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  1. yooohoooo! y'all know the drill! out with your robust pearlscale photos! pronto! ms piggy note: please do not copy, reuse or reblog any photos posted here without requesting permission to do so by contacting the owner of the photo through the koko PM system or our Admin direct. lets enjoy!
  2. After losing 7 pearlscales in Q.T. in a period of 5 months, I decided to bite the bullet and get ones from Dandy Orandas. This is their 11th day in quarantine. They got their first dose of Praziquantel powder last Friday. I do 25% water change every day or every other day. Fingers crossed that they make it.
  3. 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
  4. EDIT: NO LONGER FOR SALE 2 decent size Pearlscale very healthy goldfish, imported from Japan, one blonde confirmed male, one red and white confirmed female.. $400 or nearest offer. they have been in my care for about 4 months. they are disease and parasite free, very active and are incredibly social. i will accept offers from established aquarists who can offer these two a minimum of 40 gallons space (the pair) and have adequate filtration. i will accept offers from non goldfish people only if they are prepared to set up an appropriate environment for them and agree to maintain them as per my instructions. pick up only, i do not ship live stock. so, if you're a Melbournian and would like some awesome quality pearlscales. please contact me or respond to this thread.
  5. Test Results for the Following:* Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API strips * Water temperature? 72 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal QT for 2 weeks * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? None * How often do you change the water and how much? 100% daily change * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today, 100% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 medium pearlscale * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Soilent green twice a day * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? API General Cure (Metronidazole) and Seachem Kanaplex (Kanamycin) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. API General Cure and Kanaplex for 12 days. The last days, no meds. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing visible on the fish. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? For the last 6 months, my pearlscale named Golfball has had some floating and buoyancy issues. Despite soaking my NLS pellets, he would often float after eating. I changed the feeding routine for the whole tank and they have been on Soilent Green gel 2x day and frozen bloodworms 2x a week. Occasionally I'd remove Golfball for 20 minutes while I fed the rest of the goldfish NLS pellets, but Golfball hasn't had them. His floating got worse in the last month. Three weeks ago I decided to QT him in a 20 gallon tote with the meds mentioned above. Due to his SBD symptoms, I wanted to treat him with meds to rule out an illness causing his SBD issues. After 12 days of treatment, he was no worse and no better. So I assumed the SBD issues are stemming from a physical problem with his swim bladder instead of an illness. The last 4 days, he hasn't had any meds in his water, but he has now gotten much worse. Yesterday and today, he is constantly upside down on the bottom of the tank and can't right himself. He doesn't seem stressed. He's actually quite calm and breathing normally. Yesterday and today, I've lowered the water level to give him relief. Before, the level was about 15 inches deep, and now it's at about 8 inches deep. Is there anything else I can do for him? I think it's a deformed swim bladder... and I hate to watch him suffer. I was planning on giving him another day or two, and if he is still constantly upside down on the bottom, I'll have to euthanize him... which is not at all what I want to do. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
  6. 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,
  7. Hey everyone! I've heard so much about Koko's, and especially about the superior disease diagnosis/treatment plans that goes on here, and I've finally joined! I've been keeping goldfish for 5 years now, but have been keeping tropical freshwater and saltwater fish since I was 10 years old... so 19 years! I really love fish -- they are very calming to me. I got into goldfish keeping since I heard they can live forever, and I thought it would be cool to still have fish in my 40's that I got in my 20's. I currently have 7 goldfish. I got my first 3 fish 5 years ago -- 2 ryukin's and a veiltail from my local fish store. I got my pearlscale 3 years ago (I also got a ranchu 2 years ago, but my niece fell in love with him so I gave him to her as her first fish). I got another ryukin and 2 ranchu last year when I upgraded the size of their aquarium. All of my current fish are from my local fish store. I set up a 29 and am expecting 2 new ranchu's from Coast Gem USA tomorrow! Please comment and tell me all about yourselves and your fish too! Instagram: @bridgemitch
  8. Hey all, I'm hoping someone has seen this before, and knows the condition or cause: My pearlscale (hamanishiki) is 3 years old, and has always been healthy. The last month or so, he looks like he has hickeys on his belly. I'm not sure what is causing it, or if it's even a bad thing. Below is what I do know: - Water parameters are always great - I test regularly - He is not being bullied - There are no sharp objects in the tank that are injuring him - He is not clumsy and running into things - For a pearlscale, his belly is not super huge - Eats twice a day - NLS Goldfish pellets once, and Repashy Soilent Green once - Gets bloodworms 1-2 times a week Other than the appearance of the hickeys, he is acting, swimming, and eating fine. It doesn't look like random pigmentation either... looks exactly like a hickey. I'm hoping someone out there knows what it is, and what's causing it. I've been searching for about a month, and decided it was time to post here. Thanks in advance for your help! Also, I have several very clear pictures but was unable to add them to this as they are just on my computer (I don't have a URL). If you know how I can post a pic here, please let me know.
