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    Tolstoy, Trotsky, Tchaikovsky, and Anastasia
  1. Two of my fish passed away this weekend. These photos from November were the last I took of them before they died. I had so many chances to take some since then, but I never took the time. Tolstoy is the one lying on his side on the bottom right. Coincidentally, this and another I took just before it are the only photos of Trotsky since he finished turning from black to gold. He was black for longer, but gold is how I will always remember him I got to my apartment tonight (Sunday), and I opened the door. And the first thing I thought was,"Wow, it smells like my fishtank is dirty. How is that possible? I just cleaned it Friday afternoon!" I turned on the light and my stomach just about sunk clear down to the floor. The aquarium was murky and I could tell there was something floating on top. At first I thought that all of my fish were dead, but then I realized two of them (Tchaikovsky and Anastasia) were still swimming. It was only Tolstoy and Trotsky that were goners. Trotsky had a habit of sometimes floating on the top when he slept, so I was hoping against hope that he was just snoozing. But by the time I had dropped everything and run over to the fishtank, it was obvious he wasn't with us any more either. The other two fish appear perfectly fine. I checked the water chemistry. It was a little out of whack but nothing too surprising for a tank that had had two dead fish in it, and certainly not enough to be the cause of the problem. I did a 90% water change anyway. Tick and Annie seem okay for now. I will be watching them closely. In truth, both Tolstoy and Trotsky had been sick for some time. Tolstoy worse than Trotsky. Not surprisingly, it looked as though Tolstoy had passed away first. Trotsky looked as though he had just passed this morning. I wish I had been here. I wonder if I could have saved him. It might seem silly, but I saved a scale from each of them. They're pressed beneath a book right now because they were starting to curl as they dried. I had Trotsky and Tolstoy for just a little over three years. February 11 was the anniversary of the day I got them. The first two years I'd taken pictures on the day, but this year I just didn't. I realize that this post is already a little bit long and self-indulgent, but I just want to share a few pictures of them before I "let them go", so to speak. I've limited myself to posting just ten. You would be my friend forever if you shared these memories with me. ----- February 17, 2008 - I'd had them for less than a week. At the time I couldn't tell them apart, but it's not so hard in retrospect. I have a few earlier pictures than this, but this is the first one in which I can clearly tell who is who. Counterclockwise, they are Tolstoy, who died this weekend, Trotsky, who died this weekend, Tchaikovsky, who is still with us, and Anastasia, who is still with us. June 16, 2008 - Home with me for the summer. They grew so fast their first two years! Trotsky is foreground center, Tolstoy is background center. Annie is to the left and Tick is above. This is my favorite "family pic" from 2008. Itsays so much about who they were at that age! July 1, 2008 - Trotsky, left, and Tolstoy, right. No one really like the orange. lol July 22, 2008 - One of their first pics in the new tank. I show this so you can see how much bigger they grew! March 31, 2009 - See how much bigger we are already?! Tolstoy is at right and Trotsky is in the center. November 20, 2009 - And now we're bigger yet! Tolstoy is left and Trotsky is center. You can see that Trotsky has started to turn gold. He began to change in October 2009 but hadn't completely transformed until October 2010. November 20, 2009 - I love that this photo shows off Trotsky's (left) and Tolstoy's (right) fins. November 20, 2009 - This is my favorite "familypic" from 2009. From left to right, they are Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Anastasia, and Trotsky. March 3, 2010 - My favorite "family pic" from 2010. I let the year slip by without taking nearly as many pictures as I had taken the years before. Then, in 2011, I didn't take any at all. It's funny how you start to take things for granted. March 3, 2010 - Tolstoy (left) and Trotsky (right) saying hello through the glass. They didn't know it, but they were saying goodbye, too. Goodbye you guys. You're going to be missed. :'(
  2. Hey! It's been a while since I've been here! Tomorrow (2/11) is the two year anniversary of when I got my fishlins. I can't believe it's been so long! Anywho, I have been feeding tetrafin flakes for most of that time. No complaints about growth, except that maybe they've grown too much! I got them at 1" to 1 1/4" for the largest, now they're 8 1/2" for the smallest and 9" for the largest! However, mostly because I was exasperated with having orange dye in my water, I finally caved and ordered some progold online. I've only been feeding it now for two days, though the fish seem to like it alright. However, my problems are: They seem to have a hard time picking it out of the gravel. They go for a bite of fishfood and end up with a mouthful of rocks. It's so much denser that the flakes, I'm really not sure how much to feed! As for how much, with the flakes, I shot for about 4 minutes for them to eat about 90% of it. I know that's a little on the high end (and probably why the dye was such a problem), but it worked for me as far as fish health. But it's taking them so long to pick the progold out of the rocks that timing it doesn't seem like a practical way to measure how much is enough. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I put a dish in their tank so they don't have to pick it out of the rocks? And if I don't, how will I know how much to feed? Thanks a million!
