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3 years ago #31
Susan H
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I have been doing this and I changed it yesterday. It is clearer buti just hope it gets better. Ty soo much for the advise.

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3 years ago #32
johnarthur
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Establishing a nitrogen cycle with fish in the aquarium is a slow process, because the thing that harms the fish feeds the nitrogen cycle. By diluting ammonia, you make the aquarium more comfortable for the fish, but you also limit the amount of food (ammonia) needed to grow the nitrogen cycle bacteria.

You may want to take a look at other water parameters to be sure they are appropriate for the fish you're keeping. Temperature is a big concern when goldfish are mixed with tropical species. Goldfish need to be in water that's more than ten degrees Fahrenheit cooler than tropical fish water. Aquarium fish can survive in marginal conditions, but their long term health will be compromised.

Sorry to bring up another problem for you to deal with.

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3 years ago #33
harryhashighpants
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I am new to the hobby aswell and when i got my fish I lost one after 2 weeks so I got 2 more and they died after 2 weeks aswell along with another of my original fish aswell
I continued and now I got a new tank double the size and I got a few more fish and the new fish have lasted more than a week now and all the other fish are doing well
good luck with the sick fish
Luke Harris

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3 years ago #34
Susan hoover
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Ty john arthur. I actually seperated the goldfish and tropicals and they are doing great. I also finnally got the cycles all worked out and added two new fish they are doing amazing. My son and I enjoy watching our fish and he is doing great with feeding and stuff. Ty for you suport
Susan

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3 years ago #35
lori
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can u help me plzzz my new fish tank was good for oneday and now it looks like smoke in it what can i do i only have one goldfish in it

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3 years ago #36
goldfish123
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Sorry to hear about you betta mate
good luck with fish in the future

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3 years ago #37
michelle
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my fancy goldfish is sitting at the bottom of my tank. What should i do?

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2 years ago #38
harryhashighpants
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Peter (aquaman) wrote:
Hi Jimmeh, Thanks for the compliment finding that I may in some small way be helping fellow aquarists is its own reward enough.

I thought you might like a desktop picture for your computer. Just click on the picture with the right mouse button.

When the Drop-Down Menu appears simply click on the "Select as Background option. This will make it your desktop wallpaper.

If it does not fit to full screen simply go into your Control Panel and Display properties and tell the computer to "Stretch to Page".

Best Regards

Peter


Can you do one for me Please

and my real name is Luke
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2 years ago #39
walter
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tell your mom she's wrong. i've had my goldfish for 3 years in a bowl and it's still alive.

what i didn't know when i was younger - maybe that's why they died was that there is water conditioner that is needed to get rid of the chlorine in the water.

you should see my goldfish because it's bigger and happy. i think i do need an aquarium now.

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2 years ago #40
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Very often, aquarium problems develop because of over feeding. Uneaten food usually produces toxic ammonia. To avoid over feeding, give the fish no more than they actually eat in a couple of minutes.

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2 years ago #41
Yelnats
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I have also just got a new gold fish and it does the exact same thing but my tank has been set up for quite a while I don't know what's up with him

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2 years ago #42
johnarthur
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Did you drip acclimate the new fish? Here's how:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-drip-acclimation- method-78.html

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2 years ago #43
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Yelnats wrote:
I have also just got a new gold fish and it does the exact same thing but my tank has been set up for quite a while I don't know what's up with him:(


What type of goldfish? What size tank? What exactly are your numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & ph? Some more info will help!
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2 years ago #44
harryhashighpants
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mjrkiller308 wrote:
is your tank airated well and is the water cold because they are cold water fish and there is a better supply of oxygen in colder water. also how often do you change your water and how much each time. are his gills inflamed and red. i am at the library and leaving soon so i will personal message you my phone number and call me and i can assist you further ok. nevermind your a guest i cant pm you my name is jason and my digits are <phone> id call fast if i were you good friend


Really goldfish are sub-tropical fish but prefur cooler water
I have a light thet warms the water up which is always on from 5 PM till my sister goes to bed (9 PM but I usually leave it on longer to around 10 PM)
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2 years ago #45
Snailworld
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Mine is too...he`s still alive though. I have a feeling it could be from stress. Well...mine. You had a 10 gallon tank. I have a one gallon tank. Because I keep winning them at the bazar.

Prepare for a long story.

