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Tazz Knight

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  1. Goldfish genetics are awesome and weird at the same time. Years ago, I lost most of my goldfish when I moved from parents home to my current house. the two that ended up surviving were my shubunkin(female) and my chocolate oranda(male)...before my male died, he had spawned with the female a week prior and I was anxious to see what I would get from that mix. But the time the fry were 3 weeks old, my female died. None of the fry were fancy and in the end, only 5 survived(Roulette, Spade, Joker, Jinx and Dorothy(the runt of the litter...lol...kept here in a tank with my cory cats cause she was sooo little)....almost a year and a half later, the first four(Roulette the only female) spawned and amazingly, 25% of the fry came out fancy. I kept 5 regular goldfish and 3 fantail(how I hope turn out to be orandas) Its been a year and half and the five single tail goldfish spawned two weeks ago and I can see quite a few fancy goldfish in the making. so soon, I will have fish to give away again....lol. :krazy:

  2. I had some cory cats in my goldfish tank years ago and the lived for five years, no problem...I would however suggest that you give them their hone house or safe haven they can go to when they dont want to be bothered by the goldies. Many time thought, my cory cats loved to swin along with my goldies..I had fantails and moors at the time...hope that helps

    agreed, the cats do need their own refuge in the tank to get away from the tank world. I always had a barrel. plant corner and ornaments they could swim through. most times the enjoys swimming with my orandas and fantails. I love having albino cory cats with my goldfish

  3. Sorry about the long reply time!

    I don't have a photo of the current set up, as I am still constructing it (waiting for the java moss to spread, and all plants to establish and grow) but I'll take afew pics tomorrow of it and post them up for you.

    kewl, i look forward to seeing them

  4. well i guess i missed it cause theyre back to normal now and my big oranda looks skinnier like she released the eggs and ate them! maybe next time

    yeah, I hope so to...so much fun watching nature take its course...hope to read about your adventures next time

  5. Quick update....the three smallest didnt survive...so now I am down to 10...one seems to have a swim bladder disorder....when he eats...he floats to the top..I have video recorded for week 3 and Im going to do a video tonight for week 4...and try to post both videos up tonight or tomorrow morning

  6. Their are good arguments for both sides. Gravel will be unlikely to get in the gills, whereas I have seen sand-irritated gills before, where coarse sand has become lodged between the gill filaments. But sand has less 'fill space' and hence debris is less likley to lodge itself in their to decompose. I have also heard on occasion, goldfish may swallow a peice of gravel and choke, where as sand does not allow this. Some goldfish also seem to enjoy taking a mouthful of sand and 'blowing' it through the gills, perhaps to clean them? Because of this I offer my fish a small amount of fine sand in a dish every week or so, and they usually end up doing afew 'sand blasts' before losing interest.

    I have to be honest and say I use neither sand nor gravel for substrate anymore. I use small smooth pebbles called 'river pebbles' our local $2 shop stocks in the goldfish tank. Their all natural, no dyes that can leak into the water or anything. I do this because the coarse sand had caused problems with gills in my fish with the out-turned gill covers and plates, and my fish will pick up gravel in their mouths and shift it to a corner of the tank. The shifting is annoying, but the danger of them choking on a peice made me change the substrate. This way (with the pebbles) they can't shift the rocks with their mouths, though they can push them around to forage, and I don't have to worry about sand. The only issue is I have to do a quick siphon for debris every day, otherwise it gets between the rocks and decays. Plants root well in it, their roots will spread through all the gaps between the pebbles and tap into any debris I may have missed. It offers an interesting texture to the tank floor too, and the java moss spreads all through it through the gaps.

    I suggest finding a happy medium between the two (sand/gravel) and going for 'fine gravel' it's about as large as coarse sand, but offers the weight and reduced lack of accidental inhalation that gravel gives. You should get the best of both worlds.

    A finer point is whatever substrate works for you in your tanks is a good one, regardless of other's opinions.

    Do you have any pictures of your tank?

    And thank you, OLDFISH...if it wasnt fry, I would definitely give the sand a try...but with them being small....I dont want to get it logged in their lil' mouths

  7. this had been a very interesting thread and I still have not made my final decision as of yet, but the sand that I am planning on using can be seen here, " http://www.caribsea.com/pages/products/super_nat.html " and the kind that is already in the tank I plan on using for my fry when they get an inch long is the "Tahitian Moon" one. Its in a 20 Gallon tank with corys and mollies at the moment. The tank is already cycled and would be an easy transport. But if I need to take the sand out and have a graveless tank then I will...has anyone used Super Naturals Aquarium Gravel before?

  8. I like Oliver. Especially, since goldfish are asking for "some more" food!

    I agree with anymitchell, I vote for Oliver

    He is a handsome goldie....Im jealous...lol...I guess I always want them all when I see a nice one....I vote for Oliver

  9. Thank you two for the fast responses and link...I will read it...I will probably just have to take all the sand out the tank and have a gravelless tank for my goldfish fry...will keep you posted...just looking ahead...got at least 2-3 weeks...I wanted to use that tank because its is already cycled and ready to go..with plants in it that the goldies cold nibble on

  10. I am not sure if I am posting this in the right place, but here goes it.

    I have a few tanks that I experimented with(tropical tanks). I have black sand in there and it seemed to be good for the fish and the plants. I never tried it with goldfish before. I know that Goldies love to forage through the gravel looking for the "food that got away" from the earlier assualt. Would sand be an issue with goldfish? Has anyone had any experience with this...I ask cause I am moving the few tropical fish I have into a smaller tank(I used to have 10 in a 20 gallon and now I have only 3 left) so I think I will place them in my QT 10 gallon tank. That way I will have a 20 gallon tank to move my goldie fry into as they are starting to get big in their 2.5 gallon tank. Any suggestions...I dont want my fry to have issues witht eh sand in the tank I am going to be moving them to in a few weeks.

  11. Ok now I'm worried, my black oranda has white stuff on his tail and his dorsal fin is all torn up now. Is this normal and will it heal?

    From my experience...that is the milt from the male as he was trying to fert the eggs that may have been laid....sounds like what I experienced when I came home from work...my tank was a lil cloudy and he had white stuff on his face and body...then when I looked around and inspected the tank...I saw eggs all over the plants....do you have any eggs in your tank?

  12. Aw they are soo cute...congratulations!

    Thank you...I was watching them last night and they are starting to show more colors...the white ones are starting to get some black colorations now and one looks to be getting some orange spot...one of the smallest looks to be suffering from some fin root....i am thinking about getting a half gallon fish bowl for him to treat him in

  13. Awesome, congrats :)

    I really love your chocolate, I wonder if you'll get any :o

    I was hoping so, but it seems like all of the fry have single tails....so now I am hoping that one will row a wen...lol...I will try to do a weekly recording for them...I cant seem to find any place where I can get brine shrimp eggs in my area to feed them...all I have been feeding them are first bites

    any ideas as to when I can start small water changes?

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