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To many troubles

Ok so Bows and Ru are males. And they are chasing Luna so thats why her tail is split. So she is in the pond with the tadpols before they make her crazy. That means I now have four males out of 8. Guess she stays in the pond till they are feeling less male. lol

Hidr

Hidr

 

Think the water was bad

Now I am having some issues in the 75 gallon. The 150 and 75 were the ones that got large water changes Friday. Problem with 150 started the next day. Now there is a problem in the 75 gallon. So thinking the water was contaminated with something when I did water change Friday. Something that I can't test for with my test kit. 150 is fine now. Well keep testing. I am doing a 90 percent water change on the 75 now and believe it well be fine when that is done but well keep checking. I also have m

Hidr

Hidr

 

LARGE water change on 150

Test today showed really high nitrates. So doing a 90 percent water change and cleaning filters. I also am adding my UV light until whatever this is with Buttons and Luna is gone. Other then blood showing in their fins they are all still very active and eating. Might be adding my long planter back in with plants to help get this tank cycled again. Got to go to pet store tomorrow for more prime tomorrow. Shimmer and Blinky are in the rubber maid tub and doing well.

Hidr

Hidr

 

More Room for Swimmin'

Got a 15 gallon bowfront set up for the Noodles (our balloon molly fry) last night and moved them over this morning from the two smaller grow-out tanks they'd been in since birth. They look practically microscopic in their luxurious new digs, but it won't be long before I'll be needing yet another tank for them if they keep growing at such an astonishing rate. I'm so glad I remembered to get a sponge cover for the filter intake. They'd been in unfiltered tanks previously, with large daily wat

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Notes on 150 for myself.

Luna now has blood on her tail and it is split. What ever it most likely were in there with the oscars. They were just imune to it from being in the tank so long. I took Buttons out and added him back. I tested the water once again it is fine. (since this is not D&D I wont post them.) They are within range. So I am thinking either something was in the tank or the stress of the move gave them infections, Did a 30 percent water change anyways. Have them all on metro meds and going to do 30%

Hidr

Hidr

 

Buttons looks bloody

His tail fin is really bloody looking. Possible some red on his sides too. He is in QT with melafix and metro meds. All others in the tank look great. But did a water change even though I just did one Friday.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Icky Icky Ich!

A light outbreak of ich in the main balloon molly tank, and it's all my fault. I didn't quarantine our newest acquisition long enough. I think I've gotten so used to the mollies being generally healthier and less troublesome than goldfish, so I felt fairly confident about doing an abbreviated QT based on, honestly, nothing at all. Now we have ich. It's not bad, just a few specks on everyone's tail fins. I'm glad because I caught it in the very earliest stages. Have added salt to .2% and u

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Swimmin' Space

Divided the Noodles (our 22 balloon molly fry) into two tanks tonight, 11 in each, to give them maximum room to grow. They've already doubled, possibly tripled, in size in just over a week. They eat voraciously, and get both crushed/powdered tropical flakes and thawed baby brine shrimp each day. I'm going to have to keep an eye on Craigslist for a decent sized tank or tanks for them. Two 20 gallons would be about right, but I don't know where I'd put them. I'll figure it out though; maybe I

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

They grow so FAST!

It's now five days since our gazillion (well, actually 20, but they look like 10 times that) balloon molly fry were born, and we still haven't lost a single one. Knock wood, etc. As soon as Gem, the mommy molly to all these fry, is finished with her QT and moved to the main aquarium, I'm going to transfer half the fry to that tank, and will have two fry tanks going simultaneously. I want them to have maximum room to grow -- not that they're having any trouble in that regard. I swear they've

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Oodles of Noodles!

The niecelets and I hit a new-to-me LFS this weekend that I hadn't realized was only 15 minutes from my house. It was huge, with lots of really beautiful fish. We were hoping to find a new balloon molly (of course), after the unexpected loss of one last week. No luck, but we stopped at one of our regular LFSs afterward, and lo and behold, they had an absolute stunner, an almost all-black beauty with white speckles and highlights that the 6-year-old niecelet promptly named Gem. Gem. Isn't she

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Ebb and Flow

So out of nowhere, my favorite balloon molly girl died on Saturday. She started swimming erratically, and an hour later she was dead. It's four days later, and all the others are doing well. Water parameters were perfect at the time of her death, and I hadn't introduce new foods or anything unusual. This molly was one of my very favorites, a white-with-black-speckles dalmatian that my nieces had named "Dot." She was hugely pregnant a week or two before she died, but never gave birth that I

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Population Explosion!

