Animal Stories - Pearlscale Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Pearlscale Goldfish

The rounded body of the Pearlscale Goldfish appears as if adorned with rows of luminescent pearls!
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Emily - 2007-12-07
I have 2 pearlscales, Delilah and Kallie. They are so adorable. Delilah is a red and white crowned and Kallie is calico. Deli is about 3 inches long with long beautiful flowing fins. I've had her for over a year and she was about 1" long when I bought her. The bigger she gets, the more golfball-shaped she gets. I just got Kallie a couple weeks ago. She is a little baby, not much bigger than a small bouncy ball. She wobbles when she swims which I find absolutely adorable. I don't know if she is crowned or not but she has short fins (a characteristic of the non-crowned variety). They are some of my favorite fish in my tank (they live in a 90 gal with 7 other fancies) because they are unusual looking and very elegant. Make sure you either soak their food for about 5 minutes before you give it to them or feed them sinking pellets. Because of their shape, they are prone to SBD. Feeding peas about 3 times a week (with covering of pea removed) is also good for goldfish so they don't get swim bladder disease.

Yvonne - 2013-11-08
My baby goldfish swims with its head up and goes round and round then drifts to the bottom of the tank.

micheala taylor - 2011-02-15
Hi I bought two pearlscale fish a week ago and one of them my little nemo sits at the bottom of the tank no eat hardly, hardly swims please help!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-10-20
    My baby fish swims round and round with its head up is this normal?
Lauren - 2013-03-01
Hi There, I am brand new to keeping fish, I currently have a 35Ltr fresh water tank with 3 white clouds and 2 Pearlscales. The white clouds I have had for a few weeks and they seem to be doing well. My two Pearlscales (Hansel and Gretel) I have had for 5 days. They are about 1inch long and very cute. I am concerned though as they don't seem to be eating much. I am feeding both pellets and flakes, but one of them (Hansel) seems to pick up the pellets and spit them back out again, same with the flakes. I have tried soaking the pellets before feeding, but get the same result. The other I hardly ever see hunt for food as Hansel does. I have tried feeding some shelled peas and lettuce as well, no results. Also Gretel seems to have gotten extremely fat in the past couple of days, and both the Pearlscales spend a lot of time hiding together in the corner behind my filter. I'm worried that they are either a) not getting enough food b) I'm not feeding them the correct things c) they are sick d) that one is pregnant (if she is pregnant I have no idea what I have to do to keep the babies alive!) Really hoping for some advice here as I don't want to lose my newbies! Thanks to anyone who can help. Lauren

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-06
    Usually if they spit out their food they either don't like that particular food or the pieces are too big. I would just keep an eye on them and see if the problem continues or if it appears they are actually not getting enough food. You may want to try a different brand of flake and/or smaller pellets.  If babies do come then read here on Breeding Goldfish.
  • Linda - 2013-03-26
    Hi Lauren! Where did you buy your pearlscales? I've been looking all over to buy some. Thanks.
tiny le - 2012-10-12
I have two pearl scaled gold fish one of them has a bunch of white spots all over him on his tailed and body is this normal?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-12
    Sounds like it may have ich.  Set up a hospital tank if possible and treat.  Also do a good clean on the tank it is housed in and wash everything and medicate to prevent the spread.
  • tiny le - 2012-10-12
    I think you are right about ich, i did a little research and the symptoms match Thank yu so much for replying and the help I hope my little guy makes it :)
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-12
    Your welcome! Ich is very treatable and you caught it very early if it is only on fins and head, so recovery should not be an issue.
  • tiny le - 2012-10-12
    Well that's good news, I hope he'll be fine and back to his normal self. Thank you so much again :)
  • Mark Washka - 2013-01-13
    Your fish have ich.
SweatPea - 2010-12-21
I have a pearlscale goldfish named sweetpea! I have had her about 3 1/2 years now and she has gone from swimming all over to just sitting in one spot on the bottom of the tank. She has developed these huge blister like bubbles on her and I don't know what to do. She is eating ok but I think she is a little constipated. The people at our local pet store have never seen anything like it before. I keep her water very clean and just recently added a bubble stone for more oxygen in the water. What can I do to get rid of the blister/water bubbles on her and help her swim again? PLEASE HELP!

