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  1. Hi Fish10, 

    Your fish are beautiful. Very shiny and healthy looking.

    I can definitely understand your concern with this , as I have noticed a similar marking on my fish Magikarp.

    I do not know what this is, however in my observation I have not noticed this spreading in a manner that is consistent with disease, Magikarp's behavior has only improved since I took delivery of him 3 months ago. I will continue to monitor this on Magikarp more closely, however as of today I hypothesize that its just a slight color change,  from my independent research I have found that color changes can occur due to many many factors ranging from age and diet, to water hardness. Im sure someone will respond to this asking for all the details of your water and hopefully may have more scientific insight as to why this occurs.

    It's my belief that just like people fish are all unique. I would not be surprised if , just how humans can have a single gray hair, fish can have a single stray mark as long as it doesn't accompany any damaged flesh or behavioral changes.

    Thats just my opinion. Monitor the behavior closely, while we await further reply.



  2. Okie Dokie,  I will continue to swap waters until I'm at a desirable nitrate level.

    I was unaware I could safely perform such large water changes that close in proximity.

    Sad my little buddy is going to be slightly more blind than previously but I've started a training routine to follow the sound of my tapping to the food on the bottom. As the fish gets closer to the food I tap more rapidly until its within reach then I stop tapping.

    Thank you for your time, much appreciated.



  3. On 9/13/2020 at 11:40 PM, Guest Danielle said:

    Hi all - first off thank you to anyone who answers this. I’m so worried about my Goldfish Alfred. I think he may be a she as he looks pregnant! 
    Transparently he is so much bigger than when I got him so at first I thought I was over feeding him but he’s been thriving for several months and now he looks like this! 
    does anyone know if this for sure looks like she’s about to lay eggs. I’m NEW to that process so freaking out a bit and want to help https://ibb.co/3BGjXPL https://ibb.co/FzKjnsX


     Hi Guest Danielle, I am new to the forum myself and saw your posting. 

    First and foremost, I think that's a nice looking fish. At face value from the picture its hard to tell without seeing what the fish looked like before vs. now.  with that being said that looks to be a "deep" bodied fish as opposed to the other " long" bodied fish in the picture.

    Have you noticed any behavioral changes in the fish>? such as other fish chasing / pushing the fish in question?

    have you noticed the fish swimming around more frantically than normal?

    Does the fish eat , forage, etc?


    a side question I have for you, unrelated, I have read that housing the deep body with the long body can cause problems at feeding time as the long bodies are faster and can turbo gobble food, have you experienced this and if so , how were you able to overcome this?


    Best Regards, 




  4. 27 minutes ago, koko said:


    Test Results for the Following:

     Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 ppm

     Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 ppm

     Nitrate level(Tank) 80 - 100 ppm

     Ammonia Level(Tap) 1 ppm 

     Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 - 0.25

     Nitrate level(Tap) 0 ppm

     Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph 7.2 , KH 18ppm , Gh 70 ppm ( have been using RO water primarily when water changing and topping off  learned I need additives if I'm going to do this) 

     Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Ph 8.5, Kh 70ppm, GH 70 PPM , free chlorine 0.5 ppm 

    Other Required Info:

     Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?    I use drops,

    Primary Kit API freshwater master test kit , I also have a Taylor Test kit for PH / chlorine  I use to check against the API PH 

    as well as a fluvial Ammonia kit to check against API 

     Water temperature?  I let it ride with my ambient indoor temp , during the day the water hovers around 75 degrees and at night drops down to 72 -73

     Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

    I have a 75 gal viewing area with a 55 gal converted to a sump,  I treat this as if I am treating 100 gal and then on top of that I'm conservative with the recommended dosages for things - running 3 months now 

     What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

    I have a home made system, I have a 400 gph submersible pump with 6' max lift , that pumps in the viewing tank and then I have an overflow skimmer that flows down through pinkly filter floss , and then through a chamber with my stones for bacteria. I also have plants.

     How often do you change the water and how much?

