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  1. Hard to tell from the photo, but I don't think it is damage. My guess is the fish was born that way. For sure, if it has been that way for a year it is not going to get any better. -steve
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    Tank Re-sealing

    I wouldn't worry too much about the ammonia. There are always small amounts of ammonia in the air. However, all silicone sealers are not equal. GE Silicone will only last about a year. It has a lot of talc as a reinforcing agent for general caulking. However, the talc allows the material to absorb water after it dries in a submerged application. This weakens the bond to the glass. Aquarium sealer is ridiculously expensive, but it is expensive for a reason. It is designed to do the job. -steve
  3. Well, I told a huge lie. Sorry about that. I had the obscure Japanese varieties mixed up and those are not Shonai, but Jyokko. Here is what Tom had to say: "Steve those are Jyokko, bred in Japan by Tamakin's friend who uses the internet name Tinkerbell. Jyokko was discussed briefly on Goldfish Shack (about trying to import some, also photos) and also Raffles Gold. I tried to connect with Michio about importing some but he has not responded for months now. But I'm glad to see the buzz about them, sooner or later they will be shipped over. My understanding is they are a Bristol spin-off. Tom" Lynda, you were more correct than I because he thinks they are a Bristol spin-off. -steve
  4. Lynda, I still think they are Shonai. Bristols have more substance in the tail and the dorsal and other fins are not as long. I will ask Tom to have a look at them. -steve
  5. I agree Daryl. They pretty good to me. Funny about show fish... You never know how well it will display for the judges until the time comes. And, exhibiting personality and "presence" really helps its chances when the judges are evaluating. -steve
  6. They look sort of like Bristols, but are Japanese Shonai (or Syounai). Those in the video are really exceptional. -steve
  7. It takes several months for the telescope eyes to start to develop. -steve
  8. The green ones are metallic scale. Some will demelanize (change color) to metallic red and white in a month or so. It only takes a few weeks for an individual to change color but they will not all change at the same time. Others will slowly get darker and become black over time. The light color (clear) ones will slowly develop patches of calico color. You may, or may not, have any matt (no color). It depends on whether there are any calico genes in the males. -steve
  9. The ones with the black "button" eyes are either calico or matt. The ones with the pigment in the eye are either metallic or calico. Some calico fish have one button eye and one pigmented eye. By now, you should be able to see a difference in body color of the clear scale versus metallic scale offspring. -steve
  10. They may be chasing other males, but the chasing activity is usually sparked by female reproductive phermones in the water. When the female gets a little closer to spawning, the males will figure out who it is they should be chasing. -steve
  11. It depend somewhat on the variety. The fancier varieties have more fry which can not make it even under the best of conditions. Some batches of fry will be better than others too - even when they are from the same parents and the age of fry is only separated by several weeks. Losing 5-10% in two weeks is a little high, but not too bad. It is possible to have fry survival which is too good. Once you get your routine down, you can keep alive fry which have no chance of living to adulthood because of genetic issues. You may prefer to loose these early in the game because they are consuming resources (food, space, water quality) which should be invested in the stronger individuals. Normally you will not experience a fluke problem for the first three to four weeks. However, Prazi does no harm and is tolerated well by fry. -steve
  12. When spawning, the male bumps or pushes the female's abdomen to get her to release eggs and synchronize the release of eggs and milt. The tubercles have a function here as they help the male to get a good "grip" on the female. They help him apply some pressure instead of just slipping off as he pushes her. -steve hopkins
  13. Wakin are pond fish and were not bred or selected to be viewed from the side. They are tough and can live for a decade or so in a suitable pond. Wakin give the most dramatic effect when viewed from the top. If you are going to keep goldfish in an aquarium, then why not get fish which were bred and selected to be kept in an aquarium?
  14. Both UPS and FedEx knowingly ship fish all the time. Sometimes the box says "LIVE FISH", and sometimes it doesn't. You are asking for trouble if you try to conceal the fact that it's live fish. It is hard to mistake a box that rocks back and forth because of the water sloshing inside. The important thing is to have them packaged properly, know what you're doing, and ACT like you know what you're doing. They will get nervous and may reject it if the packaging looks unprofessional or you cry and tell them to "Take good care of Squiggy" as they pick up the box.
  15. Obvious these are junk goldfish they throw in the bowl. They are the culls generated in trying to breed nice goldfish for you and I. If the florist didn't buy these junk fish, then what would be their fate? They could end up in the feeder-fish tank at the LFS and become oscar food. In some states, they could be sold as bait for fishing and end up impaled on hook. If the market is weak, the breeder would just throw them away. The flower vase might be their best shot at a long life. They are still junk though.
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