My husband gifted me with an awesome wood carving of a panda butterfly telescope. Butterflies are my favorite type of goldfish, and since I can’t get any more live fish for the time being, this is the perfect gift! The carving is from the Tung Hoi Aquarium Company in China. They’re are one of the largest goldfish farms in China, and they also make wood carvings of many different goldfish varieties
Something I found amusing recently is that almost all the items on my wish list for family are fish-related things! My list includes auto-feeders, feeding rings, Saki-Hikari pellet food, digital thermometers, and other various fish things. So who are these gifts for really I ask you… myself or the fish?!
Everything is going well with my fish, and I haven’t made any changes to the tanks recently, so I don’t have much of interest to report I’m afraid. The two new broadtails are doing well, and they’re starting to really settle in to their new home. The fish in the other tank are doing well too. I keep checking all the auction and fish sale websites like I often do, even though I know I can’t get any new fish for quite a while. My husband is being transferred to another state for work, so in the near future we’ll have to make a cross country move with all of our pets, furniture, and other stuff. Moving the fish is going to be quite complicated, and I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to bring all of them. So of course getting more fish right now is totally out of the question! It doesn’t keep me from looking though, just the same.
In other news, my YouTube channel has now reached over 200 subscribers! A big thanks to everyone who subscribes to my channel and/or comments on my videos. I really enjoy reading and responding to your comments, so keep them coming! If you haven’t seen my channel and would like to check it out, here’s a link. YouTube: Solid Gold
The ICN has a new art show called “Goldfish Salvation” featuring work from artist Riusuke Fukahori. You really must watch the video linked to above, it’s amazing to see the way he makes these! Below are some still images.
Today I took some photos of the fish in my 75 gallon tank; here are a few highlights…
This is Nixie, a small orange butterfly telescope. She is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Alastor “Mad Eye” Moody, a large calico butterfly telescope. This guy is a powerful swimmer.
This is Babydoll, a small black butterfly telescope. She’s hard to get a good photo of. I learned that it’s best to wait until she swims in front of the bright quartz rock to take a photo so you can actually see her!
And here are Saphira and Clover. Saphira is a sakura fantail and Clover is a red and white ryukin/fantail.
A fun group photo of three fish! Plus, Babydoll is hiding in the background. Can you spot her?
Right now this tank is home to five fish. The tank is a 75 gallon tank with a wet/dry filter that holds another 10 gallons of water, so technically I could have more fish in here if I chose to. But I’ve been really keen on the “less is more” approach lately and I’m trying to keep all my tanks understocked. I’ve also always favored minimal decor; as you can see the tank is bare-bottom and only has two large quartz rocks as decoration. I like to keep the tanks simple and elegant so the fish are the main focal point.
Wait, goldfish have teeth? Why yes, they do! Their teeth are called pharyngeal (far-in-jee-uhl) teeth because they’re located at the very back of the mouth, in the pharynx. These teeth are not sharp, but rather are blunt, and are used for crushing and grinding food material. Goldfish are continually losing and regrowing their teeth, similar to a shark. At the base of each mature tooth, there is a small developing tooth. When the old tooth falls out, the developing tooth is ready to take its place. Losing their teeth does not hurt them and the fish typically spit out the detached teeth from their mouths. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you could actually witness your fish spit out its tooth!
Don’t worry, the teeth are far back enough that there’s no risk of you being bitten by an inquisitive fish! It’s easy to find these teeth on the floor of your tank if you don’t use a substrate. I have collected many of them over the past few years, leading my friends and family to conclude that I’m absolutely nuts! And maybe I am… 🙂
I keep my collection in this little tooth case. What would the dentist think!
Here’s a photo of the teeth in my hand to show their small size.
Here’s a relaxing video of my 55 gallon tank at night with just a dim light on. It’s just too bad that in real life the tank is not this relaxing. The overflow box is making a loud gurgling noise that I still have to fix!
These two little trouble-makers already figured out that it’s fun to dig in the planter and uproot the plants. So I added some river stones on top of the gravel to weigh it all down a bit, and they haven’t uprooted anything since. *crosses fingers*
The tank is finally finished! The company I ordered the check valve from sent me the wrong size by accident, but I was still able to make it work. The fish seem very happy to be in their new home, and I’m happy to not have a big tub of water sitting on my floor anymore. 🙂
Today I added some plants to my new 55 gallon tank! I like to keep my tanks bare-bottom (with no substrate) for easier maintenance, so I normally just tie some anubias or java fern onto large rocks if I want to add plants to my tank. But this time I tried a different approach. I wanted to have the plants rooted in gravel, but not have gravel throughout the entire tank. So, I purchased this planter from Ikea. The rounded corners make it ideal for use in a goldfish tank, since goldfish are clumsy swimmers and are constantly bumping into things.
I removed the stickers and filled it with black aquarium gravel.
I chose to plant a few different anubias varieties. I got these plants online several months ago, and they’re holding up to my abuse quite well. I’m not so good with most aquatic plants, since I’m always uprooting and rearranging them!
I arranged them how I wanted in the planter.
Then I carefully lowered the planter into the tank, and viola!
I love how it turned out. It adds some more visual interest to the tank while still being easy to maintain, and it doesn’t create a hazard for the fish.
The aquarium store finally finished the parts for my sump! However, there was a major miscommunication or something, and it’s not exactly what I expected. I think I can still make it work though. I found out the reason why they took so long too; apparently they aren’t doing well financially and may even go out of business soon, so things have been really haywire there in the past month. So I just decided to take what I could get as far as the sump goes, because if I rejected what they made I would be back to square one. With fish waiting for the tank to be ready, I just can’t afford to do that! My main concern is that the sump is only a 10 gallon tank, which everyone says will be a problem because it will evaporate quickly. I’ll just have to keep an eye on that and be sure to top it off between water changes. So anyway, I can finally begin the assembly and get my new broadtails set up in the 55 gallon tank!
Here’s the tank with all the parts I need to assemble.
Here is how it will look once assembled. The chamber on the left will be full of bioballs, I just don’t have them yet.
Meanwhile, I’m happy to report that the two broadtails are doing really well!