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Slr
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Goldfish Habits
« on: January 03, 2008, 12:53:39 PM »

My goldfish, are resting on the bottom of my tank, i know they do this during the night, as they don't sleep. This isn't night, its 3:30 in the afternoon.
Also, we lost our Color Chart card for our ph tester, i did a test about 5 minuets ago, the coulor is a dark honey yellow, what does that mean, and also, roughly how old are fish sold in pet shops? (reputable ones)
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2008, 02:55:06 PM »

It means your pH is low.

Fish sold in pet stores vary in age, but generally they're pretty young. That's why you need to be careful when buying them, because that cute little fish could grow into a monster!

How big is your tank? How often do you clean it? What kind of filtration do you have? You're probably not aware of this, but goldfish get quite large and need HUGE tanks and very good filtration. The goldfish you see in pet stores are just babies--they'll grow a foot or more in length! Goldfish are also very messy, and without proper cleaning, ammonia will quickly build up in their tanks and kill them. They also require lots of oxygen.

Your goldfish is probably suffering from either low oxygen or ammonia. Check your water parameters, and make sure your filter is agitating the surface of the water.
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lori
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2009, 07:13:07 PM »

my daughters gold fish is swimming very strangly.  It is like it has too much air in it body, and it floating on top.  It is also starting to put its belly up as it is skimming the top of the water.  I walked by and thought, well it died.  But then it started to swim again.  Does this mean what I think it does?  Are we going to wake up to a fish that died?
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JJ
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2009, 08:18:56 PM »

hi, lori

Is the goldfish still eating normally and has the physical appearance of the fish changed at all during the past few days or week. By physical appearance i mean are there any red bruises, cuts, white spots, red streaks on the fins, etc (like the goldfish looks sickly).

If it's just floating on top upside down but it's still eating  then it could be swim bladder disease.  The cause of swim bladder disease can be bacterial infection from dirty water in the aquarium or constipation from overeating.

To treat any type of bacterial infection in goldfish, you can use a broad spectrum antibiotic that is available at the local pet store.
To treat  constipation, you should fast the goldfish for about 2-3 days, then feed it some peeled cooked pea to help its digestive system working normally again.
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Erika
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009, 04:17:12 PM »

I have a fancy gold fish and lately, I have noticed that he/she/it has a tendency of swimming with the nose down and tale fin up, then relaxes and lets itself rise up.   (pH is good, plenty of oxygen, amonia level is safe, does not look sick)  Is this a common habit?    Huh
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margarita
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009, 10:28:11 AM »

hi i  would like to know why does my tank still look cloudy after i cleaned it about 2 days ago. i also would like to know why one og my lil guys are hiding in the treasure box deco we put in the tank . what do i have to buy or do to keep this tank looking fresh and crisp . i do have 4 goldfish  2 small and 2 medium . one of the medium one stay at the bottom of the tank next tothe lil guys he don't move only at night doea he come out .   Please help .....  AND WHAT DOES A BUUBLE STONE DO FOR THE TANK
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Linda
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 06:22:48 PM »

My fish tank was leaking, so I just set up a new tank with new water and new marbles on the bottom. My goldfish is going spastic. He is nose diving and kicking up all of the rocks and marbles on the bottom of the tank. I just fed him, and he seems fine, but this erratic behavior has been going on all day. I also have a new filter. Does he just need to adjust to the new environment?
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2009, 02:22:44 AM »

Hi,

Very erratic swimming can be a sign of high ammonia levels. This can happen in a new tank without the benefit of benefical bacteria to breakdown the ammonia. YOu could put in the old gravel from you leaking tank if you still have it and it has stayed wet. This would introduce the beneficial bacteria. Aslo, do partial water changes.
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lovegoldfish
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2009, 09:34:04 PM »

hey my 2 gold fish  have white on top of there nose its kinda like white like peeling skin i really love my fish but dont no whats rong with them Huh and they always got to the top to like drink water :s is that normall  Huh.
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Darlene Hellin
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 01:45:24 PM »

