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karla
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #30 on: October 05, 2009, 11:23:25 AM »

I have a fancy goldfish that is floating upsidedown on the surface of the tank. And it is eating a little. Should i not feed it for two days and then give it peas? It also had its tail tearing, but it has been healing since i have been treating it for ick.
I also have another fancy goldfish, it is not eating, it is staying at the bottom of the tank and its tail and fins are turning really red or purple. It is being bothered by a little goldfish that keeps on hinding under the tail and keeps on nibleling on his/her tail.
The fish are currently being treated for ick because i found little white spots on the fish.
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Lynne
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2009, 09:12:45 PM »

Hi.  Since my neighbors moved we have acquired 3 Gold fish, each about the size of medium egg.  They are bright orange, white and speckled black.  Lately, however, just after changing the filter, I notice the water will be densely foggy for a while, and eventually clear, but the fish just remain in the same spot, wiggling as if  trying to shake something out.  I wonder why they are doing this, and I am a bit concerned.  Any insights as to why they are doing this would be greatly appreciated, thanks.


Ps.  I feed them once a night tetra flakes, one large pinch for each of them.
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blake
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #32 on: December 16, 2009, 12:51:30 PM »

i have 5 gold fish i got them about a week ago... ever since i bought them they swim in the top of the tank... they eat but not that much... and there is like fog thats in the middle of the tank.. they will swim down into it and stay for about 5 minutes... then go to the bottom for about 10-15 minutes... i kinda worried about them... caould you tell me what there doing... iv had gold fish before and they never did this...
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beginner
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2009, 09:53:19 PM »

i have bought nine gold fishes with out knowing anything about them & without buying its food also. on the way home 1 died guess out of transportation. the next day we hurried to buy its food till then i fed occasionally with dot sized powdered bread crumbs then learnt from internet about smashed peas. 2nd one died that day but we kept them all in 1 gal water . the next day bought a new fish bowl of 3-4 gal size thought it  would be more fancy  this time 1 more came up floating thought it died , while changing water found it breathing little bit then just prayed a lot to survival , good luck it living & happy till now, but another 1 died out of suffocation i think.
but did a lot of reading about this fishes now kept a filter but water is cloudy in 1 1/2 days so i change water partially r fully based on need. now i have 5 fishes healthy i believe swimming & eating normal . but 1 fish is little bulky , fat in lower belly  guessing it to give out babies. this fish is 1inch big  from the pet store itself but others are small less than 1/2 inch & thin.
my doubts are how can i find its eggs from the normal bubbles that been let out? wen to off the filter to save the eggs? & how long do they take to hatch? please even though i bought it to please my 2 yr old son busy in the winter i care much for them. that to with coming new year i really want them to be healthy , happy & long life.
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thoubmyp
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #34 on: December 24, 2009, 10:58:25 PM »

Not to be harsh
You should always be sure to do your research before you purchase any animal...they didn't choose to go home with you...you chose them.
Goldfish need at least TEN GALLONS of space per fish. That would be 90 gallons for the nine you purchased, more if they are comet or shubunkin. They tend to be dirty, and require large amounts of surface area for proper O2 distribution and you are most likely right about the one passing away due to suffocation. The waste causes a depletion in the oxygen in the water and they can't breath. The bubbles you see are most likely cause by your fish trying to breath from the surface.
I would suggest purchasing a tank, the largest you can afford...and continue to reach out for help. I'm sorry I'm not much help with their breeding tendencies, but I doubt you have eggs being laid in your bowl.
so long as they are in such a small space, you will be chaing the water VERY OFTEN.
hope this helps  ( :
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #35 on: December 25, 2009, 10:11:33 PM »

please tell me i didn't read that right.
NINE goldfish in ONE gallon of water.
please tell me you didn't do that. please. it makes me about to cry to think that you did that.
ok, i did read it wrong. 8 fish in one gallon.... Sad Sad

