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Tom Benson - 2012-11-12
I purchased two shubunkin a few weeks ago and put them in a 5gallon tank. It was my fist fish so one died and the other still lives. Now I have a 10 gallon tank and im ready to put him in but I wanna know can I add another shubukin and possibly a snail. Dont want to spend any more money on fish tanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    You can keep two in one tank.  Just make sure you are using a efficient filter.
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SweatPea - 2010-12-21
I have a pearlscale goldfish named sweetpea! I have had her about 3 1/2 years now and she has gone from swimming all over to just sitting in one spot on the bottom of the tank. She has developed these huge blister like bubbles on her and I don't know what to do. She is eating ok but I think she is a little constipated. The people at our local pet store have never seen anything like it before. I keep her water very clean and just recently added a bubble stone for more oxygen in the water. What can I do to get rid of the blister/water bubbles on her and help her swim again? PLEASE HELP!

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  • Anna Rega of Virginia - 2010-12-23
    SweatPea, I have 5 pearlscales, they are a little over 2 yrs old. I just recently had to remove them from my outside deck pond for air bladder, parasites and blister on one of them. I used the Quickcure product and Eponsalt, the eponsalt is for constipation. Later I fed her "peas out of the can" squeezed the pea out of its skin. "all the fish loved the peas" as I now give them as treats. Oxygen is the most Important thing right now. All five of my pearlscales are living in a 25 gal tub in my home, with a filter, 4inch airstone. They were used to a 230 gal space to live in, but they are in for the winter. This winter is too cold and they were sick. My biggest is 5-1/2 oz. and the smallest is 4oz. I got them when they were just less then an inch big. Clean tank/ Quickcure/ Epsonsalt. Change water and treat as directed on Quickcure bottle. I have other fish (large fish) that are in the house now, and I have treated them for parasites, fungus ..They are all doing great but it takes a little work. I have had most of these fish for over 2 yrs. in an outside deck pond. This website really gives good information ..read and use the disease and treatment guide. The ulcers will go away on your fish as you treat her with quickcure. Good Luck!
  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    There is probaly to many bubbles in the water and there are large air pockets forming on her. Take the airstone out and fill up your tank so that the filter dosen't produce to many bubbles.
  • Gwenn - 2012-11-09
    Thank you so much for writing about your fish with the huge blisters on her! My pearl gill with the crown, has these that have just formed in the past month on his behind. (Chester is his name) I thank you for talking about this because my fish go-to man at the pet store had never heard of this and I don't want my grandkids calling poor Chester, Bubble Butt any more! LOL I will get that medicine for him! Gwenn
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Kelly - 2012-01-21
my fish just died and i got it just a few hours ago ................ i dont understand why

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-22
    I'm sorry to hear that. Without more information on the tank, and the circumstances, can't really say what happened. But usually fish dying that quickly is a problem with handling, or with the water quality. If you have a new tank, I'm wondering if you used a water conditioner to remove clorine... as chlorine will kill fish very quickly. But again, without knowing info...
  • Nitin - 2012-08-16
    Hi, It is sad, I bought 8 small about 1/2 inch at 3pm by 6pm all were dead and then I bought 7 again thinking it has something to do with water as this is first small 4Gallon tank,,,but I guess I was stupid to do that. The 7 also died by 10pm and the only one which is left is Black moor. Luckily it's alive. But then I did some research on it Comets are mostly for ponds and big Aquarium more than 20gallons as its need lot of oxygen so I learned it the hard way, even some of the websites say that they have bacteria and parasites. Hope it helps....if anyone can tell me in such a small 4Gallon tank what fish will survive pls pls do let me know. Thanks...Good luck
  • Shayan - 2012-10-31
    @Nitin, If you have a 4 gallon tank then you shouldn't be buying goldfish. The best fish to keep would be Betta. But please read and do your research.
  • Olive\'s Mom - 2012-11-08
    When setting up a brand new tank, it's not uncommon for the first set of fish or some of them to die off even if the chlorine has evaporated off. This is because the tank is sterile (no organic matter present) at that time. Living creatures including fish and humans cannot live in a sterile environment. In Nature, their environments would be clean, by nature's standards, not sterile. A Pristine natural environment would never be sterile, or devoid of life. Ther organic matter is the fish themselves and the presence of a low concentration of their waste matter generally. That's why you'd only change out a small portion of their water weekly. That and the filter are what maintain the supportive level of organic matter to clean water. All off Life is about balance. The fish that died off created some organic matter that primes your tank for a new batch of fish. Try adding a new fish maybe one or two at a time.
  • Olive\'s Mom - 2012-11-08
    Also keep in mind the tanks they came from would've had other fish present doing their business in the water making organic matter. This affects the pH level of the water. Like a supportive temperature range, there is also a supportive pH they need. Hope this helps.
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Valerie Vanderberg - 2012-09-22
My Oranda Marlene is just plum crazy, she knows my voice and then does her happy dance all over the tank, I have walked up to the tank not saying a word, she quickly recognizes me and does her dance. She throws gravel at me, hates the tank themometer, knocks it all over and down, suffers from severe feeding love. However she is very orange and the color orange is slowly going down her large fantail. Her wen is raspberry red, but she is so orange. tank mates include fantail goldfish which is pinkish silver, friendly as well, 2 zebra angels. Much Joy in my tank.