High my goldfish position themselves head to tail. Why is this? We moved house about 6 weeks ago and i was wondering if it was due to the move?? will they settle down and can i help them in any way?
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Morgan
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2009, 12:05:03 PM »

 ???hi

We just bought another goldfish, a bit larger than the other two, and one of my old ones is hiding in our fake log that we have in our tank. Our other new one goes in with it every once in a while, but then goes out. Is my fish thats hiding in the log pregnant, because thats my theory. Also the other old one keeps hiding in the back of the tank, but i can tell it's alive because of its eyes moving. Please help me!!!! Huh
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Katie
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2009, 05:58:39 PM »

Did you notice the male goldfish chasing the female around the tank prior to this. This is how goldfish usually behave before spawning. Also , goldfish need to be a certain size and at least a few years old before they can breed. If your goldfish is still relatively young and small, then it's highly unlikely it's pregnant.

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???hi

We just bought another goldfish, a bit larger than the other two, and one of my old ones is hiding in our fake log that we have in our tank. Our other new one goes in with it every once in a while, but then goes out. Is my fish thats hiding in the log pregnant, because thats my theory. Also the other old one keeps hiding in the back of the tank, but i can tell it's alive because of its eyes moving. Please help me!!!! Huh
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Terry
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2009, 08:31:04 PM »

Hello, I just  bought an new goldfish and my existing fish is chasing my new fish around. What does this mean? How do I tell if I have two males or what?  I love the lil fishies and I want to learn how to take care of them.  I have an decent size round fish bowl.  Is that to small or what? Help!!!
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Jenks
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2009, 11:16:26 PM »

I think you have an idea for the cause of the aggression yourself since you mentioned the size of the fish bowl. Goldfish and all fish in general will become aggressive towards each other when placed in a confined environment. The only real way to real way to resolve this is to upgrade the bowl to a bigger fish tank,  so they will have more room to move around and avoid each other, thus less aggression and hostility. Another way is to separate them into different containers.


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Hello, I just  bought an new goldfish and my existing fish is chasing my new fish around. What does this mean? How do I tell if I have two males or what?  I love the lil fishies and I want to learn how to take care of them.  I have an decent size round fish bowl.  Is that to small or what? Help!!!
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2009, 04:35:40 AM »

hey.
i bought a new fish and it has gotten really fat,  also the fish i already had died soon after i got the new one.. so i bought 2 more and now one has died. could it be that it is pregnant and keeps attacking the other fish?
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KK
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2009, 12:14:20 PM »

My fish is spending tons of time in its rock shelter. He is in there almost all the time now. what does it mean?
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2009, 05:36:47 PM »

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my daughters gold fish is swimming very strangly.  It is like it has too much air in it body, and it floating on top.  It is also starting to put its belly up as it is skimming the top of the water.  I walked by and thought, well it died.  But then it started to swim again.  Does this mean what I think it does?  Are we going to wake up to a fish that died?
Oh, dear...
your goldfish has the problem of having fish constipation! because goldfish are bred only for their color and not strength of genetics, many internal problems take place- for instance-the intestines of your goldfish are acting as giant bags of air in it's belly. what you need to do is feed it some green ball peas- de shell them, mash them up very well, and feed that to your fish. its safe for everyone in the tank, goldfish or not, so you don't need to worry about  one of your fish dying from peas.
i hope that helps
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2009, 05:39:53 PM »

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I have a fancy gold fish and lately, I have noticed that he/she/it has a tendency of swimming with the nose down and tale fin up, then relaxes and lets itself rise up.   (pH is good, plenty of oxygen, amonia level is safe, does not look sick)  Is this a common habit?    Huh
Hey there- goldfish do that naturally, so there's no need to worry. they have strange eating habits and swimming habits in general- do not bother them unless they are floating constantly, do not move if approached, or they are floating belly up. also, get concerned if your fish is stuck on the bottom- that's always a signal that you have a sick fish.
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2009, 06:06:31 PM »

