Last Updated: 5/31/13
My Current Indoor Goldfish
Photos of My Indoor Goldfish
Note: This is a page for new renovated goldfish pages which means it is not meant to go live yet; therefore, the links and photos may not yet be correct/active.
I only have one indoor goldfish, Legolas, left as of 1/13/12. Here is the history of my most recent indoor goldfish.
On 1/22/06, around 9:30 am, I moved my three fantail goldfish from my 20 gallon basement pond where they had resided since 11/5/04. They were probably born in early 2004. You can read more about the move preparations, etc. on my 40 gallon tank page. I named the three fish after some of the main characters from Lord of the Rings since I watched all three of those movies a few months before I moved the fish who had never had names. Aragorn was the largest at the time, a white and orange fantail almost 3" at the time of the move. Legolas was the next largest, also orange and white but with less orange than Aragorn. Frodo was the tiny one, a calico fantail, just a few inches long. Both Aragorn and Legolas sprouted tubercles about four days after moving them into the 40 gallon tank. I never thought they could be sexed so young! By the second week of February, it seemed that Frodo also had tubercles just showing, at least on one gill (the white one and not the clear one). So, unless females can have tubercles, which I have not heard of, I have three boys. At least, I picked all boys names and got that right. I will not have to worry about babies but do worry that males may beat up on each other a little due to their desire to spawn with someone.
On 3/18/07, I tore down the 40 gallon tank that my three fantails and plecostomus were living in and set up a new 65 gallon tank. It developed a crack so, two days later, I moved the fish back to the 40 gallon tank. Details to be found on the tank redo page. The store made me buy another tank which I finally set up on 3/31/07. The goldfish and Plecy were finally in the 65 gallon, hopefully, this time to stay!
As of March 2007, Legolas was the largest at 5 or 6 inches long, Aragorn was about 4 inches, and Frodo was maybe 3.5 inches. Those are estimates as the fish do not sit still!
By 11/13/08, the three boy fantails are still fine. They are actually about the same size as they were in the previous mention. Aragorn has the longest fins. The boys spend more time just laying around then I would like but otherwise seem fine.
By 2009, the boys are showing signs of fish tuberculosis. Aragorn has no obvious tumors but lays around sometimes and has some septicemia. Legolas is the largest and has a small tumor next to his dorsal fin. I thought Frodo was okay but then on 10/3/09, after he had been a bit lethargic, I found the reason. A tumor ruptured through his vent. I had assumed his round tummy was just fantail body shape but there are tumors in there. The poor little guy must be in pain. I do not know what to do for them since no previous fish tuberculosis treatments have ever worked. They probably got the fish tuberculosis from Plecy who was previously with goldfish who had it. Plecy is apparently immune from its affects himself. I wish I knew his secret!
Frodo spent the last few days of his life floating around. He was alive the evening of 10/16/09 and gone in the morning. His tuberculosis tumor ruptured out of his body. There are photos below. This disease is so insidious. I buried Frodo. Aragorn is lethargic and a bit anorexic. Fish TB can cause either tumors which make the fish huge or anorexia which is a paradox. Legolas is huge and active but he does have a small tumor by his dorsal fin. Plecy has no problems. This time around, I will not add any more fish until the remaining three have passed on. Then, I can sterilize the tank and hope that future fish will be safe.
Poor Aragorn died on 12/25/10. Legolas is large and seems healthy except for an open tumor on his back. I finally was able to bury Aragorn on 2/27/11 since the ground had been frozen for two months!
Update 1/13/12: Legolas is actually doing well. His tumor healed itself! He is big and slow but seems okay.
A video of my three fantails can be seen on my video page.
The smallest fish developed white patches, perhaps columnaris or fungus. He also began changing from orange to brown (the opposite of most color changes) but it was definitely a color change separate from the infection. I had treated for the first week with Maracyn I (erythromycin antibiotic), Maracyn II (minocycline antibiotic), and AquariSol (copper-based anti-parasitic). The second week, because this fish was ill, I treated with PimaFix (natural antifungal). He seemed to be getting better but died on 1/16/09.
The fish were doing well but one ended up dead on 3/17/09 for no apparent reason. It was one of the orange ones.
I released the six little goldfish to the 1800 gallon pond on 4/18/09. They are so tiny compared to the other fish so they stuck together and hid under the Cyprio waterfall. I did not see them for sure for two weeks but then saw the white and orange ones (the two dark ones would be really hard to see). They were in a group in the shallows, an un-netted area. And, the heron has been around! I sure hope they hide well!
Photos are listed from oldest to newest.
Four fantails in a small bowl for photos. The
fish were added to the 20 gallon indoor tub pond on 11/5/04 after this photo was taken. The far
left fish is a calico fantail. The upper right fish was a chocolate telescope-eyed fantail but he got
sucked into the filter and died the first night (I fixed the problem). The other two fish are orange
and white fantails. The fish were only about an inch long so very young.
