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  1. Moved my goldies from a 90 gal to a 150 planted about 3 weeks ago. I usually keep long fin danios in with my goldies, also mystery snails and 5 golden weather loaches. I moved 7 of the danios with 8 goldies into the new 150. Within 2 days I could only find 5 of the danios. I added lots of new plants, partly to provide more hiding places for the little ones. About a week later I added 6 more danios. I can't always get a good head count with all the plants, logs and rocks so I thought the danios were just hiding. I now think there are only 2 left out of 11 and one of the ryukins is all of a sudden like twice her previous size. She's so bloated she looks like a puffer. OK so I've come to the conclusion that I can't keep danios in there any more. Now today I do a headcount of the goldies and there are only 8 (I added one since the move - there are supposed to be 9!). The smallest one, but not that small, is missing - completely. I think my blimpy ryukin is on a murderous, canibalism spree and not sure what to do. There's really only one goldy, another ryukin that's smaller than her. Anybody experience anything like this? Do I have to remove her? Should I play "Don't bite your friends" from Yo Gabba Gabba for her? Any other ideas?
  2. Arkadaşlar merhaba akvaryumu mu sizlere tanıtmak isterim. https://youtu.be/0-saINrybKE
  3. Here’s a two minute video of Ranger, our red and white Ryukin, after six weeks in our tank. So far so good.
  4. Hi guys. Been ages since I've posted but I have a swim bladder problem with my 5 year old ryukin Freckle & am hoping to save him. I lost my black moor almost a year ago to same problem after trying everything i could. Thanks for any input, I'm at a loss at the moment & am considering euthanasia if he doesn't right himself & can't eat. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank)0ppm-0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank)0ppm-5.0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 3 gh 14 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) ph 7.6 kh 0 gh 0 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 23 (switched up 2 degrees from regular to try & help digestion) * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 400 litres, 12+ months running, large filter been running 5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim 2217 & 2213. * How often do you change the water and how much? every couple of weeks, approx 1/3 - 1/2 * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 50% * How many fish in the tank and their size? Comet 10 inch, fantail 4 inch, shubunkin 7 inch, telescope comet 7 inch, oranda 6 inch, ryukin 6 inch, bristlenose pleco 4 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime, aquarium salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. hikari wheatgerm formula sinking pellets last few months(koi food recommended by aquarium staffer), once daily. previously a vegetable based ciclid sinking pellet(cant remember brand, comes in a black container, also do goldfish sinking pellets but they had run out) as advised bu aquarium staff. peas occasionally. algae wafer if they beat the pleco to it. * Any new fish added to the tank? no, last one was 6 months ago. * Any medications added to the tank? kanaplex * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. prazi 1 round maybe 6-12 months ago, salt on & off but usually not, salt dip for sick fish only yesterday 15 minutes 1 tbsp salt per 1 litre water, ate peas 4 days ago, fasted since then, no interest in peas last night. kanaplex & metroplex 10 months ago to attempt to treat SBD in black moor (unsuccessful. R.I.P Tiny) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? large patch of blood under the scales on the belly 2 weeks ago, suspected septacaemia & treated with salt, went away after a couple of days. added kanaplex once it arrived in the mail but blood had already gone by then. blood on the belly again but its in a ring shape, i think it's from floating the last couple of days where his belly sticks out. sort of tilting to one side a bit more today but still can't get upright. blood amount has decreased. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? . swimming upside down often but able to right itself(last few months), problems with balance, somesaulting. appetite usually very good but not showing interest in food. Got stuck in the pleco cave a week ago, damaged tail fins, a few days later started floating
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .025 (never reads zero) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 40 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 75 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29, six years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Penguin, C cartridge * How often do you change the water and how much? not often enough, every 2-3 weeks * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? two days ago, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 small fancies, both ryukin. under two inches. one much bigger than this one who's sick. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aqueon * What do you feed your fish and how often? twice a day, shrimp flakes, small sinking pellets (soaked first) or peas * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? salt yesterday * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. none other than salt * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? staying at bottom two days ago, but then ok.
