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  1. Hi all, I used to be a frequenter on this site but I have not owned goldfish in years. Suddenly today I rescued three goldfish living in terrible living conditions ( In bags with a previously lived in 10 gallon tank, no filter, never been cleaned, etc) So far I have done a 100% water change and cleaned the sides of the tank but left the the rocks in the bottom of the tank which will hopefully help maintain the tank's nitrogen cycle and put an aerator and a filter for a 30 gallon tank in. Is that ok? and then probably like 90% water changes every two days? I have a 20 gallon but I am trying to get at least a 40 gallon to transfer them into as soon as i can set up the nitrogen cycle. I have found myself frantically trying to remember everything about goldfish and I would really appreciate some advice on what to do next. The fish themselves look really healthy, their fins are in excellent condition and they are very energetic. They even appear to be closely bonded. I used tetra aquasafe plus to treat the water because it is what they had at the petstore and the food they came with. I figure it is best not to switch right away, even if it is something higher quality. Any brand recs would be greatly appreciated. Can you still buy pro gold?
  2. This poor guy had a rough start with pop eye, dropsy, fungus, and deadly water. With daily 100% water changes and metro meds for 14 days and a few months later, here he is now in his new tank! The story behind him is I pretty much yelled at a manager at a store and he said well take care of it and I pretty much flat out said no you won't you're going to put him in the back on the self to die. I said I'll take him for free. After some thinking the manager agreed and let me leave with him. Probably because it was 10:30 pm First day I got him the water levels were deadly. pH: 6.0 Ammonia: literally off the chart, It was a dark blue. Nitrites: 5ppm Nitrates: 100ppm and now for the after!! i know it's not much, but it's better than death. . He's in a 1 gallon filtered mini now with TMS and some live plants. I'm going to be getting many more plants for him and maybe a nerite snail.
  3. This March hubby and I stumbled across a Petsmart in another town, about an hour away from home. As always I wanted to check out the fish, just to see what they had. Their fish section was rather small compared to what I'm used too, but in their tiny single tail tank I saw this gorgeous, cute tiger shubunkin. Not sure if the term "tiger" really applies to shubunkins, but she is almost fully golden orange, matte, with only few reflective scales, and a bunch of black markings. She has mostly white fins with black and some orange markings, and only a teeeeeny blue fleck on her back Aside from falling in love with her coloring (I love tigers in fancies), I started to worry about her because at the LFS she already had caved in corners of the mouth. You might have seen several topics about fish developing this issues, where the corners of their mouths cave in, making their mouth look beak-like. Well, this little cutie got to go on a nice ride home with me, spent a good while in QT with extensive flukes treatment, and eventually joined the gang in one of my big tanks. She is SUPER active and hyper, and it is hard to take pics of her. Even with her deformed mouth she is a great eater and has grown significantly in the half year I had her. Not as much as I would have liked, but considering she can get only 1-2 pellets into her mouth at a time, this is pretty good. At the time she joined my flock, she was the fourteenth goldfish. I could never come up with a proper name for her, so "Fourteen" is now her name When I first got her. Look at how tiny she was! And today About to receive the award for the most uncooperative goldfish of all times Peeking up from behind the wood and plants. She loves to cruise around between those, since she still is much smaller than her tank mates. And for size comparison, near Spicey (ignore the bruised anubias leaf, it has been cut off since)
  4. okay, so I was in walmart and saw this poor betta. I went right to a manager and b****** them out about it and he said oh we'll take care of it and I said no, no you wont and he said if you can help him I'll give him to you for free. I intend on saving this poor thing. His water quality.... don't EVEN get me started.. I am livid! I will be posting pictures.. the ammonia number... I am not sure what to even say.. it's BLUE. I didn't care about the pH difference I figured whats worse... poison water with a slow death or fresh water with a big change in pH. I went with the fresh water. I have no where to put him except in a .5 gallon bowl. I am changing his water again before I go to bed. I added like 3 granuals of epsom to the water and he is still very much interested in food. I am so glad I got a new bag of metro meds. I broke one tiny pellet into numerous pieces and fed him. it sank to the bottom but he is slowly nibbling on it and eating. I have high hopes for him. but I was wondering what else I could do? I think he needs some melafix. not only does he have popeye, but there is fungus around the eye itself. I will be posting pictures soon.
