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Breeding Goldfish
and Raising Baby Gold Fish Fry.
This page contains more Customer Comments and our Replies about Breeding Goldfish. Click here to the previous page in this discussion about Breeding Goldfish.

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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 it.
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 Goldfish.

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 grow up.


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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 white bumps.
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 15-20-gallons.
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 4-5 days)).
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 and females.
Hannah S.
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.

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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 your readers.
Charles G.
Reply. Hello Charles. Thank you for your email, and your information about how to determine the gender of Fantails.

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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 to evolve.
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 two separate tail fins. Instead they are fused in the center. My females are not like this. I have not heard that this is a difference between the sexes, so I am wondering if this is perhaps a deformity in the two males.
I have had orandas before and do not remember if their tails were fused. I was just curious and would like the curiosity solved if you could help. Thanks again for your devotion to the fish keeping community.
You are saving the lives of my second "batch" of fish! I have grown to trust your advise and expertise and am excited about ordering some fish from you once I purchase another aquarium.
Jessica M.

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 any method.

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 like.

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 like.

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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