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Hey-ya guys! Been a while, I guess! Decided to pop in an post some pics of my tubbies and and their tanks (won't post pics of the ponds because they don't look like much LOL).

I got lots of new goldies since the last time I was on here, and lost a few, as well. Some may remember my little Ryukin, Lady Swimmy McNibblekins? I recently lost her to a bee sting. The feisty little thing she was, she must have jumped for it thinking it was something yummy, and she was so small that she didn't even make it long enough to have figured out what she had done, and was soon gone just a few hours after bringing her in. Here is the last picture I got of her.

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I also lost my little white comet. The pump got him. It was a stupid mistake on my part, and I have since ordered a new style of pump with an internal sponge with grating over it, rather than those Becket pumps with the sponge that you push over that little hole.

But in good news, I now have a shiny new 50 gallon tank that my mom got my for Christmas off Craigslist. Its actually a 55 gallon that someone chopped the top off of. It now holds 48 gallons. It currently houses all my rescue fancies, and then a common I bought over winter from the PetSmart feeder tank. He'll actually be moved outside soon, as its warmed up again.

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Its inhabitants:

Pudge, a female white (not that weird yellow in the picture lol) Oranda. This little girl is about 3 inches in the body, and dropped eggs all over my QT tank. The male comet tried to be "buddies" with her when I first added her to the 50 gallon, but neither are old enough to know what they are doing and he soon gave up lol

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Dharma. One-eye'd, food-issue Oranda. She was doing really well on New Life Spectrum goldfish pellets, but I can only get the really tiny pellets around here, and they are getting too small now, which is adding to her floating problem. I've tried Hikari Oranda Gold, but they expand after they've been wet for a few minutes, and made all the non-floaters float. Plus the pellets are just a little too big, and they can't eat them after they've expended. The 150 gallon pond gets them now. I'm going to order a bag of Saki-Hikari and see how that goes over. If it doesn't, I'll have a whole bunch of pond food... lol

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And the commom. He's a bit feisty, but is well behaved. I'll kick him out eventually. I've got some things to do to the pond before I do, though.

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And then theres this little cutie. This is not an updated picture at all. I've had him several weeks now and he's doubled in size. He's my little sale fantail from PetSmart :)

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And last but not least, my original rescue, a one eye'd calico tele. Originally thought it was a female, but now I'm thinking male. Its got such a slim body to begin with, so its hard to say right now. Poor little guy has hardly grown since I got him, and stresses over everything. Loves to eat, though, and its hilarious to watch him chase food with only one bulging eye XD

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The tank also houses a 6 inch Sailfin Pleco, who will also go back out to the pond eventually (I really love her, so I'm dragging it out as long as I can lol), a 4 inch female albino BN pleco named Ninja, 4 Swamp Darters (Florida natives, very cool), 8 Danios, and 3 Platies.

Next is my 29 gallon. It houses Bruce (like Bruce Wayne ;)), my gorgeous 5 inch fantail. He was a pity purchase from WalMart. To be fair, it wasn't my money, it was a gift card, and he had been there several months. I thought he was stunted, but he has managed about a half inch since I got him. He shares the tank with a Clown pleco, a young longfinned BN pleco (growing out until he's ready for the 50 gallon and his girlfriend to be), a platy, two female Endlers, and two Blue Dainos.

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The next post will be of the pond fish. Stay tuned!

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Feebas, my female common from the fair, if you will remember. She's grown a ton since I was last on here. Her tail is about as long as her body. Excuse the green water lol The ponds get full sun all day... <.<

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And her bf, Seeking. He used to be smaller than Feebas, but is now the bigger of the two as far as body length goes.

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Moving on the 150 gallon pond! This is now the grow out pond. Some of these fish (haven't decided who yet, and don't quite need to given everyone's size at the moment) will be given to a friend. These pics were taken over winter, so some of the fish are a bit thinner than usual.

Spotty Fish

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Gimpy (the original rescue goldfish).

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Milotic, who hasn't been introduced here yet. I love him :)

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And remember this guy?

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He's all grow'd up now!

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Luna. She's kind of ugly from the side, but makes a nice pond fish as she looks really great from above. She's actually bigger now than in this pic. All these are kind of old lol

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And Magneto, and other special fish of mine. Supposed to be an oranda. He never got that memo, I guess lol

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And little Brain. Again, bigger now lol He used to be quite shy, but he's getting more bold and I see him more often now :) He also never got the "oranda" memo :P

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They are growing like weeds, even over winter! Now thats it spring, I expect their growth to take off.

