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  1. I would have done a mid week water change by now, but letting the Prazi Pro running it's full course and do a larger water change on the weekend.  Eyeing some baby ranchu one of the breeders I follow on Instagram - he's taking orders on lots of 10.  A project for next year!  I'll mark it down for this time next year to get my supplies ready over the winter.

  2. It does save a lot of time and possibly grief when you're able to get healthy stock from a quality supplier, whether it be fish and our other pets.  You're doing the right thing, sterilizing everything first before bringing in new fish.  ECR fish comes in very clean, so they do need time to build up their immunity system.  Are you planning on ordering juvenile fish or adults?  I find it so rewarding to grow out juvenile fish.  I may order some top view ranchu fry and grow them out in stock tubs one day.

    I hope your order and shipping goes smoothly.  I find it very exciting when I know there's a parcel of fish waiting for me for pick up.  Whether it's dropped off by courier or I have to go pick it up myself, it's all good!  

    Most US dealers will not ship across the border, there's too much paperwork, red tape to complete and greater shipping/processing fees.  There's no problem in shipping to a different location ie. Buffalo and the onus is on us to make sure we follow the necessary steps to bring our fish home.

    I'm familiar with import laws, so when I bring fish back into the country, I make my declarations, fill whatever certificates are required (species specific) and pay my customs/duty fees.  The laws for fish/livestock are there for a reason.  We have a delicate fisheries here with salmon/trout spawning rivers and streams so they have to monitor invasive species of fish.  Some none thinking Snakehead fish pet owner released one into one of our ponds a few years back, and it could have decimated wild fish stock if it ever made it into our major water ways, since it's very predatory.  Since then, they've clamped down on specific species of fish that can survive and compete with our native species of fish.  Customs have the right to impound and destroy any unauthorized livestock and I'm too much of a chicken to risk any creatures' lives by bringing them in illegally.  I have to be too, my wife works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada so nothing gets past her. :rules:

    But enjoy the process, it is a lot of fun to finally drop your new goldfish into your tank.  Be sure to show us what fish you've ordered.

  3. I live in Canada and I had my ECR fish shipped to a border town an hour away from me in Washington state.  Goldfish cannot be shipped across the border into Canada.  So I had to pick up the goldfish at Fedex Cargo at the town's airport and make declaration at the border before bringing them back into Canada.  My shipping costs via Fedex overnight was about $110 airport to airport for a large box with 3 fish.  So I went to the Fedex Outlet at the cargo area of the airport to pick up my box of fish.  You get a waybill and a tracking number so you'll get an idea of when your fish will arrive at your airport unless you want it delivered directly to you home.  I prefer picking up my box of fish at the airport so they're not bounced around in the Fedex truck all morning long until they drop it off at a Fedex kiosk/outlet or your home. 

    The ECR website has a link for a shipping quote that you can forward with your shipping information and Cynthia can give you a quote.  The quote will depend on your location, and the size of the shipping box.  So that depends on the size and number of fish that you would like to order and where you would like to have the fish shipped.  I would recommend picking them up at the airport if you have the time and it's not too far away or inconvenient.  Make a day of it!  It's like Christmas in the summer.  Mark down on the form that you would like to pick it up at the airport (or your address).


    My shipping cost is probably the most expensive option, Fedex guaranteed overnight delivery for a large box.  I wouldn't think your shipping costs would be that high. 

    Cynthia is a nice fair person to work with.  If you're upfront and honest with her, there shouldn't be any issues.  Know what you want, don't ask her to jump through hoops etc. and the transaction will go through smoothly.  It's the orders that makes changes etc. etc. and decides to cancel which she has little time for.

    Good luck!

  4. 1 hour ago, koko said:

    He on the island north of that one.... Im glad all he has gotten was mudslides and tsunami's :) 

    So he's not on the Big Island?  From what I understand it's just a few neighbourhoods with forced evacuations right on the Big Island, the eastern part.

  5. 4 hours ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    And the Canucks? We can't even win the loser lottery...i mean really 7th pick??? I mean really...lol


    We need a special category for the truly downtrodden.  :ill

  6. 1 hour ago, koko said:

    Well my step brother is in Hawaii, trying to find out if he's okay and if his house got burnt to the ground. WOW I have never in all my years seen Hawaii like this before :yikes


    Wow, hope he is ok.  was he forced to evacuate?

