3 years ago #1
Mozphoenix
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I have a 55 gallon tank with two 5-6 inch common goldfish. They are approx. 3 years old, and have been living in this tank for a year. I have a Penguin BIO-Wheel 350, and two airstones at opposite ends of the tank.

Yesterday, one of my fish starting sitting at the bottom of the tank and his fins are clamped. He is eating normally, and will swim around for an hour after eating, but then goes back to the bottom of the tank. He is normally very active and only sits at the bottom of the tank when he is sleeping at night.

I did an immediate water change, unfortunately I did not test the water first. These are the parameters after a 30% water change.

Ammonia .25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10
PH 7.2

Today, the second day, I did another water change, about 15%.

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10
PH 7.2

He's exhibiting no other signs of sickness. After hours of researching online I'm not sure of the problem. I doubt it's ammonia or nitrate poisoning, as my ammonia is usually zero, and my nitrate is normally at 10.

Another possibility is septicemia, but there are no red streaks in his fins.

Any thoughts are appreciated

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3 years ago #2
rickey
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Is he/she flashing or rubbing on things in tank? Any abnormal slime or color?
It is most likely a reaction to the ammonia spike. If goldfish are not pleased
they bottom sit

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3 years ago #3
Mozphoenix
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No flashing/rubbing, no darting, no floating and no abnormal slimecoat or color. I will continue to do small water changes (10 -15%) every day to keep the water clean. I hope it's just an ammonia spike issue, but if so, how many days until he feels better?

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3 years ago #4
rickey
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That is hard to say I have seem fish go though minuscule up sets an sit for days and I seen fish sit and you do a water change a swimm within a couple of hour

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3 years ago #5
Mozphoenix
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Thank you for your response. I guess I'll just wait and see.

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3 years ago #6
rickey
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That's pretty much it You have a good handle on what to do. Do the water changes, watch the fish and try to find the why for the spike

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3 years ago #7
Mozphoenix
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Update:

After a week of daily partial water changes, I'm happy to say my goldfish is back to normal. Just to be safe I also cut back on feeding during this time, and even though he wasn't showing signs of digestive issues I fed him some peas.

My advice for anyone that may encounter a bottom sitting goldfish: do an immediate 30% water change, then daily 10-20% water changes for at least a week. Be patient, keep checking your water parameters and hope for the best.

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2 years ago #8
tracy
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helllo iv just bougt a 10 ltr hezogan tank n some fish im worried as they dont look happy and also as im just learing s=do i need a pump n what size thank you

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2 years ago #9
petlover
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how many what type and did you let the tank cycle?

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2 years ago #10
harryhashighpants
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tracy wrote:
helllo iv just bougt a 10 ltr hezogan tank n some fish im worried as they dont look happy and also as im just learing s=do i need a pump n what size thank you
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How Many fish

Sounds like you didn't cycle the tank

if you go into top articles in the top left corner of the screen you will find an article about the nitrogen cycle
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1 year ago #11
Goldfish lover 10
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Im having the same thing happen to zer0 my goldfish I got him to today and all he been doing is siting there not eating food someone help he a relay cool goldfish





SAVE ZER0

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1 year ago #12
Karen561
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1 goldfish really needs at least a 20 gallon tank to be happy and healthy. In a small tank the water gets bad really fast because they poop and pee a LOT!

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7 months ago #13
Jax Full
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really ppl?! all this discussion and concern over a $.20 goldfish?

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7 months ago #14
Ben
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Guess you aren't a fish lover. I have 12 fish in a 55 gallon tank and more than half of them are .20 cent goldfish, they have doubled and tripled in size, are beautiful and part of the family now, and some of the twenty cent fish rival the four dollar fish (speckled ones) in beauty and grace. (yes I am concerned as they get bigger that they will outgrow the tank) anyway, price means nothing once they have been part of the tank life for a while, and someone who has been caring for them for all this time will be concerned about their health equally regardless of initial costs.

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7 months ago #15
Jax Full
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Good answer! Ok, I stand corrected

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7 months ago #16
BetsyC
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My 2 year old fantail was FREE! So I beat the high .20 cent value LOL. He was part of a wedding table decor, and nobody wanted him after he performed his artistic purpose so now he lives with me! Pet value does not correlate with cost. Anyone who pays a lot for any animal when there are MANY that need new homes, is overlooking a great source of free or very low cost pets. the commercial pet trade is inhumane and causes the death and suffering of many many animals.

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6 months ago #17
Bob the bird
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What to do my fish is not moving but it's still breathing it's lying at the bottom of the tank

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5 months ago #18
Charms
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My goldfish was doing the same yesterday, so we changed its water and now fishy and our two other gold fish as well as our eel, are swimming and showing off. Try changing their water.

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3 months ago #19
hilary
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I have butterfly koi and 2 fany and 2 .20 goldfish and I was wondering why they swimming at the bottom and i did a water change last night and gave them peas this morning.. I need someone help

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3 months ago #20
irene
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I love your answer I have. Some really pretty ones

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3 months ago #21
fishloverhilary
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I will do that! And I notice like today I gave them peas and put them on a diet just to watch them they are doing better.

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3 months ago #22
fishloverhilary
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Try the peas diet that I read about. That should be able to get his spunck back. Try giving him the frozen peas, but you have to let them thaw out and once you done that put some in the microwave for a couple of seconds and then give the fish the inside of the peas, not the skin. And that should do the trick.

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2 months ago #23
CarLey
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Very old thread. No need to reply. Watch your language Josh!

CarLey
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2 months ago #24
hilary
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Thank you for that I did give them the diet and it did the trick!! They like that better than the regular fish food!!

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2 months ago #25
zoejake
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If he were my fish, I would assume Constipation first. Take about 8 peas out of the Freezer, and put them in Hot water to thaw for about 15 minutes. Squash the peas out of the Shell and Squish the peas to a Mush, or almost Mush. Feed to the fish, making sure he eats some. If it is constipation, he should be OK in about 15 minutes or so.

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