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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 Auction.

As we rapidly approach the main event of the GSGB’s year – our Open Show - I thought it would be useful to explain a little more about the day as a whole and what might be of interest to anyone who is interested in quality Goldfish. The show is set up by a team [...]

August 2015

Preparing for the Show

Last week we looked at initial selection of your Goldfish to show.  This week, having decided which fish to enter, we need to consider a few things to help you prepare. Let’s start with things you need to take with you on Show Day.  You will need buckets, with water your Goldfish are used to, [...]

Selecting fish to show.

Although the annual show is more than a month away (I will come back to it and the auction in the next few weeks) the time for preparation is already arriving. The first thing to consider is the classes that might be relevant to you.  For example, some classes require the entries to be Goldfish [...]

Colour Development

  By now, most of your fry from this year will be showing their colours.  Matts and Nacreous Goldfish will have been apparent for many weeks but even here the colours will be evolving and indeed for nacreous fish will do so for several years as the Goldfish mature. Metallic Goldfish can and do take [...]

Water Quality

August is typically a month of holidays and, hopefully, warm weather.  The Goldfish will be happy, growing and colourful.  However, it is also a month fraught with danger.  Humidity before a thunderstorm and a blocked airline can mean overcrowded Goldfish suffer oxygen depletion overnight; or despite a continued heavy feeding regime followed by a missed [...]


A few weeks ago I talked about the summer months and the impact of temperature on the oxygen content and therefore on the Goldfish.  You might also want to consider a few other issues: When you use an airstone that will break down the air to smaller bubbles and that can be very useful when [...]

Another selection or a (nearly) final selection?

By this stage you probably have had your fill of selecting young Goldfish.  You may have decided that whatever you have now you will take through the winter and into the next year.  Or, you may have decided that there are still a few too many.  If that is the case, now is a good [...]

July 2015


Our next meeting is always one of the best of the year – it is a visit to our President’s home in Essex. We are always sure of a warm welcome and some very interesting Goldfish chat over his extensive array of quality Goldfish in many varieties. John breeds Ranchu, Orandas, Veiltails, Bristol Shubunkins and [...]


At this time of year, many people are looking forward to their summer holiday, a week or two, or longer away from home relaxing. As part of your preparation you need to be thinking about your Goldfish. As starting point is to say that unless you are going for a very long time and you [...]


  Come the middle of June the temperatures naturally can vary very considerably – we might still be at 15C or we could be at 25C. In a greenhouse that can be an even wider range. You might need to consider shading and ventilation. This problem is one that goes on through the summer so [...]