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Sold 150 gallon tank

We needed the space.  The central air has quit for good this time.  So got a second window unit.  Had to move the 125 but it can't stay where it is so sold the 150 and well move the 125 to that spot soon.  Might wait till after Christmas so we can put up a big tree one last time.  Fish in 150 got moved to other tanks or one of the big outdoor ponds.  

Hidr

Hidr

 

Thoughts

I mainly used this blog for QT but I think I'm going to start using it for thoughts now.   Living in Canada puts me at a serious disadvantage when it comes to purchasing fish. The weather and rural distance does not allow me an opportunistic approach for receiving fish. The weather is too brutal, no matter how many precautions are taken, to ensure a fish would be received with quality of health. The fish that I have raised that were bred here are quite hearty and I do believe that breeding locally is the only way to ensure the heartiness of the fish. Since we are planning to remodel our pond anyways, we plan to adapt it for the purposes of breeding. The last time I looked at the genetics I believe it was 5-7 generations before getting an approximation of the fish I want using a 1-2% holding rate each generation.  This is something that is becoming more possible in my current situation. I don't know if what I am looking for is something that is attributed to a breed particularly. For a while I wanted a veilteil/watonai thing. I know now I want rounded caudals, a thick peduncle, smooth arch in back. As for face features I am really unsure! The two things that crop up first when breeding single tails is the double tail and the telescope eye. I should be able to focus on getting either of those consistent for a while and focusing on the other 'health traits' I want.   this dream of mine will projectedly take 10-15 years. 

bodoba

bodoba

 

This is weird

So Luke my blue oranda has a white spot on his head the size of a pea.  I moved him to the outside pond and it goes away.  I move him back inside and in a few days it is back.  The only difference between inside and outside is the temp of the water.  He well have to come in for the winter wonder if I should QT him in the 16 gallon planted tank and find a way to treat what ever it is on his head.  Looks like a fungus but never gets bigger.  Time for some research.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Two new goldfish

My blue oranda is in the pond with Fish and Pond. Moving him back into house late fall.  Have three fish in the 125 Speckles, Bows and Luna.  Bought two new calico fantails yesterday.  Been calling them Sugar and Spice.  I think that may stick. They are in my 17 gallon tank.  Will move them to big tank in a few days.  That tank is up for sale. Just have plants and snails in it.  That well have me down to four tanks.  Split 10 gallon with bettas, 150 oscar tank, 125 goldfish tank and my 29 gallon saltwater.  I also still have my very small 55 gallon pond outside.

Hidr

Hidr

 

QT progress

I think my pictures are too big off my phone to upload. I'll try and do it from my computer later. My two new ranchu in QT are healing up nicely. They had ulcers on their backs when I purchased them. The wounds were large and had fluffy white growth coming out of them. I did 1 tsp per gallon salt, with some methylene blue in the water, and I am feeding them a homemade kanaplex gel food. They look better every day and the wounds are turning into black coloring on their backs and closing up. The black will likely fade as they continue to heal. My new butterfly telescopes have been in good health, but then I accidentally almost killed them today ?. I was doing the water change and the python knocked the lid into the tank almost smashing them ☹️. They seem unharmed but I am keeping a watchful eye on them. 

ahardeay

ahardeay

 

I'm back

It's been a while since I've been on the forum; I mainly lurk around now. Some updates: I have since gone from a 55 gallon, to a 75 gallon, and now I have a 125 gallon for my goldfish. I don't have any of my original crew now  This last month Red died shortly after her 5th birthday with me; she had a tumor that developed over the last two years, but it never seemed to bother her and she still was her spunky, active, and hungry self. Then when I came home from an errand and went to feed the fish I noticed she was bleeding profusely from the tumor! I quickly mover her to a quarantine tank and then did a 100% WC on my main tank. She died within a day. I am sad to lose her, but I do have many new goldfish friends since I was last on Kokos. I got a few new additions this week that are doing their time in quarantine now. If I can be good and keep you guys updated I will. I am still going to college while working as a dog/cat groomer. Fish keeping is my downtown hobby that I love and I am going to try and be more active here again, kokos always puts a smile on my face; plus hardly anyone gets my addiction to goldfish  

ahardeay

ahardeay

 

75 gallon

Was not doing well at all. Rehomed fish moved some into other tanks shut down tank. Up for sale. My bedroom looks huge with it gone.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Change of plan...No Bubbles = More Food

