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  1. Finally got the second filter working again. Had a bad leak (1000+ liter a day) and could not find it. So after a month of screwing around just re cemented the entire filter and the water fall. Now works GREAT!! In just a week have collected many handfuls of mulm nasty stuff. ( so is working) pictured is the filter with now the plants being added .
  2. Thanks , and if you ever make it to Italy your welcome to sit on the bench and feed them too. Never tried swimming in that pond but I guess it can be done.
  3. That is interesting lighting. Can you change the colors too?
  4. Koi and goldfish feeding at sunset (and Happy hour for me).
  5. Hi Steve, am watching you problem with interest. Two things , 1.take a look at a fungus such as Saprolengnia . 2. Pond can be treated by emptying drying and spraying surfaces with H2O2 , hydrogen peroxide 3-4 % , from supermarket. Leaves no harmful residue and is very effective. ( also cheap and readily available. Michael.
  6. Hello adman, interesting as this topic just came up last month . If you wish you can see reference to a few good books , go to the breeding section on this forum , fish Lady , and see pictograms books about the subject , I think was posted around 2 April. If you want more detailed information let me know as I have a lot of good stuff now in digital form.
  7. Well lucky you !! Some of us have to do all sorts of things to try to get them going and just do it. Am so glad that my bunch are at “it” again.
  8. Actually the fish we are interested in are “deformed “ , from mutations and developed out of a lot breeding work. Pop eyes , multiple tails, humpbacks and bright colors are not normal . Pictured is Dr. Matsui’s Genetic Chart, from his Goldfish Guide, showing some varieties and the path of development.
  9. Deformed babies is a tricky subject as experts tell us that it can (most likely) be genetic. But also can be caused by external factors. Such as electric, water temperature and even bad things in the water treatment for parasites. Diet is also mentioned, specifically vitamins A C E. Also can be a muscular problem caused a a whole sort of cyst forming bad guys. So we do not worry about it too much and just chuck them overboard. Have had some fish that just did not produce offspring. Curling gill covers , hump backs and poor tails. But when you get some that are right then the fun begins. Same thing with koi and guppy. Just need the right combination and then wow! Just checked up on my blacks in the pond after you asked. They are still there and the Big Black Jack, As we call it is doing fine. Now at about age 10 or 11. Still coal shuttle jet black . Not a normal gold fish but a mix to get big head , long long tail and of course pure black.
  10. Ha ha , you have joined and welcome to the club! Each recount always turns up more even double!! All this about culling is when we have a spawn in the thousands. So one must find room and then decide if possible what is the goal. There are a few good works about how to go about it. If it interests you PM me or let me know for info and link to the books if you can not find a copy. Now for me as I am no longer breeding it for sales I just keep ‘em all . Pick out the best twenty to go into bigger pond and the rest give away . I still have the leftovers from when I made a pure coal black . Took nearly 8 years to produce. A real challenge. But the castoffs are now also beauty and I am glad that I kept them. Molise is the smallest and most “untouched” state and borders Abruzzo to its North . In Summer all the little villages conduct festivals so is a sort of continuous party. Pietracupa’s is on 17 August and entire town is a street party with food stations and many music bands playing throughout the night. Just google Pietracupa, or join us on fb, you can read / speak Italian? ( of course).even a little bit , Pizza, spaghetti, Ferrari, Gucci.
  11. You are doing just fine I say. Ok counted and believe there to be between 40 and 50 . So that means most likely several more hiding in the moss. From these can be developed perhaps six or so. I think we will do one more group if they decide to throw another round of eggs. Just to have some more to play with. A small pond or pool is always a delight and they can get really big outdoors. I used to live in Long Beach (Belmont shore ,Naples Island), Education work and play (sailing). Now live in Campania. Many Americans of Italian ancestry visit our mountain village, ( second home)Pietracupa, Molise,and some even do the second citizenship thing too. You can see town on u tube , P Cupa snow , where I made a little video with my drone. Cheers Michael
  12. Greetings Fish Lady and Well Done! They look very nice and you must be satisfied with the results. Mine are now in 4 groups and as soon as weather permits will move the biggest to outside pool and a small pond. This is first spawn for these parents and so have no idea if they can produce quality. I have two ponds empty awaiting for koi spawn but if they skip then the goldfish babies will be delighted with larger quarters. Here, Italy, we are still under strict rules for movement and in fact have only left our grounds once since 1 March and so all items needed for fish breeding must be here at hand ( which I have). Cheers Michael
  13. Hi Fish Lady, at one month that is very good growth. Well Done! Under right conditions they can grow very rapidly. Very nice to find a few extra babes. Tanks pictured with the books are 40 used for breeding. Currently have 3 groups and perhaps will get a fourth spawn today if lucky from the 8 parents. Do not know how many . Normally do not like to raise to many groups but as we are isolated with this Corona thing , no visits can be made to the fish store and all orders from China are cancelled, we will breed our own.
  14. Hi Fish Lady, A little difficult to provide answer without the date of hatch. But expect that one cm a month to be a good rate if the biggest 10% of group have enough space and food to grow. Source of good information about breeding goldfish : pictured are 3 books. And can be seen in background that my 90 day old oranda also enjoy the pictures.
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