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  1. A lot have changed since I last posted. My goldfish is in an outside pond now - except for the pearlscale. They are outside under a roof in a heavily planted tank: Lennard
  2. Thanks for all the positive responses on my tank. I use one fluorescent cool white tube, one tube specially made for growing plants and one 18w power saver fluorescent bulb. Lennard
  3. I cant find any info on how long they can go without eating. . . According to several websites they can go without food for many months if they are hibernating. They also go into a hibernating state if they are stressed - but if the temperature is warm enough and the snails does not move after a few days, something else must be wrong. If the snail is moving it is eating. Lennard
  4. In my tank I try not to clean everything at once also. When I replace the filter wool I don't clean that plastic balls for bacteria growth. When I clean the glass I don't replace the filter wool. That way there is always healthy bacteria in the setup. I also use tank water to clean the filters. Lennard
  5. I think it would be rare if your female spawned without a male. Most of the time they need the male to bump into their side to release the eggs. Not all males will show the tubercles. Lennard
  6. They can hibernate for a few months if it gets too cold but in warmer water I believe they will die within a few days without food- in a tank there is always food. Lennard
  7. The problem with Black Moors is that most of them that is sold as Black Moors are something else. Most true bred Black Moors have a velvet (not metalic) black skin and forked rounded tails and if true bred most of them will never change color. To find a true Black Moore today is actually very rare. Black and white telescopics are called Panda Moors - but the color on these fish are not very stable and will change continuously. ? Lennard
  8. Congratulations on raising them to this age. what are you feeding them? Lennard
  9. Red/earthworms are a must for incredible growth. Lennard
  10. If you can breed Orandas with telescopic eyes all wen-growing-over-the-eyes problems will be solved - no more operations to remove wen growth! Lennard
  11. Rather use a piece of plastic mesh that you can shape to fit in the intake - but let the mesh extend into the water to enlarge the area in front of the filter. Using silicone sealer you can easily attach the mesh to the filter's intake. (My own experience on Duckweed is that it is not worth the trouble in an indoor tank.) Lennard
  12. The fins on the Calico Goldfish is incredible! Ever having problems with long fins? Lennard
  13. I was just trying to picture little telecopes with wens. I know nothing about goldfish genetics, lol. If you want to raise fry- go ahead and do it. There is a lot of stress accompanying raising fry for the first time but it is also a very rewarding and enriching experience. But you will have to do a lot of research on raising fry.....and do follow the advice of the experts. If you want to raise fry for your own enjoyment don't try and raise to many! Even if you know everything about genetics you will still be surprised on the outcome. As far as I know telescopic eyes are very dominant? Lennard
  14. Once your fish is showing this there is nothing you can do about it. I also have two month old fry with Pearlscale in the bloodline and a lot of them have swimbladder problems- they either float, swim of balance or go bottom sitting all the time. The best for the fish is to kill it. Lennard
  15. I never intend to start breeding but my son wanted to see how a Goldfish is handspawned and......her is the rewarding journey: The mom: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/lennardmario/Domed%20scale%20goldfish%202011/?action=view&current=Themom.jpg The dad: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/lennardmario/Domed%20scale%20goldfish%202011/?action=view&current=Thedad.jpg The dad is a very special fish: he is supposed to be a Crowned Pearlscale but he looks more like an Oranda - and he has special scales: they looked domed but with no pearling as in the normal Pearlscales. This scale type can be called "Metalic domed scales." This scale type is much more shinier than normal metalic scales because the light is refracted and reflected in so many directions. Here is a close up comparing the mothers scales to the Dad's scales: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/lennardmario/Domed%20scale%20goldfish%202011/?action=view&current=Closeupofthedomedscalesofthedadandnormalscalesofthemom.jpg Here is the first picture of the fry that hatched on the 5th of June. Here they are about three weeks old: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/lennardmario/Domed%20scale%20goldfish%202011/?action=view&current=Firstpicturesoffry18daysold.jpg Here is the fry today - 50 days old: http://s1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/lennardmario/Domed%20scale%20goldfish%202011/?action=view&current=fry24July.jpg The metalic domed scale gene is very dominant over the normal scale or the pearl scale. 75% of the metalic scale fry has domed scales, the others are all normal pearled scales. The matt/calico fish don't seem to be pearl or dome scaled. will post some pictures of the individual fry soon. Any thoughts on this will be welcomed. Lennard
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