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Shirley - 2013-04-22
I have a question that I am not able to find an answer for. Jethro(my goldfish) flipped himself out of his tank onto the carpeted floor where he was found by my three Chihuahuas. I heard the commotion and hurried to see what was happening. Jethro was stretched out on the floor, not breathing, and minus part of the very top of his tail. I picked him up, saw that he was still alive, dusted him off and put him in his tank. He revived nicely, thank goodness, but he looks odd without that part of his tail. Any chance of it growing back? Please say yes!

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  • David Brough - 2013-04-22
    Ahah... good news! The fins will probably grow back unless it was nibbled back to far into the caudal penduncle. What a survivor, glad you found him in time.
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Greta - 2013-04-18
Hi, I'm a teacher and have had three beautiful Comets for 6 months, since my students won them at a Halloween carnival. We did a lot of research and have them set up in a large tank that we regularly clean. We'd like to upgrade the tank in terms of decoration--currently there is none--but don't know what works better, silk or plastic plants? We've read that plastic can poke fragile goldfish eyes, but silk can get frayed and eaten, thus causing intestinal blockage. Help, please? We'd really love to keep our goldfish happy and healthy for years to come. Thanks so much for any advice you can provide. ~Margarita

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-19
    Any of the choices will work!  The silk will give more movement and action in the tank.  I prefer silk or live plants.  To fray or break there would need to be something causing it besides the goldfish.  Make sure to properly clean anything you put in the tank.
  • David Brough - 2013-04-21
    Goldfish are pretty sturdy unless you have bubble-eyes or telescope types. Plastic should be fine for them. Ive kept them with plastic and live plants and had no problems. Live plants are the best for the aquarium but they may need more maintenance like fertilizer and gravel they can grow in. Ive no experience with silk.
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Sandra - 2013-04-19
i have a goldfish with the bugeyes and one of his eyes looks like its filled with blood :( what should i do? has anyone heard of this?? PLEASE HELP!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-19
    It sounds like your fish's eye got injured, and may be developing a secondary infection. You can try treating it with something like Melafix, or a more intense treatment is an antibiotic. Follow the manufacturer's instructions so that you don't wipe out your biological filter. (Anytime you use an antibiotic you have to monitor for ammonia.)
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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
Why do gold fish carry so much lomonia