    Still new to this. I have been changing 5 - 10 gallons at a time , once or twice a week currently in an attempt to lower nitrates

     How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

    I changed 5 gal today ( 9/13/2020 ) 

     How many fish in the tank and their size?

    3 goldfish 5 " - 7" ea.

     What kind of water additives or conditioners?

    before adding any tap water I treat with Seachem Prime and let sit for a few hours 

     What do you feed your fish and how often?

    I feed my fish Repashy Super Gold , everyday, a few times a day, I cut it in little cubes , and trop in 3- 5 - at first I was feeding way to much but I have fine tuned this now to be able to just deliver each fish a mouth full of food at each feeding. I have also worked peas into the diet for fiber a couple if I see constipation, my fish don't seem to like lettuce, and they don't like grapes.

    *** This was and old issue  now solved - I made a mistake and switched to some sinking pellets one and my Thai Oranda - gorged - Immediately had swim bladder issues.

    Boy was that a panic. I tried putting it in the plants to keep it up right , nothing, it tried sticking itself underneath my skimmer box ,  nothing, eventually I just reached in the tank and held my little buddy in the proper orientation and I began gently messaging from the Gil plates down towards the cloaca on the underbelly. great progress, I got gas out , gorged pellets, the whole lot - fish was swimming back to normal in an hour - we were very lucky ***

     Any new fish added to the tank? negative 

     Any medications added to the tank? negative

     List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment Minimally invasive. Added a little bit of salt like 4 tea spoons , have also added api Stress Coat with aloe , and Stress Zyme " bacteria"

     Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    Fish 1 - Catarac possible on one fish eye in combination with scale growing over part of that same eye, pretty sure this was a birth defect or an injury when young 

    fish 2- forward been Gil plate and accompanying crimp in pectoral fin - starboard side -pretty sure this was a birth defect or an injury when young  

    Fish 3 - orange mutant extra fin growing out of base of tail , adds to the fullness of the tail and is hardly noticeable, has a few red "veins" I have read this is normal with the longer tails and the number of red lines is like 1 - 3 paper thin streaks 


    Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

    eat like pigs, sometimes the like to lay in a fish pile in the corner of my tank together at night, or if I fast them they will all park themselves where I drop the food in. they seem active , they're constantly foraging , sometimes they chase each other, sometimes I try to play with them through the glass they are responsive. I feel like they know who I am?

    "If copy and paste doesn't work for you, quote this post and put your answers after each question."




  5. Hello, 

    I hope this posting finds you well.

    Im new to the forum and fish keeping, I have 3 fancy goldfish 2 telescope eye and 1 Thai Oranda. 

    they all poses unique qualities(some say defects) that can be picked out with a critical eye however, they are all active and healthy.

    My "Red" telescope eye named MagiKarp came to me with what looked like  a spot of cataract on the pupil I was concerned that it might be parasites but after more research and consideration I decided that I believe its more of a cataract ( there is the abnormality with the eye socket which leads me to believe that this was something that has been with the fish from birth or fry stage.) Roughly 2 months have passed and I have definitely learned some lessons through the errors of my ways, now it appears the spot I thought was cataract seems slightly larger and MagiKarp's eye has been encased partially by what looks to me like shiny new scale.

    1. If one fish in my tank had parasites wouldn't that get in the water column and infect my other fish as well? ( there has been no sign of this and this is another reason why I think its more of a cataract)

    2. Has anyone seen or heard of such a thing?

    3. Due to my early over feeding habits my tank currently hast nitrates in the range of 80-100 PPM could this have something to do with it ? I have slowly been changing out water but read there was a thing called Nitrate shock , where if they had acclimated to high nitrate removing nitrate rapidly may have adverse effects. so I've been changing 5-10 gal of water a week, not on a strict regiment just a water swap and wait and see , the water swap again.

    I have attached photos of Magikarp Below as well as my DIY aquarium Build.

    this is my first tank ever , so have mercy if you see something improper but please tell me straight so I can start planning the fix.

    Substrate is a mixture of Flourite Black, Flourite Red, and Pool filter sand, plants are real, rocks are real, driftwood is real.

    if you've read this, I thank you for your time, any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards, 





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