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We have acquired two goldfish, is one blind?

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LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 08:10:18

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LittleRedCar Wed 21-Oct-09 08:52:46

You can test for this, quite easily, LG:


LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 09:18:10

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LadyOfTheFlowers Wed 21-Oct-09 09:24:12

No, the Goldfish is not blind.
Some have eyes like that.

Hassled Wed 21-Oct-09 09:28:21

But just in case, don't put any complicated castle/labyrinth type thingies in the tank. And no divers, either. Watching a blind goldfish repeatedly bang its head on a castle would be hilarious tragic.

LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 09:31:20

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LittleRedCar Wed 21-Oct-09 11:05:14

Just don't get him a guide dog.

It can all go tragically wrong:


LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 11:07:25

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LittleRedCar Wed 21-Oct-09 11:14:12

fwiw- and I am fish phobic, so very little experience, I do think some have eyes that are like that.

<soothes poor distraught LG>

Promise me you won't ever get a cat, okay?

LadyOfTheFlowers Wed 21-Oct-09 11:17:06

Erm, don't want to upset anyone, but depending on your answer, the fish may well die....

Have you cycled the tank? Or been given the fish in their own tank?

LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 11:25:05

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Winetimeisfinetime Wed 21-Oct-09 11:49:29

I have a very old goldfish who is blind. I thought he was a goner whemn it happened but he has survived. You can tell that he is blind as his eye is very cloudy but also that he can't see his food and swims straight past it.

He has been blind for years now and is otherwise fine. The only problem he has is feeding and I feed him by hand { put my hand in the tank, holding some food and bung it straight in front of his mouth }

LeninGhoul Wed 21-Oct-09 13:37:38

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sweetnitanitro Wed 21-Oct-09 18:01:35

Here's some basic info on goldfish-

As long as the eye isn't cloudy because that's a sign of disease.

I would test the water if you've replaced it all in case it's uncycled the filter.

LadyOfTheFlowers Thu 22-Oct-09 10:35:17

How big is the tank Lenin? Does it have a filter?

LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 11:26:41

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LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 13:48:23

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sweetnitanitro Thu 22-Oct-09 14:07:07

Well I won't lie, goldfish are one of the most expensive fish in the long run! Good news is that people are always giving away fish tanks on freecycle so you can get a lot of things for free.

If the fish are 5 years old and only 3 inches long then they are quite stunted. They should be closer to about 6 inches really. This is because they have been kept in a tank that's too small. Goldfish don't really grow to the size of their tank- their growth can be limited but this causes loads of health problems and massively shortens their life span.

Really you need to get them into a bigger tank as soon as you can, one with a nice big filter! The bubble thing is not essential but if your fish like it then you may as well keep it.

The ones you have sound like fancy goldfish (round bodies, long fins) so they wouldn't be suitable for a pond. For a pair of fancy goldfish a tank of around 30 gallons (about 3 ft long) is the minimum size you should consider and you'll need a big filter (eheim classics are good, there are always loads of second hand ones on ebay)

They are great fun to keep though, they can be taught to eat out of your hand really easily grin

LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 14:38:27

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sweetnitanitro Thu 22-Oct-09 14:42:56

They will probably grow a bit more but I doubt they will reach full size and they probably won't live an awful lot longer, maybe a couple of years. Fancy goldfish often have health issues related to their shape, their organs are all kind of squished in and being stunted will have made it worse. You've taken on a charity case I'm afraid!

I would love to say a 2 foot would do but really it is still too small my fancies were in a 4 ft tank but 3 ft really is the minimum. They poop so much they need lots of water and a big filter to cope with it all.

LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 14:43:08

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LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 14:47:51

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sweetnitanitro Thu 22-Oct-09 15:21:52

Yay! Yeah, I wouldn't put any more in, I only had 3 in my 4 footer so 2 would be your maximum really.

Poo- it sounds like they might be a bit constipated. This is dead easy to fix, all you need to do is boil a couple of peas til the skin comes off, then mush up the insides and feed it to the fish. Most goldfish love veggies but if they've never had it they might take some persuading. It'll go right through them and fix any blockage problems grin

You probably will notice if they get sick. If they start holding their fins close to their bodies, swimming funny or not being able to control their bouyancy, these are all signs of illness. It can be difficult to diagnose illnesses so if you're not sure the best thing to do would be to stick a photo on a specialist fish forum and they'll be able to tell you. Not sure how to handle kids and death, my DD is only 1 so I haven't had to cross that bridge yet! Having pets is meant to be a good way to teach them though and there are loads of books about it.

There is a humane way to euthanise them, you need clove oil to put them to sleep and vodka (some for them and some for you). It's peaceful and painless and much kinder than flushing or freezing them. If you need to know more details let me know.

All tanks are fairly similar, they are just glass boxes really. If you are buying brand new then clearseal are cheap and cheerful but I would go second hand because you can get some real bargains. Filter-wise the eheim classic is the best one IMO, good old German engineering grin an eheim classic 2213 would be perfect for a 3ft tank. It takes a couple of goes to get the hang of cleaning it but they do a great job.

Sorry for the mammoth long posts grin

LeninGhoul Thu 22-Oct-09 21:28:49

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