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salty-J
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"Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« on: April 05, 2010, 07:16:55 AM »

at first I thought he was a she  Shocked and maybe full of eggs, but then Saturday he started acting different, and noticed in addition to the ballooned body shape, the "pinecone-like" protruding scales, his eyes popped out a bit, and finally got to see the "gasping" behavior, as he sat in the rear corner of the tank, and I realized, "This is not good", got him in a medi-bucket, but even the magical Melafix was too late to help poor Cocoa. Lying sideways Easter morning, dead as you can get.  Cry
   New rule - no more "chocolate" goldfish in my tank. They seem to all have a bad time.
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 07:38:59 AM »

Aww... that's sad... but maybe you noticed now that it's good to observe your goldfish every day and seeing if there's any strange behavior!
Sorry for your loss :C And on Easter and all!
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 02:30:43 PM »

Spot, Stripe, and Sunshine send their condolences at the lost of their fishy friend.
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 07:08:34 PM »

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Aww... that's sad... but maybe you noticed now that it's good to observe your goldfish every day and seeing if there's any strange behavior!
Sorry for your loss :C And on Easter and all!
thanks guys.  Sad
 and in my defense in case I'm reading the tone of the middle section of your post correctly, I actually spend a fair amount of time every day staring at my fishies, that's why I noticed the swelling, but thought it was maybe eggs or just growing, as some of the others have more rounded "egg-shaped" bodies and he wasn't acting strange, then Saturday it became apparent something was wrong, but it was too late.  
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 10:29:06 PM »

Oh no... I'm so sorry to hear about your fish.. Cocoa was such a nice looking fish.. its hard losing a friend like that. I send my sincerest condolences to you. Sad I'm all sad... that's horrible.. on Easter.. Well, he's in a better place now, where dropsy doesnt exsist. Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 11:48:50 PM »

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Oh no... I'm so sorry to hear about your fish.. Cocoa was such a nice looking fish.. its hard losing a friend like that. I send my sincerest condolences to you. Sad I'm all sad... that's horrible.. on Easter.. Well, he's in a better place now, where dropsy doesnt exsist. Smiley
thank you. I say he gets to be a bird in his next life, as a result of being such a thoughtful, compassionate, and well-mannered goldfish..... Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2010, 03:12:51 AM »

Goldfish have their eggs rather in the back of their stomach and it's very hard to see whether there are eggs or not in egg-shaped fish. So, you know from now on that a bloated appearance is pretty much less healthy than a "full of eggs" appearance.

Are you gonna get any other one or will you just keep the ones you have for now? (:
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 06:50:28 AM »

Salty-J, so sorry to hear about your loss Sad it is so sad Sad
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 07:05:39 AM »

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Goldfish have their eggs rather in the back of their stomach and it's very hard to see whether there are eggs or not in egg-shaped fish. So, you know from now on that a bloated appearance is pretty much less healthy than a "full of eggs" appearance.

Are you gonna get any other one or will you just keep the ones you have for now? (:
no, no new additions.....the numbers are already up there for the size, so now minus Cocoa, there are a total of 8; three fish shaped, and 5 egg shaped; in a 60 gallon tank, but I've got them 550 gph filteration and lots of aeration, plus live plants; also there is the Japanese Trapdoor Algae-Death Snail Clan patrolling 24/7  Wink a couple weeks ago I'd brought 3 of the little guys to the local Aquarium store, because I wanted the majority to have plenty of room (Halley, Anicca, and the Nameless Blue Ryukin from the last movie) It wasn't easy deciding who to let go of, but I'm sure they will be ok, that store is pretty reputable and serious aquarium people shop there, so....also all 3 were healthy and thriving
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 07:24:15 AM »

Salty-J  what about naming your Ryukin "Bluey" or "Sky"
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 10:42:00 AM »

So sorry you lost Cocoa II. Cry  But I think you made the right decision now to downsize your tank.  Less overcrowding will mean less work for you and happier, healthier fishes!  It's so hard not to go to the store and see a really beautiful fish and not want to bring it home! Smiley  I have to contain myself when I go to the pet store.
I just gave away one tank to my sister so now I only have the 3 running.  I still have a 14 gallon sitting empty tho.
It's really tempting to fill it with something.... Undecided
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 12:26:41 PM »

