3 years ago#1
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My fancy goldfish won't eat food as it sinks, instead he eats from the bottom of the tank in the gravel. Is this normal? Should I buy bigger pellets so they are easier for him to find. My fish is about6 inches long and I use medium size pellets.

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3 years ago#2
jlk
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Thats normal for goldfish. They will spend all day picking at the bottom of the tank looking for bits of food. As long as your gravel is large enough that he cant swallow it, he will be fine. You can give him a piece of plain, cooked broccoli (head part, not stem) daily as well to satisfy his need to pick at stuff & provide him with some needed veggies.

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3 years ago#3
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I see him spit the gravel out and am not sure if the gravel is large enough. Thank you for the quick response. I'll stop worrying. One other question I have, is it normal for him to sit on the bottom a lot of the time? He doesn't swim around much except to eat. I've only had him for two weeks.

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3 years ago#4
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amosmelaanie wrote:
I see him spit the gravel out and am not sure if the gravel is large enough. Thank you for the quick response. I'll stop worrying. One other question I have, is it normal for him to sit on the bottom a lot of the time? He doesn't swim around much except to eat. I've only had him for two weeks.

Goldfish, because they constantly are picking/sucking at the gravel, are at risking of choking. Sand or large gravel is a safer option. How big is his tank? Did you cycle it first? Are you testing your water for ammonia/nitrtie/nitrates? If you are testing, how are you testing (liquid or strips)? Bottom-sitting is not normal for goldfish-it usually indicates theres an issue with the water quality. If you dont understand what i am asking, please ask & ill explain!
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3 years ago#5
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The tank is a 55 gallon and I did cycle it first. I test it regularly with test strips which indicate that the water quality is okay. I will replace the gravel with larger gravel. I've never replaced gravel before, do you have any tips on how to do this without loosing my beneficial bacteria?
Thank you,
Melanie

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3 years ago#6
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Hi! You really should consider getting an API fw master test kit. Strips are notoriuosly inaccurate at best. The test kit has over 800 tests that cost a penny each so in the long run its much more econmical as well. Please let me know what you are getting as readings for amm/nitrite/nitrate/ph for your strips. Most of your beneficial bacteria live in the filter media, however, as they do also live on the surfaces of your tank incl the substrate, you may have a mini-cycle when you replace the gravel. Daily monitoring of your water parameters & pwcs as needed will get you through this without any major issues. In addition, use a piece of pantyhose or a mesh bag filled with your original, dirty (do not wash it) gravel and place this in your tank for the next few wks until the bacteria re-establishes itself on the new gravel. Also, make sure you thoroughly rinse the new gravel in water that has been dechlorinated/conditioned before placing it in the tank (a bucket & pillow case or colander work well). Dont hesistate to ask more questions if you are unsure about anything!

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3 years ago#7
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Thank you so much for all the information, it has been helpful. I'm sure I will have more questions in the future as I am new at this!
Thanks again,
Melanie

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3 years ago#8
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Could you post a pic so I can get what breed it/they are and their requirements

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