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  1. I keep thinking I once read somewhere that it occasionally happens that telescopes develop bubble eye traits. Is that correct? So I wonder this is true, if maybe that is what is going on with Kupo, since the fluid ring around his left eye has gotten quite big, and I don't know what else it could be He also is starting to get a small ring around his right eye too.
  2. Hi guys. I've got this grand idea to start an aquascape in my 40gal for 2 bubble eyes. Somehow it's got into my head that because bubble eyes are a bit handicapped, they're not going to be as destructive as an oranda or ryu. If someone could let me know if that is the case or not, I would be most grateful. Obviously I'm going to be limited with the hard materials I can use, but was thinking something like this where everything has plants for padding. ;D
  3. I got a little bubble eye cross mutt thing. I don't even know what to call her, name or describing, so here she is: She's in a semi-opaque container and it's a bad phone camera so sorry for the bad pics. (Yes that is a tiny little shark fin on her back) I usually hate bubble eyes but this little thing just sorta wobbled in so, she came home. Do bubble eye's bubble grow a lot or stay relatively proportionate to body size? And do you think she's a mutt or just an bubble eye with a tiny fin?
  4. I wanted to post this for any bubble eye keepers out there who have been looking for a safe decoration to put in their tank. I found this on amazon.com. It is super-soft, (feels like a koosh ball, if anyone remembers those, lol), with nothing for the bubbles to get caught or snagged on. It comes in a few different colors. Another nice thing about it is that it has a weighted base, so it works great in a bare-bottom tank. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006M9FDSW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i03?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (Sorry for the pic size)
  5. It's been six months now since I acquired Hula (bubble eye) and Astro (calico butterfly), and they're growing like weeds. I adore them both, particularly Hula. His googly, wobbly swimming is a constant crack-up, and his bubbles have grown ridiculously large. I've never kept a bubble eye before, and once I got over the constant paranoia that his bubbles were going to pop and deflate, he's been nothing but enjoyment. I have to confess, I've developed a tremendous soft spot for bubble eyes now. In fact, I think that my future goldfish tanks will have to include at least one of these guys, and I'd even like to do an all-bubble eye aquarium at some point! Here's Hula, being all bubbly: Astro's turn at a closeup: The googly bubble eye swimming style: I like this one because it shows Astro's coloring well. He's a mostly-blue calico, but his orange spots on his right side are vivid and bright. You can also see his stripey butterfly tail here. I call this "Derp and Derpier": I don't think I'll ever be without a bubble eye again -- they really do rock.
  6. Ugh, I hate when life gets in the way of good goldfish enjoyment. The last year hasn't been a great one for my family and me health-wise, although things are looking up. I just had the one-year anniversary of my brain surgery a few weeks ago, and we seem to have gotten my mom's issues under control as well. Here's to smoother sailing in the next 12 months! So although I was once again forced to take a Koko's sabbatical, I think it's safe to say that I'm back again, hopefully for keeps this time, although perhaps not quite as frequently as I'd like. And what's the latest with my finned friends, you might be asking? Not much, and that's a great thing. Astro the butterfly and Hula the bubble eye are alive and swimmin' and growing like weeds. The two of them are still the goldfish version of The Odd Couple, and they give me an awful lot of pleasure. Couldn't ask for nicer fish, or cuter ones, for that matter. I just posted a thread this afternoon with updated photos of both of them. My former ranchus are still going strong in the care of my best friend. It's been a year, and I can't believe how well she's taken to the world of goldie keeping. She was terrific enough to take the fish while I was in the hospital, and now she's downright crazy about them. I need to snap photos next time I visit. The biggest ranchu, King Triton, is ridiculously huge. And even dear old Chowder, the calico ranchu, is thriving, and going on 4 years I think. I wish so much that I could maintain a big tank again, but that's just not in the cards right now, and I'm so grateful that my little lovelies have landed in such good hands. I always scope out the available goldfish on the various sites, just for fun, and came across this positively stunning jade seal oranda tonight: I'm not normally a huge oranda fan, but I sure wouldn't boot this beauty out of my tank!
  7. Took these last night and thought I would share.
  8. For those who have asked, a few more pics of my new fish, as yet unnamed. I'm really enjoying them. The bubble eye has surprised me with his activity level. I expected him to be mainly a bottom-dweller due to the heavy eye sacs, but he jams around the whole tank all the time and finds food fairly easily. The butterfly is a busy fellow, too. He's my first bubble eye, and I'm in love. And the butterfly, who's the apple of my eye. And the two together. A mismatched pair, but somehow I think they complement one another. It's all in the eyes.
