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Old 05-31-2009, 10:03 AM   #21
These are my Goldfishies. They're just young common goldfish that were 25cents at Wal-Mart.

The brown one's name is Opps. The reason he got that name was because the Wal-Mart lady was trying to scoop me another goldfish when Opps jumped into the net. The lady asked me if she wanted me to take him out of the bag, and I told her that I'll just save her the trouble of fishing him out and I would take him aswell. Sadly the goldfish I wanted passed that night but little Opps has been with me for almost three months now :D I've read though that goldfish colors chage with maturity, but Opps is still the same color he's been since I got him. He certainly puts the "gold" in goldfish.
The orange one's name is Smitty. I got Smitty a week after I got home from college. Opps looked so lonely swimming around in his 10 gallon tank so I decided to get him a buddy. While I was looking at fish, I happened to run by my high school english teacher. Thus I named my fish after him. Smitty had a black line going from the top of his fin down to his mouth, but that has since disappeared. He does have black at the end of the fins still.

They're really quite fun to watch.
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:46 PM   #22
So, Coffee didn't make it. I was oddly attached to him, so that was pretty disappointing and I almost wanted to give up. I really don't know why he didn't make it. He seemed to be getting better and he water was very clean.

Anyway, I FINALLY decided on a healthy Ryukin from a local store. It's unfortunate that I'm so picky. I'm finding that the chain stores, interestingly enough, have 'better' looking fish (with more to chose from) for cheaper than the local stores. However, they're all sick and after Coffee dying despite my efforts to nurse him back to health, I'm going to go exclusively with healthy.
Anyway, this one was healthy AND nice looking (in my opinion).
I don't normally name fish, but since the goldfish are so indivudual and will hopefully be with me for so long, they all get names. :)

This is Sails

Pooping for the photo.

He's redder than he appears in the photo.

He'd just got done being slightly overfed, so his little mouth thingy was a bit extended.

I also really wanted a black moor but couldn't find any that I liked at all. But finally I found some and picked out this little guy. He's much smaller than the Ryukin but he's more svelte and has done pretty well competing with the Ryukin to get food, so I think it'll be fine.

His was named 'Concerto'. Does anybody else think that classical piano music goes incredibly perfectly with goldfish?

Anyway, I'm going to get some good photos later on, also some photos of their set up. They're kind of in an 'unfinished' temporary tank until I'm done doing some light remodeling of my own room. I also plan on getting 1-3 more when my tank is ready for it and when I find some that I like. Does anybody know of a place to order online? I'm pretty limited with the local stuff. Although, I have a fairly strict budget, too. I wouldn't want to pay more than about 40-50 $ for the fish and shipping.
I'm assuming I'll have the best luck just checking in with the local shops with every shipment. If I'm feeling really brave, I could even try a chain pet shop, but I don't think I'm that brave.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:12 AM   #23
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After going to stores and going home emptyhanded in the last few weeks, a black oranda caught my eye as I spent my time testing out the reaction of the other goldfish to food in a shop. Of course, she appeared out of nowhere and I stared quickly at her surveying her fins, eyes, wen growth, etc. Everything she has, is what I exactly wanted. I thought to myself, "Surely, she wants me to bring her home" as she continues parading in front of me in delight so I shrugged off the "conservative" feeling and requested an employee to get her for me. I went home happily with her in tow. She's really hyperactive and readily joined the other goldies upon introduction!

Okay, here are the pics of my new goldfish, Velvet. Pictures don't do her justice. She's prettier than the pictures show and the photos are a result of my lack of knowledge over the settings of Olympus cameras. I had to tamper with the pics to darken them a bit because I hated the light background flash gave.

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:20 AM   #24
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Nice oranda you got there. I especially like the pic where she seems to stare into the camera seriously (the 5th one). It's like she's saying "I'm watching you! Don't try anything funny!"

I saw a really nice redcap oranda in a store. I really wanted to buy it, too bad I don't have anywhere to place it. An oranda surely wouldn't survive in my pond. Competition for food can easily be remedied, but sudden weather changes have caused me to lose some fish. It's blistering hot one hour and rain is pouring like mad the next. If I bought that oranda, he/she would probably be the first to go. :(

btw, did you get my text? sorry for the late reply.
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Old 07-29-2009, 03:49 PM   #25
Do those black orandas usually change colors?

