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Update on the Sorority tank!

So we have new critters for the 55 gallon! Nooo, they're not bettas yet but nerites! Chelsea and I traded each other! She sent the snails and I ordered her a plant of her choice! I have decided to change their names because as Chels pointed out they don't know them So here is Pooh: And this is Tigger: And lastly Eeyore (he was a little slower getting out of the bottle): They are all doing their jobs well! Snail trails! And then!! This morning my plants came in! (kinda upset that I got mine before Chelsea got hers...I gave hers better shipping so it would get to her fast! ) I got some Crinum thaianum (onion plant) which I actually love more than the vals I think. The texture they bring to the tank is awesome so I hope they grow tall. I ordered six and got seven too!! Then I ordered Hygrophila corymbosa. All the leaves kinda fell off when I picked it up but some are still on there that are really healthy looking! I hope I planted these right and that they do well. The ones with no roots worry me... I spy Pooh! Here is the tank as of now! The little plants are growing back from the ammonia attack!! That I am so grateful for! I also see little sprouts of Vals so maybe I'll get some? Look at that Lucky Bamboo go! So thus far I'm going to see how everything does these next few weeks. I might get one other plant to fill somewhere but I'm not sure because I'm hoping the Java Fern and Hydro will fill the tank fairly well. I want the tank to be full and lush! I am adding a dose of excel every other day for this month to see how that goes. I might increase this to every day later I am also adding flourish for fertilizer twice a week. Thanks for reading!! Any advice is welcome!

Mernany

Mernany

 

Anubias in the Tank

Working on my Anubias collection The 55 gallon tank as of August 13th, 2013: Types of Anubias so far: *Anubias barteri var. glabra (aka Anubias lanceolata) *Anubias barteri var. nana *Anubias barteri var. nana 'petite' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'micro' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'golden' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'snow white' *Anubias afzelli Anubias Wishlist: *Anubias barteri *Anubias barteri var. coffeefolia *Anubias hastafolia *Anubias barteri var. nana 'stardust' *Anubias barteri var. nana 'marble'

jfg5018

jfg5018

 

Hope to have the 75 up on Monday evening.

Found the stain to stain it black. Going to stain it today. I'll see about pictures. Then put protect vanish on it. Two coats one Sat and one Sun should be bringing it back in the house Monday when Bobby gets in from work. That pleco I bought to grow out is dead. Everything seemed fine but this morning it was floating. I hate when they do that. I could not even try to save it cause I had no idea something was wrong. Maybe I can do without one. Going to do water changes today. Yep even the 150. So maybe new pictures later of all my tank.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Well... Darn.

Just an update on the planted 55. Things are not doing well... The plants did not take well to the ammonia added for cycling. Everything looks pretty much dead. The Java Fern might make it... but yeah... pretty bummed. The good news is Chelsea pointed out that I could use media from my gf tank to cycle when I'm ready (can anyone say DUH!!!)! So I'm going to start over probably. Now I know what does work in my water as long as I don't mess up anything with the water (as in AMMONIA) heh. I'll update when I place an order on plants.

Mernany

Mernany

 

Tank progress

Not able to get the 75 gallon tank stand stained today. Had to order the ebony stain. It should get here Tuesday so should get started next weekend. I have ordered some driftwood. And the filter for the 150 is on order. I am thinking of maybe a couple apple snails instead of another goldfish. Think I would rather have 20 gallon per goldfish. Five for the rubber lip and five for each snail. I picked up a new betta today. Set if up in a 1 gallon bowl by my computer. Need to see about some pictures after he gets settled in. May move him to the 10 but right now I have a new common pleco in QT in that tank. Going to move him to the 35 to grow out and then to the Oscar tank. He has a lot of growing to do first. But that's ok maybe by the time he is big enough there well be some green stuff in the tank he can eat.

Hidr

Hidr

 

New Ideas and a Little Progress!

