Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More


(guitar music) – Another shipment from the airport. What do we got? Not a lot. Really hot out, didn’t
wanna risk too much but, got a full bag of black ranchus. We’ll be getting those into a tank. What else did we get? Hopefully, it’s all alive. Yep, this is a bag full of espei rasboras. These guys the porkchops,
they’re a little smaller. And then, what else did we get here? Uh oh, that’s not good. That’s a bunch of, supposed
to be blue angelfish except, most of them aren’t alive,
so that’s no good but, that’s why we don’t ship that much. Aw, that’s just brutal, that’s brutal. Ugh, so I wanna say
it’s supposed to be like 50 of them or something. I can count one, two,
three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10,
10 or 12 that are upright at the moment, so I wanna
work on these first. I’m gonna put the camera
down and see if I can’t save any of these. So here we are, here’s the blue angels. A lot of them are still struggling. They’re definitely ammonia-burned and, their slime coats are just shot. You see this guy up here,
he’s just, covered in gunk. Hopefully we’ll pull
them through, you know? But when they swim like
that, it’s not a good sign. What else do we got? Then we got the rasbora espei. They’re doing better, I can see a couple of dead bodies in there,
but they’re starting to eat, that’s an important sign. Overall, doing pretty good. And then we got the
black ranchus over here. They’re doing okay, you know? Their slime coat’s a
little beat up because they just got through shipping,
but that’ll repair. Yeah, so not the worst shipment
ever, but not a great one by any means. We also got plants in. Show you some other things,
like this is the guppy tank that, guppies we had to bring
in because we sell so many. I think I might have missed this shipment, this is from last week. This is, 250 rummy nose tetras. Doesn’t seem like it when
you see it on video but, you start counting them,
there’s a lot in there. These are neon green rasboras. Here’s a group of angels. Trying to think, I think I
showed these ones already. These are black neons there in quarantine. Yeah, so, lots of stuff but, more shipments as always, you know? Probably three or four
a week at least, so, tune in for more. So I thought I’d show you
guys some of my new goldfish that I’m adding to the studio tank, so to speak. I’ve got two large ryukins down here. One’s a veiltail, one’s kind
of a standard short-tail. These guys are just kind of beastly. One has kind of got an
eye problem, you know. So, it’s great to go in my
tank, ’cause I don’t mind, it’s basically blind in one eye. That’s this guy here but, he’s big. You can see my hand
here, he’s fairly huge, looking at him from top down. But we’re gonna put him in as
soon as he calms down here, there we go. So there we go. There’s one big boy in,
you can see he’s roughly similar size to the other one there. And a better color honestly, but you know, he does have that eye problem there but he can live with me all the same. And then, this one’s a nice
calico ryukin veiltail. I mean, this thing is beautiful. Something like this would go over 200. You can see how big that
tail is and everything. Doesn’t like being held,
but soon as it calms down, we’ll lift it in as well. And we can just see that tail there. Tell me that’s not one of
the most beautiful fish ever. That tail is bigger than
some of the fish in here, and these aren’t tiny fish by any means, but you can see just how big that fish is next to my other big ryukin,
the normal one that’s in there. Which he’s got a little
tumor, but that’s why he gets to live with me instead of being sold. This guy I just fell in love with and I actually did sell him to a friend once. And now I’ve gotten it back
and I’m excited to have because I didn’t want to
sell it the first time, but I always sell fish the
first time to customers. I give them a week to buy
them and then after that, I get to keep what I like
and this guy got snatched up before I got to take him. So I’m excited to have him back and have him thriving in my tank. Also got one more kind of
medium to large-sized ranchu that I’m adding to my collection here. And it’s just a calico. I’ve only got baby ranchus in this tank, so I wanted one that’s
bigger, and people wanted to see more of them from
the store and stuff. I just loved his face on him honestly, his face was really cool. So he’s not tiny and he’s not huge like these ryukins are but, he is definitely a, nice size there. Obviously dwarfs that
tiny one right there. But yeah, added some fish. I’ve got a few more and
some more things to come, so stay tuned with goldfish. But I’m just enamored by
goldfish, as you guys can probably already tell and
you probably already know. Yeah, let me know if you guys
wanna see more goldfish stuff. All right, another shipment, here we go. Get it open here and see what we got. Every time, how can I do this every time? I think I’m ready, and I forget
this rubber band every time. I swear, one day, I won’t forget this, and you guys will be
impressed, so I don’t have to waste your time. But lots of bags, as you guys
might be able to see here. I picked a lot of stuff, so I’m just gonna start pulling it out. First, red turquoise discus. We’ve got, should be six of those. Float them over here in
the discus and quarantine them all together. Well let’s see here. Which I would only ever
do it from this source. This source I trust much
better than other sources. Other sources always get
quaratined off to the side. But more discus. I’m just gonna, this trip’s
gonna take way too long if I keep doing that,
so I’m gonna find stuff that’s not discus here. Cobalt blue discus? What? I don’t know, does that look
like cobalt blue to you guys? Doesn’t really look