Anyway, Here are some new pictures of mine, plus some of my new one. I decided she's going to be a girl and she doesn't have a name yet.

Her and my Ryukin, Sails:

More of Sails:

Sails and Concerto:

More Concerto:

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Old 07-29-2009, 08:33 PM   #26
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Do those black orandas usually change colors?
Black is an unstable color for all goldies. Unfortunately, my black orandas changed colors and cannot be considered black anymore. Platinum, olive green, chocolate or orange, make up your minds please, Velvet and Summers.

My black ranchu, Loco is also changing colors. He's developing orange on his belly. Here are his photos. Not the best ones but you can see him just well enough.

Sails has grown a lot! Your new one looks like a wakin or watonai to me. My own watonai, Felix has grown to almost 7 inches already.
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Old 07-31-2009, 08:47 PM   #27
Ooh, I wouldn't mind a black to olive green, or really any of those black-ish shades. I think the pure black ones look great, but chocolate and olive green are really cool too. I've also seen some photos of moors changing from completely black to very orange with a few black patches. That could be a fun process to observe.

Sails does seem to be getting a little bigger. It's hard for me to notice since I see him everyday. But I think he's also starting to look a little less awkward and comedic when he swims. I guess that's a good thing. Haha.

And on the new one, the thought that they might be something like that did cross my mind when I saw them in the store. But then I thought that little bulge around the tummy was suggestive of some sort of fantail. Then again, I hardly know anything about goldfish varieties.
I do hope she stays tank-sized, but my mom does want me to start designing and then later helping her build a pond for next summer, so I suppose I won't have to give her up if she does get larger than my tank allows. I've been doing a lot of research on DIY goldfish ponds. It sounds like a lot of work, but I think it iwll be well worth it. I often times spend summers at my parents house anyway, because it is closer to my job, so I'll be able to enjoy the fish adn help out with maintanence.
The only problems are we have really cold winters and a HUGE predator problem around here. I'm hoping a good design and depth level will prevent those problems from being roadblocks.
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:54 AM   #28
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Jupiter, one of my common goldfish, started out as yellow with most of his dorsal side black from head to tail. Within 3 months, he went from that to completely red-orange. I didn't like the color change at all. He looks so ordinary. But personality makes up for looks, as he's the bravest and biggest fish in the group. When I dip my finger in, he's the first one to nibble at it.

Like what Lupin said, black is a very unstable color for goldfisr. That's why I was amazed when I saw a large pure black moor. It was around 8 inches I think. It had grown to that size and managed to retain its black color.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:15 AM   #29
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I just realize I hadn't posted some of my photos. I'll post these few ones for now and will upload the rest perhaps tonight. Excuse the water marks since I don't have time to remove them off despite frequent water changes.

Here's Satine. She's one of the feistiest and is fed with gel foods and Hikari Lionhead. Foods with high starch content makes her floaty so I avoid those completely for my ryukins as ryukins are prone to swim bladder disorders from starch.

I am still having trouble using Olympus so this is the best I could get of Summers. He is 7 inches currently and has changed colors into chocolate from rich black.

Here are a few of my watonais, Alessandra (first two pics) and Felix (last two pics). I was just lucky to obtain these watonais. They were mistaken for shubunkins by the store despite their doubletail feature and then were mistaken as fantails even though the body shape contradicts the standard feature of the fantails. Both are 6-7 inches already and have spawned a few times I believe.

I am thinking of buying a bulk of baby watonais and if luck is with me, possibly some wakins that may accidentally be produced as well from the petstore but we'll see since I am running out of quarantine space and I really need to quarantine every new fish and treat with prazi for flukes before they explore my tanks and ponds as a precaution.

New photo of Julian.

My shubunkin, Mirage. She was ripe with eggs but I didn't save the

Here's another with Starla involved this time. The pair have spawned already. They're 4-5 inches.

One of Teddy.

Lastly, here's my chocolate oranda, Velvet. She's 4 inches and since that photo, she has gained more bulk.

She was black before but she also changed. Understood...It's melanophore migration. My black ranchu, Loco should be interesting. If anybody has black ranchus, have they changed their colors yet in the tank?
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Old 08-22-2009, 06:33 AM   #30
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have we seen pictures of your pond Lupes ?
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