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Goldfish Koi chat is a place for lighthearted goldfish chat

Goldfish Koi chat is a place we can meet and chat about our goldfish. Goldfish keepers love talking about goldfish, however, our non goldfish keeper friends and family get tired of the topic. Here, we can go on and on without getting a sigh or an eye roll. The hobby quickly becomes an obsession. Some of us can’t get enough

We love our goldfish, and we want to learn everything about them, even so, we also enjoy telling someone about the water spill or the fish that hovers over the jets. Maybe we don’t carry photos of them in our wallets, but they’re always on our mind

We keep goldfish for different reasons, but when it comes down to it, we’re all passionate about our fish. Goldfish, just like our other pets develop personalities. The bashful goldfish hides when we have visitors, however, the outgoing goldfish is curious, and enjoys getting their attention

Goldfish bond to their tank mates as well as their keepers. They have a wide range of emotions

Difference between goldfish Koi

By | 2020-08-05T06:34:50-05:00 May 19th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|

Do you know the difference between goldfish Koi? Do you know the difference between goldfish Koi. Both species descended from the rivers in China, although Koi were adopted by the Japanese, where they were first bred for their coloration and kept in ponds. We often see Koi sold at the pet shops. Sometimes they're in the goldfish section, although most pet shops have them in a large tank in the pond section, as well they should be. Koi fish must be kept in a pond, and not just any pond, but a very large one. Goldfish and Koi both continue growing throughout their entire lives, and even though it's a struggle to keep goldfish in a comfortably sized fish house over the years, keeping Koi is a challenge that most of us can't live up to Koi goldfish related? Goldfish average one inch of growth per year, but Koi average three inches of growth per year. If a goldfish is kept in a healthy environment, it can easily outlive your cat or dog. The average lifespan is 13 yrs. A Koi has almost twice the lifespan of a goldfish, so imagine how large it can grow; up to three foot in length This large growth rate and their cat like whiskers is the only real difference between a goldfish and a Koi. Both are from the carp family, and both prefer the same water conditions, requiring the same care It's too bad, but most pet shops do not post information about Koi, and most pet shops are selling very young fish, two to three inches long. Most people have no idea that Koi will quickly outgrow their aquarium or small pond How big Koi get? Koi are famous for their brilliant coloration and patterns. Carp are also famous for their brilliant colors Although some goldfish types are more valuable than other, and some goldfish are worth a great deal of money, the Koi by far exceeds their value, sometimes being sold for thousands of dollars. The Koi industry is a big one, and even though it's a different one than the goldfish industry, it's plagued by the same problems; lack of information on the needs of the fish The man in the photo below is calling the fish in the photo below a Koi, but it's just a colorful carp, however; a great example of the size Koi grow to Koi require the same stocking level as goldfish; minimum of 2.5 gallons of water per inch of fish body The biggest mistake people make is overstocking a small pond with a few dozen small Koi. The pond will be overcrowded in no time at all, and the fish will be at risk. If you're going to keep Koi, think big All rights Author: Brenda Rand

10 Deadly Goldfish Myths

By | 2020-08-05T08:58:00-05:00 May 14th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|Tags: |

10 deadly goldfish myths that may surprise you 10 deadly goldfish myths that may surprise you. The very things you think are right to do for goldfish could be the very thing that kills them. Read below, and then follow up by reading the 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi Keeping. The goldfish you're keeping in a bowl deserves much more 1. Goldfish cannot survive in a standard goldfish bowl, however, a container that has a large surface area and moving water is an appropriate fish house. A container space too small for the size of the fish will not support enough oxygen for a proper length of time. The smaller the body of water, the greater the risk of the fish being poisoned by the toxins created in the nitrogen cycle. Goldfish need space, room to swim and room to grow How big do goldfish get Recommended stocking level 2.5 gallons of water per inch of goldfish body 2. Cleaning the entire bowl of water does not a healthy and safe environment make. To keep goldfish safe from ammonia; a toxin created from waste they produce, it would be necessary to exchange all of the water three times daily. The only safe environment is a cycled one Tap water is recommended for use in goldfish houses, however, it's treated with cleansing agents by our city that destroys bacteria. These chemical poison fish, and friendly bacteria, keeping the cycle from forming 3. Goldfish Flakes or pellets are only part of a healthy diet. Do not sprinkle on the water surface. Food should be moistened, and spread through the body of water to prevent gorging  Feeding goldfish 4. Goldfish should be fed less more often several smaller meals throughout the day. Having no stomach to speak of they digest their food within a few short hours. Not only does practice keep the fish satisfied, but it helps keep a consistent supply of carbon dioxide in the intestines. This gass keeps the swim bladder organ functioning. The swim bladder organ gives fish the ability to sink or rise at will. Feeding only once or twice daily make cause constipation, and a very bored goldfish No food in the tract means no waste which leads to a fish with a sinking disorder 5. Air pumps are pretty to look at, however, bubble wands or bubblers as some of us call them, do not oxygenate water. These units only push air through the water. In order for water to be oxygenated, the body must be clear, the carbonate mineral level healthy and the surface must be moving and exposed to fresh  air. By method of diffusion the oxygen is pulled from the air into the water as it's in motion Tap water is also commonly saturated with concentrated amounts of oxygen. These are the tiny bubbles that take up space in water, and cause serious health issues with goldfish as they enter the blood stream How long goldfish live 6. Goldfish do not have short life spans, however, they can easily outlive our dogs and [...]