like cobalt blue to me, that looks more like red turquoise. Let’s see here. That’s cobalt blue. Huh. I’m not so convinced. What do I got here? Oh here’s a little zebra pleco. Try and show you that in
a tank when it’s done, but let me move some of
this stuff out of the way and we’ll keep going. All right, I got all those
discus out of the way, which I think there was 12 of
them or something like that. Then we’ve got assassin
snails, 25 of those. And then we’ve got frogs, gross! And then we’ve got pygmy hatchetfish, you don’t see those everyday. These guys stay about
the size you see them in the bag here. Definitely gonna go in the
quarantine for these guys. It’s already one dead, but they tend to be fairly sensitive through shipping. I’ll get all these moved out
and we’ll go to the next layer. Next layer, let’s see what we’ve got. We’ve got Siamese algae eaters. Still not very big. Darn it. I’ve been having problems getting in large Siamese algae eaters but,
not a lot I can do about that if they’re not coming to the country. They’re just all small. Let’s see what we got next here. Corydoras paleatus,
salt and pepper cories. 18 of those, they look good. Then we’ve got, oh yes, here is a jardini. I ordered it ’cause it’s
a little bit larger size, hoping it would be ready
to eat pellets right away. So that will make my
employee happy, I’m sure. Let’s see, what else did I get? Let’s go back over to the goodie box. Corydoras trilineatus, or
basically julii cories, they look to be doing all right. And then, we got otocinclus, good. Always need more of those. Ember tetras. I ordered these again even
though I still have some because they came in big, which is good. And then, last but not
least, more trilineatus. Looks like that’s all in there, nope, nope, that’s a lie. We’ve got cardinal tetras. Yeah, I wanna get these all put away and then we’ll probably
chime in with how they look once they hit some water. Now here’s the jardini. Looks like he’s got a
little bit of hemorrhaging in his tail fin. I don’t know if he was getting
beat up by other jardinis or if it’s shipping stress
but, I’ve got come zebra danios from the hunt and we’ll see how it goes. We got meds in the water, obviously. But hopefully we can turn
around, get him on pellets and get him ready for someone to buy him. Let’s see, down here… We got the assassin
snails, then we’ve also got the zebra pleco. You can see here the
assassin snails are overrun by other snails at the moment. Let’s see, what else did we get? We brought our other
stuff on the sales floor, like we had all these locally bred angels, which this is all from
one person, by the way, so when I show other angels,
know they’re all from them, one spawn. But over here, down a few more tanks, we’ve got chocolate gouramis. Just brought those out from quarantine. Let’s see, what else did we bring out? We brought out, we go down over here. Brought out the green neon rasbora. Those are always cool. Still got the wild caught discus. And we’ve got, and these goldfish, I don’t know if I’ve
shown them on camera yet, but we’ve got, I’ve showed
them on underwater camera on the Facebook page.
(water lapping) But big orandas, these are hand size, and then, big ranchus also. Size comparison, these guys
over here are pretty small. Then of course, we’ve got Murphy. Got the wind blowing on
me, so I’m sure this audio is terrible but, I apologize. Yeah, so, back in the quarantine room. Lots more angels, all
from the same person. This is one spawn of
angelfish, so this tank, and this tank, and this tank here, all filled with angels, all from one spawn. Over here, we’ve got, supposedly it’s a pair of blue acaras. We’ll see how that goes. And then, I think I showed
these off already but oh yeah, more angels, still from the same spawn. So yeah, that when I
say one spawn of angels can flood a store, a few
spawns can flood a state. We’ve got baby black ranchus in here. But that’s all I’ve got to
show off for today I think, and we’ll chime in with the next shipment. Another small shipment. Late night, at the airport,
let’s see what we got. Special order for a customer, number one. Oh my god, these are
all individually bagged, I wasn’t expecting that. So panther crabs, they look awesome. I don’t know if you guys
can see that yet but, maybe I’ll get him in a
tank on another video. But they look pretty cool. I would not have thought those were all gonna be individually bagged. So I got to turn the camera off and move a billion panther crab. All right, up next, we have… Looks like a gold nugget pleco. Got three of those in here. Got some gold frogs. These are kind of like a
leucistic or melanistic frog. What else do we have? Oh. Oh yeah, I did order this. This is just a normal
adonis in here which, right there, it’s real small. Now there should be an albino in here, here we go, here’s an albino adonis. Look at this thing. Yeah, that’s something
you don’t see everyday, at least I don’t. Second time I’ve ever seen one. Thing’s amazing. So yeah. For my local customer
coming in to buy that, that thing’s awesome. What else we got? Oh yeah, Florida flag killifish. And then, what else? What is this? Oh, keyhole cichlids. And then, I think these are
all black moor goldfish. Yeah, some little black moors. All right, I think that’s
all for fish besides, there’s obviously gonna
be replications or repeats of gold plecos and stuff like that. But next, we’ll do the live black room, show you what, we’re
limited to what we can get, but we’ll show you anyway. So I lied, we have some more fish. We were able to get some
pond comets, Sarasa comets. Come on out. They look pretty decent,
I’m excited about these. They look to be a decent quality. The weather’s already turned,
so they probably won’t be outdoor fish for people, but
they can be good pets indoors. And then, (grunts) 10
pounds live black worms, which this is amazing,
’cause it’s been really hard to get black worms lately. We’ve been out for a few weeks so, that will make a bunch of people happy, especially people have like
