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sandra elkin - 2013-02-13
Hi I have 4 orandas, two gold and two white, the white ones seem to spend a lot of time at the top of the tank its a Biorb - when I go up to the tank they come and dance for me. The gold ones don't seem to go to the top as much but one of them spends a lot of time hovering on the bottom. Is this normal behaviour.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-13
    Hmmm... it could be normal. Does he seem to be eating and swimming normally? I'd just keep an eye on him. As long as he's eating and doesn't show any symptoms of illness there is probably nothing to worry about.
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ananya roy - 2013-01-23
Hello, I have two goldfish with white spots on their tails and also some parts of their body. I have separated them in a hospital tank, but cannot determine if it is fungal or protozoan infection. It is like white grains on their body. Their eating habits are normal, but they are less active now after I have separated them. What should I do? Please help! Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    Sounds like Ich my friend.  Can be treated with aquarium salt and raising the temps.  Ich can also be treated with numerous Ich meds on the market.
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lorraine - 2011-05-09
I have a lion head goldfish and it has growths on both front fins. Is this normal? Does anyone know what this could be? I would be greatfull for any help. He is about 9 years old and lives in my outside pond he. He is a good 10 in or more I dont know how long they live.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    I tell you one thing, your goldfish is about as big as they get. Not too many grow to 10 inches so he must have had really great care. Now for the white spots. Sounds like ich which is treatable. Click on Fish Diseases and Treatment and scroll down to symptoms. Ich is there at the top and white spots on fins is a symptom. There is also the recommended treatment listed. Now if the spots are cloudy or webby looking it might be a fungal infection but again it is treatable. Goldfish normally live 10 - 15 years but 20 years isn't unusual but there is a record breaker who is now 43 years old. Take a good look at the description of symptoms and I believe you will have your answer. Good luck and let us know.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-05-09
    What kind of growths? If they look like grey or white cottony patches, it could be a fungal infection. Not sure what other types of growth they could be.
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Anonymous - 2012-06-27
I got 'Fat Freddy' in April for my birthday. I was wondering is it normal for him to swim upside down or float? He does this quite often, more than once I was worried he was dying.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-28
    No this isn't normal and usually caused by diet.  The good news is he will probably be fine.  He could have swim bladder disease or just be really constipated.  You can feed him some peeled frozen peas which will help if constipated and i would switch foods.  You can read more about both swim bladder and constipation (two great topics there) on Animal Worlds Article Fish Disease and symptoms.  Just click on this link and the article will appear and you can scroll down to swim bladder.  How's that?  http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
  • Kristi Jones - 2012-07-24
    Thank you, we had an anchor worm infestation not long ago. Tank, fish and plants have been treated. Appetite has been fine, fish haven't been rubbing or showing signs of distress other than Freddy swimming upside down and floating. Is there a certain kind of food I can get him from Petsmart??
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Elana - 2011-01-18
I have two fishes.. They are so active usually
But one of them has been acting lazy looking like
She lost her balance and stays at the bottom always...! It's been two days
I'm so worried.. Please let me know what can I do .. I don't want her to die.

