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  1. Hello! So, I got a brank new 20 gallon tank for two Shubunkin goldfish last week. Yes, I know that they are pond fish and can outgrow the tank don't worry they are quite young and I am planning to get a bigger tank for them soon. It has been cycled well and the water parameters are perfect. Evey time I feed them they fight a LOT and I tried using a tank divider but the divider was a bit too short and the goldfish swam right over it and continued fighting. Every time during feeding they push each other around, chase each other in circles and such aggressive acts. I thought it was because of underfeeding but that is definitely not the case. I have fed them enough. One of the goldfish seems to be less active recently, but still eats well and searches for food in the substrate. I have tried everything, tank dividers, feeding them a bit more than usual and even using a net to separate them but no avail. What should I do? This is very alarming to me... please help I really don't want it to die due to stress..
  2. This almost clear bubble started out very tiny and 3 days later this is where we're at....HELP..Other than this bubble my fish is totally fine at the moment.. what do I need to do??
  3. This is an article about how to deal with a common pleco if you keep one with your goldfish out of misinformation or lack of knowledge before purchase. The common pleco is one of the most commonly sold varieties of plecostomus at most LFS. With that, many of us end up buying one of these fish that we think will conveniently keep our tank algae free. Eventually we are hit by the realization that the common pleco grows to be a fairly large fish, produces a large amount of waste, and clearly is not satisfied by the algae that may or may not naturally grow in our aquarium. I have been there, and done that, and the following post is based on my personal experience over the past five years as well as reading up a lot about this on various pleco forums: A. If you can, stay away from the common pleco before you buy one. There are other plecos that do well with goldfish, and I will get into that in a little bit. B. If you have a small common pleco and can still return him to the LFS, return him if you are ok with that decision. C. If you have a common pleco with your goldfish, and you also have at least a 55g tropical tank to move him into, do that but make sure to slowly transition the pleco to the new water parameters (temperature, pH etc). If none of the above applies to you, then keep reading for some helpful information: Common plecos are some of the largest fish available at most LFS. These fish can grow to a length of up to 24+ inches, although the average size seems to be at around 11-15 inches in an aquarium, unless your tank volume is in the three-digits. This is similar to any breed of goldfish, who all have the potential to grow to a body length of 8-12 inches if enough space and food is provided. The minimum tank size to keep these guys in is 55 gallons. Ensure to provide at least the same amount of water volume per pleco as you would do with goldfish (ideally a minimum of 150% of that amount), or be sure that you will do a lot of water changes on his tank. Common plecos are generally peaceful fish. They are for the most part nocturnal, and in order to be comfortable during the bright day time, they require hiding spaces such as larger pieces of drift wood (most recommended) or artificial caves, plants etc. A common pleco in a completely bare tank with just a couple plants will become stressed out over time and is more likely to display aggressive behavior. Due to their nocturnal nature, they enjoy not only hiding places, but also dark substrate to aid their camouflage coloring. There is a reason they have this dark and light camouflage pattern. My current tank has a few hand fulls of dark substrate along with two pieces of drift wood and a bunch of dark brown and black large river rocks either placed on the bottom of the tank, or with tall anubias tied to them, or several rocks siliconed into small, tall formations for additional cover. Their natural habitat are streams and rivers, and they enjoy stronger current. Overfiltration (10x tank volume per hour or more) is definitely recommended. Mine loves to swim downwards in the current of the bubble wand powered by a Whisper 300, in addition to 770gph HOB filtration in a 55g tank, along with an Aquaclear 20 Powerhead (127gph) placed as close to the bottom left back corner of the tank as possible. The common pleco's natural diet consists mostly of algae during their early time. Of course since they grow to be rather large, algae alone will not suffice. They begin to eat decaying plant material as well as decaying bodies, such as sick or dying fish. This is where one of the "myths" come from that a common pleco