Goldfish question???

  1. Does anyone know anything about goldfish? My son won a couple at the local fair and has been taking care of them. I can't believe they are still alive! This week we have noticed black stuff on their heads and fins. It seems to be spreading. What is it and is there anything we can do about it? Thanks!
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    some goldfish have black around edge of fins as natural color.

    check out these sites for help: - fish - illness & injury

    goldfish books and reviews
  4. by   AmyLiz
    If you can't find anything online...try going to a pet store that has a fish department. They should be able to help you & if it's a disease, most of the time they'll have medication that you can put into the tank/fishbowl.

    If you don't have an aquarium with an air pump, then make sure that your son changes the water in the bowls every so often so that there's plenty of O2 for the lil' fiddies to breathe.
  5. by   palesarah
    I learned the hard way goldfish sometimes get black color to their fins and such as a result of ammonia burns The color actually shows up when the water quality improves, so if you aren't monitoring your water quality you won't know the ammonia was at a dangerous level until the damage has been done. I think there may be some fish fungi that cause black splotches too, but I'm not certain.

    I have a goldfish that I've managed to keep alive for 4 years. I originally bought her as a 9-cent feeder fish for a lizard I had at the time, but she & the others had ich and after I treated them, didn't know if they would be safe to feed. So I kept them. As time went by, the others died, until there were two left who each grew to be about 3-4" long. The other fish died of what I think was a bowel obstruction, she was lethargic and bloated for days, and "Fishie" would actually push the sick one up to the top for food when I fed them!

    And now, there's just Fishie. I kept her in a filtered 10-gallon tank for 3 1/2 years, and she got so big that I finally splurged on a 45-gallon tank. She's about 8" long now and looking good! I took some pictures of her when I moved her into her new home

    If your son has them in a fish bowl, I would recommend getting a filtered aquarium- you can buy a ten-gallon set up for pretty cheap at places like WalMart & PetCo. I'd also invest in some Aqua Safe or something similar to help maintain the water quality, and an ammonia test kit.
    If a bowl is the only thing you can offer the fish right now, frequent water changes will be necessary, and you could try the "Bowl Buddies" fizzy tablets for maintaining water quality.

    Good luck to you & your son with the fish! I get a lot of joy watching my Fishie swim around- it's very soothing after a stressful night at work!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    My son had a goldfish that lasted for a couple of years.
    I never quite figured how to keep the tank clean. That was the worst part about keeping fish. I'd really like to get a nice tank now but I don't want to clean that stupid tank every week.
  7. by   phn92
    Thanks for the suggestions! I got a 1 gallon tank with a air pump that came with it. The instructions said to change the water qwk which we have been doing. We were using well water, but this last time we used filtered water. Would that make a difference? I really don't want to spend a lot of money on these fish since who knows how long they will live! They are relaxing to watch!
  8. by   nursebedlam
    Quote from nrskarenrn
    some goldfish have black around edge of fins as natural color.

    check out these sites for help: - fish - illness & injury

    goldfish books and reviews

    thanx for those sites,, i recently became the owner of 5 lovely goldfish.
  9. by   palesarah
    Quote from phn92
    I really don't want to spend a lot of money on these fish since who knows how long they will live!
    LOL, I know exactly what you mean. It was years before I'd buy anything but the smallest container of goldfish food because I didn't want to waste my money if the fish was just going to die in a week. Goldfish are remarkably resilient. I was really neglectful for a long time and she just kept on swimming! I was shocked to learn that goldfish can live up to 20 years. I think the record was 43 years! Most comets/feeder goldfish (what they usually give away at fairs) don't live that long though because they're raised in such crowded conditions. Really prone to parasites and such (I've treated Fishie a couple times for ich & fungus).

    A 1 gallon with an air pump is better than a bowl I think the weekly water changes with well water are probably fine for now, but I'm really not an expert. Well water tends to be better than city tap water (the chlorine isn't good for the fish). I did learn that it's easier to maintain water quality in a larger tank, but you make do. If you & your son decide to try to keep the little guys alive for the long haul, maybe you could invest in a larger tank with a filter, a good goldfish manual with information about parasites & diseases, and a water testing kit to maintain pH and such. But that's a bit of money to invest in a hobby that may not last long!
  10. by   rnmi2004
    We recently set up a tank - we decided on freshwater tropical fish. We found out that setting up a tank is a lot easier than what the web sites make it sound like. We use a filter with a bio-wheel, the waterfall effect aerates the water so we don't need a pump. It sounds very soothing. ITA that a larger tank is actually easier to keep. There is a lot of info out there, but it can seem overwhelming!
  11. by   Mimi2RN
    Years ago, my son won a baby goldfish at his school fair. That goldfish outlived all the friends we bought for his fishtank, despite the care (or lack of it). The cats enjoyed watching him, too. He lasted seven ar eight years, and was buried afterwords, instead of being flushed!