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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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.
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Alyssa - 2010-03-06
I have two bubble eyed goldfish, while one is an excellent swimmer the other always floats to the top. I think it may be because his bubbles are too big for his body, but I feel so bad for him. Sometimes he even gets flipped over onto his back. :( I don't know if there is anyway I can help my poor little fishy. Any suggestions?

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  • Kiley - 2010-03-08
    Hello,
    you say your bubble eyed gold fish is having some bad problems humm....
    I have a bubble eyed gold fish her name is bubble and she has perfect bubbles.My advice to you is you ither go to Big Al"s and get fish treatment aquarium water conditioner its for tap water and can also heel infectinons.We have 4 fish and put it in each tank.
    hope your little fishy gets better Kiley
  • Dakota - 2010-05-26
    If everything else fails....Gosh, I hate so much to say this but maybe you should try popping the bubbled so when they grow back they are smaller.....I really feel horrible for your fish and I don't like telling you to do that but if all else fails you have to try :(
  • Momoko - 2010-07-08
    Hello! I hope my reply isn't too late... but are you sure that it isn't a simple swim bladder disease? It causes flipping. It can be avoided by feeding your goldies one or two cooked green peas (without their skin). A day of fasting before feeding peas does help a lot too.
    And I wouldn't try to pop his bubbles on purpose, the risk of infection is too high IMHO.
  • Elise - 2010-12-23
    Like Kiley said you should ask a person cleaning the tanks at a store that sells fish if he can help you.
  • corli - 2010-12-30
    Hallo alyssa
    I have exactly the same problem. Did you get any information for the problem?
    corli
  • ososeksi - 2012-08-22
    your fish needs to fast...drop a few peas in the water...i put the fish net in the water with the peas and the fish to help from floating all over the place until he gets better.
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amber reed - 2012-01-19
I have a bubble-eyed fish and him/her bubble has deflouted and partly turned black, then after a week or so it turned completely black. After that the other bubble did as well. It's been at the top of the tank ever since, she/he has never ate. Now she's dieing I think

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-19
    It's very curious that her bubbles are just turning black. Usually these goldfish get caught in the uplift tube of the filter, and that damages the bubbles. But if they are freed they can usually recover. It sounds like a disease rather than a wound, you might try treating the tank with Melefix.
  • anne - 2012-02-26
    Hey Amber the same thing is happening to our fish, except he/she is sitting in the bottom of the bowl. One of her bubbles is turning black. Did your fish survive and if so what did you do that helped.
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Ashly - 2011-02-07
Hi I have a bubble eye that has gone quiet on the bottom of tank and it's not its usual self, usually we find them dead not long later so we think it's sick. My partner has separated it from others and she read something about putting a little salt in its water.. is this normal practice for a sick fresh water goldfish? She used table salt is that right or should it be Epsom salts? :(

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  • AliceinWonderland - 2012-03-14
    I don't think salt is for goldfish. That is for sea turtles. I think your problem is too much amonia in the water from overfeeding. You need to take out half your water and put in clean water. Repeat this a few days later. Also the pump should be running in the tank for 10 days before you first introduce goldfish.
  • KayWow1226 - 2012-05-18
    Hello, check ur fish for any weird growth or fungus, which may be a sign of sickness. Do not use table or Epsom salts! Aquarium salts are available in most pet stores. Make sure ur water temp and ph is normal too. Water temp should be about 60 degrees. Bubble eye goldfish don't swim well and if their bubbles are to big it could be that it can't see very well or at all. :-)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    If this is a common thing for your tank it may be a water quality issue. How many fish and size of tank?
  • Anonymous - 2012-06-13
    Does anybody know where I can buy some bubble eyed goldfish prefer Auckland
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AliceinWonderland - 2012-03-14
Recently I've noticed black deposits growing inside my bubble eyed goldfishs bubbles. He spends a lot of time at the top of the water also. I tried feeding him better and cleaning the tank, but this hasn't helped. I am wondering if the problem was caused by there not being enough air above the water, since I started to put the lid on recently. The tank is 2 ft long and has a small hole in the hood of about 6 inches by 1.5 inches. Anyone know what could be wrong?

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Richard - 2011-03-07
I have one and he/she is having major buoyancy issues. In fact, he spends a lot of time floating upside down at the top like he's dead (he's not!). His cheek pouch seems bigger and I wonder if that's the problem. What shall I do? Help please!

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  • AliceinWonderland - 2012-03-14
    I heard that buoyancy problems in goldfish are caused by too much amonia in the water, caused by over feeding, which pollutes the water. You need to take out half the water and put in clean water of the same temperature.
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cailin - 2010-03-28
i just got another bubble eye fish and I can't get a good name for him I already have one named bubbles.

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  • Megan (: - 2010-10-10
    You should call him p-ditty for puff daddy :D
  • Elise - 2010-12-22
    Sacks or bubbly. Anything that makes you feel like its the right name.
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littlepooh0301 - 2011-03-08
I might get my bubble eyes for my birthday when I turn 10. I will name them Annoying Orange, Tangelo,Tangerine, Flash, and Jaime.

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steph - 2009-09-03
I bought a Bubble Eye today. My tank has a Calico Fancy Tail, 2 small Glass Fish and a little african clawed frog. Is it ok to let him/her in with them? They all seem to get along together. The fancy, glass fish and frog have been living together for about 4 months in peace.

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    Technically, your goldfish should not live with your tropical fish. However, there are always "success stories."
  • annie - 2011-02-04
    African Clawed Frogs are aggressive and grow to 6 inches at least. I don't recommend having one with your gentle delicate goldfish.
  • roxanne - 2011-11-10
    goldfish aren't tropical fish
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-11
    Those are all exciting fish to have in a home aquarium. However, Glass Fish, are Tropical fish. Goldfish, are cold-cool water fish. For Glass Fish to thrive, they do not need to be kept in an aquarium where the water temperature reaches below 72F.
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Andiemus - 2011-06-02
Does the folded fins of a fish means that its stressed? if so, does high temperature stress goldfishes?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    Yes it usually means the fish is stressed or sick and the temperature and qualityof water could cause this. Check the temperature and water conditions to make sure it is OK. I have also included an article Fish Diseases and Treaments so you can scroll down and see if possibly there are any other symptoms your little guy has. Good luck.
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