Animal Stories - Bubble Eye Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Bubble Eye Goldfish

The Bubble Eye Goldfish is a truly bizarre looking fish with big bubbles on the side of its head!
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Katie Cope - 2010-05-20
Our bubble eye goldfish sometimes swims upside down. He looks like he is just a little top heavy. He does surface to the top and eats well. We are not sure if it is a characteristic or a sick fish. We did take him in and were told to put an antibiotic in the water. It does seem to help but about every two weeks, he will start swimming upside down again....

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Sarah - 2010-04-06
My bubble eye is named bubbles. He lives with a telescope and a black moor goldfish. He just avoids the filter.

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Amanda - 2010-04-06
I've had my bubble-eye for 19 days. He likes to make bubbles at the water level by floating vertically, sometimes propelling himself to move around. Recently, I've noticed that there are white translucent strings floating in the bowl as well as 2 strings that are attached to the water surface (a white string with a circular "head" - the "head" is attached to the water surface. My goldfish ate the longer one which looked almost veined! As well, he's been eating his poop which is orange in color.

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robert k - 2010-03-29
One of my bubble eye gold fish has very fat sacks and seems to be troubled by this,the fish always floats to top of tank upside down,what can I do to help my fish?

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debbie - 2010-03-25
My bubble eye has recently changed colors. It started out black and has changed to orange. Is that normal or should I be concerned?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-27
    It can be normal for goldfish to change color. Goldfish available today are the result of much development (crossings) for color, body shape, fin style, eyes, and so on. Unless your fish is getting dull in color, color change is a genetic thing. A dulling of their coloration can indicate a sick fish.

    Color in goldfish is determined by which pigments and how many are in the cells. Another factor is whether the pigment is grouped inside the cell or is spaced throughout. Goldfish can change color as they mature.
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lisa - 2010-03-14
I just purchased two bubble eye goldfish. One did not last through the night. The other one swims around a lot, but spends a lot of time at the top of the bowl blowing into the air. Is this a sign that he/she is not getting enough oxygen?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-15
    It sounds like it could be a lack of oxygen indeed. Use something that will increase water movement at the surface. A bubbler or a powerhead attached to an undergravel filter should work. Also, it may be that the biological filter has not cycled (how old is the aquarium?) and there is a build up of ammonia or nitrite. Do you have any kind of filter? For information on cycling see Cycling Your Aquarium
  • sidney - 2010-04-11
    ''my fish did the same thing but both died,it is a lack of oxygen what we bought was a bubble blower for my next two fish they've been alive for at least two weeks.''
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LaMika Williams - 2009-04-27
Today, I got a bubbled eyed black goldfish and he/she likes to float upside down like he/she is dead. Why does he/she float upside?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    There could be several explanations for this behavior. First of all, the lack of dorsal fin makes it difficult for this fish to always stay level, causing it to sometimes flip upside down. The fish could just be stressed since you did just get it today. It's also possible that the fish has a problem with its swim bladder. Sometimes, feeding slightly pressed canned peas can help this.
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niky - 2009-02-12
Sara and Lisa--it's best to either get a sponge filter OR put a small netting over the filter. Some people suggest nylons (like the ones women wear) but I've found that it won't let the icky things get sucked up. I just put a small mesh around the intake and rubber banded it on. I hope this works for you!

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  • kyle - 2010-03-02
    What's a sponge filter?
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Haley - 2010-02-20
I am wanting to breed my bubble eye goldfish. I have had it for a month or two. I don't know if its a boy or girl. When the fish are hatched, how long does it take for the fish to become full grown? How do I make two bubble fish breed? I would appreciate any tips or advice. Thank you!

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  • Jack - 2010-04-24
    Generally it's very hard to categorize any type of goldfish into their genders, until it gets to breeding season, the male grows little white spots sometimes around the gills, it takes one year for bubble eyes to reach maturity except 3 years they are at their breeding 'prime' still capable at one year though.
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jen - 2009-12-05
Mista Bubble Head the II is sick I think.... he got his tail stuck in the filter and it was all red and bloodshot in places. The next day, the dead tissue had fallen off and now he has like black marks on his tail, almost like bruising. His tummy is all swollen and some tiny blisters have appeared on his bubbles which are also going black in some spots. He's still swimming around quite actively, and I think it's just stress. He's had his bubbles stuck in the filter before when he was little too. The first time it took like 2 weeks to grow back, the second time, 2 days. The dead tissue eventually fell off like parts of his tail and a new bubble was growing underneath to replace it.
He's my second Bubble eye, and my first had his cheeks stuck in the filter as well, and re-grew the same way.

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  • elizabeth - 2010-02-20
    My Bubble Eyed Goldfish also has had his bubble cheeks stuck in the filter three times now! He is definitely a survivor but I need an alternative filter option because no animal deserves to suffer this way. Seeing him bruised up hurts me so much. Top Fin does not have a proper website to complain to. Any ideas?
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