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04/02/2018
Category: Coldwater

Author: Fiton (8:30 pm)
We are comparative novices to fish keeping but have set up two tanks. One tropical and the other cold water, both freshwater. We have, on each tank, Fluval 206 external filters, on 200 litre tanks. The tropical tank small fish. Neons, x-rays, gold barbs.The cold water has two blackmoors. We are constantly debating whether we should turn the filters down to their minimum setting at night, especially the tropical given the smallness of the fish and expended energy? We 'lost' a neon recently. Appeared stuck in the filter. Don't know whether he died and was sucked up, or got trapped by his gills and drowned. Any thoughts? Thanks
03/02/2018
Category: Coldwater

Author: Jo Thelwell (7:57 pm)
Hello,

Was just wondering if anyone could help me with the colour change in my goldfish.

I have just had one 17 year old die which was completely orange and had been all its life. The other 3 that are left, (and the previous 4 before it) all started turning white.
Most things I've read on the internet have said it is due to light.
For 15 years of my fishes life they were exposes to indirect sunlight through daytime. There tank developed a leak and had to be replace with a new one with artificial light. (This freaked them out, so only put on when they wanted feeding, worked out ok, and they started associated the light with food.) Left on for 4 hours then switched off.
3 that are left are almost white now. So if it involves how much light they get, how come one of them stayed orange.

Also got 3 black fish (originally) after 3 years one is orange, one is turning orange and one is still black.

If anyone could shed some light on why they change colour please let me know.

Thanks in advance
22/12/2017
Category: Coldwater

Author: Karen (9:52 pm)
Hello

I have a gold fish who is 8 years old and about 7 inches long. All of a sudden her eyes have gone white in the centre. Struggling to know if it's cloudy eye or not. Does anyone know how to know?

Thanks
21/11/2017
Category: Coldwater

Author: GenericFishUsername5 (3:24 am)
HHi all, I am an amatuer fish keeper with 2 goldfish in an 8.5 gallon tank. However I am struggling, in August my 2 fish recovered from an ICH infestation and ever since then the tank has gone downhill. No matter how many times I replace the water and the filter these particles that are floating in the water wont disappear. I can tell this is stressing out the fish as when I feed them they consistantly open and close there mouths in a manner that makes it seem that they are ingesting the potentially dangerous particles. Im really hoping to fix this soon, I am thinking that I should completely replace the water but I do not know the consequences of doing this, if somebody could give me some advice on what to do I would really appreciate it!
20/07/2017
Category: Coldwater

Author: silver moon (9:40 pm)
Hello. I wonder if any one can help. I have a cold water fancy tail goldfish?. He's about 8 approx 12 ins long. I have had him from a baby. Leonard :) so he means a great deal to me. He's excellent condition. What is the problem is I am going to live on a yacht so can not take him. I need to find a good home for him, not having much luck at the moment. I hoped one of you on her could give me some advice, point me in the right direction. I am Newcastle based. Thanks
18/02/2016
Category: Coldwater

Author: Joanne (11:12 am)
I know I haven't posted in quite some time, so I'm sorry for this being a sad return.

I woke this morning to find George belly up between the filter and heater. I'm a little bit heart broken.

I tried for half an hour to revive her, moving her right side up around the tank hoping water through the gills would do something, gently tapping the underside of her tummy while I did so. Nothing happened. She's gone.

I just want to thank everyone who replied to my posts when I first aquired George and helped me get on my feet with her care. Without you she wouldn't have had a better past four years than her entire sixteen put together.

Even now there's little thread veins in her tail where she was still trying to repair from all the past years of damage, so losing her while she was still trying to grow, it's just made me start crying again.

My sister confirms she was ten years old when George came to the family, making George two months short of seventeen

She weighed 275g and measured 13.5 inches tail to mouth. A far cry from the weak yellow tiddler I took in four years ago.

George, you little champion of resilience and hope. You will be missed.

I've never wanted fish to have eyelids more than I do now so they could close.



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18/08/2015
Category: Coldwater

Author: KMJMP (12:23 pm)
I started doing a fishless cycle two months ago for my 55 litre coldwater tank.I have been getting regular water checks and my ammonia is always either too high or too low. recently the guys at pets at home have said just to empty the tank and start the cycle all over again.

Before I do that does anyone know how to fix this or maybe what I am doing wrong?

I add food regularly and remove it a day or two later. I had used tetra safe start as well as tetra biological bacteria.

My results for today's water test are :
ammonia 0.50-2.0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 5.0-20ppm
PH 7

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks.
30/12/2013
Category: Coldwater

Author: KendallKid (9:03 pm)
Please see the photo in Photo Gallery. I have had both these hermit crabs for about seven years. Last week one of them shed and came out with orange legs instead of red any ideas why this could happen..?
17/11/2013
Category: Coldwater

Author: crabby platy (3:33 pm)
Hi fellow fish keepers,
I have a query regarding my platys, we have 5 girls and one boy in a 60 litre bi orb tank with fresh weed, and water quality is fine,
when we first put them in they swam around lovely, but the past 3 weeks they only swim when the room is dark , so it's hard to see them.
we have guessed it is because they are scared, but do any of you guys have any ideas to encourage them to swim around again?
Any suggestions greatly received as we have a very bare looking tank at the mo!!
21/10/2013
Category: Coldwater

Author: El-Finn (10:52 pm)
Any help much appreciated!
I am one week into my tank set up which has two Pearl Scales, two small black moores and two small celestrial eyes! Alls been going well apart from Loki the pearl scale. He appears to be suffering from swim bladder & cloudy eye. He didn't look fantastic when I first bought him but of never come across the colour of pearl scale he is so I snapped him up & figured I'd keep my eye on him! In the last 3 days I have changed a fair proportion of water in the tank twice & treated this with tap safe to ensure they don't become over run with all their waste & filters working great.
I have come home tonight from my 13 hour shift to find Loki floating & cloudy eyed ( was fine last night) and Jo the celestial lookin a little flat in nature at the bott of the tank hence second water change ( changed half of my 55 L tank). I have put some de shelled pea's in for Thor & Loki (both pearl scales) & intend to take a water sample to the pet shop tomo & buy treatment for the swim bladder & cloudy eyes.
Do I need to put Loki in an isolation tank or do I maybe need to get a couple of fish into a new tank as I've got too many of the little guys in one tank? There is a good surface area, water temp is maintain at 22 degrees and the fish appear happy together....
Any help appreciated as I want a happy home for my little chaps!

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