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gold fish mating
« on: October 24, 2010, 04:53:35 PM »

what is the common way that gold fish display a mating ritual
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2010, 05:39:41 PM »

Look for tiny white pimples on the goldfishes gill plates or pectoral fins.  Usually these show up when participate in spawning.
If you have a female goldfish you may see some tiny eggs the size of a straight pin head on the plants in your tank.
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 03:51:50 AM »

The fish are usually chasing eachother around the tank as well Smiley The male's breeding tubercles are a little bit rough (kinda like sandpaper), so when he rubs his gills and pectoral fins against the female's belly he's encouraging her to lay her eggs. It's not uncommon that two or even three males are chasing one female around, though it's highly stressful for her.

If you want to save the eggs and have goldfish babies, the best thing to do is to separate a female and one or two males into a smaller breeding tank where you have prepared a spawning mop or some fine-leaved plants like Elodea or Hornwort for the fish to lay the eggs in Smiley You can remove the adults afterwards and start caring for the eggs Wink It's good to add something mild, like Pimafix, against fungus into the tank since eggs are very susceptible to fungal infections and then they may be destroyed Sad

Later you feed the fry 3 or more times a day with either specially prepared fry foods, reared artemia nauplii (you can buy hatching kits in the pet store) or you make your own fry food out of hard boiled egg yolk powdered into a small amount of water and mixed together before feeding Smiley
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2010, 10:48:41 PM »

What time of year do Goldfish mate?   I have a little darling that is being "bullied" now is it possible its that time of year?
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2010, 03:43:44 AM »

It is mostly in springtime, when temperatures are getting warmer. If you do waterchanges and provide a good diet ( veggies, fruit, brine shrimp, high quality flakes and pellets, algae wafers, etc ) and a spawning mop you may be successful... Grin

The male will chase the female, nudging on her belly to stimulate her to lay eggs and he will spread his milt over them. But if you are not there to save the fertilized eggs they will get eaten in no time.
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 08:39:58 AM »

Hanna,
Are you going to try raising baby goldfish?
If you do, successfully, please give me step by step details! Smiley
I might get brave enough to try it again. Smiley
this time I will be armed witrh the right equiptment! Cheesy

It's very easy to get goldfish to spawn but not so easy to raise the fry that hatch! Smiley
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Re: gold fish mating
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 05:46:29 PM »

Well,....lol... if it's time and Humphrey in the mood, I may have a go.
But no signs yet.
Humphrey and Skippy got their breeding stars, but I think they must develop more. Hepsiba is a tad rounder but not very much and the other two girls Matilda and Sunshine are too young yet to have eggs. I also think that Hepsiba and the boys are a bit too young as well, but maybe they'll reach breeding age somewhen this season.

Water is getting warmer and I have Elodea floating on the top and I feed varied diet. Hep is the hungriest one, she really wants to eat,eat, eat.
Also got a hatch tank.

But I think the main thing is to see when they spawn and rescue the eggs. Shocked
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