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always in the rock
« on: June 24, 2009, 12:19:52 PM »

My fish is spending all its time in his rock lately. When I first got him he was always swimming around. Now he just sits there in the shelter. What could be wrong?
Re: always in the rock
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 05:51:32 PM »

a picture of this would be very helpful.
almost always, a fish lurking at the bottom of the tank is a bad sign- this is a bright red flag for you that says "I'm sick!". if your fish is doing stuff back there- nosing around, looking for food, swimming to and fro in the rock, then you have a shy fish. most goldfish are like the pet dogs of the fish world: they are up and swimming actively in the tank, wanting you to notice them.(and hopefully give them some food) However, a shy and retiring fish, or one that flat out hides from you is a sign for concern. flashy fish like to be noticed, and goldfish(especially my favorites- golden and mottled fantails)are pretty flashy fish. what's great is that they know that too.
you didn't specify what type of goldfish you have here- some varieties are much more mobile than others. for instance- if your fish is one of the poor swimmers of the goldfish family, then the rock could be a place where there is little to no water current and your fish prefers that kind of environment.
i doubt this though, because you said that it used to swim around often. if you get a good look at him, try and see if there are any wounds or lesions on his skin, or if there are any lost scales. if there are, you may have a bacterial infection probably curable by Melafix, an all purpose antibiotic. while you're at it, you might want to check your pH, nitrite and ammonia levels just to see if everything in the water chemistry is ok.
however, please send in a picture so we can see the whole environment and the fish himself.
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