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Fish: Golden Orf with red gill, golden orf, pond fish
golden orf, pond fish, gallon pond: Alan, Just to let you know your Orf can live for 50 yrs or lots more. Very kool pond fish. If noone else seems to be infected in this pond, I think if you want to keep him you might want to get him checked by a vet. They are very susceptible to water changes...

Fish: Goldfish, partial water changes, fungus cure
partial water changes, fungus cure, fancy tail: Hi Susan; I m glad he seems to be feeling better. Keep doing those water changes if it helps him. The whitish areas on him could be a fungus. You might want to try a medicine for it like Fungus Cure or MarOxy . Followups welcome At Your Service;...

Fish: Goldfish, types of goldfish, fin shapes
types of goldfish, fin shapes, hometown aol: Hi Alisha; All types of goldfish can breed with each other because they are the same fish. They have been selectively bred to develop the different colors, fin shapes and body shapes. To find out the sexes may be difficult though unless they are in...

Fish: Goldfish, worman, goldfish
worman, goldfish, dionne: Hello Dionne- You may have been feeding them too much - They should have two meals a day, breakfast and dinner. You should give them only a few flakes/pellets each, possibly 4 or 5, depending on the size of the fish. The white string is just the food passing...

Fish: Goldfish, water quality problem, starter tank
water quality problem, starter tank, romaine lettuce: Hi Kathleen; He s just too big for the tank. Goldfish need at least a 10 gallon tank per fish because they are so messy and get so big. The cloudiness and irritation is a result of it. Change his water every 3 or 4 days until you can get him a bigger one....

Fish: Goldfish, fish reference, cucumber slices
fish reference, cucumber slices, beneficial bacteria: Hi Amanda; It s just feces, but it is because your fish are constipated. Their poop should not trail behind more than about a half inch before it dissolves or drops off. Goldfish are mostly vegetarians but the foods we give them tend to be pretty high in...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, goldfish: Hi Gary, I would leave her in the pond. Goldfish are external egg layers so she needs to lay the eggs on the ground and have a male fertilize them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish, flake food, rich diet
flake food, rich diet, proper environment: Hello Amy- If you don t get your goldfish in a proper environment, it WILL die. You should definitely open the bag, your fish needs fresh air. If you can t take proper care of this fish, please return it to the store. Flushing a live fish is an act of...

Fish: Goldfish, salt water tank, goldfish flakes
salt water tank, goldfish flakes, swim bladder: RO water lacks the required minerals for a freshwater tank, you should only use RO water in a salt water tank. Tap water thats been treated is perfectly fine for a freshwater tank. Make sure the new location isnt making the water to hot, below 78 degrees is...

Fish: Goldfish, ammonia levels, red streaks
ammonia levels, red streaks, ph level: Don t decrease the ph unless it is above 7.2. Ammonia should be zero. The ammonia levels shouldn t be high. The should go away naturally, but if it s not soon enough for the goldfish to heal..... You should only feed as much as the can eat in a min or...

Fish: Goldfish, tank temperature, odd behaviour
tank temperature, odd behaviour, rule of thumb: Thank you for your question. Coldwater fish is not my area of expertise, but I shall try to offer you some information. Goldfish, firstly, are very messy fish and need much space. If they are in small bowls the ammonia they create through waste will quickly...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, gills: Hi Lisa, No his gills are not supposed to be that way at all. Have you been doing regular partial water changes (you need to change about 20-25% of the water in his tank once a week, every week). Also, do you have a good filter on his tank? ...

Fish: Goldfish, partial water changes, fish fish
partial water changes, fish fish, colonies of bacteria: Hi Laura; It sounds like columnaris. It is a bacteria that is present all the time in our tanks but infects fish when they are stressed. You need an antibiotic for him but make a 25% water change first to clean up the water and help boost his immune system....

Fish: Goldfish, chris robbins, fish bowl
chris robbins, fish bowl, gallon tank: Hi Cecily; Poor little guy. The dark areas you are seeing are ammonia burns. Contrary to common belief, a bowl is just not a proper environment for goldfish. Goldfish need at least a 10 gallon tank for each fish and good strong filtration to thrive. They...

Fish: Goldfish, tank syndrome, fish reference
tank syndrome, fish reference, chris robbins: Hi Leentjie; I m so glad you are asking about this before buying your fish! It s often the other way around and I m being asked about dead fish. Sad but true. Goldfish can t live in a bowl. They are messy guys that get very large and live to be over 10...

Fish: Goldfish, feeder fish, bladder disease
feeder fish, bladder disease, swim bladder: Hey Roger, For starters, gold fish need more room then a 1 gallon bowl. Typically, gold fish within a couple years will exceed 10 in length. Feeder Comets typically grow to a range of about 14 in length after 4-5 years. Moors and fancy bubble goldfish...

Fish: Goldfish, litre tank, black moors
litre tank, black moors, bio filtration: Hi First you need to put your fish tank in a clear area not crowded , in order to prevent stress for them , so keep them away from the TV , Second the tank I think will fit if your fishes are small ones but not recommended for large ones , they will...

Fish: My Goldfish, pet goldfish, size tank
pet goldfish, size tank, goldfish: Hey Dawn, I really doubt he ate a stone. It s more likely that he has a severe internal infection, or that he s constipated. Feed him thawed peas and invest in some tetracycline. Tetracycline seems to be the big suggestion tonight! three other cases that...

Fish: Goldfish, aquarium trade, google search
aquarium trade, google search, nitrogen cycle: It sounds like ammonia poisoning. The general rule for goldfish stocking is. for one goldfish, 20 gallons. For each additional goldfish, add 10 gallons to the first 20 gallons. This is assuming that you have AWESOME filtration, because goldfish are the...

Fish: Goldfish, fungus cure, fungus treatment
fungus cure, fungus treatment, swollen eye: Hi I think as long as the source of the diseases is still there , no cure will do , try to clean the entire tank to get it purified try to use this Maracyn, Fungus Cure, Methyl Blue, and you will surely need to use Antibiotics for secondary infections...

Fish: Goldfish, finrot, fish room
finrot, fish room, filter pads: Hi kelly. First things first. You need 20 gallons for one goldfish, and an additional 10 gallons for each other goldfish. So, ideally, you need to double your tanksize. Second of all, it sounds like the begining of finrot. You need to go get a medication...

Fish: Goldfish and 29 gal aquarium, algae eaters, size tank
algae eaters, size tank, chris robbins: Hi Amy; Most people don t know that they get so big. The real tough part is that they are so messy too, even for their size. I really think the tank they have now is fine for them to reach adult size. You just don t want to add any more to it. Keep...

Fish: My Goldfish :(, comet goldfish, goldfish tank
comet goldfish, goldfish tank, nitrite levels: Hi Jamie; The tank is just too small for goldfish to live a very long life. Each goldfish needs 10 gallons and good filtration because they get so big (6 and up) and are just messy guys by nature. Here is a good web page about them so you can get your...

Fish: Goldfish, aquarium salt, sick fish
aquarium salt, sick fish, tank water: Hello: First you should change 1/3 of the tank water and clean the tank well. You should isolate the sick fish by putting him in a large bowl filled 1/3 with water from the tank and 2/3 with fresh room temperature bottled water. Buy some aquarium salt...

Fish: Goldfish, fantail goldfish, cold extremes
fantail goldfish, cold extremes, fantail fish: Hello Karen- Sorry for the wait. Your little guys are probably suffering from one of two things: really cold water, or very high ammonia levels. (And possibly fin rot, from the sound of it.) Here s what you can do to try and save them: 1.) Make sure...

Fish: Goldfish, scale fish, red dots
scale fish, red dots, blue fish: Hi Alyssa, I m sorry to hear about your fish. Have you ever bought fish from this place before? As the store could have a disease in one of its tanks. I think that the red dots could be from the other fish attacking it, especially if this fish had a disease...

Fish: Goldfish, swim bladder, bladder problem
swim bladder, bladder problem, fish reference: Hi Lorna; Poor guy. It sounds like either a water quality issue or a swim bladder problem. Make a water change and see if that helps. If not, it could be his swim bladder. Some fish sit at the bottom of the tank and others float or swim upside down. Here...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, d black
cichlid research, d black, black eye: Hi Anna, If the looks normal other than the color, then my guess is that it is normal. I don t know of any disease which has black eye as a specific symptom. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, goldfish
cichlid research, goldfish, scales: Hi Robert, I really doubt if they are breeding and much more suspect that they are fighting or have some sort of disease (though I would suspect fighting first). Consider separating them and see what happens. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish, egg layers, distended belly
egg layers, distended belly, hiding places: Sue, If you have male ready to breed he usually has white spots by his gills tubrcles.They are often confused with ick. Your girl can get a very distended belly . They are egg layers and very cannibalistic....

Fish: Goldfish, ammonia levels, natural bacteria
ammonia levels, natural bacteria, tank syndrome: Phoebe, Is this a new tank you set up for them. If it is what you did what you are going through is new tank syndrome. This is the nitrogen cycle. Very normal. I hope you have good filtration on there. Though...

Fish: Goldfish, 30 gallon tank, partial water change
30 gallon tank, partial water change, tank syndrome: Diane, Mrycin is fine it is erythromycin. I am sooooo sorry you lost your babe. Changing tanks is a hard thing for them. Are they in the new tank or still in 10 gallon. Hopefully everything you are doing...

Fish: Goldfish, fish reference, fish turn
fish reference, fish turn, chris robbins: Hi Alex; Below are some web page links you can use for research to give you the information you need. From each site you get any info from, remember to write it down so you can record the source in your project. My kids have all done many science projects...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, goldfish
cichlid research, goldfish, left eye: Hi Becca, Unfortunately things don t look good for your goldfish. I have seen the symptoms you are talking about and fish rarely recover from it (I have actually never seen a fish recover from it personally). Sorry. Probably the most humane thing...

Fish: Goldfish, nitrite levels, male betta
nitrite levels, male betta, common myth: Hi Alex and Alex s Parents ; I m so sorry this has happened to you and your fish. Goldfish just can t live in a tank that small. It s a common myth. They really need a tank of at least ten gallons with a good filter to thrive. Goldfish are very messy...

Fish: Goldfish, blood gasses, maracyn 2
blood gasses, maracyn 2, tiny chunks: Hi Cheyanne; It sounds like swim bladder malfunction. The swim bladder is an organ inside the fish just below the spine. If the fish wants to go up in the water, the swim bladder fills with blood gasses. If the fish wants to sink lower, the blood gasses...

Fish: Goldfish, fancy goldfish, chopped spinach
fancy goldfish, chopped spinach, gal tank: Hi Echo; Sounds like he is eating too fast and taking in too much air at the same time. It can t digest properly. Putting it bluntly....your fish has gas! It is pretty common in fancy goldfish. Soak the food for a minute or so in some tank water before...

Fish: Goldfish, fancy goldfish, puffy cheeks
fancy goldfish, puffy cheeks, adult fish: Hi Jenny; The tank is way too small for goldfish and they really need a good power filter. Goldfish get to be 6 to 8 inches long and are very messy. Get a 20 gallon tank or larger with a power filter and they will do great. Until you can get a bigger tank,...

Fish: Goldfish, cichlid research, suckerfish
cichlid research, suckerfish, learned behavior: Hi Joe, Actually, this is how goldfish normally eat. Goldfish are actually derived from carp and carp feed by sucking in gravel, chewing on it, getting the food out of it and spitting out the inedible part. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: Goldfish, partial water changes, petsmart store
partial water changes, petsmart store, gallon tank: Hi Michelle; What a shame. I m so sorry this has happened to all of you... There are a few possibilities for the cause of their death. The main one is shock. It can be shock from different temperature water or different pH. If the fish are subjected...

Fish: Goldfish and Angelfish, angel fish, angelfish
angel fish, angelfish, goldfish: Do not change the whole water. It will kill your angelfish. If your angel fish gets sick this is why. You can get a scrub for the greenish brown stuff(algae). Try to find a food your goldfish hates, but your angelfish loves. You can try chichlid pellets....

Fish: My Goldfish appears sick., maracyn 2, epsom salt
maracyn 2, epsom salt, salt baths: Hi Maria; You ve all been through quite a lot haven t you?! Let s see what we can do...... Start first by making a water change, but don t use distilled water. It eventually makes fish weak because it is missing important minerals they need. Use regular...

Fish: Goldfish Behavior, cichlid research, fish behavior
cichlid research, fish behavior, page hi: Hi Nancy, What might be interesting would be to try one of those mirrors that has a magnifying side on one side and a shrinking side on the other. Compare the goldfish s response to seeing each of the two sides. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Goldfish behavior, epsom salt, alice ann
epsom salt, alice ann, gallon tank: Hi Alice Ann. I m sorry about yoru son s goldfish. The fish that died did so from a disease called dropsy . This disease is due in part to poor water conditions, plus the fact that the tank that the 3 goldfish were in was far too small for them. Adding...

Fish: Goldfish behavior, science project, goldfish
science project, goldfish, reflection: Hi Nancy, Well usually when a goldfish sees itself it really does not know what a reflection is, goldfish think that it is simply another fish, usually the goldfish will lose hope and finally figure out that it is just a reflection and is not real.THANKS...

Fish: Goldfish behaviour, hard boiled egg, egg yolk
hard boiled egg, egg yolk, fish breeds: Hi An, Yes, what you read was true. If one is male and one is female, this means that they are ready to breed. You need to put them in a smaller tank which you aren t using as the parents will need to be seperated from the eggs later (or they will eat...

Fish: Goldfish, betta and Melafix, aquarium salt, swim bladder
aquarium salt, swim bladder, bladder infection: Kari, Melafix is derived from the oil of a tea tree. Therefore is a very natural cure. I think it would be a good medication to use , since it is not harsh. I think I would also stress coat. As for your...

Fish: Goldfish gone black in 12 hours, poor water quality, bladder disease
poor water quality, bladder disease, caudal fins: Hi Bernadette, sorry to hear about your troubles. This fish sounded like it wasn t being kept in proper conditions before you took it into your care. Swim bladder disease is an environmental condition caused by poor nutrition and/or poor water quality....

Fish: Goldfish in bowl., fish flakes, odd reason
fish flakes, odd reason, spring water: Hi Brittany, I don t realy know what to tell you. You probably didn t have enough oxygen in the bowl for two fish, which is often the case in bowls. That is the most likely cause but it could have gotten SBD (see my other questions) from eating the flakes....

Fish: Goldfish breeding, cichlid research, fish behavior
cichlid research, fish behavior, goldfish: Hi Tanya, It could be a sign of interest in breeding, but then again, it might not. An interesting thing about much of fish behavior is that mating and fighting often look very similar and involve almost the same sorts of behavior. Keep an eye on things....

Fish: Goldfish with a bump, little tank, size tank
little tank, size tank, natural fish: Hi Laurie; He may have a tumor or something. Does the bump look like it is under the scales or is it on top of them? If it looks like it is under the scales and pushing them out it is probably a tumor. There isn t much you can do except keep his tank clean...

Fish: Goldfish clouded eyes, cold water fish, invisible fish
cold water fish, invisible fish, tank syndrome: Hi Veronica; It s just from New Tank Syndrome. His eyes are being irritated by invisible fish waste toxins. The fish you have in there are just too much population for it to get started safely. The beneficial bacteria that eats the toxins haven t had time...

Fish: Goldfish with Digestive Disorder, frequent water changes, countertop space
frequent water changes, countertop space, fungus cure: Hi Geoffrey s Mom ; Wow! Nine years! You guys have really cared for him well. Their normal lifespan is well over ten years but most die far too young. He s lucky to have you for a friend. He does need more room. A ten gallon is a minimum size for...

Fish: Goldfish Disease?, 10 gallon aquarium, goldfish disease
10 gallon aquarium, goldfish disease, aquarium salt: Hi Terrence; It sounds like mouth rot. It is an infection caused by dirty gravel and not enough water changes. Make a 25% water change and vacuum the gravel right away. If you find there is lots of crud in the gravel you will have to make those 25% water...

Fish: Goldfish died- how do I protect the others in the tank?, goldfish bowls, tank syndrome
goldfish bowls, tank syndrome, off kilter: Hi Jeremy; This is a simple case of New Tank Syndrome . Change 25% of the water every day for 4 days. Use a good water conditioner to lessen the stress on the fish and remove chlorine and chloramine. Stress Coat and NovAqua are good ones. Water changes...

Fish: Goldfish disappearing!, garden pond, well water
garden pond, well water, herons: Hello Cathi- I don t know much about ponds, but are there any raccoons/cats/herons in the area that may be trying to fish out your fish? They may be hiding out of fear, or the water temperature at the bottom may be cooler and more to their liking during...

Fish: Goldfish dropsy, goldfish dropsy, tubiflex worms
goldfish dropsy, tubiflex worms, ammonia level: Hi Judith, That is puzzling. You did the right thing by getting him a larger tank. The ammonia buildup in a small bowl can be really hard on a fish. I wouldn t give up on him yet ... he may still recover. Personally, I would not put anymore medicine...

Fish: Is my Goldfish dying?, partial water changes, fish medicine
partial water changes, fish medicine, loose skin: Hi Elvira; He might need an antibiotic if he has any redness. This usually indicates a bacterial infection. Use a fish medicine that has tetracycline . What looks like dirt or blackish areas on him is from ammonia burns. Ammonia was elevated while...

Fish: Goldfish dying, goldfish tank, body fungus
goldfish tank, body fungus, tiny pores: Hi Tabitha; Oh No! Soap is deadly to fish. Gravel and plants have tiny pores that the soap will never come out of.....ever. You will have to throw them away and start over with new gravel and plants. But please find a different store with more knowledgable...

Fish: Goldfish dying, aquarium salt, having such a hard time
aquarium salt, having such a hard time, gold fish: Hi Dave; What a shame. I m sorry you re having such a hard time. Goldfish need at least 10 gallons per fish to survive. They are messy without even feeding them much and they also get big (8 inches w/o tail). Through all the stress of being overcrowded...

Fish: Goldfish dying, oranda goldfish, hospital tank
oranda goldfish, hospital tank, chris robbins: Hi, some cases of these types of problems happen for many resons including parisites, water conditions, overfeeding and more.I suggest that you change all the water or at least 75% of it this should help, and simply keep on feeding ther good quality food.THANKS...

Fish: Goldfish Eye, aquarium salt, depth perception
aquarium salt, depth perception, melafix: Hello Robin- Was this a recent injury? Some fish can pull their eyes on decorations, but if the tank is bare, I d say either disease or old age. If bacteria get into the area under the lens (which is mostly fluids) they can wreak havoc and destroy the eye....

Fish: Goldfish not eating, water quality problems, sick goldfish
water quality problems, sick goldfish, hungry puppy: hey Arleen! With goldfish, eating is usually the last thing they stop doing when sick. So a non-eating goldfish is probably a very sick goldfish. Make sure your water quality is very good, so clean the bowl or tank. If you keep the fish in very healthy...

Fish: Goldfish eating eating each other, cichlid research, small fish
cichlid research, small fish, goldfish: Hi Kath, There isn t much you can about that other than separate the fish. Large fish often attack and eat small fish. You can give the small ones a better chance by adding lots of structure (rock, wood, plants) to the tank so that they have a place to...