So, it's time for an update on the 55 gallon sorority! Well, still not a sorority but I keep dreaming! As of now, I have completely given up on having vals in my tank. For one I've read that they don't do well with Flourish Excel which I would really like to use and even when I stopped using the Excel they seem to not do well. At this point I have these little sprouts which is great but as I am going to use Excel again I don't expect much. In other words, the vals are on their own If they grow great if not oh well. The dwarf clover is done for So I probably wont do a carpet but we'll see.. I do have one Crypt Retrospiralis that melted till it disappeared and now it's back and growing well actually! So we'll see how that goes! I can't remember what the name of this plant is but I think it was either Crypt Parva or Hygrophila Corymbosa. I don't remember ordering the last one so I lean more towards the Crypt. According to PAC if it's the Crypt it will stay pretty small. We'll see the progress as this one has grown in the best out of everything! Before: After: I've added the Java Fern to put by the driftwood and it's doing well! The goldfish started eating the Java Fern so I actually ended up with double in the 55 gal. It turned out to be a good thing as the Anubias that were in the tank completely melted randomly after weeks of looking like they were the only thing that was going to make it. So, There is some Java Fern all around the tank now! It will be quite the jungle someday I'm sure! Now I have the... Crypt Undulata. I think that is what this is. I there is the one that is growing well and the others are catching up! I'm hoping for more good growth now that Excel is back in the works! These are the corner ones This is Bolbitis Heudelotii (AKA African Water Fern) but I really don't even know if it's growing to be honest. I've left it in there for now as it's also not dying. If I don't see growth soon I might move a Crypt Undulata to that spot instead. The moss on the driftwood is brown on top and green under. I've never worked with moss so I have no idea if this is normal or if it's just dead... Here is the whole tank as of now: I'm just letting the brown algea take over the back wall and right wall. Future plans for the tank are getting some Crinum Thaianum (AKA onion plant) to replace the possibly all dead vals and also to get some more Crypt Retrospiralis I hoping these will be strong enough to make it and add some much needed height to the tank! Thanks for reading!!

Mernany

Mernany

 

Little Old Man

Willy Dean, going on seventeen, had a busy day. Apparently he is quite good at staying alert as you can tell by his ear being in the "I'm ready for anything" position. Too bad he can hardly hear and can no longer stay awake or more than thirty minutes at a time. He is my soul mate. And he fell asleep watching the fish tank. http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b563/mermaidkitten/4ead070cbbcf52b56e60cf97f28b704f_zps791a1fa5.jpg

mermaidkitten

mermaidkitten

 

The beginning

I have decided that I need a blog here on kokos to share my goldfish adventures other than just posting threads. I will start at the beginning. On February 22nd 2012 my boyfriend and I went to our local fish store to get two goldfish for our ten gallon tank for our anniversary. I picked a tiny red cap oranda and he picked a calico ryukin. I told the store keeper that I wanted the best food so I bought a bag of hikari purple and he advised me to feed them frequent small amounts throughout the day to encourage growth, well he hadn't bothered asking me how big my tank was and I had no idea about stocking limits. My fish grew quickly and so did my love for them. Soon I came to a point where I had 4 goldfish in a 10 gal, they were getting big, and some bullying was starting to occur. I then found kokos and saw I had made a big mistake and I was set on fixing it. My parents had an old 55 they were not using so I grabbed that up and upgraded. I have since gotten more and more tanks and I'm breeding goldfish. I will post more as things happen because I don't want to backtrack too far but here is a pic of BigRed a couple months ago. When I got her she was smaller than a quarter, this picture was taken on February for her 1 year birthday with me.

ahardeay

ahardeay

 

I Have A Secret....

So one of my little Moors that I had in QT since July 1st died the other day. One day it was just hanging around mid tank spacing out (very unusual since they are really quite busy little guys) so I removed her (?) to a 10 gallon bin so I could salt her to .3% and give her some time to not be pestered by the other one. She had no outward signs of illness and was eating and acting just fine until the day before she died. She was not very healthy when I got her (skinny, frayed fins) but was progressing nicely. I am sad but not surprised. She passed away on a little plastic leaf and looked quite peaceful. The other one is fattening up and is quite active and, very mischievous. He has a little Ryukin type hump developing and it is cool to see his "this in my serious food foraging face" paired with his little cute little waddle. It is like a four foot man coming up to me (six feet tall barefoot) and telling me he's going to kick my rear end....go ahead, try it! I think I have a future tough guy in my hands regardless of how large he gets. In the mean time, I was debating how I was going to stock my new 55 gallon tank when I found the perfect Craigslist add. Needless to say I came home Sunday with a little butterfly telescope and a new black moor. Even better, the poster was a Koko's member so I know they have been loved and looked after. They are in QT now and have settled in nicely. These two are beautiful! They both have perfect tails and are very social. They managed the car ride home just fine (a whopping 15 minutes) and settled into their 30 gallon QT nicely. I think I could actually her them chatting: Moor: What is this new place? Calico: I don't know do you think there is food here? Moor: But where are we? It smells different? Calico: Do you think they have any shrimp pellets? Moor: Can we check things out before you think about your stomach? Calico: I need a snack before I do anything else.... I will introduce everyone after they are Prazied and set up in the new 55 gallon which will be in a month. Plus, I need a better camera, my current one does not capture wiggling fish very well. Here is the little one that passed, as I think she should be honored and another one of the two new fish, being a bit indecent, and a nicer shot to show how lovely they are. Maybe I have my hands full. These telescopes all seem a bit mischievous! Enjoy!

