Animal Stories - Oranda Goldfish

Animal-World Information about: Oranda Goldfish

The Oranda Goldfish is similar to the Veiltail Goldfish, but with a shorter tail, and it develops a hood similar to the Lionhead!
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C Guercio - 2020-04-05
We have 2 Oranda Goldfish and they are the most friendly fish I have had. We have them along with two other small goldfish in a 75 gallon tank. We cannot seem to keep the ammonia level at 0...It ranges from .25 to 1.0 every day. We are beside ourselves as we now are changing and vacuuming the water every day...We have no idea what else to do. We add Prime and feed only once Everything else reads normal and we are lost as to what to do or not to do. We have tried everything...please hopefully someone can help us remedy this

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  • Nikki - 2020-05-19
    Has the tank been cycled completely and u shud def have like a fluval filter . Doing constant water changes is not good. Do it once a week consistently and no more than 20 percent . If he she is acting normal and eating and u do only one water change a week and have the proper cycle time b4 u added the fish eventually it will even out. Fish do seem to acclimate to water parametersgoing a lil up n down the important thing is that the water parameters don’t change drastically in a small Amt of time. I have a feeling the daily water changes r the problem Good luck
alexia - 2018-09-19
I have only just found out the goldfish I bought to go into the garden pond is an Oranda and, being as we can have serious winters here [minus 20C at night] he/she has been transferred into a newly set up 60 ltr tank. Yes, he/she will stay there permanently now and seems happy enough at the moment but its early days. The only problem I have is that he goes against all the 'norms'! He loves to swim in the strong current of the filter air outlet, plays in the air curtain, has no problems eating flake food and is more than happy with a constant temp of 76F which is the same as the pond outside [more or less]. The only thing he/she is missing is the frogs and the odd snake ....

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  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    note: the thermostat has now been turned down to 20C in line with recommended temps :-) I do not want anything to cause a problem for this boy/girl that I can avoid.
Melishea - 2014-07-30
My husband had the great idea to buy a oranda goldfish. He brought it home and put in tank. Woke up in the morning. Barely alive. The water temp is 26c. To hot I found out later. It's a 20 gal tank. And other little fish to. He didn't last 6 hrs. He is currently alive in sink. Any body please help

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  • rose - 2016-04-05
    is the goldfish still alive? if so than please take future care in making sure the water tempature is correct. goldfish like tempatures around 65 to 75 farhenheit. hope this helps!
  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    Mine is happy in 24C but its what he is used to - if you have a heater in your tank turn it right down or off and remember that lighting can also add heat to the water temp .... the problem you have is what else you've got in your tank but I'd be tempted to get a second tank just for this little fish .... remembering that, if he survives, he can get pretty big :-)
Emilio Lavella - 2018-07-04
I have 3 Oranda Goldfish in a 5 gallon tank with only the HOB filter and a thin layer of gravel, so they have some swimming room. The fish themselves are from Walmart, (saved them) so my question is how long will it take them to out-grow the tank? They are about 1 to 1 and a half inches long.

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  • alexia - 2018-09-19
    I bought mine in April/May at around the same size and its now a good 4" in 5 months so .... probably not long ;-)
Carolyn Kaylor - 2018-06-10
From reading this information. I believe we have an Oranda in our outdoor pond with our Koi. We live in Minnesota and winter our fish in a barrel in the garage with only a birdbath heater to keep ice from forming on the top. It survived the winter and is thriving with the other 10 Koi and goldfish mix we have in our 500 gal or so pond. Love watching 'Bubbles' - it is so cute.

Starwolf11 - 2016-12-03
Take the little fish out and...keep the water pretty cool.

Simon - 2010-09-19
My redcap oranda looks like there is water inside his wen. He swims upside down or with his head facing down which looks heavy with water and is drawn towards the bottom. Has anyone ever encountered this?

