Monday, December 14, 2015

Black Butterfly Beauties



Here are my four black butterfly telescope goldfish in their 75 gallon aquarium. The three big ones (Loki, Lana, and Mordecai) are from Dandy Orandas and the little guy (Poe) was bred by me from red/white butterfly telescope parents. These fish spawned for me a few days ago, so I now have a batch of tiny little fry from them. I'm very excited to see how the babies turn out!


Loki
Mordecai
Lana
Mordecai
Loki
 
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Fish Room Tour



I finally have the fish room I've always wanted! My 15'x10' balcony is home to my 25-30 goldfish and their quickly-growing fry. My group of fish includes 6 calico butterfly telescopes, 13 red/white butterfly telescopes, 4 black butterfly telescopes, and 7 broadtail black moors.


There are four 40 gallon breeder aquariums, one 127 gallon Laguna tub, and two 100 gallon Intex wading pools. 


Filtration in the fish room is accomplished with a linear piston air pump from Jehmco that powers air-driven sponge filters in each tank, along with air stones for additional aeration. 


There are more fish housed inside as well in a 75 gallon aquarium filtered by a 20 gallon under-tank sump filter. 


Now it's time to get to work producing and grooming some beautiful butterfly telescope babies. Wish me luck!

 
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Deme*tyoubi Giveaway Winners

UPDATE 12/7/15: Yet another one of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. Please remember to check back here when you enter one of my giveaways guys! You could be missing out on your prize.
 
Jenna Briere - you are a winner! Please follow the instructions as outlined below to claim your prize!  

UPDATE 12/4/15: Another one of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. Please remember to check back here when you enter one of my giveaways guys! You could be missing out on your prize. 

brian kyle de guzman
 
UPDATE 12/2/15 : One of the winners did not claim their prize within the time limit, so a runner-up has been selected at random. 

AshleighJanexo 

Please Note: Even if you do not see your name listed as one of the winners, check back again in a few days! If any of the following winners fail to claim their prizes, I will move to the runners-up, and you may be one of them! 


The Deme*tyoubi giveaway has officially been closed, entries tallied up, and winners randomly selected! Here are the winners, listed using their YouTube screennames...

Andrea Deleon
Haydenh netco
Lawren Jam

Are you one of the lucky winners? Great! Now I need you to contact me to claim your prize. Please go to my YouTube channel by following this link and click on the "send message" button to message me and claim your prize. In your message, be sure to include your full name, your mailing address, and which key chain you prefer. You will have your choice of the Black Moor, Oranda, or Ryukin key chain unless one of the other winners has already claimed it, in which case you will have to choose between whichever key chains remain.

Thank you to everyone that participated, I appreciate each one of my viewers more than you know! If you did not win this time, but would still like to own a peiece of Deme*tyoubi's beautiful goldfish art, please visit the following links to buy one of your own.

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New Breeder Fish Arrive from Dandy Orandas

As you will probably remember, about a month ago I had the unique privilege of traveling to Dandy Orandas in Michigan to visit, show you guys a video tour of the facility, and even hand-pick my own fish in person! Well, the day we've been waiting for has finally arrived... the fish I hand-picked are here and doing well. This addition of 10 butterfly telescopes rounds out my group of broodstock and will allow me to produce some beautiful baby butterflies in the near future, so get excited!


 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Deme*tyoubi Felted Goldfish Art Unboxing + Giveaway



I have long admired Deme*tyoubi's felted goldfish art, and even commissioned a custom-made goldfish a couple of years ago. This year I decided to up the ante and commission another piece in a bigger size!


This time I commissioned Hikaru to create a 10-inch-long felted replica of my favorite fish, my male panda butterfly telescope named Clyde. Clyde used to have striking panda coloration, but he has since lost all the black markings and is now red and white.


The photos I provided to the artist are of him about a year ago, when he still had his black markings. Hikaru recreated his markings perfectly, and even attached glitter fabric scales in a few places, since Clyde has a few scales that are more shiny than the rest.


