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  1. Hi guys! I've recently purchased a bunch of orandas and one ryukin from a owner who could no longer look after them and they were in quite bad shape (they were sold to me in a dirty mop bucket and murky brown water ). When I got them home and put them in my tank, they were quite lethargic and just kind of sat on the bottom of the tank, I noticed then their fins were clamped up and almost all of them have veining in their tails. I followed the advice of my local petstore and they advised me to just add aquarium salt and they will get better over time. Its been about 2 months since I've bought them and I've noticed they are swimming much more actively, eating normally, and the fins don't seem to be as clamped up anymore. Was just wondering what else I can do to help out my goldfish as their tails still have the veining in them - will this ever go away? there is one smaller oranda who's anal/lower bottom fins are still very much clamped up - is there any other way apart from aquarium salt to help this? Another seemed to have a bit of fungal growth but the aquarium salt hasn't seemed to help it much, would you advise me to use multicure (it freaked me out the last time it turned my tank green for a week ) I have a 6ft tank and there's 6 orandas, 1 ryukin and 4 plecos and a few guppies. Hope you guys can help Anal Fins Clamping Fin/Tail Veining White/Pearl Scales on end of dorsal fin - not sure if fungal/bacterial?
  2. Elisa

    EGGS !

    Mochi has been chasing Misha around pretty avidly since putting them together... I didn't think anything of it as I assumed Misha was a boy (lack of 'outie' vent and a few breeding stars....and me wanting her to be a him) This morning, when I went to feed them breakfast, Mochi was at it again....Smashing poor Misha into plants and filter intakes. At first I was horrified, but then upon closer inspection I noticed there were eggs- everywhere I have no idea what to do, as I really do not have the space or time to raise fry at the moment I don't even know if the eggs are fertile ? Mochi is a confirmed male (lots of breeding stars on gill plates and pectorals coupled with his incessant chasing of Misha etc; ) ---- what do i do????? And how long does it take to tell if eggs are fertilized? *freaking out*
  3. So, my two oranda monsters had officially been out in their patio pond for a month now Things have been going really well (knock on wood) and the two have really thrived in their own personal 75 gallon summer oasis I am hoping to move two of the larger mocha fry out into the pond later on this week and without further adieu i present to you an update of the illustrious two Top veiw of the pair, i still cannot get over how dark and velvety Mochi's colour has become !!! I think Misha has grown nearly half an inch in length !! really have to get on measuring them officially and getting a food scale it still astounds me just how much my 'little' mochi has grown and changed since purchasing him what a cutie top view of their summer digs of course mochi is nearly invisible against the dark backdrop thanks for looking ! will be posting an update of the mocha fry soon
  4. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank) 20-25ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap) 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8, kH= 100, gH=70ish? * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4-7.5 kH=20ppm gH= 70 ish? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Drops API * Water temperature? 73-74 degrees. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 Gallons 4.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? SUNSUN 525 GPH canister 9 watt UV sterilizer built in and Aquaclear 70 300GPH * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 90-100% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 7 days ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 6. ranging with tail, 2.5-7 inches. (300 grams of total fish weight) * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Lionhead (Puff and Koko float), Omega one (haven't fed that in a while so I'll see if they float on it), Pro gold (we really good on this and suddenly started floating on it), Repashy (no floating) bloodworms and brine shrimp (no floating), peas (no floating). NLS (a little floaty) * Any new fish added to the tank? Nope * Any medications added to the tank? none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. 3 of the 6 have had dropsy. I recently did 3 rounds of prazi pro without salt dips or salt. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? some dots on Kokos tail, and Puff had a cut on her chin. It appears to be healing though, as I can't see it today. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Both bottom sitting after being fasted for 2 days and now only minor bottom sitting. Koko has always had swim bladder issues since I first took him home. He is now floating and can;t really control himself after some foods. Puff always had a good swim bladder and just floats after eating. I think they all gulp at the top when there is no food left in the tank. Could they still want more and then cause themselves to float because of doing this? My other fish don't float (except for Chubba, but she is the dropsy fish and has had a bad swim bladder for a long time now). Advice would be awesome. Pictures to come soon.