Tips Keeping Goldfish Cool

By | 2020-08-05T12:18:27-05:00 May 10th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|

Tips keeping goldfish cool in the summer Being coldblooded and cold water fish, goldfish have little tolerance for warm temperatures. Why do you need to read tips  keeping goldfish cool, because goldfish use more oxygen in warmer water, making it all important to keep up with water changes and maintain a healthy pH balance. Because they use more oxygen, this makes nitrates more dangerous in warm water. Warm water also invites bad bacteria and encourages the reproduction of external parasites Comfort zone of water temperature for goldfish and Koi is 64 to 74 Fahrenheit  No matter how fancy your goldfish, you can bet it prefers cooler temperatures Although lower temperatures are easily tolerated, as the blood flow slows, so does the digestive system. Goldfish can easily survive winter in a pond if the bottom is at or below the freeze line, but only if the water is properly oxygenated Surviving high water temperatures is another story. Unlike warm blooded animals, whose core body temperature is regulated, the body of the goldfish and Koi always match the temperature of the water they're swimming in. When temps rise to dangerously high levels, their bodies can actually cook. This is why it's important to keep their goldfish house water temperature at comfortable levels Symptoms of too warm of water: raised scales Goldfish lift their scales in an effort to reduce the temperature of the body whether caused by fever or warm water How keep goldfish pond cool Here are a few tips for keeping your goldfish cool during the hot summer months 1. Install a water cooler in your aquarium. You can buy them new and used from $100 and up depending on the size you need. If you don't like turning on the A/C this is an affordable way to keep your fish cold while you enjoy the warmth of summer 2. Chill a pitcher of tank or pond water in the fridge; pour all around slowly; refill and repeat as needed. It may take only a few or several throughout the day to keep your fish cool 3. Keep your indoor fish house open so the surface is exposed to fresh air 4. Set up a fan so it blows across the surface, cooling the air over it 5. Float ice cubes (made from tank water) in the tank, but not so much that they cover necessary surface space 6. Freeze smooth stones appropriately sized and place in fish tank 7. Don't place indoor fish houses in front of windows that receive a lot of sun 8. Don't place indoor fish houses in the kitchen or rooms that are warmer than the rest of the house 9. If your pond doesn't get any shade throughout the day, use free floating water plants to shelter the water from the sun, such as lettuce or water hyacinth. The roots filter the water and the fish enjoy hiding within the stands 10. Increase the water movement in your pond or tank water. Faster moving water stays [...]

Easy Goldfish Cure

By | 2019-04-01T18:53:21-05:00 April 20th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat, Goldfish Koi Health Issues|Tags: |

