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Gabriella - 2012-05-07
I've had my 5 comet gold fish for over 9 years, in a 40 gallon tank. I have one 9 year-old Cory Cat in there as well. I recently bought them a different type of fish-food (TetraFin - Goldfish flakes), and they literally started dying one by one. I started treating them with the 'Melafix' medicine I bought from my local department store, it hasn't done anything. Also, my tank is very old, about 12 years-old. But, I haven't the money to get a new one.

They've lived peacefully and happily for years. I don't know why they are all dying. I've had them since I was a child, and seeing them all go like this makes me sad.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-07
    Why did you treat with the Melafix? Could just be dying of old age if they are all around the same age.
  • Gabriella - 2012-05-07
    I thought that they maybe had some-sort of common goldfish disease. Several people told me to treat them with Melafix to see what happens.
  • LUCY - 2012-05-17
    Is comet gold fisih ok with calestail gold fisih?
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annette - 2012-05-20
How long are they expected to live for??? and are there any little treats that you can give them other than fish food and are these treats safe or should I just stick to the daily fish food

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    The life expectancy for a Black Moor runs between 5 - 10 yars - mostly depending on the care given.  Treats ( I am told) can be little pieces of lettuce but also Daphnia, or tubifex worms can be used as a treat (which is in the above article).
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Maeve - 2012-05-17
I have had my black moor for just over a week now. I looked at it this morning and it seemed to be stuck behind the plastic plant so I moved it. Then he started to float to the top of the tank and it coudn't swim down at all. I moved it in to another tank on its own. We added 'Tetra Medica General Tonic' and hoped it would work. Still hoping.

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  • Maeve - 2012-05-17
    I think he has swim bladder disease. I have added a different tonic, a special one for the disease. He is getting ever so slightly better, I think it is working!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-17
    Could be constipated. Try feeding it some peas.
  • Maeve - 2012-05-18
    Sadly, he has now died from it and I put him in a match box and buried him.
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bobaluvstavo - 2012-05-30
I have 3 goldfish and 2 are regular comet goldfish but the other is a puffy lionhead I've noticed that the 2 comets have like bite marks did I do wrong mixing them? At the pet shop they never informed me that I couldn't mix them. Please inlight me on my situation Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-30
    The lionheads and comets do not always mix well. Normally it is hard for a lionhead to catch the much faster comet. If the tank is big enough it will be fine.
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Audrie - 2012-05-26
I have a red-cap Telescope Goldfish named Niko. When I bought him, all of his fins were black tipped. Are red-caped fish supposed to be all white excepted for the red spot on their head? Is this type of color pattern normal?

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vipin - 2011-12-08
i had an oranda...i want to know which goldfish is best to keep wth oranda..please specify the names

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-09
    Pretty much any of the goldfish that will be approximately the same size as the adults. Another thought would be to go with some of the varieties of the oranda such as the red cap or the calico.
  • Ashley - 2011-12-28
    I have an oranda and a fantail goldfish. They get along well because they are both slow swimmers and there is not much competition for food. They are similar fish an get along well together.
    -hope this helps
  • Maeve - 2012-05-20
    Well, I have an oranda, and I keep it with a danios and 2 platties. I did have a black moor but sadly it died quite recently. My oranda was great friends with the black moor. I have also heard of keeping orandas with loaches, mollies and guppies. My friend has a oranda and a weather loach, and they get on well. But really any fish that is the same size as it will be OK.
  • Maeve - 2012-05-20
    But whatever you do, don't keep an oranda and a shubunkin together! Because shubunkins are faster swimmers than orandas, the shubunkin will chase the oranda till it dies of exastion. (I mean that the oranda will die, not the shubunkin.)
  • Lori Ridenbaugh - 2012-05-22
    I agree don't put them with shubunkins or even comets. I put mine in my pond and ended up having to get it out and put it in a tank because they wouldn't leave it alone chased the poor thing all around my kois left it alone but not the small ones.
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Maeve - 2012-05-20
How big do orandas grow to, mine is only about 5 cm but it is quite podgy. It must of been about 2 or 3 cm when I bought it though. She has grown much, much, much fatter.

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Maeve - 2012-05-20
I have a tri colour oranda goldfish and it is getting much fatter. Am I feeding it to much or is it just getting big cos it is maturing? Oh, and how can you tell if its a male or a female?
Thx,
Maeve xxx

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annette - 2012-05-20
i have had my blackmore for almost 2 years :) he is in a tank on his own i feed him every morning i change the water every 2 weeks a total clean i move the fish to the bowl and then throughley clean the fish tank my lil fish has had no problems and he is like part of my family he looks lovely and healthy and i hope to have many more years with him....
i find if you have more than one in the tank they die this is how i keep mine and hes great..!!!!

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beverly - 2012-05-01
i bought a fancy fin goldfish at the local pet store, bout 2 days ago. this morn when i went to feed her i noticed that there are long hair like stringey stuff hanging off her.under her body and from her fins, i have read alot bout fungs, but have not seen anything that looks like it ,, what do you think? thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-01
    A dip or bath in Mebromin. There are other dips out there depending on fungus.
  • beverly - 2012-05-01
    i put a littl drop of primafix in her tank,, i hope thats ok, its what the pet store recomended, i will get what you suggested,, thanks for you quick responce
  • G.B - 2012-05-20
    i think you'll find thts probly their own 'fish-mess' , also i was going to quickly ask seeing as you seem confident about ur messages, can fantail goldfish and Ryukin breed/mate together? because i was thinking about getting one of each of those for my goldfish bowl, as im a beginner on them. and they seem pretty easy to look after and i just love fish and animals! Please reply, thanks! G.B
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