Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Subscriber Giveaway!

Hey guys it's time again for another giveaway!  My YouTube channel recently surpassed 1,000 subscribers, which I am so thankful to all of you guys for.  So as my way of saying thank you, please enjoy this new product giveaway!  Items up for grabs are...

"Fancy Goldfish: A Complete Guide to Care and Collecting" by Dr. Erik Johnson and Richard Hess.
This is an awesome book!  I have one of my own and I think it's the best up-to-date comprehensive guide to goldfish that's currently available.  This item is provided by The Fish Sempai, a Canadian breeder and importer of high quality goldfish.  Please check out the Fish Sempai's website below!
Fish Sempai

API Freshwater Master Test Kit
This includes liquid tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH, and high range pH.  This kit is absolutely essential for goldfish keeping!  This kind of test is much more accurate and economical than the paper strip type.  This item is provided by Tasty Worms Nutrition, an online fish, reptile, and bird supply store.  This is a great company that I personally always try to order from whenever I can, because they are a sponsor of Koko's Goldfish Forum!  Please check out Tasty Worms' website and Facebook page below.
Tasty Worms Nutrition

Repashy gel food sampler package
This includes 3 oz. jars of Soilent Green, Super Green, and Community Plus.  Soilent Green and Super Green are excellent staple foods for goldfish, and community plus can also be used for goldfish, or for any number of other common aquarium fish.  This item is also provided by Tasty Worms Nutrition! 
Tasty Worms Nutrition

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Changes in the Goldfish Tank

I've been wanting to try CaribSea Tahitian Moon Sand in my tank for a long time now, and finally made the leap today!  The fish seem really excited about their new scenery, especially the butterflies!  They keep going around grabbing mouthfuls of sand and chewing on it.  I'm getting new tank lights soon, so I'll make a better video showing the tank after that, but here's this for now.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Butterfly Telescope Growth and Changes

My "little" butterflies are growing so fast!  Here's a side-by-side comparison of them from when I got them in December (left) and now, in March (right).  There have been a few changes... Felix fully outgrew the last of his dark fry coloring and his orange color brightened up, Luca gained a little yellow color from the gel food, and both of them bulked up considerably.

Back in December Luca measured 2.25" in body length and weighed 35 grams.  Today Luca is 2.75" in body length and weighs 46 grams.

In December Felix measured 2.25" in body length and weighed 30 grams.  Today He is 2.75" in body length and weighs 43 grams.

Their diet has been Saki-Hikari pellets, Repashy Soilent Green, and bloodworms once or twice a week.    They get 3-6 very small meals each day; I try to mimic their natural feeding habit, which is to eat little bits here and there throughout the day.  They're in 75 gallon tank with two large ryukins and water changes are 90% every 5-7 days.  The water temperature has been 72 degrees F (no heater). 

I need to add some side-view photos as well!  I just finished a photo shoot, but I still need to go through and edit the photos.  It will be quite a task, because there are tons of photos.  From day one, Luca has always been a tall and short fish with a big round belly, while Felix has been more long and narrow.  Their body shapes don't seem to be changing much as they grow; actually if anything, they are becoming more extreme.  Luca is more round than ever, while Felix keeps looking longer.  Of the two, I much prefer Luca's body shape.  I think to look their best, butterflies should be as round as possible in all respects; round bodies, round eyes, and rounded fins.  It's just a more cohesive look.  Luca has much better fin length (Felix's dorsal especially is way too short) but Felix holds his tail more horizontally which is nice.  I'm noticing though that Felix's fins seem to be slowly growing into better proportions, so I guess we'll see how he turns out given more time.  They say goldfish improve with age.  It also seems that once their body growth slows down, the fins continue to grow, so maybe his fin proportions will eventually be just right.