Monthly Archives: September 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. 

So that means Clover is all alone in the 55 gallon tank with the three nerite snails.  It seems his flipover issues are making a comeback.  I noticed a few months ago he would flip over after eating pellet food.  It was the same food he had been eating all his life, but I guess as he got older it become harder on his digestive system.  So I switched him to only Repashy gel food, which cleared up the issue perfectly.  But now, a few months later, he is flipping over again even though he’s only eating gel food.  So I’ve cut back his feedings, but now I’m worried he’s underfed.  Unfortunately it looks like he’s going down the same road that Callisto did.  Clover is about 4 years old right now, which can be considered somewhat old for a fancy goldfish.  The issue is not to the point yet where it’s debilitating, so I’m just going to try to maintain his health as best I can and explore other options for fixing the problem. 

The “ghost” bristols are doing well.  After Specter died, I decided the remaining three looked like they were showing similar signs of illness, so I’ve been treating them with antibiotics.  They have improved, but it’s hard to tell if the issue is totally cleared up because they’re small and they move so incredibly fast!  They’re still quite skittish as well, so I think they probably had very minimal human contact before I got them.  But they are growing by leaps and bounds, and Poltergeist has even developed brand new breeding stars!  I’m hoping either Wraith or Haunt are female then, because I’d like to breed them.  

And lastly, I have some exciting news about new butterflies coming my way soon!  I’ll be getting a shipment of Dandy Orandas butterflies within the next couple of weeks here.  Finally!  I’ve been waiting for ages to get some nice red/white butterflies so I can start breeding them in my fish room, so I’m very excited.  That’s all I’m going to say for now because I don’t want to jinx anything for this shipment of fish!  More news will be coming soon. 

Yujin Goldfish Gashapon Unboxing + GIVEAWAY!

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This week I ordered a full set of Yujin goldfish gashapons from Ebay and I made an unboxing video so you could all join in the excitement!  I also have a subscriber GIVEAWAY for you guys this week!  I am giving away the panda telescope, the white bubble eye, the single tail telescope, the albino ryukin, and the pearlscale to five lucky winners.  Good luck everyone!  Please see the rules below for details.

-To enter, leave 1 comment in the comment section below (ONLY 1 comment per person!).
-Must be a subscriber to enter.  Also feel free to “like” this video and visit my Facebook page for your daily dose of goldfish!
-Giveaway is open internationally.
-If under 18 years of age, please get your parents’ permission before entering.
-Giveaway will be open to new entries for 2 weeks.
-5 winners will be chosen at random and each winner will receive one yujin goldfish gashapon from the five available.
-Winners will be notified via YouTube private message and will have example 48 hours to claim their prize.  If not claimed, I’ll move on to the next winner.

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).

White Bubble Eye

Red Celestial Eye

Red Telescope

Red Willow (single tail telescope)


Albino Ryukin

Panda Telescope Eye

Black Ranchu

Calico Jikin
Calico Ranchu

Calico Shukin

Calico Telescope

Red and White Comet

Red Pearlscale
Red Cap Oranda

Red and White Celestial Eye


All of the above!

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.

Here’s a little chart showing how much they’ve grown over the past several months.

Here are the their pictures.  Luca is the white butterfly, Felix is the red/white butterfly, and Clover is the ryukin. 

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. 
Thankfully I had planned ahead, so I had a brand new package on-hand in case of a situation like this.  But to my dismay, she wouldn’t eat.  I tried her regular food (Saki-Hikari) and some Repashy gel food too, but she didn’t take notice.  The other three were eating energetically all around her while she just hung there, oblivious.  So I immediately ordered some oxolinic acid, which is what all the goldfish breeders recommend for bacterial infections, and hoped it would arrive on time.  But sadly, she passed away the next day.  I’m pretty sad because she was my favorite one out of the bunch and I feel terrible that I couldn’t help her.  Since then I’ve been keeping a close eye on the other three and I have noticed some very slight lethargy and maybe some super minor fin rot beginning (these fish are so small and fast it’s hard to tell).  So I started them on MediGold just to be safe.  Luckily they are nowhere near as sick as Specter was and they still have good appetites, so I’m thinking everything will be fine for them.

Specter was the most outgoing of the group and was the first one to start pecking at the sand and the fake plant in the tank.  She was sort of the ring-leader; the one that the other fish followed around.  Rest in peace Specter, I didn’t get to know you for very long, but you will be missed.

How to Sex a Goldfish

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It can sometimes be tricky to tell the difference between male andfemale 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 yourfish.  And of course, the most reliable way is to actually witness yourfish spawning.

Breeding Stars/Tubercles
Breeding stars or tubercles are small white nodules that appear on the rays of the pectoral fins, on the operculum and face, and sometimes even on the body of male goldfish.  In some rare cases, breeding stars appear on female goldfish too, but mostly they appear on males.  If I see a fish with breeding stars, I automatically assume it’s a male until proven otherwise, because it is so uncommon in females.  Here is my video all about breeding stars with lots of examples and good information.

Vent Shape
Typically males have a more elongated and narrow vent, while females have a rounder vent.  Male vents also tend to be “innies” or concave, while female vents tend to be “outies” or convex.  You can typically see the convex female vent from a side-view.

Body Shape
This is probably the most unreliable method for fancy goldfish sincethey have such a modified body shape. But in general, females have a wider and deeper body when compared tomales of the same type.  Sometimes theyalso tend to have an asymmetric belly when viewed from above.  Males tend to have thicker leading rays ontheir pectoral fins.


And finally, you can observe their behavior around spawning time.  A few weeks before spawning, males will start chasing or following females around.  They usually stay just behind and below the female while chasing.  Chasing will become more obvious as spawning approaches, and when they do start spawning, the male will chase and sort of “push” the female into soft plants where she will then lay the eggs while the male fertilizes them.  Here is a video showing some butterfly telescopes spawning.