Goldfish Koi Maintenance

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Goldfish Koi Keeping and more

Goldfish Koi keeping is a topic that is widely discussed, and everyone seems to have a different opinion. GFE practices organic methods of fish keeping, and hopes to share the knowledge collected over the years with other fish keepers

Post here to discuss, share or ask questions about the care and maintenance of goldfish and Koi

Goldfish Keeping

By | 2019-04-01T14:33:42-05:00 October 27th, 2016|Categories: Default Category, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|Tags: , |

Learn all about goldfish keeping and Koi Buy the book Goldfish keeping is a most enjoyable hobby if you learn how to care for them properly. It's a myth that goldfish can be kept successfully in bowls. Goldfish grow rapidly throughout their lives and they require growing room. It's also a myth that goldfish do not need filtered or aerated water. Goldfish are river fish, If we are to keep them healthy we must provide a pond like environment. Learn everything you can about goldfish, so that you can provide proper goldfish Koi care Goldfish information The goldfish information you find on the net may be misleading. All too often it's copied from one site to the next without any research. Don't assume the information you have found is true. Use your common sense when it comes to your goldfish. The information on this site has been researched, not from other goldfish sites, but through hands on experience Koi Keeping Many years ago, when my fish were dying one after another, I followed the instructions I found online, but it didn't help. One day, I had an idea to research the history of the goldfish. I found out they come from the cold and fast moving rivers of China. I worked on recreating the same environment, and my fish began to thrive Keeping goldfish By creating a natural and healthy ecosystem in your goldfish tank or pond, no matter the size, your fish can thrive also. Goldfish need water that is rich in mineral value; water that is heavily oxygenated. If you want your fish to live and grow, read the 10 steps to goldfish and Koi keeping. Follow each and every step, and this will lead you to a healthy environment for your fish Goldfish care Goldfish care is much easier than you think. Most new goldfish keepers exchange all of the tank water at one time, scrubbing everything down. This action destroys the ecosystem. An ecosystem consists of healthy microorganisms that help keep the environment safe. Exchanging all of the water eliminates these friendly bugs. Most new goldfish keepers believe that waste  dirties the water and is unhealthy for the fish, but the opposite is true. From waste, ammonia is created. Waste is food source for friendly bugs goldfish keeping Most new goldfish keepers sprinkle flakes on the surface, once or twice a day, but in the wild, goldfish are known to be bottom feeders. Feeding from the surface causes digestive issues due to the intake of air 10 Steps to Goldfish Koi keeping Use organic tonics and remedies All rights reserved Author: Brenda Rand

Toxic Tap Water

By | 2019-04-01T18:25:10-05:00 August 13th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Chat, Goldfish Koi Maintenance|Tags: |

Toxic tap water isn't as uncommon as you might think Toxin tap water can be found in large cities, small towns and country homes. Most of us live in regions that have safe drinking water right from the tap. Our cities go to great lengths and expense to make sure of it. Engineers monitor, filter and treat the water accordingly. They filter the water to remove significant amounts of metals and dangerous minerals or impurities, such as arsenic and phosphates; found in natural bodies of water in most regions Tap water with nitrates The fish in the photo below was poisoned by high amounts of copper in tap water, and has experienced kidney failure. Their organs are not designed to filter chemicals or high amounts of metal, but neither are ours These engineers test the water for bad bacteria and treat with disinfectants, such as chlorine and ammonia. If you're lucky enough to live in one of these cities, you enjoy the comfort in knowing your family and your pets are drinking healthy water..........or are they? Even though your city provides healthy tap water, the water you are filling your pitcher with may be toxic Tap water with bad bacteria We treat our tap water to eliminate chlorine and chloramines in our aquariums and ponds, yet drink this same water ourselves. The experts say these chemicals are safe to drink in trace amounts, but why take the risk? These same chemicals that destroy beneficial bacteria in our fish houses, destroy the friendly bugs in our intestinal tract, and who knows the other health risks they present Find out if your city uses chlorine or chloramines in your drinking water. Chlorine can easily be destroyed by adding a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to a pitcher of water. Chlorine is a gas that is easily eliminated when it comes in contact with oxygen, but chloramines is ammonia combined with chlorine, and ammonia is not easily eliminated from drinking water Old hot water tanks are notorious for contributing to the metal and rust content of water Higher quality older homes with old copper pipes used for plumbing are at a high risk for high contents of copper in the water due to corrosion. Lower quality old homes with metal piping could contain high levels of rust and bad bacteria. Rusty water is more common, but more easily noticed Toxic tap water In regions where carbonate and magnesium minerals are high, it's common for home owners and or builders to install a filtering system to old and new homes alike. These minerals build up in the pipes and our hot water tanks over the years, damaging parts and causing low water flow. While minerals are healthy for our fish and family, not so good for our plumbing Are you drinking toxic tap water? Most residential filtering systems do just that, filter the water, but some filters take it a step water, and require additives such as chemicals that soften the water. Soft water is water low in mineral [...]

