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  1. Temp: 71f Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 7-10 ppm pH: 8.2 I just noticed 2 small black spots and some black fin discoloration on my new baby Red Cap Oranda. He just arrived six days ago, so he’s very new, and I’ve been watching him carefully. I’m fairly certain I would have noticed these spots if they’d been there previously. I’ve read that black spots can appear for a number of reasons: 1) bruising, 2) ammonia burns, 3) external parasites. The fish were shipped to me overnight and were in transit less than 24 hours. Could this be discoloration appearing from ammonia burns or shipping trauma? He doesn’t seem to be scraping against objects or substrate, but I did notice him sort of “shimmying” this afternoon, which prompted me to post. Would appreciate any insights. Thanks in advance! —Juli
  2. This forum topic is a great idea and thank you for giving me a place to record my re-entry to the hobby, and my first time keeping fancy goldfish! After 2 weeks of dumping Fritz 7 & Fritz “Fishless Fuel” into the tank, and futile attempts to get some live media from a local store or hobbyist, I ordered 2 active sponge filters from AngelsPlus.com. They did the trick and the tank parameters have been solid since. Added my new goldfish on Thursday with a plan to move 2 of them outdoors to a 70 gallon pond/water feature. Acclimated the little guys in their bags for 20 minutes and set them free. The little red cap Oranda was quickly dubbed Braveheart, because he jumped out of the bag and practically demanded food as though he’d lived here always. Next came the little red and white Oranda, named Wiley, because although he hid quite a bit, he has proven incredibly great at snagging all the food away from the bigger, slower Ranchus! I test the water neurotically 2x daily and the parameters have remained solid: 0 ppm ammonia, 0 ppm nitrite, 5-10 nitrate, 8.2 ph, 70 degrees. I had a visit from my local fish tender to take a look at the fish and my setup. He noticed a couple of little “zits” on Marilyn, one of my Ranchus. I’m super fortunate to have an aquatic veterinarian in my area and made an appointment on June 2 to have an exam (she can’t come sooner). The seller, King Koi Goldfish, has been super responsive and attentive to my questions about this fish and reassuring that it’s most likely nothing to worry about. I hope it’s nothing, because I am already attached to all these little guys and frankly I can’t even imagine moving them outside! Also surfing CraigsList for a bigger tank. LOL. Today I did a very small 3 gallon water change just to get some of the obvious fish poop off the substrate. That didn’t even really drop the nitrates. I’ve already gotten embroiled in watching the “controversy” between an elderly PhD who advocates anoxic plenum filtration. I remember my first aquarium had an under gravel filter when I was a teenager… things most likely have advanced a bit since then. But it’s all an interesting chance to learn.
  3. I have 4 goldfish in a 65g tank. Just recently my oranda showed these spots. It's been about 3 weeks as I thought it was just wen growth. But now some of the white spots are dark. I just did a 40% water change (usually do 30% weekly) and changed the media in my filter (fluval 407). I am testing the water in the am. I do struggle with ammonia. I only have 4 fish, so I know that it's not a crowded tank. I will update tomorrow with the nitrate and ammonia levels. Just feeling super frustrated. I lost my pearl scale last month. 😢
  4. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  5. Hello, you all may recognize me. For the past month+ I’ve been posting about my oranda who has had what seems to be an infection on his wen. I first tried aquarium salt, then melafix for a week, and I just finished trying maracyn for a week and have seen little to no improvement. His water parameters are all perfect so I am confused as to what to do next. I woild appreciate any feedback!!
  6. Orandas about 2 months old flashing to top but I haven’t seen rub anything. So not Gil flukes I guess idk it’s white but I’ve never had Gill flukes on fish. But googled lots pictures and see none. So I treated maracyn because rapid breathing and swimming and maybe some blood spots on tail not sure so tiny so not 100%. Nothing looks wrong with it on outside. My waters perfect 125gallon 8 tiny orandas and 4 tiny bristlenose. And it’s planted so 0 0 0 and I still do large water changes every week when I’m bored. https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/jIfV5GIwThyW5hIlVHBYvA.1fZ-ae4-ukkPsrLjRlCq5b https://www.amazon.com/photos/shared/268NhHfdRiCVAr9WGvOhaA.AvEsO-8mDsm5OsXkMhA6PT
  7. My oranda is one year old and she’s starting to get these white spots on her head. Any ideas what it can be? Water parameters are all okay. Thank you!
