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  1. Happy Spring! It's been a while since I've visited, but I'm so happy to have a freshly cleaned fish tank (and pump) today, as well as a happy, healthy fish (Bubbles, my ranchu) that I thought I'd say "hi!" to you all and share a photo. I'm still using the Tahitian black moon sand, but I've had to remove quite a bit of it to get rid of the stuff that keeps accumulating on top-- it's super hard to keep that black sand clean! I've also removed several of my river rocks, again to make it easier to clean. (The smaller rocks also keep disappearing into the sand due to Bubbles digging and moving the sand around.) I've kept a few large rocks to hold down the live plants--the anubias, ferns, and anacharis (which have a habit of breaking off into little bits and clogging the filter intake). By the way, the plants have just thrived under the new UV tank lights! And I've kept the bubble stone as a toy for Bubbles to play with. It's hard to see the piece of dark mopani wood in there, but I worked so hard to boil it to remove the tannins, that it's gonna be a part of my tank for a long while... Enjoy!
  2. My color-changing ranchu, Bubbles, just turned 5 years old! (Every time I post his photo, he's changed color again!) Bubbles has lost most all of his orange coloring this year (except for a spot of orange on top) so now he's basically all white. He has just the tiniest bit of a wen, which is okay with me. I've been feeding him mostly Omega One medium goldfish pellets, although I occasionally give him a few blood worms and shelled peas for a special snack. I've had to remove much of the fine black Tahitian sand in his tank, because it gets stuck in the filter and is super hand to keep clean. Bubbles loves to dig in the sand and pile it around the tank. Since the plants are only held down by rocks, I often find the plants floating around the tank, as a result of Bubbles' "redecorating" efforts. The plants (java ferns and anubias) are doing very well with the LED full spectrum lights - so well that I have to keep trimming them back because they fill up the tank so quickly, especially the ferns! The biggest challenge in taking care of Bubbles is finding the time to do regular water changes. It takes about 2 hours to empty the tank, clean everything, and then refill it. I have to carry a 2.5 gallon bucket back and forth from the laundry room sink to the fish tank at opposite ends of our house. Does anyone else have stories (and photos) of their older/mature ranchus to share?
  3. how do i achieve this... i want...
  4. i saw this in thinfrog's video and i really want to set this up. this is a very dumb question but where can i find something like this with the sticky on the back? i'm planning to put filter media and frogbit as he did in his video, as they'll remove ammonia etc. how much would something like this help my tank? if i'm going to commit and buy it i want to make sure it does a good job. i don't mind it being in my aquarium, i simply want the best for my fish's health. planning to raise ranchu! i have my 90 gallon tank already set up! this may be a very stupid thread but.............
  5. i've just finished building this stand with my dad for my 90 gallon aquarium in which i bought used. i got both of them for very cheap which is good! i bought a polar aurora 525 gph filter to run my tank, everything is coming along perfectly but i simply have anxiety as to if the stand will hold. we used general purpose screws and it looks very sturdy by itself, but the aquarium is like 1000 pounds... yikes. if i could get any reassurance or if anyone can give me an estimate as to how much weight this can hold i would greatly appreciate it. i know this sounds very stupid but....... i have no words honestly. will the polar aurora suffice for my tank? i'm planning to keep 8 adult ranchus in this tank, so. i'm also planning to go bare bottom. the tank i got is from aquarium masters, will the aqueon versa fit it? planning to do a bit of small scale breeding, where can i find the highest quality ranchu? i'm looking for thai lionchu / buffalo head, eastcoastranchu doesn't have any in stock, king koi and goldfish's stock have weird backs etc. i really love lemonheads and ranchus with compact bodies.
  6. i'm going to commit and try to breed my first batch of ranchu, and this is how i (plan) to go along doing it! advice and opinions would be greatly appreciated! - obtain a batch of several baby ranchu, all from the same breeder. (gary hater, or ranchu notes) - raise them in large bins, 4 inches of water, feeding them 1-3 times a day with a diet consisting of brine shrimp, bloodworms, and later hikari pellets & repashy. - continue to raise and groom them until they are ultimately ready to be placed in the 75g aqueon aquarium, deepening their back curves and providing more space. - raise until they reach maturity, in which (hopefully) around 1 year old they will begin to show breeding behavior, and chase eachother around the tank. (hopefully my batch will include a good ratio of male and female; i will ask the breeder) - i will let them breed naturally in a separate breeding tank container, if i am unsuccessful i may use the hand breeding method, in which hopefully that succeeds. - my fry will hatch and i will (hopefully) raise them successfully, i may keep a few of my personal favorite fry and sell many other (HOPEFULLY) high quality other fry from my batches. i will cull the ones with deformities, etc. (i may sell those in bulk locally or to my local petshop). - continue to groom the fry i have kept until they reach maturity, and repeat the cycle of breeding them. (NOTE: throughout all this i will be doing 100% water changes every 4-7 days, etc) - i will keep certain selective fish that in my 75 gallon tank for myself, most likely the fish i have already bred. if there are any holes in my plan, please let me know. i'm not very knowledgeable on how inbreeding affects the quality of your fish, but i'm hoping to start a line from my original batch and if i meet the funds needed to start incorporating other lines into mine i will. ( i'm 14 years old, haha)
