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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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tiny le - 2012-10-12
I have two pearl scaled gold fish one of them has a bunch of white spots all over him on his tailed and body is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-12
    Sounds like it may have ich.  Set up a hospital tank if possible and treat.  Also do a good clean on the tank it is housed in and wash everything and medicate to prevent the spread.
  • tiny le - 2012-10-12
    I think you are right about ich, i did a little research and the symptoms match Thank yu so much for replying and the help I hope my little guy makes it :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-12
    Your welcome! Ich is very treatable and you caught it very early if it is only on fins and head, so recovery should not be an issue.
  • tiny le - 2012-10-12
    Well that's good news, I hope he'll be fine and back to his normal self. Thank you so much again :)
  • Mark Washka - 2013-01-13
    Your fish have ich.
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Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-05
Is it okay to put 9 shubunkin and 4 danio in a 30 gal tank??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-05
    Tank is way to small. Shubunkins will get large.  Also not a good mix with danios.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-12
    Ok. What will happen if I mix Shubunkin with Danio? Actually I have 2 aquariums, the other one is full of guppies. Sorry for the late reply :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-12
    The Shubunkin will more then likely start attacking the danios.  They also produce a large amount of ammonia make the condition hard for the danios to handle.  Goldfish are best to keep with goldfish.
  • Roland Tan Sabañico - 2013-01-12
    ok. Thanks :)
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ananya roy - 2013-01-11
recently my cousin gave me an oranda goldfish about 3' long, its flowing fins and tails all being nipped short by a parrot fish and an oscar,(i was mad when i heard that he had kept the poor goldfish with those totally incompatible fish,but the damage was already done!). now it has minimum fins, though it can swim about quite well. it has become friendly with my other goldfishes as well. i feed them flake foods,frozen blood worms and dried tube worms .my question is will its tail and fins grow back? it was originally a cross breed of veiltail and oranda and it had a beautiful flowing tail.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    The tail fin should grow back, as long as the caudal peduncle (tail base) has not been damaged. It may not be as decorative as it was before however, you'll have to wait and see on that.
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Newerth - 2013-01-09
My Moor is swimming upside down! Is he going to die?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-10
    Could be constipated.  Try some epsom salt and frozen peas.
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Brandon Taylor - 2013-01-02
I just bought a large oranda, I think he is about 2 years or older. He is about 5.5 inches and has a large wen. His wen covers his eyes and as much food as I have givin him I am concerned he isn't able to see the food and isn't eating. Any suggestions ? I'm using goldfish flakes. -thanks! :)

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