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  1. Update: after the last round of prazi my fish is doing great! I returned him to the main tank and he is swimming around and going nuts now that he’s back with his friends. I do notice at night he’s still parks at the top a little bit but he’s not gasping and his swim bladder is fine. After a while he goes to the bottom and sleeps. I will buy another tank in the future that isn’t as tall and put him in it, I think that will definitely help. Now that I know more about goldfish than I did when I bought this tank I will not buy one that tall again.

    Thanks for the help guys. When I get photobucket set up again I will take some pics of him and this new ranchu I have. The ranchu has a perfect black stripe that runs through the middle of his body but only on one side! It’s something else.

    Thanks again, I hope everyone is having a great Saturday!

  2. Great suggestion! I have a friend who is always trying to get rid of duckweed I’ll ask for some. I forgot to mention that I treated with another round of prazi when I put him back in the 20 gallon. Although, my quarantine process has worked well in the past I wasn’t completely sure he didn’t have flukes or some sort of parasite that would labor his breathing. Something I couldn’t see. So his problem could be parasitic, after the water change today and another dose of prazi he looks even bette

  3. Update: I still have him in the 20/short, and he’s done really well. I did a water change today and I am keeping the water quality as immaculate as I can. I noticed he’s still going to the top corner and chilling out. He will have bursts of energy and then rest. He’s still eating normally. I’m not sure if he just likes to rest at the top or what. He looks very good. His colors are vibrant and belly/shape is nice and full. When he is “resting” his dorsal fin is up and his other finds are flowing as you would expect from a resting goldfish. I will continue to watch him. The saga continues...

  4. Hi everyone, 

    its been a while since I posted here, I hope everyone is well.

    I’ve got a bit of a head scratcher here:

     I’ve had an Oranda for three weeks now, he’s about four inches red and white colored. He went through a two week quarantine, he was super excited and healthy when I bought him and nothing developed when he was in quarantine. He was one of the happiest goldfish I’ve ever seen and that’s saying something! I have a quarantine medication regiment that has worked real well in the past and did that. I then put him in my 65 gallon with two other lion heads, lightly planted at about 30% percent. The tank is 25 inches tall. But once he got in there he would only perk up for meal time. He would go to the top and just hang out, not gasping for air and I noticed no swim bladder issues. I have plenty of surface agitation with aqua clear hang on backs enough for a 210 gallon tank and an air stone for extra agitation. I did my weekly water change and he  returned to himself for a little while but then went back to hanging out at the top. Well, I put him back in my twenty long/short quarantine tank and now he’s acting like his normal self swimming around like crazy and only going to the top every now and then to get a little air. I’ve noticed no signs of illness, streaking, red marks, etc.

    I wonder, is my 65 too tall for him? Do I have too much surface agitation? Any ideas as to what is going on with him would be welcomed. I’m completely perplexed. :I-Thank-You:

    My tank parameters:

    PH: 7.8

    Ammonia: 0

    Nitrates: 20-30 ppm 65 Gal., 0-5 ppm 20 Gal.

    Nitrites: 0 

  5. I haven't had any filter problems feeding super gold. I have a lot of flow going with two aquaclears and an airstone and food break up have been minimal, like butterfly I cut up into bite size pieces and it immediately sinks. I will say what I have problems with is the small NLS pellets getting sucked up. I guess your mileage may vary. With that said I'm loving the new super gold. I've been feeding for a little under three weeks and I have already seen noticeable growth and improved colors. 

  6. 57 minutes ago, mjfromga said:

    No I don't feed for wen growth. Repashy, YFS seafood crumble and AAP paradigm herbivore, bloodworms and shrimp sometimes, a bit of pellet food, odds and ends like tuna/egg or a veggie they may like, and tons of natural algae is what they eat. 

    Here's another one. First photo from last month and second photo when I got him in July. He's the one with the small bit of black left on his tail. I think his wen will get big like the other Oranda next grow season. Not all of them will grow big wens. It's mostly genetics. 