pea puffers, and scarlet badis, and like a motoro stingray we have which, I don’t know if I’ve shown that off, so I’ll show you guys
some of the stuff that, I think I missed a shipment. But like over here, you can
see in the quarantine room, got this motoro stingray, going through quarantine. So that’s pretty awesome, I think anyway. Most people enjoy looking
at a motoro as well. What else do we have? We got rid of a lot of
stuff in the quarantine room just because we’re making
room to bring stuff in. Over here, these are those panther crabs, they’re pretty sweet. I don’t know much about
them at all, but a customer special-ordered them, so that’s cool. Down here, we got some ryukins. Got a calico, some of
those Sarasa ryukins, that kind of stuff. What else did we bring in? We also brought in… I wanna say orandas, right? We got orandas, I think. Oh yeah, light is on, we can
show that off real quick. We brought in some more large orandas and you can see here they’re
pretty stout-sized fish. But yeah, still bolstering
up our goldfish selection and more shipments to come. So, that’s just a quick
little shipment for you guys. Still in the middle of the night, but that’s what we got to do. All these little shipments make up for kind of a good selection at the store, and that’s what I got to do. All right, we’ll see you later. Oh man, this albino adonis is sweet. Look at this thing. Amazing. I’m intrigued by it anyways. I just had to show it
off once it hit the tank. It’s obviously not settled in
or anything but, I like it. I really like these Sarasa comets as well. I just thought they had
pretty good finnage, and yeah, they’re not looking
great ’cause they just came out of a bag, but I
thought the color on them was really nice. I like the patterns, I like the finnage. So getting them happy and
healthy will be pretty good. Here’s the keyholes. I also put the gold nuggets in there. They just kicked up a bunch of stuff. These panther crabs man,
these things look cool. They’ve really colored up
to look pretty awesome. So yeah, I’ll be interested
to do some more research on those and search
more for the customers. They’re not me anyway, but there we go. Well, I’m picking up another shipment. It is four o’clock in
the morning, and my fish are ready to go, so, there I go. Sorry about that, the guy
was waiting on me over here, so I didn’t wanna keep him waiting, so I had to cut it early, but
goldfish and other tropical fish and plants in the back. You probably see on my face,
I’m not quite, awake yet at 4:15 in the morning. And now it’s time to go put fish away. Yeah, so you probably
saw on the thing there it’s September 5th, it’s Labor Day. So that’s how (hiccuping)
I spend my holiday, so back to work. All right, so I’m back in my shop. It’s 4:52. Gonna start unboxing,
that’s all I can do now. Box number one, I haven’t
look through it yet, I just opened it up ’cause I
can’t open them one-handed. Let’s see what we got going on here. Aw, it was broken, that’s good. You have to get used to
using one hand and a camera. That’s never ideal. What? All right, this is getting
ridiculous here, open up. What are these? Goldfish? I’ve never seen goldfish packed like this. I bought ridiculously high-end goldfish. So let me straighten that out. I paid a ridiculous amount
for some of these goldfish. Now, whether they’ll be
amazing and high-end, that I’m gonna see. But I’ve never seen this
cloth bag around it before. I’m hoping goldfish are in here,
’cause this bag is amazing. Like this bag, I’ve never seen one. I’ve never ever seen a bag
like this, so I have no idea. For all I know, tetras
could be in here but, it makes it a challenge, honestly. This is a crazy heavy duty bag,
like this is amazing to me. I have no idea, because
it’s part of the bag. So I got to sit this down
and then maybe open it up, ’cause I don’t, I’m guessing
it’s a bag in a bag? It’s got to be, right? Like let me feel. I don’t know, let me see. I got to put the camera down. So yeah, so it was a bag inside of a bag. I’ve never seen that
before and I’ve ordered some expensive fish before. So, I don’t know if it’s just
this farm that I ordered from, but this is like, how would I
explain how thick this bag is? Even this bag up here is thick. It’s made out of like what a,
rubber boat is made out of. If you were to, like an inflatable raft? That’s what that bag is. That thing’s insane, I’m
gonna have to keep that just to show my employees
and stuff and go, “Have you seen this?” But in theory, some very nice, high-end black ranchus here. Just from looking into the
bag, their finnage looks great, they look good, so I’m excited about that. I think I got another bag full of these, so I wanna open the other
bag that’s like this and I can, well, I guess
I can go through some of what else is in here. I have no idea, right? So there’s another bag like that, that’s that weird bag right there. This is, whoa, what do we got here? These are all ryukins. I think this is assorted ryukins here. So that’s, it’s hard to see
them in a bag obviously. I’m not gonna try and show you guys, but they’re all thriving,
that’s a good thing. They’re all alive, so that’s good. Let’s see what else we got over here. What’s this bag? Oh, so heavy. What is this? Oh, are these all my jumbo swordtails? Wow, those are no joke. I ordered jumbo, and
these things are jumbo. I thought they mis-shipped, and I thought they shipped
me comets, as in goldfish. These things are no joke. I bet if I put on a ruler,
that’s a solid 3 1/2, four inches, so that’s impressive. I like that, yeah. Now, I just hope they hold
together, ’cause sometimes they’ve been raised in
brackish water and stuff, and in theory, these
ones haven’t been but, you know, you never know. ‘Cause just ’cause they say they haven’t doesn’t mean they actually haven’t. So here’s another one of these crazy bags. This one’s much heavier, so