  5. After 7 days of observational quarantine with Misha looking healthy and happy as can be, we finally made the 'big' move ! Mochi and Misha are now bombing around in their temporary 20 gallon home In about 2 weeks I'll be able to move them outside to a cushy 40 gallon patio pond in which they will spend their summer anywho, enough of my rambling- here are the two cuties !! (i don't know why i have so many problems with cropping....i can never make my movies settings correct to fit in youtubes screen..... anyone got any tips? )
  6. are in order for Heidi030, and her orandas, who won this week's Goldfish of the Week poll http://i1304.photobucket.com/albums/s528/1DawnWalters1/DSC03708_zps01759b7a.jpg Please tell us more about these beautiful fish! :congrats: :congrats:
  7. to sweetpea92, the winner of this week's Goldfish of the Week Poll http://imageshack.us/a/img600/8795/33l8.jpg Tell us more about your beautiful orandas!
  8. to this week's Goldfish of the Week winner, bubbles22, with a pic of two gorgeous orandas! http://i.imgur.com/uuH7TFo.jpg?1 Tell us more about the pic, and the fish, bubbles!
  9. In a way, I saved my very favorite types of goldfish to be updated last. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to cooperate tonight, so the pictures are less than stellar. In any case, these are the ranchu and orandas in my keeping. Here's the lone ranchu in the bunch. He's the mellowest guy of the the group by far. My red cap. The oldest oranda, and the 2nd oldest fish. Her cap is heart shaped. My tiger oranda. There is so much wen on this one. Chocolate/brown oranda. He's a recent acquisition from DO. As is this black oranda. Thank you for looking!
  10. Ok so I went a little nuts! Before anyone mentions overstocking let me inform you that many of these will be going into ponds. I have about 750g of pond systems for this year's growing season. I REPEAT, THEY WILL BE GOING INTO OUTDOOR PONDS!!! Many of the local fish stores in southern California got in shipments of goldfish this past week (just landed from overseas) and I became obsessed w/ collecting and cherry picking a selection of goldfish to learn from. Each has a different trait that I wanted to observe over time. As a side note, buying too many fish may not be good for the individual enthusiast but it is a good catalyst for the fish industry, hobbyists as a group and the economy as a whole. But let's not get into that. Anyway, over the past weeks quarantine, I can see a couple that need to be culled for swim bladder disease and my favorite shubunkin is clinging on to life while the tank was salted for ick. It looks like the fish swallowed a piece of salt rock, got bloated and was losing balance when I found it posted near the sump overflow. I decided to put it out in the pond early in an effort to dilute the salt. So far it is still breathing but it is hard to say whether it will make it or not. My quarantine process consists of salting the tank gradually over the course of a few days; 0.12%, 0.3%-0.4% (for koi I go to 0.5%). I also increase the temperature to expedite bowel movements from their previous living conditions and to make sure all are eating. Once everyone is eating and fish waste appears normal, I turn off the heater and let the tank cool naturally to ambient temps 65-70f. Having the bulk of my fish keeping experience in tropical fish, I'm just noticing that swim bladder disease (predominantly in fancy goldfish) can be manipulated w/ the fluctuations in temperatures. For instance..some lfs kept their tanks @ 75-78f where the fish will swim fine but if the water gets cooler, the swim bladder disorder becomes more prevalent. Two of my fish (black oranda & calico fantail) swam fine at the fish store and during the first phase of quarantine, but found themselves trying to maintain balance during the second phase when my tanks cooled to 65-68f. Here is the stock list of fish you'll see in the video. 5 Red Cap Orandas 1 Black Cap Oranda 1 Chocolate Oranda 1 White Oranda 3 Red & White Telescopes 2 Calico Telescopes/Dragon Eyes 1 Orange & White Telescope 1 Orange & Black Telescope 4 Pearlscales 1 Crown Pearlscale 4 Red & White Ryukins 3 Calico Fantails 2 Orange & White Ranchus 3 Shubunkin 4 Koi And here's a video of what 33 mixed fancy goldfish and 4 baby koi look like swimming in a 135g tank:
