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Goldfish Looks Pregnant


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Hi..I have a new goldfish - I have had the tank for about 40 days (and fishie) - I am fine as far as water parameters go..everything seems great - in fact, the fish (in six gallon Eclipse) has even grown a little! She/He is active, has a cute personality, eats well, poop checks out ok (per Koko's poop guidelines) - all looks well - BUT, here is the thing - this little goldie (not more than an inch long - when I got her she was smaller) - has a HUGE tummy - it is crazy. If I didn't know better I would think she was pregnant! I have read a lot on Koko's site, and from all I've learned, this fish does not look or act sick - any ideas as to what the deal is with this little guy's tummy...???

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Hi newfishmom,

May i know what type of goldie is he/she? and how big is the tank?

I don't think pregnancy is the cause (cos ur fish is still too small/young) but it might be dropsy (i really hope not!)

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as the tank is onlya 6gal, would say it is a little too small to hold a fancy goldie as they need 10gals each, and commons/ comets need 15.

i guess it depends on how old your fish is, but it could be pregnancy or again, it coul be dropsy.

do the scales look 'pineconed' at all?

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Could it be a pearlscale? I saw them at my lfs at once and they were so cute and round, like little ping pong balls.

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Hi Newfishmom, and :welcome !

I have seen it in very small fish - they eat their little hearts out, and an hour later they look like they swallowed a water melon! :lol: In fact, I had 2 in a 20 gl tank just like that - very small baby ryukin, maybe an inch in size, plus tail. Since I feed the smaller ones about 3 times a day, they got quite a nice amount of food during the course of a day.

How many times, and how much are you feeding your fish?

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Everyone, my fishie is a fantail, and I have really read a lot on Koko's site, and my instinct says no dropsy - she/he is young - and really seems to be doing wonderful - the fishie is really really active, too - her little fins are fine and no awkward swimming..I am going to try and get my husband to take a picture...

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