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Rene\' - 2012-09-28
My calico fantail developed a protozoan parasite problem which I have been treating with Quick Cure for almost a week now. It has been successful in ridding him of the 'gunk' on about a third of his body. Question: how long should I treat with this product and is it safe to try lightly rubbing with cotton tip to remove the gunk? I've been changing his treatment bowl...about a gallon...every night since it gets cloudy. Is this a good practice till he's well?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-28
    Most parasites have a life cycle, if you know what the parasite is, maybe you can find out what its cycle is. That would give you a good idea how long to treat. Also, maybe you can find out from the manufacturer suggestions for how long you can safely use their product.
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cooper - 2011-12-24
My bubble eyed gold fish(Bubbles) won't eat. I really need to know what the problem is. I took out one of my fake aquatic plants and he's starting to swm around and eat a little bit but I'm not sure and it scares me becues he might have a desease and he's in with my coy(golden). I just want some advice so i can do somthing to help bubbles

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    I don't know there is anything wrong with your buble eye but they don't see well - which might be why you don't think he is going after the food. However, if he is not eating or behaving unusual in any way remove him from the other fish and put him in another tank ASAP. Then you can watch Bubbles and see his eating, pooping and swimming behaviors and make sure he is not ill. If he is ill you sure don't want it to spread.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-14
    These fish will usually pick at the food off the bottom as well. Doesn't sound like there is a problem. What is the tank temp?
  • AliceinWonderland - 2012-03-14
    Hi, bubby eyed goldfish can be difficult to feed because the bubbles block their peripheral side vision, and their eyes are often faced upwards, rather than on the side, like normal goldfish. Try dangling some blood worms from a tweezer in front of its mouth or some other food using a tweezers that would normally sink. They will eat the goldfish flake from the top of the water as that floats, but rarely food that sinks because they won't see it.
  • SHARON - 2012-09-15
    I have telescope fish, Black Moore, Celestial all with big eyes. My fish sometimes do not see the food. So I simply feed them from my finger. I have six in a 33 gallon long tank, 48' x 12.5 x 13.5 High with 2 filters a 30 and 15 plus to 2 air pump stones. My fish come right to me to eat off my fingers. This way I know they are fed. I keep my tank exceptionally clean of poop and amonnia with frequent water changes. This is so necessary with these fish to keep them from disease. I use the Master API liquid tester. These fish require a lot of observation daily to keep them healthy. I also I use spring bottled water with conditioner and stress zyme. So far I have not had any sick fish compared to friends that use tape water and change water only every two weeks. The most important thing with these fish is to keep a tank free of amonnia and poop, short tank to top for oxegen, and make sure the PH, Nitrite, nitrates etc. are all in the correct balance. These fish are very intollerable to water that I call not perfect for them. I love my big eyed fish and it is time consuming making sure they are healthy, but well worth it. I suggest two filtrations in a tank. If you have a 30 gallon, put a 30 at one end and a 15 at the other. If you have a 20 gallon, put a 20 and a 10. I use internal slim filters. Now using the New Internal Filter by Aqueon which is hard to find because it is new. I found it at Pet Smart and it works really great and very easy to use. Noting to put together. Sponge fliter is in cartage with carbon and pulls out easy to change. My tanks have never been brighter and clearer than they are now. Works for me so far.
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Bee - 2008-11-03
My (male) Ryukin is now a little over three years old and beautiful, but lonely :) I'd like to get him a tank mate but am hesitant to get another goldfish as I would like to get more tropical fish once this one "moves on" some day. So I have two questions: a) how old do Ryukins get? b) what type of other fish can co exist with a larger Ryukin. He's in a 30 gallon tank and happy, although eventually I want to upgrade to a 50 gallon tank. I am not a big enthusiast, just love the fish and it's the kitty tv in my house. Hours and hours of entertainment.
So, any suggestions? I've tried (2) platies before, and one of them (m)turned out to be very aggressive. Kept nibbling on my Ryukin's tail. Thankfully a friend "adopted" them from me. I would like to avoid any more trouble. So, Will I just have to bit the bullet and get another goldfish or are there any other freshwater or even tropicals that would do well.
Thanks in advance!

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    Unfortunately, even though your fish can tolerate warmer tropical temperatures and is unlikely to bother other fish, many fish will nip at his long fins. You might just have to "bite the bullet" as you said and get another goldfish. However, you will definitely have to upgrade to that 50 if you get two, because you'll need at least a 36 gallon for 2 full grown Ryukins.
  • Linda - 2010-11-01
    I have a beautiful veiltail ryukin who is at least 11 years old. I read varieties live up to 20 plus years. Mine is still going strong but has a cataract in one eye. As long as the 10 gal tank stays clean, she stays happy. I had her in with another standard goldfish once which she tolerated, but her friend died. She seems happier having the tank to herself.
  • Heath - 2011-09-19
    I have been checking around pet shops, talking with those who deal with these things all the time. As an owner of two very healthy and quiet large 2 yr old Ryukins I would also like to add a couple of tank mates but coming up with the same answer. Most other fish are just too teritorial to have a monster invading their space. Being very complacent to try even in a 120 gal. I am considering a couple of Gourami of the same sex to see if it is possible but it is an expensive experiment. I have read that some gold fish they live up to 25yrs in healthy conditions so all I can say unless you possibly enlarge the enviroment you're in the same boat as the rest of us and stuck for now. If I have any luck with the gourami I will post and detail the procedure
  • Chris - 2012-09-24
    Glow-Danios do well with goldfish. Also Neon Tetras and Guppies do well with goldfish also. If your Goldfish is over 5 inches long (from the mouth to his tail), make sure you buy the largest Danios, neon tetras and guppies you can (because a very large goldfish will accidentally eat tiny fish at night in the dark). If you get more than one Goldfish for a small tank, just get a good 'double power-filter' and do a 1/3 water change every other week. And change your Carbon Filters once a month. Don't get 'Bleeding Heart Barbs' as companions with goldfish. The 'Bleeding Heart Barbs' will bite at your goldfish's fins.
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sean - 2012-09-18
My shubunkin is fat. Is it fat because it is pregnant or just overfed.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-19
    These fish tend to get over weight and will normally keep eating beyond what they need.  Small multiple feedings work best.  These fish will act like dogs and beg, not give in!
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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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