Fish: Goldfish not eating, partial water changes, maracyn
partial water changes, maracyn, chris robbins: Hi Sandy; He would greatly benefit from water changes during his treatment. Replace 25% of the water every couple of days. You can add the medicine for that day right after the change. Maracyn decays a few hours after it is added to the tank so don t worry...

Fish: Goldfish fed peas yet STILL upside down :(, epsom salts, epsom salt
epsom salts, epsom salt, fish reference: Hi Lisa; Our pet fish are our little friends. It s perfectly understandable to have feelings for them. I wonder about people who don t shed a tear now and then over any animal that is suffering, no matter how small or wet they are. The clear stuff...

Fish: Goldfish floating at bottom of tank, black moor, volunteer expert
black moor, volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: Goldfish found stuck to filter, whisper filter, african cichlids
whisper filter, african cichlids, goldfish bowl: Good afternoon, Michelle! Thank you for your question. Ack, the goldfish bowl...scourge of aquarists worldwide! My deepest apologies if your local fish store (LFS) let you walk away with three goldfish and a bowl for them. The only fish that can survive...

Fish: Goldfish fungus, white fungus, gold ones
white fungus, gold ones, gold fish: jim, what is happening is that they are stressed from moving and they have an illness that is very easy to cure called ICH and I would recommend going to a pet store and buying ich medicine for them. Just look in the fish department or ask for help for...

Fish: Goldfish/Guppies, foss science kits, quick responce
foss science kits, quick responce, minute tank: Thank you very much for your comments. It is very much appreciated. I congratulate you in taking the care to actually provide the fish a proper home, when some people would not bother. Thanks again for your kindness. Good luck, Kathryn P.S. Have a good...

Fish: Goldfish with gouramis?, kissing gouramis, blue gouramis
kissing gouramis, blue gouramis, tropical tank: Hi Ravi; Goldfish are better off in their own cool water (non-tropical) tank. But yes, the gouramis may start picking on them. Followups welcome At Your Service; Chris Robbins Come on over and join us on the freshwater fish forum at About.com...

Fish: Goldfish hardly moves and has dark spots all over., water test kit, partial water changes
water test kit, partial water changes, symptoms of ammonia: Hi kindly please give her some time to recover , do not add every thing in the same time , the effect will be hard to her infected body which is too sensitive now , Just do as advised before , test the water , make frequent partial water changes until...

Fish: Goldfish head down, lionhead goldfish, fish reference
lionhead goldfish, fish reference, main tank: Hi Mr. Fishy 2; If peas and medication didn t help, there may not be much else you can do. It s known as flipover disease or swim bladder trouble and it is a common ailment of fancy goldies like lionheads, orandas, moors, etc. Water quality can be a major...

Fish: Goldfish help, goldfish illnesses, comet goldfish
goldfish illnesses, comet goldfish, goldfish care: Hi Steve; He may be sick but it may just be part of his normal body shape. Do his scales stick out? Does he seem to have trouble swimming? If so, he may have an internal problem or the water quality is not good right now and it s making him sick. Look at...

Fish: Goldfish help, comet goldfish, fantail goldfish
comet goldfish, fantail goldfish, female fish: Hello Steve- It could mean either - Usually if a female fish is full of eggs she will look kind of pink and her ovipositor ( egg spot ) will be sticking out like a little white belly button. Also, fantails are usually a lot fatter than other goldfish just...

Fish: Goldfish Illness, broad spectrum antibiotic, aquarium salt
broad spectrum antibiotic, aquarium salt, swim bladder: Kari, It sounds like a swim bladder infection. Maybe because of that time you let it go abit. Cogarats on your New Baby..First lets add a mild broad spectrum antibiotic. Melafix.... all natural. Treat...

Fish: Goldfish illness, tiny chunks, nitrite levels
tiny chunks, nitrite levels, swim bladder: Hi Laura; Sounds like a swim bladder problem. Try a diet change. Feed the fish tiny chunks of peeled and cooked green peas. The swim bladder is closely associated with the digestive system in goldfish so constipation can cause it to become blocked. The...

Fish: Goldfish illness, tiger barbs, black moors
tiger barbs, black moors, black moor: Hi Dee; Ammonia can cause these symptoms so it needs to get under control. Make a 25% water change. Do another one tomorrow and again the next day for a total of 3 days. It will hopefully bring the ammonia down enough to help without shocking the fish....

Fish: Goldfish illness, digestion problems, aquarium salt
digestion problems, aquarium salt, cotton mouth: You are one of few that makes peas a normal part of a diet. Good job. Means theres no digestion problems :) Anyways, On to the red mouth! There is no disease that I am aware of, and I actually pulled out a book to check myself before i answered that would...

Fish: Goldfish injury, aquarium salt, stress coat
aquarium salt, stress coat, tail fins: That s great to hear! I don t know if I d jump the gun and treat her because these treatments can be very stressful and she s been stressed enough (in my opinion). But it s totally up to you. If you d feel better treating it, then by all means, go ahead....

Fish: Goldfish on its side, blood gasses, romaine lettuce
blood gasses, romaine lettuce, poor fella: Hi Kris; Poor fella. Is it floating at the top or down at the bottom? If on the top, it is from intestinal gas. Feed the fish cooked and cooled green peas popped from their little round shells. Feed peas several times a week to keep the fish from developing...

Fish: Goldfish laying on side on bottom, small tank, chris robbins
small tank, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Deborah; Keep things very calm around his tank. Maybe he just needs some time to get his strength back after the water change. He may be at the end of his life now though. You ve been able to keep him healthy for all these years and he is just a very...

Fish: Goldfish lethargic, black fish, fin rot
black fish, fin rot, chris robbins: Hi Jo; Your tank is just too small for goldfish. Each one needs at least 40 liters (ten gallons). Goldfish need powerful filtration too. They get big and are just very messy guys even while small. Here is a web page about them; http://www.firsttankguide.net/goldfish.php...

Fish: Goldfish lips, partial water changes, ammonia levels
partial water changes, ammonia levels, biological filtration: Good afternoon Ron, This is Nicole Putnam, a fellow expert substituting for Darryl today. It sounds like the medication you dosed in the tank might have affected the ammonia levels. Remember that medication added directly to the tank will harm the biological...

Fish: Goldfish lying sideways at bottom of tank, water quality problem, blood gasses
water quality problem, blood gasses, bladder problem: Hi Matthew; It sounds like he may have a swim bladder problem along with a digestive disorder. The swim bladder is an organ inside the fish that fills with blood gasses when the fish wants to swim up in the water. It is right below the spine so it keeps...

Fish: Goldfish Missing Scales, litre tank, broad spectrum
litre tank, broad spectrum, goldfish: Hmmmm. It could be that they are just growing really quickly, or that they have rubbed against something sharp or jagged. I would just let them go about their normal life for a while. If you begin to see signs of fungus or infection, send me another...

Fish: Goldfish mating., goldfish tank, brown algae
goldfish tank, brown algae, copper color: Hey John, The brown copper color growth is called brown algae. It s fairly common, and there is little you can do to rid it. No More Algae works to keep it from getting worse, but a scrubbing is the only way to rid what you have now. A pregnant female...

Fish: Goldfish, new ones, goldfish owners, black moor
goldfish owners, black moor, gold fish: Hello Sabrina- It s well-known to moor owners (mostly through personal experiences like yours) that goldfish and moors do NOT get along at all. Goldfish are way to competitive for the relaxed, easy-going moor. The klingon fish was probably some kind...

Fish: Goldfish once floating...now on the bottom, blood gasses, sick goldfish
blood gasses, sick goldfish, maracyn 2: Hi Trina; Poor guy has lost the use of his swim bladder. Make a 25% water change every day until he feels better. It may have been brought on by the food block. Goldfish just eat way too much too fast and it causes pollution and often other health problems....

Fish: Goldfish problem, comet goldfish, fish scales
comet goldfish, fish scales, scale fish: Hi Simone; If the scales appear to be extended and make the body look somewhat like a pinecone it s a condition known as dropsy. Here are links to photos of affected fish; http://tinyurl.com/3e5yda http://tinyurl.com/2qmrp8 http://tinyurl.com/2r82zl...

Fish: Goldfish problem, fantail goldfish, cap oranda
fantail goldfish, cap oranda, goldfish flakes: Hi Crystal; Your white one with the red hood is called a Red Cap Oranda . Poor little guy. He isn t going to grow out of his problem, he needs a change of diet and hopefully it will get better without doing much of anything else. He has a digestive problem...

Fish: Goldfish problem, cartilage injury, uv steriliser
cartilage injury, uv steriliser, gold fish: Hello Daniel- I apologize sincerely for the long wait - This is a very tricky topic to answer. If your fish is healthy, apart from having his mouth stuck open, he may have an ulcer or a foreign object stuck in his mouth. See if you can net him and gently...

Fish: Goldfish problems, water test kit, lionhead goldfish
water test kit, lionhead goldfish, fungus problem: Hi, this is odd, well the only thing that i can tell you is that the plecos will not suck on any fish unless they are dead, and i also think that you should not be putting all these medications in the water unless you are sure that your fish have the disese,...

Fish: Goldfish problems, water test kit, lionhead goldfish
water test kit, lionhead goldfish, fungus problem: Hi Marco; You have several problems in your tank actually. The first thing they need is a bigger tank. The fish you have together now need at least a 30 gallon just to survive. Be sure you have plenty of filtration. Two power filters would be a good idea....

Fish: Goldfish Questions, goldfish questions, partial water change
goldfish questions, partial water change, goldfish: Hi Maria! Here are some answers! Goldfish Don t Have eyelids so they can t close their eyes ever! A goldfish is a great pet! You will need to do a partial water change every week. Maybee 30% or so. This water needs to be treated with a conditioner,...

Fish: Goldfish question, bait store, fish store
bait store, fish store, chris robbins: Hi Debra; Poor Nemo! Make a 100% water change right away. That will eliminate the toxins in the water that are making him sick. Be sure to use water conditioner and the same temperature water as the old water. Also get a fish antibiotic from the fish store....

Fish: Goldfish questions., goldfish questions, malachite green
goldfish questions, malachite green, phosphate test: Hi Ryan; I certainly don t mind getting so much information at once! It usually takes at least another email or two to get as much as I need in situations like this, so this is good. . It is common for one fish to always be larger as they grow to adulthood....

Fish: Goldfish with red spots, chris robbins, canister filters
chris robbins, canister filters, power filters: Hi Shannon; Red blotches, spots or ulcers indicates irritation from dirty water or bacterial infection. Sometimes both. You are doing great by doing weekly water changes but it really isn t enough I m afraid. Goldfish are very messy guys that get very large...

Fish: Goldfish and salt, aquarium salt, fish tank
aquarium salt, fish tank, world fan: You will need to change most of that water. How badly it will effect them depends on how much salt versus how much water there was. Clean the gravel the best you can. I would keep the fish in another tank if you have one. Table salt and aquarium salt are...

Fish: My Goldfish is sick, wet paper towel, gold fish
wet paper towel, gold fish, amquel: Hi Elvira; I would make 25% water changes every day until he gets better. The other fish have left excess waste in there that has burned him. Slowly changing it out will help avoid stress but will still get the job done. If the white stuff on his body is...

Fish: Goldfish on it's side 90% of the time, bladder disorder, sucker fish
bladder disorder, sucker fish, gold fish: Hi Flo, That sounds like a very nice setup you have =). Good job. But let s get to your fish. Sometimes fish do this naturaly, which can be a bit confusing, but most of the time, it is because your fish has SBD (swim bladder disorder). This is caused...

Fish: Goldfish sitting on bottom, nitrite levels, g tank
nitrite levels, g tank, small tank: Hi Bela; I would just keep doing the changes and watching the ammonia and nitrite levels. He may still be recovering from the stress and needs his rest. Watch them from a distance too to see if the other one chases him. Sometimes a male will chase other...

Fish: Goldfish sleeping habits, comet goldfish, tank syndrome
comet goldfish, tank syndrome, new tank: Hi Bela, I m sorry you lost your fish! The other one, from what you describe, seems to be acting normally, though. Goldfish don t actually sleep in the way that you and I do; fish have something a bit different. They are diurnal, meaning that they are...

Fish: Goldfish stopped swimming and eating, lack of oxygen, full tank
lack of oxygen, full tank, water change: It sounds to me like your filter is not functioning properly. You really need to do a full tank cleaning with about a 50% water change at this point. Your fish may be suffering from ammonia poisoning/nitrate/nitrite poisoning or lack of oxygen. If you do...

Fish: Goldfish sucking air, goldfish lifespan, pond weed
goldfish lifespan, pond weed, torture chambers: Hi Danny; Poor guy. He really isn t getting enough oxygen. He came from well oxygenated water that was filtered to standing water containing little or no oxygen in your house. That s why fishbowls are known as torture chambers for goldfish by experts...

Fish: Goldfish swimming/sleeping habits, spectrum antibiotic, tea trees
spectrum antibiotic, tea trees, melafix: Oz, He is some type of calico. Whether it is a ryunkin or whatever. I hope you have a large tank. The first thing you need to do is start feeding them a few peas a couple times a week. Squeeze them and...

Fish: Goldfish swimming upside down., cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, acquarium: Hi Hemant, Unfortunately that is very bad. Swimming upside down is usually a problem with the swim bladder not working right and there is nothing you can really do about that sadly. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page...

Fish: Goldfish with a swollen eye., fantail goldfish, hospital tank
fantail goldfish, hospital tank, gill disease: Hi Pamela; He may have injured it and it is infected. Sometimes fish will bump things and the injury doesn t show right away. I don t think it is anything contagious. Make plenty of water changes to keep the water clean and help him to heal. Normal water...

Fish: Goldfish Tank Question, goldfish tank, feeder fish
goldfish tank, feeder fish, old tank: Hi Jenny; I think a 10 gallon might be too cramped for him. He wouldn t be able to get the exercise he is used to and stay healthy in such a small tank. It would also require cleaning more often than the 55 gallon. Less water means a higher concentration...

Fish: Goldfish tail problem, egeria densa, melafix
egeria densa, melafix, gold fish: Melafix will not harm the other fish. The tail will grow back if you use Melafix. Touching the fish shouldnt really do too much to them. Technically, the slime coating that is their immunities could rub off or something, but goldfish are pretty hardy fish,...

Fish: Goldfish tank mate, 30 gallon tank, goldfish tank
30 gallon tank, goldfish tank, fancy goldfish: Hi Susan; Oh, that s too bad. I m sorry you lost her. Your vet is quite right. It usually isn t treatable so euthanasia is often the best thing to do. I would wait another week and see how the surviving fish is acting. I hate to say it but it is possible...

Fish: Goldfish tank, goldfish tank, maracyn 2
goldfish tank, maracyn 2, inflammation of the blood vessels: Hi Stephani; If the spot looks like a speck of salt, it is indeed ick. Ick is common in stressed fish and fish in tanks that are trying to break in. Your little fella was moved from the store to your tank and no one really knows what he had been through...

Fish: Goldfish trap against pump intake, tank wall, chris robbins
tank wall, chris robbins, tank water: Hi Johnny; Poor little guy. I don t think there is much else you can do but keep him isolated to see if he recovers. If you have an air pump, add some bubbles to the water to help him get more oxygen. Change the water in the container once a day to keep...

Fish: Goldfish upside down, lionhead goldfish, partial water changes
lionhead goldfish, partial water changes, aquarium salt: Hello Mr. Fishy When fish start swimming upside down, usually it s one of two problems: environmental or swim bladder related. Swim bladder problems are hard to treat; (my first advice would have been peas!) but you can try fasting her for a week...

Fish: Goldfish & Vitamin C, chris robbins, fish forum
chris robbins, fish forum, spinal bone: Hi Amber; Most commercial goldfish foods have vitamin c in them already. Keep it out of the heat and buy a new can every 6 months at least. Never heard of feeding oranges to the fish. Interesting! Followups welcome At Your Service; Chris Robbins...

Fish: Goldfish worries, lack of oxygen, chris robbins
lack of oxygen, chris robbins, water change: Hi Kate; I would say he is probably in too small a tank. He can t move much because of a lack of oxygen. There is more oxygen at the top so that s where he stays. He needs a water change at least once week to keep dissolved wastes like ammonia down to minimum....

Fish: Goldfish, taking care of fish, tecca
taking care of fish, tecca, goldfish: Brandon, Make sure that the tank is cleaned out once a week and that the lighting in your tank is on for only about 8 hours a day. To achieve to get your goldfish big, feef them more then regulary like 3 times a day a pinch of fish food. Thanks. bethE...

Fish: Goldfishes eyes have disappeared!, goldfish tank, aquarium salt
goldfish tank, aquarium salt, blind fish: Hi Olly; How terrible. It s very unusual for a fish to lose it s eyes when it is alone in the tank. I really don t know what would cause that other than injury of some kind. Since he is eating and acting pretty normal he is probably not in pain. You must...

Fish: Goldfrish and Guppies, different types of fish, types of fish
different types of fish, types of fish, goldfish: hi Claire! it depends on the size of the goldfish. if the goldfish are smaller, then theres no harm in putting them together. But if the goldfish are bigger, i wouldn t suggest it. you could always try putting the guppies in the tank and watching them to see...

Fish: Golding turning black, gallon tank, bellies
gallon tank, bellies, air filter: The black is nothing to be concerned about. Glod fish change color alot. As a baby they start out silver and black. But as they get older they change to gold and from there some(as did mine) got black on their fins and tails. But dont worry the fish wont die...

Fish: Good morning Chris, I have..., jack dempsy, volunteer expert
jack dempsy, volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: Goop on fish rocks, mystery snails, fish rocks
mystery snails, fish rocks, snail eggs: Hi Tara; It is a bacteria colony or fungus feeding on excess waste and/or excess food. It needs to be vacuumed out so it doesn t make the fish sick. Cut back on food and make a 25% water change while vacuuming the gravel. All aquariums need a 25% water...

Fish: Gourami, wet paper towel, nasty critters
wet paper towel, nasty critters, fish stores: Hi Tom; It sounds like a fish louse also known as Argulus . You definitely have the right idea on what to do! Pluck it off the fish gently with tweezers and drop the louse into a cup of hot water or alcohol. You can hold the fish over a wet paper towel...

Fish: Gourami, tiny specks, dwarf gourami
tiny specks, dwarf gourami, nitrate nitrite: Hi Jennifer; If there is no ammonia or other toxins present I would suspect illness of some type. The most common is a parasite called Ick or Ich . It can attack the gills and cause them to gasp for air at the top. Look closely at their fins and skin...

Fish: Gourami Babies, baby brine shrimp, tiny microorganisms
baby brine shrimp, tiny microorganisms, goldfish food: Hi Chris; Wow! That s cool! When you go to the fish store get some frozen baby brine shrimp for them. Live plants are very helpful too. The babies will feed on the tiny microorganisms on them, as well as providing security. There are also dried baby...

Fish: Gourami behavior, tank mates, gold gourami
tank mates, gold gourami, bubble nest: Hello Marissa- You did a great job so far of handling the problem! As for your questions; 1.) You can wait to see if the blue s behavior changes as he grows, but once he has turned submissive he will most likely remain as such. I haven t had much...

