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  1. 3 points
    Justine got so tan this summer! The flower pictures are beautiful too We... GOT A NEW BUNNY! Meet Mocha, who came to us as a baby born from a giant rabbit seizure in Texas. He’s been settling in the past week furry butt!
  2. 3 points
    Am I understanding you’re trying to preserve the cycle in that filter media? If so, use the dirty tank water in a bucket to absolutely wring, knock, shake, and scrub the living daylights out of any pads, bioballs, or ceramic rings. If it wasn’t pumping for a few days you’ve had a huge die off of bacteria and those gasses and anaerobic bacterial colonies beginning to take hold are worsening the situation. So you want to get as much debris and organics off that media as humanly possible, without killing off your beneficial nitrifiers. So no city water or rinsing in the sink, because of the presence of chlorine. Old, treated tank water from your water change is best for this task. Next, ditch as much substrate as you can. A half cup of sand on the bottom is plenty to allow goldfish foraging and interest without allowing any icky, still pockets of anaerobes to form. Our goal remains the same as the filter cleaning - remove as much organic matter as possible without totally nuking the tank. It’s definitely possible her water became soft and very acidic with all those broken down mess and high waste load. Unfortunately moving to new water meant the pH may have also increased and ammonia becomes much more toxic in alkaline water than more acidic. So that could have exacerbated the issue (but it wasn’t the wrong choice to change it, just try to offgas it a bit and treat it with Prime first if you didn’t). Even retaining some nitrifiers in the filter and on the tank surfaces, you’ll definitely have a mini cycle on your hands, at least partially. Prepare yourself for daily water changes of 90-ish percent, or whenever your test kit shows .25 ppms ammonia or ANY nitrite. Additionally, when nitrite develops you can add a teaspoon of aquarium salt per gallon to mitigate some of the more toxic effects on the fish until the cycle finishes and the ammonia and nitrite are clearing to nitrate completely. It’s basically a fish in cycle, albeit a bit faster if you’re not starting totally from zero with your bacterial colonies. You can totally do this! It sounds like your situation has been very difficult. I’m so sorry for the awful year! We are here for you however we can be, even if it’s just venting on the chat thread, and I hope these fish bring some joy back into your life as you rectify the poor care your neighbor gave them. And please, if you’re struggling with thoughts of despair or self harm, call a suicide hot line and let them help. It’s amazing how much of a difference it can make just to be heard and understood and have someone care enough to talk you through your emotions. welcome back to the group ❤️
  3. 3 points
    I got to see my boy today [emoji3059][emoji3059] Elective ultrasound and gender was confirmed! It was so amazing and he was kicking a ton! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. 3 points
    Thunderstorms today. Justine's first time to see and hear it.
  5. 3 points
    Courtesy of Cynthia and that wonderful raffle, I had $50 to put toward an East Coast Ranchu order. I was out of town the first week and waited to order, but found some fantastic oranda babies to practice grooming, as well as the MOST ADORABLE RANCHU I’VE EVER SEEN and a majestic Thai oranda. BEHOLD! The babies! Eight Thai oranda babies, pre-color change. They’re so itty bitty. My kids have already decided to name one each and I’ll do the remainder, but not until I can tell them apart 🤣 We had a little rough start when they were mostly spitting food but I managed to get some bloodworms (I’M NOT HAVING MAJOR HIVES ANYMORE YAY!) into them and they’re tolerating my fluval Bug Bites now too, so long as the pieces are small. Still not bit fans of my homemade fish meal/super green gel food though. Being allergic to shellfish and trying to feed goldfish - the struggle is real, guys! The fact that I can now tolerate the blood worms as long as I’m wearing nitrile gloves is HUGE! I used to react just opening the container. ANYWAY, enough digression. Baby top bin view, ahoy! Now onto the older guys - still under a year, for sure. The as of still unnamed Ranchu and Oranda, though I’ve gotta tell you I’m leaning toward Tony and Natasha because Endgame wrecked my heart ❤️ Current set up is new sponge filters I’m just letting establish for their tanks, plus air stones. Water is at 75 F and I’m doing twice daily changes to keep the ammonia at 0-.25. Feed schedule is four small meals a day and I’m not feeding the bloodworms until right before the