Animal Stories - Fantail Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Fantail Goldfish

The Fantail is a show goldfish with its distinguishing feature being a split, or double, tailfin!
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Jenetta - 2012-03-19
I have a Orange Fantail Goldfish and a Calico Fantail Goldfish. My Orange one is the oldest. I have been watching them and my smaller one chases my bigger one. Now the bigger one is at the bottom of the tank. He/she is still breathing fine just wont leave the bottom of the tank. The smaller one has been under the bigger one. Then leaves to eat then goes back....should I worry? Do anyone thinks there's something wrong with it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-20
    This happens sometimes when they are constipated. If it is try feeding it a frozen pea. This will get its insides moving again if that is what it is.
louis simpson - 2008-03-01
My fish is lying on its belly and has breathing problems. He's a little fighter though, but I dont know how to cure it and I need to know.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-03-06
    Is your fish still eating? He might be constipated and need a couple of cooked peas (shell off to help him out hope this helps a bit :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-06
    Have you checked your water levels? How is the ammonia level? Is there enough air movement in the tank? Could be a simple fix if you jump right on it.
happy_bbe - 2012-02-24
Hi , my little sister bought a fantail and I was just wondering how can you tell if it's a male or female and is it safe to be in a tank with a couple tetris and a small blackmoor?? Also, the tank has a food area and it has been putting the pebbles up under the food bit and has aslo been spending its time in that area does that mean it needs a partner??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    It's hard to tell the sex of a goldfish unless it is in breeding mode, where the female is generally fatter while the male is slender, also the male may have more pointed fins. Your goldfish should be fine with tetras and the other black moor goldfish. As far as its habit of playing with the pebbles and spending time in the food area, those things don't indicate it needs a partner. It should be fine by itself, but adding another is okay too as long as your tank is large enough and has enough decor to provide places of refuge for each of the fish.
  • happy_bbe - 2012-02-26
    OK thank you
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-27
    One thing to keep in mind is that Goldfish produce a lot of amonia into the tank that could harm the tetras. Depending on type of filter and tank, I would get some amonia removing bags or pellets.
julieann berry - 2012-02-01
Hi, I have got 3 fantails had them about 2 month 1 white 2 black. The black ones keep sniffin the white ones but are they picking on it? Do I need to split them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-01
    Proably nothing. Possibly the white one is a female and the other two are males. Unless you see agression - don't worry.
Anyone - 2012-01-29
HELP! I have 2 of the fish and one of them is "sniffing" the other but. How what is happening? How long is it going to be pregnant? Help im only 11! HELP!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-30
    When the female is carrying eggs - somehow the male knows this and he will start to push her or push at her abdomen until the eggs are released. He will then fertilize the eggs. How long? That depends on the age of your fish. They will figurew out when.
brianna - 2012-01-15
I bought two fantail goldfish yesterday and the white one is constantly chasing the red one. I'm worried the red one might die from stress. Any advice?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Just watch them and give them a few days to settle in and determine who is the BOSS. Things should quiet down. Are there decorations etc for them to hide if necessary? If not just put a coffeee mug in there and lay it sideways.
Ethan Campbell Mcbarpbelliller - 2012-01-14
I had two 1.5 in. Fantails in a 3 gall. Tank. I recently put them in a 20 gallon tank then added a 4-5 in. Rykun a 1-2in. Lionhead goldfish , a 2.5 in rykun, and a 1 in. Albino cory cat I also have a 400 wat filter plants and a heater is this good for my fish????

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  • Ethan Campbell Mcbarpbelliller - 2012-01-14
    Ik this and I was planning to get a bigger tank in about 3-4 months but I'm concerned of how much to feed them
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-14
    You might want to do some reading on size of tanks required for your fish. The fantails as adults are going to go about 6 inches and would require something around 20 gallons for the two adult fantails. You have added a number of other fish that will get larger into a 20 gallon and that 20 gallon tank is just not going to be large enough to insure the health and growth of the fish you have added.
Rhiannon - 2008-07-28
I have two fantails called dick and dom, but dom just stays on the gravel of the aquarium. I wonder if this is normal behavior, it's as if he's sulking!

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  • fantailsfin - 2010-08-20
    He's probably looking for food or having a rest or something. Just feed him as normal and see if he gets back to normal.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-24
    i think he is just resting, my goldfish does that, but after he sw
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-27
    Hard to tell but people say that it can be sick.
  • Arnab Dutta - 2011-12-03
    fantails don't generally behave that might be sick.see to it,watch if it eats healthy then generally its all righ.Also have a watch on the pH and water temp...often fishes becomes stressed due to these...
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-04
    How long has the fish done this? If it is a recent behavior, then the fish could have fallen ill; however, if this fish has done this for quite some time, it may be due to a swim bladder disorder, or another dysfunction.
Anonymous - 2011-11-27
One of my Fantail goldfish has black spots. I have no clue if it is bad or good. She/he looks okay. I looked everywhere on the internet if it is a disease. Will it be fine? PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM ONLY 11. I NEED HELP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. There are a couple that say black spots and see which one fits the best. Recommended treatment is listed.
Ralph Lauren - 2011-11-08
Is it ok if I feed my Oranda and Fantail Goldfish floating foods.?...
And sometimes my younger brother feeds my Goldies a bunch of Crackers is it ok?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-09
    Yes goldfish can eat floating foods - such as flakes and goldfish pellets. I would say that you generally would not want them eating crackers, though!