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  1. **NOTE: all the videos work perfectly (I've not removed any from photobucket) but you need to click on the photobucket message and it will take you to the video . ON Updates: Actually I have been extremely busy and got few problems with my little ones, because they haven't grown as much as I wanted them to. But truth be told, I had some feeding problems such that I had to switch to spiruline and commercial food (which obviously they didn't like that much).
  2. Rhea

    Eggs!

    Actually I am sorry to tell you this, but from the first pic, I can tell you that it was unfertilized and also that it has fungus on it. I have personally done a post on how you can tell the difference and it's exactly the first one pinned in this forum. It is not because the heater was not on or something like that (this time). The black thing you might have seen in the egg is the egg cell reducing its own size. They are going to spawn many times, so don't worry at all. They even do it too much end you end up like " agaaaaain??? sgjawfa". If you have doubts again whether the egg is a yes or no, ask me and I'll gladly tell you .
  3. Thank you ^^! I've also had many worries at first and thought it was a good idea to share all this. I'll try to post the evolution of my cuties, since they are already over a month old. If you have any other doubt that I could solve, just make a post .
  4. Mine are going to be oranda-ranchus haha. Mom is ranchu and dad oranda.
  5. You're welcome. In my experience I can leave them in the pot about 3 days, but always with full aeration and in a warm place. If you want them to live a bit longer you have to add a pinch of spiruline or special liquid green for them (2 or 3 drops per 1/2 liter).
  6. That happened because you've covered the bottle and the brine shrimp doesn't get enough air. Remove the film you've put on and you'll see the difference. It takes a bit more than 24H to hatch out, but it need lots lots lots of air.
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    EGGS !

    If you've placed the eggs somewhere else rather than the main tank then you can perfectly add it. I usually put 1 drop per liter, but of course it depends on the concentration so it's better to follow producer's instructions. 99% you won't get fungus at all. It won't hurt the plants, maybe some burns here and there but it's very rare. thanks ! You're welcome. Just in case wait for some more replies. It would be better not to use chemicals but as it would be 3 drops aprox let's say it won't hurt much. With my second batch of eggs I had to use mblue because eggs were one next to another like a brick wall, so it was inevitable.
  8. Rhea

    EGGS !

    If you've placed the eggs somewhere else rather than the main tank then you can perfectly add it. I usually put 1 drop per liter, but of course it depends on the concentration so it's better to follow producer's instructions. 99% you won't get fungus at all. It won't hurt the plants, maybe some burns here and there but it's very rare.
  9. I'm glad that you can use it and helps you . I have so many because of 2 hand-spawnings, but by the natural way they tend to be less ^^.
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    EGGS !

