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Hi all, I used to be a frequenter on this site but I have not owned goldfish in years. Suddenly today I rescued three goldfish living in terrible living conditions ( In bags with a previously lived in 10 gallon tank, no filter, never been cleaned, etc) So far I have done a 100% water change and cleaned the sides of the tank but left the the rocks in the bottom of the tank which will hopefully help maintain the tank's nitrogen cycle and put an aerator and a filter for a 30 gallon tank in. Is that ok? and then probably like 90% water changes every two days? I have a 20 gallon but I am trying to get at least a 40 gallon to transfer them into as soon as i can set up the nitrogen cycle. I have found myself frantically trying to remember everything about goldfish and I would really appreciate some advice on what to do next. The fish themselves look really healthy, their fins are in excellent condition and they are very energetic. They even appear to be closely bonded. I used tetra aquasafe plus to treat the water because it is what they had at the petstore and the food they came with. I figure it is best not to switch right away, even if it is something higher quality. Any brand recs would be greatly appreciated. Can you still buy pro gold?
This March hubby and I stumbled across a Petsmart in another town, about an hour away from home. As always I wanted to check out the fish, just to see what they had. Their fish section was rather small compared to what I'm used too, but in their tiny single tail tank I saw this gorgeous, cute tiger shubunkin. Not sure if the term "tiger" really applies to shubunkins, but she is almost fully golden orange, matte, with only few reflective scales, and a bunch of black markings. She has mostly white fins with black and some orange markings, and only a teeeeeny blue fleck on her back Aside from falling in love with her coloring (I love tigers in fancies), I started to worry about her because at the LFS she already had caved in corners of the mouth. You might have seen several topics about fish developing this issues, where the corners of their mouths cave in, making their mouth look beak-like. Well, this little cutie got to go on a nice ride home with me, spent a good while in QT with extensive flukes treatment, and eventually joined the gang in one of my big tanks. She is SUPER active and hyper, and it is hard to take pics of her. Even with her deformed mouth she is a great eater and has grown significantly in the half year I had her. Not as much as I would have liked, but considering she can get only 1-2 pellets into her mouth at a time, this is pretty good. At the time she joined my flock, she was the fourteenth goldfish. I could never come up with a proper name for her, so "Fourteen" is now her name When I first got her. Look at how tiny she was! And today About to receive the award for the most uncooperative goldfish of all times Peeking up from behind the wood and plants. She loves to cruise around between those, since she still is much smaller than her tank mates. And for size comparison, near Spicey (ignore the bruised anubias leaf, it has been cut off since)
So I went to my lfs and all the bettas in the cups had ammonia burns, so I have a mini-bottle of Aque0n ammonia neutralizer that I very secretively dropped in a few drops into each cup. And about 7 lucky bettas got a few betta treats I had brought along on my 'mission'. Then, when I walked by the feeder goldfish, I noticed one of them on the ground, limp and lifeliess. I very quickly put it pack into one of the empty tanks then very secretively again poured in a small vile of Seach3m Stress Gaurd into each of the feeder tanks. Then I rquested that the feeder tanks get covers. I come back 6 days later for a small can of fish food. Well, whaddaya know! about 60% of the male bettas had bubblenests in there cups (God bless them for being so grateful towards what they have) and none of the bettas were lying on their sides. And... The feeder tanks had mesh sheets on the tops:) If a twelve year old can make a rescue, anyone can.
i am very excited to show you all my newest friend (no name as yet), he? is a rescue from a friend of my mothers - complete with tank. well the lady has been asking me to take the tank for a couple of weeks, but its been a little difficult to sort out with her working all day and me being stuck at home with the children in the evenings, i feel really guilty now as the tank was HORRID! filthy dirty with a dead fish in it!!! so i've brought him home and he seems happy so far, but anyway here he is, if you see the pics, i was wondering about his mouth he has the biggest mouth i've ever seen on a goldie, very strange, maybe some sort of cross??, let me know what you think. http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/ema0140/media/0CB9443E-9E24-49F7-BACF-163DCA548F19-25407-00001019CE35A8D3_zpsa35106c1.jpg.html http://s1336.photobucket.com/user/ema0140/media/22D7603D-F2B1-41BB-87D6-DF3E06172A0F-25407-00001019C2BDFBAC_zps01ec2a72.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2 Thank you