Is our Goldfish dying? Or can he be saved...laying on side at bottom of tank

5 years ago #1
julie888
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Sorry the picture is not great. I took it on my cell just now and had a hard time with the lighting in the room vs. the lighting in the tank.

About a week ago our goldfish stopped swimming and has just been breathing on the bottom of the tank. When I put food in the tank he will eat it if it falls on him but can not swim after the food. He looks like he wants to try as he wiggles and tries to swim....but does not get far.

I was thinking the fish was just old...but Im not sure, I thought he probably would have already died by now. We have had him for 5 years, maybe a little longer. Im not sure what kind of goldfish he is....a big fat one, but not one of the ones with a big brain.

He looks weak and it looks difficult for him to open his mouth as he barely does this...even to eat.

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5 years ago #2
julie888
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I wanted to add...he is the only fish in this tank as his buddy died a couple months ago with a huge tumor (the big brain type of gold fish.) The tank is a 30 gallon tank and it has a double filter hood. Everything is running fine.

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5 years ago #3
southern creature
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He/she's not old...goldfish live 20-25 years when well cared for and there is nothing to say that your fish won't get this old!!

1) Try feeding him/her boiled shelled frozen pea...this is an exellent laxetive that often un-blocks a fish's digective system. This pften gets things going!

2) Add salt...epsom salts to your water....at the rate of 1 teaspoon for each 5 gallons. This will have a great advantage to general fish health/longevity.


It is advisable that you test your water for ammonia. nitrite and nitrate to mske sure that your water is ideal for goldfish. They also like a neutral pH and a reasonably high General Herdness...
GH!!

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5 years ago #4
Raaj
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I experienced d same thng i used to hav a pair of goldfish d female was slightly larger dan the male after buying it started showing diseases d female had white spot and d male was having fin rot i was treating both of them wid melachit green and they were fine after some day the female start to lay on its side and d male used to bully her so i placed d female in another tank and add some salt to it bt it was stil laying and was floating on the surface could nt even move bt was breathin it was a pathetic site to watch i atlast even tried to make it normal by using my hand bt wid no success and next mornin it was dead and i was so sad to watch it i dnt knw the reason i think she had eaten somethng like very tiny spider or somethng like dat

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5 years ago #5
maaz
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SC Is right try to give him/her boiled shelled frozen pea...and add some salt..well did u check ur water...when did u change ur water..

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5 years ago #6
julie888
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Thank you for your reply!

Where do I get the boiled shelled frozen pea?

Also, we do add salt to the water. We are going to clean the tank tonight and test the water. Thank you!

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5 years ago #7
maaz
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That a Normal Pea u have forzen pea just boiled tht and cool it..then mash it and give tht to ur fish..

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5 years ago #8
dkpate
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I buy a bag of frozen peas, since I feed my fish the peas once a week. I get a few out, put them in a coffee cup of water, stick in the microwave for 3 minutes, take out and run under cold water, pop the middle out onto a spoon, mush with my finger and feed.

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4 years ago #9
amol kumar
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your fish is having swim bladder disease take the fish and put it in a other tank or bucket because it is a communicable disease.Feed the fish pre soaked food in water .there are a few chances to save your lovely goldfish.

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4 years ago #10
TAylorJ
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I had a goldfish i won a at fair, and i kid you not i kept that thing for 5 years.

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4 years ago #11
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Goldfish are tough and can often survive marginal conditions. However, providing marginal conditions seems contrary to responsible aquarium keeping.

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3 years ago #12
Peace Love Bettas
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my friend has had her goldie do something like this, she fed it peas and wold litterly put the peas right next to its mouth so it could eat. good luck with him.

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3 years ago #13
julia
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I'm having the same problem with my fish right now but my fish is not a gold fish it's a tropical fish, his name is Rooter, we had him over a year now. He's the only fish in the tank. I don't have frozen peas right now, will edamame work? I just tried it, I figure edamame is similar to a pea. I boilled it and mashed it to very little pieces and put it on top of him where he is laying so I can get the food right in front of his mouth, but he's not going for it. What should I do? I already put salt in he water and the water is already tested andits fine. The filter in the tank in fine too. Its only a 1.45 gallon tank. Its my 6 year old daughters fish

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3 years ago #14
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Your tank is too small for any fish to live in - your problem is likely tank without established nitrogen cycle and ammonia poisoning.