mermaidkitten

mermaidkitten

 

All fish are fine.

Things seem to have settled down in the tanks. Luna is growing. May try to get pictures a little later to share. I shut down the 6 gallon again. Just was not doing well. I keep trying cause it was so expensive but I need to give it up till I can find a better place to put it. The planted tank is filling in but very slowly. Bought a new light for it in hopes that might help. Got 2 watts per gallon now. Don't want any more then that. Some of the new plants I tried didn't do well but some of them did. lol Going to try something else new but not just yet. Want to give a month or so see if I have room.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Not So Common Girl

I have always felt that I am a common girl. Okay that's quite far from the truth in terms of personality because I am often described as "quirky" or "eccentric" and (behind my back I am sure) just plain strange. In a lovable way, of course! But, in terms of goldfish I have only ever had commons. I had one for 20 years and when I was a teenager, I had three fish tanks in my little bedroom (and two rat cages but that is a whole different blog.) I had one fancy fish for about one day and it died right away. I always felt that the fancy fish were beyond my taste and ability. Now that I have moved my commons from my bedroom to the living room, in their 55 gallon tank, I realize that my bedroom is sort of quite and lonely. Okay, not that lonely, since I am surrounded by dogs at all times, but finned loneliness.I have wanted to get some black moors for some time and have been casing the local chain store deciding on which fish to pick. Every other day there were fewer and fewer of them. Last week I was talking to "my fish guy" there and he told me they were having a hard time keeping them alive. One look a the tank and there was the classic over stocked and complete encyclopedia of goldfish illnesses. They were down to three moors. I was only planning on two but the sort of brown one with gold dragon type eyes was not looking so good. I already had the QT tank cleaned and ready to go so they came home with me. I have had them for a week and oh my are they different than commons. First of all, they are little (about an inch and a half) and all three are so excitable and curious. They swim funny, by my standards, with their little shimmy. They love searching the bottom of the tank. They follow each other around like a little gang. They love food. Their little mouths are so darn cute I just can't stand it. When they sleep they look as if they are suspended in air, blissfully. They are in the Prazi/salt process and even after a day or two they have started to look healthier, fins not torn, white spots gone. I just can't wait to get them into their new Zen themed tank. So, instroducing my first time, not so common moors...It's a little blurry but THEY NEVER STOP MOVING!!! I have added a pic of my not so common commons as well. Jumbo and Bumps are visible, Midge is blocked by Jumbo's 13" of pure fish!

mermaidkitten

mermaidkitten

 

Just an update

My zebra angelfish passed. No one else got sick he just got slow and color washed out. Bottom sat for a couple weeks, Still eating but then passed one night. Prazi is also gone. He just was having more and more trouble eating. I just felt so bad about him starving and could not keep doing it to him. I am spending less time on the internet and more with my pets and doing non internet stuff. Need more balance in my life. Now that I know I can live without the internet I well be allowing weekly visits to koko cause I miss your guys. lol Hope everyone is having a great week.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Sleeping With The Fishes

