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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Rob - 2011-09-05
I have an all orange oranda, a pretty good size and a silver goldfish in a 30 gallon. I tried to put an orange goldfish in and these 2 were picking on him. So we had to take them out. Do orandas and a bigger goldfish get along with 4 black moors, one is a baby, and a telescopic? I was thinking of putting the 2 with the others cause I have a 75 gallon.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-07
    They are all community fish and so they should get along. My concerns would be about making sure the moors and telescopic fish get enough to eat - as they don't see as well - actually don't see well at all and so they don't move as fast. That is just a thought. How big is the baby? Big enough to hold it's own? 75 gallon should be large enough. There can always be a bad guy so just watch.
susan - 2010-09-28
Hi I have a new filter the one where water gets sucked in and pours out of top but after a couple of days it has reduced to a trickle is this normal?

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  • steve - 2011-08-15
    Could be time to clean your filter.
  • Robin - 2011-08-31
    That is not normal. The flow should stay the same as it was when you first set it up. Clean out you filter, change your carbon and, look for any clogs.
Simon - 2010-09-19
My redcap oranda looks like there is water inside his wen. He swims upside down or with his head facing down which looks heavy with water and is drawn towards the bottom. Has anyone ever encountered this?

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  • ST - 2010-10-09
    It sounds like he has air in his belly this comes from them eating at the top of the tank it will cause them to swim butt up or even upside down soak frozen peas in some tank water then squeeze the meat out of them (only a couple) this will help release the air.
  • Robin - 2011-06-25
    I don't know anything about water in his ren. It is more likely that your fish has swim blatter disease. (It is really a disorder not a disease.) It just means his swim bladder is deformend and he is prone to storing gasses which make him float upside down. His condition can be managed through his diet. Stay away from flaked food. I feed mostly mine peas, and frozen bood worms. You can also feed them lettace, spinach, carrots and other frozen fish foods. Feed him peas when ever he gets really floaty it should help.
  • chey - 2011-07-07
    This is called swim bladder, it is usually caused by swallowing to much air from eating pelllets from the top of the tank, resulting in floating, or head down swimming. This can be reversed by feeding your fish a few skined peas, perferably frozen, not caned and presoaking your fish food befor you put it in the tank, even if you have sinking food.
  • gary - 2011-07-31
    I had this same problem with my orando’s, it was like this for a week, and it’s called swim bladder and very often happens to orando's. Let me assure you it is not going to die. I did a 90% water change and altered their diet, one day it's flake food which is sometimes the best thing to do as some flake food can cause swim bladder, then alternate to peas out the skin and tomatoes. This worked great for me, remember orando’s eat fruit in their natural habitat as well, giving them fruit will help with swim bladder it stops constipation in the bladder, if you notice long strips of excrement from the orando’s then that’s because he is constipated. Please remember when feeding fruit keep the portions down to small pieces, you do not want the fruit sitting too long on the bottom of your tank, so small portion and eatable sizes. Hope this has helped, my orando’s are very healthy now and I think it’s just down to good management of the fish tank along with fruit in their diet. Gary Holtom
susan - 2010-09-30
When can I change all the water in my tank? I have had a filter in there since Saturday and the water absolutely stinks! The water is clear and the fish are fine but it smells really bad when I lift the lid to feed them.

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  • Ivy - 2011-07-12
    1) You could have mold on your lid.
    2) Is it the fish food that is stinking?
    3) Does your filter have a ton of poo and crud in it? Mabey its time for a change.
    4) What kind of fish do you got in there? Too many maybe?
Ashley - 2010-11-19
I have a red and black oranda. I have had him for a month now and he has been doing great. Today I noticed that his black "cap is losing its color and is almost all there something wrong with him or is this normal?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-12-13
    Because you have way too many fish in your small tank.
  • Heidi - 2010-12-28
    My all black orange (Obama) also turned orange. He survived for quite some time after this occurrence, however he is no longer with us. I have often wondered if one was related to the other.
  • steve - 2011-02-20
    It's all to do with the lighting that you have I've had this problem as well and I'm using an L.E.D.
  • Robin - 2011-06-25
    I also had a red and black and over the month or 2 that I have had him his black has slowly grown out. I don't know if this is just normal or something having to do with the conditions of his tank or diet. (He also has swim bladder disorder.)
  • Ivy - 2011-07-12
    Probably. It's
    Red Cap Male
    Chocolate Female
    Good luck!
Ivy - 2011-07-12
So, I have a 3 gallon fish tank with a filter, (yes, I will upgrade when it gets bigger) and the room is pretty warm in which it is in...does it really need a heater?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-13
    Not positive but kind of a circle here. Your Organda needs a ten gallon tank as he will be about 7 inches when grown. Rule of thumb, you need a gallon of water for each inch the fish is going to be as an adult. You also need the larger tank for oxygen. You have to subtract gallons for gravel, plants and decorations. Temperature should be 65 - 72 degrees.
    If you can maintain that - which isn't hard in Fl - then you're fine. You probably need a filter though, unless you want to clean the water, frequently. Goldfish have a whole lot of waste.
Cara - 2011-05-21
I have a red cap Oranda and a chocolate Oranda. The red cap is more slender and smaller than the chocolate, who seems quite fat. They are about 1 1/2 to two inches long. When will I be able to tell which is a male and which is a female? I am just wondering.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    Although is it impossible to sex Goldfish when they are young and not in breeding season, the male is usually smaller and more slender that the female. In the breeding season the male has white prickles, called breeding tubercles, on its gill covers and head. Seen from above the female will have a fatter appearance as she is carrying eggs.

  • Karen - 2011-06-09
    I had one that was doing the same thing. My water was too warm for them.
LaDonna - 2011-03-07
My oranda, Bubbles, has been laying in a corner in the front of the tank for a couple of days, he swims fast and doesn't appear sick but seems to need to rest from swimming throughout the day by laying on the bottom. Is this a sign of something going wrong with him? Please help I love my baby and want him to be okay!

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  • Sydney - 2011-05-11
    Frequent laying on the bottom of the tank with gills clamped shut is usually an indicator of high nitrate levels. Buy a full test kit- the liquid type is way more accurate than strips (API is a good kit, and pretty common). Perform 20-30% water changes daily for 3-4 days to see if it improves. Live plants are the best nitrate reducers, but additives like Tetra "Easy Balance" help, too. API/Rena makes a filter media called "Nitra-Zorb" that can drop the nitrate levels around 10 ppm, but it has to be recharged every 48 hours.
Paban - 2008-06-25
I have 500 gallon outdoor artificial goldfish pond where I have 6 orandas, whereas 4 of them are cherry red and 2 of them are red cap orandas. They all grew up to 6 inches now and still growing. I've kept these goldfish for 4 months and when I bought them they were just 1 or 1 and a half inches long, but surprizingly they grew very fast. I have lots of plants in my pond too; water lettuce, hornwart, and some water hyacinth. My orandas love to eat these plant's root. I just feed them dry fish powder. They are very healthy and happy.

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  • Brayan - 2011-01-02
    So in 4 months they grew about 5 inches?
susan - 2010-09-29
Hi I have just bought a bronze oranda and named him fudge.