your main problem is that you didn't do anything prior to getting your fish. you didnt realize they needed a bunch of space, that sort of thing (although how you forgot about the food is pretty amazing...i mean, everything eats something, even if it is flakes...made of...ground up stuff...)
never ever ever keep goldfish in a bowl. i know that its a common thing to have goldfish in a bowl, the classic thing you know,
"Ooh! Goldfish! Put it in a bowl!"
please don't fall prey to this kind of inhumane treatment; the goldfish don't like it (st*pid as they are most times) and they will sicken and die very quickly (unless you have a Bio-Orb bowl thingy with the built-in filter in the bottom. those are neat and they can fit on a desk in a college dorm or an office cubicle), and there's a reason some places (like the Vatican, oddly enough) banned fish bowls and the keeping of fish in said bowl. It's cruel, and people who keep their fish in a bowl should try to live in a 4x4x5 room for a week to see how bad the living conditions are comparatively.
to get your fish a long happy life, invest in a 40-50 gallon tank with a nice filter, some small pebbles (get enough so that the pebbles form an inch and a half deep layer on the bottom). make sure you get places for your fish to hide like a big pot because your fish will like it and they will get large and the pot will soon only house ONE goldfish as opposed to three. Make sure there are wide open places for your little fish because they will like zooming around and making their own fish-highways, and so that they don't get stuck anywhere. they will do this. i have gotten a fish which loved this one fake Grecian urn, and one day, swam in and tried to get out the other side only to find out that he was a little bit too large. i had to pull him out gently by his tail and he was NOT HAPPY. put simply, make your tank id*ot proof. if there's any chance a fish could get trapped somewhere, fix it. take no chances, and soon you will learn all sorts of stuff about your fisve fish and how they interact with their environment.
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Jennifer
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2009, 04:14:28 PM »

 Huh Hello I have a question ? I have 2 common goldfish and one is bigger than the other the bigger one has fin rot so we are currently treating it starting this morning in a separte tank than they live in I was told to treat both as a pecaution . but my question is they are being treated in a 2 gallon tank and i went to feed then they began to swim around errodticly. but did not eat are they going to die I am so very sad . we have had them for about a year and my son just loves them. they are being treated with T.C. Tetracycline. never had to treat a sick fishy before just don't know what to exspect! thank you .
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #37 on: January 10, 2010, 03:33:06 PM »

Hey there!
I was jus wondering. .I bought a new tank for my beloved fish, and he (well it might be a she.. im not too sure...) doesnt really like it. It's got a filter and a bubble stone and everything. Its a three gallon tank, which is an upgrade, considering he grew up in a bowl.. but all he did is sit at the bottom of the tank and didnt move at all. I'm hoping that that can be considered just a sign of stress, but im not entirely sure. Can someone help me out?

I've since moved him back into his old fish bowl and he's perfectly happy, swimming and eating... He's a strange one...
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asorvia
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #38 on: January 10, 2010, 09:08:05 PM »

Katarine, how big is this fish..?
the comparative size of a goldfish bowl and a tank can be very deceptive [the formula for volume of a sphere, which a goldfish bowl roughly follows is 4/3pi(r) cubed, whereas the volume of a tank is (length)x(width)x(height)]
it could be that your goldfish is used to a very specific part of his bowl such as his rocks or a favorite plant or some other ornament...if so, you shold try to move everything into the new tank that your fish could possibly like, and see what happens. (i have had fish who were not happy in a new tank because they loved this hideous plastic model battleship someone had given me as an aquarium decoration. i have had to keep the st*pid thing in my tank because the fish like eating the algae that grows on the guns and turrets of the ship i can't clean off easily)
also, patience is the cornerstone for all things fish.
time tells everything, no matter a freshwater system, a saltwater setup or even a brackish tank. give your fish time. they work on a different time than humans do, and it generally works slower. remember- goldfish are pets albeit st*pid sometimes, and they deserve care equal to any other type of pet.
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Katarine
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2010, 09:35:57 PM »

Unfortunately my fish is about as big as the bowl she's in lengthwise.. and before everyone gets angry with me for keeping her in such a tiny encampment im looking for a large tank that'll hold all my fish. I tried moveing some rocks in there too, but she doesnt seem interested. I worry for her cause she's my favorite and I dont want her, or any of my fishes, to die...

