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cath987
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what am i doing wrong
« on: September 11, 2009, 12:08:17 PM »

We have had a largeish tank for the last year with goldfish in, the first lot all died leaving us with 2 small catfish, we haven't had much luck since then we had 2 goldfish seemingly doing well, for 3 months but one just died!  I hsave just bought a loach 2 weeks ago and a goldfish, the loach is doing fine but the goldfish is sitting on the bottom! not happy at all, we have tried everything, water changes, water testing etc but I just dont understand what is happening as it only effects the goldfish, they are just your bog standard fish! not the fancy ones any help would be really appreciated cheers Cathy
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Re: what am i doing wrong
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009, 05:10:13 PM »

Depends on where you buy these goldfish. I'm guessing these are the feeder types sold in very crowded tanks. Most of these are nearly impossible to keep alive once you get them home. You can try to quarantine them for a few weeks in a separate tank and treat them with various medications to get rid of diseases and parasites that they could be carrying. If they survive the quarantine period , then move them to the regular tank.
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Re: what am i doing wrong
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2009, 06:45:35 AM »

cath987; The next time you bought the new gold fishes back, place the entire bag of goldfish onto the tank for at least half hour to nominise the water temperature in the bag to that of the tank temperature. Once the temperature is almost the same, you can either drain away some water or pour the entire pack (water plus fishes) intothe pond or tank. Goldfish are very sensitive fishes. you may want to put a heater into the tank to maintain the water within the tank to around 23 deg C.They are like human, they do not like temperature swings. Oh, when you choose the new batch of gold fish, choose those that are very difficult to net. Son't ever net those that are easily net up. Hope this helps.
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Re: what am i doing wrong
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009, 09:34:21 AM »

how is your fish today? no good or buy a brand new batch of fish now....?
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