I got to set it down again ’cause well, let’s see here
if I could do this one-handed. These bags are crazy though. They’re almost like
shower curtain material. Yeah, that’s another
good example, or vinyl. I’m trying to come up here
with vinyl at five o’clock in the morning as I’m working apparently. But yeah, it’s vinyl. Now this is crazy, ’cause
stingrays, like the stingray that’s over there, I got a
motoro stingray in that tank. You can see just his tail. But even those don’t get
shipped in bags this heavy duty. I think it’s the money thing. I think there’s so much money in this bag that they’re just like, “You know what? “I don’t care, that bag can’t fail.” I think that’s the logic. So these, are, yuan bao. I’m probably murdering that,
I’ve never heard anyone else ever say that in person,
and so maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about, right? But these are yuan bao goldfish, and they’re basically, it’s like you take an oranda and a ranchu, and you combine them. Sometimes called ingot oranda. But I already see some
that I like in there, I mean, some of these are nice. Of course, you guys are
gonna have a hard time seeing it here but, oh yeah, oh yeah. Oh, we’re leaking lots of water. Where all this water coming from? Oh, it’s all in the bag. So this bag, so maybe that’s
why they double-bagged, but look how much water I got on my floor. Ugh. That’s I guess why I
run dehumidifiers but, that’s a mess. Tomorrow, people are
going, “What happened, “you spill water?” And I’m gonna go, “Yep, it’s a fish store, “that’s what I do.” But I got to get rid of
this, it’s full of water, so I got to set the camera down. All right, so that’s box number one done. We got two more boxes to
do, plus a box of plants, but I probably won’t do
the box of plants tonight, ’cause honestly, I wanna go
back home and go back to sleep. And we can do plants,
plants can wait the extra, let’s see, I got to be
back here probably at 11. I’ll get done about 6:00, 6:30. So that’s about five hours
sleep, I’ll be all right. But let’s see what we’ve got here. All right, more goldfish. What are these? You know, I order it
all, but then I forget. Oh, I think these are calico ryukins. Or fantails maybe, I got to look. Yeah, they don’t look ryukin,
so they look like fantails. Lots of little calico fantails. And then, (grunts) more black, oh what, oh yeah, okay. I was like, “What are these?” These are black orandas so, I love me a black oranda. Love, love, love them. All right, let’s see
what else we got in here. This is a tropical fish
water, oh yeah, guppies, lots of male guppies, okay. I think I had 175 of those. And then, what do I have over here? I think this is more, more black orandas. I loaded up on those because I love them and they’re hard to get a hold of for me. So box number three. This one was the heaviest
box by far, which you know, somehow, so these three
boxes were over 200 pounds for the three of them,
and somehow it still, I don’t understand how
airshipping works at the airport. I swear, it’s like how much
weight is in these boxes, I pay the same amount. But then other times
I’ll show up and it’ll be half as much weight and I’ll
pay twice as much money. So I don’t know if it’s by
the flight or what it is, ’cause I swear, a lot of
times it doesn’t make sense. Ooh, more of the high-end bags. I need to work with my vendor,
my transshipper and go, “Hey, who’s sending these
high-end bags, ’cause one, “I really like the goldfish
and two, I like the “way they package.” So we’ll save those towards
the end because they’re gonna be hard to open. These are all balloon mollies. I just haven’t brought
these in in a long time. And they always come in so
badly at the normal wholesalers, so I thought, “Let me
try my hand with a farm “that I really like their
guppies,” because they raise them in true freshwater. So I thought, “Let me try
balloon mollies myself.” That’s my metric. What I’ll do is I’ll, if I can’t get them good
from the wholesaler, my next step is, let me
go straight to the farm, let me try it. If it doesn’t work then, then I typically know
they’re just not to be had. And I have to try a few
wholesalers obviously, like I can’t just try one
and go, “Oh, it didn’t work.” I got to try, not wholesalers, but yeah, multiple wholesalers and multiple farms. So you got to be aware of that. But I’m looking while you’re looking. So yeah, I try it, and if
I can’t get it to live, even after I go to
farms, then I know that, this good quality’s not out there. But let’s get back to
the shipping, shall we? All right, what have we got here? (grunts) This ones a heavy one. What are these? Are they ryukins? They look ryukin-ish but
at the same time, don’t. Maybe more fantails? See this is what happens. Obviously you’re going like, “Wow, this is a lot of goldfish.” They shipped all the goldfish this week when normally they don’t. Whereas, I know they
left out roseline sharks. I know they left out koi bettas. That’s stuff on top of
my head, I don’t remember what else is missing
so far that I ordered. But yeah, that’s kind of
a problem here is that, I might not have needed
all these goldfish, but if I only ordered two bags
and then those don’t ship, oh then guess what? I got no goldfish. So you order heavy, and sometimes it’s gonna come in heavy. More cold packs. Let’s see what we got here. Yeah, these are short body ryukins, okay. So I did order ryukins. You can see here, lots of
bags, lots of goldfish, and all these still got to go somewhere. I know some of them are going to my house. And I’m going to be sorting
by size, so what I do, by the way, I’m not all the
way through the shipment yet but what I do is, you
start with what you know where it goes. So maybe I know where
the guppies are gonna go. I know where, the balloon mollies are gonna go. Then you deal with the fires, like, “Okay, well where are
