Q:aksjdfhaskdjfh sent my answer too soon ; A ; but カンチ is named after the robot in furikuri maybe?
You’re correct!! Kanti’s name most definitely comes from FLCL. :3
I decided not to thaw the bloodworms fully before feeding, and managed to get a video of the CBR trio circling the bloodworms like sharks. Ignore the poo, it was their last feeding for the night before their water change.
I’ve also decided on names! The red sarasa is Hikaru (輝), the white sarasa is Kanti (カンチ), and the azuki is Taiyaki (鯛焼き). They all received Japanese names because they are after all Japanese ranchu. k0iking helped me name Hikaru, whose name means radiance. Taiyaki was named after the delicious pastry filled with red bean paste that is in the shape of a fish(which is perfect if you remember what azuki means). Can anyone guess where Kanti’s name comes from?
CBR Update: 7/21/14
I’ve had the trio for a few days, and now that they’ve settled in a bit I took the time during a water change to get their weights, as well as take a picture or two. They’re very wriggly babies so that maked good symmetrical pictures from above hard to achieve. I was trying to make things very fast and keep stress to a minimum. You’ll noticed that although they are Top View Ranchu I’ve included side view photos as well. This is because many people are not familiar with TVR and may not realize how different they are from SVR. Even when the fish are this young you can see clear differences in the topline of the fish and the seat of the tail.
I still haven’t settled on names so for now I’m just going by their coloration. The fish’s “base” color is determined by what coloration there is most of. The top fish is mainly white with only a few red markings, therefore it is a white sarasa. Sarasa is simply the term for a red and white mottled fish. The second with is a red sarasa, due to the main body of the fish being red. The third fish is special pattern called an azuki. This refers to the small speckling of red on a scale, and gets it’s name from the Japanese word for red beans. So until I get names chosen they will be referred to as White Sarasa, Red Sarasa, and Azuki.
- White Sarasa:16g
- Red Sarasa: 12g
- Azuki: 14g
This was their first weigh in and I’ll be tracking their weights weekly over the course of their lives. By doing this with my TVR and eventually my pearlscale lines I hope to learn more about growth patterns, a topic that isn’t well studied in ornamental fish like goldfish. Look forward to their next update!
The gangs all here! My current crowned pearlscale broodstock. The top photo has Princess Peach (with the yellow wen) and Dandy (the red and white). Below is Berry and one of my fry from earlier this year. The goal of this line will be to provide healthy and high quality pearlscales to hobbyists and breeders. Finding show/breed worthy pearlies in the US is very difficult and since I’m quite enamored with them I’m taking it upon myself to change that.
Q:Any suggestions for getting a sick goldfish to eat? I've tried soaking the food in garlic, brine shrimp, blood worms, peas, pellets... Nothing.
I’d appreciate it if you filled out the sick fish form! Without really knowing the whole story it’s tough for me to tell you what the best thing to feed would be. If a fish isn’t eating force feeding may be needed but that’s typically a last resort.
This is what came in the mail today. A wonderful trio of CBR (Colored Baby Ranchu) from Alexander at High Ranchu. These little ones are Top View Ranchu, abbreviated TVR, which is much different than Side View Ranchu. TVR are bred to be viewed specifically from above, if the name wasn’t self explanatory. I already have an older large TVR named Harumi that lives in the big pond, but these guys are going to have their own special set up(which Harumi will likely join at some point) due to their specific needs.
TVR need shallow water, 4” as young fish and 6-8” as adults, to form correct body shape, tail set, and good headgrowth. They will be raised using traditional Japanese methods with a few augmentations here and there to make things a bit more simplistic for my sake. The traditional method for raising TVR revolves around shallow water, frequent feedings, and large water changes. I’ll get better pictures and continued updates, as well as going into depth on TVR, once they settle in I didn’t want to stress them out after they were delayed a day thanks to the noble USPS, hence why the picture quality is not the greatest. I’m also looking for name suggestions! They are too small to accurately sex but I have an inkling I have 2 females and 1 male. Sticking with the fact that this breed hails from Japan, some nice Japanese names are preferred.
Anyone who follows me on Instagram or is on Koko’s should know I was expecting mail today…
A little sneak preview of the 55 as I changed out the substrate last night. Many plants have yet to be replanted and I need about 5-7 more pounds of sand so pictures will come once everything looks nice and orderly. For now have some attention hungry pearlscales. Many people don’t get to see pearlscales in motion often so I think it’s important to highlight how a healthy pearlie looks and behaves.
Setting Up a Fry Tank
Raising goldfish fry can be a unique and rewarding experience if you are prepared for it! Goldfish spawns can number in the hundreds or more, so when keeping eggs you must consider if you have the space to house these fish as they grow larger. Coupled with the fact that you may have to cull fry that are severely deformed; which can be especially hard. But here are some items you’ll want to have handy when setting up the tank or tub for fry:
- A tank or tub at least 10 gallons in size. Bigger is always better but I prefer to use tubs as they are shallower and have more surface area. Home Depot sells these concrete mixing tubs(In 10 or 20 gal sizes) or 35gal ‘mini patio pond’ tubs which both work perfectly for fry. They’re also very cheap so picking up more than one is a good idea!
- The second thing you’ll need is a heater. Keeping the water slightly warmer will help boost metabolisms and speed growth. With heaters the best ones are adjustable so keep that in mind; and you only need the water to be around 76-78°F so something around 50watts should suffice if you’re using a 10gal tub or tank.
- Airstones, airline, airpumps, and sponge filters. I’m including these all in one bullet because you’ll need them at different stages in the frys’ growth. I recommend an airstone on low until they are around a 3-4 weeks old, then replace with a sponge filter.
- Some form of lighting. It doesn’t have to be any special lighting but having a set day/night cycle is essential for good growth patterns.
- Water level! This is not a supply but a very important when setting up a fry tank. you should keep the water level 6inches or lower when raising fry to ensure their swim bladders form properly.
Those are a few things you’ll need to set up a fry tank! Keep it plain and simple, because fry tubs should ideally be emptied 1-2 times daily and filled with clean water to increase the growth rate of the young fish. This article is fairly short because it will be followed by a very extensive article on how to breed goldfish and raise fry so look forward to that coming soon!
Some progress pictures of my overhauled crabitat! Proper dslr camera pictures to follow as I’ve finally located my camera charger. I went the cheap route this time and used a play sand and ecoearth mix instead of using aquarium sand. I tried to make the layout more open with increased vertical space to accommodate my new larger Caribbeans. Everyone also got a salt water bath and is settling into their remodeled tank quite well.