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Nossie
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #60 on: February 05, 2010, 09:21:33 AM »

Aha, so it's about 55 liters/14 gallons, if my maths is working correct d: (I do hope that one of the 35cm were the height and the other was the depth of the aquarium xD)

And... umm... yes, I think it is. Even if fish are fish they have different personalities, but they all should have some level of activity to be classified as healthy! (Make sure that both are getting equal amount of food, and they want to eat!)
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #61 on: February 05, 2010, 09:44:38 AM »

yup u were rite..is that an efficent size for 2 goldfish?? also how can u tell if ones a female and male??i noe annoyin much lol Smiley
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #62 on: February 05, 2010, 09:48:13 AM »

also how do u noe if they are hungry
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #63 on: February 06, 2010, 03:37:40 AM »

I'd dare to say, yes, it's big enough for two, but there are several peeps here that would beg to differ and say that you should have a 40 gallon for two goldfish. So I think that's... a matter of your own measurement! I use this rule of thumb: about 1cm fish needs 1 liter of water. And since normal fantails (that's what you're having?) Are getting about 10 cm each, your tank is enough.
But then there are those who say that each mature fish needs 20 gallons. Which might be true for the bigger goldfish varieties. It's up to you (:

Determining the gender of goldfish is very difficult, and there are several methods described in books and goldfish sites! The easiest and most certain one is to wait 'til they are mature and will start spawning. The female will get rounder as she gets filled with eggs, and the male will start chasing her to encourage her to lay her eggs (can sometimes look aggressive). The male should develop white spots allover his gill covers and possibly fins, they should be rough to the touch, like sandpaper!
But then I've also heard that there are differences in pectoral fins (The front fins by the gills), males have bigger and females have smaller, but I'm not too sure about that yet d: And I also heard that males are longer with thinner body. And... then there's the differences in their anal openings, it's rounder on females.

Goldfish have a tendency to act hungry all the time! And they would easily eat until they explode, so therefore, it's better if you control the amount you feed them! Just feed them an amount they'd manage to finish in two minutes.
I suggest that you decide for certain feeding times! I use to feed my fish at 9 in the morning with pellets (Hikari Goldfish Staple), and around 4 in the after noon with blood worms twice a week, or a different kind of pellets (Hikari Goldfish Gold) and final feeding is at 10 in the evening with another dose of staple pellets Wink I feed them this often since they are small fish and growing. The protein in blood worms is important for young, growing fish (: (But tubifex should work just as well!)
Don't forget to give them some vegetables! Like cucumber, lettuce or peeled peas occasionally, it'll clear out their digestive system (:
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #64 on: February 07, 2010, 08:42:58 AM »

thank you so much that was really helpfull i rly appreciate it..=D
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #65 on: February 08, 2010, 02:42:50 PM »

Anytime! (: I'm glad I could help!
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #66 on: February 18, 2010, 06:17:26 PM »

I have two very pretty fantail goldfish, one is bigger then the other and ive had him longer. The other i bought after my first fish died and he was just a baby when i got him so he was TINY (ive never seen a goldfish so small) but just started getting to be the same size as the bigger fish not to long ago.
all was perfect, and then i noticed first that the big fish started getting red spots on his tail that turned into white spots? i was wondering if this was treatable.
and lately ive noticed that my newer smaller fish has gotten SOO FATT that his scales are actually like, sticking out? i dont think thats the best way to describe them but its the best i could come up with. he also swims with his butt towards the top of the tank and tail towards the bottom.
im REALLY worried about both of them.
and id be devistated if i lost either of them.
pleeeasse helpp
and im hoping theres
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #67 on: February 18, 2010, 07:00:50 PM »

I would hazard a guess that your smaller fish has dropsy. your bigger fish... do the white spots look like grains of salt?
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #68 on: February 18, 2010, 07:08:01 PM »

dropsy? is that treatable?
and not really, they start out looking like soars and then turn white like its a scar from the soar? hes been getting them for a reeeally long time.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #69 on: February 18, 2010, 07:11:40 PM »

Both your fish are sick with for sure a bacteria infection and the bigger one, probably a fungal infection as well.
You can treat both with aquarium salt, 1 TBS per 5 gallons of water, but I would do a 50% water change in your tank as well.  What size tank do you have?...Filtration?..check your water chemistry as well.
You can treat with melafix and pimafix according to bottle directions.  Melafix is for bacterial infections and pimafix is for fungus.  You can use both at the same time.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #70 on: February 20, 2010, 01:50:40 PM »

My small white and Orange Goldfish has a really red nose. My mom said it looks like a blood vessel or something. What does it mean? Is My Fish okay? My dad says we are not gonna take him to the Dr. Cuz "nothing's wrong" but thats wat he said abt my sister and we took her in any ways& found out she had scarlet fever... Wats wrong with my fish? Cry
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« Reply #71 on: February 20, 2010, 02:16:48 PM »

I'm guessing here that your fish is suffering from a water quality problem.  Have you checked the ammonia and nitrite levels?  It almost looks like a burn from maybe too high ammonia levels?
What size is the tank you keep your fish in?
Do you have any filtration?
How about extra aeration?
You first need to check your water chemistry and do a water change if necessary then add 1 TBS of aquarium salt per every 5 gallons OR 1 tsp of salt per gallon.  Add a bit extra water conditioner and I would also add melafix which is soothing on wounds etc.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #72 on: February 20, 2010, 02:29:42 PM »