  7. I finally found some ranchu goldfish to try and start our breeding project. Wish us luck!
  8. Hi there, recently stocked a 30 gallon with 3 ranchus ordered online... well 4" is a lot bigger than I remembered lol and I'm looking to re home one of the little guys. Preference is given to someone local, He's a blue based calico at 4+" in length, just a lovely little bugger. Looking to recoup some of what I paid ($80) but will be happy to take less if I know he's going to somewhere he will be loved. Possibly able to ship, although I'm a bit nervous I do have the necessary equipment to do so as I ship a lot of live plants. Thanks for looking! I'll attach the photo from the website I purchased, additional photos/video can be sent with serious inquiry. Also, I'm located in Norwich CT USA. Can drive a bit as well, spend a lot of time in Massachusetts. Thanks All!
  9. My favorite goldie is isolating himself, so I'd really appreciate some help with how to treat him. I have a 75 gal aquarium, with 3 filters (75 g - 120 g filters), plus 2 large oxygen bars. I do a 50-75% water change once a week. I have 3 orandas, 1 ryukin, 1 black moore, 1 mixed baby, and 1 ranchu. I have had all of these for over a year, except the baby. Two of them successfully mated. My PH is pretty high, around 8.1-8.2. I currently have no gravel in the aquarium, bc I was waiting to move the aquarium once more before getting everything just perfect (we're going through a remodel). My ranchu, who would previously be social and dart around the aquarium with excitement, now spends his days inside the dark castle, completely isolated. He will come out for feeding, but only after a few minutes of me calling for him. I haven't noticed any damaged fins or suspicious spots. He is not floating or sinking, just choosing to isolate himself all the time. Any suggestions on what I can do? He is my absolute favorite. Will update with parameters this afternoon.
  10. Happy Holidays, everyone! I've been away for a while, but I'm back for a bit, and ready to lurk around my favorite goldfish forums and see how everyone's doing! My little ranchu, Bubbles, has grown quite a bit over the past year and a half--I've included her/his baby pic with a current pic to see how much she/he's grown. In case you were wondering, I feed my fish Repashy Soilent Green, the occasional frozen bloodworms and peas, and Omega One pellets.
  11. Hello JAPAN ORNAMENTAL FISH FAIR is being held in Tokyo now. I went to the competitive show and took some videos. Today, I would like to know how those color of goldfish called in ENGLISH. And I would like to know whether you distinguish following two type of Goldfish or not. One is Ao Ranchu in Japanese. Ao means Blue. another one is called Gingyo. Gin means silver. Ginyo is categorized as Common type not Ranchu even though Gingyo also doesn't have dosal fin. Their shape are longer than Ao Ranchu. Ao Ranchu was developed by Fukami-san, one of famous japanese breeder , by corossbreeding normal Ranchu and Seibun Oranda. I'm also not sure how Seibun Oranda is called in ENGLISH. On the other hands, Gingyo is from China and No one know the beginning. Unfortunately Gingyo doesn't exist in China now. Long long ago, Japan imported Gingyo and taken over. Sorry my ENGLISH is alwasy broken.
  12. Hi There! My new Ranchu Xena has been in QT for 3.5 weeks now with salt as indicated. She has these small growths on her Wen which I thought might be pimples and go away on their own, no such luck! A couple went black and now she also has a green shadow on her tails fins.. They have had Fluke solve as prevention and Kanaplex. Week 1 + 2 When the white things appeared I did a touch of Pimafix. Week 3. Now just clean water. I have found this in the filter : Please don't tell me that's fish lice ? http://tinypic.com/r/2mze9p3/9 [IMG]http://i64.tinypic.com/2mze9p3.jpg[/IMG] What's going on and should I medicate? Other fish fine and due to go in main tank this week. Video:https://youtu.be/zumuFkTNPws Water Params: Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.6 HPH 8.2 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.2-7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API DROPS * Water temperature? 20C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 128 L 2 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim HOB 200 * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 80 % * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 80 percent 3 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Chlorine remover Fluval * What do you feed your fish and how often? Repashy Soilient Green, Blood worms. * Any new fish added to the tank? NO * Any medications added to the tank? YES see post.. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White, fuzz, black spots green tipped tail. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? NO -otherwise fine. I found something in the filter please tell me it's isn't what I think it is...
