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Weighing fish

Discussion in 'Goldfish Conversation' started by Joshua's golds, Dec 28, 2015.

  1. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    So I got my digital kitchen scale today so I got to weigh my babies... They are growing nice and now I have a place to start from and able to monitor their growth and also able to see what food and what food amounts get the best growth out of these guys and gals...[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. Gold Digger

    Gold Digger Active Member

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    Nice! im going to weigh mine soon as well :)
     
  3. CaliGold

    CaliGold Well-Known Member

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    Woohoo!

    Haha I use rubbermaid bowls/tupperware to hold them for weighing, too! Are you planning on weighing them in ounces each time? I've been using grams, because that's what everybody else on the forum seems to use, but I honestly don't think it makes a difference as long as you're consistent. Would ounces be more accurate than grams, maybe?

    I'm also planning on buying a blue-colored bowl (bigger) to photograph them in each time I weigh them. That way I can visually see their growth, as well (compared to the size of the bowl). That's the idea anyway, we'll see if it works.

    Keep updating with your fishies weights though, and make notes about what you're feeding them and how much. I'd love to see how they grow and develop over time! :) Btw, I love the little black moor (or is it a butterfly telescope?).
     
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  4. afnaveils

    afnaveils Goldfish breeder

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    Weighing fish is much more precise in grams. One pound is 16 ounces whereas it's about 450 grams. So, smaller changes can be noted.
     
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  5. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    I will re weigh tonight..... In grams I'm new to all of this, thanks for the helpful tips


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  6. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    I think it's a butterfly telescope it's a longer body and tail droops a little but I do love her/him I named it Shaquanda


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  7. Faebinder

    Faebinder Well-Known Member

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    You guys are sure motivated. I can't motivate myself to weigh my fish. Too many of them anyway.
     
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  8. MKintoun

    MKintoun Active Member

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    I weigh my fish every time I do a water change. I love seeing how much my little fatties are growing :) My newest one is actually very slim. Even though he's gaining weight, he is very skinny looking. Hoping he gets some heft!
     
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  9. CaliGold

    CaliGold Well-Known Member

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    Haha, it really started out more as a way for me to make sure that my goldfish really are growing, because they are so small still! And then I kinda got the idea that if I wanted to visually see them growing, I'd have to get some sort of object to get a consistent scale of the fish (and what easier way to do that than a bowl?). Seeing my little babies every day is wonderful, but looking back at what size they were when I got them vs. the present really makes me realize that they are indeed growing. :)
     
  10. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    So CaliGold, I weighed them tonight big difference in accuracy.... Geoffrey my biggest- when weighed in ounces it read that he was the lowest in weight... Made no since... Any way here are their new weights in grams...

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    Geoffrey-24g

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    Shaquanda -21g

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    John-22g
     
  11. CaliGold

    CaliGold Well-Known Member

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    Nice! My little guys are still tiny compared to yours. My orange boy is 7g, and the calico is 6g. Although, that was two weeks ago when I last weighed them, and I had just started feeding a slightly higher protein diet about a week before that. Tomorrow is the next scheduled Weigh Day (rhymes!), so we'll see how much my little ones have grown. Because I know they have. I can feel it. :D

    I'm glad you're getting accurate weights for all of them now, though!
     
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  12. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    Got my new babies on the scale

    Orca 59g [​IMG]

    Smoochie 52-53g[​IMG]
     
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  13. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    So my Newest Butterfly now named "Nugget" got on the scale today

    19g
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    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    So in less than a month my Orandas and my Black Moor gained some weight decided to try to get them all on the same weigh-in schedule as my newbie Nugget.

    Shaquanda +5 grams now at 26g

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    Geoffrey +5 grams now at 29g

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    And john + 7 grams now at 29g

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    My breeder butterflies growth after 2 weeks

    Smoochie + 15 grams now at 67g

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    Orca +17 grams now at 76g

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  15. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    Ok new fish today which means everyone went on the scale

    Smoochie -78g one month growth percentage 50%[​IMG]

    Orca - 86g one month growth percentage 45%[​IMG]

    Nugget 18g lost a gram [​IMG]

    Shaquanda 30g [​IMG]

    Geoffrey 29g[​IMG]

    John 34g [​IMG]

    Bubbles "new" 25g[​IMG]

    Lips "new" 22g[​IMG]

    Calico #1 "new" 9g[​IMG]

    Calico #2 "new" 13g[​IMG]

    Calico #3 "new" 8g [​IMG]

    Calico #4 "new" 7g[​IMG]


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  16. pritish1

    pritish1 Active Member

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    Wow but didn't they get afraid of you after this weighing. And did nugget lost all his gold color with his weight?
     
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  17. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    No they are not afraid of me after weighing. I pick them up very gently, my current fish know me as their ultimate food source they swim right into my hand. A lot of them also eat right from my hand too.

    Nugget had a rough time in quarantine, he lost a lil weight and his color. Now he is eating great and doing much better.
     
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  18. pritish1

    pritish1 Active Member

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    Yes my fish were also afraid of me when they were new but now they kiss my hand whenever i insert it for adjusting something :) but still they are afraid of net.
    Happy to hear nugget is improving.
     
  19. Joshua's golds

    Joshua's golds Well-Known Member

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    I never use a net I pick them up with my hand, I think that's what is generally recommended for fancy goldfish
     
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    pritish1 Active Member

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    I only insert net when there is a dead fish or when i have to catch those comet, pangasius catfish and pleco. But most of the time i avoid disturbing my all fishes or moving them out of tank.
     
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