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  1. Hey everyone - new to the forum. I’ve been a fan of Cory and Aquarium Co-Op for just about 2 years now. I currently have a 93 cube tank with a sump for my goldfish, but I plan to move them to a 180. I love the idea of simplicity that Cory discusses with HOBs and sponge filters. What are your thoughts for the 180? I’ll start with 8 fist-sized goldfish and probably go to 12-15. Can I pull of an aquaclear 110 with 2 sponge filters? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
  2. Does anyone know where there are some good stores that sell good quality goldfish, specifically orandas? I'm located in Virginia. Thanks!
  3. Brought 8 ranchus salted 1 week 1 tablespoon per gallon 1 died like second day. Then did trio meds 2 died that ended after 7 days. 1 got sick towards end of trio sitting on bottom of aquarium he’s eating still. I lightly feed 1 time a days. water conditions perfect and temps around 75. All other ranchus seem happy healthy threw entire process. Amazon link better quality video can any professional take look see what you think if I can do more? he’s in about 3-4 week quarantine. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/bJrLUkAaTMueHfnnjLqwow.imjKj4gmlraa1UMAoJMLSX
  4. I am absolutely dreaming of starting a 75 or 90 gallon goldfish tank for our next aquarium project, and luckily, my husband is completely on board. I'm thinking 3 or 4 fancy goldfish, pool filter sand bottom (or bare?), and an Attempt at some tough, sturdy plants. I'd love some adorable orandas and ranchus for my tank (I am not interested in telescoping eyes or bubble eye goldfish), and I'm debating whether to add hillstream or dojo loaches for the bottom. I'll probably throw in mystery and nerite snails, maybe some bamboo shrimp (fully grown ideally), but the goldfish will be the main focus. Who has experience with fancy goldfish? What works for you, and what plants/hardscape/substrate should I consider with these cute guys? Some enthusiasts advocate a species-only goldfish tank, some say you can add a few other tankmates in with them. Most sources say to research a goldfish breeder, but I think I'd definitely have to order online because I can't find many within reasonable driving distance.
  5. My German Shepard, Shadow, loves to watch the goldfish in the tank. He has bad anxiety and I think it calms him down. This beautiful scene is why I love fish keeping.
  6. Hello! So we are setting up a pond, and we are going to have goldfish in it. The water temperature will be about 55-65*F. What kind of plants do you think can tolerate these temperatures, and the goldfish won’t destroy?
  7. Hello everyone, thanks for reading this post. I have two fantails and one ranchu goldfish (all about 3”) in an outdoor pond. I have a heater in the pond so water temps are consistent around 73 degrees. I feed solient green, hikari sinking excel, hikari goldfish excel, and goldfish bug bites. I also feed frozen spirulina brine shrimp. I want to encorporate more vegetables but so far haven’t had success in getting them to eat blanched lettuce. I recently added duckweed hoping that the goldfish would eat that, but so far it looks as though they haven’t ate any after the duckweed was added about 5 days ago. I usually feed once or twice a day in small amounts but since I’ve added the duckweed I am feeding every other day. I don’t think temperature is an issue since I have the heater and the fish eat greedily when I use other foods. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get these young goldfish to eat the duckweed and/or blanched vegetables? Is it just a matter of not feeding them until they eat it or do some goldfish just not eat duckweed? I don’t think the size of the duckweed is an issue because the pellets I feed are similar in size, if not bigger. Also, could it be that I need to feed some floating foods to train the goldfish to look more on the surface for food? Reading all about bloat and goldfish, I have been reluctant to use floating foods although I know Corey has no issue with it. Thanks for any suggestions!
