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  1. Hello everyone! So my dad and I are building a custom wooden double tank stand for my new 60 gallon tall goldfish tank and my existing 33 gallon gallon long betta community tank. I wanted to journal the progress here, and also get opinions on the new goldfish tank stocking. And of course take lots of pictures along the way! I drew a blueprint today of my vision: I'm hoping we can get it done within the next month. If anyone is interested in pricing along the way, I can start to include those details as well. Thanks in advance for any input, and I hope you guys have as much fun with this as I'm going to!
  2. This forum topic is a great idea and thank you for giving me a place to record my re-entry to the hobby, and my first time keeping fancy goldfish! After 2 weeks of dumping Fritz 7 & Fritz “Fishless Fuel” into the tank, and futile attempts to get some live media from a local store or hobbyist, I ordered 2 active sponge filters from AngelsPlus.com. They did the trick and the tank parameters have been solid since. Added my new goldfish on Thursday with a plan to move 2 of them outdoors to a 70 gallon pond/water feature. Acclimated the little guys in their bags for 20 minutes and set them free. The little red cap Oranda was quickly dubbed Braveheart, because he jumped out of the bag and practically demanded food as though he’d lived here always. Next came the little red and white Oranda, named Wiley, because although he hid quite a bit, he has proven incredibly great at snagging all the food away from the bigger, slower Ranchus! I test the water neurotically 2x daily and the parameters have remained solid: 0 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm nitrite, 5-10 nitrate, 8.2 ph, 70 degrees. I had a visit from my local fish tender to take a look at the fish and my setup. He noticed a couple of little “zits” on Marilyn, one of my Ranchus. I’m super fortunate to have an aquatic veterinarian in my area and made an appointment on June 2 to have an exam (she can’t come sooner). The seller, King Koi Goldfish, has been super responsive and attentive to my questions about this fish and reassuring that it’s most likely nothing to worry about. I hope it’s nothing, because I am already attached to all these little guys and frankly I can’t even imagine moving them outside! Also surfing CraigsList for a bigger tank. LOL. Today I did a very small 3 gallon water change just to get some of the obvious fish poop off the substrate. That didn’t even really drop the nitrates. I’ve already gotten embroiled in watching the “controversy” between an elderly PhD who advocates anoxic plenum filtration. I remember my first aquarium had an under gravel filter when I was a teenager… things most likely have advanced a bit since then. But it’s all an interesting chance to learn.
  3. Hi there, so I live in Canada and been hit by a big thunderstorm, which knock down so many trees, and 100,000 plus people lost power. Its been 28 plus hour right now and my filter stopped running. So basically in may 21 at 1:50 pm the power went out and I went to make bubbles for them so they can get oxygen, and usually it takes 8 hours for the power to be restore but it is still hasn’t been restore and is already the next day which is may 22nd and now 10pm for me right now. I did buy a portable air pump but I feel like the beneficial bacteria would die. Not sure if I need to re cycle the whole thing again? I kept the media and sponge with the previous tank water. What should I do?
  4. I’m so glad I found AC! I’ve been planning to add goldfish to my small pond for several months. Started getting pump, heater, thermometer, filtration, etc. and realized because the water volume is only 70 gal., the temperature swings are going to need to be controlled before my fish will be happy there. So I bought a 40 gallon breeder, cycled it, and 2 baby Orandas and 2 baby Ranchus arrived today! (I know the tank is too small for all four fish and will be transitioning them outdoors when the temperature issue is sorted.) Meantime, I wanted to share my gratitude for the hours of videos, blog posts and knowledge I’ve gained from lurking on the forum and the site. I’m really excited about getting back into the hobby after many years. The fish all seem healthy and settling in really well. Fingers crossed it stays that way! Any advice is appreciated and welcomed. Here are pictures of the little cuties!
  5. Would appreciate some advice from experienced keepers. I have a new 40 gal. breeder set up that I used a combination of Fritz 7, Fritz Fishless Fuel (Ammonia) and eventually some active sponge filters from Angelsplus.com to cycle. My goldfish arrived yesterday from King Koi and they appear to be doing great (2 baby Ranchus & 2 baby Orandas). I have some moss, a water sprite and a small crinum calamistratum in the tank as well. The substrate is sand. The water parameters before the fish arrived 24 hours ago: Ph 8.2, Ammonia 0 ppm, Nitrite 0 ppm, Nitrate 10 ppm, 70 degrees f The water parameters this morning: Ph 8.2, Ammonia 0-.25 ppm (can't really tell but it looks like maybe a tinge of greenish), Nitrite 0 ppm, Nitrate 10-12 ppm, 70 degrees f It's hard for me to discern if there's a green twinge, but it seems it could be heading in that direction. Is this to be expected with the increased bio load? Does an increase portend an Ammonia spike? How much Ammonia constitutes a spike? I know it is very important to keep Ammonia & Nitrite at zero, and I have also read a bit this morning about calculating unionized Ammonia versus the raw Ammonia result produced by the test kit. I test the tank daily because I really don't want my fish to suffer any ill effects. Thanks in advance! --Juli
  6. My office is in the fish room in our house. I find myself watching the goldfish while I'm on calls. The activity of so many colors and "fluffy" tails busily sifting thru the substrate or demanding lunch just makes me smile every day. Thought I would share a pic or 4.
