Fat fish!

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    Hi,

    I have moved into a house and inherited a garden pond, so forgive me, because I know very little about ponds and fish.

    I've noticed one of the fish (looks a bit like a goldfish, but it's black) looks like he's swallowed a tennis ball (see the photo attached). I don't think it is pregnant because I know it has been like this for about a year.

    What's wrong with it... and is there anything I can do to bring it back to normality?

    Also, I could do with some advice regarding pond plants. I'd like nice, but cheap (I'm on a very tight budget). What would you suggest?
     

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    koiguy1969 GIGGETY-GIGGETY!!

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    are its scales sticking out? if so its maybe dropsy....go to the illness and disease section theres a thread or 2 on the subject. altho, i dont know the life expectancy of a dropsy victim. but it doesnt seem that over a year is the case tho..eggbound? probably wouldnt last long either. without releasing them.
     
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    hi robyn and welcome at least you came to the right place to get info and help
     
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    If the fish has been like that for a year I wonder if it some sort of tumor? Dropsy would of killed by now.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum
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    Can you take a better photo? Are the eyes bulging/popping out?
    How clean is the bottom of this pond?
     
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    Are you sure its not one of the oddball breeds of goldfish like below? There's a lot of varieties that are (un)naturally very round, perhaps the previous owners had one of them? Definitely need a better picture, something up close so we can see the details...
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Hmmmm....it does have that pearlscale golfball look. Maybe it is just a mutation. Has anyone seen those odd piggy fish Steve at raingarden is selling? They have the round bellies too.
     
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    Yes! I have one just like that in my new pond. It was like that when I bought them. I purchased mine at a bait store so I didn't individually pick them out, I just bought them as a bunch. I noticed that one shortly after. I have only had them for about 2 months but it seems to be doing fine.
     
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    i have a black gold fish wicth is also like that as well a dont fink thay is anyfing rong with it tho
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Welcome to the forum !!
    Your fish looks like he ate a ping pong ball
     
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    yer or a golf ball its ok tho swims about like all the ova fish so a dont fink thay ewt rong with it
     
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