    Wow, that is crazy growth for four months! Thanks for recommendations I will look into AAP paradigm herbivore I have read good things about this food. 

  7. 13 minutes ago, mjfromga said:

    It will fill in some, but I don't think it'll get really big. It'll definitely be all on top when it does grow out some. He does look juvenile. You can encourage web growth with feeding and a few other factors but I don't recommend it. The bigger the wen... The more issues the fish seem to have. 

    I have a female whose wen just exploded over the summer though so you never know. May first photo and then November second photo. The last photo you can see is last November. Her wen looked like the wen on your boy but she was very very small. 



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    Beautiful goldie thanks for sharing! I agree with you I don't want to encourage any sort of wen growth that wouldn't occur naturally with regular feeding. If he turns out anything like yours I will be completely happy with that! I wouldn't say he's too much bigger right now than your goldie was in the bottom photo. I like how red your goldie's wen is and clear tail fins. Thanks for sharing again, I will post updates if I see any growth. Do you have a feeding regiment for wen growth or do anything special for wen? If you do would you mind sharing? Thanks again. 

    Messed up on the last reply sorry. 

  8. Hi, Koko's,

    I want to see what you guys think about my red oranda's wen. I bought this guy around March. He was already pretty big, probably about the size he is now I haven't seen marginal growth from him yet. I'm not too sure how old he is, he appears to have a juvenile-looking wen, very squarish. Do you guys think his wen will ever fill out or stay about how it is? I know sometimes it takes a couple of years for wen growth to take off.

    When I saw him at the LFS I had to grab him he is pure red, the photos make him appear orange but he's actually a deep red all over his body and I haven't seen any pure red orandas in person before I got him. I have also begun to feed the new Dandy Oranda's Repashy formula gel food once a day with omega one/ new life spectrum once a day as well. Hopefully, that will help growth. I'm excited about him I hope he stays red like he is. I just wanted to see what you guys think. Thanks! 

    The first photo was taken in early August the second early October like I said not a ton of growth so far but I'm hoping! 



  9. I just bought some of this! This will be my first experience with gel food. I will be feeding it in my baby oranda tank. Any tips on how to feed? I know I need to turn the HOB filters off when feeding (Thanks, Koko I'm sure that tip helped avoid a headache!). I currently feed four small meals a day with New Life Spectrum, Omega One, and spirulina pellets. Do I feed this a few times a day or just once? Can I also compliment it with pellets? Thanks for any feedback. I am excited about trying this food, I see some of the incredible growth people get from their goldies on this site and I hope to achieve it. 

  10. 51 minutes ago, koko said:

    So True. I feed it to mine mainly to give the plants a once a week boost. It seems to be doing really great that way. But I will never suggest other plant foods in with goldfish as goldfish produce enough carbon dioxide for most low level plants (ferns and such) :) 

    Thanks for the advice. I would say a Goldfish planted tank is definitely a bit different than a tropical planted one. There's quite a big of fertilizer going into it already. :D I would try excel but I'm scared of melting my Jungle Val. I suppose I could try to acclimate them slowly to the excel, use a half-dose once a week or something like that. 

  11. 15 hours ago, shakaho said:

    Let the fish fertilize your plants.  Fertilizers can harm the fish, particularly if you don't have a heavily planted tank. 

    Pothos will use nitrate while aquatic plants use ammonia.  I have pothos plants in pond filters with stems 10-20 feet long, fertilized with nothing but fish waste.  I can still grow water lilies in the fish pond.

    Thanks for the reply. So with aquatic plants having to convert ammonia to ammonium and everything they take up different fuel than the pothos. Good to know the pothos and aquatic plants won't be out-competing each other.

    I have never heard that liquid ferts can hurt fish if there are not a lot of plants. Thank you for the info I will look into this more. 

