Well, its almost been a week and they are all still alive
Looking good I'm not familiar with TVR, are they supposed to have a split tail? Because it looks like most of yours don't?
I think this one looks the best at the moment, nice back curve, spread tail (might be slightly crooked?), good tail/ body proportions. I'd say it's biggest flaw is its joined tail, but that can help strengthen the tail while swimming, so beneficial unless you're planning on showing.
They all appear to be growing well
Nice, I thought that the body on that one might've been a wee stubby.
I actually picked the #1 to be the big one on the left
It really makes you appreciate the art of breeding. I thought koi culling was rough but these guys are pretty wicked.
I haven't really dealt with Ranchu, but the big one appears to have a soft tail. If you look at the second picture of your favourites ones you can see it's right tail edge folding under. But time will tell, tails do thicken with age.
This is the biggest one. Huge peduncle. But I think it has a collapsed tail? I don't know what a collapsed tail looks like but this one doesn't fan out.
Its a helluva swimmer and eater. The head is also starting to square out a bit more.
Last edited by rainblood; 08-07-2016 at 11:55 AM.
I will say that the smaller ranchu in the dark blue tub are much darker than the larger ranchu in the grey (turning green with algae) tub.
I don't know if its a size thing or a container thing. I don't know that it matters...just an observation
Blue tub tilted over slightly, just enough for the 4 pipsqueaks to make a run for it.
I found 3 swimming around in the 300gal stock tank and 1 went into the overflow pipe and landed in a lithaqua basket the front basin of the koi pond
Anyhow, I've changed the overflow pipe to make sure no one can get sucked in anymore and I've also altered the exit pipe in the front basin so that if anyone does get sucked it, he'll land in water and not lithaqua.
As I was catching those 3 squirts who were basking in their newly found freedom and swimming circles in the stock tank - it seemed like they weren't having too much trouble in deeper water. The water level in the stock tank is 20.5".
So I turned down the air and placed the 2 largest ranchu directly into the stock tank. My only concern is feeding. I wonder if they will be able to find the food and maybe I can catch them during feeding time and put them back in the grey tub.
Currently, there are 3 in the smaller blue tub, 6 in the larger grey tub and 2 in the stock tank.
Last edited by rainblood; 08-09-2016 at 10:25 AM.
If you need to make sure the tubs you're holding them in don't tilt or sink a little too much, head to the Dollar Store (or equivalent) and pick up a couple of the wacky noodle thingies. For a couple of bucks and a few zipties, you could easily get those so they won't sink.
Can you run the stock tank at a slightly lower level? 12 to 18 inches? If not just let them go, the fish with the closed tail can swim laps, it's a fast fish.