  11. Hello everyone, I just thought I update with videos of everyone. Toshiro passed away a few weeks ago, and Ulquiorra didn't participate in the filming, since he is not in a 10g by himself. He's on a diet exclusively of homemade gel food, while the others are now being fed Pro-Gold. These videos are made while during their evening feeding actually. Everyone loves Pro-Gold! 55 Gallon Tank There are 7 in here right now, temporarily, as I am doing my Prazi rounds. After that, I may move Adolf (the biggest oranda in the tank) & Byakuya (oranda as well) to the 100, after I've added the 29 gallon sump to increase total gallonage. Alternately, I may move 2 of the 7 into a 20g. I haven't quite decided yet, since I have a couple more weeks. 100 Gallon Tank Nelliel now reigns over the 9 orandas. Everyone is doing very well (fins crossed, knock on wood keep healthy). I am in negotiations to get a 29 gallon sump for the tank. I will keep the HOBs on the tank, along with the sump, but will move the Eheim canister to the 55g. So, there are lots going on in the fish tanks with the new year. Enjoy, and thank you for watching
  12. Hidr & Fang had asked that I post videos showing the full tanks the last time I did a video update, so here they are. In the first part, you'll see the 55 with the tiny tots. The last 2/3 of the video is the 100 gallon right after a water change. As usual, I added koi clay, and you can see how well it clears up. Enjoy & thank you for watching
  13. Hello everyone! So I just tried out a new LFS and brought home two new red cap orandas. But when I took a close look at them on the way home, I noticed a white spot on both their fins. But after bringing them home and seeing them under the light, they have quite a few white spots. Is this ich? Of it is, how can I treat it with aquarium salt? Will the salt affect my other fish that don't have ich? And I don't have any test kits, but am planning to get some soon! Thank you! Picture: http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o766/seannn_/20C91604-A226-44FB-9F5A-F03526340438-4547-000001EF7D152F5F.jpg
  14. Here they are! I recently have rehomed my large orandas to a local school that works with autistic and special needs children like I do. Most of the children in this school have severe behavioral issues that don't allow for regular school to work for them. One amazing science teacher contacted me about fish for his pond - He wanted some big ones. I decided to sell him the large ones at a discounted price and donated just as many. Here is the result. The 300 gallon pond/aquaponics system. The kids get to test the water, feed the fish, and observe the pond in the science classroom as rewards for good behavior. He has done an awesome job at so many things and the smaller fish I gave him are growing fast. He taught them about the nitrogen cycle, clean water, varied diet, etc. It's nice to know that I can visit them still and that they are part of something so wonderful. Here is a video for anyone who is interested
  15. Well i have this set up in my garage.I have a 200 litre tank with all my grown up fish about 15 of them.Then i have a 500 litre pond with about 44 baby orandas(That a brought cuase i havent been able to breed any).Last off i have a 100 litre tub with my 4 breeding orandas i just cant get them to spawn does any one have any tips for me?
  16. Hey all, just made the drive to move my actual fish. This new place is a basement unit so I can upgrade as much as possible which is awesome! This is a tank I got from craigslist along with lights, hood, biowheel, fluval canister and a million other things (literally three huge boxes I haven't even gone through) for $140 so I'm pretty stoked on that. The tank has been running for a few days with no cycle bumps so I added the fish. The marble and cast iron stand for this tank was given to me by the lady whose basement I moved into. How rad is that? Downside... I totally tore my hammy moving a giant slab of marble. Anyone surprised? Here are some pretty terrible quality videos of the tank but it shows how much more space they have. Right now it's 5 orandas and my ranchu but soon the ranchu will be moved to the 55 gallon. Hopefully will have some ranchu bros to pall around with in there eventually - and two ryukin in my 36. I'm going to keep the 75 stocked at 5 unless I find a large oranda that blows my mind. Before in the 55 - see how they needed more room? lol The 75 is much wider, possibly a bit shorter and just as long. They seem really happy to have the space. http://s7.photobucke...09-13at2219.mp4 http://s7.photobucke...09-13at2216.mp4 And yes, there's just one filter on it right now - apparently the smaller hob filters don't fit the back of the 75! Makes sense I guess. And my big heater died yesterday so this baby one is cranking out the heat until I can get back home tomorrow to get my other one. Also... no idea how the fluval or biowheel filters work so... help? Yay upgrades!