I dream about fish at least once a week. I rarely remember dreaming about anything else. With my constant bouts of insomnia I lay with the lights out just watching my goldfish, wanting for sleeping and welcoming dreams. Sometimes the fish dreams are relaxing and I wake up feeling centered and content. Sometimes they are upsetting the residue after waking is panic and upset. Either way, why always fish? When I have the relaxing dreams, I can feel the cool of the water, the sensation of another goldfish tail across my side, the desire to simply swim and be. They are mostly from the perspective of the fish. Plot-less yet fulfilling. The unsettling dreams involve some type of rescue of an exotic fish. The glowing strange shaped fish in a dark tank in a basement that I am attracted to and want to save but terrified of at the same time. And it talks, but only to me and not in words. There is the other one that actually wakes me up. My dad and I walking through some Arizona desert into an abandoned adobe style house, open and tumble weeds throughout. It looks as if a pet store was also abandoned as there are algae dried tanks placed in rows. We think “how sad” until he spots the little flicker of life of a dried up white fish of some type. We pour and pour water into the tanks until they are revived to lush fish tanks of exotic fish, but they all look happy but haunted and angry and odd, as if resurrected. The feeling it leaves me with is chilling. And, I have never been to Arizona in my life…. I have had these dreams my whole life. Why fish? Is it because I am a Pisces? That for as long as I remember I have had (at least one) a fish tank in my bedroom? That my daily wax and wane is always to a tank full of goldfish? Was I a fish in another life? Fish Dream Meaning Psychological Meaning: Fish can represent insights into the unconscious. (The unconscious is represented by the sea). Jung said that fish are often symbols used by the dream to describe psychic happenings or experiences that suddenly dart out of the unconscious and have a frightening or redeeming effect. Fish caught in a net and brought to the surface may represent insights emerging into the light of consciousness. Fish are also a common symbol of fertility. Your dream may be indicating that you are experiencing a period of personal growth. Fish are a product of the emotions and intuition as opposed to the materialistic earthbound approach to life. Mystical Meaning: A fish is a symbol for Christ and they have also been used as a symbol by many other religions to represent divinity. They are the spiritual abundance that feeds everyone. Your dream may be a mystical insight into your divine potential. Hidden Meaning of Dreams by author Craig Hamilton-Parker. Dream interpretation for Fish Dream Meaning Symbol is Copyright Photo Credit: Greene and Blue Fish by Georgie Greene

mermaidkitten

mermaidkitten

 

The Psychology Of Loss: An Emotionally Invested Keeper's Perspective

Two goldfish gone in the span of a couple of months. Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty lost at the moment. I believe Clementine is, too. Now, people always say not to place one's emotions on to animals, because they don't feel them as we do. I can tell you that the latter half of the statement is completely true: They don't feel them the same way we do. The first half I can be skeptical about, all because we'd need to invent new ways to describe these feelings. So, do Goldfish feel lost or sad? Can they miss their companions? Many keepers would agree with me that they can feel those emotions and feelings in some way. It may not be exactly human sadness, nor exactly human loss, but it is similar. Those of you who observe your goldfish know when they are just a little 'off' and what that 'off' usually means. I saw the same 'off'- ness on two occasions with Clementine: When she and Elvis moved to the 55 and Hoover was left behind to undergo treatment, and when I took Elvis out for treatment. She appeared both worried and sad. She would refuse to come to me when I came to the tank, or refuse to make eye contact with me. Upon each fish's loss, she would just float around the tank with a droopy demeanor, as if she knew. She very well may have, since both of my dearly departed babies had to go past the 55 to get to outside. Though my heart may be heavy, I try my hardest not to place that emotion on her; to observe her from a third-party perspective. She still looks lost and lonely. She still doesn't always come when called or make eye contact. She has bouts of happiness, as do I. We're both mourning. We're both trying, alone and together, to comfort each other. If I know of one being in this world that could mend my broken heart, it's Clementine. But when both of our hearts are broken this becomes so difficult. Clem lost both of her friends, and I lost two of my 'children.' I think this is one of the times when I wish Goldfish were cuddly. And I know it will be a long while until I feel like my heart is taped up enough to handle a new fish, but I also worry for Clementine's loneliness. She's by herself in a big home, looking so melancholy. When do I just 'suck it up' and search for the perfect companion? How will the new fish be able to steal my heart if it's still broken? I guess I'll see. I apologize. I just needed to get this out.
 