My first goldfish that lasted for a whole 7 months at the bazar was Bazzar.(Named after where I got him). My turtle eats goldfish. And I know it`s weird to have goldfish as pets and feed others to a turtle but I love watching him get excercise. ANYWAY. I kept feeling bad for the fish I was feeding him so I kept putting them into my tank. One by one they died. Until I had three. Now,I love snails. And always wanted a sea snail(I think they`re apple snails??) It ate the 2 fish. At the pet store it was called a golden mystery snail. So that gave me no info on what it was. And it ate my goldfish too! The very next day I bought 2 fantail goldfish I named Yin and Yang. I bought them a 3 gallon tank at petco that has a bio-wheel and light and stuff. I still have them. My only problem with them is they`re becoming cannibals. One taste of the other`s fin and they`re eating each others fins. I havent seen them doing it lately but Yin at half of one of Yang`s tail fins. So anyway, another bazar came around, as it does every year. I got 2 goldfish one day(Bruce and Alex) and 1 the other day(Gordon). Gordon died the next day. He was in the bag too long...
A few weeks passed and I won 3 goldfish 2 days ago. The problem now is theres this HUGE one and the rest are all the same size. Exept the super small one.
But anyway, Bruce is laying on the bottom of the tank. Tilted to the side a bit. He`s breathing normaly and gets up, moves a bit and goes back down in a new spot every so often. But, I tell ya, Bruce is lucky to even be alive. He was rasied from the dead! (He escaped death by minutes.) He was floating at the top of the tank on his side. I put him in a container with cleaner water, added an air pump and he came back to life!!! And he`s on the bottom of the tank now. Just as described earlier.

I think it`s from stress. A 1 gallon tank with 5 goldfish. They`re going to get a 10 gallon tank when my turtle gets a 20 gallon, when my tortoise gets a 50 gallon rubbermaid bin.(My tortoise was my first pet that wasnt a tropical fish. My tropical fish died from ick. And the ones before died from me petting them when I was three. And I dont remeber how my betta died. But that 10 gallon went to my turtle.) So, i`ll do what I can for now...

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2 years ago #46
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Put the 5 goldfish in the 50g rubbermaid container with a filter & aeration- this is the only way they are going to survive. 5 goldfish in a 1 gallon tank is 5 too many. The fantails need atleast 30g for the two of them. The other goldies you won are likely commons and realistically belong in a pond. They need minimum of 50g per fish. Find a good pond home for the commons asap and upgrade the fantails home asap.

Being a good aquarist requires that responsibility be taken for the lives & welfare of the creatures in your care. If you are unable to do this for whatever reason (finances, space, etcetc), rehoming them to happy homes is also a responsibility that is yours as well. You can check the internet, the classifieds, your lfs or local fish clubs to find them all good homes. Good luck!

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2 years ago #47
expert advise
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expert advise: the most likley anser is he's sleeping, all you need to do is tap on the tank - yes fish sleep.

ps: if he doesn't get up, that means somethings wrong





thank you!

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2 years ago #48
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I must respectfully differ with Expert Advice. Tapping on the aquarium will startle a fish and could cause them to panic.

Fish do sleep, but a sudden awakening will produce confusion and possibly a harmful reaction. Turning on the aquarium light may startle a fish and cause self destructive behavior, so let's don't aggravate the problem by tapping on the glass.

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2 years ago #49
ireland123
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hi,i have had a than for about 2 months now and all of my fish look great one minute and the next half of them are lying on the ground. i have plants, an airator filter heater everything i think i need i have guppies mollies and silvertip tetras.

Q.1 how of ten and what percent of the water do i change.

Q.2 whats wrong with my fish.

Q.3 do i need anything else

Q.4 what have i done wrong, what else should i do.

Q.5 what temperature should i keep it at

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2 years ago #50
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Hi there, I have black moores, celestials and telescope fish from the gold fish family. One was bought at Walmart and looked like it was going to die. My tank had been up for only one day. I placed the plastic bag on the water to not shock the fish for temperature. Then after about 15 minutes I put him in the tank. He went to the bottom as he was when at walmart. Two hours later he was up and swimming. Today he is the healthiest and biggest fish I have. I think he was being starved of oxegent and probably would have died at walmart. I use spring bottled water and so far have never had a goldfish die or get sick. Read my other posts as I take special care to keep my tanks clean. I use a conditioner and stress zyme with each water change. I have the API Master liquid water test kit. Personally I do not find gold fish that difficult to keep healthy if you are a tentitive owner. They require observation daily and water changes every few days depending on how many in a tank. And just for everyones info, I have never cycled a tank before placing my fish. Using the stress zyme, conditioner and bottled spring water, and frequent water changes my glodies are all happily swimming since day one. I have 6 in a 40 gallon. Just got a new tank. will post pictures when it's up and running.