Looking for an easy goldfish cure for your sick fish? I'm sorry to tell you there's no such thing. A lot of people come to our site asking for an easy goldfish cure. When we tell them that the water needs to be tested, buffered and exchanged, they go elsewhere for help. They want a magic potion to pour in the water, making everything right. The magic potion is in the elbow Healthy fish live in healthy water, and healthy water doesn't come easy in an aquarium or small pond. What goldfish and Koi need is water that is rich in minerals, cold and heavily oxygenated. Goldfish the Real Story easy goldfish cure You may see products at the pet shop that promise to keep your water clear; products that promise to destroy bad bacteria and parasites. You will also see products that promise to raise pH; products that create an instant cycle. Some of these products work, but only temporarily, and most of these products cause more problems in the long run Help cure goldfish The very products that destroy bad bugs also destroy friendly bugs; the bugs that are responsible for creating the nitrogen cycle. After use, the bad bugs are gone, but so are the good. When this happens, ammonia forms, poisoning the fish. Now you might be thinking, but there are products that eliminate ammonia, and it's true, but these products cannot safely convert ammonia levels that continue to rise as the cycle completes Products that raise pH also raise KH. Even though carbonate hardness is a part of pH, so is oxygen. In most cases where pH levels are low, oxygen levels are low, not KH. Too high of carbonate levels can burn your fish There are products that eliminate nitrates, the end result of the nitrogen cycle, but these products can only convert low levels, and if you've been testing nitrates, you know these levels have the potential to climb to high numbers. Nitrates should be removed by exchanging old tank water for fresh Easy goldfish care There are also products that eliminate algae, but most goldfish keepers do not understand that algae is a plant life that feeds on nitrates, keeping levels at bay. Algae is also a nutritional food source for goldfish, rich in nutrients and roughage. Being omnivorous, goldfish need both meat and plants for good health Excellent goldfish health starts with excellent water quality. The tonic below is as close to an easy goldfish cure as it gets, but even so, you can't depend on for long. Health tonic is a quick fix until you get the things you need and do the things you need to do to create a healthy ecosystem for your fish easy goldfish cure Learn everything you can about your goldfish by reading the 10 Steps to Goldfish Keeping. It's no easy task keeping your goldfish water healthy, but a little hard work never killed anyone, and lack of it, can kill your goldfish There's no easy goldfish cure, [...]

Stress Coat Water Treatment

By | 2019-04-01T18:55:06-05:00 April 17th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|

Stress Coat water treatment is one of the most popular You'll find Stress Coat water treatment on every shelf that sells fish products, and that's because it's the cheapest water treatment available. It converts chlorine and chloramines, while it offers the benefits of aloe Aloe does increase the slime coat, but only by coating the fish's body with aloe. A true slime coat is created by the fish naturally. Healthy fish living in a healthy environment wear a healthy layer of slime. The protective coating helps protect them from infection You may have heard that salt increases the slime coat, and it's true. Salt irritates the skin, and an increased layer of slime is the response to the irritant, creating a close to nature slime coat Avoid combining salt with Stress Coat or any other aloe treatment. The two together can create excessive slime that may even form a layer of crustation on the fish; two rights making a wrong More than one company produces Stress Coat, because the name isn't one that can be protected legally. Stress Coat products are created equally. Some brands may be inferior to others. Some brands convert ammonia, but even so, this product should not be used for this purpose, unless ammonia is present only in trace amounts Stress Coat with aloe Like most water treatments used for converting ammonia, Stress Coat has the potential to convert only 1. ppm per dosage. The dosage can be increased safely according to ammonia levels when using other water treatments, such as Prime or Amquel Plus, but Stress coat should not be increased in dosage due to the aloe content. Increased amounts of aloe can cause increased amounts of slime which leads to other health issues. The gills can become coated, making it difficult for the fish to breathe Stress Coat should not be used to convert ammonia when establishing the nitrogen cycle; too much of a good thing About stress coat water treatment When it comes to Stress Coat, less is more. Use it to convert chlorine in freshwater during a water change if you must, but avoid overuse Most fish keepers are attracted to the idea that the product contains aloe, and as well they should be. Aloe is an amazing plant with many healing properties Detoxifies the intestinal tract Encourages a healthy immune system Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar Improves digestion Increases external slime coat Encourages regrowth of damaged tissue and scales Heals burns and scrapes That being said, the chemicals used to convert chlorine or ammonia in Stress Coat may counteract the health benefits of aloe. The aloe added to the water treatment may not be pure, and more than likely the amount of aloe added to the product is insignificant. Amounts are not listed on the labels Stress Coat should not be used with the intent or relied on to heal burns on fish that have suffered ammonia poisoning or to repair damaged fins or missing scales Unlike Stress Coat, The Organic Goldfish offers Aloe Remedy that is natural, safe and [...]

