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  1. So I learned my goldfish like peas and little of Roman lettuce, I’ve tried cucumbers and baby spinach and kale they don’t seem to like those. I also use frozen brine shrimp and Saki Hikari pellets so should I feed pellets twice a day small amount maybe 5-6 each then use peas once a week? And lettuce once a week and brine shrimp once a week? Sorry I’m all mixed up and could use help making a schedule please or advice. Thank you!!!
  2. 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.............
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0-.25 ppm (TAN) (Mini Cycle) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 5-10 ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) .50-1.0 ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.0-8.2 (I live in San Diego, our Tap contains Chloramines but I don't have a test for that) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API FW Master, Seachem Ammonia Alert, Seachem Multi-Test Ammonia * Water temperature? 75F-78F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55G, running since the cycle completed in June 2018 * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? AquaClear HOB 70, Tetra Whisper IQ 60, SunSun (Called a Polar Aurora) 304b added a week ago. Prefilters on all. * How often do you change the water and how much? 20% 2x/week, up to 50% every other day (recently) * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Yesterday, 10G * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5, all Fanicies. Orange Fantail, 3.5" w/tail. Red Headed Ryukin, 2.5" w/tail. Black Moor, 3"w/tail. Shubunkin, 4.5" w/tail, and another Shubunkin, 4" w/tail. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, AmQuel+, Seachem Stability * What do you feed your fish and how often? Alternating, Aqueon Goldfish Granules, TetraPro Goldfish Crisps * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Currently none. Recently, regarding this ulcer, I have used a full course per directions on each of Kanaplex (Water), PolyGuard (Water), Metroplex (Food)- with GarlicGuard and Focus * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. The only other time was immediately after bringing home the two Shubunkins. The Black Moor ONLY came down with Ich. Treated my DT with Cupramine as directed, cured. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The wen on the Fantail presented with a small ulcer above its left eye approximately 1.5 months ago. Black Moor presented with Unilateral Popeye, and minor clouding at the same time. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom? Fantail is now showing some clamping as of this morning, also now listless, and bottom sitting in the corner, facing the glass. I know that these forums are integral in the care of fish and have served to help NUMEROUS new aquarists find their way. I'm hoping that will be the happy end of this story. I found Koko's through yet another Google search, but this was the FIRST time I found a picture that even closely resembled my fish. It is VERY difficult to use the word "white" online or in forums without being regularly asked, "Are you SURE its not Ich?" Been there, done that! About April of this year I had just lost a Betta that I rescued from my classroom (Im a Behavior Interventionist, and my student threw the tank across the room) he survived for 6 months or so, but owing to my COMPLETE lack of knowledge he passed with what I now know to be Dropsy (Likely from my lack of adequate care). This stirred an interest in me and I got a 10 gallon aquarium kit, and started researching... and researching, and researching. I exhaustively followed message boards, forums, dedicated websites, etc. Not long after, a friend of mine who works at a large, big box Pet COmpany, showed up to my house with two fish in a bag, one BEAUTIFUL fantail, and one wild looking Black Moor that were surrendered to them. By now, I knew about the nitrogen cycle, the time that took, and a number of other things nonspecific to Goldies, so I set out again to research, this time on breed specific info. I feel I'm a very well informed guy today. I know a great deal about care of Goldfish, but additionally, a great deal about the Freshwater hobby. I knew flinging them into a 10G tank with nothing more than a subpar filter and tap water dechlorinated that day was a bad idea, but it was my only choice. I bought a 55G TopFin setup, and a stand. I went immediately to amazon and purchased what I needed to run a fishless cycle. Having called my friend who "bestowed" the fish upon me, I next called him and explained that WE had a lot of work to do. It has become my hobby very quickly, and I spend a lot of my time researching and maintaining my tank. The problem- Approximately 1.5-2 months ago, I went out of town for a Union conference. I was gone about 5 days, what I returned to was a crashed pH, and high ammonia and NitrAtes. There was also a drop of about 8 degrees in the temp, why I am not sure, but it was under 70F upon arrival. I set to work on regulating my pH slowly while also accomplishing large water changes 1-2x/day. I made it through and was so pleased that I made it out with all my fish when all parameters returned to normal. Not long after (weeks maybe?) I noticed a small spot on my Fantail, above his eye, it was white with what appeared to be white threads about 3mm long swaying about from it. Thus began my disease and treatment research. Soon thereafter, I