Saturday, September 28, 2013

Goldfish Updates

I thought I'd make a quick blog post to bring everyone up to speed on all my fish!

A few weeks ago I moved Luca and Felix into the 60 gallon tub in my fish room and they're doing great in there.  I think they've grown since I last weighed them, which was not even that long ago.  I needed to separate Luca and Felix from Clover because they need more food than he can handle, and there was just no practical way to have them on different feeding schedules in the same tank.  So they have an auto feeder set up to feed three meals a day with Saki-Hikari (purple bag).  I really think they enjoy having more horizontal swimming room as opposed to the predominantly vertical swimming room most standard aquariums allow for. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Yujin Goldfish Gashapon Collection

Several months ago I discovered these goldfish gashapons and began collecting them!  Gashapons are Japanese capsule toys dispensed from coin operated machines similar to the ones seen at grocery stores in the United States.  The Japanese versions dispense higher quality toys that cost more and are often considered collector's items.  The word gashapon is a Japanese onomatopoeia made up of two sounds.  "Gasha" describes the sound of the crank turning on the coin operated machine, and "pon" is the sound of the toy dropping into the receptable.  I just love the goldfish set made by Yujin.  They make a wide variety of different goldfish types and they are extremely detailed and realistic!  Here are some photos of the ones in my collection (click on the image to enlarge).

Black Telescope Eye

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Update on Luca, Felix, and Clover

My new ghost bristols have been getting all the attention lately, so I thought I'd take some time to do a nice video and photos of the trio: Luca, Felix, and Clover!

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Here is the 55 gallon tank in the basement fish room that they're now living in.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sad News...

I have some very sad news... Specter, one of my ghost bristols, has passed away.  It happened so suddenly.  She had been doing fine, but then one day last week I noticed some lethargy.  So I did a large water change, which seemed to perk her up.  But 24 hours later I noticed she was again not doing well, so I took a closer look.  I noticed some red streaking on her lower fins and also what appeared to be some slight fin rot.  Water quality was not an issue and salt was already at .3% in the tank since I'm putting them through a quarantine protocol.  So I decided to start her on MediGold. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

How to Sex a Goldfish

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It can sometimes be tricky to tell the difference between male and female goldfish, but there are a few different indicators you can use.  Taken individually, each one can be a little unreliable, so it's best to consider them as a whole when trying to determine the sex of your fish.  And of course, the most reliable way is to actually witness your fish spawning.