  8. Hey all, I recently took a big leap and got a fancy goldfish- a Thai ranchu. But it's been a bit if a saga. Let me explain. The first fish I brought home was looking kind of lethargic and so I acted quickly, adding aquarium salt and erythromycin. Unfortunately the fish died overnight- less than 24 hrs after being brought home! The aquarium had Lapis Lustre Cemex sand substrate, the aquarium was new and had no previous fish in it, and I used mature filters from my other tanks. Tank temp was room temperature at 70* F and I used dechlorinator several days prior to adding him. Should have been ok, but he kept floating and getting worse and worse. I was heartbroken! I called up the LFS store owner and he was kind enough to give me a replacement (he would have been entitled to tell me "too bad, so sad," I'm glad he was kind enough to consider my situation.) He gave me precise instructions on getting the new fish home- use a different new tank, no substrate, use Prime to dechlorinate and bubble it for 30min, then float the bag for 30min, then drop him in. It worked like a charm and he has been active, curious, and derpy. I have only had him for 3 days and I am worried because I can't tell if these white spots on the head are part of normal coloration or something to be worried about. They are on the wen on his right side, kind of above his eye. Could some people familiar with fancy goldfish give me some feedback on this? The fish is active and appears to be happy, but I might just be missing anything abnormal because I do not have experience with this type of fish. I read something about breeding stars, could this be it? I thought the fish was female based on vent shape (therefor it would not be stars) but it's tough to tell. Current set up: Bare bottom Filters, all mature: small sponge filter for aeration, 70 aquaclear, small internal filter (I keep reading GOLDFISH ARE MESSY! so I would rather overdo things until I am familiar with the fish.) Just added some anubias and Java fern today, cholla wood, and a rock, hornwort, duckweed, and a light designed for a 10gal Parameters: 71* F Ammonia: edging between 0 and 0.5; just did a water change and added prime; I would be surprised if this reading is accurate after only 3 days Chlorine: 0 Nitrate 10ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Hardness: weird color that doesn't match, but probably 300ppm+ based on previous readings of my aquariums Kh: 300 Video from today: https://youtube.com/shorts/MJ5dXZ2s1Ao?feature=share Picture from Wednesday clearly does not show the spots. I am afraid to treat with anything because I am not sure if that's what caused the first fish to die. Tl;dr: are these white spots normal or a sign of disease? From 3 days ago, no white spots present: All other photos are from today.
  9. Finally got my 29 gallon up and running. It’s maxed out now. 1x Pearlscale Goldfish 1x Ryukin Goldfish 1x Demekin Goldfish 1x Rubberlip Pleco
  10. Trying to get a opinion on everybody’s favorite food for goldfish. I have Fluval BugBites, Omega, and Hikari Fancy goldfish. My goldfish seem to like the BugBites more than the Omega, but they go crazy for the Hikari pellets. Honestly, the BugBites are just more cost efficient for me. Should I keep getting Hakari or just switch permanently to BugBites?
  11. Temp: 72F Hardness: 350PPM GH Alkalinity: 230PPM pH: 7.6 So I adopted 6 little golfish that are in extreme bad shape. A 14 year old kid said he did not want them anymore in my local fish group, and nobody wanted them so I felt bad for the fish. Now I have 6 little guys. Placed them in a quarantine 20long tank, and one day after putting them there, along with dosing pure malachite green, I see the tank CRAWLING with these guys: They're kind cool/fascinating, but sadly a pest. I'm guessing the malachite green made them detach from the goldfish? Anyways, I've been keeping the lights off because for some reason, when I turn them on, some of the goldfish start to dart around really bad, and one of them even seems to want to jump out of the tank (got a lid). I dosed more malachite green today, since they also seem to have fin rot. Poor guys were in extreme bad shape, but luckily not a single one has passed. What should I use for em? Med trio? How about salt, would salt be enough to completely eradicate these lice? Woudl it be better a highly concentrated salt bath, or dosing the aquarium itself?
