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sarah - 2012-07-29
I just got a shubukin gold fish yesterday how could tell if its a male or a female?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    You really can't tell the difference with great accuracy.  However, when they reach maturity the male looks thinner than the female.  During breeding time, the male will get white sorta (looks like salt) prickles on his head and gills.  If it lays eggs, it is a female.
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Leahx - 2012-06-19
I had 5 baby fantails. I've lost one.. I thought it had swim bladder by the time I returned back from the pet shop he was dead.. Now another is going the same! Just as I returned my black tip one started acting the same.. floating, not eating! I thought maybe fan rot? as he's had it 4 days!!! I've tried everything!!!! The shop said they r very small and I really shouldn't of been sold them this size! They r about 2cm full length.. My water is fine shop tested it also.. I've given peas and not fed for 2 days.. the salt thing I just don't even know what is causing the problem to fix it!!! The shop think it's as they r so young.. but all fish were once this young...

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bob - 2008-07-20
Just got a fantail for my 17 month old, but everything I read says they are cold water fish and it is usually like 75 - 80 degrees in his room. I am wondering if that is ok.

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  • milinda - 2012-06-19
    I put my fantails bubbles and rocky in cool water.
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Diana Stockert - 2012-06-04
I have a Shubunkin who has all of a sudden gotten very fat. I'm not sure if this means eggs or constipated or ill. I have 2 other Shubunkins who are not at all like this. I'm quite concerned. Anyone have any suggestions?

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conner dakin - 2012-02-26
Hello,
I have only had a few normal goldfish but I fancy looking after shubunkins I obviously want to give them a good life and look after them properly can anyone give me tips on how I can do this please ?
thank you,
conner

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    Good start. What you need to do is ask questions - here is a good place and I expect folks will answer you. Also, read - read the above article and anything else you can on Goldfish and Shubunkins in particular. People will have some helpful hints and the Animal World article above provides you with all the basics.
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Shai - 2012-07-19
Hey I am getting a black moor and I am hoping for the best. I think they are very cute and I have always wanted a fish. Please tell me if should get one of these kinds of fish...

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  • Kaya Penelope - 2012-07-20
    I think you should but I am partial to this type of goldfish. Just make sure you have all the 'stuff' first-adequate sized aquarium and filter, large buckets for water changes, different food types (Black Moors tend to be 'bottom feeders') and patience. I have learned much about this type of fish over the past 2 years.....they are pretty awesome.
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Joanne - 2012-06-25
I have two black moor goldfish and one has developed a whitish patches all overe (not whitespot) also his fins seem to be held in. Has anybody got any advice?. Thank you.

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  • Kaya Penelope - 2012-07-20
    Maybe it is a fungal infection of sorts? I have a 3-year-old Black Moor and once upon a time she had a whitish spot and I used aquarium salt for her water. I believe it is 1 tablespoon for every 5 gallons of water but read the directions as every product is different. Also-don't put it straight in tank. Dissolve it in water and put in when you do a water change. Good Luck.
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heather - 2012-02-18
I have 2, 1 1/2 inch shubunkins, about 1 year old. Their tank gets very stinky within 2 days of cleaning it and I make sure it is clean. Partial water changes do no good. Could the filter be too small for the tank. I bought it at the pet store, says great for 2 fish. I need help for Birdman and Lil Wayne !!!Thanks for your time :)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-19
    Because the filter says 2 fish - it doesn't mean it will work for your two. Shubunkins have a lot of excrement and will dirty the water faster. They are goldfish and they have no stomach so what they eat comes out after the use the mainerals to maintain themselves. Two fish - maybe two guppies or two tetras but goldfish including your shubunkins are different.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-19
    You may also want to look at getting ammonia bags for filter.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    They have drops you can get if it is an algae bloom. If that isn't it, try a bigger filter. Maybe over feeding?
  • bob - 2012-03-17
    My shubunkins are realy small and have been that wat for months now , I also have a medium comit at about 6cm. I recently lost some fish after an infection after I purchased a fish from a pet shop.The fish I have now suddenly seem weeker but I treated the water with medicine so they didnt get the disease and did a 70% water change.They are swimming slower , going to the top a lot (but the water is well oxigenated) and sometimes lying under the fillter ( which is working well).They aren't\t folding there dorsal fins and don't appear to have any other symptoms. I'm baffled as to what is wrong. Does anyone know what the problem could be and how to treat it.
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-17
    That happened to me , it is probably a algi problem in the water.Icoverd my tank for 2 days and let in no light then did a 20% water change and it cleared right up.
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Jamie Vickers - 2012-06-18
I just added a calico telescopic goldfish to my school of two comet goldfish. They love her! She is so sweet and adoreable that I just want to reach in and rub her pretty little head. I named her Miss Fancy Pants. I never thought I would LOVE a fish.

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joelle wingell - 2012-01-18
my shebunkin fish keeps sieving from the top (like gasping for air) alot????
what is wrong, i don't know what to do, please help. thankyou.

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  • David Brough - 2012-01-19
    It sounds like there is not enough oxygen. They will go to the top and gasp for air when there is not enough oxygen. Increase aeration, either surface movement with a powerhead or more bubbles with an air pump. A partial water change might help as well.
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