  9. This is MaxFli - Max for short. I took all of these shots this morning except for the first one. It was taken in Feb 2013 right after I got him. As you can see he's gotten quite a bit bigger in the 2+ years that I've had him. I don't know how much he weighed when I got him; he was really small. I'm sure it was under 10 grams. I weighed him about two weeks ago and he weighed 315 grams.
  10. Guess what.... I GOT NEEW FEEEEEEEEEEEESH! Just today!!!!!!!! I was going in to the pet shop today to buy two fantails, and when I got there the fish in the fantail tank didn't look too crash hot, lots of bottom sitting and floating issues. So I started looking around and fell in love with these two little babies. They are only small. I think they are about 6-7cm. How does one measure a fish? Nose to tail tip? or Nose to base of tail? Please excuse my photo taking skills. They just would not stay still for two seconds together and my lighting was not great. This is pOdge.... pOdge is checking out my finger to see if there is food attached. He has such a big mouth for such a little fish! and this is & Co. (he hasn't got a name yet, still trying to think of one that suits him). I think he might have a dose of ick though. Is &Co. a black telescope or a black moor, or are they the same?
  11. Here are some pretty poor quality photos of the new pearlschus as they settle in. The orange pearlchu has a few bumps and bruises from shipping but is active so I'm monitoring it. The sakura is big fish and a powerful swimmer; I’ve always had a soft spot for sakura ranchu. The little yellow pearlchu is somewhat younger than it’s two friends, at 2 months old, this fish came from Thai buffalo lines so I’m excited to see how it’s wen grows out. It was far too speedy for me to get any good picture of it this time, maybe once it warms up to me more. For anyone who isn’t aware these fish are not a cross of any kind, they are 100% ranchu, spawned from completely normal ranchu parents. However it has been shown that when you linebreed goldfish certain oddities can arise, and in ranchu you sometimes get these funky pearlscaled ranchu (which I have uncreatively called pearlchu). ECR and I happen to share a love of pearlscales, and she entrusted these little ones to me so that I can make my sole purpose in life showcasing how dang cute they are. To the best of my knowledge, these fish do not breed true. But overall I’m so stoked to own these guys; they’re definitely one of the coolest phenotype combos I’ve ever seen. (Also sorry for the watermarks, I've had a few images stolen recently and I don't want to take any chances)
  12. It's been 6 months since I got these fish. I euthanized the blue ridge fish with the most extreme body after it developed swim bladder problems and flipped. The calico is still the runt with a small head, but they are all developing well and getting some size on. Here are some initial photos of the fish, and them yesterday. I should get their weights in as well. Comments and critiques welcome. All the fish aside from the red and white hamanishiki had fin flaws when I purchased them and are still present. Most improved! Red and white fish. 6 months ago. Yesterday. Tricolor fish. 6 months ago. Yesterday. Runty Calico. 6 months ago. Yesterday. Blue Calico. 6 months ago. Yesterday. And here is a new fish. This fish has really nice fins and shape, I'm hoping to prevent the same swim bladder issues present in the other very round fish. Everyone all together.
