Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ghosts at 8 Months Old

Yesterday I took some time to get nice photos of the "ghosts" (aka matte white bristols) and I also got their weights and lengths for my records.  They're about 8 months old right now, so they should be doing a lot of growing yet!  Everyone is still recovering very well from shipping and starting to become a little less skittish, and I've started feeding Saki-Hikari pellets a few times a day using an auto-feeder.



Wraith and Specter



Monday, August 26, 2013

Ghosts | The Pinky Bristols are Here!


Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_KWyKDDgTY

Following up on this post from last week, my pinky bristol shubunkins are finally here!  And due to an unfortunate miscommunication, the fish were shipped to my old address, which is 3.5 hours away!  D:  So on Saturday I drove all day long, through Minnesota State Fair traffic and 95+ degree weather, just to get them to my house safely.  Not exactly how I wanted to spend my Saturday, but I'm just glad to have them here now and alive. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

12 Uses for a Fish Bowl

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKo4KKQjR8k


Vase for Fresh Flowers
Even the best things in life are better with a goldfish theme.

Candle Holder
Keep it simple or dress it up a little with decorative stones or glass pebbles.

Aquarium Decor 
Illustrate to guests why fish don't belong in bowls!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pinky Bristols on the Way!

I have a confession to make... I've never owned any single-tail goldfish before!  :x  But I've admired bristol shubunkins from afar for quite a while.  The bristol shubunkin standard calls for a fish with calico coloration, and I tend not to like calicos much in general.  I just think the color pattern is too distracting from the beautiful shape and contour of the body and fins.  Just my personal preference.  So I prefer the solid colored bristols or the blue calicos (lacking red pigment).  But after stumbling across this photo online of some pure white matte bristols, my full attention was captured!














Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Goldfish Lingo Explained

This list is constantly evolving as I think of more lingo to add, and as I learn more myself.  If you don't see something on the list that you think should be included, feel free to let me know!

AC - Usually refers to Aquaclear HOB filters of any model.
bb - Sometimes beneficial bacteria is abbreviated as such.
bbr - Brown baby ranchu; describes the bronze color that young fry still have usually under 2 months of age.
bbs - Baby brine shrimp; a favorite food for goldfish fry.
BEP - Blue egg phoenix goldfish.

Bristol -  Refers to the bristol shubunkin; a type of shubunkin with a tail that is heart-shaped with rounded lobes.
bs - Brine shrimp.
Butterfly - Refers to the butterfly tail telescope; a type of telescope eye goldfish that has a tail resembling the outstretched wings of a butterfly from above. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tank Talk | Upper Midwest Koi Show 2013


Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlGwQggFlA

Over the weekend I made the long drive from Northern Minnesota down to Minneapolis to attend the Upper Midwest Koi Show.  The last time I went to this show was back in 2010, and Southwest Koi and Goldfish (a vendor from Chicago) was there selling fish.  I called them a couple months ago to see if they'd be at the show this year and to ask them to bring along some nice metallic butterfly telescopes for me.  I got my fish room all set up in time for the show and made sure to be there right when the doors opened so I could have first choice of the butterflies.  So imagine my dismay when I walked up to see not a single butterfly!  It was quite a let-down, to say the least.  But they said there were some on order that just hadn't arrived on time and that they would ship to me if I wanted (they usually don't ship fish).  So it's still an option.  I'm also keeping an eye on the Dandy Orandas auctions, as usual. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tank Talk | New Fish Room!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L73WP3DVrio

Over the past couple of weeks I've been working on setting up a little basement fish room, with the goal of one day breeding show quality butterfly telescopes!  You might remember this previous post about the 60 gallon Laguna tub I picked up from the local fish store.  Well, this week I picked up a 127 gallon tub to go along with it.  Eventually I'd like to build a rack to stack some 60 gallon tubs, but for now I'm starting small; with just one 60 gallon and one 127 gallon tub.  They're raised up on cinder blocks, and they each have a light fixture above them.  Each light fixture holds two t8 fluorescent bulbs with a light temperature of 6,500K (to mimic daylight).  The lights are set up on a timer so they come on and turn off on their own each day.  I also have auto-feeders placed over each tub so the fish can have frequent small meals throughout the day without me needing to be there for every feeding.