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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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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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