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jason - 2012-10-28
Can I put feeder goldfish in my community tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-28
    I would not recommend this.  Feeder tanks are normally full of disease due to the stressfull conditions and over stocking.  Goldfish produce a lot of amonia which can cause issues with your other fish.  They can also  get large ang nippy very fast.
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MnMatty2507 - 2008-09-05
I just bought my new fish tank, a 10 gallon. And I bought Goober (a Celestial Goldfish aka Stargazer). He is doing just fine it with two fiddler crabs (Moe and Marty). Honestly I thought he'd be upside down after going from a small tank into a big one but, he's doing good! He keeps on going around like the usual ones do, and being himself, and eating when he needs to. The crabs do the same.

I will be doing a complete make over on the tank and doing a very very cool setup. I'll be adding more fish like a another Stargazer and a few frogs, bettas, and lion heads too. Probably also with help, I wanna make it a brackish fish tank, and add a black finned shark or eels. Some feeders too, besides the guppies I have as well. If any help with these fish combinations please let me know, and all help will be taken as great help for me.

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  • Oddball - 2010-05-01
    Your new "makover" might work but the tank is unfortunately too small, If the black sharks are bala sharks they get over 12 inches long and are too fast for the goldfish and will likely eat more food than it's share and leave your goldfish hungry and unhealthy. Bala sharks and other "freashwater sharks" are normally semi-aggressive and fast swimmers meaning they need a bigger tank. If you got smaller more peaceful fish it would be better, but each goldfish sadly needs at least 10 gallons of water each, meaning the tank is too small if you just put the crabs, celestial-goldfish, some guppies, 1 lionhead goldfish, and 1 frog they would be okay but then you would need to get a bigger tank, a 23 gallon would be perfect. And here is a suggestion if are tight on money, go to a local fish auction and buy the fish, gravel, plants, etc. there, the reason i'm suggesting this is because you can get good healthy plants and fish, quality equipment, tanks, deco, and gravel a lot cheaper. Sorry about how I said the tank is too small but I know this from experience, once with 15 gallon tank I got a few rainbow sharks, tetras, angelfish, mollies, platys, plecos, and goldfish, spent more than $56 and in less than a week, almost everything died except the plecos, so stock your aquarium slowly and carefully. Hope this helped.
  • Aluyasha - 2011-03-02
    That is not only way too small for all those fish, but also almost all those fish are not compatible. And what exactly do you mean by "Bettas". I own 8 Bettas currently and have had more in the past (all in their own tanks). Male Bettas CANNOT ever be put in the same tank together unless you divide the tank. Female Bettas can live together but you must have at least 5 (which is too much for that tank with a goldfish already in it). And even with 5 of them, there is no guarantee that they will get along.
    Also, watch closely what frogs you would think about getting. African Clawed frogs are very aggressive and will most likely kill your goldfish. If you did get frogs, go for African Dwarf frogs. But not with those fiddler crabs in there, the will fight.
    As for the fiddler crabs. They need to be in brackish water NOW. As long as they are in freshwater they are slowly dying. Also, fiddler crabs need to breathe air to live. They need a place that they can reach the surface (though if it is too close to the lid they will escape.)
  • Goldfish expert - 2011-08-23
    Your tank is too small for all your fish. You should buy a bigger tank and celestial eyes are the most difficult fish to keep. Even to experienced aquarist Celestial eyes have proven to be a very sensitive fish. water quality and avoiding overfeeding is important. Besides Celesti can be only grouped with other celestials or bubbles goldfish. Moreover, I think celestial have a genetical mutation that gives them their appearence but also it makes them weaker to stress and infections. Personally I also have the bad experience that after few years they develop a lot of problems, like infections, and erratic swimming, eventually my last one died after four years with me. No other goldfish have came so many problems like the Celestial and I promised myself never buy another one. This is a product of the humans trying to be god, but such a specie. :(
  • Nama - 2012-11-28
    The bubble nest is prbloaby being torn apart, you need to make sure you're not bumping your tank. Also, it depends what kind of tank, bowl, or vase you have. I keep my betta in a large vase with a scoop neck, when he make his bubble nest it naturally goes around the neck of the vase, he only has to make more bubbles to get the nest to be the thickness that is needed. hope this helps!
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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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