Round 2 Sally

Weight: 18g June 18 2013 100% water change Prazi day 1 salt 0.3% day 7 Notes: Finally have a pic of the 3 tails! Repashy BID

bodoba

bodoba

 

Update on the Strugglers

So I cleaned up the mess of melting vals today and was left with this: Is this kind of melting normal for vals? What has your guy's experience been? I am happy to say that I think I'm starting to see some growing in the first batch of vals I had! This guys is looking greener and seems to be getting taller butI'll see when I get back from my trip if it's true. I'm also keeping an eye on the last dwarf four leaf clover. I see little green leaves poping up but they havent grown much in awhile I think... :/ Anywho, thanks for reading!

Mernany

Mernany

 

Jamm's QT

June 15 2013 New water Prazi round 1 day 1 - salt at 0.1% Notes: Repashy TID. Fish has quite red fin joints and red streaks in picture but after a few hours in QT, this has cleared up. I believe it was weight and transfer stress. - 3 yr old pondfish

bodoba

bodoba

 

How Thunderstorms Make Goldfish Feel?

http://youtu.be/C1ASRxv1b6A Thunderstorms make my fish feel very, very excited. Eggs everywhere, plants nearly destroyed, and fish looking extra happy with themselves. As always, I told them they must clean it up most of the way, and they're happy to oblige. I think that this is the first time Elvis has done his part, as those bubbles show the protein film is there this time. How exciting! I just don't know, guys. I really don't know what to do with my babies right now! They're just crazy lovers.

GoldenSpoiledRotten

GoldenSpoiledRotten

 

The Move In!

About a week ago everyone was finally added together! Here is a video of their first day together along with some pictures!! Best friends back together! Zooming around getting to know each other! "This is way bigger than that other tank!" I also got some Java Fern from Planted Aquariums Central but they of course have decided to eat them. I think only Anubias are gonna work with these guys. Here is when the Java Ferns were first added: A little one behind the Anubia And two more on the other side of the tank. I'm really hoping I will not have to rehome them somewhere in the 55 gal. Angie will probably disagree but I think I'm running out of room in there

Mernany

Mernany

 

Update on 55 Gallon Planted Tank

Alright, here is the before picture. I had cleaned up the vals and cut off the dead stuff leaving barely any val leaves after that. I have left them in still however, just to see if I get growth! I did order replacement vals though to see how they do without the Excel I also ordered Java Fern to put by the driftwood covered in moss I don't think that the Dwarf Four Leaf Clover is going to make it. I'm down to one little guy that is still showing some growth the others tried but didn't make it in the long run I also found some decor for the shelves! The little plate says: "Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery Today is gift" -Eleanor Roosevelt

Mernany

Mernany

 

Calming Down and Looking Ahead

Things have gotten a bit calmer now that I've come to terms with Hoover's loss. I'll never be able to replace her, which means no new fish for awhile. That's alright with me, since my fish have christened their new home thoroughly with several batches of eggs. I think the fifty five will stay a good place with just the two of them. I'd like to get Clementine and Elvis to be as happy and healthy as possible. For me that means getting Elvis growing so that he can carry his tail and getting Clementine into a diet to stop her gulping permanently. I'm thinking starting small: hand feeding for more than just recreation, more regular bloodworm intake, adding super green to the diet, and adding some homemade veggie gel with natural supplements instead of fresh. (simply because the fresh veggies seem to get stuck in the intake more than they get eaten!) I bet they'd love if I added garlic or something to that gel. I'm still keeping ProGold as a staple, though, as these two do so well on it. Time to research Oranda-specific diet additions. I need to get myself more active on YouTube, too. Not as a commenter, but as an uploader. It will give me a good routine and will make me feel like I'm contributing in a productive manner. I'd love to spread the knowledge a bit more about these amazing creatures, especially in terms of how much room they really need. -ahem... Clementine- Plus, they're a couple of camera hogs. Alright. I have gotten this out of my mind and onto a forum where people can see. Hopefully it will make me more inclined to follow through. (e.g. procrastinate less!) Any comments or suggestions are deeply appreciated and quite welcome! Fire away without prejudice! Let's get started!

GoldenSpoiledRotten

GoldenSpoiledRotten

 

Sally's QT

Weight: 17 grams Prazi Round 1 - day 1 Salt at 0.1% - this will increase to 0.3% for 14 days. Notes: Repashy will be offered on a BID/TID basis. I'm aiming for weight maintenance not growth. She has very cute little paper fan fins.

bodoba

bodoba

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