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New Goldfish keeper from Ireland

Discussion in 'New Members' Area' started by Christor, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Christor

    Christor Member

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    Northern Ireland
    Hi Folks,

    So I've been fish keeping 7 odd years now but always micro fish and in particular shrimp, which I still have a big tank of sakura and bloody Mary reds, but not culling as I should.

    Always fascinated by goldies from small but thought them too "boring". Well I was wrong as I finally got 6 black ranches and they're great!

    Currently in my tank with my shrimp and some.plants, thankfully not paying attention to the plants and my shrimp are too fast haha.

    I'll be looking to get a big dedicated tank sometime soon but. Below are a few rough photos. (I even scraped the front glass for them!)

    Any range or general tips would be appreciated especially for feeding and sexing. They're all 2.5 inches or so but will let them settle before weighing.

    Also they are impossible to photograph so I might get my gf to take it as my phone is rubbish!

    Hope to learn plenty here
     

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  2. Totallyvictorian

    Totallyvictorian Active Member

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    Clarksville, Tn
    Very nice. I have had comets in my pond, but am now in love with Ryukins, Oranda, and Ranchu. Mine don't mind me touching them
    and lifting them out of the water to view them better. I have had them since May of '16. Right now they are in my garage and will go back
    outside in the Spring. I know you will love watching them grow. Beautiful fish. Best of luck with them.
     
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  3. Justintime

    Justintime Active Member

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    Hello nice fish I keep mine with ghost shrimp.once in awhile my calico Oranda or my Ranchu will pick one off but not often, good luck with your new fish they are really nice
     
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  4. Christor

    Christor Member

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    Thanks for the welcome. Ill try and get a few better snaps of them! I just wish I started this hobby sooner as I also love Koi and wouldve loved a pond but cant at the moment.

    Theyve slowly got better at the feeding as they seem clumsy, definitely not like the Ryukin or Oranda it seems as anything in the water column they struggle to lock onto properly but on the ground they can tear away. Im surprised how they are always on the browse looking for food but I am trying to resist and not overfeed but still keep their growth rate up!
     
  5. joe

    joe Well-Known Member

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    love the live plants, can you tell us about your set up. I keep live plants too and am very curious about how others keep plants and goldfish together.
     
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  6. Christor

    Christor Member

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    It is nothing special! I moved house a year ago and set it up very quickly with little thought as I recovered my bloody mary cherry shrimp line and so hadnt much time for plants and didnt want to risk Co2 or ferts, which I still dont add. I need to go look up my plants again t see what I have lol.

    The stone cost me a small fotune at the time because it is Manten rock, which is scarce here unless you go to a specialist aquascaper.

    The plants I have so far have stuck the goldfish but I doubt they will forever as their little moves cant seem to get a good bite! I wouldnt like to see Ryukin at them! But it certainly adds some character as it seems a lot of goldfish tanks are bare which I can understand too.
     
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  7. SantaMonicaHelp

    SantaMonicaHelp Active Member

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    Santa Monica, CA, USA
    Welcome to the forum! And believe me when I say that you'll learn plenty here.

    -Kamran
     
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  8. Jacob Lovatt

    Jacob Lovatt Member

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    Loch Lomond, Scotland
    Your Ranchu look great I have three very similar, eyesight not so good with black ranchu but they cope fine. I'm new to Ranchu's was always a Betta and chiclid keeper, I feel I get more from them. So much to learn too.
     
  9. Justintime

    Justintime Active Member

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    I did a lot of research before I got a uv sterilizer and the longer the water is in contact with the light the more it kills like a filter will filter the water better when you slow the flow
     

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