hours I noticed eyes and spines forming in most of the eggs. Eventually about 20 fry hatched. I was not really prepared for it, but had a 10g tub available and fixed up a sponge filter. I had no other food than boiled egg yolk (REALLY messy) and Hikari First Bites. At three weeks of age in their tub, this is a bunch of the fry with a heater, a sponge filter, and a sponge covered 90gph internal filter Unfortunately I learned too late that there was a hole in the internal filter where the cord entered the housing, and almost all of my fry got sucked into it. When I noticed the disappearing of fry, I posted on goldfishkeepers and asked, and they said that this was normal especially if fry from the same batch grew at different rates. One day, when I had only three fry left, I did check the filter though, and found the bodies of at least a dozen dead fry below the filter sponge in the internal filter In addition to that I found one fry stuck below the sponge that was still alive and I added him to his three siblings. He was named Trooper because he had survived the really dumb filter accident. I was upset because I felt so stupid for never noticing the small gap at the back of the filter. Of course I removed the filter and no losses were recorded since, but I still want to kick myself in the rear for not checking earlier. Here is a picture of the four survivors. Algae (Diatoms and Cyanobacteria, especially the latter) started growing in the tub (lit by a 100watt desk lamp) and they loved to eat it along with frozen baby brine shrimp. You can already make them out: Trooper at the top, Tilty to the top left, Finny (without tail) at the center right, and Buttons with his button eye/s at the bottom of the image. They are in the middle of eating frozen blood worms. For size reference, you can see a frozen blood worm on top of the black river rock. Very early on (about two-three weeks after hatching) I noticed that one fry lacked a tail. This is the infamous Finny in all his baby glory. Now for parental reference, this is me holding the four baby boys in a glass votive candle holder in front of the main tank. Hugo, the shubunkin in this photo, is their mother, and the orange comet in the next photo is Orange Fishie, their Daddy. Hugo came from Walmart's shubie tank, and Orange Fishie from Petsmart's 27c feeder tank. Both of them were picked randomly by the store employees when they were wee little things. At about 10 months old, in a 1.5g betta bowl for photos This is the boys at about 11 months of age. Tilty lost his baby color and turned orange. The others had been shubies from the start. In the temporary 20g, these four little guys did a lot of growing. This is one of my all time favorite pics of them lining up for a photo. You can see Tilty's black has mostly faded except for the Hitler mustache and the tips of his caudals. Still in the 20g, but months later and colored up (although my camera OVERsaturated this pic a bit), and lining up again. Now a little bit over three years later these guys have grown so much. They have moved on to a bigger tank and are on average 8.5" in total length, 4-4.5" body length. Except for Finny, the tailless wonder, who is about 5" body length And Tilty looks so much like Orange Fishie, it's eerie. And I'm not talking about the color, but overall look etc. Just like Finny looks so much like his mom, even without the color, minus the long flowy tail. EDIT: Scrolling up and down to the old pics vs these new ones, it is really easy to compare them. Most of them have not changed much in coloring. The color pattern is still mostly the same. Finny (no tail), Willie (the telescope eyed common at the bottom), Tilty (the orange comet), and Norm (ranchu? lionchu? chuchu?) in the back A nice closeup of Finny and Trooper. It still blows my mind that Trooper was literally stuck INSIDE a filter (below the filter floss inside the filter container) for a good 12 hours when he was a baby, and survived and grew into this gorgeous, breeding-star sporting big boy :3 Buttons is the most difficult to take pics of. He is just SO active, and I wonder if that is the reason why he is the smallest of the four boys. He is a cutie either way, and still has the button eye that gave him his name
  15. Hey Folks, Over the past week ive not seen my comet goldfish eating, He used to come up to the top as soon as I put food in the tank and would catch all the falling bits but he doesnt seem bothered by it anymore. Hes all not as active as he once was...? Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) - 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) - 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) - 2.5ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) - 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) - 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) - 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph-7.8, KH-3**, GH-6**, chlorine-0** * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph-7.6, KH-3**, GH-0**, chlorine-1 mg/l** ** Mesasured using strips Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Kit (Tetra 6in1 Strips) * Water temperature? 22c * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 9 (Im aware its a little small) 6months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? General Fluval Chi filter + Little green kiling machine * How often do you change the water and how much? 10-20% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?40% on monday * How many fish in the tank and their size? Just 1 Comet, about 3 inches long * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Nutrafin Auqa Plus * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aquarian Goldfish flake, Was once a day stopped as they were just causing a mess. * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? Nope * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.Nothing * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No, Fish looking perfectly heathly * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Not eathing , Lathargic unless i got near him with someting Thanks!!
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  17. I had a job interview today and managed not to freak out completely so afterwards I bought myself a present. This tiny little guy was doing the pick me! dance when I went to buy Prime. After QT he'll go in with the youngsters til he's big enough for the pond. He's super super tiny at the moment. Only a little baby. :33 His tank mates were comets, but bigger than him. His tail is shorter, so it's a mystery as to whether he's comet or common. I'm hoping comet The guy at the LFS said he looked like a demon fish with his red eyes, so I named him Lucifer.
