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  1. So today is my birthday, and as a treat to myself I got a few new babies from buygoldfishonline.com. I got two lionheads, one calico, one red and a red oranda. I included a pic of my little red cap I got a couple of months ago as well because he's not too big yet. I'm excited to see how these guys are going to look growing up with each other! Sorry for some of the blurry pics, it's hard to get these little guys to be still!
  2. Hello, Citizens of Koko's! One of our goldfish has a problem and needs your help. Chippie, our 4 1/2 year-old lionhead, has come down with several fuzzy white specks on her otherwise magnificent wen. That cottony-looking overgrowth of bacterial infection called "fungus" (I've lurked on this forum long enough to know! ). Unfortunately, this infection may have been developing unseen for several weeks, because the normal whitish cast of new wen growth in these mega-lumpified areas probably would have obscured "fungus" that was just starting out. WHAT I'VE DONE SO FAR: During the last water change (4 days ago), I put Chippie in a mild salt dip of 2 tablespoons per gallon for approximately 8 minutes, during which she calmly swam around the bucket (that's why I kept her in so long). Then the fuzz went away, but it reappeared as bad as before within 24 hours. So during today's water change, I found my trusty ol' goldfish book, and did a stronger salt dip following David Boruchowitz's recommended 2 tablespoons per quart. However, this higher salinity clearly upset Chippie, who thrashed slightly before just drifting at the surface with the top of her back exposed, motionless besides heavy breathing. Of course, I removed her within the minute. I returned her to the bucket only after diluting the solution by two quarts, then watched her extra-closely. She hated it the same as before, and when some veins in her tail became red, I returned her to the tank instead of diluting it further (as it seemed like she'd been through plenty of stress for one day). So, she had at most the equivalent of a 2 minute salt dip altogether this morning. I'm pretty sure I'm doing the dips correctly: Morton Canning & Pickling Salt (100% salt, no additives) dissolved in tank water heated by well-rinsed pots, then cooled to room temperature before being added to room-temperature tank water (45 gallon always kept at room-temperature too) in the "goldfish-only" bucket. Also, for what it may be worth, after all three salt dips, upon being returned to the tank Chippie immediately zoomed to the corner and spent a good 20-30 seconds vigorously rubbing her head in the powerful incoming stream from the refilling hose. So apparently the salt stings: maybe that means it's working? And doesn't this problem requires longer-term, lower-level salinity to clear up? I'm not sure what's the optimum salinity for this problem or how long I should maintain it, at the 45 gallon tank level. (Of course I would prefer to avoid subjecting the other two goldfish to salt they don't need by putting Chippie in a "hospital" tub, but there's no remotely safe place for it.) Also I am uncertain how to interpret salinity-related instructions given the concentration of Morton Canning & Pickling salt : a tablespoon of it is MUCH more salt than a tablespoon of rock salt, for example. Maybe 2 tablespoons per quart of this particular salt was way too much? Thanks for your help! And for slogging through my many paragraphs! NOTE: This is the first time I have used a smartphone (which I'm only borrowing) to post ANYTHING online, and I am TERRIBLE at it, so please refer to my last post (about red splotches on Blunderbuss) for information regarding the tank and its inhabitants. I will post basic water parameters shortly, but the ability to copy and paste the standard form is hopelessly beyond me. (Please forgive me, this post has taken me about two hours already; no wonder I just have a flip-phone.)