Using Water Treatment

By | 2019-04-01T18:27:14-05:00 July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Maintenance|

Using water treatment is a necessary evil for some Using water treatment is a necessary evil for some of us. There's a wide variety of brands and types of water treatments available these days. Unfortunately for our fish, most of us don't know how to use them or why we should or shouldn't. Many fish have been killed due to improper use of these treatments. Made up of dangerous chemicals, water treatment has no place in a natural environment We depend on using water treatment to create a healthier environment for our fish, which is a bit of an oxymoron Water treatment is used by our cities to destroy bad bacteria in our drinking water. For some of us, it's a necessary evil. Experienced goldfish keepers know that chlorine in our tap water can kill the beneficial bacteria that create the nitrogen cycle. We been told we must use water treatment designed to destroy chlorine, although this isn't true. A liquid gas that destroys bacteria; chlorine is easily eliminated from water by exposing it to oxygen Large cities often use ammonia and chlorine both; called 'combined ammonia' or chloramines. Ammonia is not gas, and can only be eliminated with water treatment. Most basic water treatments eliminate both chloramines and chlorine Eliminate chlorine from tap water without the use of commercial water treatment Oop Boost destroys chlorine found in tap water, or add a small pump in your freshwater bucket as shown below. Water hits the air, which destroys the chlorine. Depending on the amount of water, and the size of the pump, it takes only a few hours to get the job done. Use a chlorine tester before adding to your aquarium or pond. In trace amounts, chlorine is safe for fish, but deadly for the beneficial bacteria that create the nitrogen cycle About water treatment Water treatment is also used to convert the dangerous toxins produced during the nitrogen cycle. Ammonia is the first toxin to be created in the cycle. Some products convert only ammonia, whereas some products also convert nitrites and nitrates: the second and third toxins to form in the cycle Standard products cannot keep your fish safe during the entire event of the cycle. The amount of water treatment it would take to keep the fish from being affected would poison them in itself. Depending on the brand of test kit being used, ammonia peaks at 8. to 10 ppm, whereas nitrite peaks at 5. to 8. ppm. This is why we perform daily water changes during the event; to reduce toxin levels, however, water changes stall the event We use the term 'convert' loosely, because the treatment doesn't actually change the toxin, but bonds to it, making it insoluble which keeps the fish from being affected by it Water treatment aquariums and ponds The most commonly used water treatments on the market today are listed as follows Stress Coat Designed to eliminate chlorine and chloramines. Contains trace amounts of Aloe Vera to increase the external slime coat on fish. Some brands [...]

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 [...]

Air Pumps

By | 2019-04-01T19:00:59-05:00 March 9th, 2016|Categories: Goldfish Koi Maintenance|Tags: |

Air pumps do not oxygenate water Air pumps or bubblers as many call them do not oxygenate water. Pushing air bubbles through the water to the surface, they pop, releasing back into the air. Nothing is wrong with having an air pump in your aquarium, as long as you don't depend on it to oxygenate water. Some fish are attracted to the bubbles, and nibble at them, however, this can cause issues It just seems to make sense to people that bubblers oxygenate the water, however, in order for water to be oxygenated, it must be free of carbon dioxide (Co2) a gas created from waste. Waste is something goldfish create a lot of. The water must have a healthy carbonate mineral level and the surface must be exposed to fresh air. Last but not least; the water must be moving with the right kind of action. An air pump, no matter how big it is, can accomplish none of these feats People argue, saying they have a large bubble wand. Whether you have one small bubbler or one giant one, it still won't oxygenate the water. It does nothing except create bubbles, however, some people really love the sound and the looks Bubble wand fish aquarium Go ahead and keep that bubbler, but at the same time, don't depend on it to oxygenate water, no matter how small a body of water. Even a small quarantine tank or you will think the fish was sick when you brought it home, because it will get sick in a poor set up Air pumps Air pumps should be used to fill tires; not to oxygenate our fish house water The air stone in the photo below is connected to an air hose; the pressure of the air being forced through the stone creates a stream of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface Air pump If you would like to know more about oxygenating water, read the 10 Steps to Goldfish and Koi Care 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

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