  18. I was finally able to get some shots of my Comet, Goldie (so much easier said than done)! "Yes, I'm lookin' at you..." You can see the remaining scars (mostly head, and right side of body) from the ammonia poisoning. Makes me sad to see her that way, but at least it led me to the discovery of this site! I still think she's beautiful though... I especially love her tail and all her fins! She looks amazing when she moves in the water... very sleek and fast.
  19. I got everyone into the 55 and quickly discovered the lights were much stronger allowing for much better pictures! So I went on a spree and that's why there are a lot of photos. Roosevelt, looking rotund as ever and still holding her color really well for a fish that just turned 4 years (in my care). Cider, who has been getting rounder and rounder. I can't help but wonder if she's from the same distributor/breeder as Roos because the crowned pearlies they get often have smaller wens. Ushi, the pearlie I found at a nonchain petstore and had to save! I believe he has what DO calls a "blue ridge" coloration, due to the underlying blue color running down his spine. Sharkie, the slightly stunted ranchu reject that spent months in petsmart before I caved and bought her. Orange Peel, the 13 cent comet And some miscellaneous shots. this was blurry but I still love it! first snail to move in! I got a small nerite free because he hitch hiked. Entire tank shot! thanks for looking c:
  20. My new guy has settled in! He really colored up and his blacks and blues have come out a lot more and he's a piggy! He's also the fastest fish at mealtime, who would've thought. Orange peel finally not as scared of me! wiggle GIVE US FOOD Lookit mah fins! Orange peel is getting longer! Sharkie looking rather shark-ie. -symmetry- I love how you can see his gills c: All white side! The driftwood cave stryker the BN pleco calls home. Sorry the pictures are dark! I didn't feel like editing.
  21. My two little impulse buys are getting so big! Sharkie's back is already beginning to smooth out and orange peel is growing super fast. Sorry about some of grain and funky lighting. There isn't a light over this tank yet and despite my best efforts some tannins are still leaching from the diftwood. orangepeel! they literally never leave each others sides Sharkie's derpy dorsal. Another side shot of orange peel who is still wary of me, makes it hard to take pictures! "have you brought a offering of food?" Look at her kinky back smoothing out! Still unsure of what she's crossed with, although since putting on a little weight she looks a tad more ranchu-ish. "Not sure if I like you" And of course it wouldn't be a post without Kai! She has gotten taller yet again, especially compared to the picture in my sig. above shot! She'd look so lovely in a pond. Her head is slowly merging into her body more ERMAHGERD ALGAER Thanks for looking! c:
  22. As the title says, only the single tails. These guys sure are my favorite breed/s. I hadn't realized how big the little guys actually have gotten, until I saw them together with Hugo and Kimahri. Little Finny is (despite the missing tail) almost as long as Kimahri. Of course the photos do not really show this because fish naturally do not want to stay perfectly still next to each other for proper comparison shots And me camera is so AMAZING when it comes to perspective, that even 10.5" Hugo looks teeny when she is near the back of the tank I can also confirm for good that Kimahri, Trooper and Buttons are boys, all three of them sport quite some breeding stars, and I am guessing Finny and Tilty are girls. Like I just said, my camera made Hugo shrink to about half her size Kimahri is such a beautiful fish Kimahri, Tilty and Trooper guarding the bubble disk What's left of the pothos roots - the fish successfully managed to destroy that plant These two look so amazing together. Shubunkins FTW Buttons' left gill plate is curled outward, but it does not seem to be an issue. Also, epic photobomb by their mommy. "I FOUND THE MAGIC GLOBE!!" Finny sure inherited Hugo's psychotic eyes Everyone loves nibbling on the algae wall Kiss me I'm a princess 'sup. Them colors Tilty has the same herp-a-derp face as Orange Fishie had.
  23. okay, okay enough of the threats................Here is Mahina..............again, nothing fancy this time, went for Healthy....hope I did ok ? http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd251/OBIOandSharkbait/Mahina.jpg
  24. I work at a big chain pet store and noticed that the newest shipment of small feeder goldfish had a lot of very young 1/4" fish. Since Baloo and Casper didn't make it I decided to buy 3 of the little guys. I am hoping at least one survives. The healthiest of the 3 has a long caudal fin and appears to be calico. They're in QT being medicated with Lifeguard(any other suggestions, two have flashed, one isn't extending his dorsal fin and the other is clamped but active?)<- maybe thats another topic. So here's the possible shubunkin. The other two I think it's too early to determine if they're commons or comets.
  25. I have two little commons/comets from petco who are doing marvelously. They are getting bigger and healthier every day. Unfortunately, I won't be able to keep them when they get bigger. I only want the best for them, and I can't make a pond ): So I was wondering, what age or size do they usually go into ponds? They look like they will end up being commons, but I don't know exactly which they are.
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