Story of Babies

Story of Babies

In Dec 2018 one of my fancy goldfish started be having oddly, she was struggling to keep upright, she would float with her tail up but only towards the end of the day, then sleep at pretty much 90′ in the night.

She was also being chased by the two males who had white spots on their gills, so guess this was mating behaviour.

After a time this all stopped and the female fish got back to normal, so didn’t think more about it.

Then a few march I noticed a tiny baby fish in my tank! So the much have mated.
I didn’t see the eggs. It’s a very heavily planed tank. and I guess most of the eggs/fry were eaten. But luckly one survived.

I got a net enclose and put the baby in there to protect in.

Then a couple of day later I spotted a second baby. I looked round but really couldn’t see any more.

After a week or so in the net I set the babeis up with a new 90l tank.
Video here:

Since then the have been growing quite a it, but still retain their silver colour.

Here is a video a month later:

I’m waiting to see what happens when they get their colour.

Mum is a schubunkin and the dad could either be an orange pearlscale. or a red and white ryukin. I’m guesing from their shape so far that the ryukin is dad.

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  1. catlady July 5, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Babies are so beautiful and really GIGANTIC. You’re really taking good care of them. It shows. I would love to have some goldfish babies, but it just never seems to happen. You’re really lucky. Enjoy them,

  2. Venus July 4, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    They’re huge

    You were waiting to what would happen when they got their color, and now you see. All of the fish are gorgeous. The one with the black on top; never seen anything like it. I hope it keeps the color

    Sorry to hear about the mom. The females really take a beating, and most of them have short life spans. It’s really sad, but there’s little we can do for them. You made the right decision. No reason to let them suffer. From what I’ve seen (and I’ve seen plenty) once a female starts having issues, it’s downhill all the way

    You’ve done well by your fishy friends, and thanks so much for sharing

  3. Venus April 23, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Ah…..I’m afraid you’ve smashed all of our dreams. You had us all fantasizing about a tank that filled an entire wall. Still, 60 gallons ain’t half bad

    My largest tank is 170, but it’s a stock tank. They’re so much cheaper than real aquariums, I can have more fish for the money. The tank is really big, so it was hard to wrap my head around an aquarium that could hold almost twice as much water. A dream come true

    How on earth do you get any work done having the babies on your desk? That’s much more distracting than television

  4. Cricket April 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Great post! Love those babies. I’ve had eggs in my tank one time that I know of. I wonder if the huge size of your tank and the fact that it’s planted saved those babies- lots of space and some hiding places. Thanks for posting.

  5. catlady April 20, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to have 250 gallon tank. It must have cost a small fortune. Is it in your living room? It’s like a dream come true. I just love your new babies too. That I know of, my fish haven’t bred before, but I’m always watching out for eggs or babies. I wonder if my fish are all girls or all boys. I only have four fantails in a thirty gallon aquarium. Would it be possible to see a photograph of the aquarium from a distance so I could see how large it looks? Nosy aren’t I?

  6. Venus April 19, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    What a fantastic post you’ve created with videos and photos too. I was amazed watching the movement of the fry. They have so much energy. They’re movements are quicker than the eye

    Their color is the same as the original coloration of their ancestors, and even though I know it will change, isn’t it beautiful?

    The size of the plants behind them tells you just how tiny they are. Makes me want a baby or two. They grow as fast as they move. I guess this fast movement helps them stay safe in the wild

    Thanks so much for sharing, and yes, please keep us posted on your progress

    Love the expression on the one baby’s face in the last photo. Also gets me wondering; if hatchlings breed together, will their offspring have greater chances of deformity?

    Thanks for sharing. You’re so lucky to have this experience

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