  3. Well.. once again Im experiencing dropsy.. (So yes Taryl, Im a horrible fishkeeper, Lol..jk ) I have 2 mailed lionheads that arrived in March 30, in what it seemed to be good conditions They're still in a 20G QT One is (still) in perfect conditions but the other black/bronze one started to get red pimples and excessive slime on the wen a few days after arrival so I notified the seller and he recommended a few (10 second) peroxide dips. First dip.. good Second dip.. a little more time to recoup and some sideways Third deep.. more time to recoup and lethargic On April 12 I noticed some prickle to the scales but didn't think any of it since I was told that ranchus sometimes experience that without being sick I sent today some pictures to the seller and he corroborates that it is an early stage of dropsy but cannot recommend anything specific since it could be caused by different internal problems.. pristine water along with antibac water treatment and/or medicated food is his suggestion Im doing the questionnaire in a few minutes.. Thanks! Here's what I've done so far Mar 30: Arrival, covered tank Mar 30 -1: De-stress days (just WC & double prime) Apr 2: 75%WC + 76g salt (.1%) Apr 3: add 76g salt (.2%) Apr 4: 100%WC + 228g salt (.3%) Apr 6: 75%WC + 170g salt (.3%) Apr 8: 75%WC + 170g salt Apr 10: 75%WC + 170g salt + 10sec peroxide dip (8:1 ratio) Apr 12: 75%WC + 170g salt + 10sec peroxide dip Apr 14: 75%WC + 170g salt Apr 16: 10sec peroxide dip prior to WC 100%WC + 76g salt (to reduce at .1%) + .2g prazi powder Apr 8: 75%WC + 56g salt (.1%) + .2g prazi powder
  4. Wondering if you guys can give me some feedback about the color of one of my new residents.. I got him a week ago but since I saw him at the store I noticed a difference in his eyes which I've never seen before in a goldfish.. without the flash in his face they look soft blue (almost white) so I wonder if he has some kind of fungal disease, blind or just unique.. I asked this same question on D&D forum but since the topic is not related to this fish I decided to ask here.. What do you guys think ???
  5. Here are new photos of the little brats Parents gave me new LED hoods for Christmas, makes such a big difference!
  6. I got a gift card from my parents to our awesome local fish store, and I couldn't resist this lion head. Here is Jelly
  7. Here is a photo my girlfriend took of Artie last time we were home:
  8. Hi everyone! You may have read about my common goldfish Bubba, who is a little sick. I've decided it would be best to let my aunt take care of him since he doesn't seem to appreciate the company of other goldfish (gets stressed, bites, etc). Along with that, I am searching for a much bigger tank so I'm searching for new fancies to add to the family. Orandas, lionheads, and especially ranchus are the breeds I'm pursuing (I have no goldfish with wens, which fascinate me). Fantails, moors, and telescopes must be in season up here because it's all I can seem to find at any of the nearby pet stores. Any suggestions as to dealers I should contact? Thanks!
  9. 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)
  10. Here are my goldies as promised, sorry it took so long. They have tripled in size since we got them in April Artie is the calico, lion head i believe, and Vinny is red and white and I think a ryukin? They seem to only hang out at the top when I'm nearby, probably a result of the hand feeding XD [http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/Pandadragon/media/photo4_zps62d89ebb.jpg.html?filters[user]=141012291&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0] [http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/Pandadragon/media/photo5_zpsa04df6a6.jpg.html?filters[user]=141012291&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3] [http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/Pandadragon/media/photo1_zps791dd431.jpg.html?filters[user]=141012291&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1] Here is their tank, 29 gallons: http://s1353.photobucket.com/user/Pandadragon/media/photo3_zps4be67081.jpg.html?filters[user]=141012291&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4
  11. On May 25, 2013 we trekked to our LFS in search of a fish! After a long few months of nuking our equipment and cycling the tank, and regaining the confidence to care for goldies, it was finally time. I nearly walked out of the store, though, since nothing really struck me. There was this puny little lionhead whose scales were fully matte. But his button eyes weirded me out (funny, considering the alien I purchased two months ago ) and he had a wonky caudal. Those were almost enough to dissuade me, but he was certainly the cutest in the store and so we took him home! Then, I nearly had a heart attack when I saw that his scales were the slightest bit prickly. It was nothing. He started out at 7 grams. Today, he weighed in at 40.5 grams. I know that doesn't compare to some fish on the forum but I am pleased. He is a strong, sturdy fish, and I couldn't be more proud of him. Forgive the order of these pictures. There are a bunch of random ones thrown in, but I also tried to do some Before and After pictures together, since I like when I can compare without scrolling. I also deleted this entire post a few minutes ago, so my patience is fading. Enjoy! The night he came home Today at 40.5g Last time I put him in that little container. He was not pleased. Sorry buddy! Today And just cause we all love this one Thanks for looking!! And thanks to many members and mods who helped me soooo much on this journey to provide a good home for my fish. It means the world.