(sorry about the gender switch... I realized Sonorus is a girl not a boy... -facepalm-)

I cant put her back in the tank because st*pid me went and got a new fish and i dont want to risk over crowding....... Anyway thanks for all the help!
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Mark
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2010, 10:30:47 PM »

Hi everyone,

I have some (10) comets, some of which are 5 years old and have a question.
These fish often spend their summers in a pond and winters in a fairly large tank.
My question is that one of the larger fish has ballooned up in size. His/her belly is so big it has a hard time swimming. Other than it's obvously distended belly everything is great!
I feed the fish coi pellet food because it cuts down on the poop.
Over the last 6 years these have been great fish and verty hearty. Over the years a few have died from various preditors/illneses but I think I've done a good job taking care of them.
Does anyone have an idea of what may be the problem? Constipation perhaps or maybe I'm expecting some eggs?
Thanks in advance for all your help!

Marko and family

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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2010, 10:52:33 PM »

I would try frozen peas and see if that helps.
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Courtney
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2010, 04:56:40 AM »

Please i was hopeing you could help me.
we have about a 50litre tank, we had 10 medium sized goldfish, just recently (possible from temperature fluctuation 3 goldfish died) We have 7 left though one of them, it is upright and everything but has its head on the floor with its tail on the floor, so its back is arched. When he swims he nose dives and cant seem to swim normaly as he just stays in a corner. when he tries to swim he swims with his nose down and cant swim for long or straight.
What is the course of this Huh Is it due to stress factors ? we still need to get out water checked out but just yesterday we did a water change.

PLEASE HELP i have lost 3 fish all ready and cant stand lossing another, if you could get back to me asap that would be sooo great.

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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2010, 08:50:03 AM »

Sounds like a case of overcrowding, lack of oxygen.  What size tank did you say you have?  And what kind of filtration system does the tank have?  Do you have extra airation in the tank too?  Goldfish use up alot of oxygen and produce alot of wastes, that can result in untimely deaths.
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Amethyst
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2010, 10:38:02 AM »

 I have my goldfish in a bowl temporarily, since i am not in a position to buy a tank immediately. The thing is , i change the water every other day by taking it out and putting it in another bowl using a net, then i wash the bowl, replace the gravel and then the fake plant and then i put in the fish. It seemed to be working fine all along but today the fish just sits at the bottom of the tank and does nothing. Why?Huh Huh Sad
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #45 on: January 20, 2010, 10:57:55 AM »

It is very stressful to fish to have their water changed all the time, which you have to, keeping it in a bowl, to keep oxygen levels up and ammonia levels down. 
How big is your bowl?  How big is your fish?  Does it have any airation or filter system in the bowl?  Have you tested the water for ph, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.  What do you wash your bowl with?  Do you use a water conditioner and if so what kind?
There are just so many different factors to consider and it's hard to tell you what exactly is wrong without more information.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #46 on: January 21, 2010, 03:41:09 AM »

Amethyst:: I'd say that your fish is stressed out for sure! Don't clean out the whole bowl all the time like that. Just change a part of the water and let the fish stay in the bowl while you clean it. It's terribly stressful for the little one having to be caught in a net so often... Finally something might be wrong with your water levels, so test them and see if they need any changes. (But it might be hard to maintain stable levels in such a small place)
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grant
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #47 on: January 25, 2010, 02:48:23 AM »

hey i just brought 2 new gold fish and placed them in my tank which has been running for 2 days. 1 fish is very active and the other is just laying on the bottom, any ideas please?