Ok, so for the last IDK...month maybe Ive been feeding the babies quite small amounts of pellet food (1-2 crushed) plus duckweed (~1tbl spoon). Anyway the thing is I would have loved to feed them more but the Ranchu especially Tom (whom now I think should be Tombellina) would start floating or head spinning/diving...very frustrating. The thing is it was not what i was feeding them so much as their desire to go to the surface to graze on bubbles and air after the food was gone , talk about desperadoes! I did have some success previously with plants on the surface buffering the bubbles from the bubbler, but the plants became messy and so on so I removed them. Hmmmmm Ok, so I cant turn the bubbler off completely cos my tank is taller than it is wide etc so need them for the air exchange in water (IDK, the deal is if i dont have bubbles I get green water ) So, why not just turn the bubbles off when I feed them and leave it off for a bit until the feeding frenzy is over...well I did do this and fed them 2x 1cm cubes of gel food. Success no floating!!! If I had fed this with the bubbles on there would have been floating for sure. Then for the second feed (this is the real test) I turned off the bubbles again, they got a pinch of 1mm pellets (~15-20pellets). Waited till they had stopped frantically feeding and grazing then turned the bubbles back on. Eureka!!! Still no floating! I really hope this continues because the floating is so stressful and I want to feed my water piggies what they need .

Speckles

Speckles

 

JellyBelly's Color change/Plus,WonderShell day 5

This vid was mainly made because I noticed JellBelly's color was changing more noticeably and I wanted to keep track.(Sooo excited I can see her eyes!) Added bonus was you can hear what the filters sound like underwater. lol The camera is almost leaning on the sponge filter behind it and there is an Aqueon 55/65 on the other side of the tank. Also, I added a Super size WonderShell on 10/11 around 12:30am , so only 5 days ago. Starburst: Red Thai Oranda(ECR) Honeydukes: Chinese Calico Ranchu(ECR) JellyBelly: Thai SVR(ECR) Good&Plenty: Black Thai Orandas(ECR) If you don't want to watch the whole thing, toward the end I take the camera out near the HOB filter, if you want to hear it. I don't usually give them pellets right after bloodworms, only did it this time in an effort to get them back in front of the camera. NLS Thera A 1mm sinking pellets. They usually get those during the day, plus NLS AlgaeMax 1mm sinking pellets. 2 cubes of bloodworms at night. Just started feeding Nori on WC day.

TikiLola

TikiLola

 

Food for thought...what ive observed with eating and floating

So lately (the last month) I have been experimenting with duckweed and amounts of pellet foods (Hikari lionhead ~2.3mm and NLS thera A ~1mm) that I'm feeding the GF. So things I've noticed : - the amount of duckweed I feed does not bother them (no floating), also if your duckweed is getting the right amount of nitrogen the protein in it can get up to 40% - the amount of pellet food does bother one of my GF in particular (Little Tom//ranchu) who is very good at eating and always gets the most. - using a worm cone worked for a while until LT became very good at guttsing on the food in the cone - I started crushing the pellets so that the amount each fish got at one time was less than if they ate a whole pellet (I started feeding 1 crushed Hikari pellet at a time/if using NLS crushed 2-3 pellets) - If I fed more than 1Hikari crushed pellet or 2-3 NLS crushed pellets LT would nose dive/float until the next day So my feeding regime now is mainly duckweed (everyday) plus every 2nd day 1Hikari crushed pellet or 2-3 NLS crushed pellets.

Speckles

Speckles

 

It has been happening...dont stress!

Thought I better up date and say...yes Ive definitely been doing water changes! Actually I'm doing a mid week change as well to keep the nitrates at 0-2.5. Mr Blacky Huge Eyes is growing so big! Tom and Moonee are also, actually Moonee is catching up to Tom very quickly. Considering He/she was half Toms size I think that is a good effort. I have a feeling Tom and Moonee are both female and Mr BHE is male . Time will tell, I'm not too concern with knowing right now. I'm using a new GH booster now called Continuum- Flora VIV GH+. I really like this (better than equilibrium by seachem), the plants seem to like it better and it dissolves so much easier which is a plus. I will post some weigh ins and pics at some stage soon...its about time...