If you want your fish to survive you need to buy bigger tank. How big I cannot say before I know what fish species you have. If you don't know it - try to post a picture.

How do you change water - %. frequency, do you have filter in there? Salt is not needed, it will only further mess up water chemistry. What tests have you done?

Please click on Top Articles and have a good read. especially about nitrogen cycle and ammonia poisoning. Any questions - please ask.

Edamame should work, any veggies will help for constipation. However your problem likely is not constipation but water parameters. And an animal living in inadequate conditions. No fish can live in 1.5g tank. It is cruel and will result in death.

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3 years ago #15
julia
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Rooter is not even bigger then a dime size in width and length of barely an inch. The width is not bigger than a straw. Its a very tiny fish. When we got it, the pet shop said the size of the tank was plenty big enough for 1 fish that size. We had the fish for over a year and was fine. We had the water tested at the pet shop at petco. They said the water was fine. Yes we do have a working filter in the tank and a temperature gage , temp is at 78 degree

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3 years ago #16
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1.5g tank is TOO SMALL for any fish to live in. It is not a matter of surviving but of thriving and healthy and happy life. Fish growth can be stunted when they are kept in small containers.

What species is it??

You would also survive locked in your bathroom - well for some time at last - would you be happy there? Would you have any quality of life? Freedom of moving, choosing place to sleep? No you will be imprisoned and so is your Rooter.

Fish keeping can be an amazing experience, when people understand their needs and provide them with healthy and happy environment. In 1.5g tank your fish is slowly dying, with no quality of life.

And I am not telling you this because I want you to feel bad, no - I am telling you this because if your fish is a strong one he can maybe recover when put asap in to a bigger adequate for his species tank. I am telling you all this because I want your Rooter to live.

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3 years ago #17
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don't just dump the rooter into a new tank if you decide to purchase a larger tank. that could kill the fish. if you do buy a new tank for your daughter's fish, make sure you cycle it first. there are plenty of articles abou the nitrogen cycle on this site if you use the search bar.

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3 years ago #18
julia
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Rooter died 3 hours ago. I get it. Idk why the pet store person told me the tank is fine when its not. I went back to the pet store and brought the tank there, Rooter was a glofish blue male. I decided to get her a betta fish instead because betta fish can live is small spaces and they are better living alone. Rooter is the type of fish that needs another fish to swim with. The pet store guy said its better if he had another fish in the tank with him. Therefore the tank should've been bigger at least 3 gallons to 4 gallons. Her tank is actually only 2 gallons not 1.5 gallon. We got the crown tail blue male betta as her new fish.

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3 years ago #19
mackimo
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OH, it was a glofish, that explains a lot. They are schooling fish, so he probably dies of stress and not being able to swim around a lot. They are fast swimmers, and love to move around. If you ever want to get glofish again get a 10+ gallon tank.

Now, I am just stating what I believe in, but the betta still shouldn't live in that size of tank. They should live in at the very least 3 gallons. You can keep it there if you want, but most likely it will be happy. The people at the pet store will tell you lies a lot because they just want to sell the fish. You should do research before you get the fish, and not research from the fish store.

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3 years ago #20
mimireco
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Water can look really clean and clear but loaded with Ammonia & Nitrites. Best to use API liquid testing. I saved one that was like yours. However, I use nothing but Spring Bottle water along with conditioner and stress Zyme. 25% Water changes & Vac every other day. Never have problems so far with any of my fish. I truly believe Bottle water is best for gold fish. Just my opinion, but everyone I know has problems with gold fish that use Tape water and if they do not do very frequent water changes. My tank is long, four & half feet long by 13 inches High. I keep the hood feeder half open to help with oxygen. I have a few live plants along with some silk plants and rocks and Cave & bridge decor. The hard decor such as rocks and sculptured items, I clean with a tooth brush under hot water maybe once every six weeks. You must give your fish a larger tank or they will surly be unhappy and die. 1 to 2 gallons is nowhere near sufficient. So sorry about your Goldfish. they are fish that do not want to be alone from what I have read. I have 6 of the gold fish family, Telescope, Black Moore, Bubble-eyed, Lion head. Best to keep fish that are compatible with the same eye site for feeding purposes. Poor sited fish such as Bubble-eyed take longer to eat and to find the food before a fast fish gobbles it away.

