Animal Stories - Bubble Eye Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Bubble Eye Goldfish

The Bubble Eye Goldfish has big bubbles on the side of its head, which give it a truly bizarre appearance! 
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LaMika Williams - 2009-04-27
Today, I got a bubbled eyed black goldfish and he/she likes to float upside down like he/she is dead. Why does he/she float upside?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-04
    There could be several explanations for this behavior. First of all, the lack of dorsal fin makes it difficult for this fish to always stay level, causing it to sometimes flip upside down. The fish could just be stressed since you did just get it today. It's also possible that the fish has a problem with its swim bladder. Sometimes, feeding slightly pressed canned peas can help this.
niky - 2009-02-12
Sara and Lisa--it's best to either get a sponge filter OR put a small netting over the filter. Some people suggest nylons (like the ones women wear) but I've found that it won't let the icky things get sucked up. I just put a small mesh around the intake and rubber banded it on. I hope this works for you!

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  • kyle - 2010-03-02
    What's a sponge filter?
Haley - 2010-02-20
I am wanting to breed my bubble eye goldfish. I have had it for a month or two. I don't know if its a boy or girl. When the fish are hatched, how long does it take for the fish to become full grown? How do I make two bubble fish breed? I would appreciate any tips or advice. Thank you!

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  • Jack - 2010-04-24
    Generally it's very hard to categorize any type of goldfish into their genders, until it gets to breeding season, the male grows little white spots sometimes around the gills, it takes one year for bubble eyes to reach maturity except 3 years they are at their breeding 'prime' still capable at one year though.
jen - 2009-12-05
Mista Bubble Head the II is sick I think.... he got his tail stuck in the filter and it was all red and bloodshot in places. The next day, the dead tissue had fallen off and now he has like black marks on his tail, almost like bruising. His tummy is all swollen and some tiny blisters have appeared on his bubbles which are also going black in some spots. He's still swimming around quite actively, and I think it's just stress. He's had his bubbles stuck in the filter before when he was little too. The first time it took like 2 weeks to grow back, the second time, 2 days. The dead tissue eventually fell off like parts of his tail and a new bubble was growing underneath to replace it.
He's my second Bubble eye, and my first had his cheeks stuck in the filter as well, and re-grew the same way.

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  • elizabeth - 2010-02-20
    My Bubble Eyed Goldfish also has had his bubble cheeks stuck in the filter three times now! He is definitely a survivor but I need an alternative filter option because no animal deserves to suffer this way. Seeing him bruised up hurts me so much. Top Fin does not have a proper website to complain to. Any ideas?
Renee Rhoades - 2010-01-26
We got a bubble eyed goldfish last weekend from the pet store that floats and swims upsided down and at the top. The owners told us it has air in the tummy, like constipation for 2 months but other than that it is healthy and will live a long time. But it looked pathetic and we felt so sorry for him.
So we looked here on this website for suggestions and read that feeding it "frozen" cooked Peas with the skin taken off might work. Well it did! I dropped about 4 unskinned, cooked peas in the tank the next morning and by the afternoon he was normal! Thank you so much for the suggestion!!
The Rhoades Family

jam444 - 2010-01-02
I just got 2 bubble eyed fish and have had them for three days w/out a filter. I just moved them to a 10gallon tank with a filter but both have each gotten their bubbles in it once already. I got them loose, both bubbles seem to be intact except for swelling, but I'm worried how can I stop that from happening. Turned the filter off for tonight.

Ally - 2009-12-23
Im getting bubble eye fish today, i havent checked the ph or ennything but the tank has been running for over 4 days now.

Is it ok if i stil add my bubble eye to the tank?

Editors note: It would probably be better to add a bubble-eye after the aquarium has cycled. Regular goldfish would be better to cycle the fish tank with since they are inexpensive and hardier than a bubble-eye goldfish. It usually takes about 5 weeks to cycle an aquarium.

Charlie - 2009-11-15
Our fish is called bubbles, he is a lovely little fish and my son loves him very much. We have him in a tank with eight other fish and he seems to get on with the others very well. We would recommend a bubble fish to anyone, as they make a great cold water fish.

Anna - 2009-09-18
I decided to buy a bubble eye goldfish today to add with my other gold fish.. big and sad mistake... the poor lil bubble eye died unfortunately...

Katie - 2009-07-17
My Bubble-Eye fish is named Darcy. I was never that keen on having pet fish, but one day my friend and I went to the pet shop because she wanted to get another fish. I wasn't going to get one, but once I saw this fish I loved him! He has such a personality and I'm glad I deceided to buy him!