Yearly Archives: 2014









2015 SOLID GOLD Calendar!

It’s finally here! I’m very excited to announce that the 2015 SOLID GOLD calendar is now available for purchase!  This awesome calendar comes in standard 8.5″x11″ size or oversized 11″x17″ size and makes a great gift for a goldfish-loving friend (but I won’t judge you if you just buy it for yourself!). It features adorable butterfly telescope goldfish from the SOLID GOLD family that have been artfully photographed by goldfish artist Jennifer Lynx.  Please follow the links below to purchase.



The Perfect Rack for 40 Gallon Tanks

I found this shelving unit from Lowe’s that fits two 40 gallon breeder tanks perfectly.  This means no more tanks on the floor of my dining room!  This is only half of the shelf, it can actually hold four tanks.  It’s nice because it’s heavy duty and can certainly hold the weight, but it also has a polished look to it so it doesn’t seem too terribly out of place in my living area.

Link Edsal Steel Shelving Unit

My new fish, Navi, is being quarantined in the bottom tank and my 3-week-old butterfly fry are up top (yes, I’m raising fry again!).  Once Navi’s quarantine is over, I’ll be able to move half of the fry to the bottom tank to give them more space to grow out.  I’m loving this setup!  In fact, I’m super tempted to run out to Petco the next time they have their dollar-per-gallon tank sale and grab two more 40 gallon breeder tanks so I can set up the other half of the shelf too…  who needs a dining room when you can have a fish room, right?!

 

 



New Fish From Dandy Orandas

Meet Navi (nah-vee), the newest member of the Solid Gold gang!  She is a red/white butterfly telescope from Dandy Orandas and she arrived on Tuesday, November 25th.  Navi arrived in pretty good shape except for a slight break in the leading ray of her dorsal fin.  It probably won’t heal quite right (you’ll always be able to tell there was a break), but I’m glad that she’s at least still able to hold her dorsal fin upright.  Since I’m using her for breeding, not for showing, I’m not too worried about it.

She’s begun to settle in, but I’m still feeding her sparingly so she can fully recover from shipping.  It’s funny; when I drop a piece of food in her tank, you can clearly tell when she detects the smell.  She’ll just be drifting about all peacefully, but as soon as the smell of the food hits her nostrils, she becomes a typical food-crazed foraging goldfish!  It’s very cute. 

Here’s an unboxing video in which I talk a little bit about how to quarantine your new fish, what I look for in a quality butterfly telescope, and I give my opinion about buying goldfish online from Dandy Orandas!

Here are some more pictures of Navi for your enjoyment.  I hope you love her as much as I do!  Here’s to an uneventful quarantine. 



Grateful Goldfish

Did you know that one of the greatestcontributing factors to happiness is how much gratitude you show? As it turns out, happiness doesn’t make you grateful… being grateful makesyou happy! 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone; let’s take a cue from our fishand remember to be thankful for the little things in life.  I hope everyone is able to spend the day with loved ones and relax.  I get to take a couple of much-needed days off work to go visit my family and share all my new goldfish stories with them. 😉 

Speaking of which, it seems like the perfect opportunity to say a huge and very heartfelt thank you to those of you who have chosen to support Solid Gold by leaving a tip in my tip jar (at the upper right corner of the website).  It is so greatly appreciated and your contributions literally make Solid Gold possible, so thank you so very much! 



Releasing Pet Fish?

Hey guys, I need to get serious for a moment.  I got a message today on my Facebook page from someone letting me know that they released a captive Oscar into a nearby river.  Please, do not ever release captive fish into the wild no matter what type of fish it is or where you live.  This is a bad idea for many reasons. 

Firstly, your captive fish may be carrying certain diseases that it has immunity to, but the native fish population does not.  Entire native fish populations can be wiped out if you introduce a novel disease into their environment.  The fish you release may seem perfectly healthy, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t carrying something that it is immune to.  This really does happen.  For example, there is a pathogen called Chytridiomycosis (Chytrid for short) that is decimating wild amphibian species across the world, and there is significant evidence suggesting that it was originally spread into the United States by captive African Clawed Frogs that were used for research. 

As if that wasn’t enough of a reason not to release captive fish, there’s more!  Certain captive fish, when released into a favorable natural environment, can become extremely invasive and out-compete other fish for resources.  This can also result in native populations of fish being wiped out, which has a ripple effect on the entire ecosystem of the area. 

This issue is a danger to our hobby of fish-keeping, and especially goldfish-keeping.  Did you know that some states and countries have been creating more restrictive laws about moving fish between states and between countries because they’re concerned about these fish either spreading disease to native fish or becoming invasive in native waters?  If you release captive fish into the wild, you are endangering not only the native ecosystem, but also the hobby we love so dearly!  So please, think twice before releasing that fish.  If you don’t want it anymore, bring it to your local fish store for rehoming.  Every pet store I’ve ever been to has accepted fish from people and sometimes will even give you store credit in return for the fish.

Thanks!