  5. I talked a little about this in LOTP last night, and my heart is still wrenching because of it. I didn't want to keep going on about it, and wound up taking it to the bulldog forum that I'm on. I'm just going to post what I wrote there, and then probably ramble/vent/whatever a bit. But I feel like maybe this should come with a disclaimer, that it deals with a seriously abused animal, so read at the risk of your heartstrings if you are sensitive to these matters. I should feel better knowing that I did my part in getting him help. But my gosh, this was just such a rude awakening for me. I know this type of abuse goes on, but I guess never seeing it like this.. it's like I was more numb to it than I realized. Since I was a kid I've had a huge and burdening sensitivity to animals. We grew up with many pets, and the timing was just so that I saw the decline of enough of them to really take to heart their departures. My mom tells me that I would just hide under our piano, mourning them each one of them, when their times came. I forget how she described it, but it was alarming to hear, so I can't imagine how it must have been for my parents to see. Anyway, I'm just.. my stomach hurts thinking about it. I can't get it out of my head. Somebody on the other forum mentioned Pitbulls and Parolees, and this was worse than what you normally see on the show. The way he was calling out when he was on my neighbors' steps - it was a plea for help. When the police officer realized that he would not be leashed, she asked me to stay near the steps and keep an eye on him while she pulled her car closer. He knew I was watching, and it was like he wanted to slip away by the side of the steps, where there was a gutter. He kept tiptoeing over it, and always wound up on the steps again. Sometimes he'd just sit and look around, but mostly he was pacing and looking for an escape, when he wasn't asking for shelter. I know it probably makes no sense the way I'm describing this, but I can't get it out of my head. I remember the way he ran to our car when we turned in the parking lot, how I cried out that there was a loose animal, but that I didn't even know that it was a dog. I want to call the police department back and ask if they would tell me to which vet he was taken. But I honestly don't know how much info I can handle. My husband doesn't seem to understand the affect that these things have on me. And that's okay, but it's difficult trying to process all of this within my own little head. I'm just so disheartened. Since I have a way to relate every instance of my life to an episode of The Golden Girls... the quartet once snuck a sweet old lady out of her terrible nursing home. It was fine and dandy, almost delightful to care for her, but when they were discovered they were furious that she should have to go back to such deplorable conditions. The girls put their money together (actually, if I have it right Blanche used her breast implant money ) to move the lady to a very nice nursing home. Even knowing they had done an amazing thing for her, they all felt terrible; there were still so many people who would have to live with poor care, and they could come together to help one. I think that's what I'm feeling right now. And with that, my rambling is over. Go hug your dogs, cats, bunnies, grandparents.. whomever you can.
  6. Hi guys! Happy New Year! I hope everyone started the year well and wish everyone a happy and healthy year! While I was absent I was busy with 3 little darlings we welcomed into our family beginning of december. These three little battery hens were on their way to the slaughter house to become dog food when a lovely rescue group from Germany pulled 1600 of them out! These girls are worth only 6cents at that point in their lives so the rescue manages to rescue them for free. So sad to see the states they are in at only 12months. The severe debeaking was quite shocking to me as they looked disfigured... We adopted 3 of them that day, straight from the rescue truck, and named them Henrietta, Eleanor and Wilhelmina. I NEVER had chickens or knew anyone who did. So it has really been a discovery! The fascinating and exciting adventure of seeing them discover the sun, feel and taste the grass, spread their wings, develop their unique personalities . After one month I have 3 little feathered puppies! They follow me everywhere around the garden, always curious to see what I am up to and chatting about. Precious! Here are some pics of the whole adventure! Here they are on our trip home the day of the rescue. We put them in our pit bull's travel box and that was the most room they have ever experienced so far. Plus the first time sleeping on soft straw. We were ready for a chaotic trip, instead they just lightly chattered and slept the entire way. Here was the first night in their coop, they were quite confused and very weak on their legs. Little Willie is the one with very little feathers. Her belly, butt and back were totally bald from the inhumane tiny cages and pecking from the other chickens. Henrietta was the first to appear the next morning. It took them the entire day to get the courage to come down. Total preciousness. They were lucky to have a sunny day to welcome them home! Once they figured that out I had to teach them how to drink from a bowl, so far all they ever experiences was hamster like drips. I had to pour water into the bowl and the sound would get their attention. Success! The next day they understood to get out of the coop right away! Such smart little girls! And drinking And eating As the time went by their colours improved, their feather started coming back and their personalities developed. They started scratching around once their legs were strong enough, took their first dust baths, and raced each other around the garden! Eleanor nice and fluffy Little Willie being a cowgirl! Eleanor being elegant Willie trying to get into the house! Exploring the garden Eleanor 'helping' me in the garden Eleanor coloring up Chasing salad! And the lovely eggs we still get everyday (even if they get slaughtered at 12months because they are thought to be less productive) That's it! Just wanted to share my girls! I hope it makes everyone think a little more about where their food comes from. And I can not recommend enough that anyone able to give some ex-batts a home do so. They really change your life, plus you get the most delicious eggs (or so I was told as I don't eat the eggs but give them to family).