  12. My oranda goldfish recently got infected and I don't know what to treat him with. I don't know if what disease it is can someone help.ive tried the trio on new fish in a quarantine tank but they've all died I'm afraid I could lose him he's my favorite fish .he's in a 125gal with two koi fish 😢
  13. 60 gallon tank no plants anymore. Wife had me remove them believes caused the septicemia. Horn wort and Java fern. Ammonia 0 Nitrite 9 Nitrates 10 ph 7.6 water temp 72 current room temp. 4 common goldfish smallest 4inches biggest 6 inches and 2 hill stream loaches. What can I treat with other than melafix and pimafix there not working. Oh and I live in California
  14. Hi!! Hopefully I can manage to avoid making this TOO much of a rehash of my about page- but, hi everyone, my name's Linebeck (they/he pronouns for me, thank youuu)! I'm located in south Texas, and I'm starting community college in the fall! I'm planning to get credits to transfer to TX State for their Aquatic Biology degree, and then I want to pursue certificates and a career in environmental health and safety. I've been in the hobby for about a year and a half at this point- I wasn't actually very interested in fishkeeping for a while, even after I started, I just saw the poor care my sister was giving to her betta, that didn't have a name yet (I named him Totodile) and refused to let it live a miserable life. He died recently, after the freeze, and so did the ember tetras collectively named Red Basculin. But on the bright side!!! Most of my neocaridina shrimp and all of my goldfish and white cloud mountain minnows survived! Which is a good segue into introducing them! I still haven't named the Shrimp Collective, but I recently moved them into the 10 gal from their fluval Ebi. This setup of plants is REALLY new, and has to grow in, still, because I made so many of the small bushy plants closer to the front (I do not remember what they are at All :'] ) from a few bigger ones. I'm going to be adding chili rasbora once everything grows in, and it'll be a display tank in my mom's office! And in my 40 gal, I have 3 ranchu goldfish! A dark brown-gold female named Feebas, a white male with an orange tail named Seel, and another male with more mottled coloring of orange and black and white with one completely black eye named Goldeen (sidenote: Should I look for more female goldfish to add with them? I worry about them stressing out Feebas with their chasing). I also have a small school of white cloud mountain minnows collectively named Blue Basculin! I also have a TON of pothos in there, growing completely submerged! All of the pothos you see in there were propagated from 3 plants! Both of these tanks use matten filters and have dirt beneath their cap of planted substrate and sand respectively! Anyway- I'm really excited to be a part of this community!
  15. Hi all, quick question what is the best clean up with 3 small Oranda Goldfish (still young), I have a 40G, 3 nerite snails, and a few shrimp. What other stocking idea can you think of to help stir the substrate (mid size aquarium gravel 4-8mm ish) to help keep it clean ish? Would cory’s do ok with goldfish, was thinking red ancistrous but open to any ideas. Tank is heated to 20’C or 68’F. Combination of live and artificial plants.
  16. So, I have fell in love with Thai Orandas and I want to start my next breeding project with them, but I was curious as to a couple of things. 1) Where is the best place to find them online? 2) Is it better to buy really nice male and females that are 4-5 inches+? If so how many, a trio? 3) Or is it better to buy them young in a fry pack of 10 or so and raise them up? Any other suggestions will be more than welcome! Thank you!
  17. Good Afternoon, Yesterday we while at our LFS we were browsing and came across the very fish that my teen had mentioned wanting a few months ago. Ranchu Goldfish This is Boba Pearl. Our latest addition, s/he is currently new fish quarantining and is awaiting the cycling and completion of his/her new home. We are new to this species. So, any advice, facts and experiences you can share are greatly appreciated. Specifically, we are setting up the tank this weekend, and were thinking of a planted and layering with fluval plant and shrimp stratum lava soil and river rock / pebbles on top. Constructive critisism welcome. Thanks guys and gals. We are super excited about our new baby!
  18. I have fancy goldfish that have anchor worm and I'm treating them with cyropro (about 7 days in). Their poop is really light in color and stringy and I suspect internal parasites. Is it ok to treat with paracleanse while treating with cyropro?
