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goldrush
I have to admit I got a soft spot for calicos,and this one did not escape my fancy. biggrin.gif

A good 5 inch across its length,the red patch across its face is the only blemish on an otherwise uniformly colored fish.I have included a video and some static shots for all to appreciate.

Incidentally this fish resembles another fish which I have shown earlier with that atypical oblique red across the face. yes.gif

First a video



Some close up shots

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A topview
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Enjoy

goldrush
Sonny
Very nice fish! I am fond of that coloration too. Here's one I got off ebay a while back.

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Kinder
Really nice to see some input on Calico Ranchus.... good_very.gif
Nice calico there doc!

In more recent times since ....i think the Jakarta show, im enjoying calico rachus more than ever.
Trying to source some from my LFS, since he gets an order every now n then from Thai or China.

Here is one cute calico i found on the Youtube, according to its owner it was 5inchs..sadly died some time back. cry.gif

goldrush
Glad both of you love the calico featured.I will try to update on its progress.Currently I feel the color is a bit weak,probably under stress.Calico are sensitive fish.Their black streaks along the tail usually fades to a dull hue under poor water condition,new environment or simply under some form of stress(infective or otherwise)
goldrush
2 months ago,I have shown forum this particular piece.

Now, this fish was kept in isolation throughout this 2 month period in a 2 feet 5-plan tank.It enjoyed 100% change of water daily and fed exclusively on only 2 meals of paste food daily.Despite its confined space,it has certainly bulk with thickness and girth if you would concur with me.Question is do we need more meals to sustain growth as prescribed here or just 2 or 3 feedings of high quality feed is suffice to attain similar result?

I leave such a controversial subject to your very own discretion wacko.gif


Meanwhile just enjoy biggrin.gif



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A topview showing the thickness of its back happydance1.gif


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finally an updated video






just for your viewing pleasure sweatingbullets.gif
Damo
Nice fish doc. 100% water change daily over 2 months ?? Woaw!, You do spend a lot of time of your goldfish. Well, the result speaks for itself .... I now understand why my GFs nether grow that nice with a couple of hours of care weekly.
Kinder
Hi Doc...

I have recently purchased a calico oranda...(though nothing of high grade..since it Oz, its got a fault in its tail) mainly it would help me develop my skills in keeping calico.

you mentioned they are sensitive and could loose their black streaks on their fins.....i was wondering do you keep your calicos indoor or outdoors. Coz mine would be kept at this stage indoors with 8hrs of lighting. Could this effect their color?
goldrush
QUOTE(Kinder @ Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:49 pm) *

Hi Doc...

I have recently purchased a calico oranda...(though nothing of high grade..since it Oz, its got a fault in its tail) mainly it would help me develop my skills in keeping calico.

you mentioned they are sensitive and could loose their black streaks on their fins.....i was wondering do you keep your calicos indoor or outdoors. Coz mine would be kept at this stage indoors with 8hrs of lighting. Could this effect their color?



At the moment my calico ranchus are outdoor and calico ryukins are housed indoor.Though light play a part in enhancing and developing its color,water conditions are equally important.I find the calico loosing its lustre and colors faster in poor water conditions.If you can get all your criterias right,I'm sure you will be rewarded with vivid display of rich and magnificent colors of this colorful breed.
desireless
To sidetrack a little from Doc's post, here is a small tip for lazy hobbyists out there:
I have somewhat similar observation that the black parts of a calico goldfish are very sensitive to changes to its living conditions. I always keep at least one calico-coloured fish in my main tank. So whenever the black parts fade (turn brownish or greyish), then I know it is time to do a water change biggrin.gif . You will also notice that the black will return within 5-6 hours after a thorough water change.

A fully black fish does not perform as well of an "indicator" as a calico fish though.
goldrush
kekekeke a live indicator which is far more sensitive than any other test kits!

Another tip.When you choose a calico at the LFS color is the least important.Those left overs are the best after assessing their overall physiques.Prices would have come down by 50% at least.
peter porker
Doc..you mentioned about paste food....what do you mix with the granular feed to make it less susceptible to disintegrating once it hit the water?

As for the fish, definitely bulked up and the black is more intense now.

I hate you. biggrin.gif

Regards,
PP
goldrush
Bind it with egg (additional protein)and make into dough and feed accordingly. biggrin.gif

It's alright

"You will love to hate me or hate to love me" nananana.gif
peter porker
QUOTE(goldrush @ Wed, 22 Aug 2007 2:12 pm) *

Bind it with egg (additional protein)and make into dough and feed accordingly. biggrin.gif

It's alright

"You will love to hate me or hate to love me" nananana.gif


Cheers doc!

And you know I don't really hate you. biggrin.gif
xrtg
very very nice calio. i'm still searching for that last piece for my tank. smile.gif so far have never been able to spot one. sad.gif perhaps never looked hard enuff
CyberET
hmm... pity the tail is unbalanced..
its always difficult to find a nice calico for me

i must be damn bored reading aug threads.. biggrin.gif
goldrush
Exactly 6 months has passed.
Judge what you see has surpassed
A mere 4 inch was how it was when it came
A whopping 7 inch is what it is now and no easy game
Not quite competitive standard as yet
A massive size is my only bet



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Just one scoop out of the water.....WHAT A WHOOOOPER!!!!!!
CHLeong
Doc,
Impressive! What did you feed it?

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MachoRanchu
Impressive doc! shiok.gif

You feed steroids? rusure.gif hysterical.gif
goldrush
No steroids but fed exclusively on Saki Hikari Growth formula

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Kinder
That fish has seriously gained some MASS!
And the colors have all come out intense.

Since this fish is solely fed on Saki-Hikari (Pellet Diet), how many feedings did it get per day?

Kinder
goldrush
I grind the pellet and make them into paste as i find koi formula more economical compared to goldfish ones.Basically the ingredients are the same but the cost saving is substantial.I only feed 3 times a day supplement with algae and a feed of bloodworm in the morning.
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