  12. weehooooo! Last night, I got to put Betty (today I'm calling her Betty) in the main tank with the two others. They look so wonderful all together. "Stick your face in these things, and then watch how the human flips out." "Should I try it on these ones too?"
  13. Chutney, it, Chutney. The goldfish everyone in my family loves best got another lump, but this time it's worse. About 4 days ago, a lump very much like the first showed up, and I assumed it would go away just the same. It was round, slightly smaller than his eye, about that same distance behind his right gill. Two days ago, it turned into an open wound (with white, solid pus), and he started having a little trouble with floatiness. I was afraid his tankmates would pick on him, and I wanted to prevent infection, so I put him in 6 gallons of water in a Sterilite tub, with 1 tablespoon of salt dissolved in it. The open wound looked worse this morning, with scales sticking up around it from the puffiness, and the pus coming outwards. But Chutney was still acting okay, so I went out to eat with friends, planning to post here and change the water when I returned. Chutney seemed much more pathetic when I returned home. He was floating way more, and sideways, and seeming more lethargic. If he kept acting like that, I figured he would be dead before morning. I figured I should at least try to excise the pus, because if he died really soon anyway I would have at least tried to save him. So before I put Chutney in the fresh quarantine tank, I did a desperate amateur surgery. I put him in a shallow tray of quarantine tank water, and very gently pressed the sides of the ulcer and pulled off (no resistance) the pus with sterilized tweezers. I then dabbed a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide The ulcer has now appeared to close, and the scales are no longer sticking up around it. He swims around fine now, but sometimes floats upwards, tail end first. Where the lump was is now red, and slightly raised, but the scales are flat. It is kind of white in the middle, but I don't see any pus. It is on an area that is normally white (Chutney is orange and white). I cannot get an accurate image of his side. My camera is too bad. It doesn't show up any better on video. (His tankmates (Chippie and Blunderbuss) are as robust and vigorously healthy as ever.) Here is my post from the first time something like this happened: http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/112639-what-should-i-do-about-this-lump/ * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: 0 (it's a quarantine tank) * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 68 degrees Fahrenheit * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? Regular tank is 45 US gallons, running since February 2012. Quarantine tank I set up yesterday is 6 gallons. * Filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. Nothing on quarantine tank. * How often do you change the water and how much? For the main tank, I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. I last changed it Wednesday. For the quarantine tank I just changed all of the water about an hour ago (and added a tablespoon of salt) It had all fresh water yesterday, with a tablespoon of salt. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, see above. * How many fish in the tank and their size? In 45 gallon: Two lionheads, 3" long including tails. In quarantine: one lionhead that's the same size, who of course usually lives with the other two. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because of chloramine and wanting to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I haven't been feeding Chutney at all in quarantine. Normally, I feed them once a day every day except for water change day, when I don't feed them at all. I feed them 1/2 a block (between the 3 of them) veggie-based gel food five days a week (I can't remember the brand! It comes frozen, in little "serving size" foil things, maybe it was "Formula Two?" It's in a Zip-loc now and I didn't relabel it correctly) and soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets one day a week. * Any new fish added to the tank? No; all three fish were purchased together and added to the tank back in July 2012. * Medication/treatment history for fish and tank: I did the standard Koko's PraziPro/salt treatment when I first got the fish, back in July 2012. I added a tablespoon of salt to the quarantine tank. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? (All described above.) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Sometimes when Chutney stops swimming, he floats upwards, tail end first, but can correct himself easily.