Red and white fantail close-up, 11/5/04. This is a close-up of one of the above fish. [It is Legolas.]
New photos in the 40 gallon tank:
Legolas (left) and Aragorn on 2/4/06.
Close-up of Aragorn's tubercles from the above photo on 2/4/06.
40 gallon tank on 2/4/06 with Plecy and the three goldfish.
Frodo on 1/22/06.
Aragorn (left) and Legolas on 1/22/06.
Aragorn (bottom) and Legolas (hiding in the back) on 1/28/06.
Legolas (top), Frodo (middle), and Aragorn (bottom) on 1/28/06.
Close-up of Aragorn's tubercles, a zoom in of the previous photo.
Legolas, Frodo, and Aragorn left to right on
Close-up of Aragorn's tubercules from the previous photo on 1/20/07.
Legolas (left), Frodo (back), and Aragorn (right) 1/20/07. You can see how Legolas became twice as big as Aragorn who used to be the biggest.
Legolas, Aragorn, and Frodo left to right on 1/20/07.
Frodo, Legolas, and Aragorn left to right on
3/17/07 in the 40 gallon tank before I tore it down.
Frodo next to Plecy on 3/17/07.
Aragorn, Legolas, and Frodo left to right on 3/18/07 in the 40 gallon tank before I tore it down.
Aragorn, Frodo, and Legolas in the newly setup 65 gallon tank on 3/18/07 before it cracked. See my tank redo page for details.
The goldfish were moved to a new 65 gallon tank on 3/18/07 which cracked. So, they went back
to the 40 gallon tank on 3/20/07. I did not move the gravel there but held it in buckets while
waiting to get in a new tank (I had to buy two). This day, 3/24/07, I took photos from under the
tank, looking up which was unique.
Photo - from below, shows Plecy and the goldfish.
Photo - from below, shows Plecy and the goldfish (Frodo on the right).
Aragorn and Legolas with Plecy waiting in the 40 gallon tank on 3/24/07.
65 gallon tank - set up the second time, 3/31/07.
From left to right are Legolas, Frodo, and Aragorn.
65 gallon tank - set up the second time, 3/31/07. Frodo is on the left. Aragorn is on the right on top of Legolas.
65 gallon tank on 11/10/07. The fish from left to
right are Legolas, Aragorn, and Frodo. I had just finished
the weekly cleaning but also had bleach soaked and dechlorinator soaked the fake plants so they
look more new.
Frodo on 11/10/07.
Aragorn on 11/10/07.
The three goldfish on 12/29/07. Aragorn is
on the upper right, Legolas on the upper left, and Frodo on the bottom.
The three goldfish on 12/29/07. Aragorn is in the middle, Legolas at the top, and Frodo on the bottom.
The three goldfish on 1/13/08. Aragorn is in the back left, Legolas in the front, and Frodo in the back right.
These photos are from 12/15/08 of Plecy the catfish in the 65 gallon tank but the goldfish are
also in them:
Frodo (left) and Aragorn (right)
Legolas (top) and Aragorn (bottom)
Here are photos of the eight feeder goldfish that I rescued in a 10 gallon tank.
10 Gallon Tank with goldfish on 1/3/09.
Goldfish - six of the eight goldfish can be seen plus some of their reflections, 1/6/09.
These photos from 1/18/09 who the 10 gallon tank and seven remaining goldfish.
10 Gallon Tank with all seven goldfish
I took this photo on 3/7/09 to show the diatoms (brown algae) growing in the 10 gallon tank but
you can see four of the seven goldfish:
Sunlight started to hit the tank. As a result, these photos of the 10 gallon tank show it with a
suspended algae bloom and after treatment with an algaecide.
Suspended algae bloom in the 10 gallon gallon tank on 4/10/09.
Clear tank after algaecide on 4/12/09 so you can see the goldfish.
Here is one last photo on 4/18/09 before the little goldfish were released in to the1800 gallon
Poor Frodo died on 10/17/09 after his tuberculosis tumor ruptured out his vent. Here are photos
body. Warning: Do not view these photos if you have trouble looking at dead animals.
Frodo - back view
Frodo - left side view
I took these photos on 10/20/09 of Aragorn and Legolas:
Aragorn (top) and Legolas (bottom)
Legolas - his tuberculosis tumor is marked
On 10/24/09, I got two shubunkins for my basement pond.
Unfortunately, one jumped out two days later through a small gap in the net which I tried to fix
afterwards. They are in the water that they came in to which they added some kind of blue
These photos are from 7/3/10. Both fish have lesions. Aragorn has been anorexic for a
Aragorn with minor lesions along his back. This was his last photo as he died on 12/25/10.
Legolas with an arrow towards his dorsal tumor.
These photos are of Legolas and Plecy (plecostomus) on 9/24/11.
Legolas on 11/30/12.
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