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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 ups

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

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 th

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 up

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 p

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

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

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 progre

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

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 r

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 wee

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

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 s
 

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 awhil

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 t

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 mo

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'

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 h

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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