  12. Hi everyone, 

    Does anyone have experience with pothos in a planted aquarium? I have some in my HOB filter it has kept the nitrates under 5ppm. There are just a couple of stems of it, one of them has grown a little bit, but they are not huge. I've replanted my tank with easy plants like java fern, Bolbitis, and jungle val. I dose a comprehensive liquid fert once a week. It has been a little over two weeks since I replanted the tank so I haven't seen any difference yet. Will the pothos suck up liquid ferts and nutrients the aquarium plants would use? My tank is fully stocked with baby goldfish and I feed 4 small meals a day to get them growing. Are there enough nutrients to go around? Thanks!

  13. On 7/19/2015 at 0:52 AM, FishyMandy said:

    I don't think I've ever posted my Luka on this thread, so here he is!


    I love your fish his red really pops! I hope to get a Calico Oranda soon, hopefully, he'll turn out as pretty as yours. Great photography as well. What kind of camera did you take this shot on? This picture has a very warm 35mm quality to it. 

  14. Great tank! I'm jealous, I could never get a planted tank to look like that. The last go-round with plants mine were covered in brown algae and dying... Keep us posted I'm eager to see how your tank progresses. 

  15. Thanks for the tips everyone, unfortunately, I lost the fish. :( I believe there was an internal bacterial infection going on. But I have learned a lot since then about treating it. I now also run a large airstone under the gravel pretty much all day and I turn it off at night. The airstone adds just enough surface agitation to keep film from building up on the surface. The fish seem to like it as well, they swim in and out of the bubbles. :D Just when you think you know enough about fish there's always more to learn!  

  16. 6 hours ago, Chris1251 said:

    Chris here...  my favorite Ranchu (Mr. Potato Head) does the same thing...  Yes it is very frustrating...  I even made a skimmer as Shakaho suggested, to no avail...  He also loves to go over the airstone to play and eat the bubbles...  I have faught the battle for over a year and the wacko still does it...  What I have done is put a glass container into the tank.  When he gets tired of fighting the floatys, I would direct him inside so he can rest and easily keep his little back for to much exposure to the air.  He will now go in on his own...  I wish you the best of luck in trying to change this goofy behavior... ;) 


    That is a great idea, I might have to do something like that for my fish, if he's not going to change his ways at least I can help haha. Goldfish have crazy personalities like people sometimes so it shouldn't be a surprise some of them are a little ocd. :D

    3 hours ago, shakaho said:

    Get a shallow container for him.  Something like this.  Feed him duckweed and floating pellets put in the tank one at a time to get the least possible leaching or nutrients into the water.

    Two minutes is way to long to have food in the tank.  Healthy, hungry goldfish will gulp down all the pellets they can swallow at one time within 30 seconds.

    Please read this.


    I will isolate him in a storage container and try the floating pellets then. I'll see if I can get a hold of some duckweed. I didn't type out well exactly what I meant when it comes to feeding time. What happens is they pick up all the food within in 30 seconds like you said, work on it for a minute and within two minutes they are scavenging again. I meant to say the whole process takes about 2 minutes. But thank you again for the advice I will try some duckweed, I've read a ton about its benefits but never tried it due to the messiness of it. 

  17. Update: I fed my fish an hour ago and it looks like the Lionhead is doing it to himself again today... After eating a small meal with the others he was swimming around perfectly fine, going up to the top to gulp a little air not lingering there. But as the hour has gone on he has gradually gone up to the surface more and more to take small gulps. He will take a gulp go down a little bit then quickly turn back around and gulp again. He isn't floating at the moment but I can tell he is getting floaty and having a harder time swimming then the first 20-30 minutes after he ate. I added an air stone to already sufficient water agitation to discourage a surface film buildup. There is no film on top of the water or anything, I haven't had any sort of protein build up in a long time, and when I feed the food is gone within 2 minutes. This is very frustrating watching him do this to himself, all the other fish are swimming around perfectly fine and he keeps going to the surface. I don't think it's a chronic Swim Bladder disease, his floatiness isn't constant, and clears up within hours at night when he sleeps. I have hope for him because when I wake up and turn the lights on he's fine, it occurs as the day goes and he does it to himself. I have no answers for this fish. :( Is this just a personality quirk?

