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Paul
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Goldfish black eye
« on: April 27, 2010, 02:01:45 PM »

I just bought two Oranda gold fish.  One is perfect, the other has a solid black eye (Iris not visible only at an inflection) and its tail fin is not split in two!  It is still very small.  Is this a developmental issue or could it be something else?
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Bohrah
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 02:19:47 PM »

Are both the eyes completely black or just one? Was it like that at the pet store? It could be  a birth defect or just an anomaly. If the fish can see fine and find its food , i wouldn't worry too much about it.

How are the orandas behaving? Are they actively swimming and eating?
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Paul
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 02:31:07 PM »

Both fish are swimming really well and eating healthily.  I began to feel that the smaller fish could not see through the eye that was completely black (Only one eye) as the larger fish seemed to approach the food much more quickly.  It does not appear to be too disadvantaged though.  I am being very conscious not to overfeed them, however this gives me some concern.

Should I be concerned that the tail fin is not split into two distinct fins as with the other?
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Paul
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 02:35:53 PM »

The Orandas eye was like that at the aquarium store.  We have only had the second fish (With one black eye) for a week.  I only noticed when we returned home.  (Rookie move I know!)
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 02:48:08 PM »

The tail fin could be just another birth defect. It probably won't affect the fish's ability to swim. Is it on the same fish with the black eye?
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 03:40:44 PM »

I have a goldfish with a black eye, but he's a calico so it's quite common that their eyes are black due to the pigment around the face (: Does your oranda happen to have the same color? (White background with bluish hue, red spots of color and little black "sprinkles")

I don't think the tail is much to worry about, since most goldfish sold in pet stores aren't show quality goldfish some may have single fins! I have a black moor that has a single anal fin for example Wink As long as your fish doesn't show any discomfort, it should be alright (:
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Paul
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 03:54:24 PM »

He seems happy and spins around the tank.  So I guess it sounds like I bought the mutant Oranda!

I suppose that makes him more interesting!

Thx Guys, P.
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 12:45:45 PM »

Hello,
Most of the fish we buy at the pet stores are breeder's culls.  Ones that the breeder has selected as having slight defects or imperfections that are not worth breeding or showing.
I also have a shubunkin with one black eye.  His one black eye is considered a fault according to standards of perfection. Smiley
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 01:24:05 PM »

Mindemae: So most of the breeder's culls are given to pet shops? What happens to the rest?
In that case I would be quite happy for the little goldfish babies (:
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 04:25:06 PM »

Nossie,
Most breeders start culling thier babies very early.  They look for imperfections like missing fins, fins that didn't separate properly, one eye missing  etc.  Those fish since they are so small usually wind up as lunch for other tanks with adult fish.  Baby fish that are ok but not good color or color distribution or have other minor attributes that aren't up to standards are sold to pet shops.  Breeders will keep only the best according to the guidelines of the standard of perfection for each variety or breed.  A goldfish may have hundreds of eggs fertilized at one spawning.  So usually only the best of the best are kept for showing and future breeding.
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2010, 04:39:15 AM »

Ok, thanks! (:
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Nicole
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2010, 08:45:33 PM »

Even if pet shop goldies are culls, I like mine a lot.  Sure Stripe's tail might be a little small, but his stripe is so cool that I feel lucky that we got him.
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Re: Goldfish black eye
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010, 03:41:05 AM »

Same here! My fish have grown incredibly beautiful, so I don't mind at all (: There's a black eye, a single anal fin and curly ribbon tail among them, but they're the sweetest and cutest babies I've seen Cheesy
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