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hi i  would like to know why does my tank still look cloudy after i cleaned it about 2 days ago. i also would like to know why one og my lil guys are hiding in the treasure box deco we put in the tank . what do i have to buy or do to keep this tank looking fresh and crisp . i do have 4 goldfish  2 small and 2 medium . one of the medium one stay at the bottom of the tank next tothe lil guys he don't move only at night doea he come out .   Please help .....  AND WHAT DOES A BUUBLE STONE DO FOR THE TANK
looks like you have more than a few good questions.
for one, if you have a sandy bottom, your filter could be disturbing the sand enough to make it look cloudy, a common problem easily remedied by replacing the sand with gravel or small pebbles. goldfish like a rocky pebbly bottom because it is easier to poke around through. another issue you may have is high levels of concentrated algae floating around- this is a common problem that obscures the tank. a picture of your problem would be much appreciated, as diagnosing this sort of visual issue is best done when a picture is provided.
your smaller fish may be hiding in the decoration because they are intimidated by the aquarium, their tank mates, or even something odd such as their own reflections. i have had a few fish that have terrified themselves simply by seeing their own selves swimming in the aquarium glass. your little fish are most likely fine back there, but make sure they are moving and being active, or problems could arise quickly.
your medium sized goldfish hiding near your smaller ones might be affected by the same problems. as to his nocturnal habits-is there any noise, appliance or moving object near the tank that is on during the day and off at night? such things are good at scaring fish.
as to your last question, a bubble stone, sometimes referred to as an air stone, is a device used to keep an aquarium nice and oxygenated. fish usually get their oxygen from air circulated down into the water with the filter, but some aquariums are shaped such that the lower levels or another side of the tank are left with lower levels of oxygen. therefore, an air stone is placed in that spot to increase the oxygen levels there and to give adventurous fish something to mess with.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2009, 01:17:50 PM »

Hope anyone can help, we won a goldfish at a fair and 6 years on he is still going, assuming he of course, have no idea what it is anyway...we won another one, so we added it to the tank now the older one is loosing fin......I think the new one is attacking the older one?  Any ideas will they settle down?? Thanks in adavance.....
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2009, 08:38:37 PM »

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Hope anyone can help, we won a goldfish at a fair and 6 years on he is still going, assuming he of course, have no idea what it is anyway...we won another one, so we added it to the tank now the older one is loosing fin......I think the new one is attacking the older one?  Any ideas will they settle down?? Thanks in adavance.....

Hi Tin,

Check and see if the new fish has any diseases such as fin rot.  Any new fish should be quarantined and treated for illnesses first before it is placed in your established tank or else you risk transmitting unknown diseases to your healthy fish.
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michaela
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2009, 03:01:52 PM »

Please help one of my gold fish is attacting the other, why is this. Huh Huh Huh
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sam
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2009, 08:06:03 PM »

my golfish's noise turned purple is this normal? Huh Huh[image]
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2009, 01:36:20 AM »

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my golfish's noise turned purple is this normal? Huh Huh[image]


Goldfish shouldn't be turning purple, so this is not normal. What sort of lighting are you using it? Sometimes the color of the lighting can make a fish appear to be a different color than its  actual color. Be sure all your tank decorations are marked 'aquarium safe' and that they aren't leaking any purple colors into the water.   
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2009, 06:48:59 PM »

we have an outside water fountain/pond that has had several fish in but the one that has been living there about 2 months is a Blue shubumkin.  We recently ,2 weeks ago, bought another 2 fish with 1 being an orange goldfish.  Whenever I stand on the edge of the pond to feed them, they are there but chase each other head to tail going in circles and only eat maybe 3 pellets each. Why do they do this?  It is like they are biting each other and cannot get away from each other fast enough because they are really swimming fast. Huh
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Avi
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2009, 01:42:44 PM »

2 questions...

 
-My goldfish's head is outside water all the time... even when I change the water.. it makes that bubble noise all the time.. its really cute but I wanted to know if it can be a problem... its litterally always vertical in the water.. either head out side water or head attaching the bottom of the bowl! Undecided!

