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Have started adding it to the goldfish tank daily. While the amazon swords are still coming in short they are coming in greener. So I think it is helping some. But only been doing this for a week so really need more time to know for sure. i am thinking of getting a new shop light for that tank so I can have more light on the plants. See if that would help too. That well give me three light bulbs instead of just two.

Hidr

Hidr

 

The Gravel

Now that my goldfish are bigger the large pea gravel is no longer safe for them. So removed it from the tank yesterday. Now need to see about some smaller gravel. However it may have to wait. I really dislike the bare bottom but the river rocks help. The older plants in the tank are doing awful. To much die off. They well go in the pond this spring after a major trim and I hope they well recover. Then I well have to bring them inside for about four months next winter.. But hopefully they well do much better. The plants in the bowl were doing pretty well but it broke so moved all those into the 10 gallon. Boy that tank is full now. May need to redo it but for now Ill just let it be. I'll get pictures later today.

Hidr

Hidr

 

They're Coming!

There has been no real movement on my cycle since my last post. It sure is being stubborn. My nitrites just don't seem to want to move past .25ppm and my nitrates are breaking 5ppm, but barely. Talk about slow going! That said, my Plan B has changed from a bucket to bucket system, to a fish-in cycle. After weighing options with the kokonuts, I feel confident that with daily testing and large water changes, the fishies won't really be stressed out. I'm also happy that this will avoid the need to have 3 large bodies of water in my living room so I'm not that super crazy fish lady... just a regular crazy fish lady Also, the calico pearlscale that Steve was monitoring got worse and we had to cancel the order for her. I was bummed about it, but thankful that he is so forthcoming and really cares about the health of the fish and that his customers are happy. Ideally, I wanted to substitute her for another goldie from Steve so I could get all 3 at once, QT them together, and have a closed system. His fish are gorgeous, but the few I was interested in had sold, and after stalking his site, I haven't found "the" goldfish yet. I decided to proceed only with the two goldies I had already ordered (a cute blue oranda and an adorable ranchu with dorsal) and not force a third. The final goldie to complete the trio will will happen when it happens. I will most definitely keep stalking his website because I can't help myself. All things considered, I'm pretty pleased. Although 3 goldies all at once would have been cool, having only 2 is gonna be cool too because that means more water per goldfish while I cycle... which means less stress for me. Hooray! AND they will be arriving on Friday, 2/7/2014 Now that I'm doing a fish-in cycle, I just need to finalize my game plan so I am completely prepared when they get here. I already have food, enough Prime, and baking soda for my KH, but I'd like to get a good idea about the water temperature, how often to dose the Prime considering the state of my tap water, and I need to finish getting the tank decorations setup. ZOMG! It's happening