  7. So my husband calls me at work yesterday. There's a stray GSP that's been running the area for a few weeks. I've got him tied up here and feeding him small meals. Was thinking of bringing him home and finding him a home.? I listed all the reasons that wouldn't be a good idea but ended up caving. We have two Neutered males (Weim and Pit Mix) neither fond of other dogs. They don't always get along themselves. The pit mix is aggressive to other males especially. This one is an intact male. He took Mr. GSP to the vet on the way home. Yeah he has a micro chip ! Booooo the owner doesn't want him back because he's gun shy. Hello......fireworks going off all around the house and he doesn't flinch.. Booo...he has heartworms, a cyst, infected nipples , broken teeth and diarrhea There goes that extra money we came into yesterday ! Good news is i'm in contact with GSP rescue. They are trying to find a spot for him. He's going to be a handsome dog once he's cleaned up and puts on some weight. He's outside right now on a dog run (pulley set up) that spans our fenced yard as I imagine he could go over our fence like our other dogs do. He's yelping and crying out there. As soon as we're out of site he starts up. I imagine he broke his teeth chewing out of his pen(as told by former owner). If rescue doesn't take him are there any GSP lovers out there ?????
  8. i am very excited to show you all my newest friend (no name as yet), he? is a rescue from a friend of my mothers - complete with tank. well the lady has been asking me to take the tank for a couple of weeks, but its been a little difficult to sort out with her working all day and me being stuck at home with the children in the evenings, i feel really guilty now as the tank was HORRID! filthy dirty with a dead fish in it!!! so i've brought him home and he seems happy so far, but anyway here he is, if you see the pics, i was wondering about his mouth he has the biggest mouth i've ever seen on a goldie, very strange, maybe some sort of cross??, let me know what you think. http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/ema0140/media/0CB9443E-9E24-49F7-BACF-163DCA548F19-25407-00001019CE35A8D3_zpsa35106c1.jpg.html http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/ema0140/media/22D7603D-F2B1-41BB-87D6-DF3E06172A0F-25407-00001019C2BDFBAC_zps01ec2a72.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2 Thank you
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    New Rescue Betta Fish

    So I have a question and didn't know where to put it so I put it here. I have a 2.5 gal tank that now has no goldfish as the residents didn't listen and grew up. Now I want to get a baby betta that's sick or an adult. I just want to know how smart this is and what would I likely need to treat it. How would I treat ammonia or nitrate poisoning. Like would it go away on it's own?
  10. http://news.yahoo.co...-144113788.html Makes me cry ): I wish that more pet owners valued their pets as much as they did, though a terrible accident like this could be avoided with a doggy life jacket. Rest in peace.
  11. Ok, i had a 2.5 hex tank laying around with a 3 gallon filter, it has no heater because room temp water is still at the 72-74 degree mark. (A previous betta of 2 years who had a swim bladder problem died in it 2 months ago R.I.P. Fugi ) I got the idea to get a the most un-adoptable betta from a chain store who improperly takes care of their bettas. (so basically the one who dies under another betta's cup cause no one chooses it or even looks at it.) Its an all white crown-tail betta who is almost see through with a black spotted flare and pinkish-white tips to its fins. Its not an albino because the eyes are Black. Points of concern: -he has a small bulge that sees through as black when the light is on near his head that's not normal -he's very shy likes to hide all the time - WILL NOT EAT (i've tried bloodworms, flakes tropical and betta specific, and betta pellets) Maybe Problems -is black at the flare normal if not present ANYWHERE else? -is pink tinge normal for an all white or is that a sign of fin rot? - how can i even spot ich on this guy? His name is Snow-flake and any knowledge on how to access his health and fix him up is appreciated.
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