  6. Hi Guys, Well, Miss Coco is partway through her quarantine... she has had 4 rounds of prazi and is currently on her second round of 0.3% salt (she was supposed to be on 0.3% continuously for 2+ weeks, but on Day 13 I forgot to add her salt back into her tank after a water change, then left to head out of town... oops. I noticed when I got back home and had to bring her back up to 0.3% again). Test Results for the Following Ammonia Level - Tank: 0 ppm - Tap: between 0.25 - 0.5 ppm (closer to 0.5 ppm) Nitrite Level - Tank: 0 ppm - Tap: 0 ppm Nitrate Level - Tank: 0 ppm - Tap: 0 ppm PH Level - Tank: 8.0 - 8.2 (closer to 8.2) - Tap: Immediate test @ 8.2, test after sitting for 1+ hour @ 8.2, test after 24 hours @ 8.0-8.2 (closer to 8.2), test after 48 hours @ 8.0 KH Level - Tank: 5-6 (leaning more towards 6) - Tap: 5-6 (leaning more towards 6) GH Level - Tank: 11 - Tap: 11 Other Required Info Brand of Test Kit Used: API drops & Salifert for the D.O. test Water Temperature: 70-71 degrees Tank Size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallon quarantine tank - running since September 13, 2016. What is the name and size of the filter(s)? 1 Large Bacto Surge Sponge Filter How often do you change the water and how much? It depends. I try to do daily 80% water changes, but sometimes it's every other day. How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 80% water change How many fish in the tank and their size? I hefty ryukin. I can provide SL and weight tonight when I get home. What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime and Baking Soda to stabilize my PH (1 tsp per 20 gallons) What do you feed your fish and how often? How frequently do you feed each? It varies. Duckweed, nori seaweed, spirulina flakes, Azayaka Basic Balance (pre-soaked), blanched veggies, frozen blood worms/brine shrimp/spirulina brine shrimp, Veggie tank mates, and NLS Thera A+ .5 mm pellets. I haven't touched the Repashy in a while. Feeding is typically once/twice a day (unless I'm home on the weekend when they get small meals up to 3x day. Any new fish added to the tank? Nope. Any medications added to the tank? Just salt at 0.3% right now. List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 0.3% salt and prazi powder. Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc? Saturday, Miss Coco left lots of poop for me on the sponge filter... most of which is long and clear, and one in particular has some white stringiness in it? Of course, I got pics because only a "mom" would take photos of goldfish poop to post: Since it was pretty late, I figured I'd just do a water change in the morning. When I checked on her the next morning, she apparently dropped some eggs sometime during the night: She wasn't very interested in her duckweed breakfast, but I assumed she propbably feasted on her eggs and didn't think too much of it. During her water change, I noticed her mouth looked a bit off... what I mean is, the normally smooth slope from her forehead to her mouth looked to be indented just above the top part of her mouth. Just in case I missed something, I went back and looked at pics/videos of her from when I first got her. Sure enough, the previous pics/videos shows her looking normal and sassy. Something is definitely off and I'm not sure what it is: Here you can see the indentation above her mouth and in between her nasal bouquets This is the best picture that shows the bump on the top of her mouth Here's a video I got of here... It's tough to see what I'm talking about, but there is definitely a weird indentation: Here is a picture and video of how she looked before: I don't know how her mouth ended up looking like that? The only thing in the tank is the sponge filter... there isn't much for her to hurt herself. She also seems less active.... she's normally very feisty, but she's not as zippy Her mouth probably hurts? Also.... When I finished the water change, I noticed this! What IS that?! As soon as I finished taking the video, I siphoned that thing out fast!!