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Limonia is actually a tree.Are you trying to say ammonia? That's a condition that all aquarium fish create (food and fish waste breaking down... creates ammonia). Goldfish put a heavy load on the aquarium so do create a lot of ammonia. And of course, ammonia has to be dealt with through filtration and/or water changes (as with all fish).
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liz111 - 2013-04-17
Hi, I've been a fish keeper for just 3 weeks so all new to me. I have a red cap oranda and a calico. Today I noticed the red cap won't stop chasing the calico which appears to be swimming away from him the whole time. What is the red cap doing this for, is it normal? Non stop for at least an hour and half now. I feed 6 tiny pellets in the morning as advised by the pet shop. What are your thoughts on that also? Many thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Yeah, that's a problem. If he keeps chasing the other fish, the other fish will succomb to stress, quit eating, and have major problems. Here's some things to alleviate the condition: get a bigger tank, add hiding places and retreats by providing plants and other decor (driftwood/rocks/etc.), add more fish to divert the attention and change the dynamics,.. and if none of these work, remove one of the fish and put it in its own tank. Best of luck!
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bernadette - 2013-04-03
I have an oranda fish. He seems to be sitting on one side of the tank and its always the same spot. He comes up for food then swims around a bit. Then goes back to the same spot. When he comes up for air he blows the air out then goes back to the bottom of the tank. Any ideas what might be wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    There may or may not be a problem as it sounds like he is feeding and not stressed, but sometimes these fish can have a swim bladder problem. Make sure the tank is well maintained with regular water changes, and you can try feeding a supplement of  frozen peas (defrosted with the skin removed).
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Leo - 2013-03-25
Hi, it’s me again, back to the shubunkin scenario of appearing to be sleeping lots lately. On my last discussion I fail to mention about the minnows. I had about a 15 white clouds and 12 rosy red minnows for a while and removed the remaining 6 two weeks later because the shubunkin was eating them. A few days later the two oldest shubunkins seem to be sleeping a lot lately and they’re not eating all their food. Occasionally they would sleep with their heads in the back corner not moving. They appeared to be ill and I did several water changes to possibly help to the situation. One of the water changes was 80% but I made certain the water temperature was the same and kept the filters unchanged to maintain the bacterial. Sadly to say but my 7' shunbunkin died yesterday along with 1 comet and 3 cories. The remaining one 6' shubunkin, 2 at 3' and 4 cory cats were transferred to a 20-gallon quarantine tank and will be staying there until I know they get better. What can I put in the 20-gal. to help recover their illness? I’ll be cleaning the 80-gal. tank and all its components before reactivating. Is it possible one or two of the minnows were deceased when the 7 incher ate it? Is it possible one of the other fish were ill and infested others? Is it possible the cories became ill and infected others? Go ahead give heck, I can take it and if ya don’t have an answer that’s ok too.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-25
    Gosh Leo, sorry to hear about your larger Shubunkin. Other than 'sleeping' and a low appetite, your challenge is that you haven't identified disease or infection, so its hard to say what to treat for. Checking the water temperature, and parameters (ammonia, nitite, nitrate) are usually the first things to look at. And then a water change (with a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramine) is usually the first place to start. From your description, it doesn't sound like your water changes were a problem. Still there are a number of illnesses that can affect goldfish, I'm kind of wondering if maybe they a swim bladder disorder. Also, watch for any changes in their behavior/eating since you moved them into the quarantine tank, as that could indicate a problem with the main tank. I think you may have to do more indepth research on goldfish diseases...  fortunately there's lot of info available.
  • Leo - 2013-03-25
    I can’t thank you enough for a response. Yes, I suspected a swim bladder issue, constipation, Itch, stress or even a lodged piece of gravel. However, I’ll let you know what I find out later and how the others are doing in the quarantine tank.
  • Leo - 2013-03-30
    A follow up on the shubunkin appearing to be sleeping lots. I hope the following information will be useful to others. The result of the seven incher shubunkin that died is considered as an unknown factor. Two of the 3 ½' shunbunkin also followed the death of their tank mate and hopefully we’ll revive the others. The swim bladder disorder was a possibility and the suspicion of ichthyophthirius and/or lymphocystis being introduced by feeder comets and minnows is probably the cause. I just didn’t notice the spots on the beautiful all white comets early enough and I didn’t follow my own proceeder of quarantining the feeder fish. I was being unnecessarily cocky. A lesson well learnt to quarantine all fish prior to being introduced to the main tank. My twelve-year-old granddaughter with better eyes noticed the spots on their fins. The 20-gal. quarantined candidates are having a none raised temperature salt bath to hopefully remedy their long term issue, and it will. I’ve done this many years ago and was successful with explicit and careful instructions that are time consuming. The 6 incher that appeared to be sleeping lots the same as the 7 incher that died is now giving me the impression of getting better by being a little more active and the cories are also appearing to be doing well. I’ve stripped the 80-gal. tank and washed everything including filtration components with a bit of bleach to disinfect the unknown possibilities and of course thoroughly rinsed, washed again and rinsed, and rinsed again. Startup, decorated, water de-chlorinated and a biological cycle conducted that evening. All other feeder fish from five other tanks were transferred to the 80-gal. and we’re in the process of doing a raised temperature salt bath for 17 small comets, 6 commons and 36 rosy reds. All the other tanks will eventually be thoroughly cleaned and again, “a lesson well learnt” that created lost of unnecessary work by being foolish and/or cocky.
  • David Brough - 2013-03-30
    Thanks for all the information. The advice about quaranteen of feeder fish is very important to understand what may happen if you fail to do it. Great Advice!
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Lauren - 2013-03-01
Hi There, I am brand new to keeping fish, I currently have a 35Ltr fresh water tank with 3 white clouds and 2 Pearlscales. The white clouds I have had for a few weeks and they seem to be doing well. My two Pearlscales (Hansel and Gretel) I have had for 5 days. They are about 1inch long and very cute. I am concerned though as they don't seem to be eating much. I am feeding both pellets and flakes, but one of them (Hansel) seems to pick up the pellets and spit them back out again, same with the flakes. I have tried soaking the pellets before feeding, but get the same result. The other I hardly ever see hunt for food as Hansel does. I have tried feeding some shelled peas and lettuce as well, no results. Also Gretel seems to have gotten extremely fat in the past couple of days, and both the Pearlscales spend a lot of time hiding together in the corner behind my filter. I'm worried that they are either a) not getting enough food b) I'm not feeding them the correct things c) they are sick d) that one is pregnant (if she is pregnant I have no idea what I have to do to keep the babies alive!) Really hoping for some advice here as I don't want to lose my newbies! Thanks to anyone who can help. Lauren

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-06
    Usually if they spit out their food they either don't like that particular food or the pieces are too big. I would just keep an eye on them and see if the problem continues or if it appears they are actually not getting enough food. You may want to try a different brand of flake and/or smaller pellets.  If babies do come then read here on Breeding Goldfish.
  • Linda - 2013-03-26
    Hi Lauren! Where did you buy your pearlscales? I've been looking all over to buy some. Thanks.
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jennie - 2013-03-21
My Moore is blind in 1 eye. I don't know how this happened. It is all red with blood and his same side gill is bent over and open at all times. He is about 1 year old. Can they live with 1 eye and a damaged gill? I think he brushed up against a small water heater I have in the tank but I didn't see him do it. The tank gets super cold so I have a 3 gal tank heater by the filter. I turn it off when the tank gets about 70.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-23
    If he is eating and swimming fine and his wounds and eye appear to be healing, he will probably be fine. You could put some antibiotics in the water to help reduce the chance of infection.
  • jennie - 2013-03-24
    Thanks and he is swimming and the eye is healing good. Thanks for your help. He eating good I got some stuff from petco to keep infections down but he seems to be doing good thanks again and may god bless your fish also.
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Leo - 2013-03-22
The next few questions might sound a bit odd but I’ll give it a shot. I activated another tank and chose to do an experiment with feeder fish. I purchased 12 Comet feeder fish and 24 Rosy Red also feeder fish hoping to become pets? My expectations might be a bit unrealistic but they have spectacular markings that are interesting and beautiful. I do realize that they may have stunt growth but is there a change of recovering as a quality fish? Should they be feed differently? And can they live as long as the so-called quality fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-22
    Feeder fish can make fine pets! Treat them with the same type of care as you would for any other goldfish, including the right environment (a large aquarium with good filtration), good food,and  regular maintenance. The Rosy Reds are  tropical type fish rather than coldwater fish, so be sure to have a heater and thermometer to keep the tank warm enough for them. Also, goldfish are a dirtier fish, adding a large bioload to the tank, so frequent water changes will be needed to keep everybody healthy.
  • Leo - 2013-03-22
    Thank you for your honesty. I love this site. It is a great place to learn from others.
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