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  1. i know what you mean...i was gutted when i found this out. i signed the petition, and tried to get everyone i know to sign it too, but i guess it just wasn't enough. like the experience of winning a fish and having it die in an unfiltered bowl two weeks after winning it is going to be anything positive for the child...grr!
  2. thanks SunshineGurl, i appreciate the kind thoughts. i'd just been and got 2 new calicos who were in quarantine when shere khan had his accident, it's kinda ironic...it seems my tank is doomed to only ever have a certain number of fish in there!
  3. [*]Test Results for the Following: Ammonia Level? 0 Nitrite Level? 0 Nitrate level? 10 Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)? ? Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap?? Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?) API drops [*]Tank size (How many Gals) and How long has it been running? 47 gals (180 litres), running for over a year [*]What is the name and size of the filter/s? fluval 2+ and AVI-2300. both internals. [*]How often do you change the water and how much? 60-80 litres per week. [*]How many fish in the tank and their size? 3, (one small black moor, one 5 inch oranda and one 4 inch fantail) [*]What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra aquasafe on every water change. nothing else. *]Any medications added to the tank? a bit of melafix as the oranda had some blood in her fins, some shredding and a cut on her tail, all of which seems to be clearing up. What do you feed your fish? Hikari sinking pellets, peas, gel food [*]Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt", bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? see below [*]Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating,ect..? see below hi - this is about my fantail (shere khan). he has these very long droopy showy fins, and when i came home today i found him stuck down the side of one of the filters. his fins seemed to have got caught, as they were pretty shredded this has happened before, and always clears up fine, so i'm not too worried, just move the filters around to try and help him. however, something new has happened today...when i got home he was quite wedged in beside the filter, and it looks like his head has been squished one of his eyes is sunken into his head. he's also now having trouble keeping his balance when he swims, and is looking very sorry for himself. he's also looking slightly pine-coned, so i'm worried he's developing dropsy. has anyone experienced anything like this before? i know to keep the water pristine and keep an eye on params etc, but is there anything else i can do?
  4. firstly, i'm sorry for your loss do you mean a 20 litre tank? i'm hoping you mean 20 gallons... black marks on fins and body are usually ammonia burns i think. this is caused by inadequate housing for your fish. what sort of fish are they? common ones (single tail) or fancy ones (deep bodies, double tails)? generally common goldfish need 80 litres each, and fancies need 40 litres each, to be healthy. as for cleaning your tank, how long was Hook in there after he passed? if it wasn't long, personally i think you can get away with changing the water, no need to scrub anything down. the good bacteria are not really in the water, they're in the filter and on any gravel or ornaments etc. hopefully others will chime in on this topic to help.
  5. hmm...the biorb weighted plants i've only been able to find in the UK, but they have some on ebay that will post to the US. there must be equivalents to the other sort though... http://www.easitillweb10.co.uk/waterzoorev...?ProductID=5888 these are the sort of things i was thinking...
  6. you can get plants that are weighted, or that have ceramic bases. these don't have to be buried in a substrate, and look nice on their own! i use some designed for the biorb because they are self-righting too, so if your goldfies are a bit boisterous, then the plant will get itself the right way up again without you having to go messing about in the tank. good luck with finding something, although i think your idea works great too
  7. i've had a fish recover from pop eye and she seems to be able to see just fine
  8. i'm using a little fluval internal filter. i've also put an extra air stone in the (otherwise bare) tank. salted to 0.2% at the mo, temp at 78o. I'm checking and changing water every other day, all params good (0,0,10 or less). will up the salt tonight to 0.3%. no signs of external parasites at all. i think i'll wait for the cedapraz - pp kinda scares me but thank you for the offer of help. my main tank's not ever been treated for flukes, so when the cedapraz comes out i can treat the whole tank
  9. mine always come out better with the flash OFF. i am using a digital, so is a bit different i know. flash off, and usually propped up on something so i don't have to hold it (i get shakey hands!!). other than that - practice, practice, a lot of luck and...yep, practice! it's the advantage to digital, that you don't waste rolls and rolls of film, which is what i was doing before . if you perhaps post this in goldfish photos you might catch more photographers!
  10. goldfish do grow fast, so could reach a pretty large size in a year or so. how big is it? as for the mature fish eating the fry, goldfish can be opportunistic of eating lettle fry, but once they get a bit larger they should be safe. and i think not even the most dedicated fish could eat all of 200+fry, so at least some will survive imo
  11. is there any possibility that the dark coloured fish was already in the pond before you added the gold-coloured ones? they can be hard to spot due to their colour. congrats about your fry anyway!
  12. i always thought that protocol dictated length without tail myself...hmm...
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