  13. Hello. My boyfriend recently brought home four new pearlscales and plopped them into the main tank, not quarantining them. Sigh. So three of them are doing fine. Have been in the tank for four days. However, one seems to be on death's door. I have given her a salt dip in a 3% saline solution, have been trying to gently net her and feed her since she can't seem to maintain a stable balance (the slightest pressure from the bubbler will blow her over) and she is routinely near the top of the tank, not gasping at the surface, but hovering there. I have a UV sterilizer running and was advised by the breeder where we got her to try a course of antibiotics. I treated the tank with 1,250 mgs of amoxicillin (60 gallon tank, 250 per 10 gallons). I have done a partial water change today and will treat again with amoxicillin. It should be a 4 day course. I order PrasiPro and it should arrive Monday because it could potentially be flukes if it's not bacterial. She shed her slime coat after I performed about an 80% water change using Prime and API stress coat (yesterday). It scared me to death because there were long milky peels hanging form her sides last night and now she has red, raw sides. I cannot get her to eat anything substantial although she shows interest. I feel like she is on a slow march to death :'( Please help. * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 Ph * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info:* Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API freshwater master kit * Water temperature? 78 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?: 60 gallons, 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Marineland Penguin 200 HOB (2 of them) each has ceramic rings and carbon filters. Combined, they filter 20x the tank's overall water capacity. * How often do you change the water and how much? Change the water twice a week, about 60-80% each time * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 1 day ago, 80% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fish, each 2-3 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime, API Stress coat, API aquarium salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari lionhead growth pellets, twice a day. Shelled peas, once a day * Any new fish added to the tank? yes, 4 pearlscales * Any medications added to the tank? amoxicillin * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Please see description at the top of the post * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Mildy frayed doral fin, very red sides where slime coat peeled away, red, swollen looking gills. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? When I feed her flakes (as she cannot control her bouyancy and make it to the bottom to gather pellets) she will chew one or two and spit it out ground up. She sows interest in food, just not capable of consuming it.
  14. she's been growing this 'yoop yoop' for a while now.. i think it's about as big as it's going to get. i don't think she's unhealthy but i just wanted to share this moment of crazy with the crazies all the other marks she developed during her first few spawning moments... they never disappeared and they haven't caused her any health issues. enjoy!
  15. So I'm getting my big BIG tank at the end of the month and decided to order the fish I wanted online because the LFS here where I am (North East Scotland) really don't have much goldfish beyond fantails, commons and comets. I ordered standard non-show/breed quality fish online so didn't get the option to pick them myself, just colour and breed. Aaaaanyway to cut a rambling story short I had ordered 1 regular red and white Pearlscale, instead I got a calico CROWNED pearscale. Now this little ball is the cutest thing ever and I am not sending her back (she is surprisingly a very fast swimmer, particularly when there is food). However the reason I didn't initially go for a crowned Pearscale is because the bump on their head freaks me out a little. So my silly question : Is that bump filled with fluid or hard tissue like the wen of an Oranda and what are the chances of it popping?! I apologise if this question has been asked before, I did try an internet search but it's either all vague information or I'm brain dead (which is a possibility). Instead of worrying about it I thought I'd just ask here and get some clarification. She is 2-3 inches and I'm still deciding on a name. The bump on her head is definitely there but not particularly big, just looks like a little bubble. Any advice from those who have crowned pearlscales would be much appreciated.