    First of all congratulations ^^! And second, check out my post about how to find out and the process since day 0. Of course all it's my experience up to the moment and in the forum there are many experts (not only my opinions). Have fun!! http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/116694-fertilized-eggs-microscope-findings/page-3
  11. Wow, you have grown him up sooooooo well. He's so handsome hihi. Do you think his color will keep changing later on?
  12. Yes haha, I have a ton... but each day I find one or two dead due to cannibalism. Ohh thank you ^^!!!
  13. Update 3 2nd fry batch: 06/04/2014 (this photo shows you the carboard and glass tupper trick) 12/04/2014 few days after hatching out
  14. Update 2: 1ST fry batch: hatching out date 02/04/2014 and 03/04/2014 07/04/2014 - 5 days old 10/04/2014 - 8 days old 14/04/2014 - 12 days old
  15. Updating with some more microscope videos. The first one is just after hatching out and the second one 3 days after that. You can see the difference by looking at the yolk sack. No fish has been hurt during the video taking (the micro. has LED lights and the fish has been placed into a mini cube full of water) Warning: you are going to be redirected to Photobucket .
  16. Oh don't worry, I don't feel attacked or something . First of all, I have to apologize because my response has been totally skewed. In Spain we don't have many products as you do in the US, and even in Amazon you can't find them. So about pellets, I agree with you that there are few which are very high quality, but in here they are average and the only brand I'd trust are Sera or JBL (this last one I don't remember whether that's the name or not mm). Regarding the treatment, yes it is very aggressive. But I didn't want it to be taken as the only and perfect solution. I expected some debate here, but it seems that only you got in. About treatments the same story again. You can't find a very wide range. So I am sorry that I haven't thought of all the possibilities, however is good that more people comment about it. Nevertheless you are very polite and I'd never take it in a bad way or something.
  17. HOW TO GROW UP FRY (my experience so far) Day 0: There are two main methods to obtain fry: one consists of hand-spawning, and the second consists of natural release. My experience has been the first method, so I'll tell how it went. Firstly, we prepare a bucket with bottled water. We use this one mainly because we know it has nothing else inside less than natural minerals. The point is using as less chemicals as possible and let's admit it, water prime is one. The bucket is preferable to be made of plastic rather than glass, because the eggs can't stick so hard as they would on glass. Having this, we get out the female from the main tank and place her gently into the bucket. With one hand we hold her, and very close to the anus we rub the belly. Normally if the female is full of eggs, she will instantly spawn because what we simulate is the behavior of the male. Once we got the eggs, we get the male out and do the same as with the female. Now that sperm is in the water, we stir it with our finger or with any kind of utensil. The only thing left now is setting a constant temperature up to 26 degrees (celsius) and wait. Day 1: This day is pretty special because we can easily find out whether our eggs have got fertilized or not. For this we only need a desk lamp, a dark cardboard and our bucket (if you are wondering, the cardboard goes under the bucket; that makes the identification easier). The transparent ones that look flat and with some kind of circle inside, are the ones that have a growing goldfish inside, the white ones are just unfertilized eggs. So what do we do now? Some people wait for the hatching time, but if you want to be 90% sure fungus won't get mixed in the equation, we'd have to get the white ones out. What do we need? Some normal tweezers, a blackhead remover, and a piece of absorbing paper (or whatever you can use as a waste container). With the flat edge of the blackhead remover we can unstick the eggs or detach an ok egg from a bad egg. After this, we proceed to take out the white egg with the tweezers. Be gently or you might squeeze it (don't worry if you do, nothing happens). If you are afraid or not sure on how much pressure you have to apply, don't worry. The water will create a drop around the egg that acts like a container in between the tweezers. So just make sure you don't break the mini drop. Day 2: Nothing much to expect here. Just small eyes and few more white eggs that need to be culled. Day 3: This day you can become a proud fish mom! They begin to hatch out but don't expect them to move lots. They are going to be clingy and lazy. It's important not to feed them, as they are not going to eat anything because they keep feeding themselves from their remaining yolk (this could take 3-4 days max). In the other hand, you don't need to make any water changes (just until they begin to eat). At this point if you want to have more chances of succeeding in this breeding adventure, then as financial professionals say, don't place all your eggs in the same basket. The more baskets you use, the less risk you face. Then the same could apply to us. If we separate the fry into 3 ice cream buckets , for instance, then the risk of death is lessened. At least that's the theory. And such I did myself. For doing this we use another bucket and a piece of pantyhose (that we don't use anymore) as a fishing net. Get ready for fry catching! When you've moved them all, then that's it. Day 4: Nothing to do. You can just observe and be happy. Probably some will move around, but the percentage would be 5%. So don't worry. Maybe you could cull those that you see with severe malformation (detached eyes, curled spine, etc.). Normally we wouldn't expect dead fry, but if it happens, then “cull” them too. Buuut... (yes my friend, there are always but's) you could watch out for fluffy stuff (cotton-like strings/threads) hanging on your little goldfish wannabes. If you can find any, then you have to start using Prazi. One round could be enough, but as those threads mean EGGS (yes, you've read right EGSS!) then a second round won't hurt. If this is not your case, then congratulations! Day 5: Today we need to prepare that brine shrimp concoction that we are all (ok almost all) worried about. If it's our first time then we won't know much about what to