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Anonymous - 2013-02-28
My Ryukin is about 1/2 now. And just rating today he can't keep swimming or up in the tank. He tries to stay level but he sinks to the bottom and lays upside down. Can someone help me with what's wrong with him? ): Please and thank you!

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  • karen - 2013-03-14
    Swim bladder is a common problem with the ryukin goldfish. Jungle used to make a pond fungus eliminator that was great for this issue. Unfortunately, Jungle products discontinued this product (which came with alot of upset from breeders and hobbyists). frozen peas that have been thawed and fed to the goldfish seems to help some.
  • Kathryn - 2013-09-15
    Try feeding him shelled green peas. Works best if you thaw frozen ones. Do this for at least one day, or until he starts swimming right side up.
  • Sylvia Villa - 2014-03-25
    I own 2, a calico which is over 6 inches, the other a red about 4 inches. I always notice that the calico always starts acting strange and sluggish when the filters need a good rinse. After I clean the filters it's back to normal. The other day I thought I was losing him, he was just staying towards the bottom and not swimming straight. The other fish was getting underneath him and holding him up because he could not swim right or stay up. I quickly cleaned another tank that I have and got it ready for him. I put both in there not wanting to separate them. He has been fine ever since. I think the water he was in was the culprit. It looked clean in the tank but wasn't. I was so scared to lose him, I've had them for about a year now. The smaller one never has these problems. Now I am making sure the water is kept really clean. Hope my experience helps you. It's worth a try.
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Sarah - 2006-03-26
I just got my fantail goldfish. I wanted a calico one but my mom said get the smallest one. The smallest one was tiny compared to the other fish. I picked him out to the lady and she squished him against the aquarium wall when she was try to get him! I felt sorry for the little guy. I brought him home and put him in a 10 gallon. He looked like he was having a party! He was kinda slow and I saw that his scales were ripped off =( atleast i saved him =) He is living well right now, he has the whole tank to himself! He looks like a pebble hes so small! Hes all orange exept for the tip of his fins are white. I named him butterscotch yesterday and today....i dont know why in the heck i picked that name...im going to change it today when i find a good one. Most of the people on here said the names of their fish and so i might copy them...i like the name bubbles, my neon tetras name is that, but im going to keep looking =)

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  • catz - 2010-08-20
    What about Cookie? That's the name of one of my fantail fish!
  • barry - 2011-03-29
    What about mr. wiggles?
  • Whoohoo - 2011-07-03
    Snowdrop
    Gobi
    Sunlight
    Moonshine
    Li'l Baby
    Sweetie Pie
    Desert
    Heatwave
  • April - 2011-07-08
    I had a cat named Butterscotch. I like it!! I called her Bud for short.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    Our once small fantail is named Princess. My 5 year old named her. Princess has doubled in size in the 2 months that we have had her.
  • Jenny Rybacki - 2011-07-31
    More suggestions:
    Flash
    Jumpy
    Zippity
    DooDa
    Robin
  • Linda - 2014-03-17
    I think Butterscotch is a good name! But here are some of the names I have given my goldfish over the years.. at least the ones I kept a long time: Queenie (lived 8 years), Grumpy (lived 4.5 years), Freckle-Fish (is 2 yrs old), Klaus and Captain Kirk (both are 2), Duckie (is 2), Admimral Ackbar (my son's fish, is 2), my new babies are Shubunkin comets Necco and Smartie. I let my husband name one once and he called it Kurt Russell, lol... Enjoy your goldie... They are the only kind of fish I keep. :)
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Laurie - 2011-11-26
Hello My Fellow fish lovers...I have a problem. I have two new red cap orandas that we transfered from our small pond in our backyard-(1st year)-to a 36 gallon indoor tank. We spent alot of $ on a really good filter, everytime we feed our fish-1x daily 4 pellets, one of our orandas seems to get sick and floats upward, stays there and sometimes floats sideways for a day. We panic, put him in a small bucket with water,conditioner, a little salt and oxygen and feed him peas Overnight he recovers slightly but still isn't right. We feed him peas when he acts up again still isn't right. He once got messed up really bad the first time we transfered him after being in pond all summer) , cause we didn't condition the water....since then this floating goes on every time we feed him. Can someone PLEASE help me..I'm afraid we are going to lose him...Thank you...happy Holidays to all