  8. How fast do Orandas normally grow? When could one expect them to start coloring up? Thanks!
  9. My oranda goldfish recently got infected and I don't know what to treat him with. I don't know if what disease it is can someone help.ive tried the trio on new fish in a quarantine tank but they've all died I'm afraid I could lose him he's my favorite fish .he's in a 125gal with two koi fish 😢
  10. So, I have fell in love with Thai Orandas and I want to start my next breeding project with them, but I was curious as to a couple of things. 1) Where is the best place to find them online? 2) Is it better to buy really nice male and females that are 4-5 inches+? If so how many, a trio? 3) Or is it better to buy them young in a fry pack of 10 or so and raise them up? Any other suggestions will be more than welcome! Thank you!
  11. one of my orandas has a swollen side. has been in my pond since Dec 2020. water temp is 75 degrees. no issues with eating or swimming. noticed a slight uneven body shape upon receiving him from a breeder but he has become more swollen over time. any ideas?
  12. My oranda is only using one gil and the affected side seems to be swollen. I understand this swelling could be wen growth but it’s most prominent on his affected cheek and mouth. He also hides in the upper corner of the aquarium and will occasionally tip forward. I’ve dosed the water column with general cure. Only new additions are some wood I put with Java Fern and Bucephalandra. All other goldfish are fine.
  13. Hannah Q


    Hi everyone. My oranda has been acting funny lately. She’ll spend some time sitting at the bottom for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a couple times a day and then get up and act like nothing is wrong. She also some times gasps for air at the top. All the water levels are perfect and when she isn’t doing those 2 things you would think she is perfectly fine. I have also noticed white/clear poop on occasions. I know stringy white poop is associated with parasites but It isn’t stingy. It looks like a normal poop just white. I’m not sure if I should treat with paracleanse or what. I would appreciate any feedback!! Thank you so much.
  14. Hello everyone. I have an Oranda goldfish that is about 8 months old. She is in a 29 gallon tank with an aquaclear 30 and a sponge filter with an air stone. Recently she has been going to the top and just staying there for the really long time “gasping for air.” The sponge filter with the air stone seem to provide a lot of oxygen so I’m not sure what the issue is. I also see no visible signs of disease. The temp is at 73 degrees and all the water parameters are good. I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you!!
  15. I have a 7 month old Oranda (my lfs said he was an oranda when I got him). Over the last 7 months he has really developed a wen which made me believe he was an oranda. Although, all the pictures I’ve seen of orandas show them with split/double tails. My oranda has a single tail for the most part. There’s a tiny slit at the top but that’s it. Perhaps he is too young and still hasn’t developed it ? Or maybe he just isn’t an oranda ? I attached pictures of him when I got him and now. Thank you!
  16. Hello everyone! I have a 7 month old Oranda and I’m nervous she might have ich. I sometimes notice what appears to be little white specks only on her left side but I’m not sure if I’m just over thinking it. I recently upgraded her into a larger tank and don’t know if that may have caused it. I would appreciate any help incase I need to treat her ! Thank you ! The parameters are : Temp - 73 degrees Fahrenheit nitrite & ammonia - 0 ppm Ph- 7.5-8 nitate - 0 ppm https://ibb.co/tLLb4pf https://ibb.co/bP9JQQj
  17. Hello guys, I brought some "Orandas" (what it was labeled as at the fish store) about 2 months ago, now that they've grown out they seem to look more and more like Ryukins. Can anyone help me ID them to make sure? They don't have the wen growth that my Red Oranda and Red cap have. https://gyazo.com/3c9374f652b55e8ed06ed3adc15124d9 https://gyazo.com/8515666592ef750d5d818a6e35667778
  18. Hi Team, First of all, thank you for your time and efforts in educating all of us, in this forum. My Toffee (Black Gold Oranda) has been with us for a year now, he has this white pimple on the tip of his mouth for a quite long time now (I really cannot recall when/how it happened). He is fine, full of personality, however, this white pimple is giving me some concerns. I started to notice very small tiny white ones started to grow (I might be imagining) and I wanted to seek your advise on this. Tank: 55 Gallon 2 x 407 Cannister Filter Ammonia: ~0, Nitrite: ~0, Nitrate: Below 5PPM, PH: 7.2, Water Temp: 25.2F Water changed every 5 - 7 days
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