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.
Old Petland systems full of beautiful goldfish
Red/White Broadtail Ryukins
Ranchus and Orandas
Broadtail Ryukins… love the one on the right
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If you haven’t already checked out the Dandy Orandas auction this week, you definitely should. I have partnered up with Kento offer a FREE Solid Gold calendar to anyone that spends over $200(before shipping) on fish from the auctions over the next several weeks!
This is the third year in a row that I’ve done a Solid Gold calendarand 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 videoshowing 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! Proceedsfrom this calendar will go right back into keeping Solid Gold alive andthriving and your support is MUCH appreciated- more than you know! Couldn’t do it withoutyou.
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!
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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!
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?
“Did you hear what that fish Luca said?!” It’s tough being the new kids on the block.
Bernie, male calico butterfly telescope.
Roo, male kirin longtail telescope.
Loki, male black butterfly telescope.
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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 herewatch 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!
Since sharing with you guys that I moved from Northern Minnesota all the way across the country to Central Florida, I’ve been bombarded withrequests 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.