3 years ago #1
fishy123
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i have two fish, a bubble styles goldfish, the ones with lots of fins and a little chunky belly! i changed the water a few days ago, but up until now they've been fine, little white bubbles have started to appear around the rim of the tank! i notices that they were both lying on their sides, i thought they were dead, when i realized they were still breathing i moves them into small separate travel tanks about an hour ago, one now seems t be recovering slightly, swimming normally, but the other ones condition hasn't changed! im no fish expert, so i know nothing about nitrogen cycles, PH balance etc! they are only a few months old! HELP ME PLEASE!

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3 years ago #2
Goldibug
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Do a 25% partial water change with water conditioner added. Then take a sample of water to your local fish store and have it tested. Ask them for exact numbers from the test. Ammonia and nitrIte should be at 0 and nitrAte should be below 20ppm. While you're there buy a liquid test kit. API has a great freshwater master test kit that many of us prefer here. Test strips are known to be inaccurate so don't let them talk you into those. If your ammonia or nitrItes are high then you'll need a product to convert them into a safe form for your fish. Seachem Prime is a great water conditioner for this but API also carries products that can help. The best solution to pollution is dilution though so keep doing water changes every day (every other day with prime or other treatments) to fix the problem. This is all assuming your water parameters are out of wack. Your buddy lying on his side may not make it. It sounds like ammonia poisoning to me. Here is a link on the nitrogen cycle that may help everything be easier to understand.
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- beginners-358.html
Don't beat yourself up over this though because many of us have been in the same predicament due to lack of knowledge.

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3 years ago #3
TAylorJ
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yes, he is right, but make sure ur water is clean! I had a goldfish i won a at fair, and i kid you not i kept that thing for 5 years, a few days befor it past, it swam side ways at the botting of the tank and it couldnt swim up, sadly, there is nothing u can do, just make sure to clean ur water often, dont let those desieses get near the tank!! make sure to put chemicals in the water to fight for bacteria and colorine.
rate me a thumbs up please if i helped u out any,

im sorry for the passing thats going to come on your fish, just remember, gold fish <email> long, the are the most common fish to have, and of coarse, they are cheap and they die easy, so sorry. remember please

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3 years ago #4
fishy123
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THEY HAVE BOTH BEEN RESURRECTED! Turns out the filter was clogged up so not enough oxygen was going into the water! luckily we caught it quickly and moved them, then we got a new filter! they have both made a recovery, happily swimming around like they should be,, not on their sides, and their eating again
thankyou!!!!

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3 years ago #5
Goldibug
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That's great news! I'm glad you were able to figure out what was wrong

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2 years ago #6
Helping Your Fish
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Bring the fish's mouth up to the surface of the water every thirty minutes to an hour. If this doesn't work it may mean your fish has become sick. If he is sick I would probably put it in a small napkin till it stops breathing to save it from suffering for a longer time inside the tank. If the fish starts to move again after you bring it to the surface than he is fine. But if this doesn't work I am so sorry.

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