will attack your goldfish because the goldfish's slime coat is tasty. The truth is this: Yes, they will attack the goldfish because the goldfish's slime coat is quite nutritious. But this happens due to the fact that a large fish like the common pleco will have a tough time competing with goldfish, especially considered that the pleco is mostly nocturnal. Often, a pleco kept with goldfish will starve to a degree. As we know, goldfish are little pigs and they will immediately gobble up pretty much anything edible you drop into the tank. Plecos, being nocturnal, won't always come out to eat when food is served throughout the day, as it is mostly against their nature. Aside from that, even if they get past their shyness and try, the piggish goldfish are more than likely to have consumed most of the food that was provided. Even if you feed algae wafers for bottom feeders, chances are 9.5 out of 10 that your goldfish will have eaten most of that before the pleco even dares to approach the food. "Attacking" other fish happens due to the fact that as the common pleco grows older and significantly larger, the little bit of algae alone is not enough to sustain these fish. They do crave some protein too, and I like to toss a generous pinch of goldfish pellets into the tank every night just before I go to sleep. A lot of it will still be eaten by the goldfish, but in the dark the pleco is more likely to forage for stray pellets. Gel food such as homemade or Repashy Soilent or Super Green work great too, but you will have to feed a considerable amount because the goldfish will want to gobble up as much as possible. Again, a good amount of gel food fed a couple hours after the tank lights go off will significantly help the pleco in finding enough food. In addition to that it is highly beneficial to have some blanched vegetable available in the tank most of the time. This won't be gobbled up by a goldfish within minutes, but usually lasts for hours or even a couple of days, depending on how much vegetable there is vs fish and how much other things you feed. Peeled, (seeded), blanched zucchini, cucumber, spinach and kale, or other green vegetables are almost always available in my tank. That way the pleco can eat over night with being disturbed by the goldfish. Another reason for common plecos (or even small plecos) to "attack" your goldfish is disease or injury. In nature, plecos are somewhat of a cleaning crew. Reducing algae, eating decaying plant material, and consuming diseased or dead fish is all in their nature. Keeping an ill or injured (gold)fish with any kind of pleco poses a serious threat to the health and live of the affected fish. Should one of your (gold)fish be ill or injured, always make sure to QT them away from any other fish! We have even seen cases where even mellow (gold)fish would start eating on their still living but ill or injured buddy, causing (further) injury or even the death of the affected fish. Driftwood. Most varieties of plecos require submerged wood. They will graze on it and consume some of the fibers which are beneficial to their digestion. Aside from that, as mentioned above, a properly sized piece of driftwood will offer cover to an otherwise stressed and aggressive fish. Keep in mind that as your common pleco grows you will have to offer larger hiding places. Not too long ago, my own pleco started to be somewhat stressed out because the smaller piece of wood and the few pieces of anubias would not provide proper cover for him any longer, and he would freak out several times a day, dashing about, and darting to the surface. And if there wasn't a cover he might even have even accidentally jumped out of the tank. I then ordered another piece of wood as well as a bunch of tall anubias, added a medium sized clay pot laying sideways and made small "walls" out of up to 5-6 pieces of kid-fist sized dark river rocks. Since the addition of these things he has not freaked out at all, even with the lights on. So yeah. If you can, stay away from adding common plecos with your goldfish, until you have a very large (100+ gallons) tank availabe, and still make sure to keep the pleco as comfortable as possible. As for the smaller varieties of plecos (under 6-8 inches) that usually can live with goldfish without problems (if you provide enough food and keep sick goldfish away from the pleco), here is a quick list of the most commonly available plecostomus varieties: Bristlenose Pleco Rubbermouth Pleco aka Rubberlip Pleco aka Bulldog Pleco Clown Pleco Royal Pleco
  4. Hello! I've had my two goldfish for about 3 or 4 years and never had any problems, today I switched them into a 20 gallon tank with the water temperature at about 74 degrees Fahrenheit because I read that's the temperature they do best at, now they swimming upside-down and they're very lethargic, please help I don't want them to die.
