Animal Stories - Comet Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Comet Goldfish

The Comet Goldfish is much like the common goldfish, but is a more reddish orange color and has a much longer, deeper forked tail fin!
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Negative response - 2011-05-18
I just bought 3 either sarasa comet goldfish or comet goldfish (can't tell difference) about 5 days ago and it doesn't eat the food I gave them. My tank is extremely clean and is 100 gallons. Their tankmates are all goldfish. 10 tankmates and the biggest tankmate is 2.5 inches. My 3 sarasa/comet is about 3.25 inches long. I feed them floating pellets for goldfish and tropical fish. And it said on the brand, only for ornmental fish anyways the won't eat. But if they do they spit it out. They are small pellets. Somebody plz help!!! And btw I learn that fish don't eat in their new aquarium for a few days but it been almost a week! What can I do?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-06-02
    flakes should do the trick
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jay - 2010-04-24
I just bought my two first comet fish do they have to have a pump? The pet store said they don't?

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  • Sara - 2010-05-10
    Yeah they need a pump. They told me I didn't either and 2 of them ended up dying within a couple days . It would be best cuz they use a lot of oxygen and poop a lot!
  • David Brough - 2011-04-09
    Although people often keep them in the proverbial "goldfish bowl" it is much better to keep them in a larger aquarium with filtration.
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Michael - 2011-03-27
Just got back from a business trip. My comet tail is upside-down, has very shallow rapid breathing and has what appear to be white-ish "veils" on her belly and, possibly, in her gill slits. What can I do quickly? She's about 7 years old and is about 9 inches in length.

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  • David Brough - 2011-03-31
    Make sure there is enough aeration in the aquarim, check the temperature (too hot?), check for ammonia or nitrite and do a large water change (say 50%) if they are detected, and put in a dose of ich medication like aquarisol, rid-ich, etc.
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Taylor Sharp - 2011-03-13
HELP! again...

I just got back from spring break and I put him back in his 10 gallon tank with distilled water (my college has really bad water problems. Students aren't even allowed to drink or do anything with the water without boiling it. I've had fish die because of the water, even when treated). I put some stress coat and aquasafe in the tank. Then once I turned on the filter it started smelling like sulfur. I took my fish out again and have him in his traveling container, but I don't know what to do about the filter and stuff. I read some things about water smelling like sulfur. All I really got out of it is that something is wrong with the filter, some peoples fish died, and the water got cloudy (which I took my fish out before anything could happen). How do I fix the smell and will the water be safe for my fish if I just take my filter out? He's not exactly happy about being the traveling tank, so a fast reply would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Taylor Sharp - 2011-03-13
    I'm going to redo the tank with brand new water again. I'd still like to know if it's safe to use my filter or if it's the chemicals. I never had this problem before when it came to this.
  • Justin Brough - 2011-03-22
    Here's the fast reply - NOT (sorry). What kind of filter is it? Can you just change the material in the filter and any carbon or other resins in it? The problem with starting over is the biological filter will be wiped out. Best to keep at least the gravel and/or whatever ornaments you may have.
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Orland Johnson - 2011-03-18
3--18--2011-----I have had comets for about 4 or 5 years--"the Raccoons like them for lunch--

I have outside pond in Northwest Wa., and the comets have come through the ice and snow real well, they do well with the rain water, seem to be very hardy--I have about a 40 gal pond with a waterfalls-they are nice pets--really enjoy them--

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Sam Tebi - 2010-03-14
I got my fish yesterday but it just swims into the wall of the bowl. Is it just lonely because I only got one?

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  • Dave - 2010-03-20
    All goldfish are social fish and do best in numbers.
  • Anonymous - 2011-03-09
    You shouldn't ever put a fish in a bowl, and you should keep at least two.
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Mike - 2008-08-01
i was thinking what is easier to take care of comet or common goldfish?

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  • Isabel cormier - 2011-02-28
    It's about the same.
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Juanita Fagan - 2010-11-22
I bought a comet goldfish and I really like it and I think that the comet goldfish is easy to take care of. The comet goldfish are very pretty to keep for a pet, so if anyone who ever wants a fish for a pet I would recommend them to get a comet goldfish.

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  • jason - 2010-12-11
    Not so fast...as they get bigger it will be harder to care for..after let's say 3 or 5 years try getting a 30 gallon aquarium.
  • Isabel cormier - 2011-02-28
    I agree. I have two comet feeder fish (goldfish) and they are doing great. I say that they are for ages 8+ so that they are feed properly and looked after. For those wondering they must be feed two times a day. If you have small flake food feed them as much as they will eat in two min.
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Joel - 2011-02-02
I had 9 comets which were all about 15 cm long in my pond until the other day when two kookaburras decided to eat 6 of them. It was then that I noticed that I had about 25 baby comets swimming around at about 1 to 2 centimeters in size. Life goes on.. Take that kookaburra!

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  • jayden - 2011-02-25
    You posted this on my b-day.
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Taylor Sharp - 2011-02-23
Last night my comet jumped out of the tank. I woke up this morning to my roommate screaming and crying because she almost stepped on him. When I went to see him, I noticed he was laying on a pair of pants. I moved the pants and his tail was stuck in the position it was in. He appeared dead and completely dried out. Then I noticed his tail started to move a little bit. I quickly snatched him and put him back in the water. I was completely shocked when he started swimming again. This fish was our baby, I love him. Although he appears to be hurt. He's swimming normally, but occasionally spazzes out. He must have had a hard impact. The fish tank is located on a 4ft tall dresser, and we have a tile floor. He's missing a line of scales on his one side and when we found him he was completely dried up. Is there anything we could do to make sure he's okay? We can't lose him.

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  • Taylor Sharp - 2011-02-23
    I think he was only spazzing because he went under the filter waterfall and it probably hurt him. He seems to be doing okay. He is swimming normally but seems to be tilted slightly. He just appears to be tired and sad. He's mainly sticking to one area of the tank and seems to be enjoying the light when it's turned on. He swims occasionally but just relaxes mostly. I can't even imagine what it would be like to fall off a 4ft dresser and other things, go without oxygen for that long, and survive. He's definitively a trooper. Especially when we've only had for a few weeks.
  • David Brough - 2011-02-23
    You could put in some stress coat to help with stress and help with his slime coating. Since some of his scales are missing, keep an eye out for infection and use an antibiotic (like fin rot medication) if you see signs.
  • Taylor Sharp - 2011-02-23
    What are the signs of infection?
  • David Brough - 2011-02-23
    Signs of infection would be reddening of the effected area, like bleeding or cottony white patches. Is he getting over his spaz attacks? He's a survivor no doubt!
  • Taylor Sharp - 2011-02-23
    He's acting pretty normal now. He ate some, he's playful, and back to being the amazing fish he was last night. The only thing that concerns me is that he is still tilted. The weird part is he only does it when we shut the light off above his aquarium. Other than that, he swims normal when the light is on? I've never seen anything like it.

    For the night I decided to take two gallons of water out of his tank. I highly doubt that he will try jumping again considering he is hurt, but my room mate wouldn't sleep if I didn't take the water out. I'll keep you posted.
  • Taylor Sharp - 2011-02-24
    I have a problem. His tail has this see-through color and it's starting to deteriorate. Should I get him stuff for finrot?
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