  7. Can you keep two male ranchus together?
  8. Hello Everyone! This is my first post to this forum; I was formerly a member of the Facebook Group "Aquarium Group Support". I've been keeping freshwater fish since 2018, and have at one point had 5 separate tanks! I usually keep single bettas with community tanks, and have kept pea puffers at one point. I've been having bad luck with my last couple bettas because I wasn't buying them from a breeder, and decided to take a break from buying any more. I currently have a Giant male I got from a breeder and he's great. So when my last one died, I refreshed my memory on on the individual species in my 2 community tanks and was happy to find they could all co-exist, so I combined them and freed up my 20 gallon long. I decided to buy my first fantail goldfish to put in it! I just had a few questions on goldfish specifically so I can give it the best care it can have: Do I really have to feed it everyday? I've always fed my tropical fish every other day to cut back on waste, but online sources for goldfish were telling me once or twice a day. Is that what's best for it? How do you sex goldfish? I'd really like to know what it is 🙂 Is a consistent temperature good? I know they don't need a heater, but I left the existing heater in the tank and set it to 68 degrees. For some reason leaving in the heater made me feel better, since I've always kept tanks at a consistent temperature. Can I house two fantail goldfish in a 33 gallon long (dimensions of a 55 gallon tank cut in half horizontally) tank? This tank is my other community tank, but I don't plan to replace any of the community fish that die off at this point. Eventually I would like to downsize to only 1 tank, and I know goldfish can live a long time, so I was wondering if it could be moved into the 33 gallon with a tankmate eventually? Could I put a mystery snail with it in the 20 gallon currently? Online sources were very clear about no tankmates in a 20 gallon because of goldfish waste output, but I was wondering about the opinions from this forum. Is it going to eat the gravel? I've seen him put it in his mouth and spit it back out, and do the same thing with pest snails. Do I need to be concerned? Thank you all in advance for your time and opinions!! I look forward to participating in the forum 🙂
  9. JMW

    Mystery Bump

    My goldfish has developed this bump under its vent. It’s been there for a couple weeks now. I have no clue what to do about it. Please help, I’m open to all suggestions. Thanks 🙏🏼
  10. I have a bunch of guppies and tetras but am considering something larger and maybe with bigger personality? Thinking telescope eye/black moor or fantail/veiltail, something that is in the 6-8' range and ridiculously pretty. I have heard anywhere from 1-3 in a 40 gallon breeder, what type of filtration and setup would make 2 + a mystery snail or 2 a comfortable home? Would a sponge filter work for a little while at least with frequent cleaning? Thinking pool filter sand and largely floating plants. I have hard well water. What is your experience with goldfish? Photos always appreciated 🙂
  11. Well, I fell in love with a half cylinder 9 gallon tank on craigslist. It was only $10 and came with a hood, light, filter, gravel and decor. Oh and at the last minute, the 3 goldfish that were in the tank. I told the seller I didn't want the goldfish, but the person that was going to take them backed out on her. I really wanted the tank for my betta, so I said "no problem, I will find a home for them." And I did find someone who was happy to take the goldfish in a week or so. It has been a week, and that person hasn't gotten back to me, so it is back to the drawing board. (I don't want to pester this person and push the fish on him. If he isn't showing interest in getting the fish, I don't imaging he will show interest in caring for them.) In the mean time I have been feeding them Xtreme flakes and pellets, bbs, a bit of betta food, and a bunch of snails. I put some snails in the tank for the algae control, because it is not a planted tank. I didn't know goldfish liked snails so much. I am open to any advice on caring for the goldfish while I have them. I will rehome the goldfish as soon as I find a good home for them. In the mean time, I think I would like to find a "clean up crew" tank mate for them. Goldfish are messy. What would be a good tankmate for the goldfish to help keep the tank cleaner until they find their new home? One of the goldfish is a brighter orange and has a very nice long forked tail. The other 2 have normal tails. one is orange, the other is white with orange splotches. I look forward to hearing from you.
  12. Hello! I know most of my goldfish breeds but I just cannot seem to place this beautiful fish that caught my eye at the fish store the other day. The owner said she was a ryukin but I don't believe him, seeing as she doesn't really have an upper hump at all. Is she a fantail or veil tail? Or something I'm just not seeing? She didn't really look like an oranda to me... Thank you all!
