Hi everyone and happy
So I wanted to fill you in on a few things that happened over the weekend. As you know from Friday’s post, I was gearing up for this past weekend’s Dandy Orandas auction. The auction opens up for business on Friday at 8pm, and ends Sunday at 8pm. Like I said in my previous post, I was going to be waiting vigorously by the computer for the auction to open so I would have a chance at getting a nice fish. Every week when I go in it’s always usually Saturday night or Sunday during the day because I forget and all of the good fish are always sold.
So when the auction opened at 8pm, I began going through the pages of fish and came across a beautiful deep red and white telescope. (Pictured Below):
I was looking at the pictures to check out the body form, the eyes, the tail spread etc. When I was satisfied I hit the “Buy Now” button because I didn’t want to run the risk of losing this fish to someone who would out bid me. When I clicked it said that the fish was already sold! I was so shocked at this and immediately angry! I looked at the time and it was only 8:07.. It took 7 minutes for this fish to be sold. I went back to another fish I saw and liked and that was sold too! (Pictured Below):
At this point I was feeling a mixture of anger and defeat. I feel like maybe I was over reacting, but then again I’ve been talking about getting my new butterflies for weeks now and time is running out to quarantine them in time to breed for spring. I decided not to go with Coast Gem USA, because at the end of the day, I don’t like the fact that you can’t see what your spending your money on and what the fish looks like. So, in the matter of 7 minutes I was still fishless and extremely bummed out. Until Sunday, at least..
Yes, as of yesterday I sucked up my pride and went back to the King Koi webpage. I have talked so much bad about King Koi in the past because I really did have an awful experience with them and thought that no one should ever waste their money on King Koi, ever. However, I have been noticing in the Goldfish Keepers forum that a lot of people recently have been buying their fish from King Koi and having positive results. The fish have been healthy upon arrival and the colors seemed phenomenal. Still weary, I went to the web page and saw three gorgeous fish – two calicos and one red and white sakura. I noticed the special King Koi was running, buy two get one free, so I bought two 5.5 inch fish and picked out another 5.5 inch fish. Here are what they look like:
These fish are seriously gorgeous! And they all look to be in good health with proper finnage and body form.
These new babies should be here tomorrow. I received an email last night that they were ready and waiting on UPS.
The overnight shipping was not bad, it was a standard $60.00. I really was looking for red and white, but I do love these calicos. The red and white sakura (middle) is beautiful, the only thing I wish was that it had a deeper red coloring. So as of now, my fish total is back up to 8.
However, I am still going to be on the lookout for one more deep red and white fish to add to my stock. I will be going back to Dandy Orandas this weekend and this time I will make sure to buy the fish within the first few minutes of the auction. The number of fish I have now is a good number for breeding, I seriously hope that one of these three fish is male. As of right now I have a 2 male to 3 female ratio and breeding is always much more successful when you have a greater male to female ratio. I have no way of telling the sex of what I ordered, I tried looking closer at the photo for tubercles, but it was to blurry to tell.
So as of right now, my 50 gallon quarantine tub was set up last night and everything is ready to go for when my babies arrive (which should be tomorrow). I will be back here sometime this week with photos of the process, the tub itself and of course more fish pictures. I was thinking of making a separate instructional post on how to set up and maintain your new fish in their quarantine tank and how long to keep your fish in quarantine for.
Until then, I hope you guys have a great week and I’ll be talking to you soon! 🙂