Animal Stories - Oranda Goldfish


Animal-World Information about: Oranda Goldfish

The Oranda Goldfish is like a Veiltail Goldfish but with a bit shorter tail, and develops a hood similar to the Lionhead Goldfish!
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George Bee - 2012-10-18
My red oranda is about 3 years old. It has developed a fleshy protrusion on its body near the base of the tail. It is flesh color about the size of a pecan nut. It has not had any effect on the orandas activity. Can anyone help me on what this is? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    It could be a variety of things.  More of a description would help.  Could be a water quality issue or maybe parasites?  Start with the simple thing first and test your water.
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Melishea - 2014-07-30
My husband had the great idea to buy a oranda goldfish. He brought it home and put in tank. Woke up in the morning. Barely alive. The water temp is 26c. To hot I found out later. It's a 20 gal tank. And other little fish to. He didn't last 6 hrs. He is currently alive in sink. Any body please help

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Rachel - 2012-10-16
I just bought an oranda a few days ago at a local Petsmart. It looks just like the picture at the top of the page (orange with black edges on his fins). I am really worried about him because the black on the edges of his dorsal and tail fins is now falling off. He also is not eating the pellets that we bought for him. I'm worried that he's on his way out. Is there anything I can do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-16
    Check your water levels. Amonia spikes can cause this.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    This happened to our fish at a point too. Your fish may have fin rot, it's a disease that slowly eats the fins and turns them a reddish color. If it gets too close to the body (the disease), it may cause internal bleeding and kill the fish painfully, the fish dying due to pain probably. How old is your fish? Do you know an estimation?
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Emily - 2013-08-16
We have a 29 gallon tank with 1 lionhead of Osaka and 1 Koi. This evening we noticed that the lionhead had no eyes! Did the Koi do this? Or is there some other process going on here?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It's quite possible the koi did this. Did it happen quickly, like over night? If so, I would almost guarantee the koi was attacking the lionhead. If it happened over time, there could possibly be something in the water irritating his eyes, too.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    Most Koi aren't super aggressive to do this. We had a case like this in our tank, what happened was our fish was sick and the other fish could tell he was weak so they ate his eyes, knowing he couldn't defend himself.
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Marybeth Little - 2013-12-07
We've had our orange and white Orandas (x3) for a good few months, our first one has been with us around 9months, the smallest two for about 2monthe. Our eldest daughter loves fish so much when we asked her what she'd like for a birthday present her reply was, 'more fish peeese' :) so we took her to pets at home ( where we got the Orandas from) and asked what would be suitable to mix with our fish. Our tank is around 200L and we were told danios (the white variety) wouldn't take up much room, we're very comparable with other varieties of fish and that we could take up to 5 home. So our daughter picked the 3 she wanted and we took them home. That was a week ago, now fatty (named due to his size) has had his fins ripped to shreds! I'm mortified :( we've moved him out of the large tank into a smaller tank, but will his fins grow back? Will it be the danios doing this and will they move onto our other remaining Orandas? Please any advice would be greatly received. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm not sure why your oranda got its fins shredded, but definitely sounds like some aggression going on. Watch the tank closely and see who's chasing who. It could also be one of the other goldfish. And the good news, yes, the fins will grow back!

    Danios are generally not aggressive, but they should be kept in a bigger school than 3, 7+ is much better. If they are the aggressors, having a larger school should remove that threat as they will spend the majority of their time paying attention to their own kind.

     
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Richard - 2013-11-27
I have 1 blue oranda named Belle, 1 orange fantail named Girl, and 1 chocolate fantail named Chocolaté. Every time I go by their tank they rush to the corner waiting for me to feed them. Anyone else can come to the tank and they don't move from where they are at. As soon as I go by boom there they go to the top of the tank. Crazy little guys!

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eddie mccarthy - 2013-08-13
I have 6 orandas in a 120 ltr tank all water test by me and pets at home are A1 they are all medium size. 4 of them I got 1 week ago and today the these fish with the very light caudal fin have very tiny speckled markings. I have never noticed before if they do or not they are not displaying any symptoms of white spot but I would welcome any helpful comments. Many thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    How are they doing now? Have the spots gotten worse? If there is any chance they might have ich, I would treat for it. I hope things have gotten better since you posted this!
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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
Why do gold fish carry so much lomonia

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Limonia is actually a tree.Are you trying to say ammonia? That's a condition that all aquarium fish create (food and fish waste breaking down... creates ammonia). Goldfish put a heavy load on the aquarium so do create a lot of ammonia. And of course, ammonia has to be dealt with through filtration and/or water changes (as with all fish).
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liz111 - 2013-04-17
Hi, I've been a fish keeper for just 3 weeks so all new to me. I have a red cap oranda and a calico. Today I noticed the red cap won't stop chasing the calico which appears to be swimming away from him the whole time. What is the red cap doing this for, is it normal? Non stop for at least an hour and half now. I feed 6 tiny pellets in the morning as advised by the pet shop. What are your thoughts on that also? Many thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Yeah, that's a problem. If he keeps chasing the other fish, the other fish will succomb to stress, quit eating, and have major problems. Here's some things to alleviate the condition: get a bigger tank, add hiding places and retreats by providing plants and other decor (driftwood/rocks/etc.), add more fish to divert the attention and change the dynamics,.. and if none of these work, remove one of the fish and put it in its own tank. Best of luck!
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bernadette - 2013-04-03
I have an oranda fish. He seems to be sitting on one side of the tank and its always the same spot. He comes up for food then swims around a bit. Then goes back to the same spot. When he comes up for air he blows the air out then goes back to the bottom of the tank. Any ideas what might be wrong?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    There may or may not be a problem as it sounds like he is feeding and not stressed, but sometimes these fish can have a swim bladder problem. Make sure the tank is well maintained with regular water changes, and you can try feeding a supplement of  frozen peas (defrosted with the skin removed).
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