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bernadette - 2013-04-03
I have an oranda fish. He seems to be sitting on one side of the tank and its always the same spot. He comes up for food then swims around a bit. Then goes back to the same spot. When he comes up for air he blows the air out then goes back to the bottom of the tank. Any ideas what might be wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    There may or may not be a problem as it sounds like he is feeding and not stressed, but sometimes these fish can have a swim bladder problem. Make sure the tank is well maintained with regular water changes, and you can try feeding a supplement of  frozen peas (defrosted with the skin removed).
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Leo - 2013-03-25
Hi, it’s me again, back to the shubunkin scenario of appearing to be sleeping lots lately. On my last discussion I fail to mention about the minnows. I had about a 15 white clouds and 12 rosy red minnows for a while and removed the remaining 6 two weeks later because the shubunkin was eating them. A few days later the two oldest shubunkins seem to be sleeping a lot lately and they’re not eating all their food. Occasionally they would sleep with their heads in the back corner not moving. They appeared to be ill and I did several water changes to possibly help to the situation. One of the water changes was 80% but I made certain the water temperature was the same and kept the filters unchanged to maintain the bacterial. Sadly to say but my 7' shunbunkin died yesterday along with 1 comet and 3 cories. The remaining one 6' shubunkin, 2 at 3' and 4 cory cats were transferred to a 20-gallon quarantine tank and will be staying there until I know they get better. What can I put in the 20-gal. to help recover their illness? I’ll be cleaning the 80-gal. tank and all its components before reactivating. Is it possible one or two of the minnows were deceased when the 7 incher ate it? Is it possible one of the other fish were ill and infested others? Is it possible the cories became ill and infected others? Go ahead give heck, I can take it and if ya don’t have an answer that’s ok too.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Gosh Leo, sorry to hear about your larger Shubunkin. Other than 'sleeping' and a low appetite, your challenge is that you haven't identified disease or infection, so its hard to say what to treat for. Checking the water temperature, and parameters (ammonia, nitite, nitrate) are usually the first things to look at. And then a water change (with a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramine) is usually the first place to start. From your description, it doesn't sound like your water changes were a problem. Still there are a number of illnesses that can affect goldfish, I'm kind of wondering if maybe they a swim bladder disorder. Also, watch for any changes in their behavior/eating since you moved them into the quarantine tank, as that could indicate a problem with the main tank. I think you may have to do more indepth research on goldfish diseases...  fortunately there's lot of info available.
  • Leo - 2013-03-25
    I can’t thank you enough for a response. Yes, I suspected a swim bladder issue, constipation, Itch, stress or even a lodged piece of gravel. However, I’ll let you know what I find out later and how the others are doing in the quarantine tank.
  • Leo - 2013-03-30
    A follow up on the shubunkin appearing to be sleeping lots. I hope the following information will be useful to others. The result of the seven incher shubunkin that died is considered as an unknown factor. Two of the 3 ½' shunbunkin also followed the death of their tank mate and hopefully we’ll revive the others. The swim bladder disorder was a possibility and the suspicion of ichthyophthirius and/or lymphocystis being introduced by feeder comets and minnows is probably the cause. I just didn’t notice the spots on the beautiful all white comets early enough and I didn’t follow my own proceeder of quarantining the feeder fish. I was being unnecessarily cocky. A lesson well learnt to quarantine all fish prior to being introduced to the main tank. My twelve-year-old granddaughter with better eyes noticed the spots on their fins. The 20-gal. quarantined candidates are having a none raised temperature salt bath to hopefully remedy their long term issue, and it will. I’ve done this many years ago and was successful with explicit and careful instructions that are time consuming. The 6 incher that appeared to be sleeping lots the same as the 7 incher that died is now giving me the impression of getting better by being a little more active and the cories are also appearing to be doing well. I’ve stripped the 80-gal. tank and washed everything including filtration components with a bit of bleach to disinfect the unknown possibilities and of course thoroughly rinsed, washed again and rinsed, and rinsed again. Startup, decorated, water de-chlorinated and a biological cycle conducted that evening. All other feeder fish from five other tanks were transferred to the 80-gal. and we’re in the process of doing a raised temperature salt bath for 17 small comets, 6 commons and 36 rosy reds. All the other tanks will eventually be thoroughly cleaned and again, “a lesson well learnt” that created lost of unnecessary work by being foolish and/or cocky.