  7. So, Mandy said I have to take a crap load of pictures to get good ones. Half of that seemed to be true... So, here is a crap load of obscenely dark/light pictures. Enjoy! (the same one again, only lightened) i wish you guys could just see how truly amazing Monet's fins are... Mandy and DERP <3 lOOK AT derp'S NICE RYUKIN SHAPE! DERP's funny mouth, lol. Caught mid movement. Mandy's a total doll I tried taking some with flash, too. That face, tho... Mirror image.... they look so judgemental, tho Pretty girl Mandy is developing a hump, too Fat little bellies Fins for miles... They look so creepy with flash on Their eyes aren't actually foggy. Flash sucks. Marley is such a chunker Okay, so.... that's all. Maybe next time I can take photos that aren't blurry, foggy, too light or too dark. It's just my first try, after all. At least you vaguely know what they look like now!
  8. The water puppies had some veggie tank mates and I thought I'd share the cuteness (although SOME piggies didn't really want to share) Nom nom nom...
  9. Well, I popped into my local petco to take a look at their stock. I'm usually so picky that I buy less than 1 fish per year. BUT, they had 2 fish with potential to be EXACTLY what I've been looking for for a while! I'm SO excited :) :) Checking me out... I got lots of pics in the bag, because my QT totes are sort of a misty color so I can't get clear pictures through it Hoping they make it through QT okay! They've got a few marks/issues, but hopefully all goes away soon.
  10. i expect that situations will remain like this for the next few months. since i am waiting for the completion of our new warehouse and cannot accommodate these goofballs any differently for the time being. long awaited update (this is all the stock i currently have). thanks for watching
  11. I need to rehome my 2 Ryukin to someone in the UK, I really don't want to have to take them to my LFS and know I'm going to find a good home for them here; I would appreciate any offers. I'm having to make more space for my butterflies as I'm a little over stocked, which is a shame but as I'm planning on breeding them I need as much space as possible (so they can grow big and strong ) I can take more pictures if you ask. This is Luna, I don't 100% know she's a girl but she's never had breeding stars. I got her from Maidenhead Aquatics for £12 about a year ago. She has a small part of her tail fin missing from her injury when I first got her, but other than that she's healthy and really nice colours. And this is Albus, again, I don't know if he's a boy as never seen breeding stars. I bought him from Star Fisheries in Surrey for £80 in October. Really nice fish, does like to gulp at the surface but has never shown signs of bloat or been floaty. Loves to eat!
  12. 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
  13. Hey ya'll, while we were out running around today my wife came across this ryukin at petsmart and was curious to know if anybody here could tell her what color she could expect from this bronze/gold ryukin. Will it likely turn completely orange?
  14. Im new here and wanted to share my lone fry baby I never had the right combination of circumstances to breed my fish in the past. I actually had a very fertile female purple telescope, but never a male that could get the job done. Well, I brought home two new little telescopes 9 months ago. The calico started chasing my large female ryukin after being introduced to the main tank. She released eggs but I figured the little calico tele was too young to fertilize the eggs. I did several water changes following the event, attempting to maintain good parameters after all the activity/mess. You can imagine how surprised I was to spot the tiniest little specks swimming behind one of the plants! Here is the video of my little calico doing his damndest to help her out https://www.instagram.com/p/14eqAkxAOt/?taken-by=jenna_ramblesI In total I found 5 fry. After two weeks there were only two. I tried not to get my hopes up, knowing the odds of getting strong healthy formed fry was slim. They grew really nicely. The green one was always more voracious and a bit bigger. Unfortunately the pinkie got an abrasion on its tiny nose. I treated with dips and very clean water. She looked to be responding nicely..and then I had to leave for vacation for 5 days...and in that time she passed. I had a feeling. She was just starting to show yellow colored spots and had a few tiny nacreous scales like mama. Oh well. I pressed on with my last tough, green fry.! Im happy to say he continues to grow well! I began grooming him and his dad a few months ago. My fry doubled his weight and caught up to his dad in only 4 weeks! AND finally losing the green and going red/orange/white
