Hi again guys!
So! Wednesday my shipment from Dandy Orandas came late, around 7:45pm. I was kind of bummed because getting them all set up is a process in itself and I had to be up to get ready for work at 2 am. Needless to say I stuck through and finished up everything around 10 pm, so I really wasn’t able to get any good photos or videos of my new fish. I did post two pictures of my new baby butterflies that I received from Josh at Water Pigs USA to my Instagram account, but other than that I was pretty much dead to the world lol.
So here’s how everything went,
I stopped at my Mom’s house after work and after a last minute trip to Walmart for a few things for my set up. I got to her house around 5:30 and left around 8:00. The fish finally arrived around 7:45 and as I opened them my family all gathered around because they enjoy watching me unbox them too. Every one was alive and okay! The biggest hold up last night was my filter, I have a 100g HOB filter that I am using for my 50g quarantine tub. I assembled everything (I know not good to do it last minute) But for one, I wasn’t expecting to get fish at all-and two, I had bio balls that were loaded with beneficial bacteria to kick start the cycling process. I guess this time I am going to have to do a fish in tank cycle. So anyways, my filter was not catching or spilling out water back into the tub, it was running hard which was odd because it’s a fairly new filter that I picked up earlier this year.. I ended up having to take it apart and put it back together again and it finally started working.
I checked on the fish this morning and they seemed to be doing just fine! The calico is a little mopey and is bottom sitting, but this is usually normal after shipping. I am going to keep a closer eye on her the next few days. Here are some photo’s of them
This is one of the new fish from dandy. I’m not sure of the sex yet, so for now it is a he. His color is described as chocolate/lavender, and he is literally so gorgeous! I haven’t seen these colors transcribed over to telescopes- at least in my personal opinion. I’m sure they’re out there, but I have never seen one. This guys color pattern is my favorite of all three of them. He has a nice deep body and his eyes are symmetrical. His tail spread is nice, it doesn’t droop..The only thing I can say for this one is his fins are a little one the small side. Overall he is a great looking and healthy fish!
This one is also a gorgeous color as well as having a nice body/tail spread and symmetrical eyes. This is a tri colored chocolate/lavender fish with a touch of orange. He has a little orange mustache that is super adorable! No one initially bet on this fish in the auction, I was the only one and I ended up winning him on one bet. I think he was looked over because he wasn’t “as striking” as some of the other fish, and a lot of people make this mistake. It’s like buying a fixer upper house, you have to be able to see what it will look like in the future with “new windows” or “new dry wall”. You have to see the potential to take a fish and completely transform it. The reason I bet on this fish was because he had a white body and the lavender on his fins were beginning to recede revealing a deeper orange color. I am thinking ( and hoping) that he will turn out similar to this one below:
I could be completely wrong, or I could be completely right (still hoping), but if there’s anything to take away from this its don’t judge a book by it’s cover. with a little TLC and a really good diet/clean water/good aeration you could make an “ugly duckling” into a beautiful..uh..goldfish lol.
The last fish in the lot I received from Dandy Orandas was this beautiful calico. I have been wanting one for a while and I was SO excited to see him in person. He’s rather big- bigger than the previous two but his color is exceptional. The only thing I wasn’t that crazy about was that his eyes a slightly asymmetrical eyes. They are not horrible, but they are noticeable. Other than that he has the best tail spread and finnage of the whole group. His tail is beautifully big and flowing, but it also holds itself upright and does not droop. I am excited to see how his color pattern will continue to change and morph.
So there you have it! Official new pictures of my Dandy Orandas babies. I hope you enjoyed and please head on over to the link on the home page and follow my instagram and Facebook for more info/pictures and updates.
See you soon!