  • David Brough - 2013-03-30
    Thanks for all the information. The advice about quaranteen of feeder fish is very important to understand what may happen if you fail to do it. Great Advice!
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Lauren - 2013-03-01
Hi There, I am brand new to keeping fish, I currently have a 35Ltr fresh water tank with 3 white clouds and 2 Pearlscales. The white clouds I have had for a few weeks and they seem to be doing well. My two Pearlscales (Hansel and Gretel) I have had for 5 days. They are about 1inch long and very cute. I am concerned though as they don't seem to be eating much. I am feeding both pellets and flakes, but one of them (Hansel) seems to pick up the pellets and spit them back out again, same with the flakes. I have tried soaking the pellets before feeding, but get the same result. The other I hardly ever see hunt for food as Hansel does. I have tried feeding some shelled peas and lettuce as well, no results. Also Gretel seems to have gotten extremely fat in the past couple of days, and both the Pearlscales spend a lot of time hiding together in the corner behind my filter. I'm worried that they are either a) not getting enough food b) I'm not feeding them the correct things c) they are sick d) that one is pregnant (if she is pregnant I have no idea what I have to do to keep the babies alive!) Really hoping for some advice here as I don't want to lose my newbies! Thanks to anyone who can help. Lauren

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-06
    Usually if they spit out their food they either don't like that particular food or the pieces are too big. I would just keep an eye on them and see if the problem continues or if it appears they are actually not getting enough food. You may want to try a different brand of flake and/or smaller pellets.  If babies do come then read here on Breeding Goldfish.
  • Linda - 2013-03-26
    Hi Lauren! Where did you buy your pearlscales? I've been looking all over to buy some. Thanks.
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jennie - 2013-03-21
My Moore is blind in 1 eye. I don't know how this happened. It is all red with blood and his same side gill is bent over and open at all times. He is about 1 year old. Can they live with 1 eye and a damaged gill? I think he brushed up against a small water heater I have in the tank but I didn't see him do it. The tank gets super cold so I have a 3 gal tank heater by the filter. I turn it off when the tank gets about 70.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    If he is eating and swimming fine and his wounds and eye appear to be healing, he will probably be fine. You could put some antibiotics in the water to help reduce the chance of infection.
  • jennie - 2013-03-24
    Thanks and he is swimming and the eye is healing good. Thanks for your help. He eating good I got some stuff from petco to keep infections down but he seems to be doing good thanks again and may god bless your fish also.
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Leo - 2013-03-22
The next few questions might sound a bit odd but I’ll give it a shot. I activated another tank and chose to do an experiment with feeder fish. I purchased 12 Comet feeder fish and 24 Rosy Red also feeder fish hoping to become pets? My expectations might be a bit unrealistic but they have spectacular markings that are interesting and beautiful. I do realize that they may have stunt growth but is there a change of recovering as a quality fish? Should they be feed differently? And can they live as long as the so-called quality fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Feeder fish can make fine pets! Treat them with the same type of care as you would for any other goldfish, including the right environment (a large aquarium with good filtration), good food,and  regular maintenance. The Rosy Reds are  tropical type fish rather than coldwater fish, so be sure to have a heater and thermometer to keep the tank warm enough for them. Also, goldfish are a dirtier fish, adding a large bioload to the tank, so frequent water changes will be needed to keep everybody healthy.
  • Leo - 2013-03-22
    Thank you for your honesty. I love this site. It is a great place to learn from others.