Fish: Gourami with clouded eyes, hospital tank, sick fish
hospital tank, sick fish, gal tank: Hi Kellie; You can try it, but the malachite green in it might not be concentrated enough to treat the fungus. Cure-Ick also contains formalin which cannot be used in very large doses (poisonous stuff). Otherwise, I would recommend a larger dose of it to...

Fish: Gourami not eating, and behavior change, gallon community tank, aquarium glass
gallon community tank, aquarium glass, blood worm: Thanks for all your comments, Maryanne, and for taking the time to rate the answer - I do appreciate it! I am not worried about your water parameters, as I trust from your responses that you are very conscientious and have read about fishkeeping, so you...

Fish: Gourami Kissing Fish Eggs...., bala sharks, fish eggs
bala sharks, fish eggs, baby fish: Hi Dawn, You can tell if the eggs were fertilized if you see them getting dark inside -- that would be the developing embryo. They would typically hatch in roughly 3 days or so depending on temperature. When you say the eggs were stuck everywhere,...

Fish: Gourami odd behavior, blue dwarf, dwarf gourami
blue dwarf, dwarf gourami, glossy surface: Hello Tom- Some fish get confused with backgrounds, as they think they can swim into them. He sees a whole new territory out there, but can t figure out what is stopping him from swimming out to investigate. After a while, he ll realize he just can t...

Fish: Gourami doing odd things, green tiger barb, gallon community tank
green tiger barb, gallon community tank, harlequin rasbora: Hi Steve, That is an interesting one. From the sounds of it, the problem is internal to the gouramis, given that the rest of the fish seem fine. That definitely isn t mating behaviour, unfortunately. The one thing that strikes me as odd is the...

Fish: Gourami...Pink Kissing Fish, bala sharks, baby fish
bala sharks, baby fish, first tank: Hi Dawn; Kissing gourami eggs do indeed float. I think it was your cichlids. Leave the babies with them if you see more. They are excellent parents. The trouble you may have is aggression toward the gouramis and frogs. Cichlids fiercely protect their...

Fish: All-Gourami Tank, mystery snails, delicate fins
mystery snails, delicate fins, gold gourami: Hello Matt- The platties would definitely be fine in the 30 gallon, but if you add the tetra be careful and watch them very closely for the first 24 hours. They won t bother the gourami at all, but they may shred the betta s delicate fins. Each tetra is...

Fish: Gourami, zebra danios, funny fish
zebra danios, funny fish, scaredy cats: Hello Christina- Gouramis are funny fish; both of mine are scaredy cats and rarely swim around in the open water. What temperature is the tank at? Try raising the temperature a few degrees to see if this reduces some of the stress. Aquaium salt and Melafix...

Fish: Gouramis, dwarf gouramis, pearl gouramis
dwarf gouramis, pearl gouramis, gourami: As long as his chasing doesn t turn into biting or fighting, then they are just playing. Being male and female, the male might be trying to show off for her. Also you might consider getting a couple more Gourami s. A small school or other fish might keep...

Fish: Gouramis, peaceful community fish, cory cats
peaceful community fish, cory cats, zebra danios: Hi Marcus; A platy would be okay but swords and mollies really need a bigger tank, about 20 gallons. They get 3 to 5 inches long and need more room to exercise and avoid aggression. These guys are livebearers too so if you don t want any babies, stick with...

Fish: Gourmis and community fish, gallon community tank, breeding swordtails
gallon community tank, breeding swordtails, species tank: Hi Valerie; I think dwarfs would do just fine if proper hiding places were added to it. Dwarf Gouramis will generally find a terretory and build a bubble nest there. In smaller tanks their terretory becomes the whole tank, but in a 55 octagon they would...

Fish: To Gravel or Not to Gravel. That is the question!, click tank, black moor
click tank, black moor, tank syndrome: Hi Paula; Go to the following link, click tank volume and enter the dimensions of the tank and it will give you how many gallons it holds; http://www.flippersandfins.net/converterselect.htm# Gravel is fine if you like having it in there. Just don...

Fish: Gravel to sand, fresh water stingray, algea eater
fresh water stingray, algea eater, cichlid research: Hi Steve, You are right that stingrays really need to be on sand. They use the sand for a hiding place by lying down and covering themselves with a fine layer of it. (it is really cool to watch them do this). The trouble with sand is that it can be a...

Fish: Gravid guppies & death, partial water change, gravid females
partial water change, gravid females, female eggs: Hi Sharon; Poor thing. I think it probably had dropsy. There are many causes for this condition and they are usually not curable. Unless the other fish are stressed and weakened it is unlikely they would be affected by it. They are usually isolated cases...

Fish: Green colored water, bottom feeder, chris robbins
bottom feeder, chris robbins, lime green: Hi Jacoby; Green water is a difficult and often quite persistent problem, as you now know. You just have to try several things until something works. Here are some links to sites that go into detail more than I have the space for here; http://www.totallyfish.com/tips/greenwater.html...

Fish: 'Green-fish' need HELP!, poor little fish, flake food
poor little fish, flake food, beta fish: Hi Amy; Poor little fish! They might just be old and she is at the end of her life. Bettas live to be 2 or 3 years old but unless you know how long the previous owner had them it will be impossible to tell. No matter what is wrong, it does help to get them...

Fish: Green puffers, dwarf puffers, green spotted puffers
dwarf puffers, green spotted puffers, saltwater tank: Hi, Firstly, I apologize for not replying sooner, my hamster had a tumour and I was extremely worried about him. I hope you will not give me negative ratings, as this is out of my hands. All fish need a proper tanks, especially fish like puffers. Green...

Fish: Green Sevrum injury?, cichlid research, little time
cichlid research, little time, fingers: Hi Billy, That s really hard to judge from here. If it is a missing scale then that is no big deal: he will grow it back in very little time. All I can say is keep an eye on him. Sorry I can t be more detailed. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Green Terror Breeding, cichlid research, tank divider
cichlid research, tank divider, egg color: Hi Cheryl, Unfortunately I don t think they are fertilized. When you say egg color I am assuming you mean a sort of whitish, right? They should start out clear and then they should go quite dark. In fact, as they develop you will see a black squiggly...

Fish: Green Terror Chichlid Laying eggs, baby brine shrimp, cichlid research
baby brine shrimp, cichlid research, chichlids: Hi Janie, Yes it is perfectly normal for the parents to move the wrigglers. They might do it once a day or even once every few hours. Cichlids like green terrors can theoretically breed every few weeks, but they typically don t if they are already...

Fish: Green Terror Cichlid, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, good water: Hi Ralph and Erika, That sounds like it might be a disease called columnaris. The key here is to have really good water conditions. You need to be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week. If you do that in the long term, it should go away....

Fish: Green Terror & Firemouth inter-breeding, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, males and females: Hi Avan, The color on the border of a green terror doesn t tell you the sex. There are actually two different species of green terrors -- one has a white border and the other has an orange/red border. The males and females of each species both have the...

Fish: Green Terror Growth, cichlid research, home aquarium
cichlid research, home aquarium, green terrors: Hi Ryan, Growth rate is a function of several things: food is only one of them. Water temperature is also extremely important: fish grow faster in warmer water. The frequency of water changes is equally important. The more often you do water changes,...

Fish: Green Terror Question, green terrors, anal fins
green terrors, anal fins, green terror: Hi Ryan, Size is important but motivation is even more important. Is it possible that two of the smaller green terrors were nesting (at which point their motivation to protect their nest size will trump and size difference) and caused them to attack the...

Fish: Green Terrror Cichlids breeding, green terror cichlid, cichlid research
green terror cichlid, cichlid research, external fertilization: Hi Jake, Cichlids don t get pregnant as such, though she may be full of eggs that she is about to lay. They all have external fertilization so the female lays the eggs and then they are fertilized. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: Green Tiger Barb, green tiger barb, green tiger barbs
green tiger barb, green tiger barbs, aquaruim fish: Good evening Carlos, thank you for your question. It sounds like your green tiger barb has ich, a protozoan infection [parasitic]. Unfortunately, this is a contagious disease and your whole aquarium will have to be treated. Heat and salt are the mildest...

Fish: Green Tiger Barb, albino tiger barbs, green tiger barbs
albino tiger barbs, green tiger barbs, little blue fish: Hi Naomi; Tiger Barbs should be kept in groups of three or more. In pairs there will be one dominant fish that bullies the other. That s why one is faded. He s trying to hide. In larger groups they will distribute their nippy and aggressive tendencies amongst...

Fish: Green terror (male or female), cichlid research, ciclids
cichlid research, ciclids, green terrors: Hi Tom, As with many New World cichlids, it can be quite difficult to tell the sexes apart, even as adults, let alone as youngsters. It s actually something we are doing research on in my lab right now, but nothing concrete yet. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Green terror question.., clown loaches, chinese algae eaters
clown loaches, chinese algae eaters, cichlid research: Hi Matt, I think the neons are on borrowed time. The green terror will eat them one day, I can pretty much guarantee that. He will also eat any tetra, hatchetfish or any other small fish that you put in the tank. Silver dollars might work if they are...

Fish: Growth on Beta Fish, beta fish, gray ball
beta fish, gray ball, fish forum: Hi Anne; He may have an infection from some kind of wound or irritation. As bettas age they are more prone to infection. They live to be 2 to 3 years old and yours is probably close to 2 now. They are about a year old when sold in stores. To help him...

Fish: Growth on Beta fish, fish stores, beta fish
fish stores, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Ashton; It sounds like a bacterial infection. I would use Maracyn 2 . It s available at most fish stores. Here is a web link to using medicines in small tanks; http://www.healthybetta.com/easymeds.html I hope he feels better soon.... At Your...

Fish: Growth of my Betta?, cichlid research, nic fish
cichlid research, nic fish, betta fish: Hi Nic, Fish unlike mammals continue to grow their whole life, though the amount that they grow slows down a lot as they get older and larger. My guess is that he won t get much larger. If you keep a fish in a very small container it tends to stunt...

Fish: Growth on fish pellets, fish pellets, dandelion seeds
fish pellets, dandelion seeds, white strands: Hi Graeme; So sorry to hear about the loss of your fish. The decaying food is infected with a water mould called saprolegnia . It grows on decaying food and waste sometimes. Very common. Just rinse it all out with hot water and the bowl is okay to...

Fish: Growth in Tank, fish eggs, bottom feeder
fish eggs, bottom feeder, fish forum: Hi Robert; It may be decaying fish food. The pieces of food will develop a fungus around them that looks like a white covering. Remove them and cut back on feeding until there are no leftovers. Or, since the fish were moved and provided with fresh clean...

Fish: Growth, fresh water sharks, types of freshwater sharks
fresh water sharks, types of freshwater sharks, 30 gallon tank: Hi Scott; Water changes, water changes, water changes! That s the main thing in promoting the growth of fish. Even with a filter, all aquariums build up a waste product known as nitrate. It is low in toxicity, but it builds up over time and prevents growth,...

Fish: GUPPIES, guppy care, betta bowls
guppy care, betta bowls, male guppies: Hey Lotte, I could go on for hours on guppy care and info, but I ll give you a quick run down. Male guppies have a tube-like anal fin, that looks like a round cylinder. Females have a fan shaped anal fin, thats more like a triangle. Guppies like a slightly...

Fish: Guarami Dwarf Pregnant?, dwarf gourami, plain silver
dwarf gourami, plain silver, silver body: Hi Katie, Your fish could be (pregnant.) The difference is that these are not live bearers. The male will make like a cloud of sperm at the top of the water and the female will lay her eggs in it.Males are the typical Dwarf Gourami pattern and are larger....

Fish: Guarami, blue crayfish, maracyn two
blue crayfish, maracyn two, flake food: Hi Mark; If you can t see any outward symptoms of disease it may be an internal problem. He may need to be isolated and monitored. Look closely at his scales and his eyes. If scales stick out a little or his eyes are bulging, he could be developing a condition...

Fish: Guppie babies, little tank, tank setup
little tank, tank setup, chris robbins: Hi April; The parents can eat the babies so provide plenty of hiding places for them if you don t have another tank. You forgot to include details about your tank so I don t have much to go on, but having them for only one day and they are producing a lot...

Fish: Guppies, mosquito fish, native fishes
mosquito fish, native fishes, mosquito control: Hi Jose; Sometimes guppies can be aggressive, especially in such a small tank. You do have another problem too. Your tank has way too many fish in it for being so new. A new tank has to go through the break-in period for 6 weeks with just one inch or so...

Fish: Guppies ...., ammonia levels, sick fish
ammonia levels, sick fish, cories: well mystic, this is bad. i had the same thing happen to me, and it seemed that there was nothing i could do. i would immediately quarantine any sick fish, and do at least a 75% water change if not 100%. and make sure the gravel is super clean. this can...

Fish: Guppies, cichlid research, egg layers
cichlid research, egg layers, livebearers: Hi Heather, Guppies are livebearers (which is actually very rare in fishes). Most fish are egg layers. You should change about 20% of the water once a week. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Guppies acting funny, zoology degree, male guppies
zoology degree, male guppies, tank syndrome: Hi Kevin; Since you have all males, the others may be intimidating him. Provide plenty of hiding places for him to get away. It could simply be shock from having a new home too. He will adjust eventually as long as he is healthy. Watch for signs of disease...

Fish: Guppies Dying, tropical fish magazines, mysis shrimp
tropical fish magazines, mysis shrimp, bottom feeder: Good evening Frank, thank you for your question. Guppies are interbred and overbred these days - they certainly aren t what they used to be. I m only 25, so I m not the one to ask, but I subscribe to two tropical fish magazines and veteran hobbyists are...

Fish: Guppies, diseases, male guppies, gallon tank
male guppies, gallon tank, bacterial disease: Hi Kristin, This is a disease. It causes permanet damage if you can keep them alive. I think you use nalagram to cure it because it s an bacterial disease. You should ask someone at your local pet store for a medicine for broken back and they should give...

Fish: Guppies in ponds?, guppy fry, chris robbins
guppy fry, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Susan; Absolutely! Lots of hobbyists do it. Just be prepared to have more tanks to move them into for winter when you bring them indoors. Eating all the natural foods out there makes them breed like crazy! You won t have to feed them yourself. All the...

Fish: Guppies, juwel rekord, hardy fish
juwel rekord, hardy fish, 2 females: Hi Giles; Some tanks just don t support certain types of fish and we don t always know why. A combination of dissolved minerals, electrolytes, and other trace elements may be missing or too prevalent and they just can t tolerate it. Guppies are also not...

Fish: Guppy - Cory salt tolerance, male guppies, cory cats
male guppies, cory cats, aquarium salt: Hi Debbie; I don t recall any that are more tolerant, but I do know that pandas are less tolerant. You could try a concentration of 1/2 teaspoon per gallon for the guppies and see how they do. I ve used that dose with cories and they have been just...

Fish: Guppy fish, water test kit, baby guppies
water test kit, baby guppies, guppy fish: Good afternoon Anna, thank you for your question. The best way to treat for ich in the main tank is to use heat and salt. This is much gentler on the fish and also does not harm the biological filter. Some medications, such as Formalin and Malachite Green,...

Fish: Guppy fish, guppy fish, bitty babies
guppy fish, bitty babies, chris robbins: Hi Courtney; Nope.... you don t sound stoned to me! Well, it s hard to tell on the internet anyway, so we now return to our previously scheduled program..... Color change or fading/darkening is normal in fish. They can change from lighter to darker and...

Fish: Guppy Pregnancy, fish world, fancy guppies
fish world, fancy guppies, guppy: Hi Amanda, The guppy when she is pregnant will have a very large belly and a (dark) gravid spot. You do need to seperate her from your other fish but since you dont know when your last dropping is you can t mover until the birth starts. Then your supposed...

Fish: Guppy problem, rubbermaid container, sponge filter
rubbermaid container, sponge filter, aquarium salt: Good evening, John - I must say, wow! 158 guppy fry! I have between 12-16 cichlid fry in my 29 gallon tank, and I still can t keep it straight. What are you planning on doing with all the fry? Given the right care, they do grow fast... I had to read the...

Fish: Guppy problem?, mickey mouse platies, zebra danios
mickey mouse platies, zebra danios, 3 guppies: Hi Alyssa; I m sorry you lost Blizzard. It happens quite often with livebearer mothers though. To help Lightning be more successful you may need to make more water changes and add more hiding places. Guppies need very clean water to thrive. I am not a big...

Fish: Guppy question- 2gallon?, male guppies, beneficial bacteria
male guppies, beneficial bacteria, chris robbins: Hi Susan; The best regimen with any new tank is to replace 25% of the water twice a week. Using the seasoned gravel from the older established tank is the best thing to do. It will help it get the initial cycling done, but it will still go through a break-in...

Fish: Guppys and Danios, male guppies, cory cats
male guppies, cory cats, guppys: How large is your aquarium, how many fish do you have? If you have ample room, guppies would be okay, but I personally would not just add males, because they CAN get aggressive if there are no females. If you really want to, you can try it, because it sometimes...

Fish: Guppys, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, guppys: Hi Kathy, Hmm... that s pretty hard to say from here. Do you see little white spots on the body? Are you doing regular partial water changes? You need to be changing about 20% of the water in the tank, once a week, EVERY week to keep the fish...

Fish: about the gender of my cichlids, wwfa, answering your questions
wwfa, answering your questions, gallon tank: Can you send me pictures of your fish? You can do so here http://z10.invisionfree.com/WWFA its my site. You must register before adding pictures. If they are making pits its probably for breeding. The losing color is strange check your water and report your...

Fish: gender, swartz creek hometown days, goldfish care
swartz creek hometown days, goldfish care, litre tank: Hi Christina, Unfortunately goldfish are very hard to tell the gender of! Only in the breeding season, males show small white lumps on their gills, and the female has a protruding white tube near her rear. I m sure you have done your research on goldfish...

Fish: general fish and tank care, nitrate test kits, white fungus
nitrate test kits, white fungus, fish shops: Hi, A run in period or letting the tank mature does absolutely nothing for the tank. It needs to be properly cycled, but because you now have fish this is what you should do: Buy nitrite, ammonia and nitrate test kits, and test these every few days....

Fish: general question, convict cichlids, cichlid research
convict cichlids, cichlid research, different types of fish: Hi Linzi, You should definitely consider getting a pair of convict cichlids in a 20 gallon tank. Take a look at this page on my website: http://cichlidresearch.com/simpleaquarium.html -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: general questions, high protein food, flower pot
high protein food, flower pot, gal tank: Hi hurerah shaikh; She may not be ready yet, or you have two males. If indeed a female, she has to be full of eggs in order to spawn. Feed the fish lots of good high protein food such as worms and shrimp for a couple of weeks. The tank is also just coming...

Fish: general questions, fish purchase, amquel
fish purchase, amquel, level thanks: Hi, the easiest less complicated way would be to give them the chemical which lowers the ph or tell them to cange the water every so often.Hi, it would be about 24 hours maximum to cycle the tank before adding fish.The safest way would be to use the chemicals...

Fish: genitals, cichlid research, ovary
cichlid research, ovary, vent: Hi Anna, I have seen this before. Basically it is part of the ovary extruding from the vent. It isn t good. It may reflect physical damage to the ovary or it may indicate an infection in the ovary. Unfortunately there isn t much I can offer in terms...

