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forestkaat - 2010-05-26
As an expert in the field, I strongly urge those that find all goldfish appealing to please keep them in as large an aquarium that you can afford. They really appreciate space & as most of you know, these fish produce more waste than most other "tropical" freshwater fish. As they grow larger, they can be a bit territorial towards other goldfish. Of course, don't keep them with Betta fish unless you want see some ripped fins. Don't forget that they are primarily vegetarians & love Romaine lettuce, zucchini & flat "veggie" discs made for algae eater fish. I have 6 assorted (1 Redcap Oranda, 1 bubble eye Moore, 2 fantail common comets, & 2 calico Ryukins) in a 60 gallon acrylic tank with a Pleco cat, Farlowella & 2 Chinese Anglonema loaches & everyone's happy. Filtration is wedge-shaped under-gravel filter with 4 powerheads & a 2213 Eheim canister filter as backup. I've had this acrylic tank since 1982 & have had all kinds of fish in it. I'm enjoying these goldfish more than the African / South American Cichlid brats I used to keep - even more than when it was an Angelfish/Discus tank (they just hid & stared - even with all of the tall plants). Yes, I've kept saltwater fish & reef systems, too. I know from running tropical fish stores that some hobbyists turn their nose up at these delightful & hardy fish, which is too bad as most of them live longer than most exoctic tropicals, except, of course, for Koi.

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  • Anonymous - 2010-06-09
    Totally agree.
  • Nance - 2010-07-23
    Enjoyed your article & I'm with you they are a beautiful overlooked fish. I have 120 gallon tank & just switched from Oscars to Orandas & other tropicals. Thanks didn't know about the tail nipping of Bettas &was going to buy one today! You saved me a lot of trouble, I wouldn't want problems w/ my fish.
  • Zak - 2010-07-25
    Hi, just seriously thinking about starting my 1st aquarium and want to do it right. I'm interested in a black moor & either a lionhead or redcap, plus loaches &or snails in a 20+ tank. Your comments on feeding (especially the veggie discs) & filtration were very helpful. Thank You.
  • Aivre - 2010-09-01
    Hi, forestkaat. From your post, you seem very knowledgeable when it comes to Redcaps, so I was wondering if I could ask you a quick question. I currently have one Redcap (housed in a 20 gallon tank, carbon filtered, with six or seven live Amazon Sword plants) who I've had for almost four months. He's only about three inches long, including his tail. I've speculated for a while now whether or not he actually IS a Redcap, as he has absolutely no evidence of a wen other than the red coloring. His body is rather similar to that of a Comet Tail, though he has the split caudal fin that is common to fancytail goldfish. His fins also don't appear to be as "flowing" as some other Redcaps. Is this more or less due to the fact that he's still growing? This article states that wens will show within three or four months, though I've had him for about that long and still nothing.
  • Kiera - 2010-09-06
    Goldfish necessarily don't produce a lot of waste unless you overfeed them.
  • jayzak - 2011-04-02
    No offense expert but from my researches your combination of fish would be quiet problematic. First you keep the bubble eye moore with oranda? in addition to that you have a "fantail common comet"? Is that suppose to be veiltail goldfish? or common and/or comet? if it is common or comet dont they get most of the foods first before they other fantails (orand and fantails) get to the food? Further the bubble eye(assumed) will get even less food since it got eye problem does this not make your fish have un unbalance growth when comparing your fishes? Lastly the pleco, most of the time once they(pleco) get used to the tank they will chase goldfish around because they LOVE their (goldfish) slimcoat. Don't you get any of the problem? I am not saying your doing it wrong since you have been keeping fishes for over 29 years. What's your trick on avoiding these problems? Like you I would love to have a well mixed tank of goldfish.
  • mel - 2011-09-01
    hi there, i have about 35 oranda, most white, orange/white, red and black,
    ever since i got these fish they have had white spots on their wens, nowhere else on them tho (can realy only notice on the orange and black fish, on the black fish it has gotten worse over night)fish however seem fine, have been feeding flake, floating balls but mainly vegies. i have been doin partial water changes like i do every 2 days but still dont know whats wrong with them. last owner said it was a bit of stress from the water changes??? also i have a lemon head with pimple like spots with light red around the bace. they spawned a week ago and the eggs never hatched eather, i was asleep when it happened as i didnt notice the chacing. please could you let me know what you think, here just 1x the black orandas go for $700! last thing i need is to loose them, thanke heaps in advance.
  • nancy - 2011-11-07
    Hi, Have one of these redcap oranda. He is about 5 inches long and chubby...When I got him he was so little...I have him now in a 20 gallon tank. I run two filters that are for 10 gallon. Within one week the tank is so cloudy again. What can I do so I do not have to clean the tank every week..He seems to be very happy lol
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Anonymous - 2012-09-12
I was thinking of getting a red cap in a 105 L tank will it grow the 18 cm? and can i have two in full size?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    You can defiinitely keep one, but with two you will need to get a bigger tank when they grow.
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Hector Lo - 2009-03-22
Hi! I bought 2 ryukins on 18-3-2009! one orange, Lordy and one a bit calico, Lordy. They live with 3 black moors, but Lordy got sick and is now upside down, Poor fish! The other sick black moor died too! Poor fish! Pls pray for them!

