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Saturday, July 30, 2011

A couple tubs for fry

Is 48 square feet enough? That two tubs, 8 more if I can fit them in.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bristol Shubunkin Apogee poly mop spawn 7/21/11 (hatched 7/23/11

This is a natural in tank spawn of Bristol Shubunkins (Wolf).  It took place on 7/21/11 which was one week past the full moon, and was when the moon reached Apogee, which is when the moon is the furthest from the earth in it's elliptical orbit.

Mop loaded with eggs.

The spawn was incubated in a floating tub with light aeration.  Hatched in 72 hours.  There were very few infertile egg and 500 to 1,000 fry.  After they had hatched the mop needed to be removed as it took up most of the space in the tub.  The mop was slowly removed shaking it lightly as it was removed.  It was then transferred to a new tub of water to look for any stragglers.  There were a total of 5 fry trapped in the polymop.

The mop floating in the spawning tank.

Make your own Countdown Clocks

Apogee Bristol Shubunkin poly mop natural spawn 7/21/11

Apogee (Moon furthest away from Earth), 404 356 km
One week after full Moon

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

5 inch pan net in action

A couple Bristol Shubunkin Fry.

A closer look.

Sorting, 1, 2.5 and 5 inch culling nets.

See all my other nets here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

5 inch DIY Pan Net

With lots of fry to cull this net has become a necessity.  Like the Jedi's lightsaber, which they make themselves, this net as taught me about the observation of details and the simplicity of form.
So I harvest some bamboo from the yard, gathered up the stainless and polyester net and thread and set to creating this tool.  It is made of bamboo I grew.  3 materials to make a perfect net.  The hoop is 5 inches, 316 stainless 3/32" rod, the net is 1/16th inch polyester, the cup of the net is 3/4 inch deep and the total length is 16 inches.  

It spins like a top in your hand and has a balancing point the reduces hand strain for long culling sessions. 

See all my other net projects here:

These are 40 day post spawn Matsuyama x Itoh Top View Ranchu.  
Perfect for checking backs or moving fry.

Great for young fry too.  This next will fit perfectly in a 6 inch petri dish for culling.
Out of this net I can pull individual fry with my earlier project the chopstick culling net.

What it's all about.

A flash of gold in the Pan!

Completed: Simplicity and perfection.

3/4 inch of cup.

Time to sew.

The new trick I learned with this net.  
The rubber bands make the sewing much easier.

Coming together.

Cut the net.

Now for the soft part.  1/16 polyester mesh.

The hardware is complete.

Stainless wire wrapping to secure the hoop to the handle

316 stainless will last many lifetimes of Ranch 
and maybe one or two for me.

The branches act as a stand or hanger.  The hoop and branches
are in the same plane for a stable tripod stance. 

Phyllostachys nigra "Bory" leopard bamboo handle 
and a 3/32 inch, 316 Stainless steel hoop.

See all my other net projects here:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Matsuyama x Itoh 7/4/11 Spawns III, IV

The smaller white female matsuyama

Make your own Countdown Clocks

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bristol Shubunkin (Wolf) 6/24/11 spawn III

One week old post spawn.  3rd Wolf spawn.  Petri dish and Polymop.
Fry are highly phototrophic swarming the light of my iphone.

Incubated in a one gallon cage with air, raised in a floating tub with
 manual water changes, into 20 long at one week from spawn.