Fish: geophagus, convict cichlids, cichlid research
convict cichlids, cichlid research, kinds of fishes: Hi Zach, Gravel size can be important but it isn t a deal breaker. The size of the gravel can influence various things so it depends on which kinds of fishes you keep. (I assume you are not using an undergravel filter). Let s say you are keeping...

Fish: geophagus, cichlid research, motoro stingrays
cichlid research, motoro stingrays, rainbow fish: Hi Zach, Yes, that makes a LOT of difference. In a 150, you might be able to put that bunch together. I would still be worried about the stringrays going after smaller fish but if the fish were beyond mouthsize of the ray, they should be fine. You also...

Fish: geophagus, shovelnose catfish, cichlid research
shovelnose catfish, cichlid research, clown loaches: Hi Zach, Hmmm... shovelnose catfish are actually rather impressive predators as they get larger so if it was me, I wouldn t put anything in with them that I didn t want them to eat. There are many species of geophagus and they range in price from...

Fish: george, a green spotted puffer, cichlid research, blood worms
cichlid research, blood worms, green spotted puffer: Hi Stephanie, Unfortunately Bianca might be the problem. Puffers tend to be solitary so Bianca might not be watching over him so much as pestering him. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: gestation of a fantail goldfish, fantail goldfish, withholding food
fantail goldfish, withholding food, goldfish: Hello Brandi- Goldfish are not livebearers, so they cannot be pregnant. Rather, than can be ripe (full of eggs) or as you mentioned, fat or bloated. If she is too ripe, the eggs should be absorbed over time, but if she is fat or bloated, you ll need...

Fish: ghost shrimp, ghost shrimp, rae
ghost shrimp, rae, black moor: Hey rea. chances, are, that your fish was curious and wanted to see what this new thing was. If it should happen again, i wouldnt wory about it, because if he gets eaten, they are really cheap to replace. Let me know if you have any other questions....

Fish: ghost shrimp, partial water change, ghost shrimp
partial water change, ghost shrimp, black mollies: Hi Aimee; Ghost Shrimp live relatively short lives, about a year to a year-and-a-half. We don t know how old they are when we buy them so it could be an older one. All of mine become more white inside as they aged too. So sorry to hear he is not well. There...

Fish: gill curl, 30 gallon tank, arawana
30 gallon tank, arawana, chris robbins: Hi Chaz; I don t know much about treatment options (only prevention) so I can t be of much help to you. However, here is a link to an arowana club website that may be able to assist you; http://www.arowanaclub.com/ Best wishes to you and your fish.......

Fish: girl betta of age..., male bettas, bubble nest
male bettas, bubble nest, fish forum: Hi Kerri; Female egglaying fish can become eggbound if not allowed to breed but most females simply re-absorb the eggs into their bodies, but if you see her belly getting way too large and doesn t seem to be able to do that you may have to breed her. You...

Fish: girl or boy, breeding bettas, chris robbins
breeding bettas, chris robbins, fins: Hi Danielle; Females have short fins and males have the long beautiful flowing fins. They both come in many colors but the males are usually deeper and more solidly colored. Here is a link to a drawing of a male and female; http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/ahd/jpg/A4sifish.jpg...

Fish: I was just given a red capped oranda that seems verry ill, water test kits, oranda
water test kits, oranda, water changes: It may be shock from completely different water. Check the temperature: it should be between 68 and 75 F. Also buy water test kits and test nitrite, ammonia and pH. The Nitrite and ammonia should be 0.0, but as your tank has not cycled, I doubt it will be...

Fish: glowlite tetras, brine shrimp eggs, fry hatch
brine shrimp eggs, fry hatch, java moss: Racheal, It sounds like you have 2 females and one male. The females especially with eggs are usually larger than the slender male. If you want to try and breed them, I would put marbles at the bottom of your breeding tank, since they are notorious for eating...

Fish: What's goiong on with our Beta Fish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, intestinal parasites: Hi Veronica, He likely had a certain level of parasites when you got him -- most do. The best thing you can do is treat him well and keep him healthy and he will fight off the parasites on his own. There are medicines that claim to do good things, I...

Fish: gold fantail, partial water changes, split fins
partial water changes, split fins, little chunks: Hi Donna; Black coloration on goldfish that appears suddenly is usually due to ammonia or nitrite burns. The biological balance may have been damaged for some reason so those toxins spiked. It can be from cleaning the filter, over cleaning the tank or from...

Fish: my gold fis is sick, broad spectrum antibiotic, water change
broad spectrum antibiotic, water change, thin slice: Rebecca, Goldfish are notoriously long lived if kept well. It sounds like he may have a swimbladder infection. Very common. Lets add a broad spectrum antibiotic to his tank. Tetracycline, Take out your carbon...

Fish: gold fish, fresh water pond, feeder fish
fresh water pond, feeder fish, lily pads: Hi Elder; I don t normally answer pond questions. You might try asking your question on the freshwater fish forum at About.com. There are many members there that have ponds and there is a pond category too. Here is the link to the forum; http://freshaquarium.about.com/od/questionsanswers/a/naavigateforum.htm...

Fish: gold fish in a 10 gallon tank, chris robbins, gold fish
chris robbins, gold fish, 10 gallon tank: Hi Robert; Try a 25% water change and see if that helps. Do they have any spots, dots or areas on them that look infected? Have you done a filter cleaning or tank cleaning recently? Is the tank fairly new? Is the temperature cooler lately? How big...

Fish: gold fish, gold fish, dense plant
gold fish, dense plant, john gold: Hey John, Gold fish females will get nice and plump after a summer of males that mate quite frequently, and your female will lay her eggs the winter after. Around march or so, your female will lay her eggs (a nice dense plant helps) and you have a mother!...

Fish: gold fish, chris robbins, gold fish
chris robbins, gold fish, bacterial infection: Hi Cathy; It sounds like a bacterial infection. It could be septicemia so if that s it he needs help as soon as possible. Here is a link to information and treatment; http://www.geocities.com/shtinkythefish/diseases/septicemia.htm I hope he feels...

Fish: gold fish, goldfish fry, brine shrimp
goldfish fry, brine shrimp, goldfish food: Hi Cathrine. YES, you absolutely need to separate the goldfish fry from ANY OTHER fish, as they will eat them, parents or not. I m actually surprised that any have even made it, as they usually eat the eggs before they hatch. I would do this as quickly...

Fish: my last gold fish, starter fish, fish flakes
starter fish, fish flakes, fish tank: Anndrea, Don t get discouraged. Goldfish are very hard to keep. They are very dirty. I would like to know how big your tank is babe. They sometimes pollute their own water. Goldfish need lots of room and...

Fish: gold fish, ammonia levels, aquarium salt
ammonia levels, aquarium salt, swim bladder: Claudia, He is too big for that tank. It sound like ammonia burns. You either have to do more water changes or get him a larger tank quick..........check your water for ammonia levels , I think they will...

Fish: gold fish, cichlid research, gold fish
cichlid research, gold fish, gallon tank: Hi Tina, Actually goldfish are not tropical fish. They live in cooler water and often do not do well in the warm water that tropical fish need. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: gold fish, breeding goldfish, gold fish
breeding goldfish, gold fish, chris robbins: Hi Jincy; Here are some sites about breeding goldfish; http://mike-edwardes.members.beeb.net/Cauratus.html#7 http://www.aqualandpetsplus.com/Live%20Food,%20Goldfish.htm http://www.petshub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11891 Have Fun! At Your Service;...

Fish: gold fish, ammonia nitrate, loving pets
ammonia nitrate, loving pets, chris robbins: Hi Heidy; You might want to get the water tested at your local fish store and see if anything is wrong there. Have them test the levels of nitrite, ammonia, nitrate and pH. Get the actual values so we can compare them in the future. Don t let them just...

Fish: gold fish, partial water changes, new tanks
partial water changes, new tanks, gold fish: Hi Amanda; The tank is going through the break-in period and it often does get cloudy during that time. The fish might look okay right now, but there are toxins in the water that irritate them during the break-in. The break-in takes a total of 6 weeks or...

Fish: gold fish, clown loach, 30 gallon tank
clown loach, 30 gallon tank, frequent water changes: Hi Glenna; Undergravel systems are just not enough to handle the waste of messy goldfish. What a shame that the fish store people don t know that. Just 3 regular little tropicals are fine to get a 30 gallon tank through the break-in period. They don t die...

Fish: gold fish, new tanks, chris robbins
new tanks, chris robbins, lack of oxygen: Hi Simon; Make a 25% water change right way. Lethargic goldfish often indicates lack of oxygen. It can be caused from waste toxins burning their gills. How big is the tank? Goldfish need 10 gallons per fish to avoid poisoning from toxins. They are naturally...

Fish: My gold fish, jug of water, fish tank
jug of water, fish tank, gold fish: Hi Adrina; Your fish tank water temperature will be whatever your room temperature is. But, that s okay if it s on the cold side. Goldfish like cold water. But, you can t just toss them into it. They have to be slowly acclimated over 15 minutes or so if...

Fish: gold fish, black moors, black moor
black moors, black moor, shubunkin: Hello again Geri - Unfortunately, most pet stores don t know what they re doing. (Think about it - How many of the highschool employees really know anything about fish besides what they are told?) If you go to a petstore that specializes in fish, they...

Fish: gold fish fighting PLEASE HELP A.S.A.P (as soon as posible), gold fish, giant eyes
gold fish, giant eyes, fantail: Hi it is impossible to kill , they maybe are matting , check the male will be hitting the female with his head from under her belly , and chasing her around the tank , and they also will produce a small white eggs that will full the tank and you can see...

Fish: gold fish & Koi, gold fish, orange gold
gold fish, orange gold, blackmoor: I have seen this happen alot in ponds. I had a Large Blackmoor in a pond with 10 large, all orange Fantial Goldfish. The Blackmoor became all orange in around 2 weeks. They could have changed colour because of sunlight or no sunlight or because the cells...

Fish: My gold fish keep dying, feeder fish, african cichlids
feeder fish, african cichlids, gold fish: Hi jason. I think you are referring to african cichlids, rather than chinchias . The only thing i can think of is that you are having an ammonia spike. You need to do a LARGE water change, and then use an ammonia tester to test your ammonia. Follow...

Fish: why do my gold fish keep dying, gold fishes, fish reference
gold fishes, fish reference, white rocks: Hi Daryl; Goldfish just can t live in bowls. I m so sorry that you have been misled about the needs of goldfish. It s a common occurence I m afraid. Even with a filter their waste load is just too much for it. They need 10 gallons per fish to grow to adulthood,...

Fish: gold fish problem, tank mates, fish problem
tank mates, fish problem, film spots: Hmm, this is a tough one, Anna! Lets try to dig deeper into the situation. Has anything else changed recently? Food type, filter media, water quality, temperature, tank mates? Any of these changes could invoke a fear or change in habit. If any of these...

Fish: Is my gold fish sick???, gold fish, 10 gallon tank
gold fish, 10 gallon tank, goldfish: hey! since you have such a big tank, meaning it takes more to get dirty, i would get a filter fit for 30 gallons.(if u got more goldfish a bigger filter would be better) For the food, well, i would feed them 2-3 times a day, and i would suggest feeding them...

Fish: Is my gold fish sick?, tankmate, gold fish
tankmate, gold fish, worman: Hello Christina- Your fish may have found a nice warm spot to rest and wants to make sure his tankmate doesn t steal it. As long as he s eating normally and not gasping for air, he s probably fine. Are there any other symptoms? When he swims, is it normal...

Fish: gold fish tank, fish in the water, fish tank
fish in the water, fish tank, gold fish: Hi Ashley, You had the right idea by having the tank ready for a week. Did you having it running with the filter during that week? If you didn t, then that is why the water went cloudy. If you did, I can t explain why your water went cloudy. The foam...

Fish: gold fish, tank syndrome, african frog
tank syndrome, african frog, store tank: Hi Cindi; The loss of fish was from New Tank Syndrome . The toxins from this may be causing irritation in the new fish. A water change will help greatly. Remove 25% of the water and replace it with fresh water. Without fish in there to feed the beneficial...

Fish: golden gourami, color variation, types of fish
color variation, types of fish, swordtails: Hi Javier; Gold gouramis can indeed be quite aggressive. The rule with all types of gouramis is there really should only be one male per tank, unless you have a really large and well-planted tank with plenty of hiding places. I would guess yours is probably...

Fish: golden severum eggs, cichlid research, golden severum
cichlid research, golden severum, severums: Hi Peggy, There are several possibilities. It could be that the male just didn t get his act together. It also could be that you actually have two females. In either case, I d give them another chance and see what happens. You have noticed one...

Fish: golden severum, cichlid research, firemouth
cichlid research, firemouth, wrigglers: Hi Rich, It is possible that they hatched and the parents have moved the wrigglers to a pit. Are the parents hanging out near the eggs or do they spend a lot of time over a nearby location? (The pit can often be very hard to find -- that s the idea!)...

Fish: goldenhead goby with swollen stomach, swollen stomach, saltwater tanks
swollen stomach, saltwater tanks, goby: Patti, Your goby may be full of eggs, but if there is no male present they usually reabsorb them. They usually don t breed in captivity unless you have a mated pair. Since they are mostly wild caiught.She...

Fish: goldFish - Why are they dying?, sydney sun, gold fish
sydney sun, gold fish, personalitys: Hi Ben. In answer to your question, yes, partial water changes are good, SO LONG AS you have a good filter on your tank. Here are a few articles that will help explain things to you better and give you your answers about tank cleaning and maintenance and...

Fish: goldfish, tank light, chris robbins
tank light, chris robbins, goldfish: Hi Gary; The light change startles them. The only way fish have to shade their eyes is to hide. They don t have eyelids like we do! I find that if I turn on a light in the room for a few minutes before I turn on the tank light, the fish aren t so frightened....

Fish: goldfish, tiny air bubbles, nitrite levels
tiny air bubbles, nitrite levels, tank syndrome: Hi Unni; If they are like tiny grains of salt they are a parasite called Ich . You will need a medication for them. If they look more like tiny air bubbles they will go away. When fish are under stress from being moved and having their water changed, their...

Fish: goldfish, aquarium salt, fish stores
aquarium salt, fish stores, melafix: Hi Lucy; Poor guy. The black is hopefully just from trying to heal up. You might want to use a few different things to help avoid and/or heal infection. A fish antibiotic called Maracyn 2 , some MelaFix and aquarium salt will be very helpful. Use them...

Fish: goldfish, gold fish, fish supplies
gold fish, fish supplies, water conditioner: Hello Meg- There could be many things that caused your fish to die. The white fluff sounds like a fungus, and the fish gasping for air sounds like a chemical problem. Firstly, I would recommend taking the last fish out, scrubbing his tank with hot water,...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish, backside
goldfish, backside, eggs: Hi Brittney, Excellent question! Not many people think of their fish just being fat. They just get excited and assume that their fish is about to spawn. A fat goldfish will be pretty much round in general where as a egg bound golfish will be fat around...

Fish: goldfish, fantail goldfish, maracyn 2
fantail goldfish, maracyn 2, slime coat: Hi Jim; Make a daily 25% water change in the hospital tank. Sometimes New Tank Syndrome causes further problems, and is overlooked. If the hospital tank was not previously running, it has to break-in like any other tank. Toxins rise and further make the...

Fish: goldfish, chris robbins, tank water
chris robbins, tank water, goldfish: Hi Ashley; Goldfish lay eggs and will eat the eggs and babies so it is best to remove one or the other to a separate tank. Keep the baby tank water very clean so they grow fast. Feed them crumbled up fish food 3 times a day. Add live small-leafed plants...

Fish: goldfish, breeding goldfish, chris robbins
breeding goldfish, chris robbins, gold fish: Hi Casidhe: Sometimes fish will become constipated or develop other problems that cause their bellies to become large. Hopefully it s a female with eggs instead. If the scales seem to be sticking out like a pinecone and the fish is not eating, it isn t...

Fish: goldfish, home aquarium, pond fish
home aquarium, pond fish, goldfish: Hello Renee, I dont think this is reproduction. I have certainly never heard of it before. They are just friends. Goldfish form bonds with each other over the years and some like each other and some dont. Hints that Koi and Goldfish are group fish. Glad...

Fish: goldfish, fish lice, aquatic gardeners
fish lice, aquatic gardeners, gill covers: Good afternoon Valerie, thanks for your question. My advice to you at this point would be to observe this goldfish carefully for other signs of distress. You don t mention where the bump is located. Bumps on the gill covers are normal, for example. Have...

Fish: goldfish, frozen brine shrimp, breeding goldfish
frozen brine shrimp, breeding goldfish, gold fish: Hi Telisha; Goldfish lay eggs in plants by swimming into bunches of them. The males follow her to fertilize them as they are laid. If the tank is too small (under 30 gallons) there really isn t room to get a good spawning run to do that. The female will...

Fish: goldfish, frozen brine shrimp, tiny chunks
frozen brine shrimp, tiny chunks, shredded carrots: Hi Matt; Yep, Jimbo has gas. Feed him green peas. Cooked, cooled and popped from their little round skins. Break them into tiny chunks if they are too big. Feed the peas several times a week as well as raw foods like romaine lettuce, squash, banana, frozen...

Fish: goldfish, aquarium salt, swollen stomach
aquarium salt, swollen stomach, fin rot: Good evening April, thank you for your question. What you describe suggests a nutritional deficiency, probably from feeding too many starchy foods such as flakes. Goldfish need a varied diet to stay healthy. This is also key to their longevity - goldfish...

Fish: my goldfish, water filtration system, water test kit
water filtration system, water test kit, water quality issues: Good morning Faro, thank you for your question. If you dosed with antibiotics in the main tank instead of a hospital tank, the beneifical bacteria population has dwindled, causing you to have to re-cycle your tank. If you can find the product Bio-Spira...

Fish: goldfish, comet goldfish, happy fish
comet goldfish, happy fish, white hope: Hello Cassandra, When goldfish hatch from there eggs from the very minute they are hatched, there black. As they mature they begin to lose the color and become gold. Its just the natural maturing cycle of the goldfish. Theres not a single goldfish (common...

Fish: goldfish, female goldfish, anal fin
female goldfish, anal fin, goldfish: Hi, Sexing juvenile goldfish is impossible, you must wait until they are at the correct breeding age (around 1 year) before you can sex them. The males have breeding tubercles (white pimples) around the gills, and the females body grows deeper and her vent...

Fish: goldfish, small tank, goldfish
small tank, goldfish, adulthood: Hi, Well, she will look rounder and fatter. She may also look slightly stressed later in the pregnancy and kick up or root around in the gravel. A male needs to be present to fertilize the eggs when she lays them. She will have hundreds, perhaps even...

Fish: goldfish, types of goldfish, life expectancies
types of goldfish, life expectancies, average lifespan: Hi again, There are many types of goldfish, and they have different life expectancies, but for a Common Goldfish, their average lifespan is up to 15 years for a well-cared for goldfish with at least 80 litres per fish, to allow them to grow to their maximum...

Fish: goldfish, loaches, goldfish
loaches, goldfish, catfish: Hi, I m not sure if you re talking about all fish, or just goldfish. You do not get albino varieties of goldfish, or at least they are very rare, but some other fish such as catfish, loaches and many others. There is little difference between albino and...

