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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
  16. Its a very nice little pearlscale, you should go for it! XD
  17. What awesome little guys, looks like youre doing a great job with them! Keep the pics coming!
  18. ha ha i think anyone that's raised goldfish fry knows that constant panic attack feeling with everything; feeding, water changes, you name it. I have no idea how to ship fish, but enough people seem interested that I'm going to have to get on it!
  19. I agree with the floaty issue, crowned pearlies are much better than tikus, and I am a firm believer that repashy helps reduce floaty issues. <3 I love your Roos, by the way, such a beautiful little fish. Yes, that's Sebastion my little cockatiel. He likes to be part of all the action, no matter what it might be. I really love his coloring too!! He's got such a deep red to him I'm so proud <3 Thanks for the kind words, I've got no confidence...... I was able to gender my guys at just a little over six months. You learn to surpress the PANIC instinct and take things in stride. Goldfish fry are pretty forgiving, and watching them grow is super amazing. Everyone should do it XD
  20. To be honest I wanted a super fat fish like that, and I purchased a very similar pearlscale from GC not to long ago and it completely changed my mind. She's the most miserable fish I've ever had. She's somewhat active, but tires out easily, even with a super gentle flow rate its awful to watch her swim, it's more struggle than graceful. Even my tvr ranchu (both of which are rather chubby and have deep tail tucks) are more active and happy then my big pearlscale. While I like the "golfball" shape, I also want happy and healthy fish. My goal is to find that medium. <3
  21. http://s276.beta.photobucket.com/user/O-Kori/media/Video12192012232722_zps5ec88da6.mp4.html please don't mind my awful voice or the fact I get really nervous when I have to talk XD
  22. All fry start out a greenish/brown color, in the wild it would help them blend in with the murky water to avoid predators. They usually don't start to change into the bright colors we know and love until about 2-3 months of age <3
  23. Sorry, the Hamanishiki picture didn't work, here's a better one.
  24. This is a Tiku pearlscale, named for the triangular "mousy" shape of the head, short finnage, and extreme roundness of the body. Closely resembles a golfball with fins. This is your more standard pearlscale, resembling more of a fantail in shape with a slightly deeper body. This is a "crowned" pearlscale, also known as a Hamanishiki, or Hama for short. Hama's are known for their "crown", which in the ideal fish is a single smooth bubble, but is often split down the middle (kind of looks like a butt, really), and a few even have the more raspberry style when growth we see in goldfish like oranda.
  25. I will not even attempt to send a fish younger than 3 months old for several reasons. First, I like to grow my fry in cooler water. This doesn't give you the tremendous growth rate that you see typically with thai breeders (darn them and their wonderful climate) but allows the fish more time to grow, allowing bulk to be added and prolonging the life of the fish. The downside however is that fish raised in cooler water also seem to color up much slower, so they might all still be "wild" types. Second, all of the major development of a fry is achieved in the first three months of their lives; size, color, body depth and shape. These things can all be improved later in life, but you can do irrepairable damage in this time if they are not properly cared. Finally, while I know many people have sucessfully shipped younger fry, I feel that at three months old they can handle the stress of shipping with a greater chance of recovery. Tikus have a notoriously bad reputation for being difficult to care for and floaty. That's partially why I wanted to work towards a tiku with the more hardy hamanishiki. While they have the calcified scales, you rarely hear of hamas having floating issues, i attribute this to the longer bodies and less severe ping-pong shape. True tiku's look like golfballs with fins. What I'm working towards will be more of an "americanized" pearlscale, well rounded, but hardier. A blushing plate is when there is no coloration/pigment over the gill plate, so you can see the gills through the plate giving them a "blushing" appearance. My calico female just spawned this morning (with the same calico male... go big daddy!), and she has blushing plates, so the chances of the fry having them are quite high.
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