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  • Emily - 2010-11-27
    I don't know if you still have your fish. But when they're floating upside down, or seem to struggle to go to the bottom of the tank. They have swim bladder problems. Feed them the inside of a frozen pea and they'll be back to normal within the day. Good luck.
  • Chris - 2012-09-24
    When the goldfish float upside down, they have the floaties. When they have the 'Swim-Bladder' problem they will have trouble being ale to get food into their mouths. To avoid the Floaty problem or 'Swim Bladder' problem with goldfish, soak the Flake food or Pellet food in water in a cup (make sure the 'fish food' drops to the bottom of the cup of water, shake the cup to make the fish food drop to the bottom of the cup). Once the fish food is sitting on the bottom of the cup of water, poor it into the fish tank. The fish can now eat the food at the bottom of the tank instead of goldfish gulping 'air' at the top of the tank trying to get the food. Goldfish gupling air at the 'top' of a tank trying to eat their fgood causes the Floating or Swim Bladder problem.
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jackie - 2012-10-09
bubble eye goldfish recently developed an air bubble in one of it's fluid sacs. how did this happen and what can i do to fix it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    That is a strange thing, I have never heard of them having air in the fluid sacs. I hope the air becomes absorbed. Let us know how it goes!
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Tania Rahman - 2012-10-10
i need help. i just purchased two black moor goldfish for a week. their size is 3inch. but for 3days i observe that their fins of all side come to be weak and they become slow. the length and wide of my tank are 18 and 6inch and 10inch high. i have another types of gold fish inside. what can i do now??????

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    How many gallons is the tank?  These fish are not normally fast swimmers.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-13
    my tank contains 6gallons (appox..).
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-13
    That tank is a bit small for them.  Try a 15 to 20 gallon tank with a filter and all should be fine. 
  • Tania Rahman - 2012-10-21
    thank you so much..
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Fran Stoll - 2012-10-11
One of my Comets in my pond filled with eggs earlier n the Spring. She hasn't been able to expel them. Now she's so large she can't swim well, isn't eating, and stays on the bottom away from other fish (koi, other comets and a couple of shebunkins. What should I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11

    Having a goldfish get egg bound is very uncommon, but it has been known to happen. Signs that the female is in trouble include being very swollen, having trouble swimming, no appetite, and spends most of its time on the bottom.



    There is one treatment that is said to sometimes help a fish to either expell or reabsorb the eggs. This is giving the fish a bath in water with Epsom salts. Goldfish keepers use 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts per gallon of water, and leave the fish in for 15 minutes once a day, and no more than that. Also consider keeping the fish in a hospital tank during this time and treat with Maracyn, as it helps prevent infection from any retained eggs.