  19. In several of the recent “live streams” Cory has noted that he has been very warm in his broadcast studio. The backdrop for these “live streams” is the 800 gallon Goldfish aquarium. I would like to ask the following questions: How warm does that room typically get? How is the temperature of the water in the 800 gallon aquarium maintained for the Goldfish (i.e. is there active cooling in the water filtration system)? I am in the planning phase for a large Goldfish aquarium, but since my location is in the South, the concern is with being able to keep the water at a low enough temperature for the fish during the summer months.
  20. one of my orandas has a swollen side. has been in my pond since Dec 2020. water temp is 75 degrees. no issues with eating or swimming. noticed a slight uneven body shape upon receiving him from a breeder but he has become more swollen over time. any ideas?
  21. My Jeffrey’s lips are deteriorating. I first got him from a carnival and he’s about 9 years old and 4 inches long. It first started with cotton mouth looking lips. I tried aquarium salt, pimafix, and hydrogen peroxide dabbed on the lips with a Q-tip, but nothing worked. It ended up getting worse. I just recently got a multiple water testing kit, which covers general hardness, nitrite, nitrate, free chlorine, carbonate, and ph. I’m waiting for my API® E.M. Erythromycin to arrive, so I can see if that’ll help. Does anyone know what I can do help him? I’m not sure I’m ready to let him go yet. His friend is starting to get it too, but hers is not as intense as his.
  22. We have a 9 year old goldfish who suddenly, a few months back, started to develop mouth deformities. She gets blisters which then pop (after thrashing) resulting in peeling skin. It then heels and starts all over again. Water levels look ok- no3 20, no2 0, ph 7.5, kh 180. Gh is 0 bc we have a water softener however we have always had it and never seemed to affect her. I tried aquarium salt and also API fin rot but has not helped. Any help would be appreciated. I don’t want her to suffer.
  23. Hello! Looking for advice on if there is anything I can do to help this eye regrow/heal. It used to have a large telescope eye, but a few months ago it shrank and now has a cloudiness over it. There isn't anything really sharp in the tank that could have injured it except maybe a plant weight? He is in a 55 gallon with 2 other fancy goldfish. I have very fine crushed coral on the bottom, river rocks, and java fern. It is filtered by an aquaclear 70 and a sponge filter. I do a 30% water change every week. (GH 60, KH 80, pH 6.5-7.0, Ammonia/Nitrite 0, Nitrate 20-40 when measured before the weekly water change, temp 77 F). I did get a small ammonia spike after I used the med trio but that was after the initial problem and it seems to have corrected. I've used the med trio, then salt up to level 3, then tried Kanaplex usually with a week or so between treatments to see if it worked. I noticed right before it shrank that the eye seemed really wobbly. So now I'm wondering if it is just a genetic issue and not a parasite. Just trying to see if there is anything else I can do.
  24. Hi from Dana Point, CA. I have two goldfish. - 18 years old. They are quite the family members. I came across this site while researching diseases. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been dealing with as well as treating a sick goldfish. The disease literally came on so fast. Within a few hours - it appeared his mouth was rotting away. I had the medication on hand and treated him with two rounds of Kanaplex and Furan 2. The treatment seemed to work, his mouth healed. However, yesterday morning he was staying at the bottom of the tank. And, it looked like he was developing a fungus again on his mouth. I started him on Erythromycin and just gave him his second dose this morning. I am happy to say that he is doing better. I plan to treat him with Ich X when it arrives. I hope that I am doing the right treatment. He is in a 55 gallon tank. I checked the water parameters before I treated him -which all checked out. I feel defeated. Thank you for this site and the wonderful information provided. LuLu
  25. I have a comet and a black moor in a 10G tank. I don’t even know which is male or female. But I can see both have become very aggressive. They laid eggs. Look at the pictures. I am not even sure if they are fertilized. Is this even possible? Please suggest what to do. Should I move the two to a separate tank? My tank is full of eggs.
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