I know what you mean... I got a brand new bowl (Im giving Sonorus' old bowl to a friend.. birthday present.. shes getting a betta) and I decided, hey what the ****. I want a betta too Smiley but im deciding whether or not I can care for it or not... :S tHAT'S always the hardest part. making room and plannign ahead Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2010, 04:59:49 PM »

OMG I know what ya mean!! I now have 2 bettas!
LOL, I just found this really cool huge brandy sniffer glass at this estate sale.
It has a lucky bamboo in it and then a new betta fish. Cheesy
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2010, 08:31:15 PM »

lucky! Tongue I might just wait till my friend gets her betta (in september) then Ill have time to care for him Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2010, 12:08:10 AM »

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Salty-J  what about naming your Ryukin "Bluey" or "Sky"
I could, but he's one of those that I brought to the store to be relocated, so I'm sure his new owner has come up with a good name.  Wink He was a cool looking fish, it was a tough call who to put back into the system... Undecided
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2010, 12:10:22 AM »

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So sorry you lost Cocoa II. Cry  But I think you made the right decision now to downsize your tank.  Less overcrowding will mean less work for you and happier, healthier fishes!  It's so hard not to go to the store and see a really beautiful fish and not want to bring it home! Smiley  I have to contain myself when I go to the pet store.
I just gave away one tank to my sister so now I only have the 3 running.  I still have a 14 gallon sitting empty tho.
It's really tempting to fill it with something.... Undecided
I know, that is a problem. Now I just head toward the filters, or accessories, or whatever and try not to look at the fish, 'cos I'll end up seeing someone I need to take home.
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2010, 05:47:56 AM »

I understand, but at the same time it shouldn't be a problem looking at the fish. Just think about it that you cannot give them the space they need and they won't be happy in an owercrowded environment. Thinking about this helps NOT to buy another fish Cry
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2010, 06:04:10 AM »

Mindemae: Why are bettas kept in bowls usually? I've been thinking about it, trying to come up with a good reason but... without luck d: Only thing I know about it is that it's a tradition in Turkey to do so d:
Bettas have the labyrinth organs, right? So they don't really need much of oxygen... but still, why?
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2010, 06:55:40 AM »

Right, the bettas and some anabantoids (gouramis) are found in the wild, in shallow murky, muddy water.  The temperatures in their surroundings can rise rapidly during the day under the heat of the tropical sun.  With the result of less oxygen available, and survival in such a poorly oxygenated environments, these fish have developed labyrinth organs, which are located on either side of their head, close to the gills.  These organs enable the fish to breath atmospheric air directly, supplimenting the meager amount of oxygen they can get from the water with their gills.
In some countries, betta fish are a representative of good luck.  They are kept in small bowls.  They and some species of gourmis can survive in a bowl.
I've kept bettas in a community tank before but mine seem to live longer when kept in a bowl.  You can place a betta bowl/container almost anywhere and their easy to care for.  I have one in a large vase with a peace lily and the other one in a huge brandy sniffer with a lucky bamboo growing inside it.  I just think they look so cool.
I think it is a matter of personal preference really where and how you keep your betta. Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2010, 07:09:55 AM »

Yep, just what I've read (:

Alright! So you don't have to worry about changing the water often or...? o:
I would love to see those bowls of yours! It sounds so pretty (:
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2010, 07:45:00 AM »

I change the water in my bowls once a week.  I add a special water condtioner just for bettas to the bowls.  It puts trace elements especially formulated for bettas back into the water and neutralizes ammonia and heavy metals.
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2010, 07:52:13 AM »

Okay (:
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #22 on: April 07, 2010, 08:06:19 AM »

Here are pictures of my Betta containers.  Sorry the second one didn't turn out as well.. Undecided
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2010, 10:37:37 AM »

Oj! That's so beautiful! (: I like the setup with the vase very much (:
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2010, 12:03:40 PM »

Interesting... It's like they're super fish or something. Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #25 on: April 08, 2010, 04:31:13 AM »

This looks really nice, VERY NICE Smiley
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Re: "Cocoa" (Coco II) found dead from the dropsy Easter morning.
« Reply #26 on: April 08, 2010, 09:31:07 AM »

Awww...thanks guyz! Smiley
Bettas are really easy keepers.
I love finding really cool, different glass containers to keep them in. Wink
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