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

2014: My Setup

So 2014 is upon us and I have lots to catch up on. First of all I have given up on housing my goldfish in aquariums and have opted for the gorgeous indoor pond setup you see above, along with my little duckweed-growing operation. (I need to get some heaters for those tubs...) Here are the pond specs: Total volume: ~70 US Gallons Pond: Galvanized stock tank from Tractor Supply. Dimensions are 48"x24"x12", which comes to ~50 US Gallons in water volume.
Pond liner is inside it despite it being a watering tank, as the galvanization actually oxidized where I had a bubble wand sitting on it over my Christmas vacation. (Dumb move. Sorry for not listening and lining it earlier, Alex!) There's actually a lot of liner left over, but I haven't cut it off of the main piece yet because I don't know what to do with it.
[*]Filter: Indoor/outdoor plastic planter from Lowe's turned into a DIY Pond Filter. It has a 15" internal diameter, and holds roughly 20g of water when filled to the area just above the tops of the outflows. It is attached to a 265gph fountain pump from Harbor Freight, that sits in the stock tank. (Best place for pumps, by the way! So cheap.) If anyone wants to build this filter, please visit Koko's and look up Shakaho's DIY filter threads in the DIY section. I used a similar setup to her filter made from a household trash bin. There are two outflows on this because one wasn't enough to stop the filter from overflowing. It worked out great because now there are different methods of aeration going on there, bringing lots of oxygen to my fish.
The filter houses a bunch of different sponge medias, XL Bioballs, and pod scrubbies, all stuck in shower poufs that have been unraveled. Shower poufs are just made up of lots of mesh tubes, so you just put the media inside and tie the ends to make some great quick media bags for larger media. The very top layer is super fine filter padding, which is actually washable.
[*]Misc bits in the pond and filter: Aqueon Pro Heater, little cute geranium fridge clips to hold the bamboo and Kyoto fern on the edge of the filter, rubber bands where necessary, cheap vinyl tubing, clamps, plastic mesh, rocks to weight down the fiber. [*]Plant list: Filter
Bamboo
Kyoto Fern
Java Moss on one of the rocks
[*]Pond Dwarf Red Tiger Lotus
Dwarf lily
Marimo Moss
Aponogenton Bovinianus
Some sort of giant val... I forget
Small breed of anubias
Tiny spiral val
This pond is indoors right now, but when I move home for the summer I will be bringing it home and putting it outside for those few months so that the fish can have a taste of the outdoor life! My Duckweed Farm there to the far left consists of two tubs with water and duckweed, sat underneath two cheap grow lights from Menards, which my stepdad rigged up hoods for to stick on my 55g when I had it. I am really happy that I still got to use the hoods, because they were a project my stepdad and I put time into together to design and build. The fish love to eat the duckweed and it is usually gone in minutes, so I had to find a way to grow it for them efficiently. Like I said above, I need to get some heaters to make the plant grow a little more quickly, since the fish eat this stuff every day and it is so good for them. (Like my zebra night pants? LOL) Now that I have this up, can I refer everyone to it when asked about my setup? Oh yes, and go check out my first GoPro video, and the beginning of my Weekend Water Change series. [Note, this has been reposted from my BlogSpot Blog.]

GoldenSpoiledRotten

GoldenSpoiledRotten

 

Ok took it down yesterday.

Angelfish, rainbows and the two louche are in the Oscar tank. I lost two of the three rainbows but everyone else is doing fine. I moved the two BN plecos, 3 upside down cats, 5 ottos?(how did that happen I only suppose to have four) 3 neons, male betta and three ADF"S to the 10 gallon with about half the plants. I did a dirt tank so need to let it clear to get good pictures. Moved the rest of the plants into the goldfish tank. I may move the BN's over to the goldfish tank but for now going to let the tank settle. I should have pictures this evening. So sometime this week I well go over and pack my china. Never had real china before.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Tearing down my 35

My Dad has given me my grandmothers china and china cabinet. I need the spot so the 35 is in for it to go. No where else to really put it. I am going to move more then should over to a 10 gallon in my bed room with most the plants. Moving some plants to the goldfish tank.. The rest go to the local mom and pop pet shop. I never really look at it where it is. I just take care of it and take pictures.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Quit Stalling Already!

My previous excitement over nitrates has diminished. A little over a week ago I tested the tank water wondering why my nitrite and nitrate readings hadn't been changing and saw that my tap has 5ppm nitrates. Sheesh. I hadn't made any progress really and was getting nervous because I preordered goldies from Rain Garden thinking that my cycle would be much farther along than it actually was. Minor stressor. I posted a thread in the water quality section with my tank and tap readings seeking advice on how to really get the cycle moving along as well as better understand my current water quality and how to manage it so the new fishies would have a happy home Also, the goldies were originally scheduled to arrive on January 10th. This made me nervous as I didn't want to have to cycle the tank with them in it (the whole purpose being me doing a fishless cycle). Technically, I could complete the cycle with the goldies since I would have to test the water/do daily water changes anyway, but I would greatly prefer to do this on a cycled tank to remove any added stress on the fish (and me)! Another option (thanks to dnalex) would be to have a tub system to put them in. I could have 2 tubs, switching the goldies from tub to tub daily with 100% fresh water. This would also allow me to continue my cycle on the tank. It's a big relief having a backup plan Just in case, I contacted Steve and asked if he could hold onto them a few weeks more (which was asking a lot since he had already been holding onto them for over a month) and he was so generous to say yes!!!! Happy day! No need for tubs (at the moment) and that gives me 2 more weeks of worry free cycling! Steve also mentioned that the calico pearlscale without pearls (from my previous post) was acting floaty and might be developing a swim bladder issue. He is going to monitor her for a bit and see how she does, but there is a chance that I might not get her. I am hopeful she will be alright because I am smitten, but I am also grateful to Steve for being so honest. I am used to LFS and chain stores that only want to sell sell sell and don't care about the health of the fish. This is a breath of fresh air to know someone is passionate about what they do and cares about the fish and the customer. More fun news: a few days after I ordered the 2 cuties from my previous post, I saw this guy and couldn't help myself: Isn't he crazy adorable?! Assuming the calico is OK, all 3 cuties will put me at my ideal tank maximum and I'll be fully stocked. Thanks to the awesome kokonuts here, I raised my KH with baking soda to 10 drops, and reduced the ammonia to 2ppm and things have been moving along. Last nights readings leave me hopeful that I could possibly (fingers crossed) be cycled in a few weeks, which would be amazing since I hadn't really had ANY movement since late Novemberish. I know I have said this before, but this forum is so wonderful and I'm thankful to have the help and support of the koko's crew. If anyone actually reads this, I highly recommend subscribing. If you can afford to do so, it's a way to help support kokos and it comes with some fun extra perks... like this blog!