  13. Hello! I am happy to be here and I hope to learn how to care for fish properly. I will need LOTS of advice! I work in a nursing home and last week we had a party (Fall Festival) for the residents. Unbeknownst to me, one of the managers thought it would be cute to buy 20 baby goldfish, put them in tiny jelly jars and hand them out as prizes! They literally handed these little jars of fish to elderly dementia patients and said, "enjoy your new pet!" No plan for where to house them past the jelly jars. So, on Thursday (10/22) I was working with a resident in his room and noticed a tiny jar full of filthy water with a LIVE GOLDFISH wiggling around in it. That's when the resident told me he had been given the fish as a prize 1 WEEK prior, at the party! This poor little guy had been living in that tiny, filthy jar for A WEEK! I found out that the activity director had been feeding it a few flakes of fish food every day and that all the other fish died, of course. Well, I felt so bad for the little fish that I took the jar to a big box pet store after work and said, "HELP!" So they set me up with a small 3.5 gallon tank and some supplies and put my lone survivor, whom we named The Lone Ranger, into some clean tank water. Then I made the stupid mistake of buying a friend for The Lone Ranger, who I name Tonto. I know realize that a 3.5 gallon tank is insufficient for even 1 goldfish. I learned that little tidbit by watching You Tube videos which is how I found Aquarium Co-Op! I only hope my little guys survive the transfer to the new tank which I only prepared by putting some "instant" prep liquid in the water for a couple of hours prior to the transfer. So, if my little finned friends are still alive on Monday, I will let you know. I ordered some Fritz Complete and Fritz Clarifier and a gravel vacuum kit. I also ordered some test strips from you guys. Sorry my picture isn't great but if you can see the pale fish in the upper left, that's The Lone Ranger and the black and orange spotted one is Tonto. I look forward to MUCH support from all of you on the forum. I have never had an aquarium before and I literally have no idea what I'm doing! Be nice! Thanks! CLSig
  14. I have 4 goldfish in a 65g tank. Just recently my oranda showed these spots. It's been about 3 weeks as I thought it was just wen growth. But now some of the white spots are dark. I just did a 40% water change (usually do 30% weekly) and changed the media in my filter (fluval 407). I am testing the water in the am. I do struggle with ammonia. I only have 4 fish, so I know that it's not a crowded tank. I will update tomorrow with the nitrate and ammonia levels. Just feeling super frustrated. I lost my pearl scale last month. 😢
  15. my 75 is the only tank I currently have running. Just recently changed jobs, and will have a lot more time and energy for the hobby.
  16. Hello all, My goldfishes (2) are currently suffering stage 2 of fin rot. I have read the article regarding how to treat it but my parents won't let me buy the medications for them, so I have turned to with aquarium salt. I don't have that either so I searched up substitutes for it and decided to use Kosher salt. I just want to ask if anyone has experiences with using Kosher salt with their fishes before? Also, should I take out the carbon packet from my filter during the treatment? thanks for your time. -Ceci
  17. Hello everyone! Looking for advice on what to do with pond goldfish over the winter. Some backstory: My roommate has a little red-eared slider turtle. We dug a little pond in the yard so he could live outside during the warmer months. I don't know the exact size, but I am guessing around 150 gallons. We obtained some plants for the pond and surprise! They came with baby goldfish. They were so tiny we didn't even notice them right away, but they have been growing steadily over the past 3-4 months. I can't count them individually due to all the plants and such, but I think there are about 10. Now that its October, here in Pennsylvania the weather will be getting colder soon. We are trying to figure out the best way to keep the turtle AND the goldfish over winter. The turtle definitely needs to come inside, and I think the goldfish will need to come indoors, too. I know goldfish are cold water fish, but our pond is not big/deep enough for them to survive temps below freezing. I have 4 tanks set up now, but all are for tropical fish, so the outdoor critters can't live there over the winter either. We are also on somewhat of a budget. My idea now is to get a 300 gallon stock tank for them. The turtle and goldfish have been living together so far, so I would assume they are fine to live together indoors as well? There would definitely need to be a basking area and other turtle-necessities. Do you think this would work? Or should I look into getting something separate for the goldfish? I also need advice on filtration. A pond filter? Cannister filter? How to hook it up? I would prefer not to rehome the goldfish at this point, as I know they would likely end up as feeders for someone. I am willing to dig a bigger pond (luckily I own the house/property), but I know we won't be able to get it done until spring. Thanks for reading my long post and I appreciate any advice!