water changes to keep them from fouling it unnecessarily. The babies are really slow eaters because of their tiny mouths so I don’t want that gunk lingering in there - after fifteen minutes I’m siphoning out any excess worms and feeding them to the big guys, since I can’t divide a frozen cube without potential allergic reaction. ANYWHO.... Current issue is that my main tank has my two remaining Thai oranda imports from the previous year, who survived whatever took out my tank. They were showing no symptoms for the whole year prior but a cycle bump from a filter failure seems to have exacerbated their condition and I’m seeing some redness and fin rot on my calico. I was already concerned about mixing the two sets, but as of now I’m removing those two (Sherlock and Watson) to a hospital tank in a separate room of the house and treating them while I nuke the main tank with pool shock. I’m not taking any chances with the newbies, and if they don’t look pristine for a few months back in my bedroom, with lingering symptoms, I’m just going to leave them back there in their own tank. I don’t want to risk reintroducing whatever is in their systems to the main tank if I can’t have confidence it was totally wiped out, especially because it may have been viral, given the treatment history. Better safe than sorry, right? As beautiful as my existing duo is, they may just be Typhoid Mary, so we shall see. Here are Sherlock (the sick calico, poor guy!) and Watson (the orange and white) in their last day in the main tank before hospital and nuking: Note that poor Sherlock has some excess slime coat that the remaining sand is sticking to, as well as some fin degradation and redness. He isn’t showing behavioral symptoms but this is definitely an early warning to treat. Watson is seemingly bullet proof, though I’ve seen a little redness in his tail the last day or two. They were fine before I had a filter stop pumping I didn’t catch, and then the spike when it started up and had to re-establish itself. Sigh. For biosecurity, the new guys have entirely new equipment if I couldn’t sterilize it properly, and are also in a completely different part of the house. I even bought them their own food packages and have them stored in different spots, and different gel food in the freezer. Different syringes for water testing, etc. I’m not taking any chances with their immune systems, especially the babies. And given that I had a whole tank go down and still am not sure of the exact cause, the survivors are being treated as suspect until plenty of time has passed symptom free. Even though their current malaise is almost certainly aeromonas due to the filter issues I’m not ruling out that it could be a resurgence of the hexamita-like symptoms, and I’m restarting the clock on their symptoms free days and not considering introduction of them into the clean system until at least three months have passed with nary a frayed tail. I’ll keep this thread updated with progress pictures from the new guys, and get a video uploaded later as well. Thanks again Cynthia! I’d been waiting a year or three to buy from her because of this viral issue but the opportunity presented itself with the giveaway, so here I am with a gazillion water changes again 🤣 (Aren’t they the cutest?!)
  6. 3 points
    Cool looking tank. Pygmaeus corys would be great if you can get them, IME much more outgoing than other dwarf corys and so darned cute. Unlike other dwarfs, they will swim bottom and mid level and not constantly hiding. I think a 15 gal tank can handle a nice shoal of ember tetras too as another option.
  7. 3 points
    Number five or six, I can’t remember when last we talked. Both are doing pretty well, though six has pretty significant special needs. But he’s so cuuuute! He just learned how to role from his back to his tummy after two and a half years of working on it. His therapist and I were so excited. This is him from several days ago
  8. 2 points
    Went to a park with Justine, they had a bunch of booths there. One of them was a pet shop I go to abou 30 mins away. They recognize me as the goldfish lady. Lol they had a ball toss to win a free fish. So I figured why not, on the first shot I get the ball in the cup. So now I have a voucher for a free killifish. Lol Justine has been bugging me about a Betts, so I guess this is just as good. Lol So I will have soon, 2 adult goldfish, about 20 fry and now a killifish.
  9. 2 points
    I’d probably keep them in their own tank until they’re at least an inch from nose to tail. Generally they’re strong enough and fast enough by then to not get starved out.
  10. 2 points
    Some random photos I took today.
  11. 2 points
    How deep is the tank? I would try putting him in a large but very shallow tub and feeding duckweed.
