Sunday, September 18, 2016

Goldfish Fish Room Design & Plans at My New House




A lot has happened since purchasing my house five months ago. My focus has been on getting settled in, making changes to the house to make it feel more like home (I just finished a DIY kitchen makeover), getting used to my new budget with a mortgage payment, and getting my bearings. Up until now, I haven’t been able to do much with my goldfish other than go out to feed them once a day. I have a gazillion other DIY home improvement projects I’m itching to tackle, but I’ve decided to hold off on those for now in favor of turning my attention back to my goldfish and my fish room.

I have done virtually nothing with the fish garage since moving into this house, which is ridiculous! I did, however, get the air driven filtration all set up and running with a closed PVC pipe circuit around the entire ceiling of the building. I installed valves with airline tubing coming down at various intervals to feed air to the sponge filters in each tank. But that’s about it. It’s rather a mess at the moment, so I haven’t even been wanting to show photos of it. But it’s been so long without any updates, that I figured “the hell with it”!

With that being said, I do have huge plans for this space! I may be a little ambitious with these plans as far as what my budget will allow, but I figure I can do things little by little until I finally accomplish the end goal.

I even have plans for the exterior too. The building seems well-built and is in good shape, but honestly it’s a bit of an eyesore when you look out my kitchen windows into the backyard. So I want to spiffy it up a bit. Stay tuned to keep updated on the fish room progress!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Black Butterfly Beauties



Here are my four black butterfly telescope goldfish in their 75 gallon aquarium. The three big ones (Loki, Lana, and Mordecai) are from Dandy Orandas and the little guy (Poe) was bred by me from red/white butterfly telescope parents. These fish spawned for me a few days ago, so I now have a batch of tiny little fry from them. I'm very excited to see how the babies turn out!


Loki
Mordecai
Lana
Mordecai
Loki
 
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Fish Room Tour



I finally have the fish room I've always wanted! My 15'x10' balcony is home to my 25-30 goldfish and their quickly-growing fry. My group of fish includes 6 calico butterfly telescopes, 13 red/white butterfly telescopes, 4 black butterfly telescopes, and 7 broadtail black moors.


There are four 40 gallon breeder aquariums, one 127 gallon Laguna tub, and two 100 gallon Intex wading pools. 


Filtration in the fish room is accomplished with a linear piston air pump from Jehmco that powers air-driven sponge filters in each tank, along with air stones for additional aeration. 


There are more fish housed inside as well in a 75 gallon aquarium filtered by a 20 gallon under-tank sump filter. 


Now it's time to get to work producing and grooming some beautiful butterfly telescope babies. Wish me luck!

 
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Deme*tyoubi Giveaway Winners

UPDATE 12/7/15: Yet another one of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. Please remember to check back here when you enter one of my giveaways guys! You could be missing out on your prize.
 
Jenna Briere - you are a winner! Please follow the instructions as outlined below to claim your prize!  

UPDATE 12/4/15: Another one of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. Please remember to check back here when you enter one of my giveaways guys! You could be missing out on your prize. 

brian kyle de guzman
 
UPDATE 12/2/15 : One of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. 

AshleighJanexo 

Please Note: Even if you do not see your name listed as one of the winners, check back again in a few days! If any of the following winners fail to claim their prizes, I will move to the runners-up, and you may be one of them! 


The Deme*tyoubi giveaway has officially been closed, entries tallied up, and winners randomly selected! Here are the winners, listed using their YouTube screennames...

Andrea Deleon
Haydenh netco
Lawren Jam

Are you one of the lucky winners? Great! Now I need you to contact me to claim your prize. Please go to my YouTube channel by following this link and click on the "send message" button to message me and claim your prize. In your message, be sure to include your full name, your mailing address, and which key chain you prefer. You will have your choice of the Black Moor, Oranda, or Ryukin key chain unless one of the other winners has already claimed it, in which case you will have to choose between whichever key chains remain.

Thank you to everyone that participated, I appreciate each one of my viewers more than you know! If you did not win this time, but would still like to own a peiece of Deme*tyoubi's beautiful goldfish art, please visit the following links to buy one of your own.

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New Breeder Fish Arrive from Dandy Orandas

As you will probably remember, about a month ago I had the unique privilege of traveling to Dandy Orandas in Michigan to visit, show you guys a video tour of the facility, and even hand-pick my own fish in person! Well, the day we've been waiting for has finally arrived... the fish I hand-picked are here and doing well. This addition of 10 butterfly telescopes rounds out my group of broodstock and will allow me to produce some beautiful baby butterflies in the near future, so get excited!


 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Deme*tyoubi Felted Goldfish Art Unboxing + Giveaway



I have long admired Deme*tyoubi's felted goldfish art, and even commissioned a custom-made goldfish a couple of years ago. This year I decided to up the ante and commission another piece in a bigger size!


This time I commissioned Hikaru to create a 10-inch-long felted replica of my favorite fish, my male panda butterfly telescope named Clyde. Clyde used to have striking panda coloration, but he has since lost all the black markings and is now red and white.


The photos I provided to the artist are of him about a year ago, when he still had his black markings. Hikaru recreated his markings perfectly, and even attached glitter fabric scales in a few places, since Clyde has a few scales that are more shiny than the rest.


Deme*tyoubi also makes small felted goldfish keychains in a wide variety of goldfish types. She agreed to send me three for free so that I could give them away to you! Please click on the video above for the full giveaway rules and information.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

US Bred Baby Broadtail Moors

Online forums like Goldfish Keepers can be a great place to network with other goldfish hobbyists and breeders to find some really great fish!  Plus, supporting small hobby breeders also helps keep the hobby vibrant and strong.  I got a group of 7 beautiful Broadtail Moor Goldfish from Amy Shonka and I love them!  Can't wait to share with you as they grow and develop.



These are different from the fish I normally keep and breed.  My main (and favorite) variety is the butterfly telescope.  The butterfly telescope has little to no forking in the caudal fin lobes and a horizontally spread tail that resembles the outstretched wings of a butterfly when viewed from above.  These Broadtail Moors also have little to no forking in their caudal fin lobes, but their tail is a broadtail or veiltail type as opposed to a butterfly type.  This means that the tail lobes are not spread out horizontally.  Their fins are also very long in relation to their body size.   

 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Let's Talk Goldfish with Ken Fischer of Dandy Orandas



Visiting Dandy Orandas in Michigan was an amazing experience. While I was there, I wanted to take some time to introduce you to the man behind the magic; none other than Ken Fischer, the sole owner/operator of Dandy Orandas. Ken has been doing the goldfish thing for many years and has built up a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience regarding all things goldfish. He agreed to let me interview him about the history of Dandy Orandas and what it takes to import, care for, and sell these fish. So if you want to watch two people totally geeking out about goldfish... well, here's your chance!

You can find these goldfish for sale at Dandy Orandas' website below. Auctions are posted almost every Friday at 8pm EST.  http://www.dandyorandas.com/

 
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