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  1. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I'm old now too :>) Whatever I do gets done very slowly. Thank you all for your kind sentiments. -steve
  2. 2019 UPDATE Our goldfish business has been loosing money for a few years now. It got so bad that we could barely break even on the utility expenses…. let alone making anything for the hours put into it. It had long since become time to hang it up, but it’s also something I very much enjoy doing so we kept at it. Then, in January, a big tree fell down in a wind storm. A really big tree. The base of the trunk is about six to eight feet in diameter (photo attached).. What you cannot see in the photo is the fish hatchery building along with seventy-five glass tanks flattened by the impact. Adjacent to the hatchery are a fifteen lined ponds that now lie below a ten foot deep blanket of limbs and branches. You can't even get close enough to take a good photo of it. Removing it all is daughtning so we’re just going to turn it all into a garden architectural feature and see how it evolves. That part is going well so far. We still have other groups of ponds and above-ground tubs. We still have goldfish but many variety bloodlines were lost. We could put up a new building and start again in earnest but, really, what’s the point. So, for now at least, we’re out of business. I will probably cobble together some hatchery stuff in spring 2020. I always get the urge to grow fry in the spring. However, it may only be on a hobbyist scale. The fact that the web site no longer works is a whole different problem. A Chinese company is trying to steal our domain name and hacked our domain regisration account. I am told there is an investigation underway and that it will be fixed in a matter of days. To all those who has purchased fish from us in the past, we would like to express our heart-felt appreciation. It really is a fun thing to do and you gave me an excuse to do it full time. -steve
  3. Hard to tell from the photo, but I don't think it is damage. My guess is the fish was born that way. For sure, if it has been that way for a year it is not going to get any better. -steve
  4. I wouldn't worry too much about the ammonia. There are always small amounts of ammonia in the air. However, all silicone sealers are not equal. GE Silicone will only last about a year. It has a lot of talc as a reinforcing agent for general caulking. However, the talc allows the material to absorb water after it dries in a submerged application. This weakens the bond to the glass. Aquarium sealer is ridiculously expensive, but it is expensive for a reason. It is designed to do the job. -steve
  5. Well, I told a huge lie. Sorry about that. I had the obscure Japanese varieties mixed up and those are not Shonai, but Jyokko. Here is what Tom had to say: "Steve those are Jyokko, bred in Japan by Tamakin's friend who uses the internet name Tinkerbell. Jyokko was discussed briefly on Goldfish Shack (about trying to import some, also photos) and also Raffles Gold. I tried to connect with Michio about importing some but he has not responded for months now. But I'm glad to see the buzz about them, sooner or later they will be shipped over. My understanding is they are a Bristol spin-off. Tom" Lynda, you were more correct than I because he thinks they are a Bristol spin-off. -steve
  6. Lynda, I still think they are Shonai. Bristols have more substance in the tail and the dorsal and other fins are not as long. I will ask Tom to have a look at them. -steve
  7. I agree Daryl. They pretty good to me. Funny about show fish... You never know how well it will display for the judges until the time comes. And, exhibiting personality and "presence" really helps its chances when the judges are evaluating. -steve
  8. They look sort of like Bristols, but are Japanese Shonai (or Syounai). Those in the video are really exceptional. -steve
  9. It takes several months for the telescope eyes to start to develop. -steve
  10. The green ones are metallic scale. Some will demelanize (change color) to metallic red and white in a month or so. It only takes a few weeks for an individual to change color but they will not all change at the same time. Others will slowly get darker and become black over time. The light color (clear) ones will slowly develop patches of calico color. You may, or may not, have any matt (no color). It depends on whether there are any calico genes in the males. -steve
  11. The ones with the black "button" eyes are either calico or matt. The ones with the pigment in the eye are either metallic or calico. Some calico fish have one button eye and one pigmented eye. By now, you should be able to see a difference in body color of the clear scale versus metallic scale offspring. -steve
  12. They may be chasing other males, but the chasing activity is usually sparked by female reproductive phermones in the water. When the female gets a little closer to spawning, the males will figure out who it is they should be chasing. -steve
  13. It depend somewhat on the variety. The fancier varieties have more fry which can not make it even under the best of conditions. Some batches of fry will be better than others too - even when they are from the same parents and the age of fry is only separated by several weeks. Losing 5-10% in two weeks is a little high, but not too bad. It is possible to have fry survival which is too good. Once you get your routine down, you can keep alive fry which have no chance of living to adulthood because of genetic issues. You may prefer to loose these early in the game because they are consuming resources (food, space, water quality) which should be invested in the stronger individuals. Normally you will not experience a fluke problem for the first three to four weeks. However, Prazi does no harm and is tolerated well by fry. -steve
  14. When spawning, the male bumps or pushes the female's abdomen to get her to release eggs and synchronize the release of eggs and milt. The tubercles have a function here as they help the male to get a good "grip" on the female. They help him apply some pressure instead of just slipping off as he pushes her. -steve hopkins
  15. bekko


    Wakin are pond fish and were not bred or selected to be viewed from the side. They are tough and can live for a decade or so in a suitable pond. Wakin give the most dramatic effect when viewed from the top. If you are going to keep goldfish in an aquarium, then why not get fish which were bred and selected to be kept in an aquarium?
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