Animal Stories - Redcap Oranda Goldfish

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The pretty Redcap Oranda Goldfish is totally white except for its cherry red hood!
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josh - 2017-11-06
I have a red cap Oranda and when i looked at her today, It looks like either something ate the red cap off her head or it rotted off. Has anyone dealt with anything like this - I gave by weekly water changes and take special care of my fish so I have no idea how on earth this could have happened. I Recently put in an anti-algae chemical but I’ve never seen her in such bad shape and I’m very worried. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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  • Brian Dwyer - 2020-04-28
    This red cap is called a wen. As beauriful as it is and gets more beautiful as the fis ages, I can have its own problem. In its tine folds and crevices where bacteria can thrive as well as fungus. To avoid this I would be careful to give the water in the tank top priority. You should be using a canister filter and water changes 1 at least once a week. Having spent years raising the beautiful Discus which requires very pristine water for survival needing several water changes weekly depending on the its condition.. \I would first quaratine tank and treat it with one of the many treatments on the market. I use
Teaghan - 2018-03-13
My Redcap goldfish has been sitting in the corner kind flipping on its side. Im worried today will be his last day! Please help.. Im feeding him goldfish food..

Diane Ralph - 2017-04-14
I have 3 redcap oranda and they are all in good condition, but I have one the littliest that his red wen hhas turned pure white. He/she is totally white. Is this ok or have i a problem. As I said they are all in good condition. He/she went pure white at 8 months old.

soumi - 2017-03-20
i bought a oranda gold fish in yesterday but some time fish silently sitting under water and some time moving . feeding time very active any prblm or not many people say newly in aquarium that's why pls rpy wht can i its any prblm or noi

Anonymous - 2015-09-28
My Red cap is pretty mean, she eats everything insight so my other goldfish can't get nothing and then pushes and nips at him, when he gets something to eat. My mom ended up over feeding her and she still begged for foods. She's such a fatty.

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  • Taniya - 2017-01-03
    You should feed them in different places, and then put them back together after their meal...
Vijay - 2016-06-20
I have two red cap oranda, one is about two years old and one about nine months. I also had another gold fish about nine months old. But one fine morning I found my other gold fish disappeared from the tank. I am perplexed as to what miracle has happened. This has happened twice with me. Is it that Big red cap oranda is eating other gold fish and leaving small red cap oranda to stay with her? Please advise so that I take precautions in the future.

sunny - 2014-01-16
I have a red cap oranda gold fish wen I was suckn the water out of my fish tank thru pipe its head got stuck and half of itz cap came out it jus happnd 15 mins ago n stil alive n swimn fine I added rock salt int it will it survive:(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-16
    Wow, that's too bad, I sure hope it lives. I would suggest Melafix added to the water to help ward off any infectious diseases.
  • sunny - 2014-01-17
    ok i jus checked again n its stil leaving n swimmn perfectly buh the problem is metaflix is not available in my country :(
  • Judith Gibben - 2016-05-16
    Try using Methyl Blue. You can apply directly using a cotton bud dipped in Methyl Blue then gently touch area of cap that was in the accident
Roxy - 2014-06-17
I have two red caps, one does not eat any food that she likes, laying at the bottom all time. I don't know what's going wrong with her. I didn't see any white or spots on her body. Please advise me what should I do?

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  • Michelle Tellez - 2014-07-12
    We got a little red cap one week ago and for 2 days now she has done the same thing. Should we be worried?
  • Glendell Crump - 2015-04-18
    these fish are generally active so if they are lay on the bottom and not eating it could mean their sick or stressed try a water change and perhaps purchase some stress coat also check your ammonia level goldfish have larg bio-loads so they could easily poison the tank if its not kept properly clean
Samantha - 2006-08-12
I have a red caped oranda named Squeaky. She is the funniest fish. When I wake up in the morning she's sleeping at the bottom of the tank, but when she notices me staring she'll wake up and wait for her food at the top. I also have a cleaner fish. He will chase my Oranda around the whole tank, then squeaky will chase him around after. Like a game of cat and mouse.

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  • Anonymous - 2015-03-19
    Wow I'm looking at NY tank now. And my goldfish is chasing my red cap Luke crazy. Actually it looks tired of being chased. I'm a new tank owner. And I'm beginning to think about this.
  • Glendell Crump - 2015-04-18
    If your fish are chasing each other excessivly it could mean that the tank is to small try upgrading to a bigger tank the common oranda goldfish does best is 30 gallon tanks or more considering how many goldfish you have also you could try moving your decorations around this makes the fish confused so as not to be so teritorial
shimmy - 2014-07-26

I know it's been a while since you posted this, but your fish probably has an ailment known as Swim Bladder Disease, a disorder that tends to affect Fancy Goldfish in particular. If your other Red Cap is exhibiting normal behavior and feeding activities, this is most likely the case. I highly recommend, should you intend on continuing to keep goldfish, to research the disease when you have time, as the following advice might make more sense.

For now, temporarily stop feeding and prepare a small amount of peas (yes, the same stuff we eat) by using plain frozen or fresh peas, rinsed and with outer skin removed. Softening might help with their intake, so soaking them to allow thawing or even boiling them slightly is okay. Goldfish should be fed 2-3 times a day - replace one of those feedings with a pea daily for the sunken one, or one each if you haven't quarantined (always a good idea) it already. Also, if you're using flake or freeze-dried feed it is generally recommended that you soak the food for several minutes with water prior to offering (freeze-dried should always be soaked prior to consumption), or consider switching to or alternating with a goldfish feed of the sinking variety.

As an added precaution, check the tank parameters to ensure they are within the ranges or levels that Red Caps prefer. If you have a tester or kit (a wise investment), double-check the numbers for all the usual things but pay especially close attention to Nitrate, high levels contributing to the cause of the disorder. If higher than normal, do a larger than usual water change and feed less.

A less likely cause of the disorder are intestinal parasites, which is hard to diagnose and probably not applicable to this situation. I'd still look up symptoms of intestinal parasites and see if the fish is exhibiting any telling signs of them in addition to sitting at the bottom of the tank.

Finally, I'd do a review of the tank to make sure that your fish are in the conditions that they thrive in, which can easily be forgotten or overlooked in the midst of other events and emergencies - especially over the long life of these fish. This would include keeping in mind that Orandas in general do not do as well as their slender-bodied cousins, such as the Common goldfish/koi, in colder or faster moving water, but still require a fair amount of surface movement at the water surface to provide that high oxygen level they require. Staying on top of tank maintenance and filter cleanings are always helpful, particularly in this case where such a sensitive body part is vulnerably exposed, and upgrading or expanding the various equipment as they grow/needs change.

Other General Tips: If you have high maintenance due to algae or other plant growth, consider moving the tank further from natural sunlight (basically, any windows) or electronics (TVs, computers), even reducing the amount of time the aquarium lights are on if you have any (timer recommended, 5-6 hours is plenty). Last but not least, make sure none of the decorations or even foreign objects are in the tank, have sharp or hard pointy parts (even those smooth ornamental displays can break to form dangerous areas), for the obvious reason! =P

Hope this helps! Email me if you need more help - fish illnesses is a tough topic, of which I am not an expert of nor am remotely qualified to discuss - but I'll do my best!

Just keep swimming,