Monday, February 13, 2017

Bought Ranchu Goldfish

I have never had Ranchu Goldfish before. I had wanted to but where I live Ranchu is not a popular or common goldfish type you can find in pet shop. Mainly because they are usually expensive and not easy to keep like other more common Goldfish types like Oranda or Ryukin. I saw them several times in one pet shop which is known for exporting rare fish but they were too expensive for me.

So This weekend I went the near by petshop which is known for cheap tanks but horribly neglecting fish. There I found three Ranchu guys in a tank along with 2 Pearlscales. And I was horrified to see these 2 Pearlscales has massive lice attached to their bodies. I was shocked to see that and demanded owner to do something about it. I asked him to isolate these 2 poor fish and put some meds or salt. But he just put group of angel into that tank. I was skeptical about the whole thing but then to Amazement I found most of lice are gone from those 2 Goldfish. So those angel fish have done their job.

Anyway I bought those 3 Ranchu right away. I did want to rescue them but also I wanted to have them since I have never had them before. I just paid $6 for 3 of them. They were not quality fish or anything but still Ranchu. You can see those 3 guys in above photo. 2 males and 1 female. Metal color one in middle is the female. They are right now in my quarantine tank.

They will be the final and last addition to my already crowded 55 gallon tank. That tank already has like 10 Goldfish, 2 tiny angelfish and 2 baby Pearl Guramies. Too many fish for it's size but all of these guys are small and I do have a good filter system and also do frequent water changes like once in 2 days.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

More Pearlscale Goldfish

Pearlscale Goldfish

It's been nearly month since my last post so I thought to create another post since so many things happened.  I lost two of these lovely Pearlscales and it must be the heat. Now I have set up air pumps in full power for all my out door tanks I haven't had any deaths since then. Here, this is the hottest time of the year and heat is even unbearable for us.

Well even though I said I won't buy anymore Goldfish from that shop but I went there to buy fish food and air tubes but then end up buying some more fish. This time I bought a lot ! Also I found out these Pearlscales are supplied to the ship buy one of my old friends. he confirmed me these are not throw outs from export fish. He breed Goldfish and sell. But even this lot were so not great so I think the reason for bad quality is because they haven't treated well. Probably hadn't fed any good quality food and haven't done water changes. Anyway I bought 2 pairs of Pearlscales again. They are smaller and cheaper and haven't even got their colors yet.

This time I bought something I really shouldn't have. That's two Koi's !!! One Yellow color Koi and a white one with red spot on head. I think these are the Koi type called Tancho. I just had to buy because they are still very small and beautiful but I don't know what I'm gonna do with them when they grow up!

Plus I bought another three Shubunkins. This time I carefully inspected them before choosing. I made sure they have correct body shape but didn't bother much about their colors. So they are mostly red and black but have nice longer tails.

I added two small Calico Goldifsh which I found in a tank right below the Shunindin tank. They have long bodies and very short caudal fins. I hope they would look nice when they grow bigger.

Oh I bought five Angelfish too. They are the type called Koi Angelfish. I bought five of these guys are all except one have white bodies with black here and there. Now I have more fish than I should have. These Angelfish are not exactly peaceful so they need a separate tank. I would be cool if I found another few Angelfish from different types and setup an Amazon river tank.

Monday, March 9, 2015

No More Fish From That PetShop

Pearlscale Goldfish
Pearlscale Goldfish

Last few weeks I have bought nearly a dozen Goldfish from this petshop where they looks like mistreat fish. It's no point of complaining them about it but I did buy some Goldfish from there and noticed most these fish are not exactly perfect fish. They have some kind of error in somethings like body, fins etc. But I didn't mind it since I just want to have some Goldfish right now and didn't thought much about the quality. For average I i don't think most these stuff are noticeable.

