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Hi folks. Just an update to let you know that "Peaches" aka "Princess Peach" [Disney character?] named by my little girl, is doing fine. If you'll recall, we found Peaches at a "Brand-X" Supercenter in Kentucky, a week ago. Still can't believe it. Peaches came from a tankful of the typical, "bleh" fare one can expect to find at Brand-X. As there were some fish flashing in the tank, she is currently being treated prophylactically for flukes. She hasn't exhibited any signs or sypmtoms of illness of any kind. I was going to treat her prophylactically for possible baceterial infection, but she looks healthy! She's presently QT'ed in a 90 gallon that will be her own, so I think I'll just watch closely for any signs and symptoms before treating her for anything else. The gill flukes, I wasn't taking a chance on. So, she's doing fine. Some might consider her "plain", being a self-colored red/gold metallic. No fancy patterns, but I think she's just beautiful. Her scales and especially her short, butterfly tail are very pleasing. No photos yet. I'm the world's worst fish photogrpaher and nothing seems to help. But will get some, soon. Had toyed with the idea of photgraphing her from above to show her lovely tail, but also don't want to risk losing scales by netting her. She's our little, CrackerJack diamond.

CK

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OK...took some terrible pics and now will see if I recall how to use Photobucket. Bear with me. One is a profile shot and the other, a swimming away shot.

CK

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Thanks Nicki, you're very sweet. I wish the photos did her justice. I am going to practice. She really is a pretty color and with her tank being next to a large window, hoping she will retain it. She's also an algae hog which will help. She has pretty scales. Seems that Wakin are less prone to lose scales like our domestic, Commons do. My favorite feature is her tail. Of course, Wakin are meant to be viewed from above and a spread out tail is highly desirable. She has the prettiest tail we've had on a Wakin. And though she's a 3" imp right now, already has all the personality of the big boys.

I like her so much that I'm guessing she'll never go into a pond. A 90 gallon for a single Wakin is really reasonable and not particularly a luxury. I tried to keep five, 8" Wakin in a nearly 300 gallon, total volume set-up and it was a tremendous amount of work to maintain params. I wound up putting three in a friend's pond and keeping my favorite two in the house. Made a lot of difference. It makes me really sad to think of anyone keeping Wakin in smaller than a 90 gallon for any period of time. They are such regal fish. Hard to believe they are a dime a dozen in Asia and still so rare here and in Europe.

Thanks again! :)

CK

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Here is a link to the page on The Bristol Aquarists' Society [uK] website, showing other self-colored, red/gold metallic Wakin. Bristol Aquarist's Society - Wakin page

Most of the ones seen here in the US are red/white [like Ceasar in my signature photo]. Ceasar was a Chinese import. Tommy at Goldfishnet.com also imports and sells/auctions a number of Calico's, which are striking. He has three for auction, this week. Not sure if Peaches was imported from China, Japan or Thailand. The "sticky" on the tank just said "Imported Goldfish". There was nothing else particularly unusual in the tank, but everything else was larger than Peaches.

CK

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Such a beautiful fish.

Wow 90 gallons seems like a lot, but I am only used to fancies.

Brandon,

With 50-75% water changes every week, the prescribed filtration and good food, I'm hoping she's an 8-10" Wakin, within a couple of years. A Wakin that size is a sludge factory <g>. Believe me. Wakin are big eaters and big messers. I wouldn't want her in a smaller tank.

Any bigger than 8-10" and my conscience would have me thinking "pond", but they don't seem to grow larger than that in an aquarium.

And thanks! :) I think she's so cool. Not just because of the odd circumstances of our finding her, but because of her little self.

CK

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Week two and Peaches is doing great. I think we're over any possible bumpy patch. She seems to be disease free and is in a closed system with three juvy Rubbernose Pleco's and a juvy Brushy Nose Pleco., so hopefully she'll remain that way The only thing I plan to add is another pot of anubias. I love those! I've done the refugium thing, but the anubias and Java fern in Peaches' aquarium are my first attempts at live plants in an aqarium with the fish, since I was a kid with Hornwort in a guppy aquarium. The anubias look better than the Java fern. In fact, they are thriving.

CK

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