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Sylvia Kane - 2012-09-01
I have got to shubunkin fish. I got my water tested they said it was fine. I got a bottle of tapsafe just in case the man said it would do no harm, I have a filter in tank and I fill water and let it sit before I put it into the tank. I leave some of the old water in the tank, I hear people saying add a pea to tank why do that does it help in some way in a newbe with fish could someone tell me about this pea?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    Congratulations on joining the fish keeping hobby, you'll have lots of fun. For goldfish, people feed frozen peas to help with swim bladder problems. You most likely won't have that problem with a Shubunkin however, as its more common with the varieties that are more balloon shaped rather than streamline shaped. The Tapsafe is to help condition water, basically that means remove chlorine and chloramine that is found in tap water (but is harmful to fish). Do regular water changes, as goldfish are pretty messy, and have FUN:)
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Anonymous - 2012-08-10
Can guppys, mollys ,n sword tails live in same tank with fan tails gold fish?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    If a fish can fit into another fishes mouth - they will consider it food
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-10
    If a fish can fit into another fishes mouth - they will consider it food
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Simon - 2010-09-18
The wen of my redcap oranda looks like its filling with water and growing heavy. My fish swims upside down or his head towards the bottom.
Have you seen this before? Any suggestions?

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  • katherine webb - 2012-08-28
    Mine just started doing this and with my experience with my betta fish it's swim bladder but I have not found an answer as of yet. His rear end is a bit clogged though, I am thinking if we get them to eat the inside of a frozen pea that may do the trick.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-29
    Could be constipated.  try some vegetables. peas work great!
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marie - 2012-08-26
I have a black moor goldfish. He was black when we got him then he turned orange. It now looks like he is starting to turn black again. Is this possible? We have had him for about 6 years.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    Yes, it is normal.  The color black in 'GOLDFISH' is genetically unstable and sometimes they don't retain their black color.  In your case - he lost the color but as he matures it is coming back.  If you'd like to see how this happens to another black moor watch this video on u-tube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW6Y3k63Hng
  • marie - 2012-08-26
    Thanks,I was worried incase something was wrong with him.
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awesome - 2012-08-26
i am about to get a black moor do they need heaters?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-26
    Ideal temperature for your Black Moor is around 72 - 74 degrees.  They are pretty tolerant of varioation.  However, you are not buying a heater to quote HEAT the water as you are to keep the temperature consistent.  Could be 78 degrees in yours home during the day but go down to 65 degrees at night.  You don't want that kind of fluctuation.  So - yep, I'd get a heater.
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Dan - 2012-08-25
My sister just bought 1 oranda and 1 red cap oranda and the normal oranda has developed blackening around its dorsal fin and gills. Also the both have become lethargic. We think the aquarium filter is a bit powerful but we havent had the time to replace it. *the normal oranda was orange and white originally and has developed the blackening over the past few days. Please help as we dont know what to do!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-25
    Could be a bacterial issue.  Easily treated with medications if that is it.
  • Toni - 2012-08-25
    Hi Dan..When we got our oranda 2 years ago he was 80% black w a little bit of orange and over the course of a year he lost all of his black and became completely orange. Just recently he started turning black again. So I think your fish is just getting his black color again. RE them being lethargic...try giving frozen blood worms. It will help them poop. When I give mine only the pellets he seams to get lethargic and swim bladder. As soon as I give him the blood worms he 'process' it pretty fast and has a lot more energy. Hope this helps and good luck!
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eve price - 2012-08-25
I have 4 fantails one is extremely large now. They seem to stay static for quite a long time. I nearly threw one away once as I thought it was dead dying, but they swim quickly away when you go near the tank. Are they just resting,

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-25
    These fish do tend to no t move as much as most.  Check water levels, but they are probably acting normal.
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Josh Keaveney - 2012-04-21
I had several coments in a tank together... I got them all at the same time from a store for .13 each... every morning I wake up and theres at least 2-3 dead?? I have checked everything and its all in the perfect range... the temps perfect... they are showing no signs of stress... scales, tales, and eyes all look perfect... they are perfect looking fish??? I just dont know what to do?? I was wondering if they could have a disease from the pet store? I treated the tank with Tetracycline... and havent lost anymore since I have done this... Any ideas what could be wrong?? Thanks, Josh

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-21
    These comets normally come in horrible conditions and a lot of the time full of disease. They are mass shipper primarily for feeding other fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-25
    These fish are breed in mass quanities and a lot of the time in poor quality and used as feeders for larger fish.
  • Dan - 2012-08-24
    It could be that you added to many fish at once and therefore the ammonia levels shot through the roof. This may have caused your fish to die of ammonia poisoning.
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Li Na - 2012-08-24
I have 2 Redcap Orandas and the first 2 days I got them they were healthy but after a few more days they didn't eat their food. Someone told me it was probably because of the water, so I changed the water and added conditioner. But they still wouldn't eat their food(which is like tiny round brown stuff). They don't swim much, all they do is stay in one place.

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Alyssa - 2010-03-06
I have two bubble eyed goldfish, while one is an excellent swimmer the other always floats to the top. I think it may be because his bubbles are too big for his body, but I feel so bad for him. Sometimes he even gets flipped over onto his back. :( I don't know if there is anyway I can help my poor little fishy. Any suggestions?

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  • Kiley - 2010-03-08
    Hello,
    you say your bubble eyed gold fish is having some bad problems humm....
    I have a bubble eyed gold fish her name is bubble and she has perfect bubbles.My advice to you is you ither go to Big Al"s and get fish treatment aquarium water conditioner its for tap water and can also heel infectinons.We have 4 fish and put it in each tank.
    hope your little fishy gets better Kiley
  • Dakota - 2010-05-26
    If everything else fails....Gosh, I hate so much to say this but maybe you should try popping the bubbled so when they grow back they are smaller.....I really feel horrible for your fish and I don't like telling you to do that but if all else fails you have to try :(
  • Momoko - 2010-07-08
    Hello! I hope my reply isn't too late... but are you sure that it isn't a simple swim bladder disease? It causes flipping. It can be avoided by feeding your goldies one or two cooked green peas (without their skin). A day of fasting before feeding peas does help a lot too.
    And I wouldn't try to pop his bubbles on purpose, the risk of infection is too high IMHO.
  • Elise - 2010-12-23
    Like Kiley said you should ask a person cleaning the tanks at a store that sells fish if he can help you.
  • corli - 2010-12-30
    Hallo alyssa
    I have exactly the same problem. Did you get any information for the problem?
    corli
  • ososeksi - 2012-08-22
    your fish needs to fast...drop a few peas in the water...i put the fish net in the water with the peas and the fish to help from floating all over the place until he gets better.
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