  18. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  19. Hello all, I have a 14 year old goldfish that I had kept in an 960 Gallon outdoor pond all of his life until the end of this July. At that time, it probably was 90 degrees most days outside but the pond temperatures did NOT rise into high 70s. I had noticed he stopped hanging around with the pack (3 10-16 inch koi, and 9 other goldfish ranging in various sizes). Then I observed he wasn’t coming up for daily feeding and still sitting at the bottom of the pond. Also I noticed him twirling a little bit too before we scooped him out of the pond. He wasn’t as easy to catch as I had thought either- as he knew enough to escape from one side of the pond to the other. From what I can tell the rest of the fish in the pond seem to be doing fine, in case you were wondering. I test the water periodically and ph is roughly 7.5, ammo close to 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 40-80ppm at times. My memory is a little fuzzy- but I recall in past recent years seeing little white bubbles on his tail now and again at the beginning of spring, not thinking much of that at the time. Now I am wondering if it was ick or something??? So I put him in a 10G hospital tank with filter, no heater in the house. Temperature is a steady 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The first few days in the new tank, he seemed sad, dorsal fin clamped and the red streaks or veins were showing in some white areas in his tail and fins. All along his appetite was very good- no twirling. After a while he became very friendly and perky! I was thinking I was starting to cure him at the time. He eats 2 times per day once at 10am and the 9:30pm. I feed him typically 6 omega goldfish pellets and 2 pond sticks each feeding- which I soak in water for 5 minutes prior to feeding him. He would eat more I am sure- but I am afraid to over feed with my biofilter not totally working. I treated him for 1-2 weeks with daily dose 1 cap Seachem Stressgard and 5 teaspoons of salt. After that I stopped the stressgard and put him on Seachem paraguard for another 3-4 weeks. He seemed to improve and not sure if it was my imagination, but some of the red streaks seemed to dissipate, but not all. When I stopped the paraguard the redness seemed to return. I noticed the nitrites in the tank rose to 1 ppm. All the while I was doing 15% water changes daily while trying to get to bio filter working. As of today ammo is 0 nitrite was .5, ph 7.2, and nitrate 10-20ppm. Anyway, I cannot figure out what the red streaks are. I posted pictures- now he does have his red goldfish color on his fins - that is not what I am talking about. See the red streaks in the white areas of his tail and bottom fins. His top fin and body do NOT have blemishes and look good. Is this finrot or - I am dreading hemorrhagic septicemia. Please send me your thoughts. Do you think I could treat him with even more salt, melafix? Or do you think I am wasting time and need to think about antibiotics- which I only want to use as last resort. I read somewhere that treating older fish with harsh meds may mess up there kidneys. He is 14 or 15. Again as of today he is super happy, hungry and perky. I bought him a 40G aquarium, as I Plan to keep him inside from now on. I am waiting to move him until I am sure he is cured. Please send me your thoughts- any advice would be appreciated.
  20. I have some serious concerns about some “advice” some people are giving in a very large fb group called Fish Tank Talk. there are individuals that are advocating for use of heaters for goldfish based on some research that some guy found over the years. After skimming over it, most research was done on common goldfish and to see if they would prefer to be in warmer over colder water. I am personally not a seasoned keeper of goldfish, particularly fancy goldfish but I know that there are negative long term effects for goldfish if kept at higher temperatures. does anyone have any studies or research references to back this one up? thank you.
  21. I really don't know what to do. My black Moor is really sick and I have tried everything. That I know of... She has to have swim bladder. I feel so bad. I don't know what to do. Everyone says "it's just a fish" I don't want her to go but I just don't know if she would be better off?? Does anyone have some advice or something. I don't even know what to do.
  22. I’m starting on a 125 gallon goldfish tank this weekend. Planning on using lots of epiphyte plants and a few others in easy planters. I’m planning to stock 1 black moor, 1 fantail, 1 ranchu and 1 oranda. 3 Dojo Loaches should be fine with them, right?
  23. Hi everyone- This is my new goldfish named Boba. He came with a white spot on his Wen and just one small one on his body. From what I read online last week, the white spot on his Wen was a indication that his Wen was growing. He always had the one white spot on his body as well, but now I am starting to notice a couple more white spots around his face and one on his tail. Would this be Ick by any chance? Any advice would be great! Thank you!
  24. Orandas about 2 months old flashing to top but I haven’t seen rub anything. So not Gil flukes I guess idk it’s white but I’ve never had Gill flukes on fish. But googled lots pictures and see none. So I treated maracyn because rapid breathing and swimming and maybe some blood spots on tail not sure so tiny so not 100%. Nothing looks wrong with it on outside. My waters perfect 125gallon 8 tiny orandas and 4 tiny bristlenose. And it’s planted so 0 0 0 and I still do large water changes every week when I’m bored. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/jIfV5GIwThyW5hIlVHBYvA.1fZ-ae4-ukkPsrLjRlCq5b https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/268NhHfdRiCVAr9WGvOhaA.AvEsO-8mDsm5OsXkMhA6PT
  25. My oranda is one year old and she’s starting to get these white spots on her head. Any ideas what it can be? Water parameters are all okay. Thank you!
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