  9. * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 * Nitrite Level (tank): 0.00 * Nitrate level (Tank): 5 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 1.00 (chloramines) * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0.00 * Nitrate level (Tap): 0.00 * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.2 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH 8.2 * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear 50 x2 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * Water temperature? 72 F * How often do you change the water and how much? it had been about 3 weeks since the last change. normally I do 100% every week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 5 days ago, 100% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 gallon, running for 8 months * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, 4" (I moved her from the 135 to the 29 gallon about a month ago because she was having floaty issues and I wanted to feed her separately from the other fish.) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Soilent Green 2x a day (this has solved the floatiness) * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? see below * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? she bottom sits about 50% of the time but I don't think that's unusual for a large bubble eye. She seems normal to me. Loves to eat. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 4 rounds of salt/Prazi in December This morning when I went downstairs I noticed that my bubble eye has some bloody streaks in her right bubble. She did not have them last night when I went to bed. There is nothing in the tank she could've hurt herself on, both filter intakes are covered with sponges, and the only other things in the tank are an airstone and some smooth river rocks and glass marbles. I'm thinking maybe it's a burst blood vessel?
  10. I can't believe how much my bubble eye's bubbles have grown in just four months! Here's a picture of her from when I first got her in December: And here's what she looks like today:
  11. These pics aren't the best (taken with my iPad for convenience), but I was eager to show off my new fish. I got my new Craigslist tank, a 30 gallon, up and running this week, and I was able to stuff the new filter full of cycled media from the ranchu tank. So it was time to get some fish, yay! I had selected a lovely calico butterfly with the silliest, biggest eyes I've seen In a while. Picked him up today, and he's settling in nicely. Here he is: And that's all I was going to get, honest. This followed me home all on its own, I swear. So eek, I have a bubble eye for the first time EVER! He's so entertaining. I wasn't really planning on getting one once I'd decided on the butterfly. But I just couldn't help myself. Started salt and prazi today. The butterfly has some balance issues that lead me to believe SBD may be in his future or past, which is concerning, but once I'd picked him out I just couldn't change my mind. No names yet. Suggestions welcome!
  12. Bubble eye goldfish are arguably one of the more unusual and delicate of the goldfish species to keep due to their eye sacs and lack of dorsal fin for balance. However, they are a fun and potentially show-stopping fish that you can enjoy for many years if properly cared for. To set up a space that suits their unique needs is not complicated, but does require a little planning. Eye Sacs and Tank Safety: When a bubble eye in my care passed away, I took the opportunity to test it's bubbles against objects of various levels of roughness and sharpness. Only a kitchen knife with direct pressure popped the bubble. That said, while the bubble are fairly resilient and thick enough to withstand some minor grazing, they cannot best a filter intake, direct sharp impact from decor, jagged edges like lava rock, or pressure from above such as getting squished by a rock. Tank Decor - A bare-bottom tank with natural plants is a no-risk option. Large, smoothed river rocks that cannot be moved by your fish are another option that provides some color to your tank. Silk plants with no fake roots, protruding plastic ends, or jagged fake rock bases will work beautifully. Smooth ceramics that are not hollow would work as well. Filter Intakes - Most filters will have some type of slatted intake which could harm your bubble eye or the eye sacs. Bubble eyes can be weak swimmers, especially as they grow older and more head-heavy (due to larger bubbles) so a strong filter must be covered appropriately. To cover the slats I recommend taking sponge filter material or something fish-safe that is similar, cutting it to fit your intake and then sliding it over the intake. Then take a small rubber band or removable securing band and place it over the sponge filter. The sponge filter here serves a few purposes: it removes the danger of the fish being sucked onto the filter or getting a bubble caught, it acts as a pre-filter for your main filter (helping to keep it clean and free of the major debris) and adds biological filtration. Be sure that when doing water changes however that you remove the sponge filter and rinse it out in tank water to keep it from becoming too gross or a harbor for bad bacteria. Do this after turning off your filter! The rubber band is to help secure the sponge piece. During a power outage, your sponge can slip off, and if the power comes on and your filter restarts, without the rubber band, your sponge will have fallen off and left your bubble eyes susceptible to injury. Filter Outflow - This is a bit of a balance you will have to work out with your particular filter. You don't want a current so intense that it pushes your bubble eyes around even a little bit, but especially when they are young and growing, you will want