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

Nitrates Nitrates Nitrates!

Awwwwwww yeeeeeeeahhhhhhhhh! <--- Can you tell I'm excited?! Tested the tank again last night and I totally have between 5-10 ppm nitrates. Wahoo! Please excuse the peeling/chipped nail polish. Normally I'm very anal about my nails... except for last night. I am so happy about having some nitrates. That means I am sooooooo close I added more ammonia and am currently at 1ppm+ ammonia, .25ppm nitrate, and 5-10ppm (closer to 5) nitrate. I'm going to keep feeding the tank so I can beef everything up and better establish my good bacteria, but overall, I am super happy. I thought it would take a little longer before I even started showing nitrates, so I am very pleased at the moment. Hooray progress!

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

Halfway there & super stoked

I have been testing my tank intermittently and watching the level of ammonia... I am finally around 2ppm ammonia (or a little less than 2ppm). This weekend I tested for nitrite and I have a reading of .25 ppm! Awwwww yeah! I'm definitely about halfway there and I'm anticipating being cycled no later than the beginning of 2014. *knocks on wood* In addition to being really excited about my cycle moving along, I'm also super stoked about the actual goldfish! In the past I've either wandered around a local LFS for goldies or my husband and I have gone on "fish adventure days" where we drive around the Bay Area and stop at several fish stores. Even if I didn't find a goldie to come home with me, it was a lot of fun looking around to see what types of fish the stores had and how well they took care of them. This time I'm doing things a little different. I decided that I would buy online through a reputable breeder and I've been keeping an eye on auctions and doing some online "window shopping". Well... one thing led to another and I ended up convincing my wonderful husband splurge on a couple of goldies as a Christmas prezzie for me. They are Rain Garden goldfish; 2 oddballs to be exact. 1 pearlscale that never developed pearls, and 1 ranchu with a dorsal. I'm totally in love. I spoke with Steve and he has been very generous in agreeing to hold them for me until my cycle is complete. Assuming my tank is ready around the beginning of the year, these 2 will arrive on 1/10/2014: Steve was also nice enough to allow me permission to use his photos DROOL

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

Ready to Go

I finally have the 65 gallon setup and ready to go... mostly This week was very productive. Over the weekend I disinfected/sterilized the tank, canister filter, and plastic bio balls; boiled the ceramic rings and left everything out to dry. Once everything was dry, I picked up some new vinyl tubing for the canister and started the process of re-assembling. I have two Marineland C-360 canister filters, but I decided to use only one right now, which offers 360 gallons per hour, slightly over 5x filtration. It comes standard with filter foam, carbon filter bags, plastic bio balls, ceramic rings, and filter floss. I got rid of the carbon bags and am instead using that space for 1 liter of Seachem Matrix. Hooray MOAR media! Since this sucker is large capacity and houses quite a bit of media (with more room for additional ceramic rings), I think this will be sufficient filtration. Of course, more filtration never hurts so I may end up adding that second canister anyway. We'll see. Anywho... I'm ready to go! I have the tank filled, canister assembled and running, an air stone bubbling away, and a heater that has the temp at 80.6... nice and toasty to get the ball rolling. I added 4 ppm of ammonia and now I get to sit back and..... wait. This has to be the hardest part. I want to test the water every day to see if by some magic, testing the ammonia level will speed up the cycling process <-- yeah right! So it looks like I will have some down time while I patiently wait for the cycle to do its thing. I think I'll start by re-testing my tap water. Who am I kidding?! Right after I post this I'm sure I will be surfing koko's and looking at everyone's cute fishies. Let the cycling begin!