  7. 31 minutes ago, koko said:

    Nope no member with that kind of email. :( 

    I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. The truth always comes out in the end. :) I know about car forums trust me on that one :o 

    I walked into a beehive of a poodle breeder forum once.  I was so frightened...  :death

  8. 1 hour ago, koko said:

    Yes you can post a link to ECR. Cynthia is a great seller and breeder. :)

    Thank you, I agree, Cynthia is great, keeps her fish nice and clean.  Very busy lady, has a full time job and goldfish breeding as another full time job, so she may need time to get back to you.

    Swimswim if you are able to make suitable delivery arrangements, I would consider at least 2 if you buy from a breeder.  Likelihood that they are from the same brood if you buy the same strain, so raised in same conditions.  Depending on the size of the fish, shipping prices shouldn't change.  I believe her ECR orandas are Thai based, just a different look.


    I haven't purchased from Raingarden, but I really enjoy reading their reference articles




  9. I gave up on goldfish for a number of years when I received a shipment of some goldfish from a farm in China.  These were handpicked by our local forum member that decided to learn the trade from his uncle that owned the goldfish farm.  Nice fish, unique colours/strains but they all died within 6 months.  Just something I wasn't able to fight.  

    When I learned about domestically raised goldfish, that's when I placed my first order with East Coast Ranchu in New Jersey.  I've heard of good things about Raingarden based in Honolulu too. I've placed 2 orders with ECR and I've been very happy with my ranchus and oranda.  I don't know if I can post their links, but if shipping airport to airport isn't a problem for you, that might be an option.  ECR sells pet grade to show quality fish, you can view their fish via pics or livestream.  Neat way of buying fish.

  10. 4 hours ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    I'm actually really enjoying watching Las Vegas too..



    Vegas sure knows how to put on a show.  I really enjoyed them putting the boots to the Kings and Sharks, especially the Kings.  Of course I'm biased based on recent history with the Canucks.  But I was thinking, what if the Golden Knights actually wins it all?  It wouldn't be fair to all the expansion franchises that took years to make the playoffs or even win round 1.  So, they've had their run, I'm pulling for the Preds or Jets the next round.

  11. 11 minutes ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    Okay...i live and breathe Hockey (Canadian genetic affliction lol)...so massively cheering for the Jets! Lol

    Yeah, it's too bad the Jets are playing the Preds, otherwise I'd be cheering for the Jets.  We know the parents of one of the centres on the Preds so whichever team moves on is all good.

  12. 2 hours ago, Daniel E. said:

    How y'all doing today?

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    Hello!  Are you an ice hockey fan, by chance?  :whistle

    Just asking because I'm pulling for the Predators during their playoff run.

  13. 7 hours ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    Leo is a wonderful dog. He belongs to a 92 year old woman who lives nearby. He is an apricot but a deep apricot just verging on red. I have a deal with his owner that if anything happens to her that she will leave him to me. Trust me...there are not many client dogs I would actually adopt...but I would take Leo in a heartbeat. I give him a really cool trim. I leave a bunch of hair going down his neck. We call it a stallion neck. He looks so awesome when he is just done.


    Too funny, I'm several decades shy of 90 something, hopefully I'll still have a poodle/dog by then.  When we flew to NYC a few years ago, I made arrangements with my groomer to adopt him, just in case something happens.

    I'll have to look up stallion neck, that sounds very majestic.

  14. 6 hours ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    OMG. I had no idea this even existed. When do we leave????

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    Road trip!

    I've always want to try the Goldfish market in Hong Kong, but I read it's just a shadow of it's former self.  Family business are closing up because of sky high leases - just not profitable anymore, but this new market looks really good.

  15. 8 hours ago, vimandvigrrrpet said:

    Oh yes the later the better.  I groom one from that litter.  His  name is Leo.  I absolutley love him.

    That was a rather larger litter than what Kathi was used to?  IIRC, 7 red girls, 2 red boys and 1 black boy.  I think it was someone in California on a poodle forum that recommended Kathi to me.  It was either Kathi or a red spoo pup from Lumiere, but thought that a moyen was the ideal size for us.

    What colour is Leo?  Our "Cody" is red, the red has faded some, so closer to apricot.  Wonderful temperment, loves people to bits.  He volunteered at our local hospital for a few years when our daughter was student nursing.  Our groomer wasn't too big of a fan of poodles until she started grooming Cody - her exposure to poodles were several dogs from a F.V. breeder.  I won't mention the breeder but you'll likely know.  High strung and edgy.

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