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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Rachel - 2012-10-16
I just bought an oranda a few days ago at a local Petsmart. It looks just like the picture at the top of the page (orange with black edges on his fins). I am really worried about him because the black on the edges of his dorsal and tail fins is now falling off. He also is not eating the pellets that we bought for him. I'm worried that he's on his way out. Is there anything I can do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-16
    Check your water levels. Amonia spikes can cause this.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    This happened to our fish at a point too. Your fish may have fin rot, it's a disease that slowly eats the fins and turns them a reddish color. If it gets too close to the body (the disease), it may cause internal bleeding and kill the fish painfully, the fish dying due to pain probably. How old is your fish? Do you know an estimation?
  • joyce thomas - 2015-06-27
    go to pet store get stuff called E.M.ERYTHROMYCIN for( tail and fin rot) there are two I know of make sure it says for bacterial fish disease. take fish away from other fish if u can, if not treat entire tank(my suggestion treat entire tank) follow directions remove carbon (it will dilute medicine. Waite 24hrs and if needed treat again, don't forget to due water change when cured even the filters(don't take chance infection could come back in tank from filter. Good luck pleased keep me informed Joyce
  • Charlie - 2016-01-03
    Are you meaning that skin is literally falling off, or just that the color is disappearing? All black orandas will lose their black color if not kept under actual sunlight and the right foods. In outdoor ponds they often keep their color, but I think you would need special lights indoors.
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George Bee - 2012-10-18
My red oranda is about 3 years old. It has developed a fleshy protrusion on its body near the base of the tail. It is flesh color about the size of a pecan nut. It has not had any effect on the orandas activity. Can anyone help me on what this is? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    It could be a variety of things.  More of a description would help.  Could be a water quality issue or maybe parasites?  Start with the simple thing first and test your water.
  • Air Max Fitsole - 2015-03-28
    But not everyone agrees.
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Mark Smith - 2015-03-10
Want to sell one baby Oranda goldfish. Orange with black fins and 1-2 inches long. Bought it without doing the research beforehand and my setup is completely inadequate for this fish. Would rather give to a responsible owner than return to the pet shop. Pickup local in Boston, MA. Free to the right owner.

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Tyrone - 2015-02-15
I recently got a female oranda and my male fantail and black moor have been chasing her(they do stop) is this a mating process because they're only about 6 months old or are they just playing

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-15
    They are harrassing her, though it may be males trying to mate. Still, if you want her to live you need to address it or she will get stressed. There's a number of things you can do such as; get a bigger tank and add more goldfish to 'spread the love,' add lots of decor (plants, roots, rocks) to create multiple hiding places, or possibly separate them.
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Richard - 2013-11-27
I have 1 blue oranda named Belle, 1 orange fantail named Girl, and 1 chocolate fantail named Chocolaté. Every time I go by their tank they rush to the corner waiting for me to feed them. Anyone else can come to the tank and they don't move from where they are at. As soon as I go by boom there they go to the top of the tank. Crazy little guys!

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  • Violet Agnew - 2015-02-10
    lol my black moor behave the same way lol boom!! right to the top at lightening speeds, that is normal for them, beside they have voracious apetites lol, they make me feel ghilty when I walk past the aquarium and don't feed them lol I just Love them though they are my greedy babies,
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Emily - 2013-08-16
We have a 29 gallon tank with 1 lionhead of Osaka and 1 Koi. This evening we noticed that the lionhead had no eyes! Did the Koi do this? Or is there some other process going on here?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It's quite possible the koi did this. Did it happen quickly, like over night? If so, I would almost guarantee the koi was attacking the lionhead. If it happened over time, there could possibly be something in the water irritating his eyes, too.
  • Kaitlyn - 2014-02-18
    Most Koi aren't super aggressive to do this. We had a case like this in our tank, what happened was our fish was sick and the other fish could tell he was weak so they ate his eyes, knowing he couldn't defend himself.
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Marybeth Little - 2013-12-07
We've had our orange and white Orandas (x3) for a good few months, our first one has been with us around 9months, the smallest two for about 2monthe. Our eldest daughter loves fish so much when we asked her what she'd like for a birthday present her reply was, 'more fish peeese' :) so we took her to pets at home ( where we got the Orandas from) and asked what would be suitable to mix with our fish. Our tank is around 200L and we were told danios (the white variety) wouldn't take up much room, we're very comparable with other varieties of fish and that we could take up to 5 home. So our daughter picked the 3 she wanted and we took them home. That was a week ago, now fatty (named due to his size) has had his fins ripped to shreds! I'm mortified :( we've moved him out of the large tank into a smaller tank, but will his fins grow back? Will it be the danios doing this and will they move onto our other remaining Orandas? Please any advice would be greatly received. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm not sure why your oranda got its fins shredded, but definitely sounds like some aggression going on. Watch the tank closely and see who's chasing who. It could also be one of the other goldfish. And the good news, yes, the fins will grow back!

    Danios are generally not aggressive, but they should be kept in a bigger school than 3, 7+ is much better. If they are the aggressors, having a larger school should remove that threat as they will spend the majority of their time paying attention to their own kind.

     
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eddie mccarthy - 2013-08-13
I have 6 orandas in a 120 ltr tank all water test by me and pets at home are A1 they are all medium size. 4 of them I got 1 week ago and today the these fish with the very light caudal fin have very tiny speckled markings. I have never noticed before if they do or not they are not displaying any symptoms of white spot but I would welcome any helpful comments. Many thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    How are they doing now? Have the spots gotten worse? If there is any chance they might have ich, I would treat for it. I hope things have gotten better since you posted this!
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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
Why do gold fish carry so much lomonia

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Limonia is actually a tree.Are you trying to say ammonia? That's a condition that all aquarium fish create (food and fish waste breaking down... creates ammonia). Goldfish put a heavy load on the aquarium so do create a lot of ammonia. And of course, ammonia has to be dealt with through filtration and/or water changes (as with all fish).
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liz111 - 2013-04-17
Hi, I've been a fish keeper for just 3 weeks so all new to me. I have a red cap oranda and a calico. Today I noticed the red cap won't stop chasing the calico which appears to be swimming away from him the whole time. What is the red cap doing this for, is it normal? Non stop for at least an hour and half now. I feed 6 tiny pellets in the morning as advised by the pet shop. What are your thoughts on that also? Many thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Yeah, that's a problem. If he keeps chasing the other fish, the other fish will succomb to stress, quit eating, and have major problems. Here's some things to alleviate the condition: get a bigger tank, add hiding places and retreats by providing plants and other decor (driftwood/rocks/etc.), add more fish to divert the attention and change the dynamics,.. and if none of these work, remove one of the fish and put it in its own tank. Best of luck!
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