expect, less than of course the theory we've kokoed or googled. The theory is pretty easy: we need a half liter bottle, air tubing, an air pump, 1/2L of bottled water (or dechlorinated water), half tablespoon of pure NaCl (yes, that's salt), and 1/4 teaspoon of brine shrimp (artemia) eggs. We mix the water, the salt and the eggs, place the tubing into the water and voilà, 24 hours later we have small pink things swimming in our bottle. The perfect ph for artemia is a bit below 8, so if your ph is low add a pinch of banking soda. This will set it perfect for you. Day 6: Feeding time!!!! What you should expect is no yolk left, and some very quick swimmers inside your bucket. If this is not your case yet, then wait one day more. In order to get the brine shrimp out of the bottle we have to use a normal straw (transparent better, because we can see what we've caught). Now place your finger on one edge and introduce the straw in the water until you reach the swimming brine. Let go your finger and the water will go up with our baby food. When you've got the level desired, put back you finger on the edge such that you can move the straw without losing your load. Now you can either drop it in the bucket you want, or pass it through a mesh/net/pantyhose/whatever else and later on sink it into the bucket. After 15 min you'll see small fatty fry with pink bellies. Another option could be boiled egg yolk, but it blurs the water a lot and all gets too messy. Murky water is the worst you could experience. Artemia just falls to the bottom when it dies, but it's going to disappear in minutes, because it's simply... DELICIOUS. So the cleaning part it results waaaaaaaay easier. Murky water... phew. That's breeders worst nightmare. How on Earth are we going to clean that? Mmm no human possible way. Give up. Prepare a new bucket and fish out your small babies. If you have them into a tank, bad news then; you also need to do the same thing. Why is important to keep the water clean? Well, as we all know junk and food leftovers turn into ammonia... Imagine what would happen to your cuties. Yes, that's it, they would die. And at this point we can't even use a sponge filter because they would get sucked up by the air power. For the first week I'd keep the manual daily changing bucket method. Day 7 onwards: (until 1 week after hatching out more or less) Repeat Day 6, over and over again. You'll get many changes in your fry. They will get betta eyes (like normal eyes but tiny), fins, and pinky bellies. Over the time, the feeding needs will increase.
  18. Prepare a small tupper or bucket with fresh water. Then get a pantyhose and cut a small piece. With that one catch them and quickly quickly move them into the tupper/bucket. Done ^^. They are fragile but as they don't move during their first days after hatching out, this is veeeeeery easy to do. The other way is using a brine shrimp net. Also I'd recommend you to get rid off unfertilized eggs, as they might grow up fungus and thus affect the good ones. Some people add a drop (per liter or two) of blue methylene, but in my opinion, the natural way is better.
  19. During spring they tend to spawn more than once. In fact mine spawned with a difference of 4 days, and now I have fry and eggs. Be patient and rise the temperature in your main tank to 26º celsius and done. Of course keep it constant, and observe the belly of the female. When the female releases the eggs the belly flattens, and when it produces eggs, it seems to be fatty. Another way to know whether is still producing or not, it's through the poo (reabsortion of eggs). And finally of course when the male chases the female in the tank. If you want to have a lot of fry, you can handspawn her. It's not difficult and you don't even have to push hard or something like that. The fish just needs some stimulus. Thanks for all of that! I was actually going to try to handspawn my ranchu this morning as she has been looking heavy and really round in the belly but when I felt her belly it felt really hard and I wasn't sure if that was normal. The mother of the fry that just died was a ryukin and I find it difficult to tell if she's looking full or flattened. I will adjust the temp to 26. Thank you again! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk You're welcome! If you want to handspawn you have to push near the anus, and without much effort it should release all. If it hasn't happened this way, then it means she was empty or still in process. Haha I've just seen the last post you've written. CONGRATULATIONS!!
  20. During spring they tend to spawn more than once. In fact mine spawned with a difference of 4 days, and now I have fry and eggs. Be patient and rise the temperature in your main tank to 26º celsius and done. Of course keep it constant, and observe the belly of the female. When the female releases the eggs the belly flattens, and when it produces eggs, it seems to be fatty. Another way to know whether is still producing or not, it's through the poo (reabsortion of eggs). And finally of course when the male chases the female in the tank. If you want to have a lot of fry, you can handspawn her. It's not difficult and you don't even have to push hard or something like that. The fish just needs some stimulus.
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    I have eggs!

    Oh sorry, I haven't seen the quoted part. That's great ^^. How old are they? I'm in the same situation and even with the second batch of eggs (95% fertilized) I have too many. How could you count them? What's your technique? Mine move so quickly that I can barely take out the food debris... pheww
  22. Thank you!! I've just pretended to satiate the curiosity of the forum breeders because I've learnt a lot from them (you are one of those). I think it was my turn to give something back, and since I've not found anything alike, then this is what came out. Oh, you are so sweet! You read my thread??? I'm so glad you got something out of it! I am the definition of a beginner. There are a few things I would do differently to do it over again. But, it has been a wonderful experience and am so glad that I did it. Of course I do! In fact I've read lots of posts and threads, because my first batch of eggs was a disappointment. So I needed some planning and procedures. I'm a beginner myself too, so as you've pointed out there were many things to be polished by the way.
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