  17. I just got back from vacation and found ALMOST ALL OF MY FISH in my main tank DEAD. My neighbor who was given very simple instructions for my fish has almost killed them all. Lesions, ick..fungus? Hemorrhaging? I made a video for you to see. I left very detailed simple instructions. The one fish who was in QT she moved into the big tank, perhaps out of laziness? Regardless, that fish showed no signs of illness for two weeks before my leaving. The instructions were simple - feed once a day, change the 50% of the water once a week, and follow qt procedures for the ryukin. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0 * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 0? * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) unknown Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api drops * Water temperature? 78 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons for at least a month, fully cycled * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 75 gallon hob + 2 large sponge filters * How often do you change the water and how much? weekly 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? unknown * How many fish in the tank and their size? normally 3 fish but she added the one in qt so 4 fish, one 7 inch oranda, one 4.5 inch oranda, one 3 inch oranda. The fish added was a 4 inch ryukin. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime (I hope) * What do you feed your fish and how often? NLS once a day I hope * Any new fish added to the tank? just the one from qt that wasn't supposed to be there * Any medications added to the tank? i dont think so * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) none * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. just each fish going through prazi and salt qt * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Bloody streaks, dropsy on the yellow oranda, head standing on the red oranda, a bit of floating on the brown ryukin, and the blue oranda is doing the best. Looks like ich plus other nightmares. Cloudy eyes. I don't even know where to start. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? All of the above. I tried to describe it best in the video and I wrote some here. Please help me. I have been crying, it was hard not to during the video. I am so beside myself. There was also cat poop on the floor, urine, no food or water. Cat wasn't wearing her collar. I am absolutely beside myself. <embed width="600" height="361" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullscreen="true" allowNetworking="all" wmode="transparent" src="http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf" flashvars="file=http%3A%2F%2Fvid7.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy282%2Fgreentea191%2FFishy%2520guys%2520%2520gal%2FMVI_4231.mp4">
  18. I know that normal orandas can need to have wen trim surgery But I was just wondering if red cap orandas could need it too? Often to me they seem to have smaller wens. I know that all orandas could technically need wen trim surgery but I wondering how often it happens.
  19. Went to Pets At Home yesterday and headed straight to the fish section. They had some beautiful red and white Orandas and a Calico Ryukin that i really liked. After about 15 minutes one of the staff came over and asked if we wanted any fish, after Julie and i decided on the Calico Ryukin and one of the red and white Orandas he told us that they weren't for sale for another week at least due to treatment. I was a bit annoyed as they usually have signs on the tanks stating not for sale. It's good that the store is finally listening to people though and i'm glad that they are treating the goldfish alot better than they did 6 years ago. What really got me angry though was the pricing of their fish, they are now selling jumbo orandas at £49.99 each and Xl's are £19.99. The guy told us that the 2 inch fish we were looking at were jumbos and would be £100. I put him straight stating that they weren't even large never mind XL or Jumbo. Anyhoo resorted to Plan B and headed through to Rintouls in Bathgate. They had bubble eyes, celestials, moors and orandas including 2 huge blackmoors. These things had bodies the size of a large apple !!! and they were only £14.50 each. Too big for me though as i like to watch my fish grow. Settled on 2 small orandas, they are about 2 inches each not including tails. I am keen to stick to my lord of the rings theme with names. So meet Gandalf He/she is a black and orange oranda. Flash off Flash off Flash on Flash on My blue oranda i haven't named yet but would be open to suggestions. Together They are in the 39 Gallon with Frodo. Rather than Qt i am treating the whole tank. After loosing Pippin to Dropsy i gave the filter a good old clean last weekend. Did a 90% water change this morning. I have added Prazi and am at 0.1% Salt. Will be taking the tank to 0.2% at 10pm tonight and 0.3% at 10am tomorrow. I have also added a heater and am slowly bringing the temp up. Thanks for reading.
  20. Hello I thought I would give a quick video update of all 18 of my goldie babies, since there are a few that have been living in tubs and haven't been show yet. There are three parts to the video, showing 1. 100 g tank: 6 orandas, 1 fantail, 1 broadtail ryukin, and 1 butterfly pandamoor. The never before seen one currently in this tank is the yet-to-be named orange & fry green oranda 2. 55g themed tank: 3 orandas, 2 teles, and 1 lionhead. The white baby oranda (Blanca) and the orange tele (Julius) are newish 3. QT: 3 orandas. Sheesh. Do I like orandas Enjoy! Thanks for watching. I'll be doing a proper photo-shoot (with names) once QT is done
  21. As some of you already know, I'm trying to set up an oranda breeding program. As part of that effort, I've been searching for some suitable pairs. I've found a few, and these are the last two. I saw them at my absolute favorite LFS, which is about 2.5 hours away, and knew that I had to take them home with me. These two are actually replacements for a ranchu I brought home in August, but somehow did not make it past one week. The owner very kindly offered to replace the lost fish. Without further ado, here they are. Thanks for looking
  22. Hello, As some of you may know, I received some new orandas today. I have not given them names yet, and will wait until QT is over. They seem to be adjusting very well. Here they are in their QT tank, about 4 hours after I added them. They will be in QT for about 4 weeks, where they will get salt treatment and Prazi. I hope no other issues will come up. Thank you for watching
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