  15. So I have 2 golfball pearlscales and an oranda in my main tank. These came from the same source and live well together. They are kind of bumbling goofballs. They take their time eating, each taking a piece of food, hanging out chewing, then search around for more kind of like blind squirrels. I am pretty sure the oranda is a female. She seems to enjoy bouncing the pearlscales around like beach balls (not aggressive, just like... Bump. Oops! Sorry, my bad! Haha...) I have a ryukin in a QT who is similar size to the oranda. I am pretty sure he is male. He is a totally different personality. Like a shark. When I drop food in he has everything scooped up before it even gets halfway to the bottom. I could drop it at different ends at the same time and he'd still get it. When you walk by he's like Hey! Hey! You there, yeah You, I'm talking to YOU! Anyway, so I'm getting to the point where I planned to put them together but I'm a little worried that the ryukin might get aggressive with the others or beat up my lady oranda trying to spawn. I've heard of and was warned about ryukins eating the wen of orandas so that is in the back of my mind too. Would anyone else be concerned about putting them together? I'm thinking I will at least try it and keep a close eye on the situation. If he is too much I could put him in my pond but I'm a little bummed about that and a little worried doing it just as winter is approaching. Ergh. Thoughts? Thanks for reading,
  16. Suna Solar's Swim Bladder (Insight on floating, sinking, x-rays and treatment) For those interested, most of this is covered in my thread How do you know when it's time to let go? and documents almost my entire experience with treating suna. Prior conditions: Suna has always been a little floaty, and he has had two "tumors" on him his entire life. (One by his left eye, and one long one on his right side) They have been tested and deemed nothing to worry about, because they haven't affected him at all. From about January 15th, Suna started having severe floating issues. He went a few weeks completely upside down, then a week on the bottom, and then he started exclusively floating upside down on the top of the tank. ==================================================== After this point, I had gone through: Lowering the water level Raising the water level Quarantine Exclusively feeding peas for MONTHS Maracyn II treatment ==================================================== On February 22nd, I was desperately worried because I had tried everything I could think of, and the other goldfish forum I was active on was taking a very long time to respond, and people were running out of advice to tell me. I came here to Koko's hoping for emergency advice because now he had no appetite, wasn't pooping, and was incredibly lethargic. ==================================================== He started to develop sores on his stomach, which I treated with vaseline: ==================================================== In the beginning of March, I started Suna on a treatment of Kanaplex and Metroplex. He was also fasted during this time, which didn't improve anything. Schedule provided by Jarad: Day 1 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 2 - Add a double dose of Prime Day 3 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 4 - Add a double dose of Prime Day 5 - 100% water change, add 1/2 Teaspoon of Epsom Salt, add Kanaplex and Metroplex. Day 6 - Add a double dose of Prime and let's check in Unfortunately, this treatment did not work. In the end of March I decided that my best bet was to bring him all the way to LSU's veterinary teaching hospital after hearing rumors of them having a fish vet. ==================================================== At LSU, we discovered that Suna had an enormous amount of gas in either his swim bladder, or in his intestinal track. Lovely user Pearlscaleperfect shared some insight on to what was going on inside of Suna's X-rays: "The swim bladder is divided into two lobes, the cranial and the caudal, in fancy goldfish the caudal can be misshapen, tiny, or completely absent. In this case the caudal has seemingly migrated downward and sits below the cranial, which would explain the floating. The liver in goldfish is odd and is kind of a space filler, it just seems to fill in extra area not being utilized by the other organs. it and the GI tract are in the dark area circled, which looks normal. The other object should be the kidney but when things get so shifted around organ wise I could be incorrect. So it appears the only real issue is the location of the caudal lobe which is likely making it tough for the fish to keep balanced. The swim bladder will likely refill and need to be drained again, but it varies upon the individual on how long it will take. Hope this helps a bit! " Helen also (recently) offered information about Suna's swim bladder at this state: "with the swim bladders so low, i can guarantee you that the top part of the membrane which is fused to the inner lining of the fish's organ cavity at the top has become detached. this could be from injury, or it could be from an infection which is now resolved. no amount of surgery will cause this to reattach, no amount of physio will cause this to correct. it may, for a very short time and after a long period of time (through