Fish: goldfish, millimetres, goldfish
millimetres, goldfish, good luck: Hi, If you want to ask more than one question, feel free to do so in one question, rather than in many separate ones, simply to make it simpler for you. Anyway, they are very small, just one or two millimetres, but grow very quickly, and by the time they...

Fish: goldfish, community tank, tropical community
community tank, tropical community, small tank: Hi again, Well, no. Goldfish need 10 UK gallons, which is 45 litres, each, so 20 gallons, or 90 litres, is necessary for two. I strongly recommend buying a bigger tank for them, with powerful filtration, as they are very messy fish and produce large amounts...

Fish: goldfish, small tank, goldfish
small tank, goldfish, good luck: Hi, No, he will not. It is called stunting which is basically when the fish is in a small tank and will not grow. If he did continue growing, he would soon not be able to turn in the tank! Stunting is not at all good for them, so you definitely need to...

Fish: goldfish, keeping goldfish, new water
keeping goldfish, new water, goldfish: Voni, when you first got the fish in a bag and you took them home, did you put the bag of fish on top of you water in the aquarium for about 15 minutes. If not, then that is why. The reason being is because they have to get use to the new water and the...

Fish: My goldfish !, bio filtration, epsom salt
bio filtration, epsom salt, aquarium salt: Good evening Lisa, thank you for your question. I would keep a close eye on the goldfish, but do not be hasty with medication! Those symptoms don t sound like a fungus, but medication directly in the tank will affect bio-filtration and cause ammonia spikes...

Fish: goldfish, plain english explanation, science section
plain english explanation, science section, fishkeeping: Good morning Christine, thank you for your question. My knowledge lies in fishkeeping, not in science, but let me try and help anyhow. This article should shed some light: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/AqSciSubWebIndex/coloration.htm This will explain...

Fish: goldfish, fancy goldfish, big eyed fish
fancy goldfish, big eyed fish, gold fish: If the fish has still got the gray spot but is acting lively the spot could be a scar, i wouldn t wary too much about it as long as the fish is healthy. Keep an eye on the big dominant fish and if you see him attack another fish i think you will have to separate...

Fish: goldfish, inner ear bones, breeding goldfish
inner ear bones, breeding goldfish, pectoral fins: Good afternoon Jaz, thanks for your question. Yeeeikes, I do hope you are upgrading that housing ASAP! If you can, get a 20 gallon tank minimum. A 10 gallon will be all right for a while, but the cost of a 20 vs. a 10 is a relatively small one. That s 2x...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish pond, fish questions
goldfish pond, fish questions, chris robbins: Hi Justin; Here is a good web page on sexing goldfish; http://thegab.org/Articles/SexingGoldfish.html For pond and pond fish questions you can also ask our experts in that area. Here is a link to find them; http://www.allexperts.com/el/731-9/Pond-Water-Gardening...

Fish: My goldfish, goldfish aquarium, little footprint
goldfish aquarium, little footprint, rubbermaid container: Good morning Sharon, thank you for your question. Unfortunately, in spite of marketing efforts to convince the public otherwise, the BiOrb makes a very poor goldfish aquarium. Goldfish are heavy waste producers, and the extremely limited surface area of...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish care, water sprite
goldfish care, water sprite, java fern: Good morning Emily, Yes, goldfish certainly love plants in their water! Especially elodea and Water sprite, and floating plants such as duckweed. Those are plants that goldfish love to eat. If you mean you d like to keep plants in an ornamental way, then...

Fish: goldfish, goldfish care, pet goldfish
goldfish care, pet goldfish, aquarium salt: Good evening Amy, thank you for your question. If you are having a non-fishkeeper feed your fish, it is always best to pre-measure the food. Little snack sized ziploc bags with Monday Tuesday and so forth written in permanent marker work wonders. ...

Fish: goldfish, cichlid research, tail rot
cichlid research, tail rot, water changes: Hi Sabrina, You should be doing regular water changes on the tank. Right away, you should change about 50% of the water. In a couple of days you should change another 25% and then after that, you should change about 20-25% once a week, every week. ...

Fish: goldfish, feeding brine shrimp, aquarium salt
feeding brine shrimp, aquarium salt, vitamin intake: Hey Faith, transplanting fish can be stressful to fish (mine are jumping around right now as a matter of fact). So, by moving them around frequently, and putting them from large tanks to small bowls can be very detrimental. Typically, when a fish stops...

Fish: goldfish, gold gills, fish bowl
gold gills, fish bowl, chemical water: Mike, when you got the fish and they were in a bag, when you went home did you keep the fish in the bag and put the bag of fish up top your water in your fish bowl for 15 minutes? if you didn t, then that would be what is wrong. The fish have to get...

Fish: goldfish, new tanks, amquel
new tanks, amquel, tank water: Hey again, it s just algae growth, and it s possible to combat it, but it s rarely worth it. Just stick a couple peices of bamboo in the tank to suck up the needed nutrients for it to grow, and that ll greatly help slow the growth of the algae. Other then...

Fish: goldfish, hospital tank, white faeces
hospital tank, white faeces, preventive actions: Hi Sorry to hear that , are you sure that you purchased a healthy fishes ? , they might sick when you bought them . Or might when you put them in your tank they didn t go on as expected , due to water quality or wrong moving steps . It looks that...

Fish: my goldfish, fungus problem, maracyn two
fungus problem, maracyn two, stress coat: First of all you never want to change all of the water monthly you want to change 25% weekley for a healthy tank. You also need to put water dechlorinator in the tank i would use API s Stress Coat to remove bad chemicals from the tap water. Ok what you are...

Fish: goldfish, gill covers, prickles
gill covers, prickles, goldfish: Hi Although is it impossible to sex Goldfish when they are young and not in breeding season, the male is usually smaller and more slender that the female. In the breeding season the male has white prickles, called breeding tubercles, on its gill covers...

Fish: goldfish, stress coat, harmful chemicals
stress coat, harmful chemicals, chemcials: Ok well you should put stress coat in the pond according to the directions so the harmful chemicals to your fish are removed. Then you should get a test kit for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, P.h., alkalinity, and the hardness of your water. You want to get a...

Fish: goldfish, aquarium shop, swollen eye
aquarium shop, swollen eye, common disease: Hi, I think your fish could have a common disease in goldfish called Popeye, although it sounds to be infected, are there any other fish in the tank that could have attacked your fishes eye. I would recommend using a Popeye medicine that you can find in your...

Fish: goldfish, neon tetra, beneficial bacteria
neon tetra, beneficial bacteria, fish store: Hi Heather; I apologize for not getting to you quicker. The AllExperts system was down and I couldn t answer any of my questions. The filter being changed caused the toxins levels to rise. The beneficial bacteria that was in the filter media takes care...

Fish: goldfish, cichlid research, blotches
cichlid research, blotches, goldfish: Hi Fiona, That is possible but it is also possible that there is a little fighting going on when you aren t watching (this is typically the case with fin injuries). Keep an eye on things. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research...

Fish: goldfish, fish tuberculosis, fish treatment
fish tuberculosis, fish treatment, cloudy eye: hi debbie. Cloudy eye can have many causes. in this case, it looks like a bacterial infection or fish tuberculosis. either way quarantine the fish. Treatment: Establishing the likely cause of the problem and treating it as soon as possible is the best way...

Fish: goldfish, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, left hand side: Hi Lee, It s very hard to say but it sounds like either it has a tumor or it has a big problem with its swim bladder. Unfortunately, neither is treatable. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: goldfish, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, goldfish: Hi Breanne, I am pretty certain that it isn t laying eggs. Are you doing regular partial water changes on the water in the tank? You should be changing 25% of the water once a week, every week to keep your fish healhty. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: goldfish, fish waste, aquarium filter
fish waste, aquarium filter, black patches: Hi Alesiss; Poor guys. They do need a regular tank with a filter. They will be much happier when they get in it this weekend. If it doesn t have a power filter that hangs on the back, get one for them. Goldfish are very messy guys that get BIG. Be sure...

Fish: goldfish, broad spectrum antibiotic, swim bladder
broad spectrum antibiotic, swim bladder, bladder infection: Fran, Goldfish can be bullies, but I don t think that is the problem. I think your little guy may have a swim bladder infection. I would add a broad spectrum antibiotic like tetracycline. You can get that at your petshop. Don t forget to take your carbon out...

Fish: goldfish, broad spectrum antibiotic, swim bladder
broad spectrum antibiotic, swim bladder, bladder infection: Jay, I need to know how big your tank is and what you have in it. This could be a couple of things. Have you recently lost a fish he swam with. I know this sounds funny , but my mom s blackmoor did that...

Fish: goldfish, partial water change, frequent water changes
partial water change, frequent water changes, orange 1: Angie, Your problem is too much goldfish not enough tank. They are dying on their own wastes. They as beautiful as they are very dirty. Lots of ammonia from their wastes. You can change the water everyday,...

Fish: goldfish, coppersafe, egg layers
coppersafe, egg layers, gold fish: Fran, Your goldies are egg layers. They reabsorb the eggs if they are not fertilized. That is not what I think your problem is. I think you have ick. You need to treat your tank with coppersafe. You do...

Fish: goldfish, high protein foods, oranda goldfish
high protein foods, oranda goldfish, maracyn two: Hi Ashley; The red spots are from irritation, maybe bacterial infection, after being too close in contact with his waste on the bottom of the tank. He may need an antibiotic such as Maracyn or Maracyn Two . But, the important thing is to clean his tank...

Fish: goldfish, frozen brine shrimp, fantail goldfish
frozen brine shrimp, fantail goldfish, freshwater snail: Hi Mike; Your little friend has gas! The gas keeps him from being able to stay upright because his belly is being pulled up to float on top of the water. Goldfish commonly get this problem because of their unique digestive systems. Sometimes it blocks their...

Fish: My goldfish, water test kits, black moor
water test kits, black moor, toxin levels: Hi Candace; Oh my. You really do need some help. Hopefully we can get this all fixed up... Your sick fish probably needs some antibiotics now but there is another more serious problem looming. Your tank will be going through a break-in period now that...

Fish: my goldfish, cichlid research, goldfish
cichlid research, goldfish, eggs: Hi Alex, He will fertilize them right away (i.e., within a minute) if he is going to do it. If he doesn t fertilize them within that time frame, he can t do it later (the eggs die very quickly if they aren t fertilized). The only way you can be...

Fish: goldfish, size tank, chris robbins
size tank, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Emma; Make a 25% water change right away after you give me a little more info; What size tank? How long has it been set up? How often do you make water changes? How much do you change at one time? How big is the fish? Followups Welcome At...

Fish: goldfish, qustions, goldfish
qustions, goldfish, fins: Hi kris, A goldfish can not live with out fins. It whould live for about a day and them die. If there are any other fish in the tank they probaly beat him up or something is serius wrong with your goldfish. I ONLY ANSWER CICHLID QUSTIONS at your becncall...

Fish: goldfish, whisper filter, tank conditions
whisper filter, tank conditions, plastic tank: Hi Jessica; The fish are suffering from ammonia burns. The black is like scabs and will heal if the water is kept very clean. Watch for infection. Make a 25% water change every day for the next 4 days. This will lower the toxins while still allowing the...

Fish: goldfish acting strange, aeration system, golfish
aeration system, golfish, filtration system: Hi Kmm; He needs a regular aquarium or 10 gallons with a good filtration system. Goldfish just can t live in bowls and small tanks as is commonly thought. His own waste is poisoning him in such a small container. Change his water twice a week to relieve...

Fish: goldfish ailment, fantail goldfish, size tank
fantail goldfish, size tank, chris robbins: Hi Marc; What size tank is he in? What kind of filter? How often do you usually change his water? What is the temperature of the water? Have you moved recently or changed the room around where his tank is? Do his eyes look like they are beginning to...

Fish: goldfish or angel, giant danios, angel fish
giant danios, angel fish, fish tank: hi Mike. Angelfish or Goldfish for the tank would be fine. If you decide to get the goldfish though, i would advise only 2 or 3 in the tank at most. For regular sized angel fish, you could put around 5 in the tank. But if you buy angelfish, make sure you...

Fish: have my goldfish had babies?, cichlid research, goldfish
cichlid research, goldfish, 8 years: Hi Elaine, Sounds to me like you have baby goldfish --- congratulations! Personally, I would move them to another tank to avoid having them being eaten. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: goldfish bloated, help!!!, last ditch effort, feeder fish
last ditch effort, feeder fish, peep holes: Hello Erika- Unfortunately this sounds like a case of dropsy. Are the scales sticking out, so that the fish looks like a pinecone? I m sorry to say this, but most cases of dropsy are fatal. I ve only heard of a few cases where the fish has survived....

Fish: goldfish boyancy, tiny algae, chris robbins
tiny algae, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Becky; Your little guys just need a bigger tank and I think the problem will improve and perhaps correct itself completely once they have more room. Waste toxins are burning their skin, eyes and gills from being in such a small environment. It causes...

Fish: goldfish and bristlenose catfish, pot tank, tin tank
pot tank, tin tank, bristlenose catfish: Hi Diba; Without a filter or oxygenating pump I m afraid those types of fish can t survive in there. Bristlenose need oxygenated water or they suffocate. Goldfish are messy fish that need ten gallons (40 liters) of filtered water per fish to survive. Without...

Fish: goldfish care, goldfish care, golfish
goldfish care, golfish, petco: Arati, It is okay to have 6 golfish living together, just as long as the fishbowl is not crowded and is big enough for the six of them. If you take good care and feed them like you are suppose to, they should have a goood and healthy long life. Thanks....

Fish: goldfish and # of catfish, african dwarf frogs, chinese algae eater
african dwarf frogs, chinese algae eater, cold water fish: Hey Felicia, Really, a single adult gold fish will be 14 long, if raised in ideal conditions. Because goldfish are coldwater fish, no tank cleaner really will mix well with a goldfish setup. If you re looking for a low cost, pretty, and entertaining community...

Fish: Is my goldfish checking out?, bladder disorder, cooler room
bladder disorder, cooler room, small tank: Hi Geanne, Your goldfish is acting very odd. Usualy I would tell you that your fish probably has SBD (swim bladder disorder). But fasting it and feeding it skinned peas is the treatment for this. It is probably the fact that there is no oxygen going...

Fish: goldfish color fading, black moors, ryukin
black moors, ryukin, gallon tank: Hello Isabel- Black moors change colors as they get older; your little guy is probably pretty old! Most go through the sequence of black to gold to white. It can come in patches or splotches of color, and it s getting more common as fish nowadays are inbred....

Fish: goldfish color fading, aquarium tank, fish bowls
aquarium tank, fish bowls, tank syndrome: Hi Cally; Poor guy. He is probably showing the first signs of stress from New Tank Syndrome . Toxins are building up and he is in shock. You should only have one small fish in there to get it started and safely bring the fish through the first 6 to 8 weeks....

Fish: My goldfish is constantly gulping ., fish waste, lack of oxygen
fish waste, lack of oxygen, chris robbins: Hi Kathy; He is suffocating because his gills are burning from ammonia in the water. Ammonia comes from fish waste. Goldfish really need a regular aquarium with a filter. Get a 10 gallon or larger and he will be much happier. Change his bowl at least twice...

Fish: Why did my goldfish die, water surface area, cichlid research
water surface area, cichlid research, fish flakes: Hi Roli, Goldfish are not a good fish to start with. They are very sensitive and often have diseases. It is not a good idea to keep fish in a bowl. Basically, a bowl is not large enough for any fish for any period of time. The smallest tank I would...

Fish: why did my goldfish die?, goldfish tank, fantail goldfish
goldfish tank, fantail goldfish, gravel filter: Hi Lou Since the tank is new and every thing in it as well , so probably the gravel was not clean , or you bought the fishes infected with those flukes , any way no need to think of them any more , focus now on cleaning your tank first , Wash every...

Fish: goldfish digging a hole?, fantail goldfish, black moor
fantail goldfish, black moor, gallon tank: Hello Graeme- It s normal for Moors and Fantails to dig in the gravel. They re curious, and they like to make nests. This is perfectly normal, but watch your little one to be sure he s not scratched from the stones. Hope this is useful- Amber Worman...

Fish: goldfish...duh!, brine shrimp, flake food
brine shrimp, flake food, orandas: Hi David, That sounds like an interesting fish (calico moor). Most goldfish are happy with the average flake food (like the homebrand stuff at wallmart). But I give my goldfish (6 orandas) flakes and sometimes bloodworms and brine shrimp as a treat. ...

Fish: goldfish dying, black moors, fancy goldfish
black moors, fancy goldfish, fantails: Hi Sammi; The black ones are probably black moors or black telescopes . Different names for the same kind of fancy goldfish. It s not a good idea to buy the fish before the tank was fully running. Even though you live a long way from the store it just...

Fish: Is my goldfish dying?, cichlid research, small tank
cichlid research, small tank, gallon tank: Hi Sol, I seriously doubt if the diet has anything to do with the red spot. Betta food should not be detrimental to goldfish. You really need a larger tank. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresarch.com...

Fish: My goldfish is dying., ammonia level, beneficial bacteria
ammonia level, beneficial bacteria, feed the fish: Hi Delilah; It is ammonia and nitrite burns. The tank is too small for goldfish, as they are messy fish. They can t help it they are just major ammonia producers. A ten gallon is the minimum a goldfish should be in. Many people keep them in small tanks...

Fish: goldfish not eating, bladder disorder, 3 tails
bladder disorder, 3 tails, harmful bacteria: Hi Raina, I think your goldfish is a blackmoor (a type of goldfish). You should never fill your tank/bowl and put in your fish in the same day. You should fill the bowl/tank, use the appropriate chemicals like ager (dechlorination), leave it for 2-3 days...

Fish: goldfish not eating, blood worms, poor fish
blood worms, poor fish, broken jaw: Defiantly treat the water if you know it helped last time. The change in the water could have something to do with him not eating. If you think that micro sized food would work get some fish flakes and crush them up to a sand like texture, try that. If he...

Fish: goldfish not eating, maracyn 2, frozen shrimp
maracyn 2, frozen shrimp, gallon aquarium: Hi CeeAnn; It sounds like an internal bacterial infection. Try the medicated food again. It may not have beaten it completely the first time. Since he isn t eating very well he may not have gotten enough of the medicated food to really fully help him. ...

Fish: goldfish-eggs or dropsy?, swim bladder disorder, nitrifying bacteria
swim bladder disorder, nitrifying bacteria, fish waste: Good evening, Emma! Thank you for your question. I appreciate how polite and honest your email was. Can you tell me how long, wide, and tall your tank is? I can figure out how many gallons your tank is with these dimensions... Since you said your tank...

Fish: goldfish eggs, beneficial bacteria, new tank
beneficial bacteria, new tank, gallon tank: Hi, Goldfish need at least 45 litres each to survive, so in an unfiltered bowl they will not be happy, and the fry (offspring) will not survive. I recommend, if you are short of cash, looking on ebay for a good 20 Gallon tank for little money. You can buy...

Fish: goldfish emergency!, natural antibiotic, pair of scissors
natural antibiotic, pair of scissors, defensive mechanism: Nancy, I am sure you resubmitted this to someone else. You need to cut the barb off with a small pair of scissors. I hope someone got back to you sooner than I did. Soooooo Sorry. If it ripped his little...