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  • Anna Rega of Virginia - 2010-12-23
    SweatPea, I have 5 pearlscales, they are a little over 2 yrs old. I just recently had to remove them from my outside deck pond for air bladder, parasites and blister on one of them. I used the Quickcure product and Eponsalt, the eponsalt is for constipation. Later I fed her "peas out of the can" squeezed the pea out of its skin. "all the fish loved the peas" as I now give them as treats. Oxygen is the most Important thing right now. All five of my pearlscales are living in a 25 gal tub in my home, with a filter, 4inch airstone. They were used to a 230 gal space to live in, but they are in for the winter. This winter is too cold and they were sick. My biggest is 5-1/2 oz. and the smallest is 4oz. I got them when they were just less then an inch big. Clean tank/ Quickcure/ Epsonsalt. Change water and treat as directed on Quickcure bottle. I have other fish (large fish) that are in the house now, and I have treated them for parasites, fungus ..They are all doing great but it takes a little work. I have had most of these fish for over 2 yrs. in an outside deck pond. This website really gives good information and use the disease and treatment guide. The ulcers will go away on your fish as you treat her with quickcure. Good Luck!
  • cheyenne - 2011-07-07
    There is probaly to many bubbles in the water and there are large air pockets forming on her. Take the airstone out and fill up your tank so that the filter dosen't produce to many bubbles.
  • Gwenn - 2012-11-09
    Thank you so much for writing about your fish with the huge blisters on her! My pearl gill with the crown, has these that have just formed in the past month on his behind. (Chester is his name) I thank you for talking about this because my fish go-to man at the pet store had never heard of this and I don't want my grandkids calling poor Chester, Bubble Butt any more! LOL I will get that medicine for him! Gwenn
Crystal - 2012-10-31
Hi, I have a pearlscale goldfish and she's been good for as long as I've had her, about two months, recently we had a power shortage due to the recent hurricane so her tank was off for about 48hours. When every thing came back on I noticed she has a new brown spot on her nose. Is that normal? I know sometimes as they get older they develop spots/color changes. Any ideas??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-31
    Probably just a color change.  Is it raised at all?
Anna Rega - 2010-12-04
Can someone tell me why there is foam...the airstones make bubbles and they stay on top of the water?

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  • Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
    The word "eggs" mean nothing to me without a little more info, but thanks anyway. By the fish are not in a aquarium. They live in man made ponds on my deck, appox 220 gallons of water in one and 240 in the fish are super big.
Stella Jacobs - 2011-10-24
I have 7 small Koi (about 12 cm) in my pond, and intriduced 2 Pearlscale goldfish yesterday morning. All went well untill the sun set, and then the Koi started 'attacking' the Goldfish, and I had to remove them out of the pond. Is it normal, and can they damage or kill the Goldfish? Will they eventually stop the behaviour? I do not want to loose any of the species.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    Usually you can have koi with goldfish but make sure the pond is large enough. It isn't easy though and if the koi are substantially larger than the goldfish - many times it just doesn't work.
  • jayzak - 2011-11-01
    How big is your pearlscale? Because most of the time bigger fishes WILL nibble the smaller ones. I got the same problem when I first started this hobby.
  • Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-11-15
    I have my ponds on my deck. I bought my koi and pearlscales at the same time and they shared the same pond. They all started about the same size but as time went on my koi became huge as did my pearlscale. Maybe if you gave your pearlscale a place to hide it might help.
Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-11
Well its July! and all of my fish are doing great. My deck ponds are beautifull and clean. My fish are huge! I looked back on an old calander and realized that my big fish are over 4 yrs old and so are my 5 pearlscales. Jill is my largest fish now, measuring over 11inches long and her tail span is over 6 inches wide. She lets me pet her on the head now and gentle strokes along her side. She comes to me to be hand fed. My other fish come to me only when they are hungry! (malefishsystrom) I like coming back to this site just to read up on different fish info.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-11
    That sound so wonderfulll Do you sit by them and just watch sometimes as must be mesmerizing.
  • Anna Rega of Virginia - 2011-07-13
    I love my fish ponds. We sit out on the deck and listen to the sounds of the fountains and we have a light to watch the fish by and they love the light too. We add water lillies and watch the fish eat and play with them. My whole deck is decor of fish schemes. My grandkids love to feed them and watch them grow over the years. It's a very relaxing atmosphere! Teaching my grandkids how to care for and be kind to all animals is very rewarding.