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Monday, May 28, 2012

Hayward Sand Filter S144T

Got this little guy for $30. May use for polishing post uv as a sand filter or convert to a bead filter.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Young goldfish breeders rise to challenge in Aichi
Young goldfish breeders rise to challenge in Aichi
Chunichi Shimbun
Breeding goldfish has been a dying industry in and around the city of Yatomi, Aichi Prefecture, but a glimmer of hope remains as a younger generation of breeders are taking over their family businesses.

Endangered trade: Takashi Hattori tends to his goldfish in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture, on May 16. CHUNICHI SHIMBUN
"I could not bear to let the tradition of goldfish breeding in Yatomi die out," one young farmer said.
Yatomi is one of the three biggest goldfish producers in Japan, along with Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture, and Edogawa Ward, Tokyo.
"The situation can't be helped, but it is very sad," said Keizo Ito, head of the Yatomi Goldfish Fisheries Cooperative Association, referring to the decline in goldfish farmers. Ito has been working in the goldfish industry since he graduated from university 38 years ago.
Goldfish were first brought into Yatomi near the end of the Edo Period when a goldfish merchant from Yamatokoriyama stopped by the city on his way to Nagoya. It was said he decided to create a pond to let his goldfish rest and roam free. Blessed with the abundant water provided by the nearby Kiso River, the goldfish-breeding industry bloomed there in the Meiji Era.
The Fisheries Cooperative Association was launched in 1960 and comprised farmers, wholesalers and shop owners from around the area, including the Tobishima district and the cities of Tsushima and Aisai.
There were more than 320 members in the 1970s, but the market shrank year after year until there were only 119 remaining in fiscal 2011.
The lack of successors is the main problem. Farmers must constantly monitor the health of their fish and control the temperature of the water, so they can't take much time off. Many in the younger generation shunned the fish-rearing job for other careers in metropolitan Nagoya.
Demand has also fallen. Trading once reached ¥20 million per auction in the Yatomi-based goldfish wholesale market, but now the business only does about ¥5 million. Many families used to own a goldfish bowl and the city's streets would be lined with goldfish stalls during festivals. But people stopped buying goldfish because of the prolonged recession and the arrival of new varieties of entertainment, including video games.
Yet there are still young people who have decided to dive into the business. The youngest member of the association, 25-year-old Takashi Hattori from Tobishima, used to work at a restaurant in a Nagoya hotel. He returned in March 2009 when his father's health declined so he could continue the goldfish business started by his grandfather.
Hattori always loved fishing. He raises goldfish varieties often found at festivals and stores and wants to ensure the fish will always be around for the public.
"Some people don't want to buy goldfish because they think that they will die right away. I want to breed long-living goldfish that people can enjoy for a long time," he said.
This section, appearing Saturdays, features topics and issues from the Chubu region covered by the Chunichi Shimbun. The original article was published May 16.

Yellows break in

To day I found 2 or three pairs of the Israeli yellows in a floating nursery bowl. The bowl has 4 grass mats with eggs about to hatch and was floating in the adult tank. The spawners managed to get eggs all I've the rim of the bowl, sink it and get new eggs all over the bowl and grass mats. Even though they could swim out of the bowl they were under the spawning mats.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Laguna PT796 Ponds 8x

Just picked up 8 more PT796 injection molded Laguna tubs. That makes 18! They stack and unstack so well.

Laguna Rectangular Basin, 180 x 120 x 60 cm (70 x 47 x 24 in), 950 litres (250 US gallons)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

12 inch Airstone and 3/4 hose fry filter

I made this up today of spare parts to do water changed on the Israeli yellow fry. It siphons the tank to about a 1/4 inch deep and leave the fry behind.

Friday, May 18, 2012

In with the new out with the old.

At work I'm removing 12 year old 390 watt emperor aquatics pvc commercial uv sterilizer with Aquaneering 1000 watt stainless steel ultraviolet sterilizers. Stainless is sexy. The 390 used 6 x 65 watt bulbs and the 1k watt uses 5x 200 watt bulbs. The new unit has touch screen programming, uv intensity and temperature monitoring and alarms wired into the SCADA monitoring system. These were funded with stimulus funding. The entire project includes 4x 1k uvs an 8x 36 inch diameter pressurized sand filters for polishing.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Largest Goldfish Hatchery in The World


The first goldfish hatchery to be successfully operated in the United States was established in the summer of 1899. Eguene Curtis Shireman opened the hatchery with 200 goldfish in Martinsville, IN. Eventually, the hatchery bred millions of goldfish annually.
It became incorporated in 1924 under the name “Grassyfork Fisheries” and was dubbed ”The World’s Largest Goldfish Hatcheries.” Grassyfork Fisheries still exists but ownership has switched to Ozarks Fisheries in 1970.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Israeli yellow goldfish embryo 24 hog

Japanese BBR hopeful imports

There are 200 available and they are selling fast. Coloring up. I hope to import these soon.

Israeli Yellows 36 hpf embryo

Friday, May 11, 2012