noticed he developed fluid UNDER his eyes, not surrounding, not behind as in Popeye. After looking at literally everything I could find on every website Google had, because the disease process was not immediately identifiable, or nondescript, I proceeded to a broad spectrum antibiotic treatment with Kanaplex in the water column believing I was treating a bacterial infection secondary to possible mechanical injury. The ulcer did not respond during treatment, briefly seemed better (couple weeks?), then began getting worse. I knew there were stronger options, but as a Nurse myself, I didn't want to start there (not to mention all the debate on BB and Antimicrobials). Now it was ON! I thought, I'm gonna kick this! I began a treatment of PolyGuard in the water column, and Metroplex feeding as it seemed like HITH from Hexamita. After completion of both treatments concurrently, there was no improvement and my lovely white decor was now blue (and tacky), but my prized fantail was NO better. I ceased treatment thinking perhaps the regiment killed the supposed parasite/ bacterial infection, but the ulcer was just taking time to heal. Fast forward to last night. I looked at his head and lo and behold its getting worse... Again. A normally lively, inquisitive fish, he's sitting in the corner, or listlessly floating with his tail hung behind him. This has become urgent, the behavior and affect change is much too sudden. The wound seems to have grown overnight and I have already used some very powerful drugs to try to help him. I think I may be in a mini-cycle as well as I had an uptick in my Ammonia and NitrAtes. I have been using Prime to keep things safe, and more recently AmQuel+, so Ammonia numbers may be off (It's been about 20 hours since my last tank dose of Amquel) Some of my questions may be inferred, but please, I am new and know only what my research has taught me. I am just as "new" as any of us facing an obstacle that we can't cross alone. Any and all information, advice, "have you tried/ thought of?", or guidance would REALLY help me out here. Feel free to ask any questions, or for further clarification. I really just need this out into the world, because research can't take me any further. All my best, Kevin PICTURE KEY: Ulcer just above his L Eye Another View Seachem Ammonia Alert Showing "Safe" - In reality it looks more like "Alert" when the light is off My Tank :-) All Parameters for Tank All Parameters for Tap
  6. Hey! I'm just kinda curious, is he just a fan tail with a more slender body? Doesn't he kind look like a wakin? His tail is quite short too
  7. Hi there. I am not sure if this is even in the wright section but came to this forum to get some help from fish keepers with some experience. Due to some circumstances I will be leaving the country in 2 months and am trying to find a home for some fancy goldfish I purchased from Raingarden goldfish in Hawaii. These fish are absolutely stunning and amazing. I did not see a place to sell on this forum so am asking what the right way to go about this would be? I also saw some listings on the site for local clubs by state. I am in Michigan. Is it worth reaching out to the pond and koi clubs to re-home my fish? Any advice welcome. The fish were super expensive and ideally would like to sell them but if I can't manage that, safe re-homing is my priority. I care for them a lot. I have: 1 Ryukin. Female. 6+inches 1 Veiltail (pure, no tail split) Male. 4+inches 1 Ribbontail. Male. 4+inches 1 Fantail. Stunning black and White. Male. 3+ inches 1 petsmart rescue. also needs a home. had her for 6 years. pure white. sweet obviously not the same quality as others. 3 golden dojos. need home too. about 4-5 inches. only fish I would keep with goldies. These guys are a blast. so much fun. 1 nerite snail if you'll have him. He is like 3+ years old. Didn't even know they lived that long... They are currently in a 120g tank with sump. I am trying to get the whole system sold too. Looking for advice on how to proceed. Thanks for your patience with this rushed post. I really like this forum and hope I can find a good direction to go in with my problem.
  8. Doing their weekly water changes and found this the perfect opportunity to take photos of Jippii and Femi ???? Jippii is from Solid Gold Femi is from Coast Gem USA
  9. 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.
  10. So I have done some observations on my goldfish the past 48 hours. I may seem crazy but yes I did stay up for 48 hours just to see the behavior of my goldfish and I have coconclude a few things. Most on here know that my goldfish has a swimming problem but I have been watching him and it seems like at night when we are all getting ready for bed he sleeps upside down but when the lights which off he floats like a normal fish should. Well I wanted to see if maybe it was light well I turned on my cameras light and within a few mins he was upside down again. Then he was back to normal after I took the light away. Its werid? I have never heard of this in the goldfish comminty. I don't think he has swim bladder issues. I never really watched him like this before after I turned off his light I would go to bed so I never seen him do this. Its crazy. Also I was wondering should I treat him for floating and make the agar agar food or not and if so should I use fresh foods or baby food or both Im not sure what to feed him for this if there is anything to feed him to make it better. Thanks in advance for the advice!!????
