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  1. Hello, my fellow Goldfish enthusiasts! Though I've been on this site many times looking for answers, this is my first post. I've mostly only ever raised Ryukins and Telescope Eye Goldfish, but, on one of my trips through the pet store, I ran across this beautiful Red Cap Oranda, with a very pronounced wen, a healthy, full body, and wonderfully bright coloring. I just HAD to have him, so I brought him home and decided I had to have another. So, a couple weeks ago, I went to my local fish store and had two Fancy Goldies, one a Panda Moor, and the other a Blue Oranda, special ordered for me from the store's preferred breeder. They are both very young, especially the Panda, who is so cute and tiny I almost can't believe it. But, the Blue Oranda concerns me. Now, I realize that he is still a youngster, but even at such a young stage, shouldn't he slightly resemble an Oranda? Right now, he is very streamlined, his scales are a muddy brown color, and he has absolutely no wen growth at all. I'm new to Orandas in general, so my confusion might just stem from having little knowledge of Oranda growth and development, but I can't help feeling that I might have gotten a little jipped. Perhaps I'm just too closely comparing him to my already beautiful Red Cap, who, coincidentally, is nearly the same size as my Blue Oranda. Will he eventually grow into the beautiful Blue Oranda that he is supposed to be, or did he just inherit some bad genes? Either way, I will love him. He's my little ugly duckling. But, I'm also curious as to might there be anything that I can do for him or feed to him that might enhance his wen growth? I've read that Blood worms might help him out in that department, but what do you think? I've included some pictures of him next to my Red Cap. Some of them are blurry. Sorry about that :x Also, don't mind the ugly background behind my tank. I had their tank on the floor as I prepared their new 55 gallon home. Any thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are more than welcome!
  2. My buddy Quinn is out of QT Check out this video on YouTube: Don't mind the algae Fins crossed this link worked Beatrice, the lemon head ranchu and Quinn are eating FBW
  3. I went into the local pet store to buy some of my favorite goldfish pellet food (which they didn't have ) and I came out with this little guy! He's a baby Blue Oranda, and I just couldn't resist! I have never seen one that looked this good in a pet store before. His coloring, the fact that I can actually see blue in him, instead of just a bronzy brown color, is what really caught my eye. I really hope he doesn't depigment later on. But, as pet store goldfish don't have the purest of genes, I have a feeling he might, but that's fine too. My Red Cap Oranda, that I bought from the same store, is now all white, and I still love him . His color seems pretty solid for right now, but, any thoughts? Anyone ever have a Blue Oranda that depigmented to another color? He does have a little bit of wen growth, which is pretty hard to see, and even harder to see in this picture, but it is there! Here he is again, facing the other way so you can see his other side, although it is pretty blurry. He's in the quarantine tank for the moment, and he gets to stare longingly at the main tank all day. You can see my beautiful Black Oranda, Big Momma, showing off in the background there. As well as the once Red Cap now White Oranda mentioned above, and my Sakura Ranchu. Can even see a little Nerite snail on the side there! I was so excited, just thought I'd share! Can't wait to get him in the big tank.
  4. Visited the glorious pet store that does amazing things like prazi qt's their fish and dips them in meth blue and got a very lovely bruce out of the deal. Had to do some fish rearranging but monster and bruce now live in the 55 and the other 6 babies live in the 75. Not fun may I tell you trying to catch the commons in a full 55. ^ Bruce top view ^ Bruce side view, he won't keep that blue colour for long ^ Bruce and Monster for comparison ^ Monster's beautiful lobed tail fin and belly
  5. Here are some photos of my small 3 goldies that are in my 55 gallon. My five fish (2 are in QT) are fed NLS small goldfish pellets, bloodworms, brine shrimp, duckweed, peas, and lettuce right now. I finally made it all the way through the food thread and will try those things too Just to confirm.. these two fish I think are ryukin actually ARE ryukin right? My blue oranda is getting so fat.... everything's going according to plan! Any advice on keeping the blue on my oranda and ryukin? The first few photos are through the side of the tub I took outside for photos which is why they look hazy. Didn't want to stress the fish by holding them too much... I love these goofy guys or girls! I am recently obsessed with ryukin but until I get a bigger tank, its just 5 for me.
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