Purple goldfish, purple ranchu, The Diary of a Goldfish Breeder 2022

The Diary of a Goldfish Breeder 2022 (2)

Last year I made a plan to focus on improving my lines of Oranda. This year I will focus on ranchu breeding. Although I was preoccupied with Oranda last year, I managed to start early with my Purple Oranda improvement project. I bought a very bulky male ranchu. Unfortunately I did not document him well before he died. He was a large red white fish, with a very thick backbone. In fact, it was the backbone feature that attract me to buy him. The headgrowth was minimal, and no funtan. I mated him with a small, weak, and thin purple ranchu from my own line. But she had funtan feature in her headgrowth. I am sorry I take no picture of her, either. At that time, my purple ranchu vigor has decreased drastically, perhaps due to successive generations of inbreeding. My bad. I should be more responsible with my lineage.

Anyway, I took only one shoot from that mating pair. As expected, the results are all red white or red / orange fish. I selected the best few to prepare them for breeding. They looked promising. Most of them had strong and thick backbone. The majority also had wide body depth. Those are two features I am looking for. The back shape can be categorized into two: the round one and the flat one. The headgrowth is varied between minimal and lushly. Some might be categorized as hybrid or lionchu type of headgrowth. Satisfying stocks!

However, there is an alarming development. They have come of age, and no sign of mating activity! I have tried to induce the mating with no avail. At this point, I have no more purple ranchu in my collection. So, if these semi-purple fishes are sterile, then this purple ranchu project is doomed. My mind wanders far away. I already think about mating the male semi-purple with my female brown ranchu. This strategy can surely revive the purple ranchu. But, I only have two female brown ranchu left. And the same problem occurs. They have become so big with no sign of being productive. The most extreme thought I have is to start from zero again: to cross my purple oranda with ranchu. It will be another painful and long process..

Here are three male semi-purple ranchu:

There are two female, yet one is not in the best condition when I take these pictures. So, I only take this one:

This female has a problem with swimming straight. And she has a small tumour in her back. Yet, she is full of vigor, especially in the feeding time 😊 She is always the first one to devour the pellets.

Last month (Januari) I started to renovate my breeding area. I was compelled to move many tubs indoor. These fishes are among those I put indoor. It came as a surprise when in a certain morning I found them chasing this female! I was very happy.

I usually operate under the principle that the first eggs are weak. So, it is my custom to let go the first eggs. But in this case, I decided to collect the eggs. I fear that I might not have the second chance.

I hand-spawned them. I only used the first and second male, since they have the desirable round back bone shape. And they hatched well several days ago! Thank God!

After this first mating, they do not mate anymore. I quickly realize that they are not in a healthy condition. Perhaps due to the unfavorable climate. Many fishes fall ill at this moment. Right now, they are in quarantine. I am so glad I make the right decision to collect their first eggs.

These are some of the offspring:

I want to point out that the offspring of semi-purple goldfish will consist of two different color: the light one and the dark one. The light one is the purple color, which usually falls into 25% of the offspring. The dark one will become red or red white (50% of them are semi-purple and another 25% are true red / red-white). The following two pictures show the color comparison:

These two colors must be separated as early as possible since the light ones are usually weaker and cannot compete for food well with their darker siblings. I separated them one by one as soon as they are able to swim (the 2nd or 3rd day after hatching).

Yet, there is always one type of offspring that puzzles me. It has light color but there is a dark area in its body. I encounter this phenomenon always. Yet, I have never separated them to see what they become. I usually put them under the light color variation. But I cannot trace what they become when they grow into adolescence. I hope someday somebody can look into this in more detail. This is the appearance of the fish:

The latest update is that I have done my first culling yesterday. I have with me about 50 light color ones and 50 dark color ones. I am excited to see how their body quality will turn out.

Thank you for reading 😊


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