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-26
    I found just two things but either could be the problem. The first is constipation and the symptoms fit. This one is easy cuz you just change the food. It would explain why feeding it a pea would help. The second is gas bubble disease gas bubbles and you might want to check this article out.
  • Lory - 2011-12-10
    Keep feeding him peas for a few days. Then just feed him veggies for a while. if you do give him pellets soak in water till they sink. Than place in tank. Also does his body look okay...no injuries from the transfer- tank from pond?
  • kelsey - 2011-12-29
    i think we have the same problem because my fish bernenne is not swimming.We just cleaned his tank today but he is struggling to move and he wont eat at all.I dont know what kind of fish he is but it looks like what you have. Any suggestions??? I'm afraid I might lose him thank you ....happy hoiladays and im sorry you don't know me I just had to get a answer. Hope your fish gets better! sincerliy kelsey
  • sheila meredith - 2012-01-19
    Dear red cap oranda owner, i too set up a huge tank a few months ago and brought 4 of these fish, one is always sickly, they suffer constpation and get swim bladder problems and cannot swim to the bottom of the tank, i put in florets of brocolli which they love (cooked and softened) also cauli, but they do love broc, i give mine the flake fish food, this time though i do not think i will be successfull, the other thre are doing well, they are a lovely temperament fish, and should not be put with goldfish, who usually bully them,
    all the best with your poorly fish, i.ve also turned out the lights on the fish tank- these are cold water species and the lights warm the water up.
    good luck
  • leah - 2012-05-01
    I had a fish that would do this. I read that it is because the fish is constipated and so the swim bladder is pressed on making it hard to swim...I made my fish fast for a day or two and then fed him and it seemed to help clean out his system and he has since stopped with the scary sideways swimming on the top of the tank.
  • sheila - 2014-03-13
    Dear Laurie I am sorry you are having trouble with your oranda, I just lost mine after 2 and a half years, but they are prone to constipation due to the commercial fish food - which is JUNK and overpriced junk at that. I boiled Broccoli florets till they were soft. When cold I put them in the tank and the orandas love it. I found it very hard to keep my oranda afloat on the granules and commercial flakes, its just junk! In fact my oranda just died and I'm positive it was the commercial fish food granules. Good luck, they are tricky fish to keep alive, but very lovely and colourful natured fish - best of luck I hear brine is good and possibly ants eggs also.
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Anonymous - 2014-03-11
Hello I have a bubble eye gold fish and one of the bubbles has popped completely. Is this something I should be concerned about, and the other one is deflating what should I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-03-13
    He may be okay, but their bubbles are prone to infection and you may want to put some medication in the water to reduce the chance of infection setting into the deflated bubble. How is he doing now? I hope he is still thriving. Also make sure to do regular water changes because these fish need clean water!
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Mary Ball - 2014-02-23
Hi.  Is there a Facebook group for people that love black moor goldfish? 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    Gosh, I don't know... but if I find one I'll post it!
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Rachel - 2012-10-16
I just bought an oranda a few days ago at a local Petsmart. It looks just like the picture at the top of the page (orange with black edges on his fins). I am really worried about him because the black on the edges of his dorsal and tail fins is now falling off. He also is not eating the pellets that we bought for him. I'm worried that he's on his way out. Is there anything I can do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-16
    Check your water levels. Amonia spikes can cause this.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    This happened to our fish at a point too. Your fish may have fin rot, it's a disease that slowly eats the fins and turns them a reddish color. If it gets too close to the body (the disease), it may cause internal bleeding and kill the fish painfully, the fish dying due to pain probably. How old is your fish? Do you know an estimation?
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Emily - 2013-08-16
We have a 29 gallon tank with 1 lionhead of Osaka and 1 Koi. This evening we noticed that the lionhead had no eyes! Did the Koi do this? Or is there some other process going on here?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It's quite possible the koi did this. Did it happen quickly, like over night? If so, I would almost guarantee the koi was attacking the lionhead. If it happened over time, there could possibly be something in the water irritating his eyes, too.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    Most Koi aren't super aggressive to do this. We had a case like this in our tank, what happened was our fish was sick and the other fish could tell he was weak so they ate his eyes, knowing he couldn't defend himself.
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Soroush J Jozani - 2012-11-30
Hi guys, I have been breeding goldfish for about two years and I have to say that it`s fairly easy. I just wanted to say a few things that may not be available in most goldfish websites: When choosing your fish, the ones with slender, cone shaped heads-compared to the others of the same kind- are always males. the females have rounder heads with their eyes more far apart (females are more beautiful, body-wise). On the other hand, males have more vibrant colors than females (for example: a white male is more pinkish and shinier than the female, an orange male will be much closer to a scarlet red in color). When your females get slow, swim close to the surface, and their colors pale, it`s because they`re gravid (full of eggs); Give them the right conditions and plenty of males and they will breed easily. When they say 'goldfish breed once a year', it`s a myth! If your female goldfish is healthy and large, she will breed several times, with 3 weeks resting periods in between. after breeding, her colors turn back to normal and she will swim normally.

