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  1. I wouldn't use that tank you had with the gerbils; ammonia can leech out and cause much more harm than good. Many Koko's members have used rubbermaids or large plastic storage bins in a pinch in these situations; I'm certain you can find something 20 gallons or larger that you can put on the floor. Stunted for a goldfish means that the organs will outgrow the body, causing complications which leaves them more vulnerable to internal bacterial infections, swim bladder disorder, constipation etc. Just because they look alright on the outside, doesn't mean everything is healthy on the inside. At Koko's and from my own personal experience, we recommend one 50% temperature matched, treated water changes per week, and 100% clean out per month to avoid bacteria build ups. Goldfish produce a lot of waste, being water pigs, so the 15% is something you see recommended for tropical tanks, not for cold water fish like goldfish. Try not to overfeed, and even if you can't get a larger volume of water for the time being, try to do more frequent water changes and feed lightly to reduce the amount of waster and ammonia produced until you can. Welcome to Koko's hun!
  2. I've already done the same method for bleaching plants with great success, but I was worried that the plants could still harbor some nasty bacteria or microorganisms. Better get it done sooner than later; I find it so hard to clean up the tank after a death. Thank you everyone.
  3. Yeah, I know, long time, no see but the October season is chaos for me since I do make up for two haunted house attractions, and I've been prepping for a month before it started. In between training new employees, trying to get into school, make up artist meetings and keeping all the animals happy and healthy I haven't had much time to spare. Unfortunately, poor George, my crowntail betta suddenly died today while I was at work ; he's been seemingly healthy but he was housed in the same tank as Dr. Jeep who passed away from a latent internal bacterial infection I didn't know he still had . I'm wondering if the bacterial infection spread to George, since I never fully broke down the tank--and now I am going to assume that happened, since he was fed, had w/c regularly, no one sprayed anything around the tank.... I'm planning on nuking everything, but I'm wondering if there's some way to salvage the plants? I have one small java fern left (I don't mind tossing it) but I have a nicely grown out dwarf water lily that I'd hate to lose. You guys think there's anyway to QT the plant and do a light sterilizing treatment? I'd like to put the lily in with my remaining betta--but I don't want to risk contaminating him.
  4. Wow! I remember Boggles being quite large in the last I saw pictures of him, but he is absolutely huge now! Beautiful single tails as well.
  5. I'm not sure where to put this, really but... So last night, before I went to bed, I had cleaned out the mice tank and made them a new MES (Mouse Entertainment System) and was reading in bed. For whatever reason, I felt the urge to get out of bed and go to the kitchen--of course I have gotten out of the habit of sneaking nighttime peeks at the betta tank since it's Gorgeous George the beefy crowntail who I never have had to worry about. I peer into tank, notice right away George is not sleeping in his normal spot, rather out in the open and very very still. My filter had died, I made sure it wasn't the circuit or stray current, it wasn't producing any noise or heat. And all the media was still very wet, including the biowheel. Can't figure out what happened, but here I was at 1 30 am, stripping my filter media and stuffing it in a back up Hagen mini elite filter, still wondering how I could have such nice timing to randomly check on the tank. George was perfectly fine, of course, but if that happened to my old goldfish tank I'm sure my stomach would have dropped out of my butt. I am rather disappointed, though, I rather liked that filter but I'll see about the warranty. Would not be the fist time I heard of an Eclipse System 3 burning out. Anyone else ever have their fishie senses tingle like that?
  6. Yes, please keep updates, I've very interested to see if you to propagate the lily successfully, I have one myself.
  7. I'm very sorry to hear about Bandit, Edith. You are such a supportive person; Bandit couldn't have been in more diligent loving hands.
  8. I'm sorry you lost French's, dear. It must have been a complete shock. You have taken such good care of him. RIP French's.
  9. I'm with Sakura, with the Japanese I know and familiarity with its words phonetically, I think it would normally be ree-you-keen. But perhaps we are forgetting all languages vary from region to region and things are lost in translation. Is it possible that the pronunciation depends on the area's accent and vernacular? I'm no expert in the variations....
  10. Yep, Sakura is right. I couldn't manage to tie my Java ferns down, but they stay happy suspended in the water column as well. I don't think Java ferns do as well in substrate. When I do see them, they are usually browning and melting.
  11. Doing often, stable water changes like that can give you an advantage, because you are also removing more that growth hormone consistently often. You will be encouraging faster growth rates in your goldfish that way.
  12. If you don't mind online ordering and shipping, the raingarden site does have a large selection of watonai they are currently perfecting. Most of them are in the 4-8 inch range, they aren't too shabby to look at. Got any pictures of your common with a "watonai" tail? It would definitely be interesting to see!
  13. I'm very sorry Chrissy, I remember Frederick, one of the most memorable pearlscales on the board here. He was lucky to have those years to spend with you. RIP Frederick.
  14. Watonai are specifically breed for their characteristic tail type and coloration alike, you will never see one in a feeder fish tank. Beautiful fish though, they are one of the ultimate pond goldfish in my opinion. Feeder fish can have compromised health problems, but they do have the benefit of being less genetically modified than fancy goldfish. They are much hardier and take much more abuse than fancies--but this stigmata leaves them vulnerable to being mistreated in general. It's just hard to nurse an already sick and stressed fish back to health. But common feeders can still have a good chance at living a healthy life in the hands of a good owner.
  15. How's everyone doing, Pontosfan?
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