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December 2016

Taking a winter break

We are taking a few weeks off now over the mid winter period. We would like to wish everyone a very happy Festive season and 2017 and we look forward to welcoming you back to in the new year.

Watching the fish

As we have already discussed the period when the Goldfish are cold is a period of some relaxation, but while there ought not be any maintenance to do, you still need to check them every few days. You will be looking to make sure they remain healthy, are not suffering any swim bladder or other [...]

November 2016

Cooling down

For many Goldfish breeders this is a time of mixed tension and sadness and an opportunity to relax. You have allowed your Goldfish to cool down, you have stopped feeding and a couple of days later you have completed the last water change. The fish are now resting, the artificial lights are barely used, the [...]

Assessment of the year

Now is a good time to take a good hard look at the year just ending. What went well? Note it down (if you didn’t during the year) and keep a record. It is amazing how much you will forget come the relevant point next year? Similarly what went badly or needs changing? Do you [...]

Preparing to cool down

Now we are properly into autumn, the cooling process outlined previously is well under way – the meetings have all finished, the shows are over and there is no reason to take the Goldfish outside the fish house again this year. The focus now is preparing the Goldfish for the winter hibernation. Maintaining the temperatures [...]

October 2016


In many ways, Autumn is the most challenging time of the year when it comes to temperatures. In Winter we expect the fish to be hibernating and in Spring we want to want them up while in summer warm temperatures are generally desirable. In Autumn however, we are looking to cool the fish down but [...]

Our final meeting of the year

Our final meeting of the year is on Sunday 30th October at 1:00pm at the Bromham Village Hall, Bromham, Beds, MK43 8JP. The meeting will replicate highly successful meetings we held in 2014 and 2015 in that a number of members will be bringing along a few of the Goldfish they have bred this year [...]


As the nights start to draw in, you need to be thinking about using artificial lighting as you want to extend the day so that your young Goldfish in particular can continue to eat for long periods and therefore continue to develop, grow and prepare for winter. Ideally you will start to time the lights [...]

April 2016

2016 Breeding Diary

by Ray Rich 7th April 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 [...]

September 2015


We are now into the middle of September so temperatures are often a little inconsistent at this time of year – sometimes we get that lovely late summer warmth and other years autumn starts early with a cooler period (perhaps before it warms up, briefly, again).  This can play havoc with your Goldfish as they [...]

Returning from the Show

It might seem strange writing about bringing your fish back from a show before the show has even happened but you need to be prepared and to have thought about it so now is the time to get ready. It is possible your return will be after dark – have you adjusted the lights so [...]

The Open Show

  The GSGB’s Open Show is almost upon us.  It is the highlight of the year and everyone is welcome to join us to see some of the best Goldfish in the UK.  The GSGB Open Show has separate classes for all the recognised varieties in adult, single Goldfish bred this year and breeder’s teams [...]