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Filip Nick - 2012-09-17
Hello from Greece. Two weeks ago one bubble of my bubble eye fish turned almost white in two days. After one week the bubble become again normal but there are white flakes inside it..It's like a Christmas snowball now!! Unfortunately the fish seems to have trouble with that. It has issues in swimming as the bubble  looks like heaver. Do you know what I should do? Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-24
    Sounds like your fish may have gotten an infection, but may be getting better as the cloudiness is clearing up. Not sure what's up with the heaviness. Keep an eye on him in case it reverts and you have to treat for cloudy eye.
  • Filip Nick - 2012-09-30
    Thank you for your comment! It seems just fine but I'm  concerned about the white flakes which are inside its left bubble.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    Yes, I understand that. I'm not sure what those flakes could be, maybe just residue from the cloudiness. But as he seems fine, hopefully they will dissapate over time.
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Lauren - 2004-12-12
I just purchased a black moor goldfish yesterday along with a calico fantail goldfish. They are now called Ebony and Spice. Ebony has a funny habbit. He or She i dont know swims to the surface puts his lips out of the water and swims back and forth like that. He then swims to the bottom and blows bubbles. Its hilarious. He also is always scavenging the bottom like I dont feed him. Hes such a pig. Spice is so fat. Because Ebony has "poor eyesight" like I read, he does not realize the food is at the top of the tank. Spice always takes Ebonys food. I have to sink the food down to the floor scavenging Ebony. What a mom I am. I hope everyone with a Black Moor is as happy a mom or dad as I am!!!

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  • ALAINNA - 2010-09-05
    How can you tell if a black moor is a girl or a boy. I had it for one day and I forgot to ask if it is a boy, but I can't find any website that will tell me is it is a girl or boy, HELP pLZ!
pam h - 2012-11-27
i have an outside pond with a use to be black moore, he is now all orange except for a black strip down his back and black tipping on his tail and fins. what happened?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-27
    That is really pretty common.  Black is an unstable color in goldfish.  Sometimes happens due to water condition, not enough light.  Usually less likely in a pond though.  Is it very shady. 
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Emilly - 2011-01-29
My friend's is swimming upside down... oh, he ran into the wall... that's a bad thing right?

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  • NOM NOM - 2011-05-04
    Yeah, if your friends fish is swimming upside down then it is probably dead. No offence.
  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    It probably has swim bladder, if it is still alive. This can result in floating upside down or head down swimming. He or she probably swallowed to much air while nibbleing at the food at the surface of the tank and it caused his or her stomach to float. This can be reversed by presoaking your fish food befor you give it to your fish and by feeding them skined peas, perferably frozen, not canned.
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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-04
    This is commonly seen as a bad oman...when a fish swims upside down. The fish, could potentially have a swim bladder disorder. The fishes' swim bladder allows it to balance itself in the water. Similar to an air valve in a submarine. If the fish is eating properly, and returns itself to swimming normal, you can let your 'guard down' as this may have been a one time experience. Best of luck!
  • george - 2011-12-04
    i found out they are a needy fish for copanionship find another one or a friend or mate or stick your hand in tank everyday and play with her or him company of the same breed works wonders
  • Erica - 2012-11-14
    Your fish is fine. My fish is like that too. While he may have a swim bladder issue, he can still live a nice happy life. I'm convinced mine actually enjoys being upside down. Besides, now he can stare at the pretty pebbles until I get home. You can always feed him mushed, unsalted, unpeeled peas. Don't worry too much about this, but try to feed him frozen foods instead of flakes or pellets. The last two tend to absorb water and expand in your fish, making it difficult to digest. P.s. Good luck from both me and my upside down fish =)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-14
    Try some frozen peas may be constipated and messing with swim bladder.
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Sue Potter - 2012-09-13
My 2 Orandas share a 12'x14' x 5' deep pond with a 4' waterfall with 14 butterfly koi and 2 Ryunkins. We live in the Tacoma, WA area. Will they be able to survive the winter in hibernation with the koi?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-14
    Thet should be fine if the pond has movement and doesnt freeze solid.
  • lynn - 2012-11-12
    Orandas don't do well under 60 degrees
Micky - 2012-06-06
Hi. I read that oranda and black moor eat the plants. I would love that if they enjoy them and if they are not nocive to my gorgeous oranda , what kind of a plant should I have in my aquarium? I have a variety of plants and they don't touch them

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-06
    They will nibble on a variety of plants. Not all will eat plants however.
  • lynn - 2012-11-12
    java fern and java moss
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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 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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