all these goldfish going? “Like, there’s a lot.” So I know some are
definitely going to my house. And I’ve got two 300-gallon totes open, so maybe what I’ll do is
put all the same vendor, like these high-end bags,
maybe they all go into one, ’cause it’d be less likely
to cross-contaminate there. Like when you mix different
farms, it’s more likely. So maybe that makes some sense
but, obviously I don’t want to mix, I wouldn’t mix the
super tiny calico fantails with the biggest fish I
ordered, ’cause that’s gonna be a food competition problem. Yeah, so let’s keep moving. Hey, I’m just bringing up
thoughts as I come to them. Let’s see here. More, more of something. More small goldfish. These I think are, I wanna
say little fantails again, I’m not sure what they are
but they’re similar-sized to those ones over there. And the reason I brought
some of these in is I wanna grow them out. I wanna take them from a small size, and watch growth rates, and learn. All right, so I got to
probably set the camera down to do some of these, so I’m gonna do that. All right, so these were
the two bags that were in these extra thick bags here. We’ve got the remainder of my
yuan baos, or ingot orandas. And then over here, we got more of those really nice black ranchus. Yeah, I’m excited with
both those shipments. I’m excited with most of this honestly. Most of it looks to be
pretty healthy at this point. So those are all good
things, now it’s got to get put away this morning, so yeah. So let me let you guys
in on a little secret a few of you have picked up on. I’ve been making hints about
it for the last few weeks. Maybe it’s time to just
kind of announce it. It’s not ready to go yet by any means but, I’m working on it. And that is, I fully intend
on selling high-quality goldfish online, and
so what that means is, I brought all these good goldfish. They got to go through quarantine, and then they’ll start
hitting the website. You guys can buy them,
they won’t be cheap. I have no interest in selling
mass quantities of fish at low prices. I’d rather sell high-quality
and sell very few, because that’s what
interests me as a hobbyist and that’s what I think
is missing from the hobby. If you want a $5 goldfish, we can just go to a PetSmart or a PetCo,
that type of thing. But if you want a $500
goldfish, or $200 goldfish, or something like that, I feel the options are very limited for that. Besides Dandy Orandas,
maybe East Coast Ranchu, there’s not that many
breeders in the United States and people playing with it. And I saw an opportunity, I thought, “Why not get into this?”
because I love goldfish and I have trouble sourcing what I like. I have to basically import myself, and then I saw a good
response to that in my store. And people go, “Wow, your
goldfish are so nice, “I wish I could get them like that.” So I thought, “Let’s do that.” But there’s lots of things
to come, like for instance, at the moment, I only plan on shipping the goldfish overnight, no exceptions, and I’m only gonna ship them
on a Tuesday, no exceptions. Because I don’t think it’s
fair to me and it’s fair to the customer to do it any other way. If you go, “I can only
receive it on a Thursday,” what that’s gonna do to someone like me, is if I accommodate you,
come Wednesday morning, I got to go to the airport,
I’ve got to do all these things. So I might get up at six
o’clock in the morning, pack your fish, drop them off at FedEx, then go do everything else I need to do. And the reality is, what I want to do is ship them on a Tuesday, and drop them off at FedEx at 4:00 p.m., right
before they pick them up, so they’re in the bag
the least amount of time, so that, you know. ‘Cause I’m gonna spend all
this time quarantining, water changing, feeding,
medicating, getting these fish as the best I possibly
can before I ship them. I don’t want to undo all that work with, “Oh they sat in a bag extra long.” Still designing packaging,
and that’s something that I feel is gonna be key. And we’re gonna ship
it overnight, so yeah, very short window, but
at the same time I want really good either
styrofoam, or a special bag that’s gonna hold in heat,
like some of those bubble, foil, wrap things. I wanna make sure everything,
like I’m pretty sure I’m gonna use breather bags, I’m 99% sure. I wanna make sure everything
is really dialed in so that the fish don’t suffer for it and when you guys spend that good money, you get a good value. And all the goldfish that I
sell will include shipping. Well, it’s a roundabout way. So the way my website works,
based on the amount you spend is how much you’re gonna pay for shipping. Now, the most you could possibly spend right now is $15, right? But if I have to overnight
this to you, it’s gonna cost me like 50 bucks, between packing materials and the overnight fee. So yeah, you’ll still pay the
$15 and I’ll pay all the rest, but that’s included in the price. But let’s say you ordered the goldfish and you ordered two of
these, one of these, that type of thing, I got to
ship those in a different box. That’s all included in
that shipping anyway. So I basically paying all the
shipping will be a few dollars here and there. They’re like, “Well maybe technically,” I’m not hearing any of that. We’re, or not, I shouldn’t say we, I’m only interested in
shipping high-end goldfish to the people that want
to give them good care, and are willing to pay a price. That being said, I’ve got
some cheaper options here in the store but I don’t think
it makes sense to take a fish that I sell for $20 and then
tack on at least $40 worth of shipping and materials
and stuff like that, ’cause a $20 fish
probably just isn’t worth at least that $60. So it’s probably not even
worth the time either. Realize that every package that I ship, it takes a lot of time to do
it correctly, and for just $20, that’s not even a profit