Fish: goldfish eye problem, aquarium salt, space helmet
aquarium salt, space helmet, tsp salt: Barbara, I would like you to try one more thing if you can. Go and get a fungal medication like erythromycin. Same as the other treatment. 7 days ... you know the rest if he doesn t respond maybe he is, but...

Fish: goldfish and female bettas, degree water, goldfish
degree water, goldfish, betta: Hello Wendy, This probably wouldnt be a good idea. 1. goldfish love to pick on bettas and in return bettas kill the goldfish. 2. goldfish are coldwater fish. 3. Bettas require 74-80 degree water temps. There for bettas and goldfish probably wouldnt...

Fish: goldfish is freaking out, fancy goldfish, bladder problem
fancy goldfish, bladder problem, swim bladder: hello alexie ummm it seems to me your fish has a swim bladder problem which is causing it to swim like that ...all i can say is let nature take its course and see what happens from there. hope this helps feel free to ask any other questions megann...

Fish: goldfish and guppy, cold water fish, fish reference
cold water fish, fish reference, chris robbins: Hi Rachael; He will eat him if he can get him in his mouth. A 5-gallon is really too small for a goldfish anyway. Goldfish are deep bodied and very messy fish that get to be 6 to 8 inches long not counting the tail. (Yikes!) They eat a lot and make a lot...

Fish: are goldfish hardy?, neon tetra disease, tank syndrome
neon tetra disease, tank syndrome, hardy fish: Hi Kristie; Neons are pretty hardy fish. What you have going on is New Tank Syndrome and probably a case of ick brought on by the stress of the new tank syndrome. Get a remedy for the ick at the fish store and read my below article about new tanks. It...

Fish: one goldfish hogs others' food, nitrite levels, cucumber slices
nitrite levels, cucumber slices, swim bladder: Hi Daniel; That s a hard one for sure. You could put a divider between them when they eat. Or, get one of those breeder nets or boxes and put the greedy one in there for a few minutes until the other has a chance to eat first. Feeding vegies every other...

Fish: goldfish and ick, cold water fish, goldfish tank
cold water fish, goldfish tank, partial water changes: Hi Adam; I m so sorry you lost one. Let s see if we can save the rest and get them on the road to recovery...... Make some partial water changes to lower the number of ick parasites in the water. Remove 25% every day and replace with fresh water. Use...

Fish: goldfish illness, cichlid research, partial water changes
cichlid research, partial water changes, white film: Hi Laura, If they aren t fighting, then a white film over the eyes is almost always the result of poor water conditions. Those regular partial water changes are really important. It is also key not to overfeed the fish such that there is uneaten food in...

Fish: goldfish illness - please help!, black moor goldfish, blood worms
black moor goldfish, blood worms, bladder disease: Hi Kate, You had the right idea by feeding him those foods but you are supposed to fast him for 3 days first, in order for the treatment to work (you should realy only feed him boiled skinned peas and probably not oranges and blood worms). The film around...

Fish: My goldfish was injured, broad spectrum antibiotic, slime coat
broad spectrum antibiotic, slime coat, tea trees: Bertie, He probably rubbed his slime coat off on that spot on the floor and has a sore . I would add a broad spectrum antibiotic, but something mild like Melafix. This is all natural made from the oil of...

Fish: goldfish injury, protective slime, slime coat
protective slime, slime coat, melaleuca trees: I REALLY sujest treating it. It can turn into an infection very quickly with goldfish. His protective slime coat is obviously removed from that part of his head so you should put in some Stress Coat to help aid in it forming back more quickly. It comes in...

Fish: goldfish and koi, atul, bacterial infection
atul, bacterial infection, nostrils: Hey Atul, Sounds to me like a severe internal infection. My recommendation is to get anti bacteria medications from your local pet store (pond sized bottles, if they have them) and begin treating for the bacterial problems right away. The sooner you take...

Fish: my goldfish is laying low, leafy greens, gallon tank
leafy greens, gallon tank, maintenance routine: Good evening Sid, thank you for your question. My guess is that your fish are outgrowing their tank, I may be wrong since you don t mention the volume of water they are being kept in. Few people put their two baby goldfish into a 40 gallon tank, however...

Fish: goldfish life, using quotation marks, water insects
using quotation marks, water insects, outdoor pond: Good morning, Matt, thank you for your question. Your common goldfish, Carassius auratus, can live 20 years or more. It is not at all uncommon to see common goldfish living in aquariums for 10 years. As they get older, their colors begin to dull. The antidote...

Fish: Do goldfish get lonely?, fish reference, fish haven
fish reference, fish haven, fish tank: Hi Andrea; Goldfish don t get lonely so he is fine all alone. Their favorite sport is eating and they do it quite well all alone. ;-) Actually the tank really can t support another one anyway. It s too small even for just one goldfish. Goldfish are...

Fish: goldfish losing its life, chris robbins, gallon tank
chris robbins, gallon tank, water changes: Hi Edwin; His tank is too small and without a filter and weekly water changes, waste toxins are poisoning him. Goldfish are very messy guys that get very large to they require at least ten gallons per fish with a power filter in order to thrive. They also...

Fish: goldfish with lump on head, broad spectrum antibiotic, fancy goldfish
broad spectrum antibiotic, fancy goldfish, lump on head: Nina, He may have just injured himself. Lets give him some tetracycline. This is broad spectrum antibiotic and see what happens. Don t forget to remove your carbon while you treat him for 7 days. Then...

Fish: goldfish not moving its tail, digestive trouble, hospital tank
digestive trouble, hospital tank, fish forum: Hi Nathan; That s very strange. At least he can still maintain his buoyancy. You might try feeding peas to clear his digestion. Sometimes digestive trouble can make fish have trouble with their back end. Post your question over on the freshwater fish...

Fish: goldfish needs help, please, incurable illnesses, finrot
incurable illnesses, finrot, poor fish: Hey Carla, Its a simple bacterial infection. If left untreated, it ll develop white cotton like tuffs and big red sores, and before too long, he wont be able to send water through his lips to his gills, and will suffocate. Best treatment in a small bowl...

Fish: my goldfish needs help, please, mouth fungus, partial water changes
mouth fungus, partial water changes, malachite green: Hi might be Mouth Fungus, Columnaris (Chondrococcus, Cytophaga) Despite its misleading common name, mouth fungus is actually caused by bacteria. Patches of cotton-like patches develop around the mouth, but also on the head, fins, gills, and body. As...

Fish: goldfish that picks up!, cichlid research, move rocks
cichlid research, move rocks, fish move: Hi Micah, Many fish move rocks around. They do it to find food that is under the rocks, to build territorial areas, to make mating and courtship areas and other reasons. It is amazing how many rocks they can move if they are determined. -- Ron ...

Fish: goldfish/placo, placo fish, chris robbins
placo fish, chris robbins, galloon: Hi Nina; Plecostamus need more room. Some varieties get over a foot long. They are also tropical fish so they need higher temperatures than the goldfish can tolerate. Goldfish like lower than 75f and plecos need higher and 75f. At Your Service; Chris...

Fish: my goldfish poey . . ., flake food, fluid accumulation
flake food, fluid accumulation, renal failure: Hi I do suspect that it has Dropsy , dropsy is caused from a bacterial infection of the kidneys, causing fluid accumulation or renal failure. The fluids in the body build up and cause the fish to bloat up and the scales to protrude. It appears to only cause...

Fish: goldfish pond mates..., cold water fish, goldfish pond
cold water fish, goldfish pond, algae control: Hey Mike, If your pond water is 74-78*f, annually, then a pleco would be okay. If not, then get a long pole with a scrubby pad on the end, and a tight weave cloth net to scrape and scoop out the algae. A plecostomus cannot healthily and safely survive cold...

Fish: goldfish pregnancy, chris robbins, goldfish
chris robbins, goldfish, eggs: Hi Tania; Females will carry eggs until they have a male (or males) to spawn with or until they re-absorb them into their bodies. If conditions are right and she has plenty of room and plenty of plants to do a spawning run she will lay them. As long as...

Fish: Is my goldfish pregnant?, swim bladder, bladder infection
swim bladder, bladder infection, gallon tank: Hi Dee. Goldfish dont get pregnant. They are not livebearers. And unless she is in a 150 gallon tank, with PERFECT perameters and PERFECT temperature, she is not pregnant. It sounds like your fish has bloat. Try feeding a few shelled boiled peas, and...

Fish: I am not sure whether my goldfish are pregnant, golfish, perameters
golfish, perameters, perfect water: Well, first of all, goldfish dont get pregnent. They produce eggs, they expell eggs, and then the male fertilizes the eggs. Goldfish arent live bearers. Second of all, breeding golfish is extremely hard. You need around 150 gallons per pair, perfect temperatures,...

Fish: goldfish problem, types of goldfish, 10 gallon tank
types of goldfish, 10 gallon tank, nutritional demands: Hey Alyssa, Because there are so very many different types of goldfish, each needing different things, I ll try to cover the general stuff that can cause these problems. First off, Goldfish really need more room then 3 gallons. The average adult goldfish...

Fish: goldfish problem, size tank, water conditioner
size tank, water conditioner, water changes: Hi Carmen; Change his water (it may perk him up), being sure yo use a water conditioner with the new water. Help me out by giving me more information and let s see what we can do; What size tank is it? How big is your fish? How long have you had him?...

Fish: goldfish problems, gravel vacuum, aquarium salt
gravel vacuum, aquarium salt, salt concentration: Hi Laurie; You might want to drain the entire tank and vacuum the gravel to get a fresh start. The salt concentration has probably gone too high. While higher salt doses are good to use when your goldfish is sick, it should not just be added every couple...

Fish: goldfish problems, ammonia level, aquarium center
ammonia level, aquarium center, gold fish: Your English is totally fine! Let me know if you don t understand anything in my answer. I ll reword it for you. What language do you speak by the way? Anyway... It sounds like a tumor so far. They are VERY common but you can t treat for them. Most fish...

Fish: goldfish problems, fancy goldfish, lucky fish
fancy goldfish, lucky fish, hospital tank: Hi Alexa, Your goldfish were probaly in a tank with a lot of other fish at the pet store correct? My guess is that the healthy goldfish was probably ammuned to these diseases by be withing other fish longer. If not its a lucky fish. Your other fish however...

Fish: a goldfish question, contrary to popular belief, bio orb
contrary to popular belief, bio orb, filtration system: What is your definition of cycling? The general (and widley accepted) rule for goldfish stocking is 20 gallons for one fish, and then 10 gallons for each additional fish. A water change is NEEDED. Make sure you vaccum the bottom, to get rid of any...

Fish: goldfish question, aquatic snails, black moors
aquatic snails, black moors, ghost shrimp: Hello Kathy- Goldfish are coolwater fish, and do not do well with heaters. So, tropical fish would be a no go. However, you can add White Clouds, Crabs, Ghost Shrimp, Tadpoles, Aquatic Snails, Dragon Fish, and almost any type of catfish, along with different...

Fish: goldfish scale loss, fantail goldfish, quartz pebbles
fantail goldfish, quartz pebbles, whisper filter: Hi Lisa; The slight indentation could be from his swim bladder being deflated. The pebble insertion surgery would not help except to keep him upright. He would need to be inserted with buoyant material instead. Some hobbyists have devised harnesses for...

Fish: goldfish sex, tank syndrome, hometown aol
tank syndrome, hometown aol, new tank: Hi Alesia; Goldfish aren t easy to sex but here are a couple of sites that can tell you what to look for; http://mike-edwardes.members.beeb.net/Cauratus.html#7 http://hometown.aol.com/_ht_a/kmam1/MyPond/Sex.html It is helpful if you have several...

Fish: Our goldfish sharkey, partial water change, chris robbins
partial water change, chris robbins, melafix: Hi Andrea; He may have injured himself or is developing an infection of some kind. You could try a partial water change. Also you could add salt and melafix to the tank to aid healing and ward off other infection. He s quite a senior citizen now so he will...

Fish: my goldfish is sick, gold fish, fish one
gold fish, fish one, new tank: Hi Kirsty, This is often the behaviour of new goldfish when they are introduced into a new tank. If you are very worried, take out all but 6 inches of water and see if his fin is still down. If it is, put the same water back in and send me a follow up...

Fish: goldfish sick or not, ammonia nh3, tank syndrome
ammonia nh3, tank syndrome, bottom feeder: Hi Jackie; Make a 25% water change and have the water tested. Sometimes dark spots on goldfish are from ammonia (NH3) or nitrite (NO2) burns. Those toxins can rise from New Tank Syndrome , overcrowding, overcleaning that disturbs the biological balance,...

Fish: My goldfish is sick, DESPERATE, cloud eye, chris robbins
cloud eye, chris robbins, blood infection: Hi Heather; It sounds like a blood infection called hemorrhagic septicemia . He needs an antibiotic called Maracyn-Two . Keep using the melafix and salt. They will help him heal. Here is a good article about HS; http://www.geocities.com/shtinkythefish/diseases/septicemia.htm...

Fish: goldfish sick, poor little fish, tiny chunks
poor little fish, tiny chunks, chopped spinach: Hi Monique; Sounds like gas in his belly. Give him tiny chunks of green peas to help him expel the gas and to alleviate the constipation that usually causes it. I like to use frozen green peas. Let one thaw and pop it from it s round shell and then feed...

Fish: goldfish with sore/swollen mouth, goldfish fish, leasions
goldfish fish, leasions, parrot fish: Hi Carla; It s possible he has a rock lodged in his throat. Look inside and see. You may have to lift him out of the tank to do so. Be sure your hands are wet as you handle him and hold him over the tank so if you drop him he falls in the water. Gently...

Fish: goldfish spots, african dwarf frogs, frogs and tadpoles
african dwarf frogs, frogs and tadpoles, nitrate levels: Hi Margaret; I apologize for not getting to you sooner. I hope it isn t too late for your poor fish. The AllExperts system is having a problem and not getting my questions to me. Yours just appeared today as if it was new. So sorry. There are just way...

Fish: goldfish stays in one spot, bladder disease, swim bladder
bladder disease, swim bladder, coppersafe: Hey Molly, He sounds stressed. Turn the lights off for a couple days, and keep a close eye on him. Test the water, and correct any issues that appear in the test. Check him over for signs of infection (fuzzy spots, bumps, sores, couldy eyes, shredding fins,...

Fish: My goldfish is "sucking air" at the surface of the water, fish store, chris robbins
fish store, chris robbins, fish bowl: Hi Michelle; He has now been in there long enough that his waste and respiration have used up the oxygen in the water. He is going to the top to try and get enough, but it s never going to happen in there I m afraid. It s a shame the fish store people didn...

Fish: my goldfish are sucking air, tetra whisper, beneficial bacteria
tetra whisper, beneficial bacteria, fish tank: Hi Jackie; Having a new filter is similar to having a new tank. It has to Break In . The beneficial bacteria that lives in the filter and usually consumes ammonia and nitrites hasn t developed yet. The fish are experiencing burned gills from the toxins....

Fish: goldfish swim bladder problems, goldfish swim bladder, goldfish aquarium
goldfish swim bladder, goldfish aquarium, bladder disease: Hi Prue; I am so glad to see someone doing research BEFORE getting the fish! It s so much easier on you and the fish. It is true that sinking pellets and other sinking foods are best for goldfish. They really are little gluttons and just eat floating...

Fish: goldfish swimming on their sides, nitrite levels, aquarium salt
nitrite levels, aquarium salt, toxin levels: Hi Tara; If the spots look like salt specks it is indeed ick. If they are scraping their bodies on the bottom it is from the ick spots because they itch. Remedies are available at your local fish store. Aquarium salt helps too. If they are just laying...

Fish: my goldfish is swimming upside down but not dying?, swim bladder, digestive trouble
swim bladder, digestive trouble, diet change: Hi Lauren; Sounds like digestive trouble. If a goldfish eats too fast and/or overeats, it can develop indigestion and gas in the belly causes it to float upside down. Sometimes it is from swim bladder failure. Diet change is a good solution for both causes...

Fish: goldfish swimming weird., water quality problem, tank syndrome
water quality problem, tank syndrome, bladder problem: Hi JR; You didn t tell me much about the tank, it s size or how often you clean it. It would be helpful to know how long it s been set up, what kind of filter and who he shares the tank with too. Sometimes it s a water quality problem that causes erratic...

Fish: goldfish tank algae, butterfly loach, ryukin goldfish
butterfly loach, ryukin goldfish, goldfish tank: Hello Debbie- Two snails might be your best choice here - Some plecos and algae eaters produce a lot of waste, and goldfish aren t the cleanest fish either, so your tank may get really dirty really fast if you opt to add a pleco. However, if you have...

Fish: goldfish tank cycle, goldfish tanks, goldfish tank
goldfish tanks, goldfish tank, 30 gallon tank: Hi Susan; Goldfish are indeed gluttons! They will eat until the food won t go in anymore. As you now know, they don t need to do that. They beg because they are conditioned to do so. They beg, they get food. That s really all they know. Green algae...

Fish: goldfish tank cycle, goldfish tanks, goldfish tank
goldfish tanks, goldfish tank, ammonia level: Hi Susan; You poor girl! Changing so much water so often must be making you bonkers! Good for you to be willing to do it though. It s hard to get most hobbyists to change that much water every week. You do it every day. Wow. Let s see if we can help you...

Fish: goldfish tank and nitrate levels, goldfish tank, little carnival
goldfish tank, little carnival, tank syndrome: Tina, I would like to know how large a tank you have. What you are going through is completely normal. It is commonally referred to as new tank syndrome. When you added you goldfish to the tank you added a ton of bacteria. This is good you need that to keep...

Fish: goldfish tank size, cold water fish, black mores
cold water fish, black mores, goldfish tank: Maddi, I think golodfish should be able to be with black mores. Any gold fish. I am not that experienced in all types od fish, I am still learning though. So, I would ask someone that is more experienced. Goldfish water should be cold though. Probably about...

Fish: goldfish tank size, goldfish tank, upside down catfish
goldfish tank, upside down catfish, fancy goldfish: hello maddi it sounds as if you really do love and adore fish:) wich is awsome! ummm...black moores are very neet fish for a matter a fact and i happen to have a few of them. for a 20 gal tank in estamate you should have about 13-18 fish at the most i go...

Fish: goldfish tank, goldfish tank, fish forum
goldfish tank, fish forum, chris robbins: Hi Deann; Sounds like a classic case of overfeeding. The white stuff is from decaying food. We all overfeed from time to time. We just have to remember to clean up after ourselves when we do. Cut back to where the fish finish all the food in 5 minutes....

Fish: goldfish trying to jump out of aquarium, starter fish, stress coat
starter fish, stress coat, slick coating: I would bring it inside, It is under heavy stress from the sounds of it. If it is infact still alive, i would put it in a warm tank, around 74 degrees and feed is peas you have boiled and removed from there little cover . It sounds like it is having problems...

Fish: is my goldfish unwell, feeder fish, hole in the head disease
feeder fish, hole in the head disease, fish tank: Hey Chris, Fair fish are typically housed poorly, breed poorly, and prone to several very serious sicknesses. This fish, in particular, sounds like the victim of Hole In The Head Disease. A common issue with cichlids, and often incurable in feeder fish...

