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Old 03-04-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
 
Goldfish questions

(Q I)What happens if a Celestrial eye's bubble pop?(Q II) How do you tell a Ryukin's gender? (Q III)How can you tell between a Ryukin & a Fantail (Q IV) Can a bubble eye mate with a fancy tail that has a dorsal fin (Exp: Black moor or Telescopic eye) (Q V) Is there a breed of gold fish that naturally glows in the dark?
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
 
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1. Celestials don't have eye sacs. Bubble eyes however do. Once the eye sacs puncture, they will never be the same. The size will differ significantly. In some cases, the deflated eye sacs become infected. Do NOT use decors that could easily puncture them. Preferably, keep your tank free of obstacles except for soft plants.

2. The only way to tell their genders (as with all other goldfish varieties) is to find white spots/tubercles embedded on the gill covers and front ray of the pectoral fins. In orandas, ranchus, lionheads and lionchus, the white spots will trail around the eyes. That should indicate the goldfish are males. Females don't have those.

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3. As for differences between ryukins and fantails, easy. The ryukins will almost always have a pronounced back hump that makes look rather tall than long and sharper snout. They are available as short tail, broad tail, ribbon tail, etc. Fantails are anything that do not fit in any catergorized variety. They're just normal round bodied goldfish.

4. All goldfish varieties are still the same species so yes, they can still breed with each other however, care must be taken in selecting their mates as some are dangerous. For instance, you cannot just combine male singletails (hibuna, comet or shubunkin) with female round bodied fancy goldfish. The females are easily injured if pushed around constantly by the more agile male. The reverse however works better.

You don't want to end up with lots of undesirable looking fry. And make sure you have plenty of space before you plan to breed any of your goldfish.

5. No goldfish will ever glow in the dark.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
 
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Oh, this is the thread that someone mentioned my brother started.

Glow in the dark Goldfish? *sigh* Where did that one come from?

Thanks for answering my brother's quesitons, Lupin! He always forgets to thank people for posting.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
 
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Hehe!
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:11 AM   #5
 
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Hello Lupin.
I have found out that Feidmi's (Feed me's) & Freckles' 55 gallon tank is almost full. But, it's still have high content of nitrates & nitrites. 200ppm of nitrates & 10ppm of nitrites. Do you know any medications that will lower or eliminate nitrates & nitrites????: Please answer these questions. Thanks for reading this message.
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:24 PM   #6
 
Their nitrites are 12ppm and their nitrates are 200ppm
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:20 PM   #7
 
What should I do? I don't know how to treat the nitrites! What medications should I use? And are there any daily ones? And what would I do if I underdose a medication on the first day, should you balance dose this on the next day? How long will nitraban help me?
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:34 AM   #8
 
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What test kit are you using? 10-12 ppm of nitrite would instantly kill your fish. That reading is grossly inaccurate. If you are using test strips, please replace them with API liquid kit and retest for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

If you indeed have traces of ammonia and nitrite, and high level of nitrate (should NOT exceed 20 ppm), your remedy is doing water changes. Test your tap water as well for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate with a liquid kit.

Post the results of both tank and tap water.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:03 AM   #9
 
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Thanks Lupin! My brother isn't here right now, so I'll do some talking on his behalf.

We tested the water with some dip strips I got for free with my saltwater tank. I stopped buying dip strips because I don't like the inaccuracy, expense, or unreliability of them. I myself have an API ammonia test kit, and a Nitrate test kit, but I really haven't had a need to test for nitrites up to this point.

Does anyone know how much an API nitrite test kit would cost at Petsmart or Petco? I guess me and my brother ought to pick up a kit next time we go.

Feedme is a nearly invicible goldfish from all I can tell. When he was going through his cycle in his poor, WAY overstocket 5 gallon tank, with strips the hot pink color was 10ppm, and Feedme's water tested nearly black. With the API ammonia test kit, his tox showed almost black as well, but in a green tone. Dark-ish green was 8ppm, and Feedme's was alot worse than that. With strips the water showed between 200-300ppm (not that that is completely accurate). The tank never cycled. It was always like that.. I don't know how that goldfish has survived so long.

Speaking of a Petstore, would I find Nitrate Potassium there for my Olive Nerite Snail? I hate to change the subject, but I figure 2 birds, one stone.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #10
 
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Interesting advice.Thanks!!
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