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

Reunited and it feels so goooooood

Oh HAI! My very first blog entry ever. EVER. Seems fitting that it would be on koko's where I can babble about goldfish, keep a log of my tank set up and the cycling process, babble about goldfish, make notes about water quality, what food I'm feeding, and of course babble about goldfish Hmm... wonder what I'm most excited about?! I have been taking a long break from the hobby obsession <-- because I had a long run with drospy and eventually lost all my goldies. It broke my heart when I lost them and I decided to walk away for a while. I thought a bit of a break would do me good. Little did I realize that my little break would turn into 2 years! It all started with my very first goldie, an orange oranda my friend Michelle named Mooshu. Back then I knew basically nothing about keeping goldfish and Mooshu put up with all of my mistakes. I remember when I went to the store and saw her there, wiggling around with her tank mates being all cute, and I decided she had to come home with me. When I went to find an employee to get more information, he asked if I already had a tank that was ready for her. When I said no, he told me about cycling a tank (which went right above my head at the time) and said he couldn't sell her to me until I had a tank that was cycled. He went on about new tank syndrome and some other facts, but what I heard was "blah blah blah, you can't have her right now, blah blah blah". Side note: knowing what I know now, that chain store employee was very knowledgeable which is unfortunately rare as most chain stores want to sell sell sell and don't care about the actual goldfish. OK... back on track: I bought a tank (a 5 gallon ), filter, etc. and went home to get things set-up because I was in love with that cute little fishy and she needed to be home with me so I could oogle at her 24/7. I went back every day to check and make sure no one else bought her and then on the third day I went back to buy her, thinking that 3 days was enough to cycle a tank (can you imagine if you really COULD cycle a tank in 3 days?!). Sheesh. I somehow convinced that poor guy to sell her to me with the promise that I would do daily water changes until the tank was fully cycled AND that I would test the water every day. Oh happy day! I had a goldfish. I went and bought some basic books about keeping goldies, fed the poor girl flakes, did 10% daily water changes, had a lacking filter, and no surface agitation. Gee.... can you guess what happened next? She started gasping for air, became floaty off an on, and had a case of popeye. Needless to say, she was not a happy camper. I mean, how could any goldie thrive in that environment, right? That's when I found koko's. I was amazed there was a forum dedicated to goldfish and I got really excited. I was so happy to have found a place where so much knowledge was being shared and that so many people loved their goldies as much as I loved mine! I started searching through the site, reading everything I could. I learned about the cycling process, proper filtration, good quality food, tank requirements, water quality and testing, and so much more. Thanks to koko's, Mooshu was properly treated and her life was so much better than it had been. She was upgraded to a 12 gallon tank with proper filtration and she was finally in a stable environment with good water quality and a varied diet. Soon after I upgraded her to a 26 gallon and got her a blue oranda buddy, Moose. Then I picked up a 65 gallon and started a fishless cycle. During the months it took to cycle, I found an amazing orange/black chubby cheeked oranda and had to bring him home. I named him Mr. Wendell I was head over heels for this one. He hung out in QT by his lonesome until the 65 was ready. Then, everyone was introduced. Birds sang, unicorns danced, and glitter clouds floated in the air (well, that might be an exaggeration, but that's how proud and happy I was). I even picked up an itty bitty lionhead, Martini. Life was good. Somehow, something started going very wrong. I still am not sure exactly what happened, but I know it had to have been something I did or something I neglected to do because Mooshu had reoccurring issues with popeye and drospy and the other goldies starting following suit. I'll spare the details, but off and on I was putting goldies into QT. It was very frustrating and I felt awful that I couldn't get everyone healthy. Eventually, the meds just weren't working anymore and one by one, I lost them. I never pinpointed the issue either. I felt defeated. Months of treating just to lose them. I knew I needed a break so I nuked the tank and left it sitting in the living room. What happened sucked, but I will forever be thankful to outpouring of help, advice, and support I received. This is truly a site where everyone wants you to succeed and wants the best for your goldies. It's rare to find a forum where people are helpful AND kind hearted. Yeah, koko's rules I thought I wouldn't be able to stay away for long and it really didn't feel like that much time had passed but a few weeks ago I realized it has been a few years. YEARS. How did that happen? Enough is enough! I've been away too long and the more I think about it, the more I miss it, and the more excited I get. I have the itch... BAD. I am so looking forward to this fresh start. Man it feels good to be back. Yahoo

amoonklein

amoonklein

 

On the lighter side...