slight water movement to help them build their swimming muscles. Bubble eyes are head heavy and a little wobbly due to no dorsal fin. Ensuring they have good swimming abilities will keep them healthier throughout their life. Note: Not recommended for sick, old, weak fish or fish being treated with medicine. Others keep their bubble eyes in tanks with almost no water movement for ease of swimming. This is ok too. With young fish, it is my personal preference to have a slight current to help them develop. There are many ways to baffle filters than can be found here on Kokos or on youtube if your outflow is too strong and you are unable to turn down your filter. General Tank Set-Up - 10x filtration like for any goldfish, and a shallower, more square tank is preferable to a long tank that will have a higher swimming area and narrower base. This is because bubble eyes can have fairly impacted eyesight, and swimming up for food is challenging. A shallower tank puts less pressure on the bubbles and allows them a wider area to swim. Bubble eyes are bottom and mid tank swimmers and rarely go to the surface unless looking for food. Because the bubbles add width to the fish, a wider swimming base allows for easier turning and shared space with other bubble eyes. Although some people keep bubble eyes with telescopes, moors, and other vision impaired fish, I feel that they should be a single species tank, or kept with only celestial eyes, as even moors and telescopes have better vision and more ease of swimming and getting to food. They may also be tempted by the wiggling bubbles.. Diet and Feeding: - Bubble eyes need a diet that is the least likely to contribute to any swim bladder issues. Swim bladder issues in any goldfish can be devastating, but especially for these delicate guys. They have a longer, slimmer body that should not have the round egg-shape of ranchu. A fat bubble eye is a wobbly bubble eye! I recommend pro-gold for a pelleted food as it rarely creates swim bladder issues, epashy soilent green gel food (super easy to make) and a variety of proteins and veggies such as bloodworms and greens. Bright colored food is easier for them to find than pro-gold because their vision is limited and finding food on the bottom can be a bit difficult. Putting food on veggie clips or teaching your fish to hand feed can eliminate the struggle to find food on the bottom. If you take the proper precautions and ensure a safe tank and balanced diet, you are sure to have a happy, wiggly friend! This post has been promoted to an article
  13. So I was looking at my babies thinking.. they look chunkier! I took some comparison photos, this is about two weeks of growth? They all came from the same local store and have been going through qt together. No problems whatsoever. Dino, the orange one, is the best eater. He's almost as big as Sampson now, the black one, who was about 2x his size when I got them! They're in a 30 gallon tank right now. Sorry my hands look like the pruny crypt keeper.. I'd been working on tanks for a long time when I took these. It's gross lol. Sorry loves. The biggest changes : bellies and peduncles, and deeper colors. Enjoy <3 Dino Before - After - Kai - Before - After - No updates on Sampson the bronze guy because he would not sit still for a photo lol! You can see him in the group shots Sampson before - Sampson with Kai Group photos! Before - Group photos! After (They didn't fit! This was the best I could do lol) Snapped these real quick. Love these little monsters. The diet consists of pro-gold, repashy soilent green, and veggie sheets. Water changes are 50% every other day.
  14. This is my bubble eye I got from DO on Thursday. This is sort of a teaser because it's a short video I snapped while she was acclimating. She was pretty stressed for a few days but is off the bottom, eating well, and I see no issues. She's in qt and so far so good. Here's the short vid! Photos of her and my other fish coming shortly, have to upload them first which should take 125 more minutes according to youtube It's a girl and a big one.
  15. Here's big mama... No name ideas yet. Needs to adequately fit her... ample assets. The last photo is of her in a 5 gallon bucket so you can see how big she is! I'm guessing 7 inches. She is doing her qt in a 10 gallon and when she's out and all my bubble eyes are done qt-ing, there will be a lovely entire tank video for yall. I like the reflection of the window here Was trying to get a photo of her nice belly! She is very alert and has no problem finding food. It is fun to watch her bubbles wiggle when she looks up at me. Ooof! She's a biggun and I love her
  16. congrats hun... What a great shot tell us about these guys http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y282/greentea191/IMG_4783.jpg
  17. These are my new babies I got from eBay seller buygoldfishonline. I have been wanting a bubble eye in the worst way, I am SO excited to finally have one!
  18. I went back to the store I got my orange and calico bubble eye from for some plants, and they had gotten two more in. One was a black/bronze bubble eye and one was all orange. Since the orange ones bubbles were uneven I got this one, along with new plants! Here are some photos of the three. I found a 30 gallon tank at goodwill for 5 bucks. I had to reseal it but it works great now. It's about 1000 lbs, glass, and obviously really old, but it has a cool look to it. They're now in the 30 gallon with 15x filtration instead of the 10 gallon qt tank. I'm treating them all in there while I'm shopping for a more square shallow tank. I've decided to name them. I sit an watch them for hours while I write work notes or study. They are so fun and lively. Orange one is Dino, bronze one is Samson. No name for the calico yet, any ideas?
