View Full Version : New Oranda

02-11-2009, 12:47 AM
Our new 75 has been running for a week and parameters are dead on, so we bought a new oranda today. Its a calico oranda and is around 3 inches. He had the most personality out of most in the store and keep swimming to the glass looking at us (he was also on the expensive side at $13.49) The tanks still slightly cloudy from the sand (not a bacteria bloom). We were also going to pick up a few dojo loaches, but didn't have enough money to get a small school of 3. He's fitting in with the other goldies



02-11-2009, 01:22 AM
He's very fit and healthy looking mate, best of luck with him!!

02-11-2009, 01:52 AM
Thank you. He's acting the same in the tank as he did when he was at the pet store. he's a happy healthy goldfish. We were actually debating between him and one identical, but twice as big, but decided, why pay $10 more for something that will grow twice as big for free, lol

02-11-2009, 02:04 AM
He does look great...we don't give Goldfish enough credit! They are lovely fish!thumbs2:

02-11-2009, 02:10 AM
I love goldfish. If I had my way, which hopefully one day I will, I will have a 125 filled with a dark green and black substrate, and full of goldfish. The fancy ones mind you. Orandas, ryukins, and more. I love how the gold color interacts with the green and black substrate.

Your Oranda is gorgeous. I hope he/she gives you lots of years of enjoyment. I know mine always have.


02-11-2009, 02:49 AM
Thank you everyone

We've been noticing a small problem since lights out. Our shubukin has become "Pushy" since lights out. He is aggressively chasing the new oranda around as well as our large oranda and black moore (but mostly the new one). He's not nipping or doing any damage, just chasing and pushing. We got all 4 of the original goldfish at the same time, and have never seen him this agressive (he will ocasionally chase and push our large oranda around, but stops after a few min.) Is this normal for goldfish to do when someone new is added to establish dominance, or has the shubukin gone crazy? If it is a problem and goes on much longer, I'm going to set up a 10 gallon temporarily with a seeded filter for the night and seperate the shubukin. I don't want him killing the new fish

02-11-2009, 03:38 AM
We managed to stop the aggression. I rearranged the tank, fed some peas (which the new oranda ate while being chased), and I had to get in between them by putting on a rubber glove and gently holding the shubukin for a few seconds. After that it didn't do it again and went on swimming like normally. Hopefully its the end of the chasing, other then their usual playing, but I'll keep a close eye on them

02-11-2009, 04:13 PM
He's cute!thumbs2:

...and that's why you shouldn't have single finned mixed with doubles...but I'm glad you stopped the aggression...:goldfish: :fish:

02-11-2009, 04:42 PM
Thank you...The shubukin has the same tail as the rest of them, maybe i misidentified him, are the suppose to be singel tailed? I wouldn't mix them up. I don't like the looks of comets, lol

02-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Well, a die-hard goldfish expert might disagree, but a shubunkin is basically just a calico comet...

If it's a fancy, it should have a rounder body and the flowing style of tail...(even if it's a short tail).

02-11-2009, 05:15 PM
Could it be a crossbreed? His tail is identical to our oranda and black moore's (same size, and shape), but it body is somewhat slender and chubby/round at the same time, if that makes any sense. I'd take a picture, but they don't stay still, lol

02-11-2009, 05:19 PM
Without a photo I can't tell...if he does hold still, prime him for a photoshoot!:goldfish:

02-11-2009, 05:34 PM
I got 2 pics, one is a side shot and one is a tail. He's chasing the little guy again, but he doesn't seem stressed in the least bit. I think they may be playing because when I fed them he stopped to eat, lol I still need to aquascape the tank, lol



02-11-2009, 05:38 PM
That was fast!

I think he's a fantail. They're essentially the 'basic' fancy - round bodied, double tailed, but without any of the genetic modifications that differentiate the other 'breeds'.

02-11-2009, 05:44 PM
Thank you. I found that my camera has an anti blurr setting, so I started snapping pics, :hmm3grin2orange: He is certainly "different" then the other 4, but at least he doesn't steal food from them. I forgot to mention they have all been chasing each other for months, so I think its more or less playing. They don't seem stressed. I'll just keep an eye on the new one for a few days and make sure it doesn't look tired out or get sick, so far its as healthy as a horse

02-12-2009, 12:59 AM
Orandas are my favorite breed of goldfish. Good find.:19:

02-12-2009, 05:18 PM
I took this this morning:


That's a picture (yes, not very good - just with the point-and-shoot) of Elvis.

I think the new pearscale I bought is an orando too...it has the head growth. Should be interesting to see how it grows up...I'm not a fan of pearlscales - it looks like an uncomfortable mutation, but this baby was too cute to resist.

02-12-2009, 06:48 PM
Nice looking fish. We have one identical to it. We almost bought a pearlscale, but they wanted $40 for one. My favorite is the oranda. I think our last one we add in a few months is gonna be another oranda

02-12-2009, 07:57 PM
I had to get in between them by putting on a rubber glove and gently holding the shubukin for a few seconds

I laughed when I read this, for this reason. I could just imagine someone doing this and being like

"Don't make me come in there again!"

heh sorry i'm a dork :hmm3grin2orange:

02-19-2009, 01:06 PM
You should really remove the white tubing because the goldfish will eventually get stuck in them.

Also, that is not a calico, it's just a orange and black oranda, so if you paid for a calico you got ripped off.