  5. Hi! My name is Kyle, and my girlfriend and I have two goldfish that need a new home. My sister recently relocated to the east coast, and couldn't take these fish with her. We have been taking care of them for 7 months. In that time they've outgrown our tank, and we aren't able to get a larger one, due to apartment building restrictions. One is gold (Charlie Goldstein) and the other is silver (Frank DaSilva). They're very healthy and active, and deserve a hobbyist with the proper sized tank. Please let us know if you or you someone you know in the greater LA area can help us find them a new home. Thank you so much. Happy 4th! Kyle
  6. i just giggled at the topic tags ok.. much has been asked about how to sex goldfish. this is my view on how to tell male from female and visa versa.. male: breeding stars on pectorial fins as well as on gill plates, around eyes and sometimes all over the head. the pectorial fins of a male, on top are rather thick so they can carry their manlihood with pride this guy, he's got breeding stars only on pec fins. sometimes breeding stars can be seen on his gill plates, but most often, he displays them only on his pec fins: the vent of the male goldfish: notice that it's smaller and taller. the female. her pectorial fins on top are thinner and there are no breeding stars: the female goldfish vent: notice how it's wider, stretched like more of a circle or in this instance, kinda like a triangle or diamond? you can also tell the difference between a male and female goldfish when they're turned upside down by their bellies between the ventral fins and how they are attached to their bodies. normally on the male goldfish, the space between the ventral fins is slightly more concave. on a female, it's quite full and round. the male in that area tends to be thinner where the female can carry a rather lovely and smooth belly. if you go back to the belly pictures i posted above you will notice the difference i mention here. hope this helps a few members to be able to sex your goldfish with ease happy sexing! Click here to view the article
  7. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) * Nitrite Level(Tank) * Nitrate level(Tank) If you have a test kit, take these readings before you do a water change. If you don't have a test kit and can't get one immediately, please take samples of tank and tap water to your fish /pet store and request a test. Demand numbers for each test. * Ammonia Level(Tap) * Nitrite Level(Tap) * Nitrate level(Tap) Please test tap water. It may contain ammonia or nitrate. Tap water often varies in quality with weather/season, so don't just report an old test. * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Difference in the pH of tank and tap can cause distress in your fish. We need both tap and tank results. * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) If you don't have KH and GH tests and have municipal water, you can often get this information from the water company. Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API test kit - drops * Water temperature? Air temp - 16 degrees celcius * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 90L - >5yrs * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? By the "size" of the filter we mean the gph/lph that it claims to turn over? 400 lph * How often do you change the water and how much? Please answer both questions. Every 5-7 days, 80-90% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Please answer both questions Monday 22nd - 70% * How many fish in the tank and their size? You may give the weight of each fish or the length. 1 goldfish - length of my hand plus caudal fins * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Water conditioner means the agent used against chlorine. Fluval aqua plus water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? Give the brand, type of food (sinking/floating pellets, gel food, steamed vegetable, etc.), and how frequently you feed each. Repashy soilent green - once a day +occasional algae wafers/sinking pellets/peas/brocolli * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? None at the moment. About a month ago added eSHa gdex (active ingredient praziquantelum) due to flashing and never actually treated him for flukes before. He reacted really badly to it which I thought was unusual due to being known as a safe medication. Read it could be due to dead fluke overload however as it was mainly a preventative measure I removed it by water changes then carbon. He has been fine ever since. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. This can be a long answer if you have a sickly fish. In the past he's had eSHa 2000 & exit * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? He's had small white specks on his whole body for a long while now. I thought this was ich however they are much smaller than all the photos of ich I have seen. They look like breeding tubercles, but all over his body... He occasionally flashes which makes me think he has some kind of parasite issue, however I'm not 100% and due to no other issues like going off food etc and him being sensitive to medications I haven't treated. As I was cleaning the tank yesterday he went crazy, which is unusual. Then I noticed protruding scales (slight white discolouration) on both sides near his anus that I hadn't noticed before, however I hadn't particularly looked closely in about a week as I have been busy. The first thing I thought of initially was dropsy - which is obviously just a symptom with many possible causes, however wouldn't this be less focal and more diffuse. It almost looks like an internal growth causing scale protrusion. Or could it be some sort of injury, hence the crazy episode whilst cleaning. I honestly have no idea what it is. Slightly white stringy poo too. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No except when still his back end rises higher than his front end which he normally doesn't do but he seems in control of the movement. Apart from that he's acting completely normal. Hi guys, I'm just about to test the water (however I think my API test kit is out of date) but it's the best I can do for now. Before I have the results, I have never had ammonia or nitrite in the tank. It's been well cycled for years and years. I've had Blacky 10 years! Nitrates will be higher than ideal due to tank size but water changes keep them under control enough. Also I already know the tank is way too small for him. Working on getting an indoor pond this summer. I think everything else is mentioned above. I'll attach some pictures. Thanks in advance for any help. Images: 2 image showing small white dots on body - hard to see Here is a video showing the protrusion.