Since my last blog post was kind of heavy, I thought I'd lighten things up a bit and just do some general goldfish chit-chat. I really did enjoy all the very thoughtful replies that last entry received, though. I'm still very much enjoying my totally derpy bubble eye, Hula. Seriously, I had no idea how much I'd enjoy having a bubble eye once I got over the almost paralyzing fear that he'd somehow rupture a sac within 10 minutes of arrival. Every time I'd peek at the tank, I was stressed out, literally thinking "Don't pop! Don't pop! Don't pop!" as I searched for him. Hula's never hard to find, though, as he's an incredibly social fish and always right near the front, doing that adorable goldie dance that we interpret as "Oh, he's happy to see me!" and which no doubt literally translates as "Feed me, now!" Of course, the dance is made even more endearing by those giant floating balloons around his face. Who knew that I'd find something so potentially grotesque instead completely and utterly charming? I've decided that I'll never be without a bubble eye again. I'd love to have a dedicated bubble eye aquarium someday. The idea of 3 or 4 or 5 of them all wobbling around together in a big tank just makes me go "Squeeeee!" But I haven't forgotten about my passion for ranchus, either. Still love them, and still miss mine terribly. Someday, when I'm in a bigger place and my health is better, I'll keep ranchus again. I just visited my old fish last weekend, and when I see how large they've become (Triton is easily 7+ inches long just in body length, and his girth is astonishing), I know that I never could have downgraded them to a smaller tank to accommodate my physical limitations. Bubble eyes just have a smaller footprint (fin print?) in a tank, and don't seem to require as much room as those mini-whales I used to keep. Speaking of ranchus, there's nothing terribly remarkable about this one in terms of color, but something about it just captivates me anyway. It won't be hard to find fish I like when the time comes someday, that's for sure.

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Halloween Gel Food for your little Pumpkins. <3

Halloween Gel Food Recipe 4oz organic baby food squash purée 5oz. Organic baby food carrot purée 4oz water 1packet unflavored gelatin 1/2 sheet Nori (sushi seaweed) Pour squash and water into a bowl and stir thoroughly. Microwave at 10 second intervals until boiling, stirring between each interval. Once boiling, remove from microwave and stir in your gelatin until it dissolves completely. Add in your carrot purée half at a time, stirring thoroughly to incorporate. Pour into a Tupperware container so the gel measures 1/4-1/2" thick Place in the fridge until half set. Once the gel is half set, crumble the Nori over the top. Cover the top completely with the seaweed and press the pieces in so that they firmly attach to the gelatin. Replace the gel into the fridge and let set completely. Cut into cubes and watch them enjoy! Suggestions: I think, to make it more creepy and a better treat, bloodworms could be added after the gel has cooled. OR you could even add some spirulina brine shrimp to add even more color and nutrition. You could also add canned pumpkin for more texture and flavor if you wish. Warning: Please remember that this food contains lots of carotenoids. I am not responsible for any color changes you see with fish that eat this food!

GoldenSpoiledRotten

GoldenSpoiledRotten

 

Update on my common

Noticed my rain barrel has a lot of larvae in it so since my white common is still in qt decided to let him finish it in the rain barrel. I hope he enjoys his fresh food. lol

Hidr

Hidr

 

Just some information.