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  • Claire - 2012-07-13
    You should probably take that fish out of the tank and into a smaller tank. This is called 'Quarentine' (I think thats how you spell it) Try this for 2 days and if she still dosn't perk up then take her to your local vet. because it sounds like she has a disease... :) Hope this helps!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-14
    May be constipated.  Try feeding it some blanched peas.
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cheyenne - 2011-07-07
I got my veiltailed goldy entirely by mistake! I was at petsmart looking for some more ryukins to put into my tank. I came across this little tiny baby that could not have been more than 3 months old that had ich. I felt so bad for the little guy, all alone in a tank full of older, bigger ruykins and telescopes. I asked if I could get him for $3 since he was little and had ich. They agreed at $3 and I took him home. With some molly buddies in a 55 gal. tank, it took about 5 days to get rid of the ich. It took another 6 months until I compared his fins with my ryukins fins and gasped, realizing that he was indeed a veiltailed goldfish with perfect fins and a very pronounced hump behind his head. He was probably the last baby of the older fish in the tank at petsmart. He is still alive and weighs a hefty 1 lb. He has produced many little hims that are as happy and healthy as he is:] He is only about 4 years old, with plenty of food and females, somtimes I wish I were him. . . with plenty of males of course.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
    With that luck - will you come with me when I buy the next lottery ticket. Great.
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ananya roy - 2012-11-27
My goldfish is floating upside down and stays in that way all the time on the bed of the aquarium. It cannot get right. I have tried feeding it, but now it is drifting around like that, unable to eat, for like five days. The aquarium fish expert is suggesting to put it to sleep. I don't like this suggestion but I cannot bear it's suffering anymore. Are there any other options for me to ease its suffering? If not, what is the most humane way to put it to sleep? please help me!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-27
    This is a common issue with goldfish.  May be a digestion issue that is affecting the swim bladder.  Some times a few day fast will correct the issue.  If able to feed fish try some frozen peas which will help get the digestive track moving.

    Adding salt to the water will kill off any parasites. It will also help to remove air and water from the swim bladder.If that does not work fill a 10 gallon tank up just about an inch above the fish's dorsal fin. Use water from original tank to not stress the fish any more then needed. This will sometimes make it easier for the goldfish to swim in more of a controled manner.  If that isn't effective try adding aquairium salt.  Feed the goldfish a variety of frozen foods, this will help pass any food in the digestive tract and frozen food will fal faster to the bottom making it easier to eat in shallow water.  So if it is a constipation issue this should cure it.  Once fish seems to be swimming stable more water can be added slowly.

    Hope this works.  Let me know!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-29
    Maybe try lowering the water a bit and add a little more salt!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-29
    Try some frozen peas when it is eating.  Could just be VERY constipated.
  • ananya roy - 2012-11-29
    I added one teaspoon of aquarium salt.it started moving and was trying to get straight vigorously,it even ate some of the frozen food,but then again it has become lethargic like before.the only difference is that earlier it was lying upside down on the gravel bed,now it is floating upside down at the upper surface of the water level. the improvement is that,it is trying to get up,and it is moving around a bit(in its upside down position).
  • ananya roy - 2012-12-02
    i have discovered the truth behind my goldie's 'illness'. it floats and swims upright all night and whenever not observed.but whenever i monitor the tank,and watch it closely,it decides to play 'sick'. it eats and does everything normal when not watched.i woke up at night and watched the tank in dim light. it was absolutely normal!! swimming normally and eating and playing around. but when i turned on the light to see more clearly,it quickly turned upside down and started floating around.i turned off the light and after a few minutes it was normal again.i never imagined that goldfishes are capable of such mischief!!i know they are very intelligent,but this one has been playing trick with me!! i have observed and watched it's behavior and i can firmly tell that it is playing 'sick' and is apparently enjoying all the fuss and attention.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-02
    Some fish are light sensitive.  Is it only when lightrs are on??
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jay - 2010-11-11
After 6 months of long search for a veiltail I've finally got myself one, it was mixed in along with the fancy goldfish. It is an oranda veiltail, but I still love it. (too bad it just got infested with ick)

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Carol Mccrorey - 2012-12-29
have 3 lionhead fish, 1 seems very lathargic & stays at bottom of tank for most of time what can be wrong?

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Thrillzz Pleaser - 2012-05-23
Where can I buy veiltails? I need them soo bad, I have two amazing veiltail albino red oscars. I'm a collector of rare red/bloddy/ super red oscars. I'm building a koi pond and I wanan breed them, but they eat the koi eggs so I'll have to add them later in the year, but I wanna add veiltails instead of just reg goldies, any help on where I can buy them?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    Try asking your local fish store to special order them for you, or you can try online... sometimes they are available. You could also contact goldfish breeder clubs. Good luck:)
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