Well, it's safe to say that the British winter is in full swing, although thankfully my ranchu are fully prepared. Much of the country had snow earlier this week, with more predicted later in the week and temperatures below freezing expected for the next few days.
Thankfully the ranchu pond has already reached a low temperature of between 6-7 degrees C and so sudden changes are not really a concern at this point. The thermostat is working well, maintaining temperatures throughout the night, as everything cools considerably and during the day, when the sun gets up and above the conservatory which can warm things up somewhat.
The ranchu were closely observed this morning and i must say, even in my limited experience, they looked really well. All were cruising around first thing, apparently looking for food. At this time of year, the pond being located where it is, means it does not see direct sunlight until later in the spring. The result is, little to no algae has taken a hold yet, unfortunately meaning the ranchu having nothing easily digestible, to graze on through the winter.
I've been putting together some exciting ideas and plans that i hope will help develop/groom very high standard ranchu in 2013. Springtime seems to be an awful long way away!