Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year + Resolutions!

Happy New Year everyone!  Can you believe another year has come and gone and it's already 2014?  Does anyone have any new year's resolutions?  I don't usually do them, but I decided to set a goal for myself in the new year of making more art.  A huge part of drawing is being a keen observer, and I feel like I haven't just sat down and practiced observing and drawing what I observe very much lately.  Back when I was in college I did this almost every day since I was an art major, and I miss it.  So I'm going out to buy a new sketchbook and hopefully fill it with lots of sketches of goldfish!  Drawing is a skill and if you don't use it, you lose it... so it's important to keep in practice.  I also find drawing to have a calming effect, which I sure could use right now with how hectic and busy life has been!  In addition to drawing, I'd also like to explore clay sculpting and, of course, photography.  I hope to buy more lenses for my camera and experiment with different photography techniques.  So you can look forward to more art from me in the future! 

 So how about you, do you have any resolutions?  Please share in the comments below! 

Setting a New Year's Resolution is easy when you're a goldfish.

Don't forget you can still get the 2014 Solid Gold calendar here to help plan out and keep track of your New Year's Resolutions. ;)

Monday, December 30, 2013

What Pet Stores Don't Tell You About... Water Changes

Now I don't want to make it sound like all pet stores give bad information about fishkeeping, because some are very good at what they do.  However, it's been my experience that most pet stores give pretty bad advice when it comes to proper aquarium fish care, so I'm going to be doing a mini-series talking about some things pet stores don't tell you about fishkeeping.

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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Petco's Dollar per Gallon Sale is on!

A couple times a year, Petco runs their "dollar per gallon" sale in which aquariums cost... well... one dollar per gallon of their volume, of course!  

The sale started today, so I stopped by on my way home from work and scored a 40 gallon breeder and a 10 gallon tank. 

Fun fact: the cashier must have been a brand new employee because she had no idea what a "40 breeder" was even after I pointed it out to her.  lol 

Anyone else thinking about getting a tank in this sale? 

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

My fish wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (or whichever holiday you celebrate)!

I hope you all get to spend time with family and friends over the holiday and also find some extra time to enjoy your fish!  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Swimming in a Winter Wonderland

My ghost bristols got their wish... a white Christmas!  Here they are swimming in their new winter wonderland aquarium complete with icy Christmas trees, frost, and snowflakes galore!  Click "read more" to see all the photos. 

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imx5t0wGiDU

Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Wonderland Aquarium | in the making

Coming soon to a YouTube channel near you is Solid Gold's Winter Wonderland Aquarium! ;) Here's a sneak peek, but you'll have to wait until next week for the big reveal.  Click "read more" for the video.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Butterflies in a Bowl...

These two are my favorites of all the butterflies I have.  They are Minai (a female red/white) and Clyde (a male panda), both from Dandy Orandas.  I hope I can get these two to spawn because I think they'd make beautiful babies.  Aren't they gorgeous?  I like that their body shapes are full and rounded, their tails are spread out nicely in a butterfly shape but also look nice in side-view, and their eyes are proportional and not too large for their bodies.  These are all things I look for in a quality butterfly telescope.  This is one of the photos in my 2014 calendar too!  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Culling Nets

For my first spawn of ghost bristol fry, I've been making do with a regular aquarium net; the dark green kind with the large bag-type net.  But it doesn't work so well for fry because they can easily get lost in all that netting!  I had to fold the netting up and hold it in a flattened shape with rubber bands so it became more like a flat mesh scooper than a net.  But that wasn't a very good solution because the fish would sometimes get trapped in-between the rubber band and the net.  Also, the fry can see the net coming since it's such a dark green color, and swim away quickly.  It makes the whole ordeal of netting more stressful for the fish than it needs to be.