keeping the fish upright) return to the top, where it should be, but there is nothing to keep it there." ==================================================== The vet had already decided that the best way of treating it would be to aspirate it and get as much of the gas out as possible, and from then on Suna started sitting on the bottom: Suna received Baytril injections for 2 weeks to avoid any bacterial infections from having a hole poked in his swim bladder. ==================================================== Since the vet visit in March, Suna has remained sitting sideways on the bottom of the tank. I've hand-fed him the whole time and although he can kind of push himself upwards in the water and float around, it is clear that his swim bladder still does not function properly. In the end of June, I decided that the best course of action would of course be to bring him back to the vet for more x-rays to see if there was anything that could be hindering him. We found out that... the lower part of his swim bladder was now missing. (Judging from my information from Helen, this was probably from piercing it) Unfortunately the only way to know "for sure" what was going on would be to actually cut him open and look, but that wasn't something I was interested in doing. ==================================================== We started talking about different ways to treat it, and the vet suggested that maybe we should try suturing some floats along his back and see if it could help him out without damaging his scales or fins. I decided that it COULD be something to consider, and I figured it may work since there would be very little contact with him and it seemed more comfortable than a harness (which I had already been advised against many times on here) Unfortunately I had to work the day of his appointment so it was my boyfriend who brought him in, not me. And when my boyfriend brought him back home, he was inside of a harness anyway. My boyfriend told me that what they described to him was that they thought it would be easier to maintain in the long run. They warned him that he suffered "a little scale loss" as a result of them handling him so much to fit him for it so they prescribed us more baytril injections and salt dips to make sure he wouldn't get any infections. Well, when my boyfriend got him out of the bucket and into the main tank it was very clear that it was more than just a little scale loss. As you can see by the following picture, he suffered skin damage as well. He had small chunks of skin and scales just dangling off of his side, and his skin underneath was bright red. In this one, you can see the damage to his fins clearly. His right pectoral fin wound up getting stuck like that inside of the harness repeatedly, even after I was able to push it under. By the end of the week he had NO fin left and it was just a small, brown stub that he wasn't able to move. Despite the fact that he was now elevated, his wounds made him severely lethargic. His appetite was almost gone, he wouldn't try to swim and he barely even moved his gills. Afraid of infection, I left him inside of the harness to help keep him off of the bottom of the tank since there was still a small amount of sand that I was afraid of him brushing against. Leaving him in the harness wound up being the biggest mistake I've ever had. The harness cut into BOTH sides of him throughout the week. His dorsal fin was almost completely deteriorated, His anal fins turned into those white stumps you see along his bottom, and his caudal fins became bent and developed sores. As soon as I saw blood coming off of his side one day while feeding, I made the instant decision to cut him out of the harness and take my chances with him just laying on the bottom of the tank. Now that he's been out of a harness for about a week and a half, he's starting to heal and his fins are very slowly coming back... but I can't stand the fact that he was put through something like this all because I was desperate to get him off of the bottom of the tank. Even though I would have never chosen to put a harness on him, I hope this stands as a lesson that: HARNESSES ARE NOT A CURE FOR SWIM BLADDER PROBLEMS Vets are humans too and of course they make mistakes, so please be quick to educate them about the dangers of them if any of yours suggest it. (I can't judge what the intent of the "specialist" above my vet wanted out of all of this....but it was his idea, not hers.) ==================================================== My vet meant well, and she only wanted to help Suna... but sometimes, you just have to know when it's time to STOP messing with your fish!!! I know how difficult it can be, believe me. Overall I spent $800-900 for treating Suna... which was honestly money I couldn't afford to spend. I drained my savings and couldn't afford go to summer school anymore, but I love my fish so much that any chance of "fixing" him was worth more than all of the money in the world to me. I do not regret the X-rays, because they helped me learn what was wrong with him to begin with and they helped me learn the 2nd time around that his swim bladder was not functioning anymore. What I regret is that I was so focused on what I wanted for my fish, and how I wanted him to swim again so badly, but this whole time he has been happy and healthy on the bottom. Had I just left him that way, he wouldn't be hurting now. Suna's swim bladder is as fixed as it probably ever will be. I've accepted that he's going to be permanently disabled, but as long as he still flips around in excitement every time he sees me... I think he's fine with it. This post has been promoted to an article
