Japan ClubsTsutsu (joint between tail and body)
Ozara (underside of the tail pan)
Oyabone (tail shoulder)
Se (back) + Koshi (waist) => Koshiore (waist curvature)
Funtan (Forward projecting head growth, cheeks)
(See Fynnmood article: Fynnmood's Definition of a Good Ranchu)
Any one who is a fan of top view ranchu would definitely hear of the famous competition in Japan called, the All Japan Ranchu Show (AJRS). In actual fact, every year there are many individual Ranchu Club competitions that are held prior to AJRS. This club level competitions which is more in Japan.
In the year 2007… …
AJRS would be holding their 52nd Competition
观鱼会 (Guan Yu Hui; Kang Yo Kai), would be holding their 119th Competition
锦籣会 (Jin Lan Hui) would be holding their 89th Competition
There are many club competitions held in October period yearly, above mentioned are the more established clubs in Japan. These are multiple schools of thought play an important part of influencing how hobbyists breed, raise, and groom the ranchu. For the fact that there are multiple styles of grooming and appreciating ranchu, there is no official Japanese Standard or specification for a perfect ranchu. Present ranchu ‘specification’ is made according to the established Japanese standard or model currently regarded as typical (trend). These specifications are constantly liable to adaptations and change.
Recent years ranchu has made the following changes:
(a) From the traditional ‘bullet’ head to the famous ‘square’ head with buffalo cheeks
(b) The preference for full red has shifted to red and white ranchu
(c) Outside Japan there is an increasing interest in long body ranchu
When come to grading a ranchu, learning from the Japanese hobbyists, Fynnmood prioritise heavily on the way the fish balance itself in the water. The competition term for this is Deportment.
Deportment defines the swimming posture, maintaining of fins, controlling of body movement while changing direction and being perfectly balance when stationary.
Although this is not our first time importing goldfish fish from overseas to Singapore; however this is our first time using our official club name to import ranchu from the breeders. Without commercial gain, these breeders are very kind to send their fish to the club as part of promoting the fish keeping hobby. Our main objective is to bring in small quantity ranchu from different breeders and study their qualities, if the reviews are positive we will then introduce to the rest of the fish hobbyists in Singapore.
In short, the Club objective is to promote goldfish appreciation, understanding and accepting differences between schools of thoughts. At the same time, keeping ourselves align with current competition standards.
The Club sets 5 majors priority of a good top view:
The following is a recollection of the passed importing by the Club: (March 2007)
The moment when we reached the fish collection area, we started to have these mixed feelings of joys and anxieties. There the styrofoam box lying in front of us waiting to be opened. After taking a few minutes to compose myself, I took out the camera and started to snap pictures of the whole process.
It is indeed a breath-taking sight to see the ranchus swimming healthy and lively in the Styrofoam box. The ranchus indeed survive the long journey and yet still strong and healthy.
The following is a recollection of the passed importing by the Club: (June 2007, BBR season)
FYNNMOOD "THANK YOU- KATO-SAN"
He is one of the famous Japanese ranchu breeders that were so kind to support Fynnmood club by importing some of his ranchu to Singapore.
Last year Mr Kato won 1st prize Nisai in All Japan Ranchu Show. In Okayama Ranchu show 2005, Mr Kato won the East Ozeki 1st prize for Oya, Nisai and Tosai classes. For the past few years, Mr Kato's ranchu has been winning top few ranking in All Japan Ranchu Show includes tosai, nisai and oya. His ranchu is much sought after in Japan by manys!!
Picture of Mr Kato in his ranchu farm
Location : Changi Terminal II.
That day, a few diligent members waited anxiously for a few hours at the customs office for the baby ranchu that has been travelling for 48 hrs to reach Singapore, it was 2am in the weekday morning.
Carrying the precious cargo gently and steady, the black baby ranchu were finally released into their temporary home (following the stringent protocol procedure). Awaiting for their true owners to bring them home and with proper grooming the hobbyists should able to bring out their true form of Mr Kato bloodline. It was around 6 am in the morning, spending solid two hours of observing the condition of the ranchu before the club member retired to rest.
Arrival of Mr Kato's beautiful bbr in Singapore
Due to the fact that the season is reaching to an end soon, most black baby ranchu is naturally smaller in size. Fynnmood decides to groom it up to bigger size before launching the sale in early August or during Goldfish Festival in September 2007.
After one week of Fynnmood carefull Grooming :D
Strong and wide Ozara (tail disk), that's the trade mark of Mr Kato’s ranchu. The larger the Ozara; the wider and more beautiful the tail can spread. Below are some photo shots of Mr. Kato nisai and his farm.
