I Have Some Catching up to do.. Spawning Update/ Where have I been?!

Hey Guys,

I am so sorry for not posting the past two weeks! It’s been a crazy rollercoaster ride of emotions and I have honestly been down in the dumps lately. I usually don’t like to post about my personal issues on my goldfish page, however I feel like I owe you some sort of explanation as to why I have been absent.

Basically, my younger sister moved to Florida about three weeks ago today. It has been very hard emotionally and my parents are not taking it well either. It has been hard mostly because I miss her, and partly because it has made me take a look at my own life and re-live my failed attempt to move to Florida as well. Also, there has been added strain on my relationship with my family for other various, yet related reasons. So for the past three weeks I have had all I can do to get out of bed in the morning to go to work and have barely spent time with my animals (other than taking care of their needs). It’s been depressing to say the least.

However, the week after my sister left, my fiancé and I already had already made plans  to go camping with a few of my family members about 2 hours north in the Adirondacks. So already committed to this, we went away for the weekend. I really enjoyed myself and it was nice to get away for a few days.

Before I left I had told you that my fish spawned and I had a small batch of eggs. This was around the 27th of May. I put the eggs and the plants they were spawned on in a 10 gallon tank with an air stone, prime and some methylene blue.

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I noticed while checking on these eggs during the week to come that a lot of them were turning white, which was an indication of fungus-which means they were not fertilized. I had the methylene blue in the tank to combat that as I expected some would have this issue. However, it seemed like many had this issue and after 4 days of waiting and getting nothing I had pretty much given up hope that any of them were good.

It wasn’t until the day before our camping trip when I took one last look at the eggs before tossing the whole project down the drain “literally,” that I seen baby fry swimming around! I was so stunned and excited and then it immediately turned into panic as I was literally almost out the door for three days of camping. So I had to rig a set up that consisted of an automatic feeder, some hard boiled egg yolk and water. I had no choice but to leave it in hopes that the new and hungry babies wouldn’t die of starvation. When I returned home that Sunday I was very happy to see that everyone was alive and hungry, so I changed their soiled water and fed them a lot.

Here are a few crappy quality pictures (sorry) of the fry at approximately 1 week old:

I have lost a few during this time, but I still have about 30 fry left and they are growing rapidly! I’m going to be honest with you and tell you that I really haven’t taken many pictures. I lost a spare battery up north when I was camping and I wanted to work on some footage I took from the trip and edit it into a video. If were also still being honest I  want to say that I haven’t gotten around to making that video either- or anything really. I have mostly been taking care of what needs to be taken care of and then going to work/bed. I have been out of whack for at least a month and I am just now trying to get everything back in order in my life. So with that being said, I really have no photos of the fry to post here (which is the reason why I have been holding off posting a blog in the first place). But I feel like at this point I owe it to you guys to post something, since it’s been two weeks. So as of right now things with the animals are great, and things with myself are getting better slowly. I should be back to posting regularly very soon. Thank you for being patient and sticking around!

As compensation for posting a blog about goldfish fry and not having many goldfish fry pictures (or posting in general), I’ve substituted photos from my camping trip from the Adirondacks for you to look at 🙂 I will have pictures of the fry and other pets as soon as I can!

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Thanks for reading and I will talk to you very soon!

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Sarah

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