  13. I was too lazy to bring out the camera, so I used my phone instead Today I added Alvin (Blue Oranda) into the main tank! He would not stop following Moon! I think he was lonely in QT and was just so happy to see another goldfish his size. He kept trying to just lean on Moon and be as close as possible; I wish I had recorded it! It was just absolutely adorable! Here is a little Bushy Nose Pleco hatchling Video:
  14. I just put my baby Ranchu into her 20g long 3 days ago, from quarantine, and she definitely is an eater.. Her diet consists of 1 pea a day, and some freeze dried blood worms. However, I notice that she is always begging, and she eats all of her food in well under 1 minute. Could I possibly feed her 2 peas a day? Is that too much fiber? Or should I amp up the bloodworms that I feed, I'm just not sure.... I feed her a pea everyday because of the floaty problems she has when she was in QT, she likes them, so, I just stuck with it. She is an inch and 5 cm, and she is definitely growing, just wondering - can I feed her more peas?
  15. Hello everyone! A few days ago I woke up to find Lemon, my year and three month old Ranchu, with a collapsed mouth. I found a vet near where I live who can do surgery to repair it on Saturday, but I thought everyone might find it an interesting thing, since I haven't seen this or even heard of this issue before. I'm not sure if I'm even posting in the right place about this. I don't need diagnosis or anything, since he's seeing the vet soon, but it's interesting info anyway. Here's a picture of his "normal" mouth (He had a deformed mouth when I picked him up from walmart): Here is his mouth now: I hope to post pictures after the surgery. He will have to have a brace on for at least 5 days, from what I'm being told. By the way if you guys want to contribute to the cost of his surgery, I would appreciate it. https://www.gofundme.com/lemonsurgery (Let me know if I'm allowed to link to that? I'm not sure)
  16. A little update video of my guys at wc day. They have grown so much, I think nearly doubled in size Mr Blacky Huge Eyes is 11g now, Little Tom 7g and Moonee 6g
  17. Yes yes I know, Im soo slow! So this happened a while ago... I went for a trip to the Coburg Aquarium (with Lilly) and couldn't resist this tiny Ranchu as we were really missing Speckles To cut the story short we took him home After 2 weeks in QT he went in to the main tank with Tiny Tom and Mr Blacky Huge Eyes...this has got to be about 3-4 weeks ago now Everyone is getting along very well. I weighing everyone and they have all grown, even Moonee who was 4g when I bought him BTW, Lilly my 3 year old chose the name...Moonee
  18. 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
  19. There were a couple new things that I added to my pond which made a huge impact. One being a half barrel bio filter which was an upgrade from my prefilter media that I had used for years and thought to be enough. Second, a larger UV light when combined with the bio filter made a big difference in the water quality.
  20. Hey yall! While our tank is cycling I have been dreamily looking for our future fishy friends. There is a LFS here in Austin (Austin Aquadome) that carries plenty of little Ryukin (my wife has already decided upon that as the type she wants), they also have some baby black ranchu (they are just slightly bigger than 1 inch, SO ADORABLE!!!!). I originally thought I would want an oranda of some sort (not redcap though, they all look the same to me) and this store only has redcap orandas. So I have been steadily falling more in love with ranchu. Anyways, my question is, do black ranchu usually stay completely black? Or are they known to lose the black like most orandas do as they mature and grow? Personally, I don't mind losing the black, in fact I would prefer it! I love surprises! So I guess what I want to know is, if I were to pick out one of these adorable little black ranchu, will it stay solid black forever? Or since I want some color, should I just go with one of the small orange ones instead? Thanks in advance for any input, or advice. And please feel free to add some pictures if any of you have any black ranchu!
