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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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
    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?
  • 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.
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.
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
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?

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
Lora - 2010-09-14
I have a bubble eye goldfish. We've had it almost a year. It's bubbles have gotten stuck in the filter on several occasions. Each time the bubbles refill and grow back. This last time however, the bubble has grown back so enormous on one side that now the poor fish can't eat or move because the bubble keeps getting sucked into it's mouth. It's painful to watch... the fish looks like it's choking. It hasn't eaten in a day, since this has happened. I've tried helping it by putting my hand in the water and removing the skin from it's mouth. But the skin goes back in when he sucks the water. Has anyone had this happen? Is there any way to help this poor fish short of removing the bubble?

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  • Barbara - 2010-12-07
    Hi Lora, I was just looking for something like this... I mean, I got a Bubble eye goldfish and yesterday I found him with one bubble into the filter.
    So painful try to get him out without making him suffer too much, but thank God he is still alive, but with the bubble broken.
    Do I need to do something to repair it, or it will grow him self?
    I feel so bad for him :-(
    ( Sorry about my English, I'm writing from Italy :D )
    Thanks to anyone can help Bob
  • Elise - 2010-12-22
    I probably can't give you some really good suggestions and it may seem mean but it may help. Maybe you can get your fish to pop the other cheek. It may help even though I doubt it myself.
  • Elise - 2010-12-23
    Take it to the place you bought it from. Ask them if they can fix it.
  • Amanda Mesimer - 2011-04-18
    For crying out loud elsie over there thinks they are robots. I know the same thing just happened to buba my grey bubble cheek gold fish. I looked online. It does not kill them. Don't hurt his other bubble and keep him away from dumb hungry fish because they'll try and eat the popped bubble. So just let time heal it and keep him safe. They also said it grows back. It's ok. he'll be fine.