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cheri_alexander
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Anything I haven't thought of?
« on: March 29, 2012, 10:02:26 PM »

My dear Hei Lan is not well. I haven't had her too terribly long, I'm thinking 2-3 months. She has always "slept" or at least been still much more than all my other fish. She spends hours during the day resting in the middle of the tank, head slightly down (no trouble swimming though). I thought this was just the way she was but now she is getting worse. She spends some time on the bottom. Occasionally her eyes appear clouded. She is also turning gold (from jet-black) but this is probably unrelated. Today she was worse than ever and didn't eat. I've moved her to a 20 gallon iso with cycled filter, melafix, salt, heater and started her on a mix of medicated food.
As far as the tank goes it is 125 gallons with seven fish, cycled 4 months. I change the water every day except friday ( I don't care that it is not necassary, it doesn't hurt anything and is my spring routine). I know cloudy eye can be related to diet. They eat gel food, live worms, freeze dried and vegtables every day. I even got some Hikari pellets thinking that maybe I was missing an obscure nutrient in their diet. No improvement. Is there anything else I can do? Should I get the vet over here?
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fantailer
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Re: Anything I haven't thought of?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 09:02:00 AM »

I have no clue. I had atelescope eye that died recently named Thor that would do that for days at a time. He only perked up when we fed the fish a certain food. His was peas. Thats just what perked up Thor.

I would try maybe putting a new plant or rock formation in the tank. You can even drop a plastic marble in the tank some fish love playing with marbles. Or you could feed something new that your haven't fed Hei lan yet.

Maybe if she still doesn't perk up you could move her to some of your other goldfish tanks.

Like I said I had a fish that did this but I don't have any method that worked all the time with Thor.
I hope I helped!
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Skwishee
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Re: Anything I haven't thought of?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2012, 03:01:57 PM »

Turning gold? I have heard of something called velvet related to gold colourings on fish... let me go check....
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If she was slightly unwell, it's possible that she got sick due to lowered immunity? Do the symptoms match what your seeing Cheri?
Good call on the quarantine. Velvet is the only thing I can think of at the moment Undecided

I hope Hei Lan gets better soon though! x
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Nossie
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Re: Anything I haven't thought of?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 12:10:06 PM »

It's probably not velvet unless she'd look like she's sprinkled with some golden-looking sand, it's very common that black fish (aside form moors) will turn golden Smiley

It sounds like a pretty tricky situation... but since you change water so often I doubt it's a water quality issue... Undecided I think it might be something on the inside, cloudy eyes can also be symptoms of bacterial infections, so good call on the medicated food. However, this was a very expensive fish so if you can, you should probably check with a vet, just in case! She might need antibiotics or something...
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Re: Anything I haven't thought of?
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2012, 01:26:59 PM »

Ah thanks for the clear up on the velvet Nossie  Smiley I had no idea black fish could turn golden!  Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Anything I haven't thought of?
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2012, 02:47:53 AM »

No problem! Smiley
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