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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #48 on: January 25, 2010, 08:30:16 AM »

Oh Gosh, it could be a number of things.
First: Have you checked your water chemistry?  PH, ammonia. nitrite, nitrate?
Second:  The second fish may be stressed.  Did you add any aquarium salt or water conditioner to the tank?
Third: The second fish may have some disease or parasite.  If they both came from the same tank at the store they may BOTH be sick.
You might want to just leave the lights off the tank, and let them just get used to their new home after you check water chemistry.  If you haven't added salt, you may want to as it will help with stress, increase gill function and give the fish some electrolyes.  Check the fish everyday for signs of illness.
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Grant
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2010, 05:26:45 PM »

Thankyou will check water properties asap and keep an eye on the fish.........thanks again
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #50 on: January 25, 2010, 05:38:21 PM »

You are welcome!   Smiley  Hope everything turns out alright with your fish.
Give us an update please!
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Dominic Franzen
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2010, 10:14:50 AM »

hi i am making a fish maze for a science fair project i am thinking about using a few types of gold fish but i dont know what kind of goldfish to ues or what kind of food to ues. if you have any tips or ideas please poste me back i'll be on later. Thanks!
P.S. i already have a 29, 20, and a 6 gallon aquarium so i know the basics. 
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2010, 01:18:41 PM »

depending on how deep the water is, I would use a beta, because they dont get very big anyway. Or you could use a fantail, because they like deeper water and get bigger later on.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #53 on: February 03, 2010, 08:48:17 AM »

ok my cuzin gave me his gold fish he set up the tank and filter we filled the tank with water and we let thegold fish in not even 2hours later i notice the fish on its side struggling to breathe i checkd everything the filter and all nd then it died ive neva had a fish before so im not sur wat i cud of done i was hopin sumone wud noe y..  Huh :'(its upsetting
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #54 on: February 03, 2010, 09:21:04 AM »

I think the problem might be that you didn't let the tank mature before you added the fish. And since you didn't do that there probably were some harmful chemicals in the water, like chlorine or something. I guess you didn't use a conditioner either?
So, the tank should be allowed to stand with the filter on for at least 24 hours before you add any fish. (For the temperature and the water to stabilize). If you'd like to start the cycling yourself, you could squeeze some water out of a filter sponge from a cycled and active aquarium to allow the good filter bacteria to settle. And put a bit of food in without any fish. Keep the temperature a bit warmer too, about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

I also think that stress might have killed your fish, if you just put it in without letting it get used to the temperature in the new tank. Be more careful next time, them fish are very sensitive to stress Wink
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #55 on: February 03, 2010, 10:29:05 AM »

I agree with Nossie that your fish died of stress. Sad
You NEVER ever fill a tank and dump a goldfish in! Shocked
You need to let the tank sit at least 24 hours before adding any fish, to make sure water temperature is the same and water chemistry is the same as in ph levels. You didn't say either if you added any conditioner to the water or any aquarium salt.  Aquarium salt is really good when adding new fish.  It helps with gill function and provide electrolyes, therefore helping your goldfish deal with stress better.
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2010, 09:18:28 PM »

ohhh omg i feel so bad i didnt do any of that i thought u just put watre Shocked...conditionerwat does that do im gunna buy a new one hopfully nuttin will go wrong so wat are the essentials i need to buy??
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #57 on: February 03, 2010, 09:30:00 PM »

Conditioner takes out the chlorine and chloramine in your water, making it fish-safe. other essentials you need are a pH testing kit, maybe some aquarium salt, a filter... what size aquarium do you have?
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2010, 03:34:51 AM »

So you're gonna keep the fish for long?
Get the conditioner for sure, a good filter, an airstone (oxygen is important), some good goldfish food take pellets as a staple diet and add blood worms or tubifex once or twice a week, water parameter tests for pH, kH, nitrite, nitrate and ammonia. Of course a bucket and a hose (or siphon) for water changes C: and a thermometer to keep track of the temperature on the water in the tank and the fresh water that you add for each water change.
Aquarium salt might be good to have in case of disease or stress symptoms!

Some pretty plants are always nice...
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Re: Goldfish Habits
« Reply #59 on: February 05, 2010, 08:50:26 AM »

okk cool thanx soo much Smiley yes im thinkin of keepin em for along tym...my tank is 45cm diagonally and 35cm by 35cm..um quick question is it normal say  one fish is very active and the other not so active??
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