3 years ago #1
Rinny2911
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my goldfish sits at the botttom of the tank alot, and I have no idea why! my two fantails are acting normally and perfectly active and feeding, so whats up with the goldfish?

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3 years ago #2
johnarthur
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Have you tested the aquarium water? Things like temperature should be appropriate for goldfish, ammonia and nitrite should measure zero, and nitrate concentration should be less than 40 ppm. If this is not the case, the fish will be uncomfortable and vulnerable to diseases and parasites.

A couple of things will correct the problem. First, try to feed the fish no more than they actually eat in a couple of minutes. Next, change about 25 percent of the water at least once a week. If ammonia or nitrite is present, a partial water change should be done every other day until they remain at zero. To treat the replacement water, use a tap water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine, chloramine and toxic nitrogen compounds.

The above measures will provide a healthy environment for the fish. Without this basic need, the fish cannot be healthy and medications will not work.

Please feel free to ask more questions.

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3 years ago #3
jlk
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I have to agree with JohnArthur-how does your readings for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate look? Water quality issues will affect the weakest fish first which is why your other fish may not seem to be affected yet. How big is the tank they are in? Did you cycle it first? Some more info will help us to help you better!

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3 years ago #4
Rinny2911
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i have no idea how to check for nitrates etc, tank was cycled for a few days fish been in for alomost 2 weeks now, i used tap safe its a 25lires i have 3 fish. theres a good pump, tank has been cleaned twice, i feed them a one finger pinch twice a day.
does that help?

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3 years ago #5
jlk
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Ok! We will help you out here! Please read up on the 'nitrogen cycle' & fish-in cycling' so you can understand what is going on in your tank. My first suggestion would be to return the goldfish & get something more appropriate for a 6gal tank (25l) such as a betta or some nano fish. Goldfish need 20gal for the first fish, 10gal for each fish after- 3 goldfish would need a minimum of a 40gal tank. Goldfish are VERY messy & carry a high bioload thus requiring lots of water. Second, i would go invest in an API freshwater master test kit so you can start monitoring your water conditions for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates & ph. Ammonia & nitrite should be zero & nitrates less than 20ppm. I really would be doing daily 50% water changes with a good water conditioner until you can either return or rehome the goldfish in a larger tank because you will be fighting a battle with water quality you will never win because you are heavily overstocked. Please ask questions if you dont understand anything & we will help you!

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3 years ago #6
Rinny2911
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but i only have 1 goldfish, will my fantails be ok?

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3 years ago #7
jlk
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Fantails are fancy goldfish. So, you have 2 fantails & 1 common goldfish?

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3 years ago #8
Rinny2911
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yeah, but my fantails are fine, both the big and little one. they eat normally, swim and rest as expected its just the common fish thats behaving oddly.

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3 years ago #9
jlk
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You really have to consider returning these fish & getting something more appropriate for a 6gal tank or upgrade them to a much larger tank. A common does not belong in an aquarium because they grow to be 12-18inches in length and realistically belong in a pond. You are presently battling a situation you are never going to win with 3 goldfish in a 6gal. Please reconsider your present tank situation for the sake of your fishes health & well being.

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3 years ago #10
Pam
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Hi

Just wonder if you've any idea what could be wrong with my fish. I had the water tested as he seemed a bit slow and the water didn't have enough oxygen. I've got some little white pills to put oxygen back into the water. The fish seem to perk up and was swimming around then he would sit near the bottom then all of a sudden would almost jump himself back. Now he's mainly at the bottom hardly moving almost like he's disorientated and floating around. He can't seem to keep his balance or anything. His a orange fancy fish. I feel sad as it's almost watching him die where as before when I've lost a fish they seem to die quickly. This has been going on since Sun. Is there anything we can do.

Regards pam

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3 years ago #11
johnarthur
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Pam: Do you have a filter in the aquarium? If it is on 24 hours a day, the water should be getting enough oxygen. If the aquarium is still over crowded, ammonia levels may be too high even though the pet shop said the water is OK. Many aquarists buy their own test kits to obtain more accurate results. In any case, ammonia and nitrite should be zero, and nitrate should be below 40 ppm.

A 25 percent water change is more beneficial than the little white pills. If you do a partial water change every two or three days, the fish will have a good chance at recovery. Be sure to treat the replacement water with a tap water conditioner that neutralises chlorine, chloramine and toxic nitrogen compounds.

If you would like to see a few more details about the nitrogen cycle and other aquarium basics, click the TOP ARTICLES list at the upper left of the page. You are always welcome to ask more questions too.

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3 years ago #12
Pam
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Unfortunately my fish dies yesterday but I would like to prevent it happening again. I do the partial water changes and let the water stand for a couple of days I dont put an conditioner in as I thought that was only when you set a a tank with all new water. The filter is on 24/7 and there was only one fish in the tank. I have a a small biob round tank. Any info is appreciated so I can save my next fish. I thought I would get a plain goldfish as I've heard that are more hardy. We use to keep tropical fish in a large tank with no problems but keeping the fancy fish in a small tank seems to prove a little difficult for some reason.

Regards
Pam

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3 years ago #13
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Fancy goldfish are a little harder that most people think. If you really want to fancy goldie you really need a larger tank they require about 10 per fish but a ten gallon tank really will not support one fish I would say 20 gallon is about the minimal size for these fish, bigger is better. I don't recommend keeping commons in a tank at all they are simply to large as adults unless you have a very large tank. The trick to fancy goldies is a well seasoned tank that is stable and very good water conditions

Rick

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3 years ago #14
jlk
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You need to condition ANY water you add to your tank with a proper water conditioner. Just letting it sit for a few days is not sufficient. While chlorine may dissipate with allowing the water to sit, chloramines & heavy metals do not. If there is any detectable ammonia /nitrite/nitrate in your tap, these will not dissipate either. This is why a proper water conditioner is so important. This tank is only 25litres which is @6gallons, this is too small for even a single goldfish. The only fish that would be suited to this size tank would be a single betta.

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3 years ago #15
goldfish123
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Try doing 25-50 percent water changer weekley or every 2-3 days

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3 years ago #16
Phil
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No one has mentioned the possibility of swim-bladder sickness.
If it happens again and your water tests are all good try popping a de-skinned pea into the tank.Helps clean him out.

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2 years ago #17
alli
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I have known fancy goldfish to bully normal goldfish and have been advised to keep them seperate could this be the case in your tank and fish will regrets to the bottom if threatened and will hide to try to stay safe

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1 year ago #18
me
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hi
i already checked water conditions are good, fish still sit in the bottom of the tank.

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