Friday, March 19, 2010

Metamorphosis ~ 蛻變


It is only the wisest and stupidest that do not change.
~ Confucius

All the BBRs have almost completed colour change. Their colour at this stage is still not stable until they are at least another month older. If we are not careful with the water quality at this stage, many may become bleached (full white).

Batch A ~ 66 days after hatching

Batch B ~ 61 days after hatching

Monday, March 15, 2010

MY Fancy Goldfish Competition (MFGC) 2010

 A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. ~ Eudora Welty

MY Fancy Goldfish Competition (MFGC), the biennial event jointly organised by the Vermillion Goldfish Club and Samgoldfish and supported by The RafflesGold Forum is one of the most prestigious and anticipated All-Fancy Goldfish Competition in Asia. Judged by some of the World's most renown Goldfish judges and participated by strong entries from famous breeders and avid hobbyists in Asia, it is definitely a Goldfish Event not to be missed! Here is a preview video prepared by my fellow club member, Alvin Tan:

An Alvin & Alvin Production

The beautiful Goldfish portraits in this video are photographed by Alvin Lim, who spent hours in the open recording these wonderful specimens groomed by the Vermillion Goldfish Club members. Fishes would come and go, but photographs would leave us fond memories forever. Apart from Goldfish keeping skills, I have also picked up some photography techniques from Alvin.

Stay tune to the MFGC to watch some of these fishes in action!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Double-Edged Sword ~ 雙刃劍

Candor is always a double-edged sword; it may heal or it may separate.
~ Wilhelm Stekel

There is a time to push and a time to pull back when grooming the TVR. Harmonising with the laws of nature and yet at times, breaking the laws of nature; the more I dwell into the art of TVR, the more I feel I am wielding a double-edged sword. So much zen about the TVR... after all, the fancy Goldfish could never have existed in nature without man's intervention and years of selective breeding.

Batch A ~ 51 days after hatching

This year, I got a few BBR (Black Baby Ranchu) achieving 6 cm before they changed colour. The Japanese believe that the transitional stage from BBR to CBR (Coloured Baby Ranchu) is like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. It is a difficult time for the BBR and they lose much of their "baby fats". It is also the time for us to pull back a on aggressive feeding and keep a much closer watch on water quality.

Batch B ~ 46 days after hatching

Breeding the TVR

Breeding the TVR
Breeding and maintaining a bloodline of the Japanese TVR since 2003.

Goldfish Artwork

Goldfish Artwork
Marriage of 2 of my passions - Goldfish and Art.

Creating a New Variety

Creating a New Variety
My dream of creating a new variety of goldfish in 2006 has proven to be more than just an impulsive fantasy.

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