because I got to still buy that fish, right? So for just $20, I’d be better
off making YouTube videos or being in the store
and something like that. That’s why people are
gonna, “Why are all your “fish so expensive?” Because it doesn’t make
sense to ship cheap fish from a business standpoint. That’s the only reason there. So yeah. If I leave this in, you guys are getting a real heads up look. I’m on the fence, ’cause
I don’t wanna announce something like this and then
like, “Oh, I thought you said “you were gonna do that.” It’s like, “Well I am gonna do that.” But realize, I might be
six weeks out, two months, two years from pulling a trick,
so what I don’t want to do, is I don’t want to want
to just, I don’t want to race to market and go, “You
saw the fish, buy them today! “It’ll be great,” because
they’re not ready. Some of that stuff is very small. We’re gonna grow it out
for a very long time. Some of this larger stuff, we’re gonna put through quarantine. It’s gonna be for sale fairly soon. But what I do know about
high-end goldfish is you can’t buy it all all the time. Like most of the time, I’ve been trying to order this stuff for
weeks, literally weeks, and nothing’s been shipping,
cause I’ve been wanting to get it into quarantine
and things like that. Yeah, I know I can run out
of a lot of this cool stuff. So I’m not in a race to sell it. And then, on top of that,
I guess I should mention, what’ll be on the website
is all what you see what you get. So every fish, when you buy that fish,
you will get that fish. It’s not buy one black ranchu,
it’s that specific ranchu. So it’ll be, for instance,
like “Oh yeah, this is gonna be “in tank C and, “it’s C2, C3, C4,” that type of thing. It’s gonna be a very
personal level of service and we’ll see how it goes. It could be an absolute
trainwreck of like, “Oh man, there’s too many questions, “there’s too much work going into it,” or it works out great. But what I do know is a
lot of you guys don’t have access to good goldfish, and I
feel like I can provide that, and I think some people
find value in that. And if you don’t no worries,
you don’t have to buy it. That’s the great thing
about this is you can just do other things. I don’t have interest in shipping tetras and things like that,
I did that in the past. I did that. I did over 10,000 orders, online orders, when I first opened the
store, and it was all fish. Everything that was in
the store was also online. And the problem was, you would
think that it would work, but it doesn’t because
people order things like, “I only need two neon tetras,
because I already own four.” And that bag plus the
water, plus the weight in the box, and the space it takes up, I actually lose money. It would be better for me to pay you $5 and refund your money
on those two neon tetras than it is for me two
ship you two neon tetras. And then heaven forbid,
one died during shipping, now I got to reship another one, so there’s all these things,
and that just didn’t work. It didn’t matter if it was
neon tetras, pea puffers, angelfish, rams. Basically if it wasn’t
a high dollar value, when you net it out over
having employees ship, and work with you, and
something like that, we weren’t making very much money at all. And when I say very much money,
there was lots of shipments. You’ve heard people
like get you tropicals, stuff like that, where
you actually lose money. And that’s the thing is, you’re gonna go, how can you lose money? You’re trying to stay
competitive on an item we should be competitive on. I shouldn’t be competing
to get my kuhli loach down to a dollar, what somebody
else is selling online. They’re selling at a loss,
I’m selling at a loss. We’re all losing money. I’m not gonna compete to lose money. That’s just a loser’s game. So I stopped doing that for 10,000 orders. ’cause at 10,000 orders, you
can look at lots of statistics and you can figure out, “Hm,
that doesn’t make sense. “I’m paying people to lose me money.” What that means is I pay an employee. He’s got to pack it,
he’s got to do all that, he’s got to run to the post office. And at the end of those
orders, I’ve lost money? Why do I keep doing that cycle? And you go, “Okay, I change
packaging, maybe I change this.” And you make all these
tweaks, and eventually, you get down to the bottom and you go, “You know what? “I don’t think there’s any
way to make this work.” And it’s great when someone goes, “I’ll take 10 roseline sharks.” That’s a perfectly fine
shipment, but that might take one medium flat rate box,
but so does two neon tetras, one snail, a pea puffer, and two corydoras. I’ve literally had that order
before and you’re looking at it going, “This
doesn’t justify the work “and the shipping cost, “and the space.” ‘Cause you go, “Okay, I’m
gonna have to put that “into two different boxes
now, so now I’m losing “money on shipping.” Yeah, so it’s a no-win
situation where I feel like good-quality goldfish at the right price will be profitable for my
business, and be helpful to the community. So that’s the line I got
to blend, and I got to do a lot of work to make sure
that comes through correctly because I don’t want to skimp
on packaging and then go, “Ooh, we lost some of those goldfish “shipping in the winter,”
like that can’t happen. Same time, I can’t lose
them in the summer, and at the same time, I can’t be like, “Oh yeah, they’re only
$5,000 each, but guess what? “They’re the best.” So I got to blend all
those lines into something that makes sense, and
that’s the hardest thing to do in business. So yeah, I know I’ll start at the top end and work my way down as
opposed to work from the bottom and work your way up. I don’t want to be in a race to the bottom with everyone else going, “Guess what? “We got the cheapest goldfish around!” I wanna be known for, “We