Fish: one of our goldfish has white cloudy stuff on its tail, 30 gallon tank, partial water change
30 gallon tank, partial water change, tank syndrome: Hi Tammy; This is all due to New Tank Syndrome . Ammonia will be elevated for a while and then nitrite will come up as the ammonia goes down. The nitrite will go down eventually after a total of 6 to 8 weeks as beneficial bacteria colonies mature. You...

Fish: goldfish won't eat., pur water system, anchor worms
pur water system, anchor worms, fish pellets: Hey again, the bump still sounds like a parasite. Keep an eye on it and see if it gets worse. I ll venture to say that some coppersafe will clear it up after a few days. I ll do some further research and if i find out anything different, i ll email you....

Fish: goldfish is worrying me...help!!!!, cichlid research, swim bladder
cichlid research, swim bladder, goldfish: Hi Kim, That definitely sounds like the fish is having a big problem with its swim bladder (the organ that some fish have to help them maintain buoyancy). Exactly what is causing the problem is very difficult to determine. Sometimes it is bacterial. Other...

Fish: goldfish, feeder fish, goldfish bowl
feeder fish, goldfish bowl, fish three: Jennifer, If the tank is crowded and the fish are all crowded, then you mey need a bigger tank, but if it is not over crowded then you should be fine. To answer your other question your fish could be pregnant, but it could also be getting fat by eating...

Fish: goldfishes, little tank, chris robbins
little tank, chris robbins, gallon tank: Hi Vanessa; Your little tank is just too small for more than one goldfish. If any of your fish are still alive, change 50% of the water every day until they feel better. Find new homes for all but one and it should be fine. Here is a link to info about...

Fish: goldfishes, ammonia nitrate, sick fish
ammonia nitrate, sick fish, gold fish: Hey Ron, I ve never really heard of goldfish collecting air under their tails! It s possible it has fish gas, which could be from low O2 levels in your tank, and the fish gasping at the surface. Also, fish gas could be from food. Being that I ve never experienced...

Fish: gourami, gouramis, feelers
gouramis, feelers, split end: Hello Beth- No worries! I call them feelers too! Anyways, if you mean splitting like a split end, then it s not normal, per-say, but I can t see how it would be caused. Are there any sharp objects in the tank? A dose of Melafix a day should help...

Fish: gourami loosing color, dwarf gouramis, tiny chunks
dwarf gouramis, tiny chunks, female females: Hi Kristy; It could be that they are female. Females get fatter and aren t as colorful as the males. However, they might just be having digestive trouble too. If you ever see your fish having a bowel movement and it is a loooooong string hanging behind...

Fish: gourami who might have fungus, honey gourami, aquarium shop
honey gourami, aquarium shop, chris robbins: Hi Erika; It sounds like it could be a fungus called saprolegnia. It injects a toxin that can paralyze a fish so they often become listless. The fungus infects injuries or raw areas. If the gourami has been bullied, been in fights or there was a spike of...

Fish: gourami with scales missing, partial water change, gourami
partial water change, gourami, chris robbins: Hi Claire; Redness usually indicates a bacterial infection. He may have injured himself somehow and the bacteria entered the wounds that way. Fish can also be burned by the heater and you see the damage later. I would use Maracyn or Maracyn Two. It would...

Fish: gourami, maracyn 2, neon tetras
maracyn 2, neon tetras, gallon aquarium: Hi Richard; Gouramis do okay in a bowl as a hospital tank, but keep it in a very warm place and change the water daily. If you can get a small air pump and airstone that is good to use. Don t fill the bowl up very far so he can gulp air easier to conserve...

Fish: gouramis, colisa lalia, dwarf gouramis
colisa lalia, dwarf gouramis, pearl gouramis: Hi Shanon; Be careful about putting too many of these types of fish in the same tank. The males of all anabantids (gouramis, paradise, bettas) are aggressive and territorial. They are okay when young but become difficult to manage when they become mature....

Fish: gouramis, dwarf gourami, tiger barbs
dwarf gourami, tiger barbs, gallon tank: Ok, 29 UK or US Gallons? And is it a Dwarf Gourami? Anything else would probably not be suitable. If it is you could have one Gourami, 10 Tetras of any kind, and 7 dwarf Corydoras. Or you could have the Gourami, and 15 Tetras. If you have some ideas...

Fish: gouramis, moonlight gourami, chris robbins
moonlight gourami, chris robbins, fish forum: Hi Slaine; They are indeed moonlight gouramis! Watch them and make sure they don t bully or get bullied by the one you already have. Provide plenty of hiding places for them. This will help them get a break from each other in case they don t like each other....

Fish: gouramises, breeding gouramis, dwarf gouramis
breeding gouramis, dwarf gouramis, litre tank: Hi Aleisha; Keep in mind that your new tank will need several weeks to break-in and you can only have one or two fish in it during that time. Here is a link to my page about it to help you with that part; http://www.xanga.com/expert_fish_help You...

Fish: gouramises, flake food, beneficial bacteria
flake food, beneficial bacteria, tank setup: Hi Aleisha. Unfortunately, it would have been better for you to do some research into these fish prior to purchasing them. There is a lot to know about fish in general. You have a new tank, which means that it has to cycle to build up beneficial bacteria...

Fish: gourmi care, dwarf gouramis, rival males
dwarf gouramis, rival males, chris robbins: Hi Krissy; It may just be a natural color change. Once they settle in to a new environment and get used to each other they stake out territory and guard it. Males will get darker as a result of trying to chase off rival males. If they don t act any differently...

Fish: gravel, jack dempseys, cichlid research
jack dempseys, cichlid research, bala sharks: Hi Clete, I m not quite sure what your question is. If you are wondering how to do this, I suggest putting the fish in a bucket of water from the tank while you change out the gravel. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: gravel for new fish tank, algae eater fish, cichlid research
algae eater fish, cichlid research, native parasites: Hi Steve, Generally it is not a good idea to use local gravel and stone unless you REALLY clean it up thoroughly. You run the risk of introducing quite a number of local native parasites, etc into the tank. I never use local gravel. I would put...

Fish: gravel, keeping fish, fish store
keeping fish, fish store, fish forum: Hi Henry; The best gravel is what you find in your local fish store. It has no harmful ingredients and is marketed for that purpose. Followups welcome At Your Service; Chris Robbins Come on over and join us on the freshwater fish forum at About.com...

Fish: green oscar color, cichlid research, tiger oscars
cichlid research, tiger oscars, fatal sickness: Hi Luis, How large is your oscar and how long have you had it? When you say he is turning green do you mean he is turning a little green, or bright green? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: green puffers, green puffer fish, feeder fish
green puffer fish, feeder fish, appearance fool: Hi Karen; Puffers are very aggressive and very nippy fish. They have sharp teeth and will nip each other. Those injuries can get infected with fungi or bacteria and cause death. Being in a fish store in cramped conditions often starts that. It is best to...

Fish: green spotted puffer fish, 30 gallon tank, green spotted puffer fish
30 gallon tank, green spotted puffer fish, green spotted puffers: Hi Robert; Well, you aren t going to like what I have to say, but it s best to hear the truth so here it is....... First the bad news; Those fish are not compatible with each other and will not survive in that little 5 gallon tank for very long. There...

Fish: green spotted puffer fish, green spotted puffer fish, zebra danio
green spotted puffer fish, zebra danio, brackish fish: Hi Donna; He definitely needs a bigger tank, or at least a separate one, and very soon. He will kill your other fish and take chunks out of them, even when he is little. Yikes! Puffers are very cute and one of my favorites but they have teeth designed to...

Fish: I have green spotted puffer fish., brackish water fish, green spotted puffer fish
brackish water fish, green spotted puffer fish, fish tanks: Hi Cara; Here is a list of sites with info on puffers, other brackish fish, and their care; http://users.macunlimited.net/n.monks/brackfaq.html http://www.aaquaria.com/aquasource/intropuffer.shtml http://home.earthlink.net/%7Esnebluemoon/index.htm...

Fish: green terror, aquarium store, green terror
aquarium store, green terror, green terrors: Sonds like he might have an infection. Make sure your water quality is good by doing a 20% water changes at least once a month. Another possibility is that he has been fighting with other fish. Green Terrors are extremly aggressive and will fight with other...

Fish: green terror, cichlid research, green terrors
cichlid research, green terrors, green terror: Hi Zach, Green terrors are one of those cichlids in which males and females look basically the same. Males are going to be a little larger and heavier built. Females will have slightly more rounded heads and carry their weight more in the belly and less...

Fish: green terror, frozen brine shrimp, cichlid research
frozen brine shrimp, cichlid research, fish candy: Hi Fred, If it were my fish, I would try frozen blood worms or frozen brine shrimp, essentially fish candy. That is often a good way to get a fish to start eating again. Only try a little at first -- you don t want uneaten food rotting in the tank. ...

Fish: green terror, feeder fish, green terror
feeder fish, green terror, cichlid research: Hi Paul, Don t feed him feeder fish. Feed him pellets or cichlid sticks. Feeders almost always carry disease and I can t tell you how many emails I get each week from people who have killed their fish by feeding them feeder fish. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: green terror breeding, cichlid research, tropical tanks
cichlid research, tropical tanks, green terror: Hi Cyntha, Yes it is unfortunate that many stores do not provide correct information. There is also the problem that some people consider Central America to be part of South America . Having spent a lot of time in Central America, I assure you that...

Fish: green terror eggs, cichlid research, tiger oscar
cichlid research, tiger oscar, green terror: Hi Michel, It is possible that the eggs were not fertilized. However, it is also possible that one of the other fish did fertilize the eggs in which case the resulting fry will be hybrids. I have a page on my website that talks about hybrids http://cichlidresearch.com/hybrids.html...

Fish: green terror, cichlid research, green terror
cichlid research, green terror, airstone: Hi, You really need to do more water changes, even though you have the filters. For a typical aquarium, you should be changing about 20% of the water once a week, every week. If I were you, I would do a 20% water change immediately. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: green terrror, poor water quality, cichlid research
poor water quality, cichlid research, tiger barbs: Hi Melissa, Unfortunately that doesn t sound good. Swollen eyes are usually one of two things: someone bit him badly, or his very stressed (and has what is called popeye). Popeye is often aggravated by poor water quality in the tank and that can even...

Fish: green tiger barb, green tiger barbs, tank syndrome
green tiger barbs, tank syndrome, little critters: Hi Justin; It may be getting bullied. Tiger barbs are pretty nasty little critters and will be very aggressive with each other. Do they chase him? It could be the only female in the group too and the males are getting frisky . You may need to separate...

Fish: green tinted water, gallon fish tank, whisper filters
gallon fish tank, whisper filters, algae growth: Hey Jim, Gold fish are quite odd creatures. They re pretty small, at first. However, because of their high waste / high food consumption nature, they need a much larger tank then you d expect. Plan on investing in a 15-20 gallon tank within a few months....

Fish: green water, unicellular algae, purigen
unicellular algae, purigen, green algae: Good evening Tiffany, thank you for your question. Yikes! Green water is a bummer. It s unlikely to be harming your fish, but it s certainly unpleasant to look at. If nothing else has changed in your routine (feeding regimen, sunlight exposure to the...

Fish: green water in fish tank, partial water change, aquarium system
partial water change, aquarium system, beneficial bacteria: Hi Lisa; If the tank has only been cleaned twice in a year with no other water changes and the filter was also changed too, I would suspect it is off balance biologically. That much water replaced after such a long time is a shock to the system. Make a...

Fish: green water, alge eaters, swimming pool filters
alge eaters, swimming pool filters, aquarium pharmaceuticals: Hi Ellen; Green water is indeed a very difficult problem. It is caused by a type of microscopic free-floating algae. Water changes seem to make it worse and it will come and go with no warning or indication of it s cause. There are products on the market...

Fish: greenish tint to tank, alge eaters, frequent water changes
alge eaters, frequent water changes, planktonic algae: Hi Zane; All tanks actually need a 25% change every week. Monthly is just not enough. Vacuum the gravel at the same time too. Goldfish are very messy guys that get very large so they really need it. In a month s time the water chemstry can change drastically...

Fish: greenw water part 2, tiny algae, airstones
tiny algae, airstones, air stones: Something weird was going on with Allexperts.com and I couldn t send the rest of the answer before but... anyway! Algae are single-celled, aka microscopic. If a tank has enough tiny algae to affect the overall water color, that seems like enough algae...

Fish: What's growing in the tank?, fresh water fish, slime mold
fresh water fish, slime mold, ammonia levels: Hi Michelle; I m so glad you asked me! There are far too many people working in pet stores that just don t seem to care if they give the right advice or not. It s a shame. You are indeed an asset to your employer and your customer s pets. Keep asking questions...

Fish: Over grown clown knife fish, clown knife fish, blood parrot fish
clown knife fish, blood parrot fish, common pleco: Hi Candice; If you want to keep him the only viable choice is to set up a 100 gallon tank or larger. Fish like him can injure themselves if they are too large for their tank. The other fish will do great by themselves in the 45. Followups Welcome ...

Fish: growth on beta fish, beta fish, water changes
beta fish, water changes, barnacle: Sounds like it has an internal problem. I would make sure his tank is around 80 degrees and invest in a medication called Maracyn 2 . It absorbs into the fish to help with bacterial problems. You ll end up having to do 30% water changes every other day untill...

Fish: growth on betta fish, maracyn 2, chris robbins
maracyn 2, chris robbins, betta fish: Hi Sarah; You could try an antibiotic called Maracyn 2 and see if it helps. Usually bacterial infections are reddish, but I really can t think of anything else it could be that s treatable. Fungus usually doesn t grow that way and it doesn t sound like...

Fish: growths on gold fish, female goldfish, pencil eraser
female goldfish, pencil eraser, pond fish: Stan you might want to redirect your question to robyn rhudy...under pond fish,,,, though it sounds like tumors. They are as prone to them as us and can live with them for along time... I hope they are ok... sorry it took so long for us to get back to you...

Fish: guppie compatibility, neon tetra, filter gravel
neon tetra, filter gravel, possability: Hello Lisa- It s possible the tetra nipped the male guppy to death, but highly unlikely. Even so, the body would not have been eaten. These two fish are compatible and should not fight. Check your filter/gravel/decorations/floor for a body, as it is more...

Fish: guppies DEAD, cichlid research, uneaten
cichlid research, uneaten, page hi: Hi Jamie, There shouldn t be sludge in the filter -- that sounds like there is way too much food going uneaten in the tank, or else you aren t cleaning the filter very often. Which kind of filter do you have and how often do you clean it? --...

Fish: guppie, brine shrimp, swim bladder
brine shrimp, swim bladder, cucumber slices: Hi Kerry; It sounds like swim bladder failure. There really isn t much you can do for him. It isn t causing him any pain and doesn t mean he s dying though. It s just that he has lost the ability to maintain buoyancy and balance. He s a very old little...

Fish: guppies, pregnant guppies, main tank
pregnant guppies, main tank, chris robbins: Hi Jacqueline; How long has the tank been set up? How big is the tank? How often are water changes made? What kind of filter do you have? What is the water temperature? Are there other fish in the tank? How many fish are there in the tank? How many...

Fish: guppies, baby brine shrimp, guppy fish
baby brine shrimp, guppy fish, flake food: Hi, It takes a few weeks for them to give birth, so don t worry yet. Make sure the water temperature is between 75 and 80 degrees Celsius, and make sure the nitrite and ammonia are 0.0. Then wait until she gives birth. Keep her in the main tank. When she...

Fish: guppies, isnt alot, fry food
isnt alot, fry food, gallon tank: well guppies usally have many more babies then 1 usally 20-30 but i would suggest getting a bigger tank later on. But most likley the babies will get sucked up by the filter. also the babies will get eaten if their isnt alot of live plants and stuff but i...

Fish: guppies, cichlid research, pregnant females
cichlid research, pregnant females, anal gland: Hi Tara, It is possible that some of the females already gave birth and the babies were eaten. If they are like most guppies, they will get pregnant again very soon and have more kids. You can isolate the pregnant females to give birth if you like. ...

Fish: guppies, zebra danios, angel fish
zebra danios, angel fish, plenty of fish: Hi Fishlover; I would start with at least a 20 gallon tank for the parents and have at least one smaller tank of 10 gallons for babies to grow up in. Start with just two fish to get the tank through the break-in period and go from there. Here is a web...

Fish: guppies, phantom tetras, black phantom
phantom tetras, black phantom, signs of pregnancy: Hi Courtney; It is possible that they are just fat little ladies and have been popping out a few babies here and there without you seeing. The other fish probably ate them. The tetras and betta are very good at it. Especially since the gravid spots are...

Fish: guppies, cichlid research, rosy red
cichlid research, rosy red, guppy: Hi Kelly, You can t make him like her -- that s entirely up to him. Are you absolutely sure that your female is a female and not a young male? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: Too many guppies!, ghost shrimp, red eared slider
ghost shrimp, red eared slider, species tank: Are the turtles in your main tank in with the guppies, plec and goldfish? If so you will need to check they are compatible with fish, as most prefer a species tank. Also, goldfish are coldwater fish so will not appreciate tropical temperatures. Most fish will...

Fish: guppies, pregnant guppy, main tank
pregnant guppy, main tank, pregnant female: They may be stressed that she is pregnant for some reason. I would if possible remove the pregnant female to another tank during her pregnancy, as not to harm the fry inside her. When she gives birth, remove her back into the main tank, as she will eat her...

Fish: my guppies, cichlid research, guppy fish
cichlid research, guppy fish, internal fertilization: Hi Nikita, Adult female guppies are almost always pregnant. The following behavior is the male courting the female and attempting to mate. Gouramis don t get pregnant like guppies. While guppies have internal fertilization and give birth to live...

Fish: guppies, upside down catfish, angel fish
upside down catfish, angel fish, beneficial bacteria: Hi Jamie; I am so sorry to have taken so long to answer your question. I had some computer issues so I couldn t get to everyone s questions right away. Anyway... It s very possible that some of the fish are attacking the weaker ones. You may not see...

Fish: guppies, chinese algae eaters, tiger barbs
chinese algae eaters, tiger barbs, aggressive fish: Hey Leanne, Generally speaking, anything. More specifically, anything that s not aggressive. Very specifically, Danios, Tetra, Live bearers, Loaches, Catfish, anything except fin nippers like tiger barbs, angels, cichlids, and pretty much any big...

Fish: guppies, back to earth, black dot
back to earth, black dot, guppy: Hello Amanda, Lesson # 1, NEVER LISTEN TO WHAT THE PETSTORE GUY SAYS! Lesson # 2, NEVER UNDER ESTIMATE THE POWER OF GUPPIES! :) Ok back to earth, Female Guppies dont have long fins like the males. They have rounded fins at the back and are usually not colorful....

Fish: guppies-fish, ammonia nh3, infectious organisms
ammonia nh3, infectious organisms, fish tails: Hi Lynn; The first thing to do is replace 25% of the water. Whenever fish aren t acting quite right it s just a good thing to do. A water change lowers waste toxins and infectious organisms that could be bothering them, as well as giving their immune system...

