Fish Food Shelf Life

Fish Food Shelf Life

One of the most frequent questions we get is, what is the shelf life of the fish food that you sell?  Well, the answer is not always easy to pinpoint.  It depends on whether the container has been opened and once opened, what conditions is it exposed to.  It’s different for everyone.   This video will discuss these points and give some tips for keeping it in the best nutritional condition possible.   If you have any questions or tips, please put them in the comments section below....
Using Wild Fish to Improve a Line

Using Wild Fish to Improve a Line

I would like to describe a few of the many breeding projects that we are currently working on. A little history will be necessary due to the fact that making changes to the genotype and phenotype of animals obviously takes time. My focus is, and always has been, working to improve the Koi angelfish. Some of the work is contained in an old web page that I put together many years ago. Here’s a link to my angelfish website .  Although Steve and I have collaborated on breeding projects a number of times over the years, a few years ago we made the decision to combine our facilities. It was obvious to both of us that it would be far easier to accomplish many of our goals if we worked together. This would allow us to keep a number of different lines for each variety. It would also give us many more varieties to choose for outcrosses. Once the decision was made to combine stock, we sat down and made a list of projects that would be interesting and fun. We knew that these might take “a while” to accomplish but that is part of the enjoyment, I suppose. In any case, these are some of the breeding goals that we decided upon (I am only including the Koi angelfish projects. Other angelfish, livebearers, bristlenose, etc will be discussed in other blog entries): Albino Koi Pearlscale Koi – Extended fin color (ventrals, caudal, dorsal and anal fins) Platinum Koi – We are into the third generation. Jury is still out on whether we will continue with these. We are still watching...
Our Current Main Koi Pair

Our Current Main Koi Pair

This pair is producing most of the current Select Koi Juveniles we have for sale at this time.  Their offspring are superior  – we really like this pair.  Out of the 25-30 Koi pair we have going at this time, we rate this the best for all-around characteristics.  They look great, the fertility is high.  The fry are vigorous and fast growers and they are inheriting their parents ability to store carotenoids (what makes the color).  Sorry, they are not for sale. How do you like them?  ...
Albino Koi Pearlscale Project Update

Albino Koi Pearlscale Project Update

          The two fish on the left are a pair of Albino Koi Pearlscale.  The others in the photo are Albino Gold Marble Pearlscale (siblings).  It demonstrates how homozygous Stripeless allows the bright colors to show through the skin layers.  It is a very bright clear orange.  Often in non-albino Koi, the orange will have enough melanin in it to mute the brightness.  Our task now is to selectively breed these for more coverage and as much intensity as we can get....
Koi Mutation?

Koi Mutation?

Several months ago, Dave Hlasnick had this Koi show up in one of his spawns.  I was more intrigued with it than he was.  I had a Halfblack Koi project into the F2 generation, and he was more interested in continuing it than I was, so we swapped.  I came out on top of this deal, since I got a potential mutation and he got 20 adults that I didn’t want to make room for.  He also gets the challenge of getting a very difficult project to the end. Is this a mutation?  Orange on the chest, but not on the crown – I have never seen a Koi anything like it. The problem is, I have no females with color that is close to this.  This project will require a minimum of 2 more generations to even have a chance of seeing any of these in a spawn.  My goal will be to quickly raise the next generation, so I can cross a daughter back to this male. There is a risk that this trait is not heritable and I will waste a bunch of tank space for a few years, but I’ve been there- done that, and it won’t be the last time. There is not a lot of black on this fish (more on the other side), but that isn’t too difficult to change.  My biggest question is,  if I’m able to reproduce it, will people like it?  I do, but I might fill 30 tanks with them and find out that nobody wants any.   What do you think?...