Why is my fish so fat?
Hes always had a big belly
But it seems to be getting bigger
No signs of stress or illness
Heres some pictures if it'll help
Is it the kind of fish he is?
Is he pregnant? Can goldfish even get pregnant?
Or is it ths buildup of eggs or something?
I dont know
In the first one hes the one farthest on the left
Wait can male fish get pregnant........I dont think so
What type of fish is he anyways?
Is he a male?
And i honestly dont know
But i have another fish that looks like a crossbreed between the type of fish he is and a typical fantail and hes got a decent sized large belly but its not nearly as pronounced as the fish we speak of
I have no idea Im a bit new here to, but whatever you do DO NOT ASK THE PET STORE OWNERS, most of them know nothing about it. Maybe I was to harsh, the EMPLOYEES. Gah they're terrible, I asked them if my oranda had swim bladder disease, I told her all the symptoms, and she came up with an "i think so". Its better to probably wait for one of the experts to come around. Unless you know a good fish store owner with the right info, dont ask them.
I just found out hes a lionhead goldfish
And if so then the big underside is normal
But im still not sure
Thank you though!
and i know stores usualy suck
I got my fish at walmart, the dude there almost killed my pleco trying to catch him
And hey us new comers gotta learn somehow right?
Anyway thanks again for trying, it was worth a shot
Though do you know how to tell a male vs female in goldfish?
I think the females are fatter? and No problem, fish owners gotta stick together!
What size tank are they in??
I see what looks like four goldfish and it looks like they are in something very small. One fish has ammonia burns which indicates serious water quality issues. The fish in question is a lionhead and he actually is NOT fat or pregnant- he in fact looks rather sickly and emaciated. What are you feeding them?
Ive got indeed 4 goldfish in a 29 gal tank
Yes yes i know its small but i figure since theyre so little iv got time to scrape together some money for a larger one
Also none of them have ammonia burns you have my word on that
The calico one im guessing youre talking about simple has, well calico spots completed with some white
However several of them had their slime coats stolen a couple weeks back from a certain pleco
But they have all made a.general full recovery with the exeption of some permanent ugly scar like things on one of my fish from the starting.of infection when it happened. Though it got fixed pretty quick and theyre all doing well
I feed them skinned peas every morning and a small pinch of flake food maybe two or three times throughout the day
(just know caught onto the wording you used)
I dont starve my fish, and hes definatly not showing any signs of being sick
However how much should i be feeding them? More or less?
Also what makes you think he looks slim? Hes so fat!
i suppose you got rid of the pleco or put it in another tank that and goldfish are coldwater fish pleco's are warm water tropical fish
Yes hes in a seperate tank, growing like a weed
I made the mistake of not finding out about plecos before i went and got one, and disaster struck
But im lucky i noticed scale loss early before it got too bad
I lost two fish due to the exposion of bad water and no slime coat
I got a vaccum for the rocks and water since then and have been doing regular partial water changes since
Theyre all doing good, i was simply curious why my fish looked so rediculously fat
Please read the Goldfish 101 article below- it covers care, diet, etc. the fish you posted pics of is very thin. Take a look at the pics posted at the top of the cold water fish 'why fancy goldfish require big tanks' thread to understand how how big these guys get and how fancies should look. Your parameters and what you are testing with will help as well. Realistically, only one goldfish should be in a 29g and this would even be short term.