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2 years ago #51
chewy1209
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ask your self these questions,
is it tap water
if yes, did you use water conditioner, did you use the right amount
was the fish active when you bought him
is there any way oxygen gets to the tank ( hole, oxygen pump etc.)
and...
was the fish dropped, thrown punched etc.
if its none of these, you probably have bad luck

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2 years ago #52
mimireco
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Some pet stores that are privately owned will take fish you can no longer house. One is Plano Pets here in Texas. Franchise pet shops normally will not help. But if you have a private owned pet store in your area they may take them and that would be doing them justice with the opportunity to go to a big tank they need with someone. Also Walmart fish are always dying. I have two that were near death that I rescued, a Black Moore and a Telescope. At first they were shy or still laying at bottom. Within 4 hours in my tank they came to life and have been healthy ever since. I have six in a 33 gallon right now. Though I Just bought a new tank. But even with 33 gallon they are healthy with vac and slight water change every other day. These fish take a lot of observation if you want to keep them healthy. They also do better if you do not have a really tall tank. Best is 12 to 16 inches high as it gives them more oxygen. they do not tollerate ammonia. And this is why I say water changes every other day. This is one fish I saved. He is my favorite and eats from my finger.

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2 years ago #53
mimireco
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Did you read "MickeyMouseLives" Post..http://www.myaquariumclub.com/is-our-goldfish- dying-or-can-he-be-saved...laying-on-side-at-bottom-of- tank-5255723.html#121501
He found his son's goldfish at the bottom like it was dying. Gave it a Pea feeding and the fish came alive.
If you do this be sure to peel the skin off the pea. Use frozen and boil, then peel and mash to feed. I give my Telescope fish a pea feeding once a week. Fresh or canned peas could have parisites you do not see that could be harmfull to the fish.

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2 years ago #54
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mimireco wrote:
Fresh or canned peas could have parisites you do not see that could be harmfull to the fish.


Fresh peas that are sold for human consumption do NOT have parasites. Canned peas do NOT have parasites but they contain too much sodium to be safe for fish consumption. Peas to need to be cooked and deshelled so they are soft enough for fish to eat. Fresh peas are too hard for them to consume and pose a choking hazard.
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2 years ago #55
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Okay, my mistake, but I feel better with frozen. Can peas do have salt but can't there also be something else lurking in that water in canned? I mean humans can tolerate much more that fish can't they. Sorry If I was wrong but I recalled there was a reason to feed from frozen peas.

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2 years ago #56
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Canned peas simply have too much salt. Some types also have additional preservatives which are unhealthy for fish. Although not all human foods are suitable or safe for fish, the standards human grade foods are held to are much greater and more intensive than fish grade foods. You would be shocked if you knew some of the things that are used in commercial fish foods, especially cheap ones. This is why I recommend making your own homemade gel foods using human grade products for goldfish.

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2 years ago #57
Al Har
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sounds like dropsy

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2 years ago #58
Anonymous
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Everything I have read recommends 10 gallons minimum per goldfish, so with that many fish in a 30 gallon tank your tank is overstocked and this is likely the root cause of the problem.

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2 years ago #59
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same well mine havent died yet but they stay in a cornner and wont eat
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2 years ago #60
mimireco
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I JUST WANT TO IMPUT. When the goldfish in Walmart stay in the corner they are seeking oxygen. I have rescued 24 gold and telescope fish from Walmart. NOw all healthy but would have undoubtedly died at Walmart. I have 6 tanks. But one is only a 25 gallon and I have 5 fantail goldfish in it, each about two inches long. I will transfer them to a bigger tank soon. However, they do fine and none are sick at all. I have two filters and a long bubbler, and that new sponge filter/bubbler that you can only seem to buy online. I know many will disagree with me, but I believe if you keep your water changes and clean the algee and vac frequently, they do fine in less than 10 gallons per goldie. Mine are very healthy. Two are getting big so I know I will get a larger tank soon. But the fish going to the corner sounds to me like something is not good in the water chemistry. Are your fish gulping water or breathing hard?

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