Random Bits of Projects

June 5, 2009

Upside-Down, Floating Goldfish Problems?

green-peas-2I just took care of this problem with one of my goldfish today and thought I would pop a quick note up about it. Some of you may have noticed your goldfish has trouble swimming downward on occasion and just pops right back to the surface like it is full of air. The worse cases end up floating belly-up. This is most often seen in fancy goldfish with compact, round bodies. Their organs are all tightly packed in that round body and sometimes air does get trapped in the intestines. This sounds funny that the fish cannot swim due to a fishy equivalent of a fart but it can kill the fish if it continues too long. Many times they work it out, but not always.

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November 25, 2008

DIY Aquarium Glass Scraper-Use Those Annoying Plastic Cards!

cc-scraper-blueDo you keep getting those plastic, mock credit cards in the mail? Or how about those free membership cards for use at places such as Best Buy or PetSmart? The kind that you have to save and use at checkout to earn points, but just keep piling up as you save one for each store. If you have a fish tank, you can make a glass scraper out of them. Revenge!

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August 22, 2008

Handfeeding a Goldfish

Filed under: Fish,How to Do Stuff,pets — virtuallyamy @ 2:22 am
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One of my favorite fish was a red-cap Oranda goldfish named Shemp. There was a Moe but we Never got around to a Curly. I had this fish for 8 years before he/she  died of a disease that flared up on occasion through his life. Moe followed the same path.

What was striking about Shemp is that he would eat from my hand and if I put my hand in the water, he would swim up and sit in it. Needless to say it was easy to take Shemp out of the tank when I had to move. I just picked him up. For some reason, he never became scared of my hand after that. This fish was not smart, as fish go, but he was really cool….as fish go. When he (and the other goldfish) died I went on a fishy rebound and got cichlids. Sigh. More about them later.

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