I now have the proper filtration on the 150 and the 75. So that is less of a worry. Buttons healed up very quickly. Must of caught him in the tube very fast. His red lips where back to normal the next day. Soon as I stop getting brown all over the tank I well try plants ago. I well have to get some new ones cause the 6 gallon looks to good to take them out. lol I have been thinking about another goldfish here lately and hubby remembered. At least this time he gave me the fish still in bag and didn't just add it to the tank. It is a tiny white comet. So cute. But that means no more and in a couple years might have to put up the 30 gallon but Ill worry with that then. Going to try and get pictures this evening. Thanks for reading if you did. This is more for me to be able to look up dates for new fish and filters. Oh ya and ET is getting bigger fast and blacker too.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Moved plants from the goldfish tank

Think the tank needs to age some more. So well move them back in next March. By then brown stuff should be green stuff. For now they are in my 6 gallon nano tank. I sucked up poor Buttons he now has a nice pink mouth. Poor guy.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Sometimes Doing It "Right" Doesn't Matter

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I'd touch on a topic that's troubling to me as a goldfish keeper: The fact that sometimes, despite your very best efforts as an aquarist, following a care regime that's tried and true and proven by hundreds of other folks, goldfish sometimes just up and die on you anyway. It's really the ugly side of this hobby, and one that most of us don't really like to delve into too much. But I wanted to address what I think is one major element that can lead to the untimely demise of our finned friends. Goldfish, as a severely mutated species manipulated by man to have extreme physical characteristics, have the genetic deck stacked against them from the get-go. Breeding for telescopic eyes, fluid-filled sacs, extreme wens, arched backs, tucked tails, short deep bodies, large humps, pearled scales, or any of the seemingly limitless attributes that people have come to treasure in fancy goldfish, results in fish that are seriously less than hardy. Few, if any, breeders (particularly ones breeding on a commercial scale) give much, if any, consideration to health and longevity when producing their stock. Let's face it: Pretty goldfish sell. And we, the buying public, like to buy ryukins with humps, bubble eyes with sacs, orandas with wens, ranchus with tail tucks, and on and on. (And before anyone thinks I'm speaking from some high-and-mighty place here, I'm the first to admit that I'm just as easily wowed and wooed by a pretty fishy as anyone else. In fact, right now I'm keeping my first ever bubble eye goldfish, a variety that is bred with absolutely no regard for the fact that the Jell-O balloons by its face make it slow, off-balance, and incredibly susceptible to infection in the almost inevitable situation when one of the sacs bursts.) Note: This post is also not a condemnation of the fact that goldfish are bred for extreme physical characteristics at the expense of their health. I'm really not interested in debating the ethics of it; it's something I accept as a goldfish fact, and I happen to really love those extreme features. So I am not, repeat not, implying that breeding fancy varieties of goldfish is unethical. But what I am saying is that as goldfish keepers, we need to be aware that we start out with a serious disadvantage in our hobby of choice. Our fish just ain't healthy. Those extreme features can and do cause myriad complications, many unseen, that undermine the integrity of the fish's health overall. Lovely to look at, but what does that mean in the long run? In terms of care, those of us who take goldfish keeping seriously -- the few, the rare, the best of us -- always strive to do it better. We want to know what goldfish need to thrive, not just live. What makes them grow and flourish? What can we do to make our fish blossom? What makes for a HAPPY fish? And we plan our care accordingly, incorporating elements like quarantine, preventive treatment for various diseases, regular and large water changes, offering a variety of high-quality foods, etc. In short, we give our goldfish every possible reason to live long, healthy lives. And sometimes, they die anyway. More often than not, we don't know why. I don't know even a single serious goldie keeper, on Koko's or elsewhere, who hasn't lost what would be considered an appalling number of animal lives if their hobby of choice revolved around, say, kittens. A short browse through the forum archives reveals that goldfish, even in incredibly experienced and dedicated hands, die routinely. Some folks don't broadcast when it happens, but it becomes apparent over time that their posts and pics no longer feature favorite fish of yesteryear (or yestermonth, alas). Are all goldfish doomed to die, regardless of our efforts? Of course not. And there are plenty of examples of long-lived fancies both on this forum and around the world. But I just wanted to present my particular take on the longevity of goldfish, wherein I view goldfish keeping as more of an exercise in keeping fish alive in spite of the genetic factors stacked against them, rather than a hobby in which everyone starts on a level playing field, with a healthy, problem-free goldfish, and must simply proceed from that point and keep that fish alive. Following a simple formula of "Do A, and B, and the end product is guaranteed to be a healthy fish" doesn't apply here. Goldfish are a challenging variety for ALL aquarists. And you know what? Instead of finding all this depressing, it actually cheers me somewhat. We're all in this together, and while there will be failures, they happen to all of us. And they can make the times we win even sweeter.

