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Nicole
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Breeding Season Behavior
« on: March 22, 2010, 08:07:35 PM »

What do goldfish typically act like in the breeding season?  Ever since it got really rainy, they've been acting odd.  We did water tests yesterday and today, and everything was good save that the ammonia was up a little to .5, but, according to the test, not enough to bother them (they've been fine in worse). It's fine now, and pH is 7, nitrates are 0, chlorine is 0, and everything else on our test kit checks out as fine.  They're eating just fine and swimming well, too.  There are no spots, streaks, or parasites, and none of them are gasping.
Yesterday, they were a bit more aggressive than usual.  Spot was chasing Sunshine and Stripe nonstop and poking them with his nose, then schooling peacefully with them later.  No one got injured, but Sunshine did bump against the glass while fleeing once.
Today I noticed that Spot has breedding tuburcles (the white spots on just his gills) and all three fish are sleepier than usual.  They're dozing in their hollow log, but come out when we come over to say hello and beg for food. Smiley
Sorry about the lengthy post, but I wanted to be thorough.  Is this what they normally act like in breeding season?
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Katarine
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 08:54:20 PM »

I... think so.. It sounds pretty normal if all your parameters are in check..
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Nossie
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 06:08:47 AM »

Yep, that's how they do (: About the one being chased, did you notice whether she has particularly round belly?
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Hanna
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 06:58:30 AM »

Hi Nicole
Can you take a photo of Spot, please?
Just interested how those breeding tuburcules look like. In case they will eventually show on one of our fish
I will know what they are and not getting worried that he has some desease.
Never seen some before.
THANKS
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Nossie
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 08:14:08 AM »

I found a few pictures (: Here: (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) and here: (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.)

They are simply little white spots. They should be rough to the touch, much like sandpaper (:
And, more importantly: ONLY ON THE GILL COVERS AND PECTORAL FINS. Unlike ich, which spreads over the whole body Wink
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Nicole
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 12:23:23 AM »

Thanks, Nossie.  My pictures always turn out blurry.  I had to look really really close to see them.  As for swollen, I can't tell.  I've seen eggs vs. no-eggs pictures in fishies, and they look the same to me.  We did confirm that Sunshine is a boy as well- his were harder to see, since he's more of a lemon shade.  The verdict is still out on Stripe.  Good to know that they just have "spring fever".  Heck, who knows, I might just have three gay fish. Smiley
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 09:21:53 AM »

Mwahaha xD I have seen some pics of pregnant fish too, but honestly I can't see much of a difference d: I'm not even sure why I asked in the first place d:
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Hanna
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Re: Breeding Season Behavior
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2010, 02:52:08 AM »

Thanks Nossie, Thanks Nicole.

The website is really great, now I do know what to look out for, lol
Yes, it is hard to get clear and sharp photos. Wink

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