Animal Stories - Bubble Eye Goldfish

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The Bubble Eye Goldfish is a truly bizarre looking fish with big bubbles on the side of its head!
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Julie - 2014-03-28
My Bubble Eye fish, Bub, is kind of odd. He hates being in our 10G tank, and prefers our fish bowl which is like 1G-1.5G. He is full of personality, and I'm pretty sure he recognizes me when I come to feed him, or just sit and watch him. The thing is, I've read many times that they like to be towards the bottom/floor, which Bub does on occasion, but he's more fond of chilling at the top. He's healthy, and very playful, so I'm not sure if I should be concerned or not. He's been doing this pretty much since we got him, back in Dec. 2013. Any thoughts?

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  • Julie - 2014-03-30
    Never mind... found him dead this morning. :/
  • Dave - 2014-09-13
    Fish at the surface can indicate lack of oxygen. Especially if they seem to be 'gasping'.
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!
katie middleton - 2013-11-03
Hi there, wondering if someone could help me. I woke up this morning and one of my bubble eyed gold fish has popped both of her eyes and one of which was stuck in the filter. I don't know what to do to prevent this from happening again. I've also seen on the internet that you shouldn't put stones in the same tank as some may be sharp and pop the eyes, but on this website in some pictures there are stones...can I put stones in with my bubble eyed gold fish or will that make theire eyes pop? My bubble eyed gold fish looks like it is in pain with her popped eye...I feel like I need to do something to help, I am just not sure what.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm so sorry to hear about your goldfish and it's popped bubble eye. This does happen, usually from a sharp object in the tank or from the fish getting sucked up into the filter. You can treat with Melafix, it will help soothe the wound.and is a good deterrent for any type of infection (especially bacterial) that may try to take hold. The bubble will heal, but will never look quite the same. Rocks are fine in the aquarium as long as they are smooth, same with any ornaments. Putting a piece of nylon netting or sponge over the filter intake can also help. All the best to your fish!
Gina - 2013-09-09
Hi. I have two bubble eye gold fish in a tank and I've noticed the past two days that one fish, who has uneven sized bubbles, has been acting a little strange. He has been floating at the top of the tank which initially made me further investigate. It appears as though the larger bubble is bothering him? It seems as though the bubble is getting in his mouth... I'm concerned that this could affect his eating. It hasn't yet.. But if anyone has some insight it would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-10
    These fish can have challenges swimming, due to the bubbles and also due to swim bladder disorders. Keep an eye on him, and if he continues to have problems floating to the surface, try adding some frozen peas (skins removed) to his diet.

Sylvana - 2013-09-02
My bubble fishes mouth turned red. My grandfather fed him goldfish crisps. The water smells bad. What is wrong with my fish?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-02
    First, it sounds like you may want to clean out your tank and do a water change. I would change maybe a third of the water and siphon out any gravel to make sure to get any decomposing food and feces out. If the redness doesn't go away it could be a bacterial infection which can be treated with antibiotics. Also, don't feed your fish anything other than fish food!
Wutt Yee Phyoe - 2013-07-14
My fish has a white water (maybe) in her bubble, she can't swim. What will happen to her bubble?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    How is your fish now? It's possible her bubble will heal itself, but if it's too badly damaged she may not recover. If she can't swim then she won't be able to get food very well or get enough oxygen.
Elise Piasecki - 2013-03-11
My bubble eye girl, Samone, is preggers I think. She is fatter than the guy who I originally thought was a girl, Angel. How should I care for them? We will be on vacation when the eggs will hatch, most likely.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-11
    That's exciting. There needs to be very leafy plants, like Anacharis or Cambomba types, for the eggs to adhere to when they spawn. The challenge will be that shortly after the eggs are laid, the parents will begin to eat them. You could try putting spawning mops and lots of plants, making sure there is lots of dense vegetation, so that some of the eggs may drop out of reach of the parents.
Filip Nick - 2012-09-17
Hello from Greece. Two weeks ago one bubble of my bubble eye fish turned almost white in two days. After one week the bubble become again normal but there are white flakes inside it..It's like a Christmas snowball now!! Unfortunately the fish seems to have trouble with that. It has issues in swimming as the bubble  looks like heaver. Do you know what I should do? Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-24
    Sounds like your fish may have gotten an infection, but may be getting better as the cloudiness is clearing up. Not sure what's up with the heaviness. Keep an eye on him in case it reverts and you have to treat for cloudy eye.
  • Filip Nick - 2012-09-30
    Thank you for your comment! It seems just fine but I'm  concerned about the white flakes which are inside its left bubble.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    Yes, I understand that. I'm not sure what those flakes could be, maybe just residue from the cloudiness. But as he seems fine, hopefully they will dissapate over time.
jackie - 2012-10-09
bubble eye goldfish recently developed an air bubble in one of it's fluid sacs. how did this happen and what can i do to fix it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    That is a strange thing, I have never heard of them having air in the fluid sacs. I hope the air becomes absorbed. Let us know how it goes!
cooper - 2011-12-24
My bubble eyed gold fish(Bubbles) won't eat. I really need to know what the problem is. I took out one of my fake aquatic plants and he's starting to swm around and eat a little bit but I'm not sure and it scares me becues he might have a desease and he's in with my coy(golden). I just want some advice so i can do somthing to help bubbles

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-24
    I don't know there is anything wrong with your buble eye but they don't see well - which might be why you don't think he is going after the food. However, if he is not eating or behaving unusual in any way remove him from the other fish and put him in another tank ASAP. Then you can watch Bubbles and see his eating, pooping and swimming behaviors and make sure he is not ill. If he is ill you sure don't want it to spread.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-14
    These fish will usually pick at the food off the bottom as well. Doesn't sound like there is a problem. What is the tank temp?
  • AliceinWonderland - 2012-03-14
    Hi, bubby eyed goldfish can be difficult to feed because the bubbles block their peripheral side vision, and their eyes are often faced upwards, rather than on the side, like normal goldfish. Try dangling some blood worms from a tweezer in front of its mouth or some other food using a tweezers that would normally sink. They will eat the goldfish flake from the top of the water as that floats, but rarely food that sinks because they won't see it.
  • SHARON - 2012-09-15
    I have telescope fish, Black Moore, Celestial all with big eyes. My fish sometimes do not see the food. So I simply feed them from my finger. I have six in a 33 gallon long tank, 48' x 12.5 x 13.5 High with 2 filters a 30 and 15 plus to 2 air pump stones. My fish come right to me to eat off my fingers. This way I know they are fed. I keep my tank exceptionally clean of poop and amonnia with frequent water changes. This is so necessary with these fish to keep them from disease. I use the Master API liquid tester. These fish require a lot of observation daily to keep them healthy. I also I use spring bottled water with conditioner and stress zyme. So far I have not had any sick fish compared to friends that use tape water and change water only every two weeks. The most important thing with these fish is to keep a tank free of amonnia and poop, short tank to top for oxegen, and make sure the PH, Nitrite, nitrates etc. are all in the correct balance. These fish are very intollerable to water that I call not perfect for them. I love my big eyed fish and it is time consuming making sure they are healthy, but well worth it. I suggest two filtrations in a tank. If you have a 30 gallon, put a 30 at one end and a 15 at the other. If you have a 20 gallon, put a 20 and a 10. I use internal slim filters. Now using the New Internal Filter by Aqueon which is hard to find because it is new. I found it at Pet Smart and it works really great and very easy to use. Noting to put together. Sponge fliter is in cartage with carbon and pulls out easy to change. My tanks have never been brighter and clearer than they are now. Works for me so far.