  19. I went back to the store I got my two bubble eyes from for some plants and saw they had gotten one more in. He is a lovely, healthy dark chocolatey/black color. When I was checking out with the fish the store employee told me they had a sick one in the back who was probably not going to make and (she knows I keep goldfish) and asked if I'd like to have him and try to revive him. I said sure. It is a VERY sick fish. I don't know that he'll survive but I'm going to give it a shot. Tank size : 5 gallon bucket, .1 salted, prazied. Temp: 70, all levels at 0. No other fish in tank. PH 7. Tried giving him a few bits of metro meds as well for the raised scales but it's not eating so I removed them and will try again later. There's a sponge filter in there for aeration/surface agitation as well. Red scales, redness around one gill and mouth, curled up body, whitish fuzz stuff. Looks like the columnaris that used to get my bettas Let me know if anything can be done or if I should just euth. I keep checking on him and he looks dead and then all of a sudden his gills will rapidly open and shut. Not looking good. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agFnYwaKU3w&feature=youtu.be
  20. I decided to buy myself some early Christmas gifts when I came across these beauties at my LFS. They also had some panda orandas/tri-color orandas but didn't meet my very picky oranda requirements. I've been wanting to use my empty tank for something with goofy eyes and picked out these two bubble eyes. They had more, but I also want to get a broadtail moor and some more bubble eyes. I decided to wait to find my dream moor and more dream bubble eyes instead of just getting some that were ok to fill the tank. They are in .3% salt and parasite guard now, day 2, and doing quite well! I'm looking to sell my 55 gallon long tank and get a more square one with a wider base... It takes up too much room in my new apartment. The 75 gallon is on top of the book shelf and looking really nice I'm uploading a video to youtube right now of the bubble eyes so you can see them. They look pretty skinny to me but I'm not bubble eye expert. Hopefully someone who is will chime in... I know they're a slimmer fish. I've been feeding them repashy and they are bananas for it. All my fish are. Sorry for the wall of text! Onto photos.. I love the different colored bubbles They are very small. The white and orange one had some red streaking in the fins that is going away already with clean water.
  21. I love the moonlight sand and so do my fishies I did some redcorating and got some shots of my lovelys Prince is doing pretty good and I swear his wen has a mind of its own Castor photo bombing My chubby wubby Castor Princes chubby cheeks and chin lol Sand play Castor wiggling away CHEEKS lil boy Sand surfing yup Mom is that you lol Om nom nom Sand lol Swimming Castor Tehe Lil breeding stars My good side mom' My lovely bubble eye still in the 10gallon till I can find space for the 20gallon darn you space!!! Sunny is just too cute she is just a sweetie and a drama queen, that is the reason for the girly decor Feed me!!! Om nom nom My fav even though she looks mad Thanks for looking
  22. So on my way home from work I stopped at a cute little pet shop. I left my door unlocked as went into the little shop and once I have returned to my car I had a bubbly passenger. I guess that will teach me to lock my doors where ever I go ..... At least that is the story I am sticking too lol The Hitch hiker lol ^^^ My favorite pic and is showing how adorable she/he is ^^^ Look at those spots I can't wait to see some color change but she/he does have the blue under neath though !! ^^^^ Super curious ^^^^ Wubble wubble ^^^^ Hi again!!! ^^^^ Checking out how big this container is wow!! ^^^^ Still in the bag ^^^ This is the cutie waiting to be free from the horrible plastic bag I did test the water that she/he came from this time since I am very curious about the water. Ammonia .50 ppm Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40ppm I was actually surprised about the water since I was expecting much high readings but this isn't too bad but surely not perfect, I am hoping this little sweetie has a good quiet QT. I am right now making a safe bubble eye fliter so nobody's bubbles get stuck to anything lol
  23. So after alot of thought I decided to get a goldfish for my 15g. I admit, it was very hard not getting two, hopefully in the future I can get a 55g for my single tails and then ungrade my new fancy to the 30g and get him a friend. I was not planning on getting one tonight, but I was at the petstore getting some anubias for my bettas and saw this little guy and had to have him. lol He is only about an inch long, he is an orange bubble eye with a white patch on his left side and random black fin tips. I made sure only to put soft plants in the tank and I gave him a log cave that has all smooth edges (though it will need to be removed once he grows bigger). His name is Hobo. And it is kinds a weird story as to how I got the name. On the way back from the petstore, after I had got him, my husband and I were at a stop light and on the sidewalk next to the crosswalk was a homeless man laying on his back. He did not look right, his face was frozen and he was stretched out as if he had fallen over. We were both concerned and apparently so was another man walking down the sidewalk, he stopped to check on the homeless man and it turned out...he had passed away. Sorry if this is a creepy story but I felt so bad for him. I wondered if he had any family and I did not want him to be forgotten like so many homeless people are. So, since I did not know his name, I named my goldfish Hobo so that he will always be remembered. By me at least. R.I.P. Guy.
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