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stonie
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What's wrong with my goldfish?
« on: February 23, 2009, 06:34:20 PM »

Hi i just got a new goldfish that used to live with my sister and brother in law and she(at least i think it's a femal) used to be with 2 other goldfish(if that has anything to do with it). She mostly just sits at the bottom of her new bowl by the rocks or whatever it is they give you with the starter kit, and just kinda floats there, and sometimes she'll all of a sudden like freak out or something and start swimming really fast around the bowl and bang into the wall of the bowl. As i speak or write she just did it, i heard the noise. i don't know i'm just confused, does anyone have any info that could help, it just seems strange, any info would be greatly appreciated!
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DAN
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2009, 04:28:23 PM »

CHECK THE PH LEVEL IN YOUR TANK, PET STORES SELL A PH KIT.  THE WATER IS OF BALANCE.
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stonie
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009, 01:52:55 AM »

Well, not long after i tried this amquel stuff i got with the kit and it seemed to work but now, for the past few days she has not stopped going to the top of the bowl and making water splashing noises by opening her mouth above the water a little. Now why wont she stop? It's getting hard to sleep because she does this... what should i do?
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grasslander
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 07:01:47 PM »

Hi stonie, so sorry your fish is sick:(  From what you described, it sounds to me as if she's needing air (the Chinese call this "Floating Heads") - does she spend a lot of time near the surface, even when not performing the splashing behavior?  Just to be safe, I would put her in another container, and give her all new water every day for at least three days, if not more; I've done this myself before with complete success.  I simply used two 5 quart ice cream buckets, switching back and forth; my two sick fantails were much better in very little time; you could also simply keep your fish with this method, I've done it before "on purpose", but only with smaller fish; it's actually very much how goldfish are still kept in China.  The white or opaque surroundings also seem to be calming to fish.   I've used AmQuel myself, and as a matter of fact in the process I just mentioned, so that shouldn't be the trouble; check the dosage amount on the bottle just to be sure.  I agree with you that there's an adjustment going on - goldfish are social, and going from two tankmates to being alone could be part of the first behavior you described.  But also, what size is your bowl?  Because it sounds to me that she may be used to more space, and I can imagine if she's looking through the bowl thinking there's more room but finds a wall, that'd probably freak me out too:)  LOL  What shape is your bowl?  Probably the flat sides with the smaller top?  That's a bad shape, very little surface area unless you don't fill it much (and I do speak from experience).  Crate and Barrel has a low, wide open bowl that I've looked at, after seeing it in a goldfish book, and that would be better ($40, I think, but really nice).  Open space is better for goldfish too, unless there's a lot of room.  I hope I'm not being condescending or anything, I'm just trying to give you all possibilities - I've made all the mistakes before:)  But DO get her into some new, clean, dechlorinated (chlorine burns a fish's gills, and your fish's initial behavior could well have been largely due to that if no water conditioner was added; it could also be part of what she's doing now, trying to soothe her gills) water every day for a bit.  'Hope I've been some help, I hate to see sick fish.  (You may want to email someone at the Foster and Smith site, as well.)
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Goldfish with gil damage
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 09:14:30 PM »

My goldfish has one of his gils red (not normal), and it is sticking out and not lying flat against his 'cheek'.  And, it looks like white cartlidge (trying to describe as best I can) sticking out of it.  It started with just a tiny white spec the other day and now has gotten bigger.  I have two fish and they seem to always get along so don't think it is a wound.  Unless, he got stuck behind the water take up pole and the side of tank and did something to his gil?

I have a photo, but doesn't look like this will allow uploading.  Anyone have idea what this is and if it is something I can do something about.  He seems to be acting the same, but the mass kind of sticking out of the gil has gotten bigger in last couple days and making the gil stick out away from his 'cheek' quite a bit.  Again, the outside of the area is red also, although the redness hasn't been getting any worse.

Thanks!
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Diane
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Goldfish With Bad Gil
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 09:24:38 PM »

I just posted questions/concerns about my goldfish's gil that looks wounded or sickly.  I just figured out after posting, that I could add an attachment, so sending a photo of his bad gil.  Any help with what I should do would be appreciated!  I
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Diane
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Another Gil Photo
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 09:32:38 PM »

One more photo of the 'bad gil'
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MC
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 12:16:54 AM »

wow..those pics look pretty bad. Sorry about your fantail goldfish Diane.  It's hard to tell from the pictures, but one of the causes of red and inflamed gills are flukes, which are parasites that infect goldfish. The disease can cause the gills to protrude slightly. The fish often stays at the surface gasping for air and has rapid breathing.
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JEFF TUCK
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 02:35:48 AM »

my fish is just lying on th bottom of the tank
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dawnbringer
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Re: What's wrong with my goldfish?
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 04:49:55 PM »

Hey Jeff. Does your fish seem lethargic  or tired? Does it respond when feeding? If not, test your water parameters. Chances are that something is unsuitable for the fish. Also, if the temperature of the water is very low, the fish's metabolism will shut down; it will breathe very slowly and will seem slugish. Also, as a note, fish DO sleep. They shut down half of their brain and go into a trancelike state, only responding when disturbed. Hope this helps a little, and good luck with your fish.
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