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The Goldfish Gazette, Issue #036 -- Growing Live Food
December 24, 2016
Goldfish Care Tips and Guidelines
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For the enthusiast to successfully breed Goldfish and raise the fry into stunning adults, feeding live food for the first few weeks is critical.
Some Goldfish varieties such as the Ranchu are only fed live food by their Japanese owners for several years until they reach their full development.
Growing Live Food
The age old argument whether it is environment or heredity (genes) that has the most affect on how an animal turns out as an adult can in part be answered by Goldfish.
As J Smartt in his book Goldfish Breeding and Genetics explains, it has to be a combination of both.
A Goldfish that is produced from prize winning parents won't develop into a prize winning fish if it is poorly fed and raised in poor water conditions.
Ranchu and lionheads are a classic example of this.
If their water conditions are poor, and they are not fed large amounts of live food for several years, their wens (head growth) won't develop anywhere near the size they should.
Which brings me to the topic of this month's e-Zine, growing live food.
Live Food For the First 3 Weeks
For the first few weeks of a Goldfish's life, feeding live food is easy; feed them newly hatched brine shrimp.
Constructing a simple hatchery from discarded plastic fruit juice containers is cheap and easy.
About three weeks after hatching, brine shrimp are a little small for growing Goldfish and they should be moved on to daphnia and mosquito wrigglers.
Daphnia and Mosquito Wrigglers Follow Brine Shrimp
If you have the room, an 80-100 gallon container will provide enough daphnia and mosquito wrigglers for hundreds of fry. If the fry are fed enough, they appear to grow before your eyes.
Daphnia are easy to grow, and mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in daphnia containers. Mosquito wrigglers are arguably better food for the fry than daphnia.
From about four weeks fry can be fed a high quality prepared food along with live.
I feed small pieces of Repashy Soilent Green gel food which the fry pull to pieces.
At 6 weeks the fry should be nearing 3/4" (19mm) in body length and resemble miniatures of their parents.
They have passed the critical first month, and will have had the best possible start.
The image above is of my latest Water Bubble Eye spawn 3 weeks after hatching. They have been fed using these techniques and will easily reach 3/4" (19mm) by 6 weeks.
From this age on, white worms, another easy to grow live food can be fed when other seasonal live foods are unavailable.
Once fry are past the juvenile stage, keep feeding live food as often as possible because it brings huge benefits to the final development of the adult fish.
To learn more about growing live food click here...
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Next Month's TopicSpawning Problems
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