So a few days ago, I noticed one of the balloon molly gals was a bit withdrawn, hanging out in the "birthing tunnel" ornament I put in the tank (it's like a bridge covered with artificial grass, so the birthing mama can hide a bit while she's in labor and the fry can swim up through little holes in the ceiling and hide in the grass). It was Creamy (remember, all fish named by young nieces!), the light yellow female, who had been looking ridiculously pregnant for days. I've read that livebearers

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Which ingredients are okay to use?

When I started researching what foods to put into my gel food the amount of information was overwhelming. Was I really ready to become some kind of amateur goldfish nutritionist? I had to ask myself "why am I doing this?" and the answer was because I wanted the best food for my fish. I wanted to feed them organic, live plant based foods as a supplement to pellets. I wanted to vary the ingredients occasionally while still ensuring that their nutritional needs were being met. I would see a dozen

mysterygirl

mysterygirl

 

Baby Boom!

So in my last entry, I wrote about the completely unresearched, unscientific way that I found myself walking out of the LFS with a bag of five female balloon mollies. Totally out of character for me to get a fish without learning as much as I can ahead of time. But I really wasn't thinking straight after senselessly losing multiple groups of baby pearlscales in an effort to establish my first-ever all-tiku tank, so I rolled with my impulses and found myself standing in front of my empty-but-thor

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

I want my fish to be big

But then again with five maybe I should be happy with just a little bigger for the little ones and the larger ones stay the size they are. lol Fortantly so far both my fantails are way under the average but Bows is still young. However now that Buttons is growing fins he may be pretty much as big as he well get body wise. Luna too since she seems to have halted and at much smaller then average size. Only LFS fish I remember ever getting big was my fantail Sunrise and Mongo that was big when I

Hidr

Hidr

 

Up Up and Away with my Beautiful Balloons

So I completely lost it when the baby tikus mentioned in my last blog entry arrived with 2 of them DOA and the rest looking sketchy. Total loss within 48 hours. It was awful. The seller very kindly sent replacements at no charge, all of which were DOA. It was ridiculous. They couldn't even make it into my tank before going belly-up. My theory is that both the online seller and the LFS were getting their baby pearlscales from the same wholesaler. Both the online seller and the store are in

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Please Mr. Postman

Found an online seller of baby ping pong pearlies and ordered some to ship this week. I'm not particular about color with this variety of goldie, as long as they're nice and round, which I've been assured they are. They typically only come in orange, orange/white and calico anyway, and like I said, I'm not fussy. Just want them roly-poly and ... healthy. For freak's sake, let them be healthy. So I have their tank disinfected from the others and ready to go. Picking up another wad of cycled

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Oh, the carnage

So all 4 of the new tikus perished within the first 48 hours. Am I surprised? Not really, because that's pretty much par for the course for me with this variety of goldfish. And I wasn't the least bit surprised when I returned to the LFS to find that the rest of their batch of tikus (about 10 or so) had died on them, too. Right now I have the tank running with an extra-heavy level of salt, to kill off the ich that these little boogers brought in (which naturally bloomed on them and became vi

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Alive and Swimmin'...

Seems like life gets in the way of my Koko's enjoyment at times -- it has really been a while since I've browsed around here! It's always weird when I come back from a Koko's break to see how many new folks have joined and become very active voices on the forum. Don't get me wrong, it's a great thing, but I'm like, Who ARE you people? Well, welcome one and all! Sadly, I lost Astro, my beautiful calico butterfly, just last week. I got to enjoy him for two years, but it's never enough, is i

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Needed a change so moved fish around

Moved the oscars and parrot fish to the 75 gallon. Will still have to do a really huge water change once a week but doing that anyways. Moved the goldfish (and the new ones) to the 150. Will still get to do 30 to 50 gallons a week. Nothing changes for me but big changes for the fish. Pictures on the forum when stuff settles down.

Hidr

Hidr

 

This darn fry tank....

Pre-history: This tank had a betta and three tetras. Was planted with moss from Haley and Anubias. I moved the tank, lost the betta and one tetra. Two tetras lived undisturbed until June when one fry went in named Lulu. It was a hot summer and the cats drank out of the tank so everyday I filled up 10-25% of the water. The params were normal even though the plant and algae were building up. Those three fish went into the pond. Current Occupants: 3 little fry, Clarabelle, Isabelle, and Sweetiebe

bodoba

bodoba

 

Update 2014

It's been a long time but I just need a place to review this year's fish care and make plans for next year. The 270 gal pond is not going up again next year. The 600 gal pond now houses all my fish currently. The 8 gal tank has three little fry from the draining of the 270. Have yet to be prazi'd or salted but as soon as I find the products I will get them started. The 60 gal is empty and will remain empty in case the three fry outgrow the 8 gal in the winter months. I have 25 plus fish as

bodoba

bodoba

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