Hi, I'm Ashley, and I almost
12 years old, and I have
developed an intrest in
keeping fish. For my birthday,
I got only one present,
a pond in my backyard that
is about 300-400 gallons.
I have many fish in it and
once in a while, I take
my turtles out to swim in
A few weeks ago, I noticed
that one of the fish, a
4 inch long commet, had
a stomach that was bulging
out, and the same with a
white faintail. While I
was at school, my mom told
me she had seen the fish
acting odd, and rubbing
themselves against the sides
of the pond, doing it for
hours. Then, on the filter
pads were hundreds of eggs.
I've never been able to
tell what fish were male
or female until now.
I took the eggs out so no
other fish would eat them
and put them temporarily
in a small 5 gallon fish
tank since it was the only
extra one I had available.
Two days later, there were
about 200 small baby goldfish
clinging to the walls of
the tank! After looking
at them for a long time,
I noticed that some of !
them had fat stomachs and
were swimming different
ways than other ones, so
I think that they might
be the fantails.
After reading the info on
your site, I tried crushing
up small flakes of goldfish
food, and some of them ate
it, but others weren't interested.
Now my questions: 1. Is
the powdered food the best
way to feed my tiny newborn
baby goldfish? 2. What am
I going to do with 200 babies
when I already have about
20 fish in my pond????
Reply. Hello Ashley. Congratulations
on your baby Goldfish, and thank you for the sending
us the detailed information about spawning your
The powdered food is not the best
thing to feed your new Goldfish babies. The best
food for them is the tiny living stuff in your pond.
If you put the baby Goldfish back in your pond,
they will be able to eat stuff from the water and
from the bottom of your pond.
Your 5-gallon aquarium is too
small and probably doesn't have enough tiny living
food for your babies to eat. So I recommend you
put the babies back in the pond.
But the other fish in your pond
will probably eat some of the babies. But some of
the babies will survive, and you will end up with
a few more Goldfish in your pond. That is the way
Goldfish usually reproduce with lots of eggs and
lots of babies, but just a few that survive and
I have taken the time to
study my 'busy' pair of
orandas. Beefy, the male,
does have the tubercles
on his gills, tiny little
white specks. Also, all
male orandas pectoral fins
on the front are thicker
and also have the little
Bubbles, the little, brand
new female, has very thin
pectoral fins and no bumps.
With younger fish it's a
little harder to tell, but
the pectoral fins on a male
with still be much thicker.
I am amazed with all their
spawning. I've counted 6
times within the past 2
and a half weeks.
Already I'm lacking space
for all the tiny fry, and
the older fry as well. Both
mommy and daddy are a beautiful
pair, and I'm hoping to
get a beautiful school of
little orandas. Something
that amuses me to no end
is how I am constantly reading
on sites and in books about
how goldfish will not spawn
in fishtanks smaller than
I'd like to make a nice
little correction. My oranda's
are quite happy in their
plastic 3-5 gallon aquarium.
They have enough plants
to make them feel at home
and plenty of gravel. I
haven't changed the water
in a week. And having changed
the water postponed spawning
for several days ((Which
btw they were spawning every
I feed them twice a day
and clean their filter every
week. I'm proud to be a
nanny :P Just thought you'd
like a lil' info on males
AKA: Ahkahna Teyotshey
Reply. Hello Hannah. So the
fin on the left in your drawing shows the fin of
your male Goldfish, Beefy, and the fin on the right
side of your drawing shows the same fin on your
female Goldfish, called Bubbles.
I've never looked closely and
compared the pectoral fins on my Goldfish, but I
will now, because you have stirred up my curiosity.
Thank you for your beautiful drawing
and for the information it contains, which may help
all of us determine the gender of our Goldfish.
First of all I would like
to congratulate you for
the fabbioulous web page
it is very interesting for
all kind of hobbyist. my
name is charles g. I come
from the island of Malta
in the centre of the Mediterranean.
I have been keeping tropical
and cold water fish for
the last 5 years I would
like to give my opinion
regarding the male identification
of the fan tail gold fish
two main signs are the white
pimples on the operculum
and the comb type pectoral
fins are the sign of a male.
I hope I was of a help to
Reply. Hello Charles. Thank
you for your email, and your information about how
to determine the gender of Fantails.
Hello! I am a beginner to
the fish world and I pore
over your site
almost every day as my questions
about fish keeping continue
I've found it to be more
helpful than I could have
hoped for in
answering questions and
providing excellent tips.
I just recently
purchased 4 small orandas,
and as I was looking at
them yesterday I
noticed two of them (incidentally,
the two males) do not have
separate tail fins. Instead
they are fused in the center.
not like this. I have not
heard that this is a difference
sexes, so I am wondering
if this is perhaps a deformity
in the two
I have had orandas before
and do not remember if their
fused. I was just curious
and would like the curiosity
solved if you
could help. Thanks again
for your devotion to the
You are saving the lives
of my second "batch" of
grown to trust your advise
and expertise and am excited
some fish from you once
I purchase another aquarium.
Reply. Hello Jessica. First,
I wonder how you determined the gender of your two
small Orandas. As far as I know there is no noticeable
difference in the tail fins of male Orandas and
female Orandas. Personally, I can't determine the
gender of small Orandas or any other Goldfish by
Second, in a general sense all Orandas are deformed.
By that I mean that human beings have been picking
out the ... what shall I say ... strangest Goldfish
for a very long time.
So the shape of their heads, fins,
tails, and internal organs have all been rearranged
by this process of humans picking out the fish that
they want to keep to breed and produce the next
generation. After many generations, we have Goldfish
like Orandas, Telescopes, Celestials, Bubble Eyes,
and other Goldfish varieties with unique shapes.
But there are specific ideas about what the tails
of Orandas should look like, and the two lobes in
the tail should not be fused in the center. Unfortunately
I don't have a good picture that illustrates the
accepted idea of what an Oranda's tail should look
The best picture that I have is
of two Black Moors at the top of this page, and
it's hard to see the details of their tails, but
the picture of the Black Moors may give you an idea
of what the Orandas tails "are suppose to" look
Now suppose you decide that two
of your Orandas are deformed. What to do? You could
go back to the seller, and discuss with them what
options they could offer you? After you find out
what options you have, you can make a decision.
Personally, just my personal opinion, not binding
on you, is that I always keep the fish.
Why do I keep the fish? Because after a few days,
I always love them no matter their shape or disposition.
I remember many years ago I had an Oranda with only
one eye that we called "Uno" with great affection,
and everyone loved "Uno".
So I can't let any of my fish
go, but as I say, you may feel differently, and
after you talk with someone at the store that sold
you the Orandas, you may make a different decision
than I would.
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