Ever since my senior year in High School I have wanted my very own goldfish. Being that my grandma was none too happy about me bringing home a bunch of pets, I held myself back, and probably for the best anyways. I wouldn't have known to put them in the proper sized tank.
Summer came and went. I moved to Oregon to attend college and moved into my own apartment. After dropping out of college because of financial reasons, I began researching the goldfish again. For months I researched and planned what I was going to do. I knew I wanted telescope goldfish to start off with, but I had planned for black moors.
What I didn't plan on was how much I would love learning about them and keeping them.
A trip to my LFS, All for Fish, was fruitless. All they had were two panda moors. The larger one looked healthy and beautiful, and had typical panda markings. The second one was a tiny pitiful little black fish with a messed up dorsal fin. I decided to wait until shipping day.
My second trip was pretty much the same as the first. They had a gorgeous blue lionhead but it was much too expensive. Once again, there were the same two little pandas. I believe in fate and decided that since they were still there, I would make them mine. That is how I got started with my little panda moors.
The big healthy one was Tui. The little black one was La.
I released them into their too small tank and they seemed to enjoy the swimming room. At the time they were only in a 20L gallon with a few plants. I was going to get them into at least a 55 by the end of summer.
Tui and La came up to the glass to check us weird humans out XD
Tui, you can kind of see how skeletal La is up close.
Their too small tank. Later upgraded to a 55.
Things went great for the first 7 months. They survived the cycling (which I didn't know about at first) and made it to the end of July no problem. Then their filter broke. Sadly, I had to try and give them away. No one was interested in them at first until GreenTea contacted me and wanted to take them. Unfortunately I couldn't make it up to Portland in my car. She told me that if I could keep them to come here to get information on them. I did get to keep them, and I set up their 55 in a hurry and put them in it and was so happy that these guys get to stay with me!
Their new tank.
Soon after, I got Caligo. She has been hanging out in QT for a while but is soon to go into the 55!
Tui got into an accident that damaged his eye. This was my fault, as I wasn't watching the gravel cleaner for a while and he got stuck in it. He survived thanks to the quick advice of the people here (: My first red cap oranda, Lord Jabu Jabu, passed away shortly after getting him. I don't know what killed him but I am glad that it didn't affect my 55.
Rest in Peace Jabu Jabu.
Now here we are! I am waiting to get my new ranchu on friday.
I am thinking her name is going to be Fio. If she is a girl.
And Yuki looking smug after healing from a bought of fin rot.
This is how it all started! Next I will introduce you to my wild gang of furry animals.