have the best quality, “we have healthy. “I’m transparent, you can see exactly how “I take care of them.” You can see all the water changes everyday that are being done, all the
autofeeders are being used, all the different types of food we feed. All those things, I wanna
show it and be transparent so you know what you’re buying. You’re buying high-quality fish, yes, but you’re buying the way
they were taken care of and that’s what I feel
like isn’t available. It’s not that my competitors,
being Dandy Orandas and East Coast Ranchus, I
think they have very good fish, I think they take care of
them, but I don’t think they’re showing you guys
the way they should, and that’s being very transparent. And yeah, someone can come
along and do the same business as I am, if they can
afford to house everything, if they can afford to place
sort of like this, no doubt. And they’ll go, “Well I get it. “All you got to do is water
change them eight times a day “and feed them eight times a day, “and you’ll have great goldfish.” The difference is the execution. Just like lots of people
know how to manufacture cars, and make cars, and work
on cars, but not everyone can run and entire factory,
and that’s the difference. And that’s way I’m not
afraid to show you guys how I do stuff because if
you’ve got the know-how to run the business, you can
figure this stuff out anyway. So yeah, that’s all I got. Now I got to start putting these away. I’ll try and show them
once they’re in tanks, ’cause I think that’s
gonna be the best part. So, long-winded rant aside,
who knows if this gets left in or not. I’m still on the fence, I
could cut it the last minute, go, “I’m no ready,” or I can go, “You know what? “Maybe I reward the people
that do watch in the middle “of my video and just let
them know it’s coming.” And I know the people that are watching, they’ll understand, and
they’ll go, “Yeah, that makes “good business sense
for Cory, even though I “don’t like goldfish. “Yeah, I know he’s not
gonna be ready tomorrow, “but when he is, if I’m
really wanting that goldfish, “maybe I’ll wait for
him,” that type of thing. Maybe this is just a
long-winded thing I shouldn’t be saying and shouldn’t
be talking about at, well it’s probably like
6:15 in the morning now, I don’t know what time it is but you know, maybe you caught me at a
weak moment, who knows? But yeah, back to work. All right, so let’s take
a look at some of the fish in the tanks. I’ve decided most of the
goldfish are coming home with me. But we’ve got our balloon mollies here, lots of nice sailfins, so
that’s always a good thing. They look to be doing okay. What I’d love to see is
when they’re starting to look for food, that’s
always a good sign. They won’t get meds till in the morning. Over here, we’ve got the
calico veiltails, I believe. They seem to be doing pretty well. And when it comes to
over here, these little, I think they’re little fantails, maybe little
ryukins, I got to look, but we already got a
couple casualties in there, so that’s not good. So I’ll be pulling those. Meds won’t start till,
well, there’s some meds in the water now, but real
meds won’t start until we do big water changes tomorrow. Get them to go to the
bathroom, get them cleaned, then start meds. What else do we got going on over here? These are the swordtails. Kind of the same as a few
of them not doing so well through shipping. We’ll see how they come
through in the morning. Still alive. But yeah, these guys are huge. I mean, if you look at
compared to my finger, they’re like as long as my
finger is, if not longer. And then we’ve got lots of
male fancy guppies here. The rest got to go to my
house and go into totes and got to do some sorting,
and in all honesty, I need more capacity,
but as you guys will see, I’ve already been working on that. So when you watch the
next fish room video, you’ll see I have new racks
up, they’re all 40 breeders. Guess what? They can hold goldfish,
if I had them ready. They’re not quite filled with water. They’re all filling with water, slowly, but they’re not cycled yet. So couldn’t use them, but I’ll make do. So now I got to load all this up. Not all of it, but these two boxes, the two out of three
boxes back into the car, and then go to my house, and
then I can unpack from there. And I’ll probably show
some off while I’m there, so stay tuned. (water lapping)
So I thought I’d give you guys a quick look. These are the black ranchus, the yuan baos, and there’s some ryukins in
here, short body ryukins. And we got to put meds in
here, that’s gonna happen next. All these meds right
here go into the water. Over here, we got some more goldfish. You guys probably seen this
a little early in the video, but these guys are,
some stuff we brought in out of a pond. There’s some pearlscales,
baby black ranchus, some orandas, and rainbow shiners. And then, over here in the new tote, we’ve got fantails,
we’ve got black orandas, and, I wonder if we
have anything else here. Well, let me think. I think it’s just those. Yeah, fantails and black orandas. But lots of them to choose from. Gonna get meds in here as well. And those with the meds got
to soak for at least a week. Evaluate them as they,
and each day, I’ll come in and I’ll evaluate them, check on them, make sure they’re not just bottom sitting, things like that. And then after that, we start
turning the water change on, start getting those meds out of the water, assuming they get their health checked. But yeah, that’s how it goes, you know? So I wanna put meds in
and we’ll chime back in. So I just wanna show you guys meds. We go to, like this tote
is gonna use two of these, this is General Cure, and you know. So we’re taking it out of
that container right there. Something like that runs, I’m
just gonna throw the price, roughly a hundred dollars,
$125, whatever it is. So we go through lots
of meds pretty quick. And we start dumping in
two of these at a time. That’s why I always say the
