> I have recently built an outdoor pond and have introduced three goldfish.
> My goldfish are very small but I note that one of them is developing dark
> patches. I know that baby goldfish are 'black' and slowly turn 'golden' -
> but one of mine is obviously going the the other way. Is this unusual?
Hi Anthony. Yes, this can also be common in these fish. Just like Koi, you
just never know what colours they may end up with.
On the other hand, the fish could have black spot disease. Now, I'm not sure
that my fish have ever had this disease but I do know that one of my Orandas
went over the water fall and ended up in an area where it was almost
impossible to see. The only reason why I found this fish was because the
flies seemed to be*** around this area. I checked it out and found this
poor fish which had water rolling over it which had kept it alive. Anyway,
when I picked the fish up, it was all white on the other side. I put the fish
back into the pond and right away he started to breed with the female. I
guess he wasn't too hurt was he!!! ;)
Anyway, I did find that this fish start to get covered with this black
colouring and I am convinced now, that this was just like a scab which was
helping the fish to heal because shortly after the black start to show up, it
started to clear up and because the same colour as the fish was originally.
Hope this helps.
Yours Koily, Lorraine
> I am told that one should stop feeding outdoor goldfish during winter.
> Could anyone tell me what water temperature indicates the cessation of
> Anthony Easom