4 years ago#1
jdavies
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Our large Angel Fish is swimming down by the side and bottom of the tank, and seems curved. There are only 3 other fish in the tank with it. Is there anything we can do? Our tank is clean and we haven't had any recent additions.

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4 years ago#2
mermaid
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How are all of your water parameters? Do you test?

Not sure how long angelfish live, but perhaps it is part of old age.

How is it doing now?

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4 years ago#3
johnarthur
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Angelfish can live more than a decade in ideal conditions. However, they're more sensitive than most aquarium fish, and long term exposure to cooler temperatures or even minor problems with water quality will shorten their lifespan. In addition, some angelfish have genetic flaws because of intense selective breeding to achieve certain physical characteristics.

The best cure may be to gradually raise the temperature a degree or two beyond the normal range (80 to 82F) and make sure the water has no ammonia or nitrite. Also try to avoid sudden changes in any water parameter. This will at least give the angelfish a chance to recover. An older angelfish in one of my aquariums had similar symptoms and managed to get well.

Good luck, and please keep us posted.

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4 years ago#4
jdavies
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Well now our 5 yr old is on the bottom of the tank, just holding on. Nothing has changed in the water or temperature. This guy was so resilient he didn't even mind our cat sleeping on top of the tank. I'm thinking that it's old age. Now I just wish I could put him out of his misery. Never thought my kids and I would feel so sad about losing a fish, but he's been through lots of different fish, cats, kids, etc, and has always just gotten bigger and bigger!

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4 years ago#5
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None of us likes to euthanize a fish, but there is a humane way to do it. Clove oil acts as an anesthetic so the fish does not suffer. Put the angelfish in a small container and add several drops of clove oil. That's supposed to render them unconscious and maybe even cause death. If you're not sure, add some vodka to the mix after the fish is passed out.

I have never done this, but the procedure is recommended by knowledgeable aquarists who have.

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4 years ago#6
tannerwmcoy
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i had to do this method of your john for the first time today. me kuhli loach got into my filter and went rite into the motor that brings water up the tube that is in the water well it cut him in half. i do aggree they got out pretty fast so they wont feel anything. i can not believe i lost a kuhli.

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4 years ago#7
jdavies
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It's been 2 weeks, and our 5 year old is still alive, not swimming, but breathing, and laying on the bottom of the tank. I know this sounds horrible but I wonder how long it's going to take him to die. Or maybe he just has an illness. I did notice that there is a little round hole in his back fin. Poor guy!

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4 years ago#8
tannerwmcoy
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this is mean to but i kinda hop he passes. but hew knows maby he will get better. are you doing small water changes frequently

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4 years ago#9
jdavies
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We haven't changed the water for a week, and making sure that the temp is around 80. I bought some blood fish, but he wouldn't eat it. I just don't feel that it's right to "put him out of his misery." What if he has a miraculous recovery!

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4 years ago#10
tannerwmcoy
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thats why i never put a fish down i allways try my best to get them better.

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4 years ago#11
jdavies
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Maybe we're not changing the water enough. I'm also going to try to give him some peas, like other people suggested.

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4 years ago#12
tannerwmcoy
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any thing that may help woudl be good.

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4 years ago#13
jdavies
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Thanks,
I'm going down to the freezer now.. will keep you posted. Never thought I'd be so sad about a fish. We've had a lot of other fish die, but for some reason we all got really attached to the angel fish. probably because he's lived so long, and we always kindof laughed about the fact that we thought he was eating the other smaller fish in the tank!

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4 years ago#14
tannerwmcoy
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lol ya the longer soem one ownes a fish the more they get attached to them.

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4 years ago#15
jdavies
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Update on my Angel Fish. He's still alive, staying at the bottom of the tank. Poor fellow! This is treacherous watching him stay down there, and not being able to do anything. 2 1/2 weeks!

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4 years ago#16
tannerwmcoy
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has he gotton any better at all?

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4 years ago#17
sillysue
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This is the exact thing that happened to my Albert, my Betta. He lingered for several weeks. It was so sad to watch. My water was also good, and he had no evidence of disease.

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4 years ago#18
jdavies
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Hi There,
He hasn't gotten better, He looks a little thinner. I keep on hoping he'll have a miraculous recovery!

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