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3 years ago #21
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My two year old son has a tank in his room with two goldfish. His white goldfish (mickey mouse as my son has named him) began acting weird a few days ago. He was just kind of resting, never moving. Today we came home from a funeral (third one this month) and mickey mouse was laying on the floor of the tank. I tried to say he was sleepy and would be better tomorrow. My son probably could not handle another loss. I frantically googled sick goldfish and this thread popped up. I read about the pea. I fed mickey mouse a pea about 20 minutes ago and, would you know it, he's swimming around like new again! I don't belong to this forum and probably will not see any replies to this, but I just wanted to know you saved a little boy a lot of heart break. Thank you so much!

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3 years ago #22
mimireco
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Wow! that is great. I read about pea's a while ago. What I read was to give a feeding of the peas at least once a week to gold fish. I keep frozen pea's and boil a few. It only take about a minute or two to boil. Then I peel off the skin and mash for feeding. I also read that gold fish need a good balance of food like blood worm, peas,carrots, shrimp, flakes and pellets. It said that pellets do not have all the nutrients that the flake food has. A white gold fish? Must be pretty. I would really like to have a Panda Gold fish. They are a telescope black and white fish with beatiful fan tails. Have you seen them. They must be hard to find. I have been looking.
Here is a picture of my 33 gallon. Trying to get a picture of my other tank but I keep getting the flash distorting the picture. This tank fits in a wall opening between my family room and kitchen. I did have one 18 inches high, but then I read it was better for gold fish to have as lower to surface tank and I bought this 13.5 inch tall by 4.5 feet wide tank that fits nicely in the space. I can tell they like it better. It seems they are getting more oxygen than with the taller tank.

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3 years ago #23
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3 years ago #24
Al Har
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looks like swim bladder

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3 years ago #25
T
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Swim Bladder is NOT a disease. Fish have a swim bladder which is their equilibrium. It gives them the ability to swim and not sink or float. Fish can correct swim bladder problems if they are in the right environment. My six (6)year old goldfish had that problem so I filled a 5 gallon bucket with de-chlorinated water and left her for a few hours, she spent that time at the bottom of the container and was fine after that. It has something to do with the water pressure, not sure of the details, but it worked.

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3 years ago #26
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T is right. Swim bladder is not a disease, (though we all have been guilty of using this short form.) Many fish have gas filled pockets which help them keep their balance, swim up and down etc...This is known as their swim bladder and it helps equalize the internal body pressure with the water pressure.

The disease is called swim bladder disease and is caused by unusual pressure on the swim bladder. This destroys the fish's ability to swim correctly. Fish with swim bladder disease swim upside down, or keep floating to the top of a tank or sinking to the bottom.

Swim bladder can be caused by a variety of things, tumours, exposure to toxins; often overfeeding is said to cause swim bladder disease. Though this is not true swim bladder disease, it creates similar buoyancy issues and can be solved by feeding your fish peas.

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3 years ago #27
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do what amol kumar says he's right

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3 years ago #28
mimireco
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Al the pictures are of my fish, none of which are sick

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3 years ago #29
aussiechick
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OMG... thanx heaps for all your posts. Air bladder/overfeeding/side or upside down thing. Weve got 4 huge goldfish, usually very happy, last night one was vertical, this morning two were floating horizontal or upside down, gasping. Cleaned everything in the tank, which I do regularly, but im sure it was the peas that did it... I boiled and popped a few tablespoons of peas (no skins) and mashed them.... I tried to hand feed them (rapunzel and wotywot) with not much success I think. I figured if it was smooshed and circulating through the water theyd get it anyway. 2 hours later all good. SOOOO HAPPY - THANKS HEAPS.

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3 years ago #30
The Fisher Man
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It is indeed very sad when a situation like this occurs. Right now, my broa black moor has its tail all withered and is swimming upside down, suffering sadly i think its maybe the fungus that we treated to late too, combined with swimming bladder desiese. Once again try using mashed up boiled then cooled peas orbeans to help.

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