Last time I bought 5 Oranda Goldfish and three Shubunkins. It looks like these Shubunkins are not perfects ether. They do have some sort of bend in their spin which is not visible unless you look carefully. But it's there are I think all these fish are what a breeder would call "cullings". Most visible thing is those Pearlscales I had bought early had short grill plates. So it seems this guy has bought or taken all throw away fish from a breeder and selling it for higher price.  I don't mind he selling these fish and since I bought anyone buying from there going to breed so no harm done and also those poor guys get homes. But selling them for price they are not worth making it look like they are quality Goldfish is bad.

So that's the last time I bought any fish from there. At least Goldfish. I don't think I will buy any other fish from anywhere soon but still this petshop won't be the place I go for that when the time comes. Anyway I don't there are lots of adult Oranda Goldfish in market these days. Someone must have released a big stock to a market. Probably and exporter who missed an order.

But I haven't seen any Lionheads or other fancy goldfish in market for a while now. Even PearlsScale Goldfish are hard to find these days. I bought a BlackMoor pair and haven't seen any of them in petshops in my area either.

If you want a good book about how to take care of Goldfish and also how to find high quality Goldfish then check these books, Fancy Goldfish: Complete Guide To Care And Collecting or Kingyo: The Artistry of Japanese Goldfish. Both these books are seriously good reading material for any Goldfish keeper. Check Amazon for reviews and I don't think you will regret buying these books. I haven't. haha.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

More Redcaps and Shubunkin

More Redcaps and Shubunkin
Freshwater Aquarium Problem Solver by David E. Boruchowitz

First of all this photo above is not from my fish. It's the cover of book called Freshwater Aquarium Problem Solver by David E. Boruchowitz. Not about Goldfish but it's about how to take care of an Aquarium and what to do in tricky situations. A great book for kids and anyone who is inexperienced about the subject. Good book for those who start keeping fish without no idea what they should do and they decided fish committed suicide when he/she made a stupid mistake and messed up tank.

Back to my story, well I finally gave up resisting the idea of buying pair of Shubunkins. I wanted to them for a while now but didn't want to over crowd my tanks. But at end I had to have them and since I have already setup air pumps for my out door tanks I thought to do it. So yesterday I went to petshop and I was in for a surprise. That Oranda tank was refilled ! This times lots more fish. There were few redcaps too! So I had to recuse them! lol

I ended by catching 5 goldfish. Four of them look like Redcaps and I'm sure two are redcap Orandas. There is pair of long body Goldfish I'm not sure Oranda or not. Will see after few months weather they have Redcap or a Redpatch. Also I took 3 Shubunkins. Not  the most beautiful but they are colorful and nice. Also they are very small still so plenty of time to have more colors. 

I feel like having three more Shubunkins and many one Gold color Oranda. I must forget about the idea since now I'm nearly at limit unless I do some changes to my tank setups. Summer heat is getting even hotter and I'm glad I have already taken care of outdoor tanks oxygen problem with air pumps.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Killer Goldfish

Killer Goldfish
This is the culprit aka Killer Goldfish

Sadly my bully Goldfish turn out to be a killer Goldfish. I thought he had a beef only with BlackMoors but since Black Moor is gone he had started focusing on those two poor Orandas. To make it worse I had no idea. I was little bit busy with work so had less time to check them frequently (Usually I check several times a day)

I found bigger Oranda dead next day and I couldn't figure what had happened to him. There were no wounds or anything So I didn't suspected it's this killer guy. And next day I found other Oranda on surface with a huge wound which look like a combo of several biting. I separated the poor guy but didn't make to to next day.

I should have separated these guys when I noticed the bullying first time. I didn't move Orandas to other tank because I thought they are too weak for that one which had no air pump right now. Anyway too late for that now and lesson learned in hard way. :(

I have no idea what made him do it. Now there's no chance of putting him with other Goldfish so he will have to live as a loner rest of his life. I might have to give him to someone who just want to keep one fish many in a 10 gallon tank. I wonder if he would be aggressive toward other fish too. Not Cichlid who would have him for breakfast. other fish like plates or mollies.

