3 years ago #1
Guest
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My fish is lying on its side and is still alive. Will it die soon?

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3 years ago #2
johnarthur
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It's quite possible. To maybe save the fish and those that follow, please read this about the nitrogen cycle:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for- beginners-358.html

Although a working nitrogen cycle is the key to a healthy fish tank, most new aquarists are not aware of its importance. More details are available in the above link, and you are welcome to post more questions.

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3 years ago #3
Styphon
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Just to give you some tips to try and save your fish, I would do a 20%-25% water change every other day and see if his health improves. You might also want to raise the temperature a degree or two per day until you get to the top end of the recommended range for your type of fish. warmer water stimulates they're immune systems and metabolism.

Once you get your water levels under control, you can probably go down to only 1 or 2 water changes per week.

What type of fish is it and how long have you had it? Is this a new tank? What does the fish look like? does it have fuzzy spots on it?

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3 years ago #4
Helper
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You probably just fed it too much and it is weighed down by the excess weight. I had a similar problem and I stopped feeding my fish for a few days and soon it started swimming like normal.
If that doesn't work it is probably swim bladder disease in which a lot of people say to feed it a couple peas.
Hope this helps.

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3 years ago #5
Suji
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My one of three years old Goldfish also laying down on one side.

Thank You 'Helper'.

Of course, I had this problem, several years ago and I put them which having bladder problem, in a separate tank without food for a few days, and it helped.

This began when I fed dry food. So, I began to fed home made cooked food. So, until now I had no problem.

A few days back, I fed dry food which I bought from LFS, because I did not have enough time. So, started the problem. I actually forgot what I did then. When I read 'Helper's note, then I remembered.

Thank You 'Helper'.

Eventhough, I read the giving a 'pea' to these fish, I never tried. Now he started to fast for next few days...

Again, Thank you for the help...

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2 years ago #6
RandiDandi
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Hello, Im randi and my fish is just floating at the top of the tank, on his side, looks like he's trying to swim but if i tap on the glass, he will swim to the bottom, I tryed to feed him boiled frozen pea but he wont eat it, and i dont know what to do, i just cleaned the tank, and he's swimming much better then he did when the tank was not cleaned but is he gonna die? I dont know what to do, and looks like he's having trouble swimming but still floating to top,Please help me.
Thanks

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2 years ago #7
Endoria
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First of all tank to small, and please do not add another fish in there. You need 25% daily water changes at least, just to keep the nitrate level low enough for it not to be toxic for the poor goldfish.

Goldfishes do require a air filter at least if you cant provide a filter for your tank.

Your not allowed to boil or overly clean any of the decoration, just rinse with cold water if you ever clean it. Since you will kill off the good bacteria with over cleaning.

Starving him for a day before you offer him the boiled , then pealed frozen pea and mash it, thats if he is suffering from bloat . ( boiled peas from a can do risk bacteria and parasites that are not in the frozen pea)

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2 years ago #8
Christi
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Canned peas DO NOT pose a risk with bacteria and parasites. they should not be used because of the high sodium content and possible preservatives used.

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1 year ago #9
charbel101
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Are you using any type of filtering on that tank it seems so small

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1 year ago #10
athena
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@charbel Please refrain from commenting on posts that are more than a few weeks old as if pushes other people's posts (who are in need of help) down. The date stamp is in the top right of each post.

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1 year ago #11
charbel101
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Oh wow sorry i didn't see that it's from 1 year ago

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1 year ago #12
athena
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It's okay! We all make that mistake at one point or another!

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1 year ago #13
Stanwa
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Well said!
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1 year ago #14
Joni
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This rude behavior is not tolerated here at MAC. If useful and pertinent infirmation is added to an old post then of course it is welcome. If a random comment is added that does not add to the topic then it does cause the newer current questions to be pushed back. This thread is now locked.

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