-also.. It always asks for food when I pass by.. should I feed it every time it wiggles and asks for food and gets excited for food???
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Sydney
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2009, 10:12:56 AM »

My two goldfish do the same thing.  Why do they do this? Huh
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Catherine
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2009, 12:56:54 PM »

Hi ,

was just wondering if you could help me ? I got my pet gold fish two weeks ago and i have just noticed that it hardly swims and stays at the bottom of the tank a lot ,  is this normal for a pet gold fish to hardly swim . ?
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2009, 09:02:09 PM »

in my years of taking care of many goldfish, i have come to the conclusion that my favorite type of fish in the whole world are also the laziest.
goldfish , unless of the very active few, tend to stay in areas where there is not much current. they are kinda like humans- why mow the yard today when you can crash on the couch?
anyway, they like these bottom areas without current so that they can rest and pretty much hang out to their fishy heart's content.
since your goldfish is a newbie, i would not be surprised if he is too small and weak to swim against the filter current constantly. also, some goldfish are used to getting to rest on the bottom when in the store, and if your won the goldfish, it is highly unlikely that your fish has adjusted. however, watch it carefully and monitor when it comes to the surface or when it swims around. you might want to get another goldfish for your original one to hang out with; goldfish definitely get very lonely and some of mine have moped around when they dont have any other fish to play with or simply be near. if your fish comes to the top to get food, there isnt a big problem with it, yay for you.
something you might want to try is get a thin string (those annoying ones that always hang off shirts or something will work) and make it be about 6-7 inches long. (thread from a spool also works). what you do, is drop the string in where the water comes out of your filter and empties into your tank. watch the string and see where it goes to understand how the water flows in your tank, then assess how the decorations in your tank are affecting the water currents. then, if you find that your goldfish is sitting in the one spot where the water does not move much, you will know that your fish is merely lazy and not infected with a horrible, downright nasty disease.
if that doesn't work, please post again with your issue.
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2009, 09:23:10 PM »

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My two goldfish do the same thing.  Why do they do this? Huh
thats BAD. please, for the sake of your little fish, move them into a tank with a filter and an airstone.
what is sounds like is that your fish are gulping air because there isnt enough in the bowl. goldfish need air in their water and NO- the O in H2O DOES NOT COUNT. (those two elements are bound to each other and are most commonly separated by electricity, not a fish's gills!)
the way a fish's gill system works is poorly understood by many people:
Fish are not plants, they require oxygen for breathing, not carbon dioxide. (humans need oxygen too) in water, the gasses making up our air (nitrogen, mainly, oxygen and a spare few others) are DISSOLVED in the water. when fish respire (breathe), they open their mouths and suck in, forcing water over their gills (the water is then expelled through the gill slits). capillaries, or very thin blood vessels,are concentrated in fine mats under the gill plates, and exchange carbon dioxide from the fish's blood and puts that compound into the water. the oxygen in the water moves through the membrane of the capillaries and into the bloodstream of the fish. the oxygen is then transported though the body, reacting with cells and the fish's life as needed. what makes this very effective is something called the "Counter-current Multiplier System"-essentially, the fish has a circulatory system that flows the opposite direction of water passing over the gills (in other words, towards the fish's head, before getting circulated back again). this maximizes the amount of oxygen getting in the bloodstream and getting exchanged for carbon dioxide.
(bet you didn't know that)
THAT is how fish breathe. if your fish are at the surface with their heads and slimy little noses poking out of the water, then they are suffocating and you need to fix that. goldfish are sweet little things, come on, buy them a tank! they will love you forever if you do. (the love of a happy goldfish really does last forever. eventually, you will see them start to smile at you whenever you pass because they will be happy you put them in a tank. no, it is not creepy at all. if it is, then it is creepy in a loving goldfish kind of way)
As to the other question posed by Avi...
goldfish are the dogs of the fish world. they are eternally looking for food, and whenever you pass, they will remember that sometimes when you show up, you give them food. they may be dull, but they remember some stuff.(including love and undying affection for those owners who do not keep them in bowls without air!)
hope that helps
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