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  • Posted on: 22/1/2010 19:27
Re: Advice on the start up of a Pearlscale tank #1
Yeah they have two heated ponds, but I think they only occasionally use the heater in the winter, only one pond with pearlscales though. I think the trick is ample space and varied diet, in the pond they have so much greenery and insects etc etc.

Well I've only ever kept one at a time, which is why I'd like all the advice I can get before setting up a tank just for them :) The one I have at the moment is a little sod to feed, she has to be fed pellets but I have to distract her tank mates (who have to be fed gel) first or they'll gobble it.. nightmare. But my thinking was.. if I have a tank of them alone then the feeding wouldn't be an issue, well at least I hope not :|

Thankyou for the link violet, I had a look around PetsAtHome and all the greeny looked a bit.. depressed, lol.


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  • Posted on: 22/1/2010 15:33
Re: Frequently asked questions on goldfish #2
And you are quite right, but if you read it again I meant they are tolerant in terms of water temperate and ph. :)


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  • Posted on: 22/1/2010 15:31
Re: Advice on the start up of a Pearlscale tank #3
Yep the golfball, lol. They have a 6ft by 8ft pond with a few koi also, I think they must have about 7 pearlscales, all are about 5-7 inches. They've kept them in their pond for about 8 years now and they've never lost one, so I assume they're pretty happy in there. There's so much space in there they can just kinda glide around, so their shape doesn't really restrict them.

Thanks for all the advice guys. I will definitely check out the plants, at the moment I only use moss balls (1-2 inch) and fern. I'm pretty restricted locally for plants, can you recommend a decent UK site? I know ebay sells these kinds of things but you never know what environment they're coming from.


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  • Posted on: 22/1/2010 0:22
Re: Frequently asked questions on goldfish #4
bigmick

Pearlscales despite their rather delicate scales are very hardy goldfish, they are very tolerant of water ph and temperature.

Did you notice if they were feeding enough? I have a little one at the moment (brought her home a month or so ago) and she has to be fed sinking pellets otherwise the others in the tank will get it all before she gets a look in.

It seems curious that the pair of them died.. did you check their scales for abnormalities or disease? I would be looking at the retailer from where you purchased them rather than looking at your own tank possibly.


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  • Posted on: 22/1/2010 0:05
Advice on the start up of a Pearlscale tank #5
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone would like to help me out in the setting up of a new tank specifically for pearl scales. I've kept them on and off for a few years now and have re-homed them when they have reached 5 inches or more to friends who keep a group in their pond. I'm kinda sick of giving away these great fish so I've gotten myself a 4 ft tank (59 gallon, 270 litre approx) specifically just for pearl scales.

Advice on which filtration system, plants, gravel etc I should use would be great

I've never kept more than one at a time (I keep a 75 gallon tank with various fancies and strays that I have re-homed) and aren't too sure of the specific needs of this particular fish.

Also, I've read that some species of shrimp will thrive in cold water tanks, would they work well/benefit these kinds of fish?


Thanks for any advice :)



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