  • Fran Stoll - 2012-10-15
    Thanks for your comments. My comet seemed somehow in more imminent danger of dying than trying the Epsom salts for a few days. Unfortunately I was right as she died yesterday evening. This is the 2nd sarrasas comet I've had to get egg bound and I lost them both. But now I know to do the Epsom salts bath at first notice of a problem.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    Sorry for your loss.
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adarsh - 2012-05-26
i have a oranda redcap, i think he is male, bcoz bigger hood,long and double telfin, but a problem his hood is bigger and covered both eye so he can't see anything plz suggest what can i do for his big hood. Plz send email on adarsh.khandekar@gmail.com

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  • Valarie - 2012-10-20
    If your oranda's wen is still covering his eyes you need to trim it. There are several sites that demo how to do it. I trimmed my males wen in the summer and he is able to see and eat perfectly now. I used clove oil to sedate him-5-10 drops/ gallon of holding water tank with an bubble stone for 10 min. Then removed him to a wet soft towel and trimmed one side of his wen with sharp hair trimming scissors. The wen cuts easily but make sure you watch his eyes, so they are not injured while trimming his wen. I placed him back in the aerated water after a few min to reoxygenate him. After the trimming I held him in his tank until he woke up able 5 min making sure he was in breathing.
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George Bee - 2012-10-18
My red oranda is about 3 years old. It has developed a fleshy protrusion on its body near the base of the tail. It is flesh color about the size of a pecan nut. It has not had any effect on the orandas activity. Can anyone help me on what this is? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    It could be a variety of things.  More of a description would help.  Could be a water quality issue or maybe parasites?  Start with the simple thing first and test your water.
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Anonymous - 2012-10-14
I have an absolutely beautiful 5 year old Comet who shares a 30 gallon tank with one that is about 3. They are buddies. All of a sudden the 5 year old is looking very lethargic and laying on the bottom of the tank or going to the top and hanging lengthwise down while its mouth is on the surface. I've read about all the diseases and except for this terrible lethargy, I can't see anything wrong. The 3 year old keeps right near his buddy and tries to make his friend swim around. Sometimes he does, but then drops back into his listless behavior. Please can you give me some advice how to help him? It's breaking my heart to watch this and I don't want him to die. Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-15
    I'm sorry to hear about your comet. Water quality is very often the problem when a fish becomes lethargic. But other things can contribute like a changes in the temperature or a change in water flow (for example if you moved the filter to another area of the tank), possibly some type of bullying problem, or there could be a parasitic problem. You can't always see these nuisances, but you can see behavioral changes in the fish



    I'd do a significant water change to start, check the tank parameters, and keep an eye on the fish to see if you notice anything else. If there's no change, then I'd look at treating. A simple treatment is to add aquarium salt (or any non-iodized salt) to the water at a ratio of  1/2 teaspoon per gallon. Also, there's a product called Pimafix you can use in conjunction with the salt that helps alleviate some of the trauma effects for the fish. A medication can also be used, at the pet store try to find a product match for the symptoms your seeing. Good luck!
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Michele - 2012-10-08
Hello, I have a Black Moore that is the size of a cricket ball. He is gorgeous but I have noticed that he has a blood spot at the bottom of one of his eyes now, on the inside. Possibly an injury??....I dont know, and am worried. Can anyone give some idea of what to do....if anything ?? Thankyou, Michele

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  • Michele - 2012-10-09
    Hi, thanks for that, although I do a water change EVERY Monday and all tests are OK. Could you tell me how I medicate the tank for a goldfish? I also have Discus and have an idea how to medicate them.....same ????
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-08
    Because of the Moors large extruding eyes they are very easily injuried.  Once injured this fish easily the can get bacterial infection in the injuried eye.  This can also be caused from poor water conditions after an injury.  Try a water change and maybe medicate the tank.
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