- just wanted to quickly post
am the owner of a 32 gallon tank with 9 goldfish and a 10-gallon with
4 tetras, soon to have 2 guppy buddies
sorry if I am not using capital letters everywhere, just in a hurry ;-
) I am usually very tidy in my messages...... but right now my
goldfish is sick. he doesn't move much, hides in a corner, doesn't
eat :(( and I am desperate :(( there is nothing else, no change
whatsoever but I will be devastated if he goes to the fish hilton
above :(( I love him so much
so I hope to have fun here, am a member of UniQuaria right now. I
think this one is fun too!!
hugs to all of you!!
- --- mhs_friendly <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> am the owner of a 32 gallon tank with 9 goldfish [...]OK first off in my opinion I think 9 goldfish in a 32 gallon tank is
> right now my goldfish is sick. he doesn't move much,
> hides in a corner, doesn't eat :(( and I am desperate
> :(( there is nothing else, no change
too many. If they are small now, then you are ok, but when they get
big, it will be too crowded.
That said, we need some more information. How big are these fish? How
long has this tank been setup? How often and how much and what food
are they fed? And what is your normal maintenance routine? When was
the last time you changed some of the water and how much did you
> How big are these fish? == About an inch and a half + tailHow
> long has this tank been setup? == 7 monthsHow often and how much and what food
> are they fed? == Flakes, by Sera Goldy, and grains by TetraAnd what is your normal maintenance routine? When was
> the last time you changed some of the water and how much did youcleaning once a month.
> change? == We make a water change every week + a complete tank
Sorry for the lack of info. I wrote the following mail to someone -
that'll help I think.
I just noticed yesterday that poor Flash, a Golden Comet, who lives
in a 32-gallon tank with a few tankmates, hid in a corner, didn't
move much, and his back fin was folded once in a while. Then I fed
them and he pretended to eat, although I saw he only took in air and
ate a flake only when it was right in front of him.
This morning, I found him sitting at the bottom of the tank, and then
he got up and swam slowly and crooked... like a drunken man...
Didn't eat more. His back fin is still folded most of the time. We
turned on the air pump which seems to make him a bit better, but I
think it's only all the activity that excited him.
That's all I know, I haven't noticed anything else. All the others
are fine; we had two goldfish with those symptoms and both passed
away, that was months ago just after we got them. Flash always was
the healthiest and handsomest of them all - and, needless to say, I
love him dearly. I would be devastated if he passed away. Even
worse, we are going on holiday on Thursday or Friday, and my aunt is
going to care for the fish (we will move our two tanks to her place) -
I don't know how she will react... Oh, should I "euthanize" him? (I
was told that if you put them in a bowl in the freezer they will
gradually fall asleep) I just can't stand the thought that he's
suffering and I can't do anything.
If I take him out of the tank, I know that it will kill him. Once we
did that when he was aggressive towards another fish, and we just HAD
to put him back. He was truly committing suicide by hitting his head
on the sides.
Help me... I will be devastated if he passes away. We had fish for
only six months but I grew so attached to my Big Bad Bully Baby Boy
- First off let me say I completely disagree with Mike's suggestions.
There was nothing in your post that even suggested ich or velvet and
shotgunning medications for random diseases will usually do more harm
than good to an already sick and stressed fish.
>> We make a water change every week + a completeCould you give us more details on what a "complete tank cleaning" is
>> tank cleaning once a month.
you do once a month?
Do you do any water testing, particularly ammonia and nitrite levels?
And do you know what the pH is of the tank? Are you on a public water
supply? Do you treat the new water with anything?
One thing that comes to mind is with goldfish, they often can have
digestive track problems. Constipation is one, especially if not fed
much veggie matter as part of their normal diet, and too much air
trapped in their system from eating dry food at the surface. Although
the air thing usually shows up as a floating problem (not being able
to stop bobbing at the surface).
One thing you might try is don't feed the tank for 24 hours and see if
after giving the fish time to clear its system if it looks any better.
Epson salts added to the water can help with constipation issues. Then
after 24 hours, try feeding thawed out frozen green peas. Fish love
them, especially veggie loving fish like goldfish. You might break
them up a bit between your fingers before feeding, but usually they
can handle larger chunks. You should make these a regular part of
their diet, say a couple times a week. Good roughage.
> There was nothing in your post that even suggested ich or velvetYou are right, I was wondering what Mike meant. :o)
> Could you give us more details on what a "complete tank cleaning" isWe throw away half the water, rub the ornaments carefully, clean the
> you do once a month?
gravel with the hose, and then hose the empty tank.
> Do you do any water testing, particularly ammonia and nitritelevels?
No, we don't test the water. So far we only let the tap water sit
for a few days before using, but now we got a bottle of Aqua+
dechlore and will use it from now on.
> Constipation is one, especially if not fedGreat, I'll feed them chopped lettuce tomorrow!
> much veggie matter as part of their normal diet
> the air thing usually shows up as a floating problem (not being ableWe noticed this happens once in a while.
> to stop bobbing at the surface).
> try feeding thawed out frozen green peas. Fish loveCool, we'll do that! I'm going to buy some tomorrow.
> them, especially veggie loving fish like goldfish.
Thanks Patrick and everybody!! Flash is already doing better - we
put some ice in a Ziploc bag on the water, because I was told the
fish is probably "sick" because too hot. Tomorrow we will also clean
up the tank and add cccooollllddd water for them, thanks to our new
bottle of Aqua+!!
Now I was wondering - do I just put the Aqua+ in the water and put it
straight in the tank? Or should it sit a while to take effect? If
so how long?