Attached are some given photos by Mr Kato of his beautiful nisai.
FYNNMOOD "THANK YOU- OISHI-SAN"
Fynnmood Club would like to take this opportunity to sincerely "thank you" Mr. Oishi for his warm support for Fynnmood club.
Mr. Oishi was so kind to help Fynnmood Club to gain confident from the hobbyists that he is willing to post with "Fynnmood" wording and provide the following photos.
Little Background Information:
The Ashigara Ranchu Kai Contest located in Kanagawa near Tokyo is another high level ranchu contest among the many "schools" of appreciation or Kai. There are literally hundreds of Kai, or clubs, in Japan which have members dedicated to learning about and studying the proper form of Ranchu.
The President of the Ashigara Ranchu Kai is none other than Mr. Yasusaru Oishi, who will be sending this kurokos to Singapore and it is a great honour for Fynnmood Club members to be given the chance to own his fish.
Kanagawa, Japan - Ashigara Kai Contest 2005
Nisai Class - Tategyoji (3rd prize)
Oishi ranchu is famous for long body and fine scale as can be seen from below photos.
The following is an interview Fynnmood had with Oishi-san.
Once again it is through the gracious sharing of the master that the Club learned more about Japanese ranchu. The Club is grateful for Mr. Oishi-san teaching.
(To respect Oishi-san, some of the answers are RESERVED)
1. What food he feeds his ranchus?
Bloodworm, Saki Hikari
2. Does Japan Ranchu Lord pellet good or not?
Not using so no comment.
3. How many times he feed his ranchu a day and when is the timing?
BBR 5 times a day. Tosai,Nisai,Oya 3 times. But is subjective, you have to observe to decide what to feed and portion of feed.
4. How big can a Japanese ranchu grow up to?
28-30 cm. But you'll never know.
5. Do you keep the ranchu in green water?
Before winter prepare green water. During winter use green water.
6. What filter system does he uses and how often does he change water?
4 days 100% water change.
7. Does he use tap water or ground water for his ranchu?
8. Does he age the water?
Yes. 1 day to age the water.
9. Does he use anti-chlorine when preparing age water or simply air-bubble?
Not using anti clorine. Only air bubble.
10. Does he add vitamins, mineral and salt into the water?
No vitamins, salt etc..
11. What is (in his opinion) is the most important factor in choosing a potential/good bbr?
12. What is (in his opinion) is the most important factor in grooming a potential/good bbr?
13. How many spawn does he breed in a season and roughly how many fries per spawn.
It's difficult to be specific. Estimated 5-6 batch. 1000-2000 bbr.
14. How many males and how many females are being used for breeding?
15. Does he use fish only from his farm to breed or does he exchange with other breeders his seed fish or does he buy it.
Yes, he does exchange but the fish must have his bloodline in it.
16. What does he feed his fries with?
Artemia and bloodworm.
17. Is there a difference with the fries born in the early, mid and end of the season?
It depends on the weather. Some uses heater to speed up the breeding and that might not be good.
18. How many times does the female lay eggs in a season?
It depends. Some 3 times and some 5 times.
19. What is the grading of ranchu classes and each spawn how many ranchus belong to each class?
No grading for BBR.
20. Is it true that about 20 years ago, the ranchus in japan do not have funtan (buffalo cheek)?
Yes. No Funtan. Round head.
21. What is his advice to improve the head and funtan of TVR for tropical climate?
Eat well. Exercise well.
22. How important is the swimming of the fish in a competition.
23. Is the smooth back on the TVR very important?
24. Does single, double or one and the half anal fin any difference?
No difference. Doesn't matter.
25. How many ponds does he have and what are the sizes.
200 plus ponds. 120 by 110.
26. What make Jap TVR redness shiny red, genetic or health or some hidden secret?
Quality of water. Temperature. Use only ground water is not good.
27. What is (in his opinion) is the most important factor in maintaining the general well being of the fishes?
You must 1st try to understand your ranchu 1st and using your skill to assist them.
28. What is the toughest disease so far he can yet to cure?
KHV Virus. Whole body spread with white spots but t's not white spots. The spots are bigger.
29. What are the must have medications?
Parazan D. Tropical Gold. Yellow Powder.
30. How to prevent ranchu from floating?
He has no idea to the question.
31. Which breeder other than himself does he admire most other than himself?
He admire and respect Mr Kageyama Shigeru of Shizuoka.
32. Ask him to show us a picture of the most beautiful ranchu that he has seen?
How to show? No picture now.
33. To earn the title Yokozuna, must the ranchu win in Oya only for three times or Tosai and Nisai are counted also?
The same ranchu must win either East or west Ozeki 3 times to be called Yokozuna