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THE BUBBLE EYE!


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Goldfish of the month July:

THE BUBBLE EYE!

Origin

As many other goldfish before him, the bubble eye also orgins in China, and was at first most likely a mutant to a telescope or celestial, developing rather strange additional features that later were bred out into the breed of the bubble eye.

Body features

The bubble eye will bring out completely different opinions in most people, and will devide right down the middle - one half completely in love with the fish, the other half most likely finding him a freak of nature.

Either way, he is not a "normal" looking goldfish at all, which can be attributed to his huge bubbles on either side of his face, right underneath his eyes. Those bubbles are liquid filled sacs, and are extremely delicate, and can burst easily.

Other features are the eyes, which - different to most other goldfish breeds - point upwards. The bubble eye is not as round in his body feature as the fish of last month, the ryukin. He is a rather slim fish, has a pair of anal, ventral and pectoral fins, and should have a smooth back, with no visible indentations or humps. In China the bubble eye is bred with and without dorsal fin, but here in the US, by standards of the GFSA, any sign of a dorsal fin, may it even be so slightly, is grounds for disqualification on a show. These standards count as well in most other western countries.

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(Courtesy Ken from DandyOrandas.com in 2008)

Color options

The color palette for this fish is rather big as well - red/white, red, red/black, even colors of blue and chocolate have been seen. Then there is the familiar calico and not so much known black, which, like in most goldie breeds, is not a stable color.

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(Courtesy Ken Fischer from DandyOrandas.com 2008)

Challenges and food menu

The bubble eye is a rather challenging fish when it comes to his housing and diet. Those liquid filled bubble sacs, as mentioned above, are very delicate and can easily be damaged and destroyed. This requires some planning ahead when purchasing a bubble eye - no sharp objects or ornaments, plastic plants need to be inspected for any edges and leaves that might damage the bubbles. The intake tubes of the filter should be covered with a sponge or fine netting - bubble eyes generally are weak swimmers, and tend to get too close to those intake tubes, not being able to swim free from the current.

Food is another thing to think about - not that the bubble eye needs a particular food. Just by looking at the constellation of his eyes, one can imagine that its very hard for him to find food that sinks rather fast, or is very small (like bloodworms). He prefers slowly sinking food, veggies on a clip at the same spot in the tank every time when feeding. Its also a very good idea to keep only bubble eyes or other "eye handicapped" fish in with him, like telescopes and celestials. That way everybody has a fair chance at the dinner table, and we don't have any starving bubble eye while a much faster oranda gobbles up all the food, before the fish can get to it.

And last, but not least.....

Once the basic needs for this beautiful fish are met, you will have a happy and healthy fish for a long time. If by accident a bubble gets compromised, it might take time, but in most cases it will grow back. It will not get his original shape and/or size, and the two bubbles in comparison will not look equal anymore, which is a big disadvantage in a show, but will not minimize the joy and fun you will have with a bubble eye at all.

One funny obversation I made with bubble eyes over the years - when they get older or get sick, they tend to slow down enormously. Not only resting a lot, but they will start to seem disoriented in the tank, floating around at times without being able to right them back up. This can go on for weeks, the bubble eye apparently not bothered by it at all, and he stops to fight it after time, while one morning you will find him stuck to the intake tube or squeezed in between plants and ornaments, so weak that he can not move anymore.

This up-side-down behaviour I haven't observed in any aging or sick breed otherwise, and it seems a unique to the bubble eye.........

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ah, bubble eyes. so odd yet so lovable. i have three myself! shadow had that upside-downy behaviour for about a day but i think that was swim bladder because of the nitrates being too high. they are such fun to watch when they swim, they kind of waddle. funny creatures! :lol:

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Oh, finally, somebody with bubble eyes! :thud Amy, I was thinking of you while writing the article. Do you have pictures of yours?

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THats so cool - Shadow actually kept his dark coloration!? Is it black, or more of a chocolate color?

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:hi Ric! Good to have Beaker's picture, he belongs in here!.... :wub:

About the theory of popped bubbles growing back, did it start regrowing yet, and how does it look in shape? ..... :)

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with good lighting shadow kept her dark colouration but shes been going more chocolaty over the past couple of weeks since she moved to a tank without lights but shes moving again soon so the black should come back!

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Amy, the only picture of Phoenix I see is together with Shadow when you first got them... :)

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:hi Ric! Good to have Beaker's picture, he belongs in here!.... :wub:

About the theory of popped bubbles growing back, did it start regrowing yet, and how does it look in shape? ..... :)

It has just begun to grow back, it looks similar to a baggy eye after a night of no sleep :ill

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Well, in this case you better don't put any mirror in Beaker's tank, otherwise he gets depressed! :lol:

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A very nice one, yes!! :)

Those couldn't be the only bubble eyes on the board!..... :thud

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:rofl i would have thought there would be more, too. im sure there are but they havent stumbled across this topic yet.

andrea, i put my moor cross in the tank with the bubble eyes to hopefully breed and prevent them reabsorbing their eggs. he hasnt been giving them any trouble and hes such a clumbsy breeder too so i dont think hes likely to pop their sacs. so far so good. :)

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Good to hear, Amy!!!

REmind me to never pick a Tosakin as the fish of the month, we will never get any pictures of those then!... :rofl

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:rofl there was one person with a tosakin ive seen. im in persuit of one myself! dont give up hope yet! lol. maybe, just maybe....
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Thanks for the info on the bubble eyes.

Personally to look at them makes my own eyes water. They are cute and they are growing on me, but I don't know if I could own one.

Those eyes, I'd be parnoid over something popping it.

Very nice pictures everyone.

While in the lfs today I was watching them. There was a cute little calico and for the first time, I actually thought "Aw, how cute". Progress.......You people may still get me to have all kinds of different GF, not just orandas. :rofl

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hey, koko. is beaker in with the other fish or is he in a seperate place because of the bubbles? how did he pop his sac?

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Beeker is with Mr.T and Jellybean (Oranda and Lionhead), he popped his sac on the intake tube to the Filter. Its now in safe mode for him :D

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:D I am a Bubble Eye mom!!! :rockon

I have been all over this site, but just found this particular forum. I am so glad to see other bubble eye owners! Seems like there aren?t many. I have three, a calico-Morton, Gold-Nugget, and white-Sofia. I LOVE these fish; I think they are the cutest fish ever! I love how the bubbles move when they swim... totally looks like there waddling, it cracks me up :rofl They are so friendly and always come over to see me if I am close to the tank. And when I?m moving things in the tank, they come up and suck on my hand or wrist. I know they are just testing for food, but I call it gold fish kisses. I read in this forum that black and white fish colors aren?t stable? Does that mean the color changes? What color would my white bub eye change to? :why:

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