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  • Kathy Webb - 2012-11-04
    My Oranda's tail is doing the same thing and I was hoping for an answer here. I guess I will be searching, this happened all of a sudden shortly after I bought my 2 baby fancy calico gold fish.
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Crystal - 2012-10-31
Hi, I have a pearlscale goldfish and she's been good for as long as I've had her, about two months, recently we had a power shortage due to the recent hurricane so her tank was off for about 48hours. When every thing came back on I noticed she has a new brown spot on her nose. Is that normal? I know sometimes as they get older they develop spots/color changes. Any ideas??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-31
    Probably just a color change.  Is it raised at all?
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Hannah - 2012-06-07
I have one and have had him for 8 months. He interacts well with my pearlscale and he is very active. He always fights with my other goldfish for their food, like he'd never eaten before, so be careful and watch how much you feed them. George has had no illness and I have had no problem with him. He's a very good fish and very enjoyable to watch. I recommend one to even the most advanced fish owner. They're soo love able and quite adorable=)

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Ruchit - 2012-05-31
Hi guys I am starting a new setup. I have been to the local fish store. I am setting up a nice 4l 2b by 3h. I am planning to put a tank divider diividing it into 1/3 and 2/3 .. All fish will be juvinilles. The 2/3 will house 9 gold fish ( orandas, redcaps, blackmore) and a silver juvinile arrowana while the 1/3 I plan to keep a flower horn. The divider will be black and with plants hence the flower horn can't see the other fish . Will the arrowana get along with the gold fish . The bio filters will be state of the art and I plan to buy a 200 g tank after a yr and a half for when the arrowana and flower horn get real big.

Please advise if this is ok thanks ,I am a beginner so need help

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-01
    Goldfish housed with other fish are usually a recipe for disaster. Goldfish produce high levels of amonia that most fish can not tolerate. ZGoldfish are coldwater fish and the others are not.
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Rosanne - 2012-08-18
Originally I bought two Koi, then two Shubunkin and someone gave me a goldfish. I bought another Koi. I now have over fifty fish and built a bigger pond. The young ones are not Koi so I suspect the goldfish and Shubunkins. The Shubunkin are 2 years old and about 12 inches long. The Koi are 4 yrs old and about 19 inches. The new pond is almost 6ft deep and we are planning on wintering them in the pond.We are in upper Michigan so I am a bit worried. Anyone have any advice/tips on winter care?

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  • Rita - 2012-10-24
    No I definitely would not put a drain in a fish pond. My Dad used to have koi and he would pump the water out when a water chgane was needed. Then again he had a pretty elaborate filtration setup with a waterfall going into the pond for aeration so he didn't need to make too many chganes. The water was always very clean and the biological setup near perfect.If you don't want to buy a pump, the old fashioned way of sucking on the end of a hose to draw the water up will work just fine!
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Anonymous - 2012-10-17
Hello, I recently just upgraded to a bigger tank I think it's about 32 or 36 gallon from a 10 gallon tank because my fish were getting big. I only had 2 shubinkkns in it but now I added one more and a black other gold fish fish. (Can't remember what it is called) but ever since about a week ago they don't look like they used to. It appears one of the fish is beating up on the small black one for it is pretty much dead. But I feed them every morning and every night but I don't think they are eating. Not sure what to do??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    Test the water in your tank.  How long was it cycled before introducing your fish?
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Abigail Portis - 2012-09-05
I would like to conduct my science fair project using goldfish; 'Will the pigment of a goldfish change due to lighting changes?' i was just wondering if you have any reccomendations as to exactly what goldfish i could use and if the comet goldfish is good, should i keep them is a bowl or tank, will lack of light harm them? Thanks, Abigail.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-05
    What type of project will you be doing?
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-23
    The lack of light will not harm the goldfish if left long enough it will turn gray
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