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

A Swim Down Memory Lane

I've been getting nostalgic lately about some of the goldfish I've had over the years. I've been a goldfish keeper on and off (mostly on) since 1989, if you can believe it. Back in the olden days, it was mostly hit or miss in terms of success, with plenty of bad advice given by LFS employees (even worse than today!) and a lot of lessons learned the hard way. We had no Internet for guidance, no digital cameras (so we took few, if any, pics of our fish), and we were limited to the stock on hand at the one (two, if you were lucky) fish stores in the area. This was even pre-Petco and PetSmart, people. I still remember my first goldfish tank fondly. It was a 10 gallon with electric blue gravel, an undergravel filter, plastic plants, a bubbling scuba diver ornament (yes, my tacky taste goes waaayyyyyy back), and FOUR fish. I still remember them fondly: a moor, a red oranda, a shubunkin (!), and a common pleco ("to clean the algae"). Needless to say, they were not long-lived in that setup, although I had the shubunkin and pleco for several years. Once the moor and the oranda bit the dust, I replaced them with a never-ending variety of others, from ryukins to comets to lionheads and beyond. Nowadays I know ever so much more about what it takes to keep goldfish alive and happy, including 10x filtration, lots of room, a premium and varied diet, massive water changes, and so on. I discovered many of the "rules" along the way, and was already allowing 10-20 gallons per goldfish by about 1995, but dang, a lot of fish sacrificed their lives to my learning curve. If I could time travel back to my goldfish beginnings and save a couple dozen fishy lives, I would. But they didn't die in vain; all those early mistakes helped me to keep happy healthy goldies today. BUT... In a future blog post: the unfairness of having goldfish die DESPITE doing everything the "right" way, which is a very real and very frustrating part of this hobby. And, just for funsies, a recent photo of Astro, my calico butterfly. This guy makes me awfully happy. He has the really extreme telescope eyes that I just adore:

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

Bubbling Over

Ugh, I hate when life gets in the way of good goldfish enjoyment. The last year hasn't been a great one for my family and me health-wise, although things are looking up. I just had the one-year anniversary of my brain surgery a few weeks ago, and we seem to have gotten my mom's issues under control as well. Here's to smoother sailing in the next 12 months! So although I was once again forced to take a Koko's sabbatical, I think it's safe to say that I'm back again, hopefully for keeps this time, although perhaps not quite as frequently as I'd like. And what's the latest with my finned friends, you might be asking? Not much, and that's a great thing. Astro the butterfly and Hula the bubble eye are alive and swimmin' and growing like weeds. The two of them are still the goldfish version of The Odd Couple, and they give me an awful lot of pleasure. Couldn't ask for nicer fish, or cuter ones, for that matter. I just posted a thread this afternoon with updated photos of both of them. My former ranchus are still going strong in the care of my best friend. It's been a year, and I can't believe how well she's taken to the world of goldie keeping. She was terrific enough to take the fish while I was in the hospital, and now she's downright crazy about them. I need to snap photos next time I visit. The biggest ranchu, King Triton, is ridiculously huge. And even dear old Chowder, the calico ranchu, is thriving, and going on 4 years I think. I wish so much that I could maintain a big tank again, but that's just not in the cards right now, and I'm so grateful that my little lovelies have landed in such good hands. I always scope out the available goldfish on the various sites, just for fun, and came across this positively stunning jade seal oranda tonight: I'm not normally a huge oranda fan, but I sure wouldn't boot this beauty out of my tank!

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Weigh In!

Had a weigh in just now!! July 3, 2013 Basil: 65.4 g (there is a question mark in my journal by this one) Baby: 82.5 g Cilantro: 15.4 g Cupid: 8.5 g Lemon Pepper: 33.5 August 25, 2013 Basil: 56.5 g ( ) Baby: 89.4 g Cilantro: 19.5 g Cupid: 10.4 g Lemon Pepper: 40.5 g Not sure what's up with Basil. I think last time I weighed him the scale went wonky because there is a question mark by that one in my journal. I weighed him twice this time and this is what I got... I'm not too worried I think that this weigh in is more accurate. CUPID FINALLY GAINED WEIGHT!!!! He was at almost 10g in May and went to 8.5 in July ( ) and now he's back a 10.4 g. I keep thinking he's still too small and he is small but he seems to be growing in height instead of length first? Maybe he's got some Ryukin in him?

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