Deme*tyoubi also makes small felted goldfish keychains in a wide variety of goldfish types. She agreed to send me three for free so that I could give them away to you! Please click on the video above for the full giveaway rules and information.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

US Bred Baby Broadtail Moors

Online forums like Goldfish Keepers can be a great place to network with other goldfish hobbyists and breeders to find some really great fish!  Plus, supporting small hobby breeders also helps keep the hobby vibrant and strong.  I got a group of 7 beautiful Broadtail Moor Goldfish from Amy Shonka and I love them!  Can't wait to share with you as they grow and develop.



These are different from the fish I normally keep and breed.  My main (and favorite) variety is the butterfly telescope.  The butterfly telescope has little to no forking in the caudal fin lobes and a horizontally spread tail that resembles the outstretched wings of a butterfly when viewed from above.  These Broadtail Moors also have little to no forking in their caudal fin lobes, but their tail is a broadtail or veiltail type as opposed to a butterfly type.  This means that the tail lobes are not spread out horizontally.  Their fins are also very long in relation to their body size.   

 
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Monday, November 2, 2015

Let's Talk Goldfish with Ken Fischer of Dandy Orandas



Visiting Dandy Orandas in Michigan was an amazing experience. While I was there, I wanted to take some time to introduce you to the man behind the magic; none other than Ken Fischer, the sole owner/operator of Dandy Orandas. Ken has been doing the goldfish thing for many years and has built up a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience regarding all things goldfish. He agreed to let me interview him about the history of Dandy Orandas and what it takes to import, care for, and sell these fish. So if you want to watch two people totally geeking out about goldfish... well, here's your chance!

You can find these goldfish for sale at Dandy Orandas' website below. Auctions are posted almost every Friday at 8pm EST.  http://www.dandyorandas.com/

 
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Solid Gold Visits Dandy Orandas



I took a weekend trip to Michigan to show you guys a little tour of the Dandy Orandas fish room!  It was like I died and went to goldfish heaven!  There were about 1,500 goldfish on site; broadtail ryukins, ranchus, orandas, pearlscales, bubble eyes, butterflies, shubunkins, black comets, tosakin, and so much more.  Never before have I seen such sheer numbers of beautiful fish all together in one place.  Huge thanks to Ken Fischer for letting me visit and film a little tour for you guys.  We also filmed an interview, which you will get to see next week, so stay tuned!  These fish are sold in weekly auctions starting (almost) every Friday night at 8pm EST at DandyOrandas.com.  Ken imports them from various goldfish farms in China, quarantines them and makes sure they're good and healthy, and then sells them here in the United States.

Dandy Orandas Tour
Old Petland systems full of beautiful goldfish
Broadtail ryukin goldfish
Red/White Broadtail Ryukins
Ranchus and Orandas
Broadtail Ryukins... love the one on the right
Dandy Orandas
Fish
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

FREE Calendar with Purchase of Dandy Orandas Fish

If you haven't already checked out the Dandy Orandas auction this week, you definitely should.  I have partnered up with Ken to offer a FREE Solid Gold calendar to anyone that spends over $200 (before shipping) on fish from the auctions over the next several weeks!

Dandy Orandas Auction

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

2016 Solid Gold Calendar

Solid Gold Calendar


This is the third year in a row that I've done a Solid Gold calendar and it has to be the one I am most proud of so far. The fish featured in this year's calendar are all butterfly telescopes in a wide assortment of colors from calico to jet black! There will be some familiar faces (ahem... hey there Clyde and Sophie) and some newbies, but all are members of the Solid Gold fishy family and have been painstakingly and artfully photographed by yours truly. I have poured my heart and soul into this project so that I could make something of stellar quality for you guys and I hope it shows!

I ordered one today and I'll do a video showing you guys what it looks like in person when it gets here. I can't wait to hang it on my wall next to my goldfish tank and I hope you guys will too! It comes in two sizes and I highly recommend the bigger one. Trust me... it's worth it, the photos come out so much nicer that way.

Thank you to all of those that will purchase a calendar! Proceeds from this calendar will go right back into keeping Solid Gold alive and thriving and your support is MUCH appreciated- more than you know! Couldn't do it without you. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

One Year Update for Butterfly Babies


You got to see my butterfly telescope babies grow up from little one-week-old "eyelashes" and now just look at the beauties they've become!  They're almost one year old now and I'm so pleased with how they've turned out.  It has taken a lot of careful grooming (aka WORK!) to get to this point, but it's nice to see the rewards.  These are the seven that I have decided are my keepers for future breeding; the other have already been sold a few months ago.  

