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  1. Hey guys! I have made a video of me unboxing my little babies so you can see what star is like if ever you wanted to order yourself. I am trying a different upload method so i hope it works! If not i will keep trying. Thanks for watching
  2. They are both gorgeous!! I love the Kirin colour on fish congrats for finding them!
  3. Beautiful!! How is your little baby doing??
  4. I ordered a red and white butterfly from star who's is perfect in everyway! I put up some pics and a vid on friday. He was a free addition in the bag. (now i can see why). as cute as he is I'm not going to be able to keep him. i just don't have the tank space. I have 2 more little butterflies in the same grade as my red and white arriving to me tomorrow. I want to hopefully have a go at breeding them in a few months. So this is why i have ordered them. I do feel mean about not keeping him but i don't really have a choice. I have no room in either tank, and I'm not using him as a breeder fish. My LFS (maidenhead aquatics) takes in fish and re-homes them. So i no that hopefully he will still be looked after.
  5. For some reason It wouldn't let me write on the quote! But I love this comment made me laugh!
  6. Thanks for all your help. I have butterflies already so I sort of new it wasn't anyway. But I didn't no for sure because I normal get older fish. Wasn't sure if it could have been an age thing.
  7. Hi guys, I am need of some help. I have been given a fish that i have been told by the breeder is a butterfly. They said it is only about 4 months old. But I'm not convinced it is a butterfly. Is it just because its young its tail is so small? Does it have a young butterfly tail shape? Will it develop with time? Thanks for your help http://vid48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/IMG_4126_zps2njztwxo.mp4 http://vid48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/IMG_4127_zpsx61cilfs.mp4
  8. NoPpe its not sped up, he really is a little wiggler
  9. Hey This is my baby, male, red and white butterfly telescope from Starfisheries. He arrived in one piece this morning. I am so pleased pleased with him. He is a little beauty! Check out his wiggle! so cute. Thanks for looking http://vid48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/IMG_4108_zpsyegwcsxb.mp4
  10. No not at all, he cost £10 and £16.50 postage so not bad at all
  11. Hey, Check out what i received in the post today!! A baby male red and white butterfly telescope from star! He is so beautiful! Im so happy. At the moment he is in a 40 gallon all by him self! he looks so small in it. So I'm hoping to get another maybe next week or after christmas! Just need to think of a good name for him. Thanks for looking http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps431d020e.jpg~original http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsf16f523b.jpg~original http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsf16f523b.jpg~original
  12. Thank you Hinfin, that's very kind. Is there a a time of year that is the best to start bring on spawning conditions or does it not really matter if u are encouraging it?
  13. Sorry Hinfin! I posted by accident! Thanku for your reply. For me, the work is not an issue. I love caring for my fish and I enjoy the simple things like water changes. The culling Like u said is a massive part of breeding fish so I would be prepared to do it. Especially if it means I can spend more time bringing up beautiful and healthy babies ????
  14. Getting some goldfish eggs to grow out is a good place to start Its not a problem to fit breeding into a fulltime job routine, youll need to get up early and skip on watching TV in the evening untill the work is done. How much time youll need depends in how well you have set up and how big your spawn is. There is not much really costly about breeding in terms of gear, a few sponge filters, tubs and used tanks will go a long way. Only a better brineshrimp hatchery can be costly but using bottles does work if in a tight spot. A breeding setup can just be stored(stacking tubs!) untill you have time to breed again, so its a one time investment. The culling part is hard and very different when you have a large spawn or just a few fish. Probably everyone can imagine when facing hundreds of fry you know you need to cut the numbers to keep them healthy. I 'console' myself with the fact that nature does not provide this natural selection so i have to do it. The parents of the fry often get the culls like it should be. Ive read that in nature only about 1% of total eggs layed make it to adults. I'm saying i have to console myself with the idea because it is hard, some even say: Cull till it hurts, then cull more! The is a but i must say in all honesty, sometimes i see someone growing out really deformed fish and i realise it IS a must in goldfish breeding to cull those that are not good or even nice looking. I do understand that someone has a hard time culling older fry, so learning what to cull for and culling as early as possible is very important because its simply easier. Harsh as that all may sound it belongs to goldfish breeding, another part is that you should not expect too much. Many things can go wrong and there is a big chance you wont be able to get one nice looking and healthy fish from a spawn. You can increase chances of breeding decent fish if you up the scale of things, handspawn the eggs instead of scraping them from the bottom of the tank, all ways to increase numbers and therefore the chance your effort will give you beautyfull and healthy fish! This to me is the ultimate goal, if for some reason i do not think i will be able to reach that goal ill just clean out that spawn. That is what my task is as a hobby breeder, provide extremely good care for the fry and make sure i end up with healthy truely beautyfull fish to rehome!
  15. Thankyou for your help. I will do lots of research. In they UK its extremely hard to get hold of good quality butterflies. So i would like to focus on them. So genetics would properly be my path. My biggest worry at the moment is finding fish that don't have the same parents. And also i have 8 fish ( not all in the same tank) and are all around 4-5 inches. But i can't seem to find breeding stars on any of them! They can all possibly be females. Is it the time of year? So this makes me worry i would buy to fish and they ended up being the same gender.
  16. Hey, In January I am thinking of taking the hobby to the next level. I would like to have a go at breeding. I just wanted to know with your experiences how much work and time is involved and if it's something I can work into my sparetime as I am in full time work. If I do go ahead where would be the best place to start? Thanks for your help.
  17. I ordered the calico but I got the tri from an open day????
  18. Hey, These are my butterfly telescopes from Starfisheries. I feel quilty because they don't have names yet. And i have had the calico for about 6 months!! Im not sure on their genders. I don't see any signs of breeding stars so could be female. Does anybody have any good name suggestions for me? Thanks for looking http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps1e045c09.jpg~original http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps21f2c8a4.jpg~original http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps5482dc4e.jpg~original http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f204/jesbaxter1/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsf527f462.jpg~original
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