3 years ago #1
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why is my year old gold fish bent in half?
he still eats but at some points he looks dead... were very worried about him! right now hes only in a regular fish bowl and we feed him tetra flakes and use tap water but let it sit for about a week before using it in his bowl...

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3 years ago #2
crystalthespaz
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Are you using Dechlorinator in the water? Does he have little dots all over him?

Could you please provide a picture, as it's hard to diagnose with no information at all.

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3 years ago #3
lindser
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omg thanx for writing back soo quickly! i really dowt want to sound stupid but no im not using dechlorinator in his water...im kind of new to this. i bought him for my 4 yr old daughter just because she said she wanted him. should i? yes, i will try to get a picture nd no he doesnt have spots on him. just his normal mickey mouse looking big spot by his tail (there when we got him)

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3 years ago #4
crystalthespaz
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Make sure you test the Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates.

It could be posioning of some sort.

You can get the strips, or test kit at your local pet store. The strips are like 15 dollars and the kit is like 30.

Yes, use dechlorinator if you're using a public water supply! The chlorine in the drinking water from the tap will harm fish!

Prime is what I use. It's great. You just use a cap full, and it dechlorinates the water. Do this every time you do a water change!

You say he's one year old, Was he at the store for a year? Did you just get him?

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3 years ago #5
lindser
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ok.. i got a pic but unfortuanately i havent installed my phones software to upload the pictures and dont know where the software is...do you think u might still be able to help me????

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3 years ago #6
lindser
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i got him a year ago well in may it will be a year. and he just started doing this like maybe a week and a half ago. i am about to go to the store right now for a better tank with a filter and purified water. i know its a fish but still i cant stand to see him like this... i will do anything and spend what i have to to make him better. i heard something about putting a dethawed frozen pea in there? is that true?? again, thank you soooo much for even just your input!

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3 years ago #7
crystalthespaz
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You posted http://www.myaquariumclub.com/bent-in-half-year-old- gold-fish..-8818917.html Here as well.

Basically, make sure you've cycled your tank. The nitrogen cycle is something that's got to occur before you can move forward.

I'd do a 20 percent parcial water change if you've not done one recently. Make sure you test your water regularly!

Also, Aquarium salt might help out a little, just read the directions on the packaging. It helps to clean wounds, and will make the fish a little less stressed. DO NOT USE TABLE SALT.

Table salt is not going to work, as it has iodine in it, that's harmful to fish. Make sure the package says aquarium salt. Your local Walmart supercenter may have some. Go run out and get a test kit, dechlorinator like Prime, and aquarium salt.

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3 years ago #8
crystalthespaz
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I've heard goldfish like vegetables, but I've never owned goldfish, so I can't speak from experience. I'd ask a pet store employee.

If you've had him all this time, it's likely a poisoning of some sort, but don't take my word for it, make sure to get several different opinions!

I have to go! Hopefully things work out for you!


Edit: If you take water to Petsmart or Petco, they'll test it for you.

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3 years ago #9
lindser
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i always completely change the water. and the aquarium salt is for a freshwater fish too? I AM DEFINITELY GETTING EVERYTHING

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3 years ago #10
crystalthespaz
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Yes, the saltwater is for a freshwater tank too. Just put a tiny bit in. Again, read the packaging.

I don't know much about small tanks as I've never owned one. Ask them if changing all the water is what you should be doing, because that does not seem right to me.

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3 years ago #11
platyfry1103
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i have a 5 year old gold fish with a bent tail and some times stuff like this just happens and there fine but other cases not so much. mabye he/she would be better of in a tank with a bubbler and a filter, and try to put in something to take all the bad stuff out of the tank also try giving it frozen baby brine shrimp it might just be the diet that he/she has.

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2 years ago #12
Embers To Ashes
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I was looking for something on google when I came across this thread. I know it was a year ago, but I have to reply. GOLDFISH CANNOT LIVE IN FISH BOWLS!!!!! What happened to your fish is he is being slowly poisoned to death by the amonia in his urin. While he is being poisoned, his growth is also being seriously stunted by being in such a small space. What happened to your fish is he became deformed from the toxins and small space he had to live in. A full grown gold fish will grow to be about 16 inches long if proporly cared for. Don't give it salt. It will do nothing to help your fish, and will stress it out and make things a lot worse. If he has been in a bowl like this his <email> , even if you sat him up in a nice 30 gal he would still grow to be deformed in his spine, fins, and other areas of his body. If you want a fish for a bowl, just get a betta and make sure you change it's water once or twice a week. The only thing you can do to help a fish like this is put it in a bigger tank with a filter, and treat any amonia burns, finrot, fungus,or bacterial infections caused from a goldfish living in a fish bowl.

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1 year ago #13
Heather
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Actually goldfish are related to carp and can survive in a sewer.... That is why they sell Goldfish bowls lol Filters are great but without you just have to do more frequent water changes tank cleaning since they poop a lot....

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1 year ago #14
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This is an 11 month old post. Please don't post on old threads, as it clutters up the forum and pushes newer questions down. Also, goldfish cannot survive in a sewer or a fish bowl. They are beautiful, sensitive creatures who grow extremely large and deserve a home big enough to meet their large water needs.

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8 months ago #15
meee
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lololololololololol my fish are the same

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1 month ago #16
fish
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Do u have the same problem

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