I have gotten a few unfortunate reports of swim bladder issues in some of the babies that went to new homes, which leads me to think that Luca (my white butterfly) may have been the father of most of them.  While I knew Sophie was the mother, since she was the only female in the tank at the time, I didn't know who the father was being that it was a group spawn.  Luca has slight swim bladder issues, though not severe whatsoever.  Just in case he is genetically predisposed to swim bladder issues and passes that along to his offspring though, I do not plan to use him for any future breeding.  He's my oldest goldfish anyways; it's time for him to retire!  Since most of my red/white butterflies are more orange/white than true red/white, I will also be looking for some nice deep red fish I can breed them with to try and get better color in the future.  Even though these babies may not be RED, I still love how they turned out anyway!  

butterfly moor

butterfly goldfish

butterfly telescope goldfish

black moor

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Solid Gold Mailbox | Opening Your Mail!

Youtube viewer mail

I've been meaning to make a video like this ever since I registered my first PO Box for Solid Gold a couple of years ago. You guys send me the cutest letters and drawings that definitely deserve to be shown on video. Sometimes I even learn some very interesting things about some of my viewers... did someone say "taxidermied goldfish"?! So what are you waiting for? Click that play button!


 
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Calico & Black Butterflies Galore!

My new group of goldfish from Dandy Orandas have been here for exactly two weeks now and they seem to be getting more comfortable in their new home. If you didn't see the unboxing video, you're really missing out! Watch it here → EPIC Dandy Orandas Live Goldfish Unboxing

It's been a while since I've had any of my fish in an indoor aquarium, and it's so nice to be able just to simply turn my head and watch my fish staring happily out at me while I'm sitting at my desk working on a project for Solid Gold. What a nice change of pace. I hope you enjoy these photos of them. As you'll notice from the photo captions, they all have names now too!  Loki and Mugen are my two favorites of the group because of their deep, round body shapes and full butterfly fins. Do you have a favorite?

Butterfly Moor Goldfish
"Did you hear what that fish Luca said?!" It's tough being the new kids on the block.
Dandy Orandas
Bernie, male calico butterfly telescope.
Kirin Goldfish
Roo, male kirin longtail telescope.


Black Butterfly
Loki, male black butterfly telescope.
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Monday, September 21, 2015

New Fish & EPIC Dandy Orandas Unboxing!

Dandy Orandas Unboxing

Looking back on past videos I have done, it seems that I always get new goldfish in the fall.  I don't know why, but there it is!  Three years ago, in 2012, I got Luca who is currently my oldest goldfish.  Click here to watch Luca's unboxing video.  Two years ago, in 2013, I got Sophie and Clyde from Dandy Orandas.  Click here watch Sophie and Clyde's unboxing video.  And now here we are again with a new goldfish unboxing video and some beautiful new additions to Solid Gold!  I am beyond excited to be back with a new video to share with you and I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think of the new additions!  

 

 
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Annnnnnd we're back...!

Yes!  I am alive.  Watch this space and stay tuned, for there are many good things to come!


 
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Monday, June 1, 2015

How to Move with Goldfish


Since sharing with you guys that I moved from Northern Minnesota all the way across the country to Central Florida, I've been bombarded with requests for a video explaining how to bring your goldfish with you when you move.  This long-awaited video explains everything you need to know about getting your beloved goldfish from point A to point B safely!  It worked for me and it will work for you too.

 
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Solid Gold Butterflies

After selling almost all of my butterfly telescope fry (who actually aren't fry anymore!) that I've been painstakingly raising for the past 6 months, I'm feeling a little bit of the "empty nester syndrome" setting in.  It's the perfect time to take stock of the fish that I still have and show them some love! 

Sophie, the mother of all the butterfly telescope babies that I just sold.  She's huge and keeps growing every day!
Clyde, my show winner and potential father of some or all the butterfly telescope babies that I just sold.
Luca, who I've had for 3 years now!  I love his ghostly, shimmery white color with blood red eyes.
Asha, a butterfly telescope that I bred from a fish I used to have named Minai.  He's about 1.5 years old now.
Here are my seven keepers from my batch of babies!  One of them (near the top) has bean-shaped eyes, so cute.

 
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