  21. Hi everyone, I didn't think I would ever do it, but I finally got a 75 gallon Well, I really didn't have a choice as the fishes needed room, The two babies are now 7 months old and I needed to take them out of the 20 gallon and I rescued the blue Oranda so the 40 was too small for Citrus, Skipper and MoJo so bla bla ba I got the 75 with absolutely no grief from the hubby Here is the set up. Now have a AC 110 and AC 70 for filtration. It's coudy because of the Koi Clay I added This is MoJo the blue oranda. This is what he looked like when I got him back in March of this year. The next pic is him now. MoJo now. pic is a little blurry as he never holds still The big guy on the right is Bubba. On the left is Moon-Shine.( They are a mix of Oranda and Ranchu) and are the offspring of Citrus and Skipper Moon-Shine Skipper my love bug Citrus my sweet baby girl Everyone happy as a clam. Sorry for blurry pics Shark bait the Albino bristle nose wasn't in the pics as he's just a baby and is always hiding
  22. I have had this ranchu in QT for the last 7 weeks.. The first days he was super active, strong & even a little of a bully to the roommate, a smaller ranchu At the second week of QT, he started to pinecone so I started treating as usual (metro, kana & epsom combo) Pinecone went away but the ranchu wasn't interested in food.. not eating at all from Oct 10 to Oct 25 I tried syringe feed several times hoping something went in He started to eat kinda normal on Nov 3 after starting a prazi powder round but stopped again on Nov 6 and he hasn't eat anything since then The symptoms are: No eating, Swollen body, Heavy breathing, Extra slime Here below is the treatment I followed since day one so you can see what have I done Sep 24: Arrival Sep 24-27: De-stress days (just WC & double prime) Sep 28: 100%WC + 76g salt(morning) + 76g salt (evening) Sep 29: 76g salt (to reach .3%) Sep 30: 100WC + 228g salt + prazipro double dose (1st round) Oct 2: 100WC + 228g salt + prazi redose (double) Oct 4: 100WC (removing all prazi) + 228g salt Oct 5: Starting to feed Metro flakes Oct 6: 100WC + 228g salt + Metro flakes Oct 8: 100WC + 228g salt + prazipro double dose (2nd round) + Metro Flakes Oct 9: Here I saw the pincone in one of the chus & the other one laying sideways, plus spitting out the metro flakes Oct 10: 100WC (remove all prazi) 1Tsp Epsom + Metro powder (1st) + Kana powder (1st) Oct 12: 100WC + 2 Tsp Epsom + Metro powder (2nd) + Kana powder (2nd) Oct 14: 100WC + 2 Tsp Epsom + Metro powder (3rd) + Kana powder (3rd) Oct 16: 100WC + 2 Tsp Epsom + Metro powder (4th) + Kana powder (4th) Oct 18: 100WC + Prazi single + Metro powder (5th) + Kana powder (5th) Oct 20: 100WC + Prazi single re-dose + Metro powder (6th) + Kana powder (6th) Oct 22: 100WC to get all meds out Oct 24: 100WC Oct 26: 100WC Oct 28: 100WC Oct 30: 100WC Nov 2: 100WC + 76g salt + Aqua prazi (powder) Nov 4: 100WC + 76g salt + Prazi powder (re-dose) Nov 6: 100WC + 76g salt Nov 8: 50WC Nov 9: 100WC + 76g salt + Aqua prazi (powder) Nov 11: 100WC + 76g salt + Aqua prazi (redose) THIN BODY SWOLLEN BODY HEAVY BREATHING PLEASE HELP US!!!
  23. Hi all I have a 30 gallon tank (Juwel Lido 120) that has not finished cycling yet. I like Ranchus and Orandas and cannot make up my mind wether to get 2 Ranchus, 2 Orandas or one of each when my tank is finally cycled. My concerns with the three options are: - Ranchus: is Juwel Lido 120 too deep for Ranchus, will I just have 2 fish swimming at the bottom? - Orandas: will they get too big for the 30 gallon tank? - One of each: Will they be ok with each other when the Oranda outgrow the Ranchu. Anyone has experience with this pair? Please let me know what you think. Many thanks! Will
  24. Hey everyone! I've heard so much about Koko's, and especially about the superior disease diagnosis/treatment plans that goes on here, and I've finally joined! I've been keeping goldfish for 5 years now, but have been keeping tropical freshwater and saltwater fish since I was 10 years old... so 19 years! I really love fish -- they are very calming to me. I got into goldfish keeping since I heard they can live forever, and I thought it would be cool to still have fish in my 40's that I got in my 20's. I currently have 7 goldfish. I got my first 3 fish 5 years ago -- 2 ryukin's and a veiltail from my local fish store. I got my pearlscale 3 years ago (I also got a ranchu 2 years ago, but my niece fell in love with him so I gave him to her as her first fish). I got another ryukin and 2 ranchu last year when I upgraded the size of their aquarium. All of my current fish are from my local fish store. I set up a 29 and am expecting 2 new ranchu's from Coast Gem USA tomorrow! Please comment and tell me all about yourselves and your fish too! Instagram: @bridgemitch
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