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Fish and other finny friends

Post by Dizzysheep » Wed Jan 09, 2008 23:44

So...I noticed there was nowhere in this forum for goldfish, and we can't have that.

I have two. Perky is six years old, big and greedy, and is either a common goldfish or a shibunkin(sp?) He started off brown and went gradually more orange as he got older.

Sparky is a comet, who is little and very wigglesome.[/img]
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Post by Tomb » Thu Jan 10, 2008 08:38

I have kept Goldfish since I was about eight. Used to keep fish in anything that held water but now just have the one tank with a red cap oranda and a pearl scale - no names. Both are around three years old.

They need some friends I think! Also have a pond with a few fish in it.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 10, 2008 09:03

Oh, I love fish!

I used to have tanks of tropical fish when I was little. Still quite fascinated by them. I could watch them for hours.

Mrs humblebee bought me a fish tank and stuff ages ago but we were moving house that year so I didn't set it up. I really should get round to that, if I can find somewhere to put it.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 09:07

Our fish tank caught fin rot two weeks ago and they all died including our favourite parrot fish Bulby. :( We got new ones now but it's not the same without Bulby. Sniff.
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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 10, 2008 09:11

We had an oscar fish when I was a kid. Oscars are awesome. They get dead massive and they've got loads of personality.

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We called him, er, Oscar.

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Post by Tomb » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:10

Tinfoil Barbs are my favourite tropical fish. They grow pretty big too.

Other fave coldwater fish include bitterlings. Haven't seen them on sale for ages now though. They breed via freshwater mussels!

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Post by humblebee » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:15

Ooh yeah - bitterling are iridescent, aren't they? I love how they shimmer all pretty in the light.

It doesn't get much better than sparkly fish.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:33

I tried to get some good photos of some aquarium fish but they are literally slippery customers. Especially the camera shy tetras. As soon as the camera was pointed at them they'd dart away. Wish I had a camera I could change the exposure on.
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Post by Tomb » Sun Jan 13, 2008 18:05

We brought three new fish for the tank today. One cute little fantail, a calico fantail and a blue oranda which looks more silver to me than blue to be honest but the Mrs fell in love with it. I am sure it will have a silly name soon!

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Post by Big Nose » Mon Jan 28, 2008 21:47

We went to buy some new fish today, but sadly a Watership Downesque ruck broke out in the nearby rabbit enclosure, resulting in much hilarity (I am ashamed to admit) and 3 wounded rabbits. The staff were slightly pre-occupied with seperating said rabbits, and then rabbit first aid. We spent nothing. It was about as close to gladatorial Rome as I have experienced yet though. Only with rabbits. And not in Rome.

On topic. I have a cold water tank, 10 gallons. How do I clean it on the inside? And how many fish can it take? It has a mechanical filter which works perfectly.

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Post by squirrelboutique » Mon Jan 28, 2008 21:56

Quite a harehowing experience!

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Post by Tomb » Tue Jan 29, 2008 07:43

Big Nose wrote:On topic. I have a cold water tank, 10 gallons. How do I clean it on the inside? And how many fish can it take? It has a mechanical filter which works perfectly.
You can use this to work out how many fish it can hold.

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Post by Big Nose » Wed Jan 30, 2008 18:00

Tomb wrote:You can use this to work out how many fish it can hold.
Ta. It's a 17 gallon tank apparently, and it's almost cycled now. The water is crystal clear and the goldfish look stunning. Although I think that the wee black ones we have in there have been nipping at the fins of the goldfish, probably when I had them in a holding tank to clean the big one out.

We bought a loach today. Ken, naturally.

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Post by cuppie » Tue Jan 19, 2010 20:30

I have fish! Does anyone else have fish, or just fish expertise? I have no idea what to do with them. I mean, I know i'm not supposed to take them out for walks and stuff but I'm totally lost on this idea of separating the babies so their parents don't eat them. It never occurred to me to ask the previous parents how they separated those baby fish because I really think they are smaller than the holes in the little net but somehow they separated them so they wouldn't get eaten. And the babies are living in an Ikea drinking glass until they are big enough to not get eaten by their parents and aunts and uncles. I don't know how long they can go on living in the juice glass or how I will know the next time babies are born, or if I've put the filter in correctly for that matter. Or exactly how much to feed them or for how many days I can leave them home alone. I don't even know what kind of fish they are except they are really small and mostly silver and generally very sweet. The people I took them from said they were guppies (I think that's what they were saying) but I don't think that's an actual type of fish. Any advice? Should I join a fish parent internet message board?

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Post by cupcake_love » Tue Jan 19, 2010 21:05

i was just talking about fish with my boyfriend last night! i mentioned how i would love to go "fishing" in a lake, only without the hooks, but instead feed the fish with some vegetarian fish-goodies. that would be lovely.
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Post by cupcake_love » Tue Jan 19, 2010 21:06

i don't have any pet fishes, but my dad does, and i remember when i was little and i got to feed them once in a while, if i promised to be really careful. and i remember the smell of that fish food. that was really nice.
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Post by humblebee » Tue Jan 19, 2010 21:46

Guppies are an actual type of fish, cuppie! Heh, cuppie's guppies. Sorry, I'm easily amused. The males have pretty tails, I remember that.

Where have you put the Ikea juice glass? Is it somehow inside the main fish tank?

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Post by Tomb » Tue Jan 19, 2010 21:58

cupcake_love wrote:i was just talking about fish with my boyfriend last night! i mentioned how i would love to go "fishing" in a lake, only without the hooks, but instead feed the fish with some vegetarian fish-goodies. that would be lovely.
I am sure the Pirahnas would appreciate that LOL.

Well I moved last year and the tank now holds five goldfish of various varieties which my daughter is fascinated with. She doesn't like the smell of the food though and rubs off going pooey!

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Post by cuppie » Wed Jan 20, 2010 17:18

humblebee wrote:Guppies are an actual type of fish, cuppie! Heh, cuppie's guppies. Sorry, I'm easily amused. The males have pretty tails, I remember that.

Where have you put the Ikea juice glass? Is it somehow inside the main fish tank?
No.. should it be? It's on my bookshelf. Now I'm worried!

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Post by Tomb » Wed Jan 20, 2010 18:31

You want a floating breeding net/hatchery so that it can be kept in the same tank. The idea is that the pregnant fish is placed in the top and when the young are born they escape to the lower chamber. When they are too big to get through back to the top you can release them in the main tank.

See here for more tips: http://www.tropicalfauna.info/breeding-livebearers.htm

To be honest I would separate the males from the females at the earliest opportunity as guppies like all livebearers multiply at an alarming rate and you will soon be overwhelmed. Note that aquatic shops will not take them for that reason. Personally I would ensure that there is plenty of hiding spaces in the main tank and let nature take it's course.

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