  11. Well, well, well.... Look what I found at one of my local fish spots. This was a cool find! Only 2 inches, but showing some potential. I was told that they're a challenge to keep, so we will see how true that is. If everything goes well, they'll look great in my pond. Any advice is welcome.
  12. Just to let you guys see my Chinese ranchu tank as it is today! Let the record show i do have ornaments! Goggle view. Side view. Enjoy!
  13. Hi im Danny frm Singapore.. Currently my 5x Fancy are in a 5x2x2ft Tank & running on Ehiem Caninster 2078 3E & Powerline internal filter Our waters are at 27-29?Celsius.. Here are my fishes!
  14. I separated about 15 fish from the 95g (originally 25 goldfish) into the 135g, BUT couldn't help myself and walked back into the fish store and picked up another 5 Orandas. The 4 little koi will go outside into the ponds once the weather warms up. I'm still conflicted about picking up a 300g stocking tank to have the goldfish grow outdoors during the summer. These little fish can be quite addicting. Tank: 135g Uniquarium (aka built in sump) being run by a Rio 2100 pump Lighting: Panorama Blue and White LED light Let me know what you think.
  15. Hi guys~ Now, I already wrote this post out once and managed to lose it, so I apologise if I forget anything important. Recently I've been very keen on building/buying a pond, mainly for my 4 larger oranda, but I would like extra space for my other fish as they get bigger, and new fish too. I was originally looking at a 200 gallon stock tub, but have since moved onto an inground lined pond. Una and the other lovely ladies on Chat have been helping me with the basics, but as our climates are completely different they've advised me to ask for other opinions. Mainly on how deep my pond needs to be. I intend to leave them out all year if I can. So first up, some information on the climate in Canterbury. In winter we have an overnight temperature of between -3 - +5 C (26.6 - 41 F). It's often frosty but will thaw by 10 or 11 am. Any ice that appears on the duck pond will also melt by then and will never be more that 1/2 inch thick on the stationary water. The slow moving water in the stream doesn't freeze. During the day the temperature is around 7 - 14 C (44.6 - 57.2 F) and does tend do be sunny, unless it's raining of course. If we're lucky we will get one or two small snows a year, and they will melt in two days. Summer is a bit different. During the day there's an average temp of 23 C (73.4), but gets to 33 C (91.4 F). However our sun is very intense and tends to heat the duck pond and other closed water systems to the point the water is hot to touch (I will try get some measurements of this on Thursday. It's decided to be overcast today) It is of course much cooler in the shade, but the only trees in the area I can build the pond are upright and provide NO shade from the high summer sun which is directly overhead. They would, however, block the lower hanging winter sun and increase the thaw time of any ice significantly X__X I intend to plant a more suitable tree (and some pond edging plants) for shade once the pond is in, but it of course will take a while to grow. In the meantime I can rig up some temporary shade, I would still be happier knowing my fish were safe every time the wind decided to blow everything over. So my question here is, how deep does my pond need to be to stop it freezing the fish in winter, and cooking them in summer? I was looking at 3 feet in the deepest part, but if I can get away with a shallower one that would be great.
  16. Here is what the 95g corner tank looks like now. The endlers are going outside in a few weeks to the pond when things warm up. The other fish have been transferred to the 135g. (8) Black ranchus 1" (2) Moors 1" (1) Chocolate pearlscale 1" (1) White ranchu 1" (1) Red & White "Grade A" ranchu 2.5" (1) Black Oranda 4" --I am keeping this one under close observation as it looks to be suffering from swim bladder disease. I am keeping the temperature @ 82F and it seems to alleviate the problem.
  17. Hey Goldfishers! For ease of maintenace, I recently changed up my discus tank to goldfish and wanted to share a quick iphone video of the new group. I will try to get an HD version once I figure out how to. They are currently undergoing quarantine all at once since they came from different local fish stores. The featured tank is a 95g corner filtered by a Fluval FX5 and Lifeguard UV sterilizer. I will be splitting up the group into another 135g w/ built in sump once things settle in. Fancy goldfish stock: White Oranda (4"), Chocolate Oranda (4"), Black Oranda (3.5") Red & white Ryukin (3.5"), White & red grade A Ranchu (3"), Three white & red telescopes (2.5"), one shubunkin (2.5"), shiro utsuri koi (2"), sanke koi (2"), two showa koi (2"), Chocolate pearlscale (1"), white ranchu (1"), two black moors (1"), eight black ranchus (1"), Misc: twenty plus powder blue endlers, twenty female guppies
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