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erik h - 2010-12-16
i know this is the comment area but i need some advice, i have a 20 gal tall tank, was given to me for free, and i currently have 4 small shubunkins in it. i noticed that they arent swimming that much and dont seem to respond to much when the food comes in. any ideas what this could be?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-16
    Hi Erik, we also answer questions, its okay. Has the temperature dropped? Most fish are not as lively or hungry in the winter if the temp of the tank drops abit. Other things would be inadequate biological filtration resulting in ammonia or nitrite. If the aquarium is new (less than 6 weeks old) or has been thoroughly cleaned recently, you could check for ammonia with an inexpensive test kit from most any pet store. Hope this helps!
  • Kiah - 2012-09-18
    I finds it funny how people argue about what size tank you keep your fish in. I know this will probably bring some bad comments but I got two small fancy gold fish, three rosy barbs, three guppies and two bristlenosed cat fish in a 35 litre tank and they seem to be fine the gold fish and rosy barbs were originally in a 21litre tank but they still look small now in the 35 litre tank compared to the size of the tank and they haven't really grown a lot at all. The 35 litre is the only one I can fit at the moment and the only one I can have because I still live at home with parents but dad thinks its big enough for them and his been breeding fish for years. And freaky of it is so bad why isn't it illegal for pet shops overcrowding the tanks as they are suppose to set a example. I think if you want a fish you could try experiment keep the advice handy but isn't that how you get experience trail and error who knows the people my be wrong and you could surprise yourself. The same thing could be said about dogs trust me because I'm a dog groomer why get a long hair dog when your going to shave its hair off and people do it would be easier just to get a short haired dog or why move into a house that doesn't allow pets when you have one you wouldn't get rid of your kid if they were not allowed.
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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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