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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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lily - 2014-01-22
hi i have one black moor and i bought him yesterday he is around 5 cm and he is in 17 l tank. so my question is, is he ok for now in that tank or i should buy much bigger. grettings from Maedonia, i love this site.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-22
    Sounds like he's good to go to me:)
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sunny - 2014-01-16
I have a red cap oranda gold fish wen I was suckn the water out of my fish tank thru pipe its head got stuck and half of itz cap came out it jus happnd 15 mins ago n stil alive n swimn fine I added rock salt int it will it survive:(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Wow, that's too bad, I sure hope it lives. I would suggest Melafix added to the water to help ward off any infectious diseases.
  • sunny - 2014-01-17
    ok i jus checked again n its stil leaving n swimmn perfectly buh the problem is metaflix is not available in my country :(
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Marybeth Little - 2013-12-07
We've had our orange and white Orandas (x3) for a good few months, our first one has been with us around 9months, the smallest two for about 2monthe. Our eldest daughter loves fish so much when we asked her what she'd like for a birthday present her reply was, 'more fish peeese' :) so we took her to pets at home ( where we got the Orandas from) and asked what would be suitable to mix with our fish. Our tank is around 200L and we were told danios (the white variety) wouldn't take up much room, we're very comparable with other varieties of fish and that we could take up to 5 home. So our daughter picked the 3 she wanted and we took them home. That was a week ago, now fatty (named due to his size) has had his fins ripped to shreds! I'm mortified :( we've moved him out of the large tank into a smaller tank, but will his fins grow back? Will it be the danios doing this and will they move onto our other remaining Orandas? Please any advice would be greatly received. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm not sure why your oranda got its fins shredded, but definitely sounds like some aggression going on. Watch the tank closely and see who's chasing who. It could also be one of the other goldfish. And the good news, yes, the fins will grow back!

    Danios are generally not aggressive, but they should be kept in a bigger school than 3, 7+ is much better. If they are the aggressors, having a larger school should remove that threat as they will spend the majority of their time paying attention to their own kind.

     
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Richard - 2013-11-27
I have 1 blue oranda named Belle, 1 orange fantail named Girl, and 1 chocolate fantail named Chocolaté. Every time I go by their tank they rush to the corner waiting for me to feed them. Anyone else can come to the tank and they don't move from where they are at. As soon as I go by boom there they go to the top of the tank. Crazy little guys!

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kim - 2013-11-26
Hi there, last year I bought two small black moors to add to my large tank, I am not an experienced goldfish keeper by any standard, but five weeks ago my black moor laid a bunch of eggs. I was very surprised as I didn't know that they were a male and female, anyway, I was advised to remove the parent fish as they were eating the eggs and I have them in a smaller tank, many of the fry have died and the stronger ones are thriving. I just wanted to know when it would be a good time if any to put the parent fish back into the big tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Baby goldfish grow quickly. Possibly by the third week the parents could be re-introduced, though there may still be some risk, 4-5 weeks is probably better.
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