  12. 2 points
    Unfortunately it's not going to have any buddies for awhile lol! I'm ok with not having to deal with the excessive waste LOL
  13. 2 points
    Congratulations! It’s good to have it confirmed, I always hate the “we think but aren’t 100% positive” status. I had two kids with fairly ambiguous/uncooperative ultrasounds and it was so annoying 😆
  14. 2 points
    I'm thinking about doing it like a mini landscape. Hoodie and some little mini village buildings and miniature tree looking things. Then I'll can a background and paint clouds and such on it to where it looks like the fish are flying around. Maybe do all long fined varieties of whatever I do Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  15. 2 points
    If anyone is looking for aquarium plants and stuff, aquariumcoop.com is having a 10% off sale. Enter code BESAFE10 when checking out. On any order! I bought some plants and a prefilter but they have a ton of stuff! I’m in a Facebook group that they founded or support or something. They have great reviews! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 2 points
    So I just bought several little cactuses and succulents at Walmart. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  17. 2 points
    This is what happens after a thunderstorm here. Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  18. 2 points
    Re set up my 15 gal tank. A lot of debris floating around from where it was a black water tank I had leaves decomposing in. Will probably go that way again. Meet Emperor Betta supreme leader and uncontested ruler of the aquatic forest! Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  19. 2 points
    Not got to send any time with them yet. Had to go-to work. But it's probably for the best. That way they could explore their new place and get accustomed to it before having new Scarry human to deal with. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  20. 2 points
    Sure just post the link once in this thread you are ok. Just not a thread lol Justine said a basket full of AWE. Lol
  21. 2 points
    The original once I was going to go after was giveaway. But I found another set that I really like. I'm getting a calico female that is mostly black and has a orange stripe down her forehead and nose and looks like she's wearing little booties. Also getting one of her brothers which is an orange tabby male. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  22. 2 points
    I am assuming it's ok to mention fish sice it has been and no one said anything.... So. Look what this girl is doing!!!! She has completely dug under the rock so she can get under it. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  23. 2 points
    A reference on goldfish growth: North american Journal of Aquaculture The Effect of stocking and Feeding Rates on growth and Production of Feeder Goldfish in Pools. by: Nathan Stone, Ellen McNulty, and Eric Park. You can read the abstract here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1577/1548-8454(2003)65<82%3ATEOSAF>2.0.CO%3B2 Farms that grew goldfish to sell as feeders wanted to know how to keep the fish small for as long as possible so that they could produce a steady supply of feeders for the pet shops. So this group did the research. The most effective way of keeping the fish small was underfeeding. This is true for any animal, including humans. Disease or parasites can also stunt, but the goal of this research was to produce healthy, stunted goldfish. They could also decrease the growth rate by increasing the stocking level, but this didn't work as well as underfeeding. The combination of of higher stocking levels with underfeeding was most successful. Your source was correct that goldfish that lived to record ages were all clearly stunted. Also, virtually all of them lived for at least their first decade in a two gallon fish bowl with a tankmate. The owners followed the directions to feed the fish just a tiny pinch of food a day and change their water completely at least once a week. After 10-20 years, they typically upgraded to a 10 gallon tank with a filter. The somatostatin stuff is complete nonsense. Didn't any of the people who write this take high school biology? Surely if they did they would know the definition of a hormone. Definition of hormone: a product of living cells that circulates in body fluids (such as blood) or sap and produces a specific often stimulatory effect on the activity of cells usually remote from its point of origin. They don't get dumped into the environment.
  24. 2 points
    Live in Adelaide, South Australia
  25. 2 points
    Thought she would be running the place by now Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  26. 2 points
    I'm Stephen. From Malaysia.
