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  1. Some of you guys know that I just got my first goldfish. He is very shy and loves food. Anyway, I have noticed that he does these quick spin moves and now has a messed up scale on his right side. I am pretty sure doing that against crushed coral (my city's water has a very low pH) is what hurt him. Does anyone else have a goldfish that does this? What should I do, if anything? http://s1093.photobucket.com/albums/i434/tdeems2009/?action=view&current=20120120_1540201.mp4 I don't think there's anything wrong with the water, but here are the parameters just in case anyone asks for them: Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 5 pH: 8.2 Temperature: 68 Not sure if it is worth mentioning, but the last water change was on Friday.
  2. Well my tank must be cycled because I checked the water today and had 0 ammonia and nitrites and nitrates were at 10.
  3. Thanks everyone! I am really happy with my fish too. Still can't think of a name... Btw, that fleshy thing that was on the nostril has gone away. I wonder what it was.
  4. Thanks! My first fish was an oscar from Petsmart, and it was a great fish. I looked there for a goldfish, but nothing really spoke to me. This guy must have stayed up all night rooting around in the sand, because bumpy sand was the first thing I noticed this morning. How cute.
  5. Thanks! Steve is not sure what it is. I'm just going to keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get worse.
  6. Haha he's checking everything out with his mouth. Dumb question. How do I know if it's a male or female?
  7. Yes it did. And yeah, I was expecting it to be more stressed. Definitely nothing on the nostril before. I sent Steve an email.
  8. I was also thinking it would change colors. And that might be cool if it was a pom pom. So you think he/she is hungry? I think so too. Thanks!
  9. This is my first goldfish. It's from RG. It's very active. Not sure if m or f. What do you guys think? It looks like there is something wrong with the left nostril. Does anyone know what that is? And what's it doing with the substrate?
  10. What a relief. Now I'm not so worried. So I'm just going to keep the nitrites below... 2? If they go any higher, I'll need to do a WC right? Not trying to kill my first goldfish here... And no more adding ammonia, right? Thanks for the suggestions. I already added salt after the WC. I usually add some salt after water changes anyway because I have had some good benefits from it with other fish.
  11. I wish I had a QT, but I don't. Is it possible to finish up cycling this tank with a fish in it? I don't mind doing daily water changes. I realize it will take longer, but I am more than willing to do daily water changes to keep the nitrites low.
  12. Yes, sorry I failed to mention that. The fish is expected to be here tomorrow morning. Do you think it will be okay in this tank for a little while? I suspect the cycling process is almost over... Ugh, I really hate doing that though.
  13. This is really bad. I assumed my tank was cycled because I had 0 ammonia and nitrites and nitrates were at 20. I recently added more ammonia (just to keep the bacteria alive) and then nitrites and nitrates rose significantly. Nitrites were between 2 and 3 and nitrates were around 50. I did a WC and my new readings are: Nitrites: 0 Nitrates: 5 Ammonia: 0 I am very concerned that my tank is not finished cycling because I have a fish on the way. I feel so bad. What in the world should I do?
  14. I have seen a lot of videos where orandas display this behavior. Very interesting. Here's another good one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUhgGhi7Wfw&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL0273964F48F0CA98 Some other fish do it too. Like this oscar:
  15. Steve said he didn't even notice it because she was acting so normal. Maybe they don't mind?
  16. I think you're supposed to trim it only if it starts to cover the eyes or giIls. It was covering both her eyes. He sent me some photos, but I'm not sure if I should share.
  17. Oh no guys, bad news. The lionhead's wen has grown over her eyes, so he needs to do a small procedure to remove a little bit. And then watch her for another six weeks. I told Steve at least it happened when she was still there because I would have been very uncomfortable as a new owner to do it myself. It wouldn't feel right if I gave up on her, so I asked if he would still hold her for me until she was feeling better. I'll probably get another one in the meantime though. The big empty tank is just too tempting.
  18. Thank you! Oscars are notorious for their personalities. My mom always referred to Chomp Chomp as "a dog in a tank." That is really exciting to hear that goldfish can be the same way. This is going to be so much fun.
  19. Haha... If only you guys knew her. She was aggressive. No tank mates. No decorations. I couldn't even put plants in her tank because she always uprooted them. She dug holes and made mountains with the substrate. She regularly attacked the heater and the filter's intake. Chomp Chomp would bite too! Hard! She hated most humans and couldn't even get along with her own reflection. Oh Chomp Chomp. I miss you. I think she cared for me a lot too. The first time I left her for a long time, she stopped eating until I got back - almost a month later. RIP Chomp Chomp 11"
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