  3. Or maybe let the ashes go in a stream... I think that would be what I would most want to do. Thanks for helping me think about all of this.
  4. Thank goodness this isn't a pressing problem. My goldfish won't even be two years old until sometime in November (I got them in February 2008 at about 3 months old), and they all are far healthier than when I got them. But that's exactly where my question comes from. In less than two years, they've grown from an inch long to eight inches, and I doubt they're going to get any smaller. I guess I grew up with the thought in the back of my mind that dead goldfish were flushed. Now that I actually consider it, I realize that it's not exactly and end filled with dignity. But considering how large they've gotten, it wouldn't be an option for me anyways. I live in an apartment, so I couldn't "bury" them. So what would you do? Just put them in a box and throw them away? That really doesn't seem right, either...
  5. Cyanide and Happiness
  6. Thanks Trinket. Also, @Helen, if you're in the market for an aquarium you might check craigslist. I found my 29 and my 30 there with lots of extras and only about $20 each.
  7. Here are a few links for you: http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/UsingSalt.html http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/TheImportance...terChanges.html http://www.kokosgoldfish.com/TwelveSteps.html Hope you and your goldfish do well!
  8. No, table salt is not an option. Try pickling and canning salt. It's very pure and dissolves easily. You can buy a huge box, more than you'll ever need, for something like $2.50.
  9. Hey Helen! I hope the mods will excuse me for giving this "bad advice", but I really can't help myself. First, your instincts are right. The commons/comets and the fancy goldfish are best separated. The commons/comets were naturally selected for survival and are faster, grow much larger, and are more aggressive than the fancy goldfish, who were artificially bred for their beauty. The commons/comets can torment the others literally to death, and even if they don't do that, they can still eat all of the food and leave the fancy goldfish undernourished. Second, you're right again in guessing that your goldfish need a lot more space than they have right now. Ideally, a fancy gold fish will have ten or more gallons, while a common could benefit from up to twenty. However, and here's the "bad advice" I'm going to give you, anything is better than nothing. What I mean by that is, if you can't go out and buy a hundred gallon tank, twenty is still better than ten, and thirty is even better than that. Even if you can't do everything, don't get discouraged. Still do what you can. One thing that is in your favor is that these numbers are for goldfish say, three to ten inches. When your fish are tiny, as I'm suspecting your new additions are, they can do with less. It's not ideal, but it is possible, as long as you take good care of them and do frequent water changes. I got my four lil' black moors when they were barely any more than fry, only 1" to 1.25" long, and kept all four in the same 10 gallon tank for several months. The dangers there, though, are that your goldfish are more susceptible to disease, more stressed, and likely to be stunted if they're left in too small a tank for too long a time.
  10. i had a filter die like that recently (early december), but i have no idea at all what brand it was. i had just moved and reset-up my goldfish tank, and then had to leave for the weekend. the filter worked fine for the 36 hours i was there, but sometime over the weekend. the motor it was very hot when I got back, and I tried and tried but couldn't get it working again. the goldfish weren't doing the greatest when i got home, but they're all okay now. the unfortunate thing was, the filter was given to me with a used tank i purchased, so no warranty. i wasn't even sure who made it or what store it came from. i replaced it with two smaller filters, for two reason. first, two smaller filters were cheaper than one bigger one. second, if one died the idea was that the other might keep on working.
  11. the woman of the house had enough of your fish hobby when she was younger, hmmm? i'm young an unattached, but i've already determined that any young woman too good for my fish is too good for me. lol. okay, so i'm not entirely serious about that, but i'm still glad that you're able to have fish at all. a lot of people don't live where they could have an outdoor pond.
  12. Yellow: So, what are we going to do tonight, Brain? White: The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.
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