Animal Stories - Lionhead Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Lionhead Goldfish

The Lionhead Goldfish develops a fleshy growth that looks somewhat like a lion's mane... hence the name "Lionhead"!
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Bob&Jo - 2014-02-13
Our lionhead was a very active tankmate with our fantails but recently has started to hide in the vegetation, she or he is breathing normal but not swimming. mostly stays in one spot. Do you think she could be pregnant? She seems to have become very rounded. Please comment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    It's possible she could be pregnant.
  • Ineke - 2014-08-21
    Why doesn't any body see that these poor things are basically handicaspt, they are totally bred out of proportion.
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chance - 2014-05-24
My lionheadfish is quite the grabber Ya ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha he

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Anonymous - 2014-02-28
I have three lionheads, one black, one orange, one gold and black. Also a black moor and a calico. They are all adorable. I am concerned for my big orange, as her head scales are growing down over the top of her eyes and she will soon be almost blind. Can the scales be cut back without hurting her? Does anyone know if there is anything I can do for her? She's my favorite!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-09
    I don't know if they can be 'cut back', that sounds a little intrusive to me. It may just be her genetic makeup. These fish are breed for a number of things, with a large cap being one of them. I hope she will be alright, but I don't know that you can physically alter this. Perhaps another reader can give you a better idea.
  • DeeDee - 2014-03-27
    I currently have two lionheads in a 28 gallon tank. They are both about 2 inches. I'd like to add one more but I am concerned about stunting them. They are so adorable, just like all the others say.
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Renee Barnhart - 2013-06-19
I have a lionhead goldfish that is rather large. The top part of his head (that was solid orange) has started to lost color. The fish doesn't appear to be sick or act sick but it just looks weird. Should I be concerned?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    I usually look for signs of illness before I get worried. I watch my fish for spots or red streaking of course, but if they are eating... looking and acting normal, then it usually isn't an indication of illness. Color changes do happen, especially in goldfish, and are not always the result of illenss. I would watch for other things as well.
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MudFrog - 2006-07-01
I have two goldies, Gibson and Flash, that are housed with three Dojo loaches. I have seen no agressive activity, unless you are here at dinner time.. and all I can say is "piggy, piggy, piggy! I first bought the goldies when they were 2.5 inches they are now about 4 inches and look like they are going to keep growing. Being the considerate fishkeeper that I am I first made internet inquiries about housing, feeding and life expectency. I have the group in a 50 gallon with two filters, one canister (rated for 125 gallon) and a sponge filter (rated for 125 gallon). I have several plants with my goldies... Anubias, Vals, swords, momosa ball and Cryptocornye Wendetti. They love to munch on Duckweed! Which is good because I have an abundence in my other thanks. I do not recommend them for first time fishkeepers, they need really clean water and large tanks. Most people can't figure out why they can't keep them in a 10 gallon, they are high waste producers and will end up killing them selves with out the proper care. These fish are a great source of entertainment and attention! As long as you treat them well they will have healthy happy lives.

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lorraine - 2011-05-09
I have a lion head goldfish and it has growths on both front fins. Is this normal? Does anyone know what this could be? I would be greatfull for any help. He is about 9 years old and lives in my outside pond he. He is a good 10 in or more I dont know how long they live.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    I tell you one thing, your goldfish is about as big as they get. Not too many grow to 10 inches so he must have had really great care. Now for the white spots. Sounds like ich which is treatable. Click on Fish Diseases and Treatment and scroll down to symptoms. Ich is there at the top and white spots on fins is a symptom. There is also the recommended treatment listed. Now if the spots are cloudy or webby looking it might be a fungal infection but again it is treatable. Goldfish normally live 10 - 15 years but 20 years isn't unusual but there is a record breaker who is now 43 years old. Take a good look at the description of symptoms and I believe you will have your answer. Good luck and let us know.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-05-09
    What kind of growths? If they look like grey or white cottony patches, it could be a fungal infection. Not sure what other types of growth they could be.
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Anonymous - 2012-06-27
I got 'Fat Freddy' in April for my birthday. I was wondering is it normal for him to swim upside down or float? He does this quite often, more than once I was worried he was dying.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-28
    No this isn't normal and usually caused by diet.  The good news is he will probably be fine.  He could have swim bladder disease or just be really constipated.  You can feed him some peeled frozen peas which will help if constipated and i would switch foods.  You can read more about both swim bladder and constipation (two great topics there) on Animal Worlds Article Fish Disease and symptoms.  Just click on this link and the article will appear and you can scroll down to swim bladder.  How's that?  http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
  • Kristi Jones - 2012-07-24
    Thank you, we had an anchor worm infestation not long ago. Tank, fish and plants have been treated. Appetite has been fine, fish haven't been rubbing or showing signs of distress other than Freddy swimming upside down and floating. Is there a certain kind of food I can get him from Petsmart??
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Elana - 2011-01-18
I have two fishes.. They are so active usually
But one of them has been acting lazy looking like
She lost her balance and stays at the bottom always...! It's been two days
I'm so worried.. Please let me know what can I do .. I don't want her to die.

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  • Claire - 2012-07-13
    You should probably take that fish out of the tank and into a smaller tank. This is called 'Quarentine' (I think thats how you spell it) Try this for 2 days and if she still dosn't perk up then take her to your local vet. because it sounds like she has a disease... :) Hope this helps!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-14
    May be constipated.  Try feeding it some blanched peas.
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Carol Mccrorey - 2012-12-29
have 3 lionhead fish, 1 seems very lathargic & stays at bottom of tank for most of time what can be wrong?

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JULIE - 2011-01-01
How can you tell if your lionheads are male or female?

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  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    If you look down at your fish like you would a koi pond, females are fat and very rounded while males are thin and streamline. If they are about 3 years old and longer than 3 inches, then you can heat the tank up about 15 degrees F. and leave the aquarium light on for 8-12 hours every day for about 1 month, then the males will develope breeding tubriculs and females will become even more rounded.
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