Can you please make a video describing what features are desirable and which aren't. This would help loads. Thanks Patrick
So what are you doing with your culls? I understand if you don't answer due to people attacking the process. Just curious is all.
Right, I wasn't sure if she was necessarily euthanizing them or if she was disposing of them another way. Clove oil would make the most sense, I just wasn't sure.
I know this is an old post but I still want to say that I think it's unfair to assume you can't love goldfish but hate culling. I love goldfish, but I think the way we essentially value them for their deformities is terrible. "Varieties" are not necessary. I think most fancy goldfish look deformed and ugly and unhealthy. I love goldfish; healthier looking ones such as common and shubunkin and fantail. From this post I've gathered that "culling" literally means killing fish that are actually healthy so we can have deformed fish that we think look pretty or something? From a genetics standpoint, that's really backwards.
Actually believe it or not, common goldfish, shubunkin goldfish, and fantail goldfish all exist thanks to culling too.
After raising 6 regular-old-pet-shop-bought fancy goldfish (from sub-Silver Dollar-size to softball size) i can tell you that it is better to screen for health than to sell everything and let the owner handle the malformed results the best they can. one fish had such pronounced fleshy growth on his head that he only retained partial vision from one eye--another kept swallowing the giant pea gravel, getting it trapped in his mouth, floating up to the top/sinking to the bottom and heaving desperate breathes until i took the obstruction out with tweezers, rallying, and then repeating the process again a week or two later...the only supremely healthy one of the seemingly-normal babies i bought was the Moor...the five fantail/oranda babies--who were also probably a little Lion Head, a little Heinz 57--all had locomotion or physical problems they developed as they matured. it was sad, and i felt terrible for how hard they struggled just to exist. it is kinder to prevent the whole thing by skimming off the ones who aren't properly formed so they don't weaken the gene pool, so they don't malinger and suffer...to raise domesticated animals is to provide the selection process Nature requires or to turn out inferior specimens. that's just the way it is.
I know I'm late commenting but its only recently I've got into the hobby on an obsessive level. I'd been keeping Goldfish for 15 years (half of my life) and have recently branched out into tropicals. Since moving onto tropical fish I can understand the need for culling and accept it as part of the hobby much more easily. Before my 500 litre aquarium was turned into one big tropical community tank a few months back, it had previously been the home of 2 Goldfish for over 15 years, a Common and a Shubunkin. I lost the Shubunkin at the start of the year and the Common in the summer, both fish lived for over 15 years, dying of what many have put down to simply old age. However with just the 2 fish in that aquarium for all those years I became very attached to them and was devastated to lose them, they both had names and were buried in the garden. If it wasn't for breeders culling those animals who wouldn't have a chance at life, I wouldn't have had the pleasure of owning my Goldfish and Shubunkin for 15 years. Everyone who loves animals doesn't want to see one suffer so without culling that wouldn't be possible. Culling is the most humane thing for breeder, fry and pet store/pet owner. No store wants a reputation for selling bad stock, no owner wants to see their pet suffer because it was sold to them with defect affecting it's quality of life. You enter into the hobby and have to accept it's what needs to happen so we can all enjoy the best life possible with our animals.Helen-Primo, UK