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  • Marcella - 2013-06-02
    Goldfish can not live in bowls. They can survive in them for a short preiod of time. Maybe 2 or 3 years. A goldfish should live 20-40 years. If they die before that it's your fault. Just because they cost $2.99 doesn't make them less alive.A Black Moor is one of the most delicate types of goldfish. He will not last long in a bowl, probably 6 mos. 1 year if you are lucky. Goldfish need at least ten gallons per fish with a filter made for at least twice that size tank. My suggestion is to get a twenty long and get your baby a friend. Invest some money into making the tank beautiful. Buy an interesting piece of driftwood, lots of silk water plants maybe put a bubble wall in the back. If you put 2 goldies in there and do bi-weekly 1/3 water changes then they will be 5-6 inches in a year. They will fill the tank nicely.If you don't have room for a tank then get a betta instead of a Goldfish.Good Luck!!!
  • Marchello - 2013-10-29
    Hi, I wanted to ask a question. Can you add salt to the water with gold fish ? Or do you advice not to?
  • Soroush J Jozani - 2014-02-11
    Yes, you can add salt, but a ver little amount. I add a tablespoon to 100 gallons for my fish
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    This is some really great info!... thanks Soroush. (I just upgraded your comment to 'really good'...lol)
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Sharon Jones - 2014-01-31
Hi I have a shubunkin colored blue background with different colour marks on it. It's about 6/7 inches...I would like to know what other fish can I put with it? It's in an about 90 litre tank with a phelc... I've tried another fish like a fantail, had to take it back to the shop because mine kept chasing it all the time...also had another white one nearly as big, the girl said it was the same as mine but again mine was chaseing it all the time...I would love another one or 2 but don't know what to do...please can you help me out...thank you so much...sharon...united kingdom...

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-31
    A couple of ideas... add 3 or more to cause distraction. Also, you can rearrange the tank when you add new fish, so that your Shubunkin has to get use to a 'new' home and so is not so bent on chasing new arrivals.
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-01
    HI clarice thankyou for your reply ...do you mean for me to put another shubunkin with mine or a different fish ?...they sell shubunkins in my pet shop but they are much smaller than mine...there is no where i no that has bigger ones,,,i see some ppl on here have certain fish with theres so i dont no what to do shall i try different fish which i have but i dont think it was happy with them lol xxx He/she eats well and seems happy its just me thinking another one would be nice
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    These are very social fish, and do like company. But your Shubunkin is going to be around 4' when it grows up, and with your tank size that's really all the goldfish types it will be able to handle. (Goldfish put a heavy bioload on the tank.) Still its quite small right now, so perhaps you could try a few other relatively peaceful fish like mollies or guppies. (I say 'relatively peaceful' because you never know when you're going to get a jerk that doesn't follow the general behaviors for their species!)
  • Sharon Jones - 2014-02-02
    hi clarice thankyou for your reply ...my shubunkin is already about 7/8 inches could i still put the fish you said in with him/her and theyl be fine ...regards sharon
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Diana - 2014-02-02
I have a thirty gallon tank in front of a kitchen window. I have seven comets ranging from an inch and a half to three inches. The last two that I bought were very small in hopes that they would grow up into bigger fish as the older ones pass. My question: Why would these two latest purchases be loosing their coloring? One was white with orange dots and the other was orange with black markings. Now the first is solid white and the black on the other is barely noticeable. I bought these fish for their markings and now the markings are gone.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-02
    Goldfish color changes are usually due to genetics, and they will often change colors within six months, or even years. But it can also be a sign of illness, so watch them closely. Parasites can be a cause of color change.
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