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About mermaidkitten

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    San Francisco
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    2 commons and 4 butterflies

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  1. black moor with severe SBD

    Hope your fish feels better!
  2. Surprise! You are a Grandmother!

    I hope everyone had a great holiday! Thanks for the tips. Ned is looking great, eating like a champ, and is settling in in his new tank while he grows. His gils actually look normal now that I realized he is still a bit see through with fry color. Indulge me a few pictures because I can not get over how cute he is! How often should I be feeding him? And is higher protein better for small fish? So far he has eaten gel food as a staple like the rest of my fish, he has had blood worms (that did not last long), and brine shrimp. I think I am under feeding him a bit and was wondering if upping from two to three or four small meals will be okay. My boyfriend is off for two weeks and I can make him a fish nanny to assist with extra feedings.
  3. Surprise! You are a Grandmother!

    Thanks Chelsea! As always, you are a rock star!!! - Maja
  4. Surprise! You are a Grandmother!

    Hi All, It has been a while since I have posted anything since my fish have been so healthy and happy thanks to all the things i have learned here. My telescopes (one female and two males) lay eggs often and I have never had any luck with them. I usually just let the eggs turn to snacks now since I am not permitted any more fishtanks, per my boyfriend (four tanks is really not a lot in my opinion!) So I have admittedly not cleaned out my canister filters in er,,,, three months or more. Once I removed the top sponge, I went to dump my media into a bucket for a rinse and there was a 1"-1.5" silver colored goldfish laying on the pebbles. I sort of screamed and called my boyfriend over to look (while I hid in the hall) at the dead fish in my filter. He went to remove it and.....it was alive!!! Ever seen that TV show "I didn't know I was pregnant?" It was like that...sort of!!! So, now I have a brand new baby butterfly telescope, that based on some internet research, is about ten to twelve weeks old. He is quite large and I am baffled that he had survived in there so get to the size he is. He has a straight spine, his mouth is perfect, all the fingers and fins are accounted for. He is pooping normally (although oddly, quite a bit), and this morning he ate some gel food (I figure that is what he has been living on...in the filter!) He must have hatched in the filter or the egg hatched and was sucked into the filter and I assume he has been swimming around in the top two inches of water that the filter permits. So, now what? I have him in a five gallon bucket with some algae covered anubius and an airstone and he seems happy as a clam. But, I have some questions... 1) will a sponge filter work for a while? I plan on keeping him in a tub for a few months to let him grow out a bit and make water changes easier. If so, how do you seed a sponge filter for proper cycling, or is this not needed. I think I will do water changes every other day and then every three days so I am not sure if I need a cycled temp tank. 2) Should I salt him? Just in case he has any injuries? He looks totally un injured, his gills are a bit pink underneath, and he seems a bit pale to me but he has been living in total darkness so that should change soon. 3) Is it safe and should I prazi him? I am due for my bi annual pratzi on all my tanks so I have plenty on hand (in which case he would get the salt with the treatment. 4) I add baking soda to my tanks to stabilize the PH. I did the calculations so long ago that I have no idea how to prep the water for smaller volumes to ensure that it matches the PH from the big tank. I used a table from Alex to calculate. Can anyone point me in the direction of that table? I want to prep five gallons and eventually a ten gallon and will do frequent water changes so I want to buffer my water properly to avoid any stress on this guy. By the way, I believe the parents are my beautiful chocolate tele (who is turning orange) that has the most divine tail and my huge black moor, who is very handsome (although a big bully) since the other male has a much shorter/whider tail than the baby. I will post pics sometime today since I am so proud, and still a little freaked out, about the whole thing. you can also check him out on Instagram (Me: goldfishgirly) Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Now lets just hope I don't open my purse and find a puppy! I have not cleaned that out in a few moths either.
  5. "Nose" Inflamed and red

    I hope your fish feels better he is adorable!
  6. Finally have fish :)

    If your ryukin hoes missing don't come looking at my house! Your fish are beautiful!
  7. Special Delivery for Chu

    Congratulations! Super cute!
  8. Nami's mouth seems to have collapsed

    I am sure a mod will be along to help you soon. I hope your fish feels better! She is really beautiful!
  9. I hope your fish feel better! I had seven large commons in a 29 gallon tank for five years. I started losing them and when I was down to four, I found Koko's and really learned to take care of my fish. I read your troubles and I had all the same issues that you are having until I upgraded to a much larger tank and finally got my nitrates under control and Alex helped me stabilize my PH. A nice Python for water changes and a used 55 gallon tank were the best things I did for them. I still do twice weekly water changes for my commons because they are so much larger and poop so much more than my fancies. You are in great hands here!!!
  10. An issue with Moe's mouth

    I hope your fish feels better. Yeah you for having commons! I love them they are so smart!
  11. So weird

    I think Jenny of the Solid Gold blog did a photo comparison of one of her teles showing the food promoted change in color. I thought it was interesting but a small price to pay for feeding them such healthy food! My commons have been getting more orange now that I have been leaving the curtains open more. I think it is sort of like them having a sun tan!
  12. Goldfish of the Week Entries

    Holy smokes that would scare the bejesus out of me! The quote is hysterical!!!
  13. Goldfish of the Week Entries

    Steve Zissou showing off his glorious tail with Eleanor and Alistair hanging about. Bonus points if you can tell me what movie characters they are all named after? And Bubbles, if you are out there, This is the one I obtained from you and the Moore with more gold was your baby as well. They are happy and getting bigger by the minute! http://i1292.photobucket.com/albums/b563/mermaidkitten/Threesome_zpseb191fd2.jpg
  14. A Demekin...... Tattoo!

    I have a bunch of goldfish tattoos! I always have to tell my tattoo artist "no mustaches, I don't want koi!" Beautiful artwork!
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