  16. under 25 pics.. please enjoy you're probably wondering where ballerina is? she had an argument with the driftwood overnight and came out second best here are her injuries and now you're probably wondering where Rocky is? Rocky had an attack of the flukes.. she's being treated in QT. it's been a few weeks and she's made awesome progress. here's how she's looking as of last night: this is an instructional vid which talks aussie.. for QT purposes. but you can see Rocky's progress at the beginning and at the end of the video thanks for watching
  17. please excuse the non clarity in the pics. my stepson took all our good lenses for a wedding lol. here is a bunch of photos i made into a video.. and here is a video where i weighed them: thanks for watching
  18. Today, when i woke up at 6:47 AM, my fish was sleeping upside-down at the bottom of the tank. She can still swim but she seems to get tired and stop near the bottom in a corner, then she slowly tips over nose first until she's upside-down. She wouldn't eat anything. She's alive and is breathing more than usual but that seems to happen when water quality is low, and she have been breathing more over the past while, it's about 2-3 mouth movement per second. On what i think is a good day she'll breathe either once every second or once every 2 seconds. I'm sorry that I don't have a water test kit to tell you all the measurements, they're expensive and i don't think my dad wants to fork out that kind of money (he is a food delivery man.) However, in my mums medicine cupboard there were some PH testing strips, so after i did a maybe 30% water change I took water from the near bottom and tested, i think the PH is 5.8, theres a picture just in case in this album: https://imgur.com/a/DJ78C#0 I have a 10 Gallon tank with my female pearlscale named Ficker, the filter is an Aquaclear power filter that says it is for use on a 20-50 US Gallon aquarium( https://usa.hagen.com/Aquatic/Filtration/Clip-On/A610), i have the regular sponge, the biomax, but instead of the regular carbon insert i put in the zero carb insert somewhere around the end of march after a full water change, said to remove ammonia so it sounds good to me. Beyond that, heres everything... I think I've had my goldfish for 2.5 yrs? I forget but i wrote it down somewhere. I've only recently read that not all pearlscales reach maturity and live due to swim bladder problems It all started maybe 2 or so weeks ago? 3? I unfortunately have a bad habit of not changing the water until the tank walls are green with algae, but she's seemingly so hardy she bounces back some days after the water is changed. My pearlscale was getting bigger lately and her poop showed signs of constipation so i decided to ease up on the food. I don't remember if it was before or after the poop but i also noticed her water was quite cold, so i turned up the temperature thing in her tank and the water became a bit warmer than tepid. Usually I give her 3 small pinches of food a day, and i am a small girl with small fingers: breakfast lunch and dinner and she eats that happily. to cure the constipation, I decided to only give her dinner, fast her for a day, then just fed smaller brunch and dinner for a couple days (didn't have any peas on hand). However, she soon lost her appetite and wouldn't eat. So I immediately do a full water change and remove the gravel to make removing excess food easier. It works within limit and she only eats sometimes, but soon she wouldn't eat again. I put the gravel back(Sunday April 20th?) and her appetite returned. I fed her some frozen bloodworms that i keep forgetting exist, there were 2 cubes left ( i only fed one, and there were leftovers) and the frozen expiry date is May 2014. I don't know if the worms induced this or if it was brewing before, but my goldfish's poop was a thin white stream followed by a sudden thick grey poop, and her food is pale yellow, not grey. The only diagnosis i found was that it could be some sort of diarrhea/ not properly digested? Not sure. Back to the bloated fish thing. Her scales are sticking up a little bit, and I have some guesses. Maybe she is maturing into a pearlscale and is getting the supposed "pearled scales," maybe she has dropsy/ swim bladder problems and is dying, or maybe because of the temperature change I made, maybe she is eggbound. I am reluctant to do any salt treatments, don't know if it's too late and should euthanise, so here I am and I request your diagnosis and reccomended treatment. We have some epsom bath salt we could use if needed/adequate. I found this ( http://www.goldfish-emergency.com/viewpage.php?page_id=198 ) to use if she's eggbound, but am reluctant to handle her or alter water chemistry with oils and garlic water, and idk if i should handle her because she hates that and i don't want to wreck her slimecoat. Also is it okay to run the filter while she's like this? Hopefully the pictures i took are adequate, if you'll notice her, ahem, poop chute is white, has a small protrusion. its usually smaller than that. She has spawned in the past but hasn't spawned this year. Please and thank you very much for any help.
  19. Congratulations to Kate89, the winner of this week's Goldfish of the Week poll, with this fantastic picture http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx321/katiemcgrath1989/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3f2bf6e1.jpg Please tell us more about your beautiful pearlie!
  20. So my DO fish that I nabbed in last weeks auction arrived on Friday! She was a little banged up in transit, but just minor irritations from rubbing against the bag. She's doing fantastic in QT and is very friendly as well! I'm open to name suggestions
  21. Hello orange ping pong ball... Click for the video...
  22. Thinking of getting pearlscale and bubble eye gold. Can I add them to 185 gallon tank which have pair of ryukin, redcap, lionhead and blackmoor. Will they get along good?
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