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Liz Schultz - 2014-09-15
I have had a Black Moor Goldfish for over a year now, and ever since I got it one of its eyes has been growing EXTREMELY larger than the other. It always freaked my out, but the fish swims normally and is healthy otherwise, so I let it go. I believe that the fish is blind in the smaller eye now - it is clouded over and shrunken.

Over the past couple of weeks, a growth has formed at the back of my fish's one giant eye. The growth grew to the same size as the overly large eye, so now it is as if there are two giant eyes on one side of its head, one behind the other - it's that big!

If you can believe it, the fish is still swimming normally and seems to have no balance or floating issues. I cannot find reference to a similar occurence with a goldfish ANYWHERE online!!! What is happening to my fish and how do I help it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    It's hard to say what it is, but there's a couple of possiblilities.

    It could be a tumor, which goldfish do sometimes get. Tumors can be internal or external, but the external ones are identified as lumps that are actually attached by a smaller thread, or sometimes multiple threads. They are sometimes have a bumpy cauliflower-like appearance or can simply be smooth but still protruding.  Unfortunately there's no effective medial cure for tumors and it's usually recommended to either remove the mass or euthanize the fish to avoid a slow death.

    Another possiblility is an ulcer, which start as a slightly raised scale that's usually yellowish looking, but can look clear or white. The area aroudn it becomes bloody and inflamed and the bump protrudes. Ulcers can be treated and must be treated right away. Maracyn 2 is one medication to look into as possible treatment.

    A third possiblility is Lymphocystis, which is the most common viral disease found in freshwater fish, it does effect goldfish, and is typically chronic. Also known as Cauliflower Disease, it is transmitted by viral particals in the water, usually introduced by another infected fish. Once infected a lump will form and enlarge until after about 4 weeks, when it will slough off and release viral particles into the water. The fish should be quarantined for at least a month. There's not really a specific treatment for Lymphocystis, but the fish should be treated for secondary bacterial infections and the lesions will eventually revert and the skin will be pretty much normal.
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Em.18 - 2014-09-15
Hey guys! I don't know if you can help me. I have three 4 inched Veil-Tailed black moors that I've had for about 3-4 years now. In this last month two of the three developed one white eye? And now one of those with the white eyes has suddenly got dropsy ans doesn't look like he is gonna make it... My 65 liter tank (about 14 gallons) has a 25% water change every week and a crispa plant is also added every week or so... They love eating it. They're fed every day on either frozen bloodworm, daphnia, or brine shrimp... I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong? Tank is 22C. For now the one that looks like his gonna die (his name is dark knight) is in a slightly smaller tank with an air stone etc so I can dose him easier on his dropsy treatment. Any ideas?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-15
    Cloudy eyes are most often the result of a bacterial infection, though sometimes it can be parasitic. These diseases are usually related to water quality and poor diet. It sounds like you are diligent with maintenance, so try changing the diet to include variety and include foods with added vitamins. Perhaps start an antibiotic treatment on the main tank, a complete treatment usually includes administering the medication several times over a period of time, follow the manufacturer's instructions on the medicine. Continue with regular water changes weekly. Cloudy eye can lead to blindness, especially if the water quality and diet are not kept up with. Good luck to you and your fish!
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Fiona - 2014-09-15
It was Christmas time and i had changed the tank water almost to the brim.i was in another room vaccuuming and when i returned to the loungeroom i saw a small orange bauble on the carpet.my first thought was it was an ornament that had fallen off the Christmas tree.when i bent down to pick it up i realized it was my spritely little shubunkin that had jumped out of the tank.i brushed him off and quickly returned him to the water.He spent the next few hours at the bottom corner of the tank. I think he had totally freaked himself out.after a while he recovered and was no worse for his little adventure...

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Julie - 2014-03-28
My Bubble Eye fish, Bub, is kind of odd. He hates being in our 10G tank, and prefers our fish bowl which is like 1G-1.5G. He is full of personality, and I'm pretty sure he recognizes me when I come to feed him, or just sit and watch him. The thing is, I've read many times that they like to be towards the bottom/floor, which Bub does on occasion, but he's more fond of chilling at the top. He's healthy, and very playful, so I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not. He's been doing this pretty much since we got him, back in Dec. 2013. Any thoughts?

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  • Julie - 2014-03-30
    Never mind... found him dead this morning. :/
  • Dave - 2014-09-13
    Fish at the surface can indicate lack of oxygen. Especially if they seem to be 'gasping'.
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Amy Bannister - 2014-09-09
hi, i was brought 2 telescope eye goldfish the other day in a bowl.. i know thats waayyyy too small for them but the guy in the shop said they'd be fine. I'm looking to upsize for them but really can't stretch to a 10 or 20 gallon tank at the moment. they are only about an inch ling each. will a 15L or 20L be enough for the time being, with a filter and airstone put into it. also could you suggest the best food for them a few people have said sinking pellets but they don't seem to be finding them very well

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Chloe - 2014-08-31
I have two fresh water fish living in a 96 litre tank with a Tetratec IN 800 filtration system, I preform 10-15% water changes every week and have just recently been bought two more fish, will the size of my tank be enough? The breed of fish are; Common goldfish, two Comet goldfish and a Shubunkin, I'll also be buying a gravel cleaner and an algae scraper very soon, the tank has just been set up and the two new fish are in the quarantine tank for a week or two, any help would be greatly appreciated, also, would a couple small snails be okay in the tank? I'm not buying them till I'm sure everything will be okay, thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    No, unfortunately a 96 ltr tank is only 25 gallons, and will not be near enough water as these fish get older. When small it may work for awhile, but you will soon have to upgrade. As you can see in the aquarium setup info above, goldfish require a minimum of 10 gallons per fish. That is 50 gallons (190 ltr) just for the 5 goldfish.
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Karen - 2014-08-28
A black moor should NEVER be kept in a bowl, and should have 10 gallons per fish. Black moors do not grow to the size of their tank; they continue to grow regardless. Also, just because they are a hearty fish does not mean that they should be in dirty water. Goldfish produce a lot of waste so the ammonia level will rise in your tank if you don't do regular water changes. THIS CAN HARM YOUR FISH. Also, just a tip that isn't mentioned. If you have a large black moor and baby snails, the moor might eat your snails.

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rachel - 2014-08-18
hi i am just letting yas know that i had two of them black moor goldfish and one of them killed the other one so just be aware

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  • Karen - 2014-08-28
    That's really unusual. Black moors are typically non-violent, and should live very well with another black moor. Are you sure there wasn't anything else wrong with the other fish?
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Bob&Jo - 2014-02-13
Our lionhead was a very active tankmate with our fantails but recently has started to hide in the vegetation, she or he is breathing normal but not swimming. mostly stays in one spot. Do you think she could be pregnant? She seems to have become very rounded. Please comment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    It's possible she could be pregnant.
  • Ineke - 2014-08-21
    Why doesn't any body see that these poor things are basically handicaspt, they are totally bred out of proportion.
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RACHEL GREEN - 2014-08-15
I have fantail gold fish which is staying at bottom of tank and can onlt swim a little tries to go up but seem s like its to heavy to swim yo then top. It moves around the tank at bottom. Bit stays in same location for a long time then moves again. Could this be constipation or bladder disease? What should i do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-15
    Lethargy is often cause by water quality, try doing a partial water change to see if that's the problem.
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