  14. The three goldfish I have had for a little over a year seem to be doing very well. Chutney, Blunderbuss and Chippy have doubled in size and their colors have gotten much more vibrant. They're active and seem happy. The only problem is a lump on Chutney. (I call him a him because his belly/tail border is not so defined and rounded as the other two.) I noticed the lump (which is described in detail below) two days ago. I know that it wasn't there last Wednesday, when my partner and I moved the tank into our new house. I have no idea what this lump could be. Chutney is acting perfectly normal. We haven't added anything to the tank since the moss balls, back in August of last year, and I washed those very well with the diluted bleach method. The only other things in the tank are river rocks (which I initially boiled very well) that have been there since the tank was first set up. (There used to be a PVC pipe in the tank, but I took it out when we moved because it is not the most attractive thing in the world.) Help me, please. Chutney is such a friendly goldfish and he's everyone's favorite. I want to fix him. * Ammonia Level: 0 * Nitrite Level: 0 * Nitrate Level: Between 0 and 5.0 ppm, closer to 0. * Tap Water Levels: Ammonia: 0.25 ppm * Ph, Tank: 7.6 * Ph, Tap: 7.6 * Test Kit: API Freshwater drop test kit. * Water temperature: 72 degrees Fahrenheit / 22 degrees Celsius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 45 US gallons. It has been running since February 2012. It finished cycling in June 2012, and the fish were added July 2012. * Filters: Two filters: Aquaclear 70 and Aquaclear 30. * How often do you change the water and how much? I change 2/3 of the water, weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Because we moved into a new house, I completely changed the water last Wednesday (4 days ago). It was pH- and temperature-matched to the old water. * How many fish in the tank and their size? Three lionheads, all 3" long including tails, all quite rotund. Barely any wens yet. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, 1.5x standard dose because my city adds chloramine to the water and I want to be on the safe side. * What do you feed your fish and how often? I feed them once a day every day except for water change day. Blood worms one day, peas one day, soaked New Life Spectrum sinking pellets four days. The amount I feed them is enough that each fish eats a pinch about the size of one eyeball, and it's enough to keep them still looking around for food, and to poop in small, not-trailing amounts. When I am not so busy, I feed them the same amount split into two meals per day. * Any new fish added to the tank? No; all three fish were purchased together and added to the tank back in July 2012. * Medication/treatment history for fish and tank: I did the standard Koko's PraziPro/salt treatment when I first got the fish, back in July 2012. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? A round, symmetrical lump about 1/3 of the way down from his pectoral fins to his pelvic fins, along the middle of his belly. His belly is white and the lump is kind of pink. Since I noticed it two days ago, it has gotten slightly bigger and darker. I have tried to get a picture of the lump, but Chutney is too wiggly and my camera is too bad to get an accurate image of the lump. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, Chutney is behaving exactly as he always has: hungry, friendly, wiggly, and active.
  15. It felt like it would never happen. I was kind of convinced that it wouldn't, and even before then I had thought I needed to take a break (or possibly more than a break) from keeping goldfish. I just want to thank everybody who ever helped me - advice, support, commiseration, giving me their BB's! - get my tank to where it needed to be, and for giving me confidence and knowledge to believe that I'm able to do this again. That's what Koko's is all about We got our little lionhead last Saturday and he gave me a scare, but I am soooo glad he is ours! To think that at first glance I almost dismissed him because his tail is a little wonky, I kind of can't believe myself. It's not like me to not be able to overlook something like that, but look at him! He's makes it hard to get a decent picture, as he is so wiggly and fast and has many things to attend to in there, so you just get a few for now Still doesn't have a name- I keep going back and forth with several but nothing seems quite right, so spam me with your suggestions! Okay, NOW you can look at him! love this one, he reminds me of a blimp a blimp that will eeeeat you side-view of the tank, don't know why but this is my favorite way to look through it and here's the entire tank We're really happy with it. I wasn't too sure how my husband would like a simpler (to him, emptier) look, but we both love how it came out. We both REALLY love how it looks with this little guy in there!