  27. 2 points
    I am from a little place called Erwin in Tennessee one of the great states of the United States of America. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  28. 2 points
    Oh it was just LOTP that it was forbidden, but since it's so quiet here now we don't have LOTP anymore
  29. 2 points
    Actually got a goldfish again. Lol Have several fish actually. I combat depression that way lol Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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    Thank you. That’s so horrible! Aren’t you like, only a few years older than me? Early 20s? I hope you’re in the clear cancer wise for now. Was there any long term damage from the stroke? Eck, women are horrid [emoji2356] I’m sorry you had to go through that. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking that must have been. I hope you’re able to heal and find someone much better/ find happiness being alone, whichever it might be. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Sounds like you have had it rough. And I am so sorry about your loss. [emoji22] I'm glad things are looking up now. I've been battling with a stroke I had. Had cancer (small tumor) it was removed. Changed Crohn's meds a few times. And found out me girlfriend was cheating on me for months while we was planning a big vacation and looking at engagement rings. So that ended. Got lots of medical bills to pay still. Lol Also went though a depression again. But I'm doing better most days. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  33. 2 points
    Yeah same for me. I checked in for like, a day over a year ago but it’s been a good 2+ years since I’ve consistently been on here. Been busy! Lol got married, moved twice, lost a baby, adopted a cat, now having a baby! Soo much. Sorry things have been rough! We have definitely had highs and lows. 2 days after we came back from our honeymoon we were evicted and then my husband was fired from his job 3 months later. But things are good now! It all works out in the end [emoji177][emoji170] Edited to add; I have a tendency to over share [emoji1787] sorry lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  34. 2 points
    @Stephen Tang I agree, a few hours but if it starts to dissolve in the water it’s time to remove it. You should be able to see when the nori begins to shred.
  35. 2 points
    Aw they are so cute! If they are anything like other baby fish I've raised then frequent WCs and a Fry Food. Ive used powders and Baby Brine Shrimp (live and frozen)
  36. 2 points
    Thank you! 12 weeks with a little boy [emoji170][emoji170]. I thought it was funny he is the size of a robo hamster this week [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  37. 1 point
    Thank you!! We are very excited. Poor hubby and his mom were both crying at the ultrasound place. I hated when people asked what it was lol cause we had a maybe gender... but now plans can be made and things can be bought! No mistaking that ultrasound! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 1 point
    Don't have any right now. I'll get some tomorrow when I'm home. It's made to be in a headboard for a bed. Maybe some big schools of little fish? The lady that gave it away said she had cichlids in it. But I don't think it would be good for it. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
  39. 1 point
    I really appreciate the help. I'm going to go back to weekly wc's but with less volume and try to keep the nitrates at a lower level. I'll keep you updated.
  40. 1 point
    Oh no are you okay, is baby okay? Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  41. 1 point
    I’m sorry he died I wouldn’t add any nails to the twenty unless they’re nerites. Apple snails just create too much waste even though they’re incredibly cool to watch.
  42. 1 point
    I know they generally do, but at least my Armour works even when taken with food, I just have to be careful of the type. Iron and caffeine are the big contraindications that mess with that, but some crackers or a hard boiled egg do wonders. I noticed a slight drop off in how I was feeling with it, but it was better than vomiting it back up and getting no effect at all. Synthroid is a little less picky on that, surprisingly. Anyway, your mileage may vary but I’ve done this six times all the way through now, and adjusting when I take my meds was a must to not gagging all over the place
  43. 1 point
    Awe I’m sorry, that’s unpleasant. Have you purchased emesis bags from Amazon? They’re amazing and wonderful if you’re stuck puking in weird locations. I keep a bunch in the car for my carsick kids. https://smile.amazon.com/Emesis-Disposable-Aircraft-Sickness-Nausea/dp/B075M3RKK6/ref=sr_1_3?crid=A4HCULL54IFO&keywords=emesis+bags+disposable&qid=1561645191&s=gateway&sprefix=Emesis+%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-3 It’s not ideal, but try to take your thyroid meds in the middle of a meal, not before. Sometimes sandwiching them in food makes it easier on the stomach. Vitamins and pills on an empty stomach has always been a surefire way to make me hurl when pregnant, too, and after a meal it sometimes trips the gag reflex. But in the middle has been pretty safe.
  44. 1 point
    Well she don't look like the picture really. But I have them and I'm heading home. Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
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  46. 1 point
    If your heater is off during the day you should be fine. I would check the temperature at night at when you wake up. You don't want them to get below 75f. Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  47. 1 point
    I know, just lazy on that part lol Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
  48. 1 point
    The very same! He’s not so tiny anymore - they grow fast! I happen to be very fond of your name choice for soooome reason 🤔😁
  49. 1 point
    Yea they were all fine thankfully!
  50. 1 point
    I'll try, I'm usually not able to post pics. But I've been wanting to take some and post em. . . so yeah.
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