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  1. finnfinnfriend
    07-26-2012 10:48 PM - permalink
    Hello koimaiden, I was just wondering... What are the best commercially prepared goldfish pellets?
  2. Sakura8
    07-26-2012 09:09 PM - permalink
    My mom went way back when she was in college but no one else in the family has. And hahaha, yeah, it's not a stereotype. You should hear my mom. Even though she never lived in Minnesota, ohmigosh, she still has the accent. "Ohhh ya!" Since my mom's health is not very good, I don't think we'll go anytime soon but someday I'd like to. I know my extremely Swedish brother would like to go. Then again, maybe he has. He doesn't tell us things. o.O Me, since I'm adopted, not quite so much but I'd still like to see the countryside.
  3. Sakura8
    07-26-2012 04:32 PM - permalink
    Let's see. Her dad came from Sweden when he was 8 and lived in Minnesota, then they came to CA and became rice farmers. Uhm, she says his family is from Guttenberg and something that begins with L and vaguely sounds like "lin-chipping." Southern Sweden, she says.
  4. Sakura8
    07-25-2012 08:17 PM - permalink
    Sweden! My mother is Swedish and dang proud of it. :D Enjoy your trip. :)
  5. Sakura8
    07-24-2012 10:30 PM - permalink
    Ooh! Overseas! Where are you going?

    Someone on here told me water lettuce is illegal. I think water hyacinth is on its way because a while ago the news did a piece about water hyacinth choking the waterways in the Sacramento Delta.
  6. Sakura8
    07-24-2012 08:01 PM - permalink
    That's interesting that Japanese breeders have soft water. Hmm . . . that's interesting. All this time I thought my hose water was really hard. Thank goodness Sparky doesn't care what his water is, as long as it's clean. Nice, easy-care Sparky. :D

    Hopefully going to get more water hyacinth to help with the nitrates. Oh these fish of ours, how they love to make us fret.
  7. Sakura8
    07-24-2012 02:42 PM - permalink
    The hose water is KH 8, I believe, and GH 11. It's weird because all the water testing strips say that is very hard and yet a plant book says it's soft. Have you ever heard of using montmorillonite clay to provide minerals for koi? Wondering if I should get some when I order the Koi Kastle from Fosters and Smith.
  8. Sakura8
    07-23-2012 10:43 PM - permalink
    Oh yes, they are big babies. :D They exist to make me fret. Thanks again Izzy for talking me out of a panic. I did another huge water change today that hopefully brought the nitrates down from 40 so maybe they'll feel better. Seems like the 10 water hyacinth in there are helping with nitrate control.

    The koi guy said they should have a KH of 8 and a GH of 16 so I do have a bag of crushed coral in there but he said since it takes time for the coral to dissolve, the big water changes are taking away all the minerals that would make the hardness go up. But if I don't do the water changes, the nitrates go up. So confused.
  9. Sakura8
    07-22-2012 09:10 PM - permalink
    Except now the temp's up again. But they still aren't eating. :( How healthy is it for them to not eat when the water temp is about 70-75? I guess I don't have to worry about them outgrowing their pond; they apparently won't eat enough to grow.

    Haha, some of the vets probably are. A whole lot of them ended up at one of my local vet clinics, which is nice.
  10. Sakura8
    07-22-2012 12:15 AM - permalink
    UC Davis is probably one of the best veterinary schools in the country. That and medicine are its main draws for students. The equine vets always accompany the US Olympic Equestrian Team to the Olympics, which is pretty neat.

    Checked out the floating plant bags but they're all like 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep or something like that. The koi place has water hyacinth for $1.50 so I figured if they eat them, it's not too much to replace them. Gonna have to order a shelter though, or construct one from river rocks.

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  • About thekoimaiden
    I got into the hobbyin 2007 with a high school project. Now I have 4 tanks and a koi pond
    Virginia, USA
    Ichthyology, entomology, herpetology, hiking, caving, photography, and writing
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    5 - 10
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