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 Post subject: My goldies spawned!
PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:33 am 
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I think they're a bit confused about the seasons, but apparently they're showing their excitement about the cooler temperatures by spawning. :) I noticed a few eggs scattered around last night. There were probably over 300 eggs to start with, this is a BIG female, but I saw all of 5. The little ryukin I have in that tank was pooping up a storm, so I'm pretty sure he was very well fed yesterday. :roll:

Now that I know they're in the mood, I think I'll make some spawning mops for them.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:54 am 
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sweet :mrgreen:

What type is the female ? Who do you think she's breeding with ?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:33 am 
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The female is a ryukin I bought when Ed Champigny visited earlier this year. She's about 8" now. She's like a giant softball with fins. :D

Multiple males will usually chase a female in a big goldie orgy. So, unless you've only got a pair in a tank by themselves parentage would be pretty uncertain. But, both males are very, very nice calico ryukins I purchased from Beacon Aquarium in Worcester. They're not even half the size of the female yet. They were pretty young when I got them. I've seen them chasing her around the tank together, both of them nosing at her vent...typical goldie courtship. They started doing that fairly often once the temps started coming down.

The little bugger eating all the eggs will hopefully grow out to be a stunning ryukin. I got him from Skipton's when he (or she...still to early to sex) was about the size of a nickel. He has very promising conformation and super-cute coloring. He's colored like a creamsicle.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 11:40 am 
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Is she one of the black ryukin's Ed had ? or a standard red ?

Either way, I'd love to see the fry color breakdown (50:50 ? 75:25 ? ) -- I have no idea how the colors in goldfish are inter-related.

There's not many fish that will impress non-fishgeeks like an 8" goldfish, eh ?

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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She's a calico with little black. The males are calicos with lots of black.

I'm fairly certain there won't be any fry. The eggs looked like they may have fungused, but I'm keeping an eye on them in case I'm wrong.

I'll see if I can get some photos. The female is definitely something to behold. She's just so...big! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 2:15 pm 
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They've spawned twice more since I first wrote this post. They're like clock-work...every 3 days. I caught them at it this morning before I went to work. I feel rather bad for the female. Those males are super annoying! Men! ;)

Of course, they eat the eggs as fast as she can lay them, especially the little one. I think I'll need to put together some spawning mops if I ever hope to get any eggs out after a spawn.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 3:20 pm 
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NicholeR wrote:
Of course, they eat the eggs as fast as she can lay them, especially the little one. I think I'll need to put together some spawning mops if I ever hope to get any eggs out after a spawn.


Alternately, you could put down a layer of marbles and watch for fry. Or, install some of that plastic egg crate lighting diffuser a bit up from the bottom, preventing the adults from getting at the eggs.

Then, again as a goldfish pwned-person, I'm not sure I'd want to raise hundreds of food-obsessed fish!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 3:52 pm 
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That's a GREAT suggestion, Susan. Thanks! I think that I'll give that a try, at least over a section of the tank. Those that make it will be well protected, and hopefully I won't be rearing 500 fish! :D


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I officially think my goldies are nuts. They're back at the spawning thing again...I still haven't made any attempts to keep eggs. I just don't have room at the moment with my other efforts to keep goldie fry. It can't be the temps dropping that has them going at it, since they're in the warmest room in the house, which is running at around 78F with the stove going.

I guess it's a good sign that they like where they are.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:56 pm 
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could it be the up/down/up temps we've had lately ?

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Species I am currently keeping/breeding include :
Copadichromis borleyi "redfin"
Labidochromis caeruleus yellow labs
Aulonocara sp. "Lwanda"
Ancistrus cf. cirrhosus "Super Red Ancistris"
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma Swordtails
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(I'm in the middle of resetting and redesigning my fishroom - so things are kinda quiet)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 7:03 pm 
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I wouldn't think so...the room they are in has our pellet stove in it, and it's going 24/7, except for that really warm spell we had.


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