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  • Posted on: 7/8/2016 10:07
Goldfish Colour #1
Some of my goldfish are turning white. I have read this happens because of a lack of sunlight. My question is, is there any way I can make up for the sunlight to prevent them from further discolouration?


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  • Posted on: 30/11/2015 0:44
Looking to Rehome Comet and Fantail #2
Samantha survived her last bout of bending but it's happened twice since. She is currently bent again. I've decided she and Darren (Fantail) urgently need to be rehomed to a 350+ litre tank. Samantha (Comet) is too big to continue living in her 180 litre tank.

A bit of history on the fish for those who don't know. I rescued them from an eBay seller in 2013, the fish were malnourished and very stunted, they were kept in a 35 litre tank. They are about five or six years old. I noticed soon after taking them home that they had white lumps and blood shot fins. After treating them, with advice from this forum, I took Samantha the Comet to CJ Hall vets. She and Darren have a virus and therefore I would advise not mixing them with other goldfish.

Both are beautiful with long white flowing fins. Samantha in particular is a very friendly fish. She's a fighter and bounced back?from her various ailments. Really lovely fish to keep and a favourite of mine. Darren is a quiet fish, very fond of Samantha.

What they ideally need is someone with a nice big tank, no less than (350 litres) who is happy to house then together. I don't want to see them split up as they have been together for years and clearly have a bond. Experienced fish keepers only.

Email me if you think you can help, I live in Leatherhead Surrey tallulahdurand@googlemail.com

I'm really sad to do this but even if I could afford a bigger tank I live in a first floor flat and I know the floor couldn't support the weight of a tank the size these fish need


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2015 20:19
Re: Urgent! Home needed for lonely and poorly goldfish #3
What part of London are you in?


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  • Posted on: 4/8/2015 20:11
How Long Should I Wait? #4
Samantha started to curl on and off since Christmas, after the weekly water change. Normally she's only like it for a couple of days and then straightens back to normal, some water changes haven't affected her at all. Three weeks ago, she curled up on the Tuesday (after I did the water change on the Sunday) and this time she is showing no signs of unbending. I'm not sure how much longer I should wait before putting her to sleep. She has so many health issues, and although she is eating and desperately trying to swim, I can't justify leaving her in her present condition for much longer.

I've tried using salt, which in the past has worked. I added it to the tank and also tried a more intense salt bath. Both have been unsuccessful this time.


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  • Posted on: 25/7/2015 17:01
Re: Silencing noisy filter on tank in Bedroom #5
I have a 206 in on one of my tanks in my bedroom also. I've found it to be very quiet. It filters brilliantly too.

I'd try James' suggestions. If they don't work then you might have a faulty filter.


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  • Posted on: 19/7/2015 17:33
Re: Ongoing Swimbladder Issues #6
I had and still have some fish affected with SBD. I used to have a little female named Muriel who had a problem with being stuck at the surface. In the end, I got a shallow tank made especially for her. She was able to act a bit more like a normal fish this way.

You could try putting your fish into a food safe plastic tub, like a Wham Box. Don't fill it too high and see if it helps. Most likely, he won't be cured of SBD but won't be so far from bottom this way and might find he can eat better this way.


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  • Posted on: 19/7/2015 17:13
Re: Urgent help needed poorly fish! #7
Have you tested the tank water? If so could you post the water results, please. What size is your tank?

For what it's worth, one of my fish has a growth exactly the same place. I'm intending to take him to the vet as, so far, Esha 2000, Octozin or salt hasn't touched it.

You fish may also need treatment by a vet. But if the water parameters are alright and the tank size if fine, you could try Esha 2000.


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  • Posted on: 17/7/2015 18:51
Re: Help identify my fish #8
Very cute. He or she looks like an Oranda to me. Could be a fantail, although to be honest there isn't much difference between the two.

Another fancy goldfish would make an ideal tank mate. How about a nice Calico Ryukin?


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  • Posted on: 8/6/2015 11:16
Re: Blisters on scales #9
Is there anything sharp in the tank that could have injured the fish? Has there been any scales lost?


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  • Posted on: 29/5/2015 16:34
Re: Dropsy and Salt #10
Charlie is significantly less bloated, the front half of his body is almost down to a normal size. This evening I'm going to start reducing the salt and the Octozin.

Here's a video of him today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtO-11Q86SE

If he survives the next week then I'm going to take him to CJ Hall. I'm also going to look for a bigger tank for him, he's on his own in 120 litres at the moment, that's not grossly overstocked but enough to cause him issues.



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