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 30.05.16

95% wc done.I think I was panicking about the mid week water changes as params were fine. I have been worried only cos Ive been having floaty issues with Tom after feeding. Todays Params: Nitrate not too bad at 10ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb About Toms floatyness, he has been doing this after feeding and gulping the surface...I have been reading an interesting thread where Shakaho brought up Biofilm . I'm kind of thinking bio-film may be the catalyst for Toms enthusiasm with surface gulping and then developing buoyancy issues. I initially thought it may have been because the temp in the house dropped 23C -19C overnight and food wasnt digesting. I did buy a heater which is great but didn't really help the surface gulping or floatyness . After thinking a bit more, understanding biofilm and watching Toms behaviour I realised that I had quite a few bubbles across the surface of my tank, it does not have a massive surface area. Maybe being attracted to the surface for the biofilm Tom was actually digesting the bubbles and getting air in his tummy which then caused the buoyancy problem and colic...so I went with that. -First I thought id move the bubble curtain back under the water flow from the filter, to break up the bubbles before they traveled over the surface (I had it here initially before the prob started). This did reduce the bubbles on the surface but Tom was so addicted at this point it was still enough to make him floaty, because he was now looking for the bubbles . Little tiger. -Second thought i would need to get a surface skimmer to suck in the bubbles (and biofilm), I dont want to remove the bubble curtain as i need it for water clarity. So I purchased a relatively cheap skimmer that attaches to the canister inflow. Still waiting for this... -Third thought, as Koko keeps banging on about duckweed...i would get duckweed so that Tom would eat this before bubbles...I have to order duckweed online so went to my local golf course pond and trimmed off some of their Foxtail? growing above the water . My thinking with trimming the weed that was not in the water meant it would have no water pathogens on it that way I could put them in the tank straight away... after a good wash . The Foxtail has done a brilliant job as a bubble buffer, breaking them before they cover the surface and Tom can't eat the bubbles So far so good, at first there was a bit of residual floatyness. Now after two days sobber no floatyness after eating I really hope this is the key for Tom

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 22.05.16

90% wc done. A couple of days later than usual...again I'm thinking midweek wc may have to start, just to be on the safe side. Today: - Params ok Nitrate not great at 10-15ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter (gross) Have bought a heater for the tank because I think the temp is fluctuating to much. We have had a bit of constipation/buoyancy issues with Tom that go away after fasting . The house heater gets turned off at night (goes from 23 C-19 C overnight). Ideally I'd like to have a constant 23C in the tank.

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 15/04/16

100% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equiibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem ok, not sulking much...yet

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 11/05/2016

80% wc done today. A couple of days later than usual WC was also done on the 2.5.2016 but didn't have time to record it At this wc I reduced the bi-carb added to 1tsp (last time I added 1.5tsp, Ph was 8) Any ho, today: - Params ok Nitrate not great at 10-15ppm Ph- 7.8 so happy with this (adding less bicarb has helped this) GH etc. still in good range - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned the front bottom and side surfaces of the tank - Cleaned up the Anubis and Java Ferns by wiping down with microfiber cloth (trimmed some roots off Anubis) Everyone is great and growing, Im thinking Ill do a weigh in next wc I'm sure Tom has nearly doubled in size, likewise Mr Eyes. Tom is definitely getting a more chunky rectangular look about him and more wen growth. Mr Eyes is getting BIGGER EYES . Speckles is growing too but not as obviously like the others as he is bigger. Till next time

Speckles

Speckles

 

Params 26.04.16

Checking all the Parameters today after adding Tom into the main tank a few days ago. Ph- 8.0 Ammonia- 0 Nitrite- 0 Nitrate- 0 - 2.5 KH- (5 drops) 89.5ppm GH- (9 drops) 161.1ppm I'm really quite happy with these results, especially the Nitrate, its looking like weekly water changes will be fine for the time being. I'll need to keep track of the nitrate as overtime with the fish growing this will increase. Ph I could have this slightly lower, I wont add quite as much bi-carb next couple of water changes. GH great this is just where I want it yay! All the kids are looking really happy and Speckles and Mr Eyes are really enjoying Toms company. Tom is tiny but I'm sure he will catch the others soon enough

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 23/04/2016

100% wc done. - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equilibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Cleaned out the whole tank - Cleaned up the Anubis and Java Ferns (trimmed the roots and wiped down Anubis with microfiber cloth, trimmed cruddy leaves off the Java) - Introduced Tom to the main tank Everyone seems good for a 100% WC/canister and everything clean with a new intruder. All 3 are investigating the tank after a 15minute "I'm staying still to protect myself" moment. Although Mr Eyes was his usual "I have no problems" attitude cruising around trying to encourage the other two to join in the investigations. As I'm thinking this entry is over, Speckles and Mr Eyes are up at the front of the tank asking for noms ! So all good. Tom is still trying to process the new location and hanging out at the back of the tank, I'm nervous for him/her.

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 10/04/16

60% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 2 tsp of equiibrium and .5 tsp of bi-carb - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem good and have not been bothered by the Prazi at all

Speckles

Speckles

 

Prazi 1st round 5/4/16

Started Prazi today I've added 2.5 tabs. I hope everything goes ok, last time there was a bit of sulking action. Also it is also a bit worrying when something different is added to the tank

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 5/04/16

100% wc done. Nothing much to report: - Params good - Added 4 tsp of equiibrium and 1.5 tsp of bi-carb - Cleaned out the canister filter - Added prazi 2.5 tabs Speckles and Mr. Eyes seem ok, not sulking much...yet

Speckles

Speckles

 

WC 30/03/16

Another water change. A 60% water change. I didn't want to freak them out after a 10 day stint. Will do another WC 100% and add Prazi soon in a few days.

Speckles

Speckles

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