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  1. @kmiller: cute fish! Hooray for more lemon heads! -Kori
  2. Cynthia runs sales often and around most holidays *hinthint* and she almost always has lemonheads. That picture doesn't do him justice, he's got a beautiful wen with a nice square head. A really lovely little fish. -Kori
  3. In short time, Cynthia from east coast ranchu has turned into a favorite for nice, affordable ranchu. Just wanted to share some of my guys I've received from her, and maybe others would like to share and show off their ECR as well? My girls: My lemon head boy: Thanks for looking! -Kori
  4. I had Cynthia gender all my fish before she sent them, and she was right about all of them. That woman knows her fish! -Kori
  5. Not sure where you live, but I have a little Hamilton beach blender, picked it up on sale for $7 at meijers, but most stores carry them for cheap. http://mobile.walmart.com/ip/Hamilton-Beach-Single-Serve-Blender-With-Travel-Lid/5924588?type=search They only have one setting and can't crush ice (no margaritas, haha) but it's perfect for making gel food and easy to clean. -Kori
  6. Dnalex perhaps I posted improperly. I meant more of the ratio of food types. I meant that 60% of their food consisted of protein (blood worms, brine shrimp, daphnia, hikari lionhead, etc) and 40% of veggie bases foods (repashy soilent green, spinach, peas, etc) I was not referring to the specific protien continent of the foods, my apologies.
  7. I'm not an expert but I've had plenty of pearlscales, so here's my two cents; My pearlscales never kept up in LENGTH against my other goldfish, but I always attributed this to the girth they maintain. While other fish were growing longer, my pearls were getting wider. I kept them at slightly warmer temps then my other goldfish (76-78) to help their metabolism. I also tried to keep a close eye on their diet, tending to lean towards 60% protein, 40% veggie. While I love pearls, with a body that tightly compact issues can develop quickly. Now that I've blathered, the moral of that rant is simple; love thy fishy. -Kori
  8. I hate to disappoint but here's the bad news; moved into a new apartment right after these guys were a month or so old. The landlord failed to warn me about shoddy breakers in my "fish room" (it's a very old house) lost a lot of the babies/ adults to oxygen deprivation, lost more to starvation when my time shrimp hatchery crashed and eggs fouled the water. What few remained were culls. I do want to point out, however, that this was a tremendous learning experience, despite all the negatives. First, it taught me how quickly and easily things can go wrong (like with the food and oxygen) and to always have back ups prepared for such cases. Had I had a generator or battery powered bubbler I could've saved more fry, and a second food source. Second, looking back at the situation, I was more eager then sensible. My goal was a tiku pearlscale, but I was starting with long finned Hamanashiki. I would've spent generations trying to shorten the tail and remove the crown, where it would better to start with a fish much closer to my desired traits. Also, with my fantail spawn, I bred a calico female to a red/white male, an most of the fry came out as pinkies, and were culled. If I were to start again, I'd prefer to have both red/white parents to reduce the amount of fry I would cull simply for coloration. Thank you to everyone who kept an eye on this thread, and for your kind words and support, but I've got a lot to learn before I attempt to "raise" such a line.
  9. Little guys are doing great! No more fry loss, other than some light culling, I'd guess I'm down to only 400 or so . And you can see their fancy tails now! <3 They're so tiny and cute, I can't stand it. Broke down and added a heater, and saw a huge change in growth rates. More pictures soon!
  10. Check out that meaty head! I love lionheads for that, there's something too precious about all that wen and those big googely eyes. Great job! <3
  11. Looks like its time for someone to start breeding goldfish.... >
  12. Picture of the WGO fishy taken October 3rd: Almost 3 months later (taken today): Conclusion: SUCCESS! Thoughts: I initally started with great intentions of having a very diverse diet for these guys, but in the end stuck with Hikari Lionhead (the best IMO when you want to avoid floaters) and repashy, with the occasional blood worm or brine shrimp cube for protien. Their water temp stayed in the high 70's throughout the last 3 months, with water changes every day for the first month, then every other day thereafter. I'm very happy with the results, as I've seen an increase in length, body mass, wen development, and color in all the fish. Hope you enjoyed!
  13. Goldfish spawn with changes of barometric pressure (storms and such) and water temperature fluctuations; a healthy female can spawn every 7-10 days (and I'd say your girl is EXTRA healthy). You could always try raising the temperature and lowering your feedings to once or twice a day, otherwise you might have to sleep outside to make room for your fry.
  14. Had a bit of a scare with the little guys over the holiday. I believe it was a combination of things, but I'm not certain. Came home and all the little guys were floating at the surface and clinging to the sides, not swimming. This could be from one of two things: 1.) I had my roommate feed them while i was a work, and I believe she got a little carried away as shes not used to feeding such small amounts and egg yolk is very messy, 2.) I'd left my bottle of Prime at a friends house while helping him with a water change, and had to use an off brand dechlorinator I wasn't familiar with for their water change with since he was not home. Lost about 30 of the little guys over the course of a few very stressful days, but almost all the other fry have recovered from this ordeal (a few are still very stressed and floaty). Keeping my fingers crossed that whatever occured has caused no long term damage. =/
  15. My guess would be that once Bill colors up (changes from his fry green into adult colors) he'll be a "goldfish". I'm with Smegy though; no matter what age he'll always be your fry <3
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