  18. 4 minutes ago, shakaho said:

    The fish is slurping the tasty, protein-rich film on the surface of the water and gets air with it.  This film originates from the fish food, so he does it after feeding.  

    Gel foods and soft or wet treats create the most surface film, followed by soaked sinking pellets, then dry sinking pellets.  I've never heard of this problem with floating pellets.  A tall tank has a lower surface area to volume ratio, and thus collects a thicker film.

    You can remove the surface film with a skimmer.  You can DIY or purchase one. Just make sure any skimmer you get specifies that it works in fresh water.

    Thank you for the reply I would've never thought of that, I'm glad I asked. I have always noticed a film at the top at times under the lighting, and I've always wondered what the heck it was because I keep my water quality good. It's odd how he's figured this out and none of the other ones have. He doesn't seem like a particularly floaty fish he's a strong swimmer and like I said I see no problems until he goes to the top and gulps air. Thank you for the suggestion I will see what I can do and post back my results. 

  19. 8 hours ago, Mike73 said:

    Fish Mate F14 you can look it up on amazon. You put in the amount of food in the slots.

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    Thank you for the recommendation. I actually found a trick for the Eheim from a youtube video. Tape up the little hole to disperse as much as you want. How ingenious! The F14 does look like a good feeder though, with good precision feeding and I will considerate in the future. Thank you!

    • Test Results for the Following:
      • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0
      • * Nitrite Level(Tank)0
      • * Nitrate level(Tank)<5
      • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
      • * Nitrate level(Tap)
      • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.2
      • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.8
      • Other Required Info:
        • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit Drops
        • * Water temperature? 72-75
        • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running65 gallon, 2 years
        • What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)Aqua clear 110, and 70
        • * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week 80-90 percent 
    • How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago about 80 percent 
    • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4
    • What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime with water change
    • What do you feed your fish and how often? Variety of Hikari Lionhead, Omega One Sinking Pellets, and New Life Spectrum Goldfish Sinking Pellets. Twice daily, for 5 days, one day shelled peas, one day fast. 
    • * Any new fish added to the tank? Fish in discussion and three other new fish from same source.
    • Any medications added to the tank? No
    • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. New fish, no medicine treatments in the two weeks I've had him. 
    • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? no
    • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Gulping at surface until he floats.


  20. Got a weird one here guys... I recently got a few little goldfish a couple of weeks ago. (I posted photos of the little guys in the photo thread!) All the fish are doing well except my little calico lion head. He's doing this odd thing. He will swim around and feed with the other guys fine for a while but most of the day he goes up gulps air and becomes too filled with air to do anything but float at the top of the tank. My tank parameters are perfect: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: Less than 5 PH: 8.2  the temperature stays between 72-75. I have plenty of filtration 180 gallons worth for a 65 gallon, the tank isn't over stocked there are 3 other small goldfish in it. He exhibits no outer symptoms such as red streaks, torn fins, white dots, anything, no fungus. Poop looks normal. He doesn't even look bloated when this happens. But it is the strangest thing, he will swim around go up to the top gulp air swim down immediately swim back to the surface and gulp air again, and I know he's taking a lot in because as he goes down I'll see him release bubbles and quite large ones at that. The tank is a little taller than most but I've raised plenty of fancy goldfish in it no problems, and like I said the others are doing fine. He will do this little activity until he can't swim anymore and floats in the top corner. I've fasted him for two days and he seemed to do better but as soon as I fed him the second feeding after the fast (later in the evening I typically feed twice a day), boom it happens again, he starts gulping air again. It's very odd behavior its not like a goldfish that is oxygen deprived or in a tank full of ammonia. It has me very perplexed. Sorry for the long post but I thought I would see if anyone here had any ideas as to why he's doing this because I certainly don't! Thanks!! P.S. I've added a bubble wand to get more water circulation though it was fine before on the off chance he's not getting enough oxygen. 

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