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  1. Who likes telescope goldfish?

    Butterfly Telescope Eyes are my favourite type of goldfish. Unfortunately I found them very hard to keep healthy. These are the fish I started with, sadly by the end of two years I had lost them all.
  2. Successful Goldfish Keeping by Chance

    Hi Everyone, I am enjoying your feedback and comments. Butterfly I have the book by Dr Matsui but have not looked at it for a very long time. I will reread it again soon. I am feeling very old. I just went to check my bookcase to see if I did own the book: The Goldfish Guide, when I found it I checked what edition I had. It is a 1972 Edition and I bought it new! Arctic Mama I am very interested in the bucket to bucket method you describe, I thought I had discovered something new. When I did a Google search on the bucket to bucket aquarium method it is well known to saltwater & freshwater aquarium keepers. Distaff, I live in Sydney Australia and we have lots of beautiful fish we keep that do not need heated aquaria. The White Clouds (all three species and the gold form) are all common, as are fish like the beautiful Glowlight Danio (although it was recently banned as an import so I missed out on getting some of these) the other Danios are all common here. Leopard Danio, Pearl Danio & Zebra Danio. The Paradise Fish and the Rice Fish are also available. I wonder if these are popular here because our climate is fairly mild and even some 'tropical' species will survive in a well insulated house on the coast without aquarium heaters? I plan to re-landscape the large aquarium over the Christmas holidays. It has a school of 30 of the Golden Mountain Minnow already and I am not too concerned my tubby little Ranchu, no matter how big they get will ever catch a Golden Mountain Minnow. They are really fast. The goldfish and the Minnows have all gone through quarantine so that wont be an issue when I put the goldfish into the large aquarium. The large aquarium holds 300 litres or 79.25 US gallons. It was built to sit on the antique side board. I wanted it taller but did not want glass bracing across the top (it is an open top tank) and the expert designing the tank for me said I could not go taller without bracing.
  3. Successful Goldfish Keeping by Chance

    This is the Chinese Book on Chinese Goldfish I mentioned earlier. It does have ceramic bowls in it but the one I was referring to is in the second image: Not advocating this just having a discussion here...
  4. Successful Goldfish Keeping by Chance

    Hi Everyone, thank you for your comments. I agree the with the surface area concerns so I just measured the bowl. It is 450mm across and the water surface is 350mm across. This tank is on a book case in my bedroom and I monitor the fish all the time. They swim all around the bowl and never do the hanging around the top for air thing I have read about & seen photos of in books. I originally intended to only use this as a quarantine tank and then move them into the large tank. That is still my plan, I kept Telescope Butterfly Tails last time and nothing seemed to keep them happy. I became a nervous wreck just waiting for the next problem. Perhaps Ranchu are less problematic but what struck me was how well they were going on the constant water changes (which takes about 10 minutes to do & I am happy to do the work if the fish stay healthy) and the fresh foods only diet. This is the tank I will move them into when they get a bit bigger. They will be sharing it with a school of the Golden form of White Cloud Mountain Minnows. I don't heat any of my tanks because my house never gets below 22 degrees Celsius (that's about 72 degrees Fahrenheit) & White Clouds have an overlapping temperature range with Goldfish. Anyway I was a bit nervous about posting this here in case I incurred the wrath of someone, but this is not your typical tiny bowl aquarium. It is a good size for these two baby Ranchu and so far they are doing extremely well. A large plant nursery nearby has goldfish and White Clouds sharing a pond and after talking to the owner about this he assured me the goldfish (his are fantails) don't bother the Mountain Minnows and they have completely different diets so there is not competition there either.
  5. I have not posted for a long time. I lost heart when despite my best efforts with a huge tank, major filtration, regular huge water changes, and expensive menus of imported gel foods. I could not keep my goldfish healthy for long periods of time. I eventually lost all the fish and decided to give up and converted the tank into a tropical fish tank. After about 4 months I was at my favourite aquarium shop when I saw two baby Ranchu I just had to have. I bought them and kept them in a 55 litre bowl so I could quarantine them. I do a half water change everyday - easy to do as they are near a bathroom and I use a large gauge tube to take the water away to a floor drain, when I use a gravel cleaner to remove the waste and water. I also started feeding these fish on live Black Worms (these are cultured here in Australia so are a clean safe food source) I also feed them Duck Weed I cultivate in other aquariums and a garden pond. I mix this up with garden peas I have made into a gel food. The result is the two fish are incredibly healthy and I have kept them in the 55 litre bowl. All those who are feeling judgemental about the bowl I realise my fish will outgrow this bowl and I plan to move them to a bigger aquarium - but I will keep the water changes going every second day and the same diet. It is working for me after about 4 months - with no sick or off days for either fish. An interesting aside: I have a book translated from Chinese on goldfish care and this is how goldfish are traditionally kept there. I am not against filtration, etc. I just thought some one might be interested in my chance discovery. The bowl has a magnifying effect the fish are much smaller than they appear here.
  6. Free fish food

    That's great to hear, I hope they thrive on it
  7. Free fish food

    That's great glad to hear the food has arrived, sorry I have been really busy at work and forgot to check this feed before now.
  8. Free fish food

    Hi FishMandy, I just sent the fish food to you in the normal mail, should take about 5 days to get to you. Cheers Tony
  9. Free fish food

    Hi Again FishMandy, you are welcome, I will post the food tomorrow
  10. Free fish food

    Hi FishMandy - I will cover the postage, just give me your postal address and I will send you both foods. Cheers Tony
  11. Free fish food

    Hi Everyone, I live in Sydney and have some expensive goldfish pellet food I am not going to use up. If anyone would like this food I would be happy to post it to you. I would prefer not to waste the food. I am happy to pay the postage to anyone who lives in NSW, Victoria or Qld. This is the food: 2 x 100g Hikari Oranda Gold (one unopened) 1 x 100g Hikari Goldfish Gold (unopened) 1 x 350g Hikari Lionhead (opened) 1 x 90g Hikari Seaweed Extreme - sinking pellets (opened)
  12. Unexpected benefits of an External Power Filter

    I will mount the power board on the side wall of the cabinet - thanks Arctic Mama for the reminder.
  13. Swim Bladder Issues

    Thanks Helen, no one did anything wrong it seems the fish are just so delicate. Problems do seem to become serious very quickly. Would you like some high end goldfish food? I have: 2 x 100g Hikari Oranda Gold (one unopened) 1 x 100g Hikari Goldfish Gold (unopened) 1 x 350g Hikari Lionhead (opened) 1 x 90g Hikari Seaweed Extreme - inking pellets (opened) Free if you think you could use them? I would be happy to post them to you, I will never use them up with one fish. I also plan to continue with gel foods and some duckweed and peas for roughage. At least I will for the for a while, I am starting to lose heart with goldfish keeping. I will see how my last fish fairs and then decide if I want to try more goldfish.
  14. Unexpected benefits of an External Power Filter

    Thanks for the tip mj23dream I will do as you suggest - great idea. I am in the doldrums again, I lost Buster 1 day ago. I try my best but cannot seem to get the care right. I started with 4 fish and I am down to 1 now.
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