AquA AnimaniA is your #1 local source for Bubble Eye Goldfish. The most intriguing feature of the Bubble Eye Goldfish are its bubbles. The bubbles on the Water-Bubble Eye Goldfish begin to develop at an age of 6-9 months. By the time they are 2 years old, the bubbles are very large. These water-filled bubbles get so big in fact, that the fish has trouble seeing and can even have a hard time swimming because of them.
Although these are very intriguing looking fancy goldfish, their bubble sacs are easily broken. The sacs are notorious for getting caught in the water uptake valves of aquarium filters. It helps to have a foam cover over the valve to help prevent this. Most the time broken bubbles will grow back, but sometimes they may not grow back at all. And when they do grow back, they are a different shape and size and won’t match their other bubble. Broken bubbles heal slowly and are subject to infection, so keep an eye on your fish and be ready to treat it if necessary.
Besides its infamous bubbles, the Bubble Eye Goldfish is one a most unique looking of the goldfish varieties. Along with the Lionhead Goldfish , the Bubble Eye Goldfish is a dorsal-less goldfish. The dorsal fin is the one seen on the top of a fish’s back.
The Bubble Eye Goldfish is one of the more rounded or egg-shaped fancy gold fish, rather than having the long slender body seen in Common Goldfish or the Shubunkins. It has a double-tail and its body shape and size are very similar to the Celestial Eye Goldfish. Like the Celestial its eyes are upturned, though not as extreme as on the Celestial. Both these goldfish also have a little bit slimmer body than other round or egg-shaped goldfish. It is available in a variety of goldfish colors that include solids of red, blue, chocolate, and black; bi-colors of red/white and red/black; and also calicos.
The Bubble Eye Goldfish are widely available, but they are considered delicate and not recommended as a beginner fish, or for community aquariums. Its swimming ability is cumbersome because of its rounded body which is further diminished by the lack of a stabilizing dorsal fin. Many of the elongated goldfish varieties like the the Common Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, the Shubunkin, are not good companions for the Bubble Eye Goldfish because they are fast swimmers and too competitive during feeding time. Better tank mates would be the similarly handicapped but less hardy Lionhead Goldfish, Telescope Goldfish, and Celestial Eye Goldfish. It won’t win any races, but if kept with other slow-moving varieties the Water-Bubble Eye Goldfish should get plenty to eat.
Bubble Eye Goldfish are some of the more delicate species of goldfish. They are not recommended as a beginner fish, or for community aquariums. Unlike the flat-bodied types of goldfish, they have a lower tolerance for pollution. They will need good care and plenty of space. When it comes to feeding, they will not thrive well with fast competitive tank mates.
Be careful when netting these fish, as their eyes are easily damaged. Also be careful of filter intakes, if there is a strong water flow the bubble sacs of these fish can get sucked into it and burst. Adding some soft sponge filter media over the intake valve can help.
Many people will keep goldfish in small one or two gallon bowls with no heater or filtration. But for the best success in keeping the Bubble Eye Goldfish, provide them the same filtration, especially biological filtration, that other aquarium residents enjoy.
Since they are omnivorous, the Bubble Eye Goldfish will generally eat all kinds of fresh, frozen, and flake foods. To keep a good balance give them a high quality flake food everyday. To care for your Bubble Eye Goldfish, feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen), blood worms, Daphnia, or tubifex worms as a treat. It is usually better to feed freeze-dried foods as opposed to live foods to avoid parasites and bacterial infections that could be present in live foods.
Due to the fluid filled sacs under their eyes they can have poor vision and a harder time seeing their food, so need extra time to feed.
Regular weekly water changes of 1/4 to 1/3 is strongly recommended to keep these fish healthy. Snails can be added as they reduce the algae in the tank, helping to keep it clean.
Goldfish are very social animals and great community fish, and they are great scavengers as well. It is really not necessary to add other scavengers or other bottom feeders to the aquarium when you have goldfish.
When choosing tank mates for this fancy goldfish, keep in mind the physical traits of the Bubble Eye. Like the Telescope Goldfish and Celestial Goldfish, the Bubble Eye can be visually handicapped. Further its swimming ability is cumbersome because of its rounded body and the lack of a stabilizing dorsal fin, a trait that is also seen in the Lionhead Goldfish. While the Bubble Eye cannot readily compete for food with fast swimming types of goldfish, these similarly handicapped varieties can make good companions.
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