Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

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Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

Postby jojo » 2008-07-17 06:56

Can anyone help. My poor goldfish does not seem to be swqimming at all, just sitting at the bottom of the tank still alive but i am very concerned. Not be great for about two weeks. I have done water changes and also been giving the water some revitiliser tonic which is meant to help with all common issues. Does anyone have any advice??? I have had poppy 6 years and do not want to lose her/ him. Would the first aid cartridge from biube help???/ or is it worth a go..... wawter ph is fine. the other fish is swimming as usual and very happy. :(
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Re: Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

Postby KittyKat » 2008-07-17 12:23

Is your goldfish constipated? Most common issue with goldfish that shows symptoms as you describe. What have you been feeding her?

How big is the tank?
How long have you had it set up for?
What other fish do you have in it?
What is the temperature?
What maintenance do you do on the tank? (what % water changes? how often? how do you clean the filter? etc)

I personally don't think the first aid cartridge will help, especially if it means that all the sponges will be taken out!
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Re: Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

Postby jojo » 2008-07-17 14:25

many thanks Kitty for your response.

I have the 35 litre biube tank which poppy shares with one other goldfish. I do water changes twice a month. It is been set up for over two years now.

I have put the first aid in to see what happens plus a revitiliser in hope this may help. I was also told by the guy at my local aquatic shop to feed them red worms. So i have tried that as I was told a change of diet may help enormously.

Any further advice would be greatfully recieved.
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Re: Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

Postby KittyKat » 2008-07-17 20:03

If anything, you should NOT feed red worms (bloodworm). While they may encourage fish to feed as they are tasty, they won't do them much good as it's a very rich food that doesn't give them much (a bit like feeding humans only meat). Have you tried peas? (Boil frozen peas as you would for eating them, then peel the shell off and feed the individual halves to the fish). Peas will generally help with digestion problems and are a "healthy" option, although as with everything else they shouldn't be the sole food.

Maybe it's time for a bigger tank.. goldfish can get quite large (how big are yours?) and require powerful filtration and plenty of swimming space.

Try doing waterchanges at 10% a day for a week - that's 3.5 liters. This may be all you need to get the fish up and happy again. Use dechlorinated water (you can buy dechlorinator from fish shops or just let the water stand in a bucket for 24 hours) for the waterchanges and wash out the sponges in old tank water.

Have you cycled the filter?
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Re: Goldfish sitting at bottom of the tank

Postby dekker » 2008-07-22 06:00

hi jojo :)

how is the goldfish now hope he/she is ok, and welcome to the forums hope you enjoy your stay you will get great advise on here i have, people have helped me enormously, good luck. :)



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