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Leo - 2013-03-21
I recently did an 80% water change and the last few days I noticed the two oldest shubunkins seem to be sleeping a lot lately and they’re not eating all their food as usual. One occasionally sleeps vertical or I think he’s sleeping with his head downward for approx. three to five minutes at one time and not moving. The same one on occasion has sticked his head in the back corner not moving and appearing to be punished. I’ve never seen this type of behaviour. The other appears to be sleeping horizontal on the gravel underneath a stone bridge and one or two smaller shubunkins appear to be laying down beside him. It’s charming to observe but is there any cause for concern?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    That was a pretty big water change. Goldfish can be sensitive to big changes in their environment, and it may be why they are laying down. Hopefully they will pull out of it.
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Dylan - 2011-04-06
Hello! I have two different age Black Moors and the older fish is starting to get really big. he acts as if he is hungry all the time. he sits at the top looking like he is trying to eat. Do I feed him more fish flakes or is there another food to give him since he is bigger?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-13
    Hello The best thing to do in your case is to feed tiny amounts just a few flakes up to 3 times a day or use a different food I'm a carp fisherman and use a bait called a boilie crush them up in a blender or in a bag and hit gently with a rolling pin these last for hours and will keep your fish happy as can be I have 3 blackmoors and she loves them u can buy 1 kg my sure what this is in America for about £ 10 hope this has helped
  • jennie - 2013-03-21
    I feed my Moore pellets from petco with a pic of mores on the bottle. he realy loves them. so good luck. mine is from middle finger tip to the end of my hand. so he is pretty big too
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Leo - 2013-03-19
For about four months eight rosy barbs were housed with four shubunkins and recently three of the shubunkin’s tails were nipped by rosy barbs. I’ve removed the barbs to another tank temporally. When the shubunkins tails are grown back in should I return the barbs?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-19
    The barbs will more then likely go back at it.  Barbs can be a challenge to house with others.
  • Leo - 2013-03-19
    Thank you for your answer. They’re not going back in, I activated another 20-gallon tank just for the Barbs and a few Rosy Reds and I’ll eventually add a few Cory cats.
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Leo - 2013-03-19
At what length do the larger shubunkin stop growing in my 80-gallon tank? In order to get an accurate answer I’m assuming a history is needed. I’m presently housing 12 small corydoras at 1'and 2', two large shubunkins at 7' which are about two years old, two others at 3 ½' and one comet at 4' in a well maintained tank. The fish is measured including the tails. I’ve just removed eight rosy barbs due to tail nipping issues and I also removed six remaining rosy red minnows. The larger fish were devouring on minnows. However, I’m presently housing a total of 43 fish inches in my 80-gallon tank. I hope there’s enough history to get an answer. By the way, I tend to believe this site is the most informative website for my needs that I’ve come across and I appreciate all those involved with questions and answers, thank you to all.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-19
    You will probably see 12 or so but they are known to grow larger.  These fish with the others could eventually out grow the 80 Gallon tank.
  • Leo - 2013-03-19
    Thank you for your prompt answer, it's well appreciated. I’m presently operating a combination filter system pushing 960 gallons per hour and doing large water changes averaging 14 to 20 days apart. I’m on the lookout for a 120-gallon tank for the near future for the big guys so they’ll have more surface area. Again, thanks.
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Anonymous - 2013-03-18
I decided today that I wanted a fish! So my dad took me out and bought 2 comet goldfish and they are small so they are in a 5 gallon tank with a filter.  Water is cold and there are plants in the tank! They were fine when i brought them home but about 2-3 hours of being in the tank 1 started lying on the bottom of the tank and stayed there for a while. The other will swim aroud then lie at the bottom. They are still breathing but barely moving... Should i be worried? They will take turns lying down and i have been telling my little brother that they are 'sleeping' am i correct in saying this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-18
    It's a wonderful thing that you want to keep fish. I'm glad you're father helped you get one, and the goldfish are some of the easiest fish for beginners and great pets. Not sure what the problem is, it could be that they are adjusting... or there could be a problem with their water. The first thing I'd check is the temperature and make sure it's not too cold for them. Also, if you're using tap water, a water conditioner that removes chlorines and chloramines is necessary. Also make sure the filter is providing plenty of  water movement so the water stays well oxygenated. Good luck!
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