Here's a photo of Oranda which died from wounds.

Wounded Oranda Fish

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Keeping your Goldfish Happy

Keeping your Goldfish Happy
A Beautiful Pearlscale Goldfish

I think most of us, fish keepers who love this hobby want to give everything best for fish we have. These fish keeps us happy and we also want to keep them happy. Only difference is they are relay on us about everything so only we can do it.

Whatever fish you have it's important to understand everything about them from their origin, natural habitats, food, behavior etc. Only then you can find out what your fish needs and what they expect from you. It's all same for Goldfish too. That 3 second memory of Goldfish is a total BH. I read a research paper few years back which suggested they can memory can be long as 2-3 months. Also they can recognize their owner from other people.

So I think it's really a good idea to read about these beautiful Goldfish and learn everything you can before buying then if you are a first time buyer or you don't know about them. There are several really good books about Goldfish out there which I have bought. Fancy Goldfish: Complete Guide To Care And Collecting [Here] is my favorite book about Goldfish.It's a hardcover book with so much information and also great photos. Also there are few really good books like Aquarium Care of Goldfish [Here], Goldfish Success: What it takes to keep goldfish healthy long-term [Here], Goldfish: Your Happy Healthy Pet [Here] etc. You can try to find those or check Amazon for cheaper prices.

One of the most important things which people ted to ignore when it comes to Goldfish is water conditions. Since they are known as hardy fish which can survive winter and also as pond fish people give less attention to water quality. There are many Goldfish types which can survive for little while in not so good water but this going to be make them stress so badly and give all kinds of problems like deceases, stunted growth and also other mutations. It's high recommend going smaller water changes at least 2-3 times a week. Specially if you have Goldfish which are less than one year old then you should do frequent water changes and it will faster their growth and also will keep them healthy and mutations free. Also it's important to check your tanks water condition when you do a big water change. I keep the water tester kit called  API Freshwater Master Test Kit which is high recommended. I'm not sure the price but it's not expensive. You can check Amazon for reviews and latest prices.

Oxygen is another big factor. Goldfish need Oxygen and lots of it. Yes you probably see them survive in tanks without air pumps or circulation but adding a air pump will make them even happier and grow faster. You will see them are active more too.

Quality food is another things. I think we all know Goldfish shouldn't be overfed. They don't have stomachaches and have digestive problems which cause things like bloating. I think the best practice is feed them a little, couple of times a day not more than 4 times. Don't feed Adult Goldfish live food or high protein food too often. Better give them carbohydrate rich food because they are mainly pant eaters.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Goldfish Bully Too

Goldfish Bully Too
Bully who caught red handed

For a long time I thought Goldfish are the most innocent aquarium Fish in the world. But few years back I found enough proof to think other way. Something similar happened today too. I told about this pretty guy with butterfly fin and I found he is a bully. This guy was biting and pecking at Black Moor and was keeping doing it till I remove the Black Moor to another tank.

It seems this guy was having a serious hatred toward the Black Moor. There are two other smaller and weak Oranda Goldfish but they were completely ignored. He / She was only picking on the poor Black Moor. Poor bugger was doing his/her best to stay out but this Goldfish thug would go after and trying bite fins. At end I just had to remove him and add to the bigger tank where other Goldfish are in.

So if you also thought Goldfish are all innocent fish then better keep an eye on your fish and find they are really innocent or not. Like all other fish these guys seems to have personalities too. There might be few evil guys at least and you might be owning one of them.

There are times Goldfish become aggressive. You could see males because bit aggressive toward females in mating season which is normal. You would notice lots of pushing. Also sometimes Goldfish would gang up and tear apart a sick Goldfish. Its natural thing too just to protect the rest. But none of these can't be the reason in this case. It just might be his/her personality.

It's better remove the victim if you notice something like this in Goldfish community tank. If only fish bullying everyone else just remove the bullying bugger. Goldfish are smart fish like Disucs fish so they get stressed too. Stress can lead to deceases.