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Charmaine - 2014-03-08
Can a black Moore be with a Siamese fighter female?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    They can be fine if the tank is large enough and there are plenty of hiding places. Plants, even artificial help to provide places for retreat.
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Emilly - 2011-09-10
Hi I got my telescopic eyed Goldfish and her name is Bow, last night just before I went to bed I checked on her and she seemed to be resting in the bottom corner? Was she just resting or sleeping or is something wrong with her ..... she seems to be fine when I feed her and then she is fine ..... I hope she is okay?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    Well, if she seems fine most of the time, she probably is fine. But I would keep and eye on her just to be sure. Staying in a corner all the time would indicate something's wrong, like the water quality is bad, or another fish picking on her.
  • Anonymous - 2013-06-26
    I have a similar problem with my little fish, was slim like a shark, now has a big belly, rests in the corner. We have had our horn snail laying eggs and I think little fish has eaten some! I'm really worried about my little fish. Is there anything I can do? I changed the water and two days later he has a big belly and resting on the bottom. It takes little gulps at the surface, but not eaten food!
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-07
    Your little fishy may have swallowed some air when eating food, considering he/she has a big tummy. You should feed your fish frozen peas, not flakes or pellets, which may make the fish's stomach fill with air. Hope I helped! =)
  • Gary - 2013-08-11
    Hi, I have had a few globeyes and 1 has died. My 1st fish 'Horatio' had his problems at the start but he got through them. With regards to your fish resting on the bottom, they do rest from time to time and do sleep for a while, so don't be worried about that. The fish's belly will grow large due to its breed. Make sure the water quality is good and do regular changes with the recommended solutions.
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-03
    Hi, I have the same problem too I think. My goldfish is fine most of the time but when I get home from work it's in the corner. It's not fat or anything though.
  • John - 2014-07-31
    I have the same problem but they don't rest in the corner they rest at the bottom is there something I should be worried about and yes I have 2
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Melishea - 2014-07-30
My husband had the great idea to buy a oranda goldfish. He brought it home and put in tank. Woke up in the morning. Barely alive. The water temp is 26c. To hot I found out later. It's a 20 gal tank. And other little fish to. He didn't last 6 hrs. He is currently alive in sink. Any body please help

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Jorge - 2013-01-21
Hello I have 2 young veiltails (about 6 cm) in a 18 L nano tank, it has an air pump and filtering by gravity (with activated carbon). Can I care for those fishes in that tank? Thanks!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-22
    Two of these fish should be fine in an 18 Liter Nano Tank. The general rule is for every inch of fish you should have 1 gallon of water. These guys usually only get to be a little over 2 inches when full grown and so that tank should be just large enough to accomodate their full grown size. I wouldn't add anymore fish though.
  • JustMe - 2014-07-26
    Two fish of this type need at least 151L as they can grow 6 inches each and are huge waste producers.
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shimmy - 2014-07-26
Hello,

I know it's been a while since you posted this, but your fish probably has an ailment known as Swim Bladder Disease, a disorder that tends to affect Fancy Goldfish in particular. If your other Red Cap is exhibiting normal behavior and feeding activities, this is most likely the case. I highly recommend, should you intend on continuing to keep goldfish, to research the disease when you have time, as the following advice might make more sense.

For now, temporarily stop feeding and prepare a small amount of peas (yes, the same stuff we eat) by using plain frozen or fresh peas, rinsed and with outer skin removed. Softening might help with their intake, so soaking them to allow thawing or even boiling them slightly is okay. Goldfish should be fed 2-3 times a day - replace one of those feedings with a pea daily for the sunken one, or one each if you haven't quarantined (always a good idea) it already. Also, if you're using flake or freeze-dried feed it is generally recommended that you soak the food for several minutes with water prior to offering (freeze-dried should always be soaked prior to consumption), or consider switching to or alternating with a goldfish feed of the sinking variety.

As an added precaution, check the tank parameters to ensure they are within the ranges or levels that Red Caps prefer. If you have a tester or kit (a wise investment), double-check the numbers for all the usual things but pay especially close attention to Nitrate, high levels contributing to the cause of the disorder. If higher than normal, do a larger than usual water change and feed less.

A less likely cause of the disorder are intestinal parasites, which is hard to diagnose and probably not applicable to this situation. I'd still look up symptoms of intestinal parasites and see if the fish is exhibiting any telling signs of them in addition to sitting at the bottom of the tank.

Finally, I'd do a review of the tank to make sure that your fish are in the conditions that they thrive in, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked in the midst of other events and emergencies - especially over the long life of these fish. This would include keeping in mind that Orandas in general do not do as well as their slender-bodied cousins, such as the Common goldfish/koi, in colder or faster moving water, but still require a fair amount of surface movement at the water surface to provide that high oxygen level they require. Staying on top of tank maintenance and filter cleanings are always helpful, particularly in this case where such a sensitive body part is vulnerably exposed, and upgrading or expanding the various equipment as they grow/needs change.

Other General Tips: If you have high maintenance due to algae or other plant growth, consider moving the tank further from natural sunlight (basically, any windows) or electronics (TVs, computers), even reducing the amount of time the aquarium lights are on if you have any (timer recommended, 5-6 hours is plenty). Last but not least, make sure none of the decorations or even foreign objects are in the tank, have sharp or hard pointy parts (even those smooth ornamental displays can break to form dangerous areas), for the obvious reason! =P

Hope this helps! Email me if you need more help - fish illnesses is a tough topic, of which I am not an expert of nor am remotely qualified to discuss - but I'll do my best!

Just keep swimming,

shimmy

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RonRon - 2011-01-20
Need some info...how many shubunkin/comet can I put in my 3ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft tank..? Thanks...

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  • Anthony - 2014-07-18
    In your 50 US Gallons you could hold 25.... try 10 and let them breed!
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-07-23
    I think 25 is far too much for that size tank they grow very big I have one in my 90 litre tank and a phelc my shubunkin is about 7" now ...two in there would be too many ...they produce a lot of waste ...there big fish ...Sharon...

     
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brady - 2014-07-13
Fun, active, clean, hearty, colorful cheap fish.

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Brenda - 2014-07-13
I have two telescope Goldfish & was wondering if I can use well water & what solutions are best??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    The advantage of using your own well water is there won't be any chlorine or chloramine, so it can work well without adding the typical water conditioners. However I would check the hardness range and make sure it's between 5 - 19 dGH. If higher or lower, you may need to adjust it.
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Roxy - 2014-06-17
I have two red caps, one does not eat any food that she likes, laying at the bottom all time. I don't know what's going wrong with her. I didn't see any white or spots on her body. Please advise me what should I do?

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  • Michelle Tellez - 2014-07-12
    We got a little red cap one week ago and for 2 days now she has done the same thing. Should we be worried?
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Abhinav - 2014-07-07
I have 5 orandas. One of them often sits at the bottom but eats well. There is no white spots. What is the problem? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    These fish should be active and swimming around. Your Oranda could be sick or stressed, possilby due to water conditions... such as an inadequate filter and low water flow, causing low oxygenation. Another possibility is if the fish is a year old or older it could be full of eggs and not able to release them, in which case, hopefully the body will re-absorb the eggs. However, the best first thing to do is an immediate 20% water change and vacumn the gravel. Then follow that up with about a 30% water change everyday for the next three days. Make sure the temperature of new water is the same as the old, and that you add a water conditioner each time. Keeping the lighting turned off during this time can also help.
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