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kye turnbull - 2013-05-09
Should I try to breed these fish?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-09
    They are easy to breed with the right setup, and it can be fun. Here's a quick over of Goldfish Breeding.
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cassiopeia - 2009-12-28
Goldfish must be the most neglected pet ever. I work in a petshop and am constantly bombarded...! One woman came in asking for a goldfish bowl, I told her why we don't stock them and how bad they are for fish. She paused for a minute then said, the garden centre sells them and would she need a small one cos she only wanted 2 small goldfish! I had to bite my tongue, then tryed explaining that goldfish can reach up to 14" and live to around 20 years with the proper care and attention! None of which sunk in, and I know that she probably went to the garden centre where they'll sell anything to make money. I admit I've had my share of beginners mistakes, but my goldfish I've had since I was 5, only passed away 2 weeks ago at a grand age of 15! Also my 1st shubunkin was 10 when he sadly passed on! and I feel they could have been kept better. They were in a 3ft jewel aquarium with only live plants and 1 feed a day, but they could have done with a 4 or 5 foot tank. I took on a new comet goldfish from a man who was moving home and couldn't take poor "sharky" with him. He is almost 1ft in length and is 14 years old, he has a deformed spine and his pectorial fins are tiny, curved up and quite useless! This may have been from a bacterial infection or possibly because his tank was ridiculously undersized! Anyway thats quite enough ranting for one day, the bottom line is don't buy bowls or tiny plastic boxes for goldfish. They need a really good filtered tank, 2ft to start with as long as you're prepared to save up for a larger tank for when your fish grows. Provide live plants for decor an food (they also improve water quality) and always use tapsafe as water companies sometimes add new chemicals to the water.
Hope this rant is listened too and acted upon! (big fish need a big tank)

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  • Lucky - 2010-10-03
    Will goldfish get along with some other fish, like, um, maybe catfish or some other fish that's larger than the goldfish is? Or will it get eaten? =(
  • jenna morris - 2011-01-31
    At my old apartment complex my landlord came to me with over 30 baby commons in a 10 gallon tank that had been abandoned. First thing I did was go buy a 50 gallon tank and start an adoption program. I hit the web looking for how to care for them all but one was adopted. We named him piggy. He is now a spry 6 years old and thriving. I'm saving for a bigger tank! I agree with you. People don't see fish as the wonderful part of the animal kingdom they are. I keep up with piggy's brothers and sisters as best I can. To me they're like abused rescued children.
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Howard - 2010-06-21
We would like to breed our ryukin goldfish. We were wondering how to sex them, also how to measure size, as I've read they need to be 3-4 inches to be mature enough to breed ( including tail or not) We so enjoy and love our calico fantail ryukin. How can I find out if there are any goldfish shows. Hoping to hear from you soon. Thank you for your anticipated help.
Howard

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  • Heath - 2011-09-19
    Yeah good luck sexing them. I asked and they told me the only way to tell really is when its time the male will get these very small white dots on its gills said its almost too hard to notice. I am still trying to sex my two 2 yr olds Goldy and Nemo
  • Emily Hair - 2012-06-10
    Male goldfish have little tubes sticking up above their nose
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-26

    During the breeding season the male has white prickles, called breeding tubercles, on its gill covers and head. Seen from above a female will have a fatter appearance when she is carrying eggs. It is impossible to sex Goldfish when they are young and not in breeding season, but generally the male is smaller and more slender than the female.


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Jennie - 2012-04-06
Today I gentleman gave me his 10 year veil tail goldfish. It is the most stunning fish I have ever seen and I feel very privileged to have it. It takes pride of place in my family room to sit and admire.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-06
    Hey congratulations - glad for you...........
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Anonymous - 2005-02-12
yeah! this website helped me with my science project, plus now i get goldfish!

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Tina - 2010-12-08
Hi, I have been keeping goldfish for over 15 years and the celestial is one of my all time favorites however every time my celestials reach 4 or 5 years old they begin to get neurological problems. They start swimming sideways and upside down, sometimes they can't stop floating and others sink and can't come up and swim around in circles. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem or if anyone knew what it could be or how I could prevent it happening?

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  • Aluyasha - 2011-03-02
    If it is neurological, there is not much you can do about it. It does kind of sound like swim bladder disease though. Caused by being fed too much. The fish will usually look bloated and either float uncontrollably or sink uncontrollably. Do you fast your fish for at least once a week? That will help prevent SBD. You can also give your goldfish a thawed pea every so often, it helps them poop. Plus, they love them!
    I hope this helps. Good luck.
  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    It it is more than likely swim bladder that is caused by him nibbling at the surface of the water for food, all of this air being swallowed, it causes his belly to float, and swimming with his head down. This can be reversed by presoaking your fish food before you put it in the tank even if it is sinking food because fish will go for it before it sinks. You can also feed him skinned peas preferably frozen, not caned.
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Terra - 2009-04-19
I have one Ryukin Goldfish named Mikan. Mikan

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Lizzie Buxton - 2007-04-24
Hello from England. I have had my beautiful London shubunkin - 'Dotty' for the last four years. He happily lives with a gorgeous Wakin, two other comet goldfish and an albino xenopus toad. Fantastic website, keep up the good work.

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Jason Hamblett - 2011-01-10
Hi can anyone help me? I bought four shubunkins 2 weeks ago and they are in a four foot tank. Recently 1 died, I don't know why so I have treated the water for any diseases. The 1 out of the three is always on its own and doesn't interact with the other two. Please some 1 help me.

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  • bob - 2013-04-01
    I have three danios and at first one would not interact at all but after a few feedings together he started to interact so don't worry
  • angie - 2013-04-04
    Hi I have 2 shubunkins they require at least a 20 to 29 gallon tank because they get very big. I have had mine about 4 months and they are now 8 inches long, started with 4 and 2 died. They need an extra air stone for extra oxygen and they put off a lot of ammonia in the water so I put ammonia tablet mixed with chlorine free water once a week. They cannot be in a small fish tank need a larger one. They like to dart back and forth in the tank and some can get as big as 12 inches. Hope this helps.
  • Terry - 2013-05-06
    I have 2 beautiful Shubunkins. They are now about 8 months old and about 5' long they are in with 3 Gold Gouramis and 6 Austrailian Rainbows,an 8' Plecostomus and a Pictus Cat. All in a 38 gal. tank. They all get along great.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-06
    Check all your water levels.  Sometimes it is a simple adjustment.  Goldfish make a lot of amonia.
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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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