Bottled pH

By | 2020-08-05T18:34:52-05:00 March 19th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|Tags: , |

Bottled pH, does it work, and if so, how Bottled pH is popular with a lot of goldfish and Koi keepers. Most of us test pH levels as a part of their normal routine; it being the most common parameter, however it's also the most confusing. We know that the levels should be within an established comfort zone, however, we don't know how or why Bottled pH We've heard of the dreaded pH crash, although we're unsure what causes it. A few know it has something to do with oxygen. These few may not understand how water becomes oxygenated. They don't have to; the industry is selling pH in a bottle Is pH in a bottle a bad thing? Not really; not if you understand how its value is determined Every fish keeper should know about the water their fish live in, and yet, most know very little. The majority of fish keepers are depending on water treatment designed to lower or raise pH, even though they have a healthy pH in their freshwater source;     it's mystery how how to keep it healthy in their fish house Bottled pH Hydrogen occurs mainly in combination with oxygen and water as well as in organic matter such as living plants, petroleum and coal. The term pH was derived by a Danish chemist, Lauritz, although the term stuck, its full meaning has always been, and always will be debated. Named after the Greek words hydro for 'water' and genes for 'forming,' hydrogen; in relation to the water in our fish houses, potential of hydrogen simply put is the potential of water to be oxygenated. Note the word potential, meaning; latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness However vague, examining parts of the parameter separately helps us to determine it's potential for life Parts of pH Carbonate mineral (KH) and oxygen (O2) combined make up the parts of pH. KH gives water the potential to support O2, however, this doesn't make it so. The body of water must be free of carbon dioxide; gas create from waste and free of clouds with the surface exposed to fresh air, before oxygen can be absorbed. By method of diffusion water pulls oxygen from the air with the ripple of a wave. Water with no surface movement referred to as stagnant, doesn't have the ability to pull oxygen from the air; there is no diffusion taking place How to oxygenate water Moving water eliminates clouds altogether or changes their form. In a natural body of water; wind moves the surface causing ripples or waves to pull gases from the water as it pulls oxygen from the air. The natural motion of waves keeps the body of water clear. A river or stream that follows a downhill grade or cascades over a rocky cliff creating a water fall, clears the water as it does so. Mother Nature at work Bottled pH In aquariums and small ponds however, we must depend on the mechanics of our water pumps to create action. Only a real pond pump provides the right kind of action [...]

No filter No pump

By | 2019-04-01T19:06:44-05:00 March 8th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|

No filter No pump leads to no oxygen in the water, or does it? No filter no pump leads to no oxygen in the water. We love our pond pumps around here, and never miss an opportunity to talk them up. A real pond pumps pulls water from the very bottom of the tank, and then pushes it to the surface in a powerful jet stream. During this process carbon dioxide (gas created from waste) is eliminated from the water. Co2 fills tank water, keeping oxygen from entering, consequently lowering pH A real pond pump, or no pump at all                           At some time or another every goldfish keeper finds themselves with no pond pump. There are those with their fish in a bowl unknowingly, and us old fish keepers with old pumps that break down; we can also end up in a bind. Some of you are located in regions where pond pumps are hard to find and even harder to afford. What to do? Does every set up require a pond pump? Absolutely not Shallow water has the potential to release Co2 if the set up is right, although the surface must be moving Obtain a large (20 to 30 gallon) square plastic tub from your local department store, however, the tub must have a broad surface compared to the amount of water it holds. The water depth should match the length of your longest fish from nose to base of tail Follow the stocking levels; 2.5 gallons of water per inch of goldfish body Type pump goldfish aquarium? The deeper the water, the harder it is to eliminate Co2, because it hangs heavily on the bottom close to the waste. Carbon dioxide forces the fish from the bottom closer to the surface. Tall goldfish houses require large pond pumps Point a fan at the surface of the tub to disturb the water. This action pulls Co2 from water, and then pulls oxygen from the fresh air above as well Locate the tub in a cool room; 64 to 68f, filled with fresh air, however, do not place the tub in direct sunlight Whether you have a pump included in your set up or not, you'll need either a gravel or rock substrate, so the waste has a place to settle No filter no pump? No worries No filter no pump The water is quiet in the fish house above due to a downed pump, however, the large stock tank provides a large surface area. A fan will move the surface, helping to release Co2 from the water's depth. The pitcher method of removing carbon dioxide was also used during the event. Push a pitcher deep into the water filling it. Bring it up, and pour it back in. Repeat this action several times. Test pH frequently to make sure oxygen levels are healthy 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi Keeping All rights Author: Brenda Rand

Test water without testing

By | 2019-04-01T19:12:29-05:00 March 5th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|Tags: |

