I’ve been busy with work, family commitments and the fries and fishes so far. Didn’t have much time to update on the progress of the TVR that are still in quarantine pail.
They’ve grown quite a bit again since my last update, and I’m worry if I don’t transfer them fast enough to reduce the bioload, they might be under great stress soon, even though I can try my best to do daily water change for them.
Due to the fact that they’re growing now, I can’t be stingy on the food, and to strike a balance, a food timer is a must, while not wanting to overspend and overdo, I wish to purchase a standard food timer, as well as a higher grade (still standard) timer for different tanks.
But I’m also try to put them into the same tank, and give away some, to reduce the needs for having too many food timer. Looking at my scheduled trips (both short and long) until February, I see the urgency of food timer and transferring fishes that are out of quarantine into main tank.
Below is a video of the TVR still under quanrantine about 6 weeks old.
After been keeping variety/common goldfishes for months now, I’ve begun my journey into Japanese TVR (Top View Ranchu). In between, there are a total of 3 spawns from my goldfishes (not TVR).
Been busy with them all the time, water change, brine shrimp hatcheries, switching to pellets and a lot of work like quarantine and treatments. It’s no doubt a very fascinating and enjoyable experiences.
Back to the TVR, first batch gotten from a hobbyist for less than 10 pieces of them and was instructed to treat them with Acriflavine once I’ve transferred them to a temporary quarantine used pail with airstone turn on HIGH. Unfortunately, they died on me one after another.
I blamed on myself for the newbie zero experiences in TVR, and suspected my own mishandling of them. The breeder is kind enough with his encouraging words and brought the blames upon himself buy saying he bagged them too early and motivate me to try again.
First batch of TVR adopted from a breeder/hobbyist
From the video, it showed that the TVR I’ve adopted from a local breeder (using very good Japanese ranchu bloodlines parents) put in treatment with salt and Acriflavine.
They didn’t make it and had all passed on after a few days.
After another’s slightly more than a week wait, I received a call from the hobbyist again that he has culled another batch of TVR for me to play around and keep, at the same time learning how to keep and treat TVR. Since I’m not keeping in tub like the rest do, hence would not even talk about grooming as it won’t turn out very good. Just enjoy the TVR with the family while planning for TVR in tubs next time
This is the new batch around 30 days old, videos taken today.
TVR Fries at 30 days old (With flash light on from mobile phone):
TVR Fries at 30 days old (Mobile phone flash light off):
All taken after done changing water and isolated fishes for treatment.
I still remember the days when my dad custom made a few 3 feet tanks with self-made wooden stands for some prawns and local tropical fishes that I don’t really know their names. But my brother and I were extremely excited with the new members into our family.
That made us can’t wait to go home after school, just to see the lovely fish swimming around in the tanks as well as help feeding them. Of course, the maintaining and feeding of fishes and prawns all done by my dad. That marked the start of the fishkeeping of my dad and us. From that time onwards, my dad started buying trendy fishes that other fishkeeping hobbyist were keeping that time, however, due to lack of information and the conveniences of Internet and online forum, a lot of things have to be learnt through hearsay or from the mouths of LFS (Local Fish Shop) bosses. Which only until now (when I have started my own fishkeeping journey) then I realized are not 100% true for fishkeeping. Their advices might be very deadly at times. That’s why I always take their advices with a pinch of salt. You never know until you try it or practise it on your own. But that usually involved loss of precious fishes and waste of efforts and time (and hard earned money too!) along the way.
Unfortunately, after waves and waves of total wipe out, my dad had finally given up on fishkeeping. It’s only until after I have my own family and kids, my son sparked my interests in fishkeeping once again. Thanks to his tremendous love for fishes, we have decided to buy him a beginner class fish tank without thinking too much, with some feeder goldfisheds and 3 red cap orandas.
We were totally lost on how to upkeep the tank and take care of the goldfishes until they started dying one after another. Then we replenished them with 1 lionhead (Shou Xing) from a LFS. But the fishes still continue to die without knowing the exact reason ourselves. So after a quick research online, we have decided to visit a local fish farm – Qian Hu (http://www.qianhu.com) , wanting to buy an air pump ended up after consulting the staff there, they recommended us the Hydra 20. We bought some media back for BB, liquid BB, Anti-Chlorine (which they claimed to be better than what we’ve purchased), as well as some more goldfishes, and go home.
From there, I started research online and joined various hobbyist forums. Start to read up more and post questions, and to master the basics to upkeep the tank and the fishes. Then I realized we’re actually overstocking the tank with too many goldfishes as they are high bioload fishes.
From there I learnt more, and even get to know a nice bro, Kitsilano, who keeps ranchu, as well as bro Nazari. From there I learnt even more, like using baking soda to buffer the tank water, so as to stabilize the pH of tank water, as well as better feeding regime and choice of pellets and a lot more, of course the salt dip/bath for my lovely goldfishes.
Now I follow a lot of those basic principles religiously and hopefully one day when I master all these, with a tank upgrade, I can start keeping ranchu too! My son is very happy to see the goldfishes from time to time swimming happily inside the tank, and he likes to interact with them.
I have yet to start exploring salt dip/salt bath yet, but baking soda during WC is a successful experience which I did it twice without casualties so far.
Alright, that’s all for today, will continue again. Hope to share some experiences with you all soon!
PS: This post is a copy from my original post at http://jensonchew.wordpress.com reason being I was thinking of separating out the goldfish blog from this current blog, but unfortunately I was unable to put the interactive fish flash animation (on the right of the page, which you can feed the fishes using mouse click) to that blog. Hence, decided to continue my blogging here instead. Or may consider to do double postings too.
Below is the video of the fries I managed to breed, only want to keep the spawning manageable and hence only grow this 20 pieces.