Fish: guppies and swordtail, male guppies, hi amy
male guppies, hi amy, guppy: hi Amy! if i were you i wouldn t worry about it, i think the female swordtail can hold her own ground. on top of that, swordtails are a strain of guppy, so the males might just be trying to mate w/ her. if she is pregnant, her belly will start to grow, and...

Fish: guppies, tank heater, degrees fahrenheit
tank heater, degrees fahrenheit, water changes: Taria, Don t do any more water changes, at least not for the time being. The more environmental changes the more stress, and the more stress the less likely Mom is to give birth. The symptoms you describe are not necessarily unusual. Just be patient,...

Fish: guppy babies, baby guppies, aquarium salt
baby guppies, aquarium salt, adult hood: hi Brandon! First off, there is no guarantee that even a full grown adult guppy would make it to Mexico. if your only staying in Mexico for a week or two i would suggest just buying vacation feeders, or buying a self feeder. (I ve seen them at WalMart.)...

Fish: my guppy is "bloated", fake rocks, guppies
fake rocks, guppies, guppy: Most livebearer females are impregnated once they reach maturity. If she has been in a tank with males, she will be pregnant and drop fry every 4 weeks for almost a year (even if the male is no longer present). If she is pregnant and you want to keep all...

Fish: guppy breeding, cichlid research, guppy breeding
cichlid research, guppy breeding, fish hatchery: Hi Emma, Basically adult female guppies are almost always pregnant. The reason is that they can store sperm. So, after they have mated with a male, they can use the sperm from that one mating for many batches of offspring. The size of her belly is...

Fish: guppy care, guppy care, guppies
guppy care, guppies, frys: Julie, When you got the fish in bags did you when you got home keep the fish in the bags and let them stay on top of the water in your tank for about 15 minutes? That would be why if you didn t do that. They have to get use to the new water and temperature...

Fish: guppy care, guppy care, fish light
guppy care, fish light, gallon tank: Jeff, it sounds like algae to me. Usually that happens when the tank hasn t been cleaned out for a while or when their light has been on for too long. All that you can do is just try your best to clean the tank out and get the algae out. Make su re that...

Fish: guppy femals back is curved, femals, guppies
femals, guppies, guppy: If they have been like that since you purchased them, then they have have Fish TB. My recommendation would be to euthanize them humanly. If they have recently developed this condition, then I am at a loss. Feel free to send a follow up if you can think...

Fish: guppy fry and betta breeding, guppy fry, bubble nest
guppy fry, bubble nest, platies: well if the fry haven t been eaten by the platies yet i would say their fine also guppies are full grown around 3 months after birth but you should start seeing color anytime after the first month. for the bettas i dont know about breeding them because after...

Fish: guppy fry, guppy fry, baby guppies
guppy fry, baby guppies, fish store: Hi Joe, Congratulations on the new arrivals! Feeding them crushed up regular food should be okay for the moment, but there are many more nutritious foods that you can buy at a local fish store. Liqui-Fry is a good one. You would need quite a large...

Fish: guppy hunch back, community tank, guppy
community tank, guppy, hunch: Hey Susan! this is actually quite common with guppies! Sometimes its genetic, other times its from stress. If the guppy is a female it can be from birthing fry. It isn t really anything that you can fix or prevent. It happens when the guppy gets older. In...

Fish: when will my guppy pop ?, pregnant guppy, floating tank
pregnant guppy, floating tank, daily basis: hello roger iam pretty sure she is due any day now! the way you can tell they are pregnant they have very round little bellies and have slite dots on them...(its hard to see) So, what do you check for? Her gravid spot will grow large and darken as...

Fish: guppy problem, tank light, tank water
tank light, tank water, guppies: Hi (J), It sounds as if your doing everything correctly. By chance could you tell me the temperature? Also they could be acting like this because fof stress. I suggest using bio-coat every time you add a new fish and every time you change tank water. If...

Fish: Is guppy sick and gourami sexing, brine shrimp, reproductive organs
brine shrimp, reproductive organs, chris robbins: Hi Mrs. ST; Your guppy may have camallanus worms (look like brownish or reddish threads hanging from the vent while the fish is still) or it could be some kind of a hernia or something. Here is a link to a photo of a camallanus infected fish; http://www.fishpalace.org/camallanus_kevinpiper.jpg...

Fish: guppys, cichlid research, pregnant guppy
cichlid research, pregnant guppy, fry: Hi Andrew, Unfortunately I do not have a photo of a pregnant guppy. It is very possible that she had the kids and ate them. The good news is that she will likely get pregnant again in the near future. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid...

Fish: gurami (tiger), gurami fish, cichlid research
gurami fish, cichlid research, sheila: Hi Sheila, If a bit of the fin is missing, he may regrow it. If the whole fin is missing, it is much less likely that it will regrow. The swimming upside down is much more serious. When a fish is swimming upside down, that usually means major,...

Fish: Handfeeding, rainbow shark, live shrimp
rainbow shark, live shrimp, black molly: Hi, a good trick is to snap you fingers or clap your hands and they should come up for food, now once you have mastard this step try buying dried worms or even live flower worms which wou may buy at your local pet store, another food you may feed them is dried...

Fish: Hardiness in Tetras, aquarium trade, lighting requirements
aquarium trade, lighting requirements, many generations: Hi Lynn, Unfortunately there are tons of myths and untruths out there in the fish world, and particularly on the internet. People write what they think is happening but often it is based on only a little experience or even on a one-time experience. ...

Fish: HELLO ONCE AGAIN. I HAVE..., african cichlids, cichlid research
african cichlids, cichlid research, omnivores: Hi Kwanda, It sounds like you are doing a good job. The food with the extra algae is a good idea, plus the cichlid pellets for those that want them. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: HELP!, cichlid research, feeder fish
cichlid research, feeder fish, stress coat: Hi Jordan, I am very glad to hear the good news. Keep up the regular weekly partial water changes and never feed him live fish and he should live a long, happy life. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: HELP MY BETA FISH IS BLEEDING, siamese fighting fish, cichlid research
siamese fighting fish, cichlid research, beta fish: Hi Melissa, Hmmm... that doesn t sound good at all. A fish should never bleed. Is there any chance that he got cut when you tried to move him? -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com ...

Fish: HELP!!!! Betta Fish on side, poland spring water, peace lily
poland spring water, peace lily, fish stores: Hi Tricia; The water was probably too cool and it shocked him. Be sure his new water is the same temperature as his old water when you change it. He needs to be kept very warm too. Put him in the warmest place in your house. If you have to, put a lamp next...

Fish: HELP!!! My Betta's fin just fell off..., melafix, color strip
melafix, color strip, water temp: Hello Bianca- Try changing his water every three days (twice a week) and add some Melafix to the tank when you do this. Melafix helps to regrow injured fins and will also help Blue s health improve. You shouldn t see waste floating in the water; it should...

Fish: HELP>..Betta is sick, cichlid research, water changes
cichlid research, water changes, scales: Hi Frances, Have you been doing regular water changes on his tank? You need to change about 20-50% of his water once a week, every week to keep him healthy. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home Page http://cichlidresearch.com...

Fish: HELP EMERGENCY!, bettas, eggs
bettas, eggs, egg: Hi Paul, I m guessing the female is dead if not you have one tough fish. If you want the eggs to have a chance take the male out of the tank right away. Also the bettas were probably together to much and bettas love to fight. I hope I helped and I m so...

Fish: HELP ABOUT FISH PLEASE!!!, cichlid research, different kinds of animals
cichlid research, different kinds of animals, ecuador south america: Hi Judy, Do you intend for the customers to eat the fish or are they for show? Lobsters, crabs and shrimp need very cold water. Most fishes that you might keep need warmer water than that. If you intend for them to live any length of time,...

Fish: HELP ABOUT FISH PLEASE!!!, ecuador south america, aquarium fish
ecuador south america, aquarium fish, fish tanks: Hi Judy; Your written english is very good! You are certainly doing better than I am. I only write and speak english. If you are talking about the lobsters we cook and eat, they will eat the fish. Also, lobsters are kept in refrigerated tanks and are...

Fish: HELP! First Betta Fish, crowntail betta, bubble nest
crowntail betta, bubble nest, betta fish: Congrats on the crowntail, they are gorgeous fish. As for the eating problem, it isnt really a problem at all. He isnt eating becasue the food is to dry. If you soften the food in water, he will most likely pig out on them. I had the same problem. A five...

Fish: HELP My Fish Won't Eat !!!, disease phase, beta fish
disease phase, beta fish, chris robbins: Hi Tonisha; Poor little guy. He probably has an infection. White spots indicate either a bacterial or fungal infection. They each require different medicines. Change his water to help boost his immune system and go to the following links to compare his...

Fish: HELP-fish dying!, albino tiger barbs, mouth fungus
albino tiger barbs, mouth fungus, red tailed shark: Hi Sarah; The tank needs to re-stabilize from whatever went wrong. The nitrites are probably responsible for the fish deaths. Make a water change every day for the next 3 days while things get back on track. Do not vacuum the gravel or change the filters...

Fish: HELP MY JACK DEMPSY!, jack dempsy, feeder goldfish
jack dempsy, feeder goldfish, 30 gallon tank: Hi Jessica, Even if your ammonia and nitrites are 0 ppm, your nitrates have to consistently be under 20 ppm or you will begin to see problems such as growths, loss of appetite and a general lack of health. You don t mention what levels you tested for exactly,...

Fish: HELP! lionhead query, chris robbins, watr
chris robbins, watr, pop eye: Hi I Love Lionheads ; He may be developing a symptom known as Pop-Eye . Here is a link to a good article on it; http://www.fishjunkies.com/Diseases/popeye.php The site is about bettas, but the problem is the same in goldfish. I hope he feels better...

Fish: HELP MY OSCARS DYING!!, poor water quality, keeping fish
poor water quality, keeping fish, fish tank: Good evening Simpson, thank you for your question. Your problems are almost guaranteed to be related to poor water quality. Acquire a test kit or ask your local fish store to test your water for you and give you specific readings. Ammonia and nitrite...

Fish: HELP - I think my Beta is dying., cichlid research, beta fish
cichlid research, beta fish, keeping fish: Hi Julie, Hmm.... fin rot is a bit of a suspicious term to me. A lot of pet stores will just say fin rot as if that was a specific disease but in all my years of keeping fish (over 30 now, yikes) I have only ever seen a couple of cases of it. Usually...

Fish: HELP! I think my Betta is very Sick and Dying, neon tetra, ph alkalinity
neon tetra, ph alkalinity, whisper filter: Fins generally don t break. Fin rot is a common issue in small tanks. What happens is a fin (usually the caudual / tail fin) will shred and tear apart. When this happens, a fish will swim, but not move far. Exhausted, the fish finally dies. However, rapid...

Fish: HELP ! Whats wrong with my Discus?, brine shrimps, cichlid research
brine shrimps, cichlid research, turquoise discus: Hi Jonathan, He s not going to be happy but not eating for a week alone will not kill a discus. The question is whether he has other problems which might be causing him not to eat. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: HELP I want some of my platy fry to survive!!, mickey mouse platies, platy fry
mickey mouse platies, platy fry, zebra danios: Hi Alyssa; Poor little fellas. All the fish (including the parents) will eat the babies so they are in danger even in a breeding net. A separate tank with hiding places is best for the mother to have the babies in and then remove her when she is done. But,...

Fish: HELP! Something is wrong with Bob, blood gasses, swim bladder
blood gasses, swim bladder, little fella: Hi Dru; Poor little fella. He has a failed swim bladder. The swim bladder is an organ just below the spine inside of fish that controls buoyancy. It inflates with blood gasses if the fish wants to go up in the water or deflates if the fish wants to go down....

Fish: HELP!!!, little fella, chris robbins
little fella, chris robbins, tiny portions: Hi Tracy; Poor guy. He may have a bacterial infection of some type. That is what redness usually indicates. Get his bowl to the warmest place in your house so his metabolism and immune system will improve. You could try an antibiotic that absorbs into the...

Fish: Health of my Beta, glass pebbles, aquarium salt
glass pebbles, aquarium salt, stress coat: Hi Patti, The symptoms you have described sound like popeye, a bacterial infection. It is sometimes caused by bad water quality but you sound as though you maintain your fish very well so I am sure this is not the case. Aquarium salt can be bought cheaply...

Fish: Health issue?, comet goldfish, dorsal fin
comet goldfish, dorsal fin, galon: It sounds like he is getting over the medicine that s what my fish do after i have treated them with a medication and then they get over it within a few days. Have you been checking you water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, alkalinity, and the hardness of your...

Fish: Health, funges, oscer fish
funges, oscer fish, fish store: Hi Lisa, It sounds like its a funges or bacterial disease. If your water is cloudy or murkey it probaly is. Or your fish got in a realy bad fight and the cut is swelling. If it is a funges or bacterial disease you can go to your local fish store and buy som...

Fish: Moon crabs, crab lagoon, moon crab
crab lagoon, moon crab, land crabs: I used a small but thick towel. They would usually grab the towel and I could pick up their bodies with the rest of the towel. Just don t pick them up by just their grabbing on. Support their bodies so they don t drop to the floor or something. If they are...

Fish: -------------------------..., african dwarf frogs, aquarium salt
african dwarf frogs, aquarium salt, black angels: Hi Mike; It is possible they got ich at the same time. It wouldn t be a bad idea to go ahead and treat the tank just in case it was. Even though you only see spots on a few fish, the whole tank is infected. Ich is very common when fish are under stress....

Fish: Hello, oxygen starvation, fish waste
oxygen starvation, fish waste, degrees celsius: Hi, The problem is not mainly about whether or not they would fight, it s about the two completely different environments they are used to. Bettas are tropical fish, and need warm water (between 26 and 28 Degrees Celsius) and Goldfish are Coldwater fish,...

Fish: Help!, nylon stocking, aquarium shop
nylon stocking, aquarium shop, nitrate levels: Hi Fran; In removing the gravel and changing the filter at the same time, you have no biological filtering going on in there now. The beneficial bacteria that consumes waste lives in both the gravel and filter media. You basically have a new tank now, only...

Fish: Help, added vitamins, beta fish
added vitamins, beta fish, cloudy eyes: Hey Laura, Bettafix will typically cure most betta problems. Since he does not seem to have any signs of illness (puffy body, fuzzy skin like material growing over the body, white spots, shredding fins, cloudy eyes, etc) I d have to guess one of three things...

Fish: Help, blue gouramis, poor water quality
blue gouramis, poor water quality, dorsal fin: Hi Lauren. I saw the ratings section and saw the 8 on the knowledge part. I wanted you to know that in order for me to properly answer some of the questions you had, I needed additional information. That s why I had asked you to write me back with it. ...

Fish: Help?, bala shark fish, african dwarf frog
bala shark fish, african dwarf frog, female bettas: Savannah, Your tank isn t big enough for more than a couple female bettas or a male and maybe a snail and an African dwarf frog. All of which don t need a heater. Anyway... These tropical fish you have need...

Fish: Help, double tanks, volunteer expert
double tanks, volunteer expert, freshwater aquarium: Chris has been unable to answer your question due to computer failure. You can ask another volunteer expert or post your question on the forum at our sister site About.com in the freshwater aquarium section. There are many knowledgable members there that should...

Fish: Help, plecostomus fish, cichlid research
plecostomus fish, cichlid research, double tanks: Hi Amber, Sorry I didn t notice that you said the size already. I wouldn t put a plecostomus in there, that just isn t large enough. Are you doing water changes on the water? You need to be sure to change about 20% of the water once a week, every...

Fish: Help!, thyroid tumor, nitrite levels
thyroid tumor, nitrite levels, creamcicle: Hi Marcia; The molly with the scale problem may have a bacterial infection called Flavobacterium columnare, more commonly known as Flexibacter Columnaris. Mollies have scales on their heads, but if what you see is whitish edges around the edges of those...

Fish: Help!!!!, cichlid research, purple bubble
cichlid research, purple bubble, goldfish: Hi Mal, Unfortunately that is really hard for me to say from here. It could be a parasite but it sounds more like a growth from inside which is the result of some sort of infection. -- Ron rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com Cichlid Research Home...

Fish: Help, beta fish, water conditioner
beta fish, water conditioner, worman: Hello Brandi- Sorry for the long wait. This question is hard to answer with just a short e-mail, so here s a great site that will tell you everything you need to know. Don t forget to buy her a heater and water conditioner! Those are the two things...

Fish: Help, damaged eyes, fin rot
damaged eyes, fin rot, bug eye: Hello Brandi- Here s are a few things to look for: Body A betta s body should be streamlined and full. It should not have any noticeable lumps, bumps or growths. Scales The scales on a healthy betta should all be flat and smooth against the...

Fish: Help!, feeder fish, cichlid research
feeder fish, cichlid research, jack dempsey: Hi Stacey, Give him time. It often takes cichlids a week or more to get even a little used to a new place. I assume that you didn t feed him feeder fish. If you did, that would be the source of the problem. Never feed a cichlid with feeder fish. ...

Fish: Help! My African Cichlid is floating upside down.., african cichlid, clove oil
african cichlid, clove oil, tank cleaning: Hi Tiffany. It sounds like he will not make it. My advice, is to euthanize him in a humane way. You could put him in a bowl of water, and then put it in the freezer, or you could put him in a bowl of clove oil (sedates him) and then in a bowl of vodka...

Fish: Help blue and black stripe cichlid, striped fish, cichlid research
striped fish, cichlid research, fish tank: Hi Shevawn, Unfortunately that one fish is being badly beaten up. You need to do something about that or it will likely be killed in the next day or so. The bubble on its eye is a result of being bitten on the eye by the other fish. Probably the...

Fish: Help, With Convicts cichlids, foot fish tank, salt water tank
foot fish tank, salt water tank, salt water fish: Hi Simon, It s pretty hard for me to talk about costs in Australia, other than in a vague way. Basically, a salt water tank is MUCH more expensive than a freshwater tank, and substantially more effort to maintain. It can be done, but salt water tanks...

Fish: Help! My Fighter Fish Is SIck!!, fighter fish, epsom salt
fighter fish, epsom salt, bladder infection: Kowshik, You never know how old they are, but if his belly isn t distended, I think it is swim bladder infection. I would go get tetracycline adjust amount to your bowl. Medicate him for a week. .........You...

Fish: Help! My fish is floating/sinking but still alive, tank syndrome, fancy goldfish
tank syndrome, fancy goldfish, aquarium filter: Hi Lissa; Poor fella! This is a classic case of New Tank Syndrome . He feels better because the clean water diluted some of the toxins that are making him sick. Change 50% of the water in the tank and every day after today change 25% for a few days. Treated...

Fish: Help ! Another goldfish in trouble, comet goldfish, types of goldfish
comet goldfish, types of goldfish, ammonia level: Hi Bela; Sounds like constipation and gas. It is more common in the fancy types of goldfish than the regulars. When they eat dry foods sometimes they eat too fast and/or swallow air. This causes air or gas to stay in their belly. They float upside down...

Fish: Help with green spotted puffers, brine shrimp, green spotted puffers
brine shrimp, green spotted puffers, aquarium salt: Hi Nina; You will have to keep doing water changes and read about New Tank Syndrome at the link I provided so you know what is going on in there. Even a daily 25% change is not too much. It relieves the fish without stopping the break-in. I still don...