  8. I will be updating this thread soon. I will be having our yearly Raffle and everyone is welcomed. Update 9/11/2018 Im giving away two Yujin Gashapons Goldfish of your choice. Also a Koko's Goldfish Shirt (I only have Medium and Large). the only thing I ask is for you to post something about your self, like how did you get into raising goldfish. Everyone is welcomed. I will be randomly picking a winner on Oct 11 2018. Enjoy and have fun koko
  9. Hi all, my 9 year old goldfish has a fungus ion his upper body. one on each gill which I as able to remove. He also has one on each eye. I was able to get art of one off of one eye but the other one is large over the eye and I can't get it off. He also as one in the middle of his head and it looks like each fin has the start of one where the fin meets the body. I have all three fish quarantined and added ich-x and salt and doing water changes. He definitely has perked up in the last 24 hours. It is NOT ich, which I found from my research tonight, but the store where I buy my supplies didn't do enough research and claimed even if it wasn ice the salt and ice-x would be ok. What do I do now and which med is o.k. Do I treat all three fish even though the others show no sign of the fungus. By the way, they are all in the bathtub and love it!!! I don't have a quarantine tank because they have never been sick. I will appreciate any help because I can't find a vet that treats fish in my area. God Bless. Deby
  10. Hi everyone Pebbles is doing really well she is all better swimming around happily. I am going to show you photos of her. Pebbles is now 4 year old and Jabu Jabu and Angel are 1 year old now. Here some photos of them and just to let you know Angel have ammonia burns but she doing well..
  11. My step-son inherited a pond when they bought their new house and he originally started with goldfish and some small koi, he has now moved up to buying large, expensive koi. He does not want to keep the Goldfish and small koi that he has, and actually there are a few larger koi as well. He only wants to keep the really expensive Japanese ones. I think there are about 10 goldfish ranging from 4 to 6 in and the koi are probably 6 or 7 in, with one or two being about 10 inches. So some of these are big enough that they should probably go in a pond and not a tank. I just wanted to see if anybody wants them for a pond or large tank because I don't know what he's going to do with them and I don't have room. They live north of Seattle but I would be willing to help transport to the right home. He has had these fish for about 2 months and all seem to be healthy. He may also be getting rid of a 7-inch pleco too. Let me know if you're interested.
  12. I will be moving out of my parents house in a few weeks for university to somewhere roughly a 6 hour drive away. I have two goldfish and I’m wondering if it would be safe to take them with me on such a long journey and how I might go about it. It’s possible for me to leave them with my parents as they are willing to take care of them and i’ll be back every few months for holidays but i’d much rather take them with me if possible. How would I go about transporting my fish (one about 6cm /10 including tail the other a few cm smaller) on such a long journey??
  13. Hey! I'm just kinda curious, is he just a fan tail with a more slender body? Doesn't he kind look like a wakin? His tail is quite short too
  14. Hi I have a question I'm going away on holiday for about 10 days next week. Because I live by myself there won't be anyone who can feed my single goldfish. I plan to buy a few moss balls as a kind of "natural holiday food" for the goldfish, rather than the usual holiday fish food one can buy in stores, which are generally quite poor quality. Would the goldfish be able to eat some of the moss ball and not go hungry? Thank you
  15. Recently my goldfish has been staying around in the bottom of the tank. I just did a water change and added in a new filter thinking it was ammonia poisoning or something, but nope my ammonia is almost perfect. I was also thinking I was overfeeding, about a week ago I did accidentally add a lot more food than I usually do, so today I have thrown in peas and hoping he will eat sometime. I was also thinking because a week ago I have been making a lot of noise in my room working on stuff and he may still be stressed out by it. Lastly maybe because I waited a little bit longer on my water change and did it in 3 weeks besides 2. But I don't know what is going on, if I move my net in the tank he moves and tries to get away from it. What I have in the 20g tank - I goldfish Narrow leaf Anacharis and some rocks. I am just trying to give as much info as I can, may someone help, and tell me if I need to do anything or just wait it out. *Btw* He has not lost color or anything in scales, looks healthy just sits at the bottom of the tank.
