In my previous update on 1st June – 2020 Breeding Update – I stated that the fry were hatching as I typed.

A week later and we have 10’s of thousands of baby Goshiki swimming within the spawning net.

The images below were captured from video on 3rd June, the first day the fry had properly become free swimming.  You can see in their ‘bellies’ the newly hatched brine shrimp they had been feeding on.

Recently hatched Goshiki fry - 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry – 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry - 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry – 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry - 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry – 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry - 3rd June

Recently hatched Goshiki fry – 3rd June

The video that the above stills were taken from can be seen below.

Guesstimating the number of fry in the tank at the moment is pretty impossible, the image below was a small scoop taken on Saturday and the bowl contains 91 fry.


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91 fry

91 fry

The video below posted to Facebook shows the same bowl of babies and you can see them feeding on the newly hatched brine shrimp which make up their entire diet at present.

Feeding, and producing the baby brine shrimp which they eat, has been a pretty much continual process for the past week since they became free swimming, and will continue for the next week as well until they get weaned onto dry food.

Every day that passes, as the fry grow, their presence in the tank become ever more obvious.  The 2 images below were captured from video taken yesterday, 1 week after the fry started to hatch.

1 week old Goshiki fry

1 week old Goshiki fry

1 week old Goshiki fry

1 week old Goshiki fry

The full video can be seen below which also includes details of the brine shrimp harvesting process, as well as brief thoughts on the Hanna Pocket Checkers if you’ve not yet seen the full review at – Hanna Pocket Checkers – A Hands On Review

As mentioned, feeding live brine shrimp will continue for at least another week before they start to be weaned on to dry food.  At some point during that period a decision will need to be made as to whether the Goshiki spawning becomes the final spawning of 2020 and the planned Kawarigoi spawning gets abandoned.  With the reduced tank space, compared to what was planned, there was always a risk that a bumper spawning would/could cause space issues.  You have to be realistic, and keeping too many can compromise the complete spawning.


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Whilst thinking about that, it’s time for another brine shrimp feed, as it always seems to be……

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