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  1. I bet he'll end up white or white with a little lemon. He's really filled out in the belly! What did you feed him to achieve this transformation?
  2. Just out of curiosity, what brand of test kit is that? I have a Nutrafin one right now that comes out with different colour scales than the one shown. When ammonia or any other reading is zero, the water remains clear. Seems like it should be worthwhile doing a control test with no water at all.
  3. Very dramatic-looking fish! Congrats, I hope you enjoy him/her!
  4. That looks like a trace ammonia reading to me but it could be the lighting. I find I tend to get slightly higher readings under the yellowish electric light in my living room than under natural light as well.
  5. Because there were quite a few of them, say about half the total number, and they all looked exactly the same. There was no scar, no trace of injury, and the area where the eyes should be was covered evenly in scales just like any other part of the body. They were not telescopes or any kind of pop-eyed fish. These were breeds that should have had normal flat eyes. Nothing to get chopped off by automated equipment. Of course I can't say 100% that they weren't mutilated early on. But they were so consistent in appearance and all of them were eyeless - none with a single eye. I've seen eye loss in goldfish before. This wasn't it. I don't doubt this is true. I am, however, at a loss as to why anyone would want to breed a fish like that unless it was for scientific research. They look horrific, ghoulish or something. I could definitely see some children being frightened by them. I wish I knew where that shop got their fish from. I don't know what kind of Z-rate breeder/supplier pawns off eyeless specimens on pet shops. Or what kind of Z-list pet shop sells such compromised stock, for that matter. ETA: I didn't ask any questions about them. I was too horrified. In hindsight I should have asked and taken a few pictures.
  6. A certain pet shop in my city had eyeless ranchus (lionheads?), orandas and tiny little common goldies for sale today. They were all babies. Not that they'd lost the eyes - these just never had any to begin with. Undeveloped, non-existent, not even a trace of an eye socket on any of them. I dunno how they manage to get away with selling fish like that to the public. Yuck.
  7. I think this is getting a little blown out of proportion. Fish-in cycles and "pilot fish" are a reality of fishkeeping. A fishless cycle would definitely have been the more humane thing and the language used regarding the disposal of the comet was a bit of a poor choice but this is becoming a witch-hunt. I can personally attest to seeing plenty of posts on other fish forums saying things like "I use the culls from my batches of fry/the undesirable specimens etc to cycle tanks" or "many breeders keep a dustbin fish to dispose of the pilot fish". They were not subject to the kind of bashing seen here. The one thing that impressed me about this forum when I first found it was its lack of dogma and PETA/animal rights-type rhetoric. I also thought that most of the members had their feet on the ground and realised that these were fish and not children. Now I see that I was mistaken. Priorities, please. The comet is gone now. Help him keep the ryukin properly and try to inform people of their mistakes without belittling and abusing them. Edit: I see I've been beaten to the punch. Moving on.
  8. I wonder if anyone has seen this. Buy one fish, get millions of parasites free! [sarcasm]Look at how convenient it is to pick out your favourite fishy, they're already pre-baggied![/sarcasm]
  9. All right I'll freshen up the water. No cycled media unfortunately as I was advised on this forum to go ahead and do a fish-in cycle on my new tank rather than keep them in the tiny tank any longer. Squid will take a holiday in the freezer. I'm going to go buy a whole garden centre's worth of plants over the weekend as my supplier got a big shipment in yesterday. Maybe I'll beg some cycled media from him while I'm there!
  10. So when our goldies got upgraded to their big tank I started fishless cycling their old one in preparation for maybe some guppies or a betta or something (haven't decided yet). I started on Oct 6 using pellet food and a whole small raw squid as the ammonia source. I am not willing to have bottled ammonia lying around the fish tank because the risk of my 17-month-old daughter getting hold of it is too high. I've added bottled bacteria (Microbe Lift Nite-Out II) and some of a sachet of powdered alleged bacteria which is for ponds (it was by Blagdons/Interpet, I forget the exact product name). It might be a load of bunk but hey, it can't hurt. The tank is just under 22L, has the little filter that came with it running full time along with 2 bubble stones. Filter media is various sponge, ceramic rings, bio balls and fluff. I have a moss ball in there and 2cm of gravel which is now absolutely filthy with particles of rotten food and squid. The tank now also stinks. Here are the readings I'm getting. Please tell me if/where I'm going wrong. I'm reading differing opinions on how much ammonia is too much. I'm using a Nutrafin Master Kit which is drops rather than strips but even so, the accuracy is a bit off as the colour I get sometimes doesn't match anything on the scale - and the gaps between colours are quite wide as well. For example, the ammonia chart goes right from 4.9 to 7.3 with nothing in between. pH remains steady at 7.5. 6 Oct: all 0 7 Oct: Ammonia 0.6, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0 8 Oct: Ammonia 0.6, Nitrite 0.3, Nitrate 5 9 Oct: Ammonia 2.4+, Nitrite 0.1, Nitrate 5 10 Oct: Ammonia 4.9, Nitrite 0.1, Nitrate 5 11 Oct: Ammonia 4.9+, I estimate maybe 6, it's between 4.9 and 7.3 (time constraints, did not test other parameters) 12 Oct (today): Ammonia 4.9+ see above, Nitrite trace, Nitrate trace Why are my readings going so funny? Is my ammonia too high? What should I do to put things right?
  11. Thank you all. Your kindness has truly helped. In the interests of moving forward, I would ask a mod to please close this thread.
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