  16. So over the last couple of days I've been rearranging and attempting to clean my tank of algae/diatoms. So, since it's once again looking presentable, I thought I'd share a few pictures! Everything has been rearranged, a lot of pruning has taken place. Baby java fern that have grown off the adults have been dotted about the tank, plants have been cleaned to the best of my ability, nerites added, and I'm now awaiting lots of new plants that should be arriving in the next couple of days A shot of one of the nerites, and moustache couldn't help but get involved And it appears that someone may like the hair grass...tut tut
  17. I went bare bottomed again earlier and promised some pics...so here you go... http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/jdjn133/media/Tank_zpsed3fe568.jpg.html?sort=3&o=6 http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/jdjn133/media/Fish2_zps1509b0e8.jpg.html?sort=3&o=5 http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/jdjn133/media/Fish1_zps31e19abe.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4 http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/jdjn133/media/fish4_zpsb39a8800.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1 (Sushi never stays still long enough for me to photograph him properly) http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/jdjn133/media/fish5_zpsb23b85db.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0
  18. Is my goldfish a lionhead or a ranchu ? I'm thinking its more of a lionhead what do you think? I'm confused between ranchus and lionheads Here's the link: http://i48.tinypic.com/2rmmxi1.jpg
  19. Hey Guys, I am excited because this is my first ever post here! WAHOOO!! Anyway, I'm fairly new to fish keeping (serious fish keeping anyway). The other day I bought a lovely Lionhead Goldfish (1 1/2 inches at the moment) and put his in my 20g tank. However, I thought I could get away without having a filter in the tank! How wrong was I?! He makes so much mess for a small fish!!! So after just 24 hours I have bought a big filter that will filter nearly 3 times the size of the tank every hour. The thing that I'm worried about is that this filter won't have the beneficial bacteria needed to take out the ammonia and nitrites. Will he be okay? I'm doing daily 50% water changes to try and keep the water quality good until the filter arrives! HELP! Thanks.
  20. I haven't had goldfish for a couple of years, but I started to get all wishy washy and reminiscent about them the other day. I decided that I would start looking around, and if any cuties struck my fancy, I'd get them. Well the very next day I took a peek at the tanks at one of the big box stores, and they had a bunch of adorable little lionheads which are my absolute favorite fancies! It's literally been about 5 years since I've even seen any for sale locally so I took this as a sign and got 3 of them. There was one left that I couldn't get off my mind so I went back for him, and now I have 4 new little lionheads! They're in a cycled 10 gallon right now for salt + prazi and they will be moving into my 46 gallon when their quarantine is up. :newfish :newfish
  21. Hey guys and gals. It has been a while since I've been on here. I have some bad news for those who new my fish. My big black oranda died! Why? I have no idea....Woke up he was fine and when I came back from work he was dead. Then I lost my red and white lionhead last week due to dropsy. So I have three guys left and they have gotten slightly bigger.
  22. I have being trying to purchase 350g Hilari Lionhead Pellets online in Australia but have not had any luck. Prefer not to have to pay the ridiculous LFS prices. I have purchased them from a local online supplier but they seem to have gone broke I was paying $22 per packet plus freight. I have ordered Nutrafin Max Goldfish Sinking Pellets from Age of Aquariums as a temporary measure but would prefer the lionhead pellets. http://www.aquaticlifeaquariums.com.au/contents/en-uk/d328_hikari-lionhead.html has been advertising them as in stock but as soon as I ordered them they were not in stock. Any advice would be appreciated. Regards Paul
  23. I want to introduce you all to Pickles I decided a friend for Googles was the right thing to do... I met him weeks ago and although there were other fish perhaps more beautiful, this one stood out for me. I have a feeling he won't be too dominant for Googles either. I weighed him today- 9g! how old do you think he is? He was sold as a lionhead but want to check with you guys....
  24. Test Results for the Following: Tank/Tap * Ammonia Level: A little less than .25 / .50 * Nitrite Level: 0 /0 * Nitrate level: 0 (or close to zero?) /0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master drop kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Fluval C4 on lowest flow * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Just Prime * Water temperature? 66F * How often do you change the water and how much? It's been less than a week with my new fish, so I haven't done so because I want to give those seeded BB's something to eat. I plan on doing 20% weekly. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? He had 100% new water 4 days ago. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?20gal 4 full days * How many fish in the tank and their size? Just the lionhead baby * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2 days prior to setting up the tank I fed him a little SG while he was in a bucket, but I saw him headstand after so I fed him a pea the next day just in case. The 4 days in his tank, his diet has been just roots from the water lettuce i brought over from the main tank. * Any new fish added to the tank?No * Any medications added to the tank?No * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? No I got a new fish. A lionhead the size of a quarter, with his own 20gal tank and filter (seeded from main tank). However, since day 1 in his solo tank, he has been headstanding. I'm wondering if it is his genetics because he is so small and young and short-bodied... or if this might be curable. For the last four days he has only been eating water lettuce roots that I brought from the bigger tank and pooping regularly as far as I can tell. Here is a video Picture of him sitting still: http://i50.tinypic.com/2m7u2v6.jpg
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