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Old 11-12-2009, 01:12 AM   #31
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If my pellets are about 2 mm in diameter (very small little balls) how many can I get away with giving him per day? I agree that feeding him more often might make him more excited... i used to feed him a lot when he was in a little 1 gal bowl and he was always so active.

Yes, I have a light over him, but interestingly enough, if he is sitting at the bottom and then I turn the light off, he gets up and starts swimming. Not always, but usually.

I will stop adding salt for now, to see if that changes anything. I am going out of town by car this weekend and no one can take care of him in his tank, so I am transporting him in a 2 gallon hospital tank for the weekend :-/ I hope this doesn't stress him out too much. I am going to take the water straight from the tank to he doesn't have to adjust at all.

Do you think I should get this Prazi and just try it? He is really no too dusty looking at all, he just doesn't look completely 100% black, he maybe looks like 97%. I don't know if that makes any sense at all, but I don't think I could show it in a picture.

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2mm are baby pellets, you should be able to feed more than just 4 ... General rule of thumb is to feed one mouthful at one sitting & knowing the size of a goldies's mouth that would be quite a few pellets! For starts, I think you can double that amount per feed, twice a day. As long as he eats everything in a couple minutes, you can keep upping the amount as he grows.

It would be a bit stressful to transport a fish, but there are ways to minimize it. Rather than transporting in an open tank, I would suggest using a cooler <with lid loose> & a large rubbermaid tub. <Cooler if your temp is cold ... but in California, it is prob still rather warm?> Reason is that you would have a lid so the water won't splash during your trip. <Drill holes in rubbermaid lid for air, water that splash out of the holes stay in the cooler so your car won't be wet ...>. Get a battery operated airstone (or an inverter & run your airpump) & you would be set for the car trip. You might want to bring your filter (keep it wet) & run it when you get to your destination, so your fish won't have to face another cycle in the temp setup. If you get a 5 or 10 gal tub, you can use that as a future large QT. <I have a 30 gal tub that I store all my fish stuff in & doubles as my QT, transport.>

If the car trip is going to be quite long, you might want to add a dose of Prime (or other ammonia absorbing dechlor) at the start & do a large pwc at the end to remove any ammonia that accumulated. <You would have to match tank water parameters. If the water at the destination is very different, you would want to add your new water slowly (like over 1/2 hrs) & limit the pwc to maybe 25% or less.>

Also, don't forget to feed your main tank with a pinch of fishfood before you go. Without fish, the biofilter will start to die back & you might face the cycle (again!) when you get back. The bit of fishfood will help keep your tank bacteria alive.

The Praziquantel is a bit of a judgement call. Some moors are "velvet" & they have non-shinny scales, so might give you the dull look. If the fish had always looked like that, I would leave it be. But a change in the fish from shinny to dull is worrisome. <Also, goldies will lose their black color as they get older, so make sure this is not a color change, but a change is the shininess .... I hope this is not too confusing! > I think with the move, etc. coming up, you might just want to hold off until the dust settles, unless the fish develops an obvious sign of being sick.

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