Test water without testing without using a test kit Test water without testing sounds impossible, but such is not the case. Learn how to read symptoms. Educate yourself about the nitrogen cycle and the water your fish live in. It won't be easy, but if you have a greater understanding of these things, you can keep your fish safe without using a test kit. That being said, I highly recommend testing regularly, however, in some parts of the world, they're unavailable. There are also times when the budget just won't allow the added expense Goldfish affected by ammonia exhibit the same symptoms as fish being poisoned by carbonate mineral. Due to the burning sensation, the fins clamp tight to the body Burns show as white marks on the body. These marks later turn black as they're healing. Most fish poisoned by ammonia die from oxygen deprivation because their gills swell. Healthy fish might survive a cycle, but most fish will be poisoned again and again. Cycles are most commonly broken when filters and pumps are cleaned, or by performing 100% water changes Test water without testing Nitrite, the second toxin to be converted in the cycle is slow to show symptom wise. By the time it does the fish could be injured. The good news is, if you fully understand the nitrogen cycle you will be prepared for a spike in ammonia or nitrites, and even know how to avoid one Next to ammonia poisoning and oxygen deprivation, nitrates are the leading cause of the death in the industry. Don't let this happen to your fish Pet shops offer free test results, however, ask for specific readings Learn about the nitrogen cycle by reading the 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi Keeping Common tap water minerals Pet shops offer free results just for the asking. Test tap and aquarium water to compare the two Type of stone, the trees and vegetation all contribute to the mineral content of the ground. Carbonate levels will more than likely be high if you live close to the sea, unless your water is filtered. If you live in a location far from the sea, where the ground is clay with little or no rocks, your water may be low in mineral value GH (general hardness) two parts magnesium and one part calcium KH (carbonate hardness) carbonate mineral The two parameters above make up total hardness. Examine separately in order to keep fish healthy. Both are two very different minerals that perform very different tasks. GH keeps our fish healthy by providing necessary minerals they need from the water they live in. KH gives water the ability to support oxygen; to support life Withholding food to disrupt the nitrogen cycle is a common practice in the industry, however cruel Learn everything you can about the symptoms sick fish exhibit by reading Diagnose symptoms and Treat Test water without testing Buy the book All rights Author: Brenda Rand

New Years Resolution

By | 2019-04-01T19:17:45-05:00 January 1st, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|

This year for just a few of my new years resolution If you're into making a new years resolution or two, why not make a few that include your fish as well. If you do, this time next year, your fish will be a year older and a little bigger. It's so easy to put things off, but in the world of goldfish keeping, this could be a big mistake. Putting off a water change could lead to dangerously high nitrates New Years Resolution New years resolution 1. I will never skip a water change 2. I will test my water parameters weekly 3. I will feed on schedule whenever possible 4. I will feed flakes only once a day, and then only a small meal 5. I will feed gel food daily 6. I will check the water temperature daily 7. I will perform a tonic at least once a month 8. I will take the time to look each fish over at every meal 9. I will take my time when performing a water change 10. I will take time to enjoy and appreciate my fish I also promise not to bore everyone with stories of my old school New years resolution Author: Brenda Rand

Merry Christmas

By | 2019-04-01T19:21:59-05:00 December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat|

Merry Christmas to you and your goldfish We can give our goldfish a merry Christmas by not forgetting to feed, and by not putting off their usual water changes During the holidays, we're busy shopping and wrapping presents. We're busy baking and cooking for special parties and much to do, that it's easy to forget our goldfish. We forget to feed them, or can't because we're away visiting Grandma Merry Christmas No matter how busy you are, be consistent with feeding. Forgetting to feed one day, and then making up for it the next could cause the fish to become constipated, which leads to floating issues. It could also cause a spike in the cycle, and your fish could be poisoned by ammonia or nitrite Merry Christmas Putting off that water change could cause a spike in nitrates, leading to nitrate poisoning. Rushing through the water change could cause nitrate shock, injuring the fish. Nitrates should be reduced gradually Just because you're going to be gone for the day doesn't mean you have to miss a meal. It's better to feed the same amounts by changing the feeding schedule to work with your busy day. Feeding less more often helps to avoid digestive issues. If I have to be gone for the day, I feed the fish when I first wake up, I feed before leaving, I feed when I get back home, and then again before I go to bed If I'm going to be gone for a few days, I have a friend or neighbor feed the fish Taking the very best care of your goldfish, no matter how busy you are is the best Christmas present you could give yourself, your family and your fish Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours Merry Christmas Author: Brenda Rand

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