Heres a pic of Spotty when I first set the pond up just under a year ago! :o

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Thank you! The big guys (Bruce and everyone in the ponds) actually used to get the NLS Large Fish pellets. They loved 'em. However, like a dummy, I left them out side for two days. But I had some homemade food left in the freezer and ordered the Hikari pellets from Pet Mountain since they were on sale and I already was ordering a bunch of reptile stuff from them. And now I'm shopping trip #2 through Pet Mountain, buying ferts for the 50 gallon XD

Unfortunately, the only size NLS goldfish pellets they have around here are the itty bitty ones (1mm, I assume) and they come in a larger container (which i have). They are great for the little fantail and such, but Dharma and the common are too big to really get much of a meal out of them. I'd have to have the lfs order the larger pellets. Right now I've got all my sale food, and my homemade food, and the Saki-Hikari in my cart.

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So jealous of your pond. Your goldies are all looking amazing :thumb:

I have a floaty fish that sinks when she eats new life but is totally cool with saki hikari. The only thing I need to do is smaller meals and soak them for about 10 seconds and push all the pellets below the surface.

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So jealous of your pond. Your goldies are all looking amazing :thumb:

I have a floaty fish that sinks when she eats new life but is totally cool with saki hikari. The only thing I need to do is smaller meals and soak them for about 10 seconds and push all the pellets below the surface.

Haha, the ponds themselves leave much to be desired, but the fish are pretty LOL The ponds are a work in progress. We are building a gazebo over them, and then will plant around them once that's finished :)

I usually feed two pinches to the 50 gallon, and I hold them gently under water so that they can soak up water and sink on their own. This also lets a small amount of food down at a time so that most of it gets eaten. Dharma is out growing the small pellets and is now eating more of them (she's a pig, and move quite fast when food is involved LOL). Can't wait to get something a bit bigger. That will help with her not eating so much lol

Your pond fish are beautiful! :)

Thank you! They're just a little spoiled.

And by "little" I mean a lot XD

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Hi! I was out cleaning out the ponds yesterday, and after looking at these pics, all the little guys actually have an extra inch on them compared to the pictures I posted LOL They grow up so fast T.T I do for sure need to get updated pics on them :)

Also need to name the nameless ones lol The common in the 50 gallon, the little fantail, the one eyed tele, and maybe even give Spotty, Gimpy and Changey (the white comet) real names XD

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Updated pictures of the 50 gallon, and Bruce! :) Updated pics of the pond fish will come next time I clean them out (just did it this week end, sorry lol)

FTS

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Dharma

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Pudge

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The tele (name suggestions? Pretty sure it's a male)

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The fantail (also need name suggestions! Still too little to fully tell, but thinking female). And yes, thats a full grown Platy! Little guy :)

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Didn't get any single shots of the common, but here is a (blurry) group shot :) The common also needs a name! And the fantail looks gianormous in this pic.... Lol

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And because Bruce, in the 29, wouldn't sit still, here is a video. He's actually pretty calm in this one... LOL

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Went out and did a head count netting session in the 150 gallon pond this afternoon.

Here's a sneak peak ;)

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Oh how beautiful!

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Thank you :)

I got Luna and her brother (who lives with my friend) from my uncle. He was keeping them in a tank of angel fish, gourami, and other bratty type fish. They both were all tore up and skittish.

They've both more than doubled in size. She's not got a good side-view, but looks great over head lol that's why I keep her in the pond :P

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I have a second to post the other pictures now :) I only managed to catch Luna, Spotty, Brain and Milotic, though. Gimpy and Changy were playing hard to get. They're the smarter and faster ones. Probably why they're growing faster LOL

Anyways, Milotic. He's not actually grown any since the last pic. You can see his pretty tail, though :)

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Brain. A small amount of growth, a new bit of wen, and the orange has receded more.

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And Spotty. She's gotten utterly huge! I don't know what this fish ate to grow so fast LOL

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And you already saw Luna :P

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isn't it amazing when fish are pulled from the water.. they all look down thinking.. what the heck?!?! where's my home gone!!! down!! down!! put me down!! :rofl

i noticed with your fish as i do with mine, that the moment they're out of the water, the first thing they do is look down, to find the water again :heart

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