Saturday, September 24, 2011

Life With No Regrets ~ 無妄此生

鼎盛弊端 ~ Of Crest And Troughs

Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.

~ Stefan Zweig

Enjoying my pearlies at home
All mortal beings will inevitably go through the cycle of birth, aging, sickness and death. Well-fed Goldfish in the tropical climate is on the "full throttle" of development and the price to pay for faster growth is a faster pace of deterioration. Comparing to the cooler climates where the fancy Goldfish can live for 10 years or more, the average lifespan of even the best kept fancy Goldfish in the tropical is just about 4 to 6 years only.

Just turning 2 years of age, my favourite tri-colour Dragon Eyes Pearlscale is now in the zenith of its beauty. I am elated that the injury it sustained on the right side its body during the Aquarama has completely healed and the new scales hardly review the old scars. While loving every moment of its glamour, I am also lamenting that from this point of its life onwards, it will be going slowly downhill and retiring from shows. I think it would be very difficult for me to breed another specimen matching this fish - a one-in-a-million fish with balance eyes, full armoured pearls even found on its peduncle, a beautifully set tail, strong colour and evenly matched patterns on both sides of its body, 
 good body structure that contributes to its balance, and it is plump but still swim with great agility and balance...

Video taken on 24th September for BBRs spawned on 21st August - 
their growth rate is at least double those in cooler climate

The day will come too that I become too old to breed Goldfish any more. But I have live this life with no regrets that I have created some fishes I love and getting to know so many truthful and wonderful friends to share and learn about the Goldfish hobby. 

Regrettably, quality do not always come hand in hand with quantity, be it fishes or friends. G
ood fishes and good friends - the more the merrier, but it is the paradox of life that good things don't come easy. We cannot hope for many real good fishes and real good friends in our lifetime, so having even one would be a great blessing not to be taken for granted ;)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Simple Joys of Life ~ 簡朴的樂趣

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Breeder Pearlies: Where is our breakfast?
I am greatly appreciative of the kind concerns of readers who wrote to enquire what I have been doing these days. Well, I am really fine and as always, happily enjoying the fish keeping hobby with my friends and very busy with my day job. I also had a great time in the Tosai Study Workshop and catching up with some avid hobbyists in the Merlion Goldfish Competition.

Many people also asked me how I managed to find time to juggle so many things simultaneously. Admittedly, it can be very difficult and a real test of perseverance especially when problem strikes. However, it is always in a crisis that triggers the brainstorming on how I can improve and simplify things in order to steer the hobby to fit my lifestyle.

One of the winning fishes of the Merlion
Goldfish Competition
My line of Salamander HMPK
It has always been my dream since my childhood days that I would have lots and lots of fishes and be proficient to keep them healthy and beautiful. So currently, I have 2 batches of BBRs, one big spawn of 10-days-old Pearlies, a few spawns of Bettas and my new strain of Guppies to maintain. How can it ever be a chore if I enjoy every moment of it? :)

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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