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Hello, I just  bought an new goldfish and my existing fish is chasing my new fish around. What does this mean? How do I tell if I have two males or what?  I love the lil fishies and I want to learn how to take care of them.  I have an decent size round fish bowl.  Is that to small or what? Help!!!
[/quote]The male chases the female around befor spawning so they might hav baby fishies  Grin Grin Grin Grin
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #73 on: February 20, 2010, 02:33:17 PM »

My fishie has a Purple bubbly spot on her nose. What is it? Is my fish okay?  Cry Cry Cry Cry
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Kaylee
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #74 on: February 23, 2010, 02:22:49 AM »

Mindemae,

Thanks for your help, my fish [little fish was his name] passed on anyway.
i tried so hard Sad even tho my mom told me its "just a fish" she just doesnt get it.
i see my fish like she sees her dog, what if her dog was sick and i said "its just a dog?"
haha, but, thanks again.

 Embarrassed r.i.p. little fish.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #75 on: February 23, 2010, 11:42:50 AM »

Awww...I'm so sorry your fish died! :'(
I know I would feel very sad if one of my fish died.  You are right!  Some people just don't get it.  But fish are our choice of pet just like someone else might prefer a dog or cat or hamster.  And goldfish can live longer than a cat or dog too! Smiley
Maybe sometime after a while you might want to get a new goldfish.
I've had goldfish since I was 4 years old and never have been without at least one.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #76 on: March 01, 2010, 11:58:16 PM »

im going to wait to get a new fish. its hard to have them when im at school. my dad has to feed them during the week.
but, one more question.
should i be concerned if my fish now is just sitting at the bottom of the tank in the corner?
i now have one gold fish in a 10 gallon tank, i figured he would be better since hes in there now with the right amount of water that each gold fish should have, but i dont understand now why hes just sitting there? haha Huh
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #77 on: March 02, 2010, 03:27:45 AM »

It's not very good, no... check if you can see any spots on him, or if his fins are clamped or torn! Is he eating well? It could be good asking your dad about that if you're not feeding him yourself...
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #78 on: March 02, 2010, 11:06:36 AM »

Kaylee,
You'll have to check your water chemistry to determine if your tank has high levels of ammonia, nitrites, and if the ph is ok.  Also, did you add any conditioner to your water or salt?  Salt is a very good tonic for goldfish. 
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« Reply #79 on: March 02, 2010, 12:56:46 PM »

its weird tho because he swims, and its not like hes just sitting on the bottom he swims, but in the corner, and every now and then he goes exploring around the tank haha. it seems like hes just attached to that corner? haha.
but every time i put new water in i put in water conditioner.  been doing that since i got them.
ill have to get a kit to test the water.
any suggestions on what kind to get or anything?
thanks.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #80 on: March 02, 2010, 01:27:21 PM »

A master test kit, which has liquid test bottles is the most accurate but probably the most expensive too.
A master kit will have everything you need to test for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and ph.  It ptobably runs around or about $20.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #81 on: March 02, 2010, 01:39:44 PM »

hi

don't know if i am typing in the right place, I have 1 goldfish in a tank of 6 and 2 suckies as the family call them They have all swam happily for over 1 year, now 1 has got very fat, it's eyes are bulging and it's scales are starting to look different. At first we thought eggs maybe on the way but with her eyes popping out we are now not sure. Can anyone help me with an answer? PLEASE
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #82 on: March 02, 2010, 01:41:05 PM »

Oh
Forgot to say....tested water last night and thats brill. Also it's like she is gasping all the time.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #83 on: March 03, 2010, 03:11:51 AM »

The bulging eyes have been discussed before (how to treat: (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) ), but it might be that if she got "fat" and her scales changed (as if she looks like a pine cone), she could have dropsy. For which there currently is no treatment.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #84 on: March 03, 2010, 10:15:24 AM »

Tracy,
Your fish has something which is called Dropsy, also called Pinecone Disease because of the raised scales.
It needs to be treated with an oral antibiotic.  So isolate your sick fish and put in a hospital tank and feed a medicated fish food only!! You can find medicated fish food at your local aquarium shop.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #85 on: April 11, 2010, 07:10:28 PM »

I have brand new gold fish very little and I don't know how much to feed them?? Can you help me please??
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« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2010, 08:17:56 PM »

Welcome Essence to the Goldfish-Lovers Wink

You should feed them twice a day only as much as they can eat in 2 minutes. You also will experience that goldfish seem to be hungry all the time, that means they guts down what they can Grin

It is very important not to overfeed, as they produce lots of waste which can result in ammonia levels to rise.
Sure you already read about ammonia, nitrites and nitrates on this forum.

If not, let us know and we guide you through.

Have fun with your fishies, by the way what's their names? Smiley



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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2010, 10:04:12 PM »

Goldies also like well-rinsed lettuce leaves and nibbling on live plants.  Does your tank have live plants for the fishies to swim through and hide in?   They enjoy those a lot.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #88 on: April 11, 2010, 10:05:55 PM »

also, they like cucmbers and peas. Smiley
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #89 on: April 11, 2010, 10:08:28 PM »

plain frozen peas, thawed, shelled and cut into tiny pieces, so they can eat them Cheesy
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