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  • ST - 2010-10-09
    It sounds like he has air in his belly this comes from them eating at the top of the tank it will cause them to swim butt up or even upside down soak frozen peas in some tank water then squeeze the meat out of them (only a couple) this will help release the air.
  • Robin - 2011-06-25
    I don't know anything about water in his ren. It is more likely that your fish has swim blatter disease. (It is really a disorder not a disease.) It just means his swim bladder is deformend and he is prone to storing gasses which make him float upside down. His condition can be managed through his diet. Stay away from flaked food. I feed mostly mine peas, and frozen bood worms. You can also feed them lettace, spinach, carrots and other frozen fish foods. Feed him peas when ever he gets really floaty it should help.
  • chey - 2011-07-07
    This is called swim bladder, it is usually caused by swallowing to much air from eating pelllets from the top of the tank, resulting in floating, or head down swimming. This can be reversed by feeding your fish a few skined peas, perferably frozen, not caned and presoaking your fish food befor you put it in the tank, even if you have sinking food.
  • gary - 2011-07-31
    I had this same problem with my orando’s, it was like this for a week, and it’s called swim bladder and very often happens to orando's. Let me assure you it is not going to die. I did a 90% water change and altered their diet, one day it's flake food which is sometimes the best thing to do as some flake food can cause swim bladder, then alternate to peas out the skin and tomatoes. This worked great for me, remember orando’s eat fruit in their natural habitat as well, giving them fruit will help with swim bladder it stops constipation in the bladder, if you notice long strips of excrement from the orando’s then that’s because he is constipated. Please remember when feeding fruit keep the portions down to small pieces, you do not want the fruit sitting too long on the bottom of your tank, so small portion and eatable sizes. Hope this has helped, my orando’s are very healthy now and I think it’s just down to good management of the fish tank along with fruit in their diet. Gary Holtom
  • Nenita - 2017-02-28
    Gary, what kind of fruits are you given to them. Thank you
Shannon - 2017-02-20
A friend of my daughter's abandoned two small goldfish at my home. They ended up being put in my backyard koi pond with three large koi. One of them disappeared in about a week. The other one has been thriving for almost two years and has gotten really big. It is about ten inches long, maybe longer. We just looked at this site to identify this unusual fish and it looks like an Oranda. I live in North Carolina. It does get to freezing temperatures here and it certainly gets hot. It sounds like this fish should not have survived these conditions. I am interested in any thoughts you might have about continuing to care for him, or her. I do not feed my koi in the winter, so the goldfish hasn't been feed by me for a few months now. Should I start feeding him before spring gets here? I don't think that would be good for the koi. Thoughts appreciated.

Kathy - 2016-11-20
My 2 oranda goldfish Are growing much too big for my classroom fish tank. They are approximately 4 and 5 inches. I would love them to find a new home. If you can pick them up, I am in Fairview, NJ. please email me.

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  • Anar - 2017-01-20
    Hi Kathy! I am a big Oranda lover and presently have four fish tanks of 125 gallons, 55 gallons and two 36 gallons bow front and one hospital tank in which I have 20 different kind of Orandas, Fantail Orandas, Black Moors, and Ryukins. I live in Germantown, Maryland and would be very happy to give your two Oranda goldfish a great home. I am willing to pay reasonable shipping if you so desire. Do let me know asap. Thanks, Anar
Ben - 2016-09-13
Hi I have a question I have one of my four goldfish that sits at the bottom of the tank (still moving) then becomes active again I was wondering is this normal. Another thing that I have realised is that the goldfish keep coming to the top of the tank for air I heard this was because there is not enough oxygen in the water or bad water quality I have checked my water and the PH and the ammonia is good and nitrites and nitrates so my water is good. I don't know how else to put oxygen in the water as I have live plants in there a strong filter and one of those bubble machines (sorry don't know what they are actually called lol).I have my goldfish in a large tank as I know that they create lots of ammonia I a not sure what to do? They are all usually active and they all eat so I don't know any advice would be great thanks.