Goldfish Spawning Sequence 2008
Misc Frogs II
Misc Frogs III
Misc Frogs IV
Misc Frogs V
Pet World Visit
Prologue: We receive (not always
willingly) beau coup pond fish every fall. This year we took in
250 koi (non-huge), about 60 goldfish (non-huge also plus one real lunker),
and three pacús (which only come in huge). Some we get because their
owners say: "Aqualand or the river." That's how we get
But that's another story.
Temperature Trigger: When goldfish come in from outside, their reproductive organs say: "Hey, it's spring -- time to canoodle." This can result in lots of eggs and milt, cloudy water, and possible asphyxiation if you don't keep tabs on incoming pond fish. However, keeping tabs on an occasional spawning can be fun -- especially when you can catch them in the act.
Serendipity in Action: Okay, so we "adopted" a bucket of three large goldfish three days ago. One was so big it went into it's own 20H. The other two were placed in an out-of-the-way 20H formerly ocupado by African cichlids and a sizeable chunk of hornwort. We left the hornwort. Two days later, the following spawning sequence occurred.
Miscellaneous Info: At this point we re-charged our waning microworm cultures in case any of the eggs decided to hatch. It's worth mentioning that goldfish fry are strong enough eaters to eat powdered fish food as their first meals. Goldfish never are or were picky eaters.
Second Verse Same as the First: We found lots of eggs on the new clump of hornwort, one large rock we hadn't noticed earlier, the elbow at the top of their filter stem (one had come apart days before), and on the miscellaneous orts and end of hornwort strewn about the bottom. Even with an LED flashlight, we detected no eggs on the gravel. We removed all these and drained the tank which was probably ripe with dissolved organic substances. In the wild, these organics would feed bacteria which would feed infusoria which would feed the goldfish larvae when they began free-swimming.
Farmed out the Stud: Since our male did such a sterling job, we lined him up for a repeat performance with the lunker female we mentioned earlier. She dwarfs him. However, we consider him up for the job. We'll find out.
More to Come: We will continue this saga if the eggs hatch. LA
Not so Much: Lots and lots of eggs but not a single egg hatched.
Different Spawn: So here's a different spawn with better results: LA
3600 Sixth Avenue
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Des Moines, IA 50313
Betta Breed 1
Betta Breed II
Betta Pla Kat
Pleco Costly I
Pleco Costly II
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Misc Catfish II
Misc Catfish III
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Jack Dempsey Spawn
Jaguar Spawning II
Rainbowfish, Dwarf Neon