Monday, October 25, 2010

Haze ~ 煙霧


Ego Is The Veil That Shuts The Light
~Author Unknown

It's hazy these days - the unwelcome haze has returned to Singapore again :( Rain, shine or haze I would still have to tend to my beloved fishes. Every end of the year is both my Pearlscale breeding season and a time to bring my family for a holiday. I have to reduce my Pearlscale spawns to a manageable number in order to enjoy my overseas holiday with peace of the mind.
The game plan is to grow them bigger as fast as possible so that their flaws  are more obvious for me to cull confidently. Structural and feature flaws in the back curve, scaling, and finnages of the Goldfish would not be discernible until they grow bigger. 

Interestingly, we can usually see more of our own flaws as we "grow" - in skills and self-esteem. When we failed, our pride supports us but when we succeed, very often, our ego would betray us. Ego results in a swollen head and arrogance while pride gives a swollen heart and the pleasure of accomplishment with humility.

Fortunately for us, the haze in Singapore is still very minor compared to some cities in Malaysia. Let's hope the rain and the cooler weather would bring respite to the hazy conditions. 

1. Moderately hazy Singapore's skyline

2. Month old fish have not develop the scaling and rounded body

3. 6.5 weeks old fishes with more matured features

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Balance ~ 平衡

What I Dream of is an Art of Balance
~ Henri Matisse
It would be getting even tougher for me to balance new commitments in both family and work from this year onwards. One of my resolutions is to spend more quality time with my family as I have been doing with the Goldfish hobby all these years.

Having overcome most of the technical issues with regard to Goldfish breeding,  it is time to move on to more refinement in the process. Hopefully with improvement in techniques and more stable bloodlines would make it more time and effort efficient to manage my Goldfish breeding programmes.

"Balance" would also be the focal point for my Goldfish breeding road map, especially so when I have chosen to breed two varieties of short-tailed Goldfish. I think it would be as challenging to create a well balance and graceful swimming Pearlscales with Dragon Eyes and Pompoms just as the Top View Ranchu. In order for a fish with heavier front portion of the body to swim with balance, I would need to work on specific features to offset its CG (Centre of Gravity).

I am currently busy with breeding my Pearlscales. This would be very exciting yaer as the F3/F4 are usually important milestones after a major outcross. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

1) Bred in 2010, a Calico Short Tail Dragon Eyes Pearlscale displaying excellent balance.
2) Red white Short Tail Pompom Dragon Eyes Pearlscale.
3) Red black Short Tail Pompom Dragon Eyes Pearlscale with some head wen.

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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