Tuesday, December 20, 2011

“Fair goes the dancing when the Sitar is tuned.

Tune us the Sitar neither high nor low,
And we will dance away the hearts of men.

But the string too tight breaks, and the music dies.

The string too slack has no sound, and the music dies.

There is a middle way.

Tune us the Sitar neither low nor high.
And we will dance away the hearts of men.”


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Project Ranchu House

12 x 30 foot print.  Plumbed with 3/4" water line from underground.  30 amps 240v power panel will be installed later.  No plans/blueprints... just a vision and about 4 trips to the lumber yard.  5 trips now.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Standard of Perfection

Mr. Oishi's instructions for raising kuroko.

These are the instructions that came with my 2006 Oishi BBR (baby black ranchu)

1. Mr. Oishi recommends feeding them a mix of frozen (or live) brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms until they begin changing colors.

2. When they begin changing colors, begin to phase out brineshrimp and add in a small pellet food.

3. After they adjust to the changes, you can also begin to phase out daphnia and increase the pellet and bloodworm intake.

4. He suggests feeding 4-6 time per day if possible.

5. Mr. Oishi raises his kuroko in about 12 cm of water. As they grow, he will increase the depth to 15 cm or so. By their first winter, he will increase the depth more if necessary.

6. He recommends 100% water changes (essentially moving them to a new container every 4-7 days) or some large water changes within the same time period. During the first few days after a move to a new pond or a large water change, the baby ranchu will put on body growth. During the last several days of the water change cycle, the ranchu will put on headgrowth. 

7. If possible, try to keep your water temperature at a minimum of 72 degrees F as the babies are growing, but Mr. Oishi believes the best growth rates will be seen from 75-78F.

8. If you ponds or tanks do not have good algae growth, Mr. Oishi suggests including duckweed in the kuroko’s diet.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ranchu Mantras

-Ranchu will prosper with honor and respect.  Consider whether each action brings honor to the ranchu.
-Ask permission before handling another's fish.
-Never give a ranchu you have received as a gift to a third party.
-Calmly wait for the ranchu to swim, never tap on the container.
-Have a routine of daily observation of your ranchu.
-Use traditional 100% water change method only.

Oishi Grooming Series, beginning 2006.

July 2006

August 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

March  2007

March 2007

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

SxK Grooming Series 2011; the first 6 months.

 January 3 2011

Jan 26
Feb. 7




June 28th, 2011 

JulyJuly 5, 2011