meds cost money like that, they’re not free. I go through so much medicine
to treat something like this. But yeah, I could shoehorn these guys into a really small tank but,
I don’t wanna chance causing them any harm. That’s what it is. So I’m gonna go ahead and treat this and treat the other one with General Cure then I’ll chime in with
erythromycin and things like that. So next up is the
erythromycin, also gonna put two of these in per tote. And this will get rid
of any bacterial damage they had in the bag. This will help fight off
any mild fungal infections, as well as a bacterial. So I got to put in two of those, and then we’ll go over the Ich-X. With the Ich-X, we use 60
milliliters for just 200, there’s roughly 240 gallons
in the tote at the moment. Also two of these gonna go in. (water lapping) Say the second one in there,
and it’s very important I put the aeration back in,
because when you put meds, it’s just a good idea to
have extra aeration because it can change the elasticity of the water and stuff like that. Gonna put one more in. All right, so it’s 6:22. It’s my favorite kind of
shipment, and by favorite, I mean most-hated. It’s light outside, so that means, I got to crawl into bed with
my wife, she’s gonna go, “What are you doing?” I’m gonna go, “I did a fish
shipment show this week, “You know, groggy.” But that’s what it takes
for me to get the best fish, and I haven’t found a way around it, so that’s why I do it. If I found a great way
to get fish like this without going through this, I would do it. But, I truly believe I got to get them from the airport quick, I got to use medicine, I got to quarantine, I got
to do all these things, if I’m gonna look you in the eye and go, “I did everything in my ability to “sell you a healthy fish,”
and I truly do believe that, by the way. When I tell my employees we can say that, I don’t feel like there’s
other things we can do that are practical. Like I’m not gonna take
every fish and scrape it and put it under a microscope,
and stuff like that, ’cause it’s not practical. I can take a sample size, I
can do two or three of them, and then go from there. But stuff’s still gonna
slip through the cracks. You can’t bat a thousand
percent every time. The best brain surgeon in the world, the best heart doctor in
the world, kills people. And that’s all I can
do, is I can minimize, minimize the losses. I can rule out much more
than most other vendors. That being said, I do agree
that Dandy Orandas is great, and I agree that East
Coast Ranchu’s is great, but it’s all about selection, right? So East Coast Ranchu
specializes in ranchus, but they might not have
the color you like, maybe I do, or something like that. I think more on the market,
is just a good thing. Just because we have
Pepsi and we have Coke, doesn’t mean we don’t want a Snapple, we don’t want an orange
juice, something like that. Options I think are a beneficial thing. So yeah, I think that’s gonna wrap it up. I’ve got to let these
guys soak for a week, make other videos, do
that type of thing and now you’ve seen quite a
few shipments in a row. But something like this
shipment wasn’t huge or anything like that, it’s
a standard size shipment. But now we’re into September,
so this is gonna be like a regular thing, so I’ll be able to film more of them. That’s what was keeping me
back from filming these is fish selections worse, I sell
less, something like that. But yeah, if you guys like
it, go ahead and like it, share it around. Let me know if you’re
excited for the goldfish. I think I’m just gonna air it. It’s 6:30 in the morning. Unless I wake up and go,
“I am a complete idiot,” I’m just gonna air that
stuff about shipping them, ’cause I’m excited about it, honestly. I’m excited, and I hope you guys are too. And I realize, if you’re
not a goldfish person, don’t worry about it,
don’t worry about it. It’s not for you, I get it. But if you are a goldfish
person, hoping you’re excited, and things like that. So make sure you follow me on Instagram, and you’re on our
Facebook, stuff like that. You don’t wanna miss all the content. There’s a bunch of content
that’s gonna be coming out besides just videos. More pictures. Probably like, with each of these ranchus, I need to at least photograph
them, maybe each one gets a video and stuff. Not ranchus, but goldfish. Each one gets a video
and all of these things are gonna happen right? I’ve got to post that somewhere. I don’t wanna bombard the
YouTube channel with it ’cause not everyone’s into goldfish, so maybe it’s got to be a Vimeo account, maybe it’s gonna be on the Facebook. I have no idea yet, but just
know, if you’re following me and you wanna see these
goldfish or anything else, at 3 o’clock in the morning
when I’m putting away an adonis pleco, sometimes I go, “Ooh, that’s a good picture, snap!” Post it to Instagram, you
wake up to a nice surprise. All right, well thanks
for the support guys. Thanks for ordering everything
online, that helps a ton. That allows me to further
this business and I, whoa, I almost whipped myself in the eye, that wasn’t a good way to go to bed. But my hands get moving, I
start whipping this thing. But thanks for the support. We’ll see you next time. I got to get some sleep. 6:30 roughly by the time I get into bed. If I wake up at, well,
let’s push it to 10:30, hop in the shower, I can
make to my store by the time we’re supposed to open. That way my employees
aren’t going, “Where is he?” They’ll see the aftermath,
there’s still boxes and stuff still laying on the floor there, which my employees are used to. They walk in and go,
“Oh yeah, he must have “had a late night,” blah blah blah. All right, thank you guys,
see you in the next one. Hope you enjoyed this one,
’cause it’s a lot of work to make it, but I do
the work either way so, thanks for watching. (gentle piano music)

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