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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 the

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 ne

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 bein

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 t

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 seekin

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 bee

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 a

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

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 whe

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

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 Tupperwa

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 ba

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

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

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 t

RanchuDressing

RanchuDressing

 

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 worrie

Mernany

Mernany

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