  17. So as you know, I recently lost my beloved goldfish to the giant blue pond in the sky and completely redid my tank. Although I am going to fishless cycle it, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have its inhabitants in QT while I awaited their tank cycle. Kill two birds with one stone, eh? Anywho, without further ado, the fishes! The oranda is named Martin, and the ryukin is named (tentatively) Frasier. Any name suggestions are welcome, too, as these names aren't set. I picked the ryukin for his tiny stature and cute coloration, whereas the oranda I bought solely for his friendly demeanor. In the store, he followed my finger faithfully all over the tank. And now, he is faithfully following his little friend! They are inseparable. I believe that Martin is turning orange. I'm not sure if you can see it in this video, but his underside is tinted orange. . . Not sickly yellow like jaundice, but like a color change. And I love his fins! So you can get a better idea on their sizes;
  18. 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. **********************************************************************************************
  19. This is Satsuma. I bought her in a moment of weakness early in the Summer at the local WalMart. She spent the rest of the Summer in the swimming pool that I use for a pond. I just caught her about a month ago and moved her to an aquarium. She rewarded me by dropping eggs into the net that I was moving her in! And a bonus shot of one side of my "fish room". That's it. Let me know what you guys think about Satsuma.
  20. I got tired of not having anything in the tank, so I put some fake plants in there. Sorry if the quality is bad, it looks amazing on my phone but not so amazing on youtube. : /
  21. Here are new photos of the little brats Parents gave me new LED hoods for Christmas, makes such a big difference!
  22. So this is my first video i've shared on here and the first featuring my new 38 gallon tank. I am aware that it appears my Oranda has flukes. Just noticed today, but was planning to treat after I put the new one in. Anyways, let me know what you think and like/share/comment on the video if you like too! Any advice is welcome as well.
  23. 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)
  24. So I went to check out a local fish breeder with the intention of scooping out a new potential addition to my 55 gal. I was thinking of getting a smaller guy since I feel that the younger you get a fish the better but I ended up getting a big guy! A red/white butterfly tail ryukin. I just couldn't say no to this fish so I had to get him. I am a bit concerned that he's so large (I'm intimated by his bulk!) but I'm hoping he'll be ok. He seems healthy enough, not a scale out of place. He was trying to eat my dad's shirt through the plastic bag on his way home so we know he's got a good appetite! He's currently in my 18 gal QT with an airstone. I added prime, baking soda (I've got pH issues) and .1% salt. I'm thinking of fasting him a few days then starting him on peas on the 3rd day. I'm debating start the prazirpro on his 3rd day too, don't want to stress him out too much. On our way home we decided to stop by PetSmart and I ended up falling for this tiny oranda. We justified it since we've got a 20 gallon sitting all empty like and since we needed a place to store our router cables and the tank stand just happened to do a good job of it. He was also extremely lively and cute... we just couldn't resist! Here's hoping their QT goes smoothly! (Not that the little oranda will be going into the 55, just the ryukin!)
  25. The fishies and I had a photoshoot the other evening, and I'm going to post the results here now! I've been finishing up summer classes but everything's done now. Finally have some time to leave you guys updates I took a few extra of Pickle because he had been sick...and is doing SO much better! Without further ado... Speckle and Mr. B awaiting food The big man, Mr. B himself!!! Clem, Mr. B, and Pickle "Thanks for saving me!!" "Ready for my close-up!" "FOOOOOOOD!!!!" Doofus #1 (Mr. B) and Doofus #2 (Clem) "Hi!!!!!" Leonard the apple snail on cleanup duty Dorito! who is doing much better buoyancy-wise since I lowered the water level Last but not least, Juno the three-legged cat, sitting on the empty QT (her favorite spot) Thanks for looking!!!
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