LHG, matey, your a legend. That has to be the most constructive way of forcing change. If every manager at P@H had atleast 2 people a week speak to them like that then may be things would get a bit better. Sadly though i dont think there are enough of us to do that to every P@H out there. I realy wish more people knew alot more about fishkeeping, we would never be in this situation to start with. My girlfreind was refused a part time job at P@H for two reasons.... 1. She was doing an animal welfare cource at Riseholme (linked to Lincoln Uni)and they said that made her over qualified. She haddn't passed it yet!) 2. Then she mentioned that i did Fisheries at Plymouth and they seemed to go all cold in the interview and stopped smileing all together. They still stick to the "your over qualified" story today. What realy takes the mick is that they then hired somebody who in her own admission knew nothing about animals and was not realy interested in their welfare stating: "It's a job innit." I might just call them chavs at home from now on in. I whish i had the guts to ask them what size cage I'd need to keep a chav alive in or what they feed them. It just go's to show what the ethic there is sales first, everything else second. Imagine if you sold bungee cords that way. You'd go out of business cos all your customers would be dead!
I wouldn't even bother with the RSPCA. Ive written to them a few times about pets at home and Thames water dumping untreated sewage in rivers and they allways give me the same responce "Im sorry but we posess neither the expertise or the means to deal with this problem" But they do always tell me to talk to the local council. My council (Kingston) are rubbish and dont even seem to care but yours may well be different so give them a call.
I went in to Pricks @ Home for a new carbon pad for the pond filter the other day and one girl who can't be more than 17 asked me those questions. I (just taking the mickey for a bit) said my tank was 35gal, it wasn't set up yet and I wanted some fish to put in it. She recomended.......... 2 Albino Oscars!!!! I was well angrey at that! I reminded her i said 35 gal and not 35 tonnes of water and she just said that it was fine!
Re: My fish is sick and I cant figure out why - could someone help please.
Just one more point on top of what the others have said. Your goldfish isn't exactly a normal goldfish. Common Goldfish have a single tail and are more of a classic fish shape. Fancies like yours have a double tail fin and tend to be fatter in the body. Fancies, by nature are more fragile than common goldfish and therefore may need monitoring a bit more than common goldfish. Their weaker immune systems and bulbous shape makes them more prone to disease but with care you can avoid this. I think definatly sort out the filtration and tank size first and make sure the water you use is treated with anti chlorine solution (tapsafe or similar). The tank should realy be cycled for at very least 2 weeks before adding the fish but this is an emergency so your going to have to do what you can for him. The advice given by the guys here is spot on so just listen to the advisors and you wont go far wrong. Good luck with Steve! I hope he sticks around for you!
I diddnt mean this particular coffe table aquarium, it is quite small and not very deep. I also diddnt mean that the entire thing would be filled with water. There is an acrylic version that i have seem that was around 1.85 meters by 1.2 meters and about 2ft deep. My girlfreind has them in an indoor holding pen which is quite large but i havn't measured it as i only get to see her every other weekend as she lives in Lincoln and we generaly have other things on our minds. But they have a beach to crawl out on and allsorts not that they ever use the damn beach but they are only about 11 months old so they are quite small at the moment. Both of us have to move out soon and the table would be a temporary soulution untill we got a place that we could build something more permanent as we are going to have to rent for a while. As for the outside bit, i beg to differ. The stock they came from are outside for 5 months of the year, they all have heat rocks in the back of the enclosure to bask on but they rarely do. If you look at how warm it gets in june and july its actulaly just right for them. I do agree its a bit cold inapril and August starts getting chilly at night to so best to only keep them out there for the two warmest months but that still works. If anyone here goes to Egmont Garden center look at some of the out door ponds there. Their terrapins stay outside most of the year as they have so many they are hard to catch and indeed some of them over-winter outside in this country! They can never catch all of them in august when they need bringing in which i thought would be a disaster but it would seem that some of them are just hardy enough to do it. They have bred to which is a worry as i cant see any protection against them escaping into the wild so I'll ask them about that as im sure the local water ways would be in trouble with them running amock. You are right about native terrapins but alot of the ones you see outdoors now are far more hardy than the ones raised in warehouses or imported from abroad which i belive is illegal now. Ie after 100 years of being here the hardy ones have survived this treatment and the weaker ones more suseptable to cold have died off.... evolution at work??? Ill have a chat to my old Uni tutor who keeps them to to find out some more on this process as it was he who explained why the ones at Egmont could survive when i thought that they should all be dead by now by they get stronger in number each year! If anyone also knows any reputable companies that can build a decent indoor pond for them then let me know!!!
The one in the pic certainly looks like a male but theres nothing to suppose it wasnt once a female. This will mean that it may well be bigger as the females do generaly have larger stomachs even when they turn male. This is a one way process so i belive, or atleast ive never heard of a male turning female. Strictly speaking you souldnt realy have two males in a tank without some females in there. They will fight over territory as yours are doing and without some females to distract them thats all they have to do. The stronger one usualy ends up bulliny the weaker one untill it gets so stressed that it ends up with a disease of somekind or the physical damage results in the death of the fish. This does ofcorce depend on how aggressive the fish are towards each other and how hardy they are. If you can, take one back and swap it for a female. You may even have babies which you can swap with the LFS for free food.
Erm... sterlets get to around four feet so at that rate of growth im going to say sturgeon. Your not going to need a pond for him, your going to need a lake! I realy dont know why they sell sturgeon in this country only one in around 1000 ponds are big enough to accomodate them as babies let alone adults. You are going to end up with a one meter fish in a year or less with that growth rate so you might want to reconsider keeping the poor little fella. I was sold two as sterlets by a LFS about 10 years ago. I was 14 and they told me that they were sterlets and not sturgeon and wouldnt grow much bigger than a foot and a half in my pond. I had a thought about six weeks later when i could not find anything to tell the difference between the small european sterlet and a full on sturgeon. Untill they grew to about a foot from just 3 inches over the summer They werent minature they were just babies. I diddnt want to take them back to the LFS so i tried to sell them but my house got burgled when i was on holiday and they nicked the fish. To cut a long storey short unless you have a lake that is very clean and well oxygenated with no blanket weed that also has the capacity of 2 doubledecker buses or bigger then I'd probably take him back if he is a full on sturgeon. They may give you your money back as an 18 incher is gonna be worth a fair bit more now. Post a pic though as i may well be wrong and you may have a very fast growing little guy!
Me and my girlfreind were considering getting one for her red eared sliders (Terrapins) as they are only a year and a half old and its a good size for them. I do think they are a little shallow for most fish though. I'd play around with the idea of having some frogs or fire bellys in there when the terrapins get to big and can live outside in the summer but i dont know. Im trying to think of fish that would be interesteing to put in there as (i know you will all hate me for this!) Im not a big fan of goldfish. I think maybe some sword tails or a decent pair of goramis but i dunno. Gimme some sugestions if you can!
The baby fish will have to come out if you want to definatly keep them as the other fish will just see them as dinner. But then again sometimes if you take your chances and there are plenty of hidning places for them they may be ok. What you could do if you don't want them is offer them to your LFS as they may offer you free food in return. Blanket weed happens and quite honestly a little bit in the pond is quite healty, but loads is dangerous. Newts tend to lay their eggs in it so keep an eye out for white jelly specs in the blanket weed if you want to save them. Another couple of fish in your pond wont be too bad but if there are fifty of the little critters then I'd advise you to ship some out to other ponds or the place you bought yours from. Hell if i wasnt about to loose my pond Id have some but alas im moving and have to start all over again! Oh well, theres nothing like a challenge!