  16. Hello to all. I have two fantail goldfish in a 65 lt tank (20 gallons) for almost two years now with a HOB filter. Recently they had velvet and i did a treatment with esha exit for a few days. Now there are no signs of velvet but i keep checking them because i know it is very persitant. One of them grew a bulge on it's left side the last month, i cut back on feeding because at first i thought it was dropsy. Now he is better than last week. What could it be? Is it possible that it is fatty liver or some liver problem or internal parasites? I 've done big whater changes and bought a fishfood with more vitamins. The bulge is on the bigger fish (not the little white pimple), i couldn't take a better photo right now.
  17. Hi all, my 2 year old oranda has had a lump on his back where his tail starts for about a year. It has remained very small up until about 2 weeks ago when it started growing rapidly. I have been treating with melafix & aquarium salt but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's now started to Darken in places, so much so that it's starting to look black. Its also starting to look sore. He is still very active as you can see, still eating well etc. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm worried that it's cancerous. I have attached a video Thanks! IMG_4673///
  18. Gizmo is a 2 year old blackmoor and she has been suffering from a bad case of popeye for almost three weeks, as well as a swim bladder issue. Both appeared around the same time. She is in a 55 gallon tank with her brothers, pearl scale and an oranda. The water has always been pristine and I spend a lot of time taking care of them. Gizmo has been in isolation for two weeks, with a round of erythromycin for five days, it did nothing. I then used Tetracycline for the last six days, and I thought it was clearing up but I just found her laying on her side and breathing heavy at the bottom. I got her in the big tank thinking she needed oxygen and she is swimming okay but her eye is huge, and she keeps returning to floating on her back at the bottom. I am so desperate for some advice. Thank you .
  19. Hi there! I am new to this website but I have had goldfish for a few years now. However I have never kept any other fish with them so my question is, what fish can I keep with them? I have two orandas and I was thinking about introducing a betta or guppy to the tank at 24-25 degrees C (with a heater) although I am unsure if they will get along.
  20. Hi everyone pebbles is very sick with a lump on her side, a 2nd bump is growing I am not happy. I started her new meds yesterday, I put some more meds in today and it made her happy and swimming better. I am worried about her. I keep everyone posted as long you pray for her I think she will make it. If she was dying she would be at the bottom of the tank, laying on the side and not eating. She eating, not laying on the side, or laying at the bottom of the tank. She strong cookie, I can heal her. I want my happy girl back.
  21. Hi everyone so I stop all 3 meds. I would like to know if I can just give her plain food back instead of giving her Anti-Parasite. Anyway here photo her she seem to getting back her old happy self. I did found of what pebbles has,she has internal tumor. So there nothing can do but this person told me Avogel1231:yeah, looks like a tumor, they dont kill things immediately and up until death the animal usually behaves perfectly healthy and sometimes the tumor wont kill but usually it does. I just keep my eye on her. I leave her in the 10 gallon for a week then put her in the big tank with everyone.
  22. Hi I am doing a salt treatment for pebbles. I think its a tumor other person think its a subcutaneous cyst. Pray for her and I keep you all posted.
  23. I just went to check on my goldfishes and everyone fine but pebbles. It look like a inner tumor just like what Flounder had. He die from it,I don't want the same thing happen to her. She so young she only 3 year old. I really don't want to lose her too. I also send Flounder photo it look the same. She is a happy fish.
  24. Hey, everyone, I hope all is well I have this Feeder goldfish that has now grown rather large, I have noticed a large white bump on its dorsal fin, and it has become rather lethargic the last couple of days , so I wanted to know if anyone could help, I've attached some pictures below https://www.flickr.com/photos/148233809@N04/shares/yiM3SW
  25. Hi everyone! I bought a cool looking little guy at Petsmart the other day. I bought a little red oranda with a dark red wen, and a cool mixture of dark red and light orange markings. I put him in quarantine before I put him in my 65 gallon with my other fancies. Looking at him I kept thinking theres something different about this guy, then I realized he's a single-tail. I've done a little reading on this; is this not a desirable trait? Seems like all the stuff I've read on fries with single-tails means they should be culled? I was just curious about this as I've never seen an oranda with just a single-tail before. And don't worry I'm not going to get rid of this little guy he's really cute, and as far as I can tell so far he doesn't swim any faster than my other fancies so I'm not worried about him fitting in with the others. Thanks!!
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