by Ray Rich
I have been slowly conditioning first female and then male adult goldfish for the coming breeding season but have been caught somewhat unawares! I got 8 small promising orandas (about 2 inch body) from Star Fisheries to grow on and I put them in a 3 foot by 2 foot tank on Friday 1 April. They spawned on Sunday the 3rd! So a little sooner than expected the breeding season has begun. All the fish were chasing one female and as she was not large I probably have somewhere between 200 and 500 eggs. Lots of them are fertile and they will probably hatch on Friday 8th. These little fish must be only about 6 months old and it just goes to show how fertile and strong some oriental fish are. I will take some photos of the parent fish and report back next week.
Six large metallic Orandas spawned this morning in a 3 foot by 2 foot tank. There seems to be quite a lot of eggs although no idea what the fertility rate will be. It transpired that one fish that I felt sure was a male turned out to be a female (just shows how much I know!) The eggs seem quite large and are transparent.
Last week’s Oranda spawning has hatched on Friday/Saturday and seems OK. Not sure on numbers yet as spawning mops are still in the tank obscuring a proper view of the hatch. There is at least a few hundred. Started up the brine shrimp this morning so here we go! Interestingly the eggs were average size and bright orange.
I am still conditioning my fans for breeding. I have changed my mind as to which female to use and so I am now playing catch-up to get her properly ready.
The two oranda spawning are doing fine. They are not huge around 3-500 fish each. I suspect that is because the adults are very efficient at eating the eggs. They are both being fed on brine shrimp and are now quite warm at about 24c. So far everything seems fine.
My telescopes were spawning this morning. I hand spawned a bowl full of eggs because I wanted to cross particular males with the female.I have returned to the fish to their tank (which has 5 males and 1 more female in it), added some spawning mops and will leave them to it foe the rest of the day. I shall then feed the adults up again and then put them outside in a pond for the summer.
I am still conditioning my female fantails but will have to spawn them soon as they are getting quite fat.
My first batch of orandas are still fine. I have sorted them down to about 30 fish or so. They are about 20mm nose to tail. They look good and strong. I’m feeding them on brineshrimp and bloodworm.
The second batch of orandas are about half that size. I have sorted down to around 100 or so. The are being fed, like their larger friends, on brineshrimp and bloodworm, although so far it is mostly brineshimp. It is too early to say how good they are.
My first batch of telescopes are OK although there is only about 100 or so little fish. Again brineshrimp is the diet so far and they are too small to enable me to judge their quality.
Having heard the weather forecast last week say a warm period was approaching I put more telescopes together in one tank and about 8 fantails in a another large tank in the hope of getting a big flock spawning. Fortunately the fish spawned as soon as the warmer weather turned up. They are just hatching out now. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of eggs, so I live in hope!
I think I will not breed any more fish for a few weeks as I have enough to do for the moment.
First Batch of Oranadas
These fish are doing fine. I have sorted down to 23 fish. I have been feeding them on lots of brineshrimp and blood worm. The fish are about 30mm nose to tail and beginning to colour up. All the food seems to be working as the hoods are definitely developing. I quite like these fish as they look very strong with deep heavy bodies and wide strong finnage.
Second Batch of Oranadas
These fish are coming along quite well. They are from different parents than the first batch of orandas. They are about 20mm nose to tail and also beginning to colour up. The hoods on these fish are not yet beginning to show. I have about 70 or so. These are good fish but perhaps not as good as the first batch.
My little telescopes look very interesting. Some of the fish are VERY blue with black finnage. I have sorted them three times now and are down to about 60 fish of mixed colours. I think some of them will have good quality veitail finnage. I have been growing them on at a slightly cooler temperature than the orandas as I have found that for some reason a lower temperature gives me a better fish in terms of body finnage balance – I have not idea why but if it works …
I have hundreds and hundreds of fantails. I have not sorted them at all yet and I still have two more lots of fans that I am waiting to spawn. I have high hopes for these little fish as I flock-spawned a very large female with half a dozen males and lots of the little fish have black button eyes which normally means they are more matt/calico than anything else and might be quite colourful. I will wait and see.
Whisper it quietly but whilst I am still waiting for the spawning which might, just might, give me calico celestials I took the bull (well goldfish) by the horns and hand spawned a female celestial with a male calico phoenix/celestial cross from a couple of years ago. I only have about 100 eggs but you never know!