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GoldFishNoob
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Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« on: May 12, 2012, 03:31:51 PM »

O.k. so just now I looked over at my tank and Larry my big orange goldfish was WRAPPED around the filter intake tube and was stuck. I could'nt get him free, so I yanked the plung on the filter and he came off and sank to the bottom and was sitting there breathing a little. He's got some scale damage at the base of his tail fin and his fin is torn but he's swimming a little more. But the strange thing is, now my other two fish are acting strange, hiding, sitting on the bottom and "darting". I don't know how this could have happened. It's never happened before. I just did a tank clean not but 3-4 days ago. Should I do something? I'm scared for my fish. Sad They were acting completely normal, then Larry got hurt and now they're all "stressed".


I did a large water change and have my filter on medium setting for now. They seem to be acting better. All 3 are swimming about together and nibbling on things. Need to try and get something to help Larry heal his fin and scales beside stress coat.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012, 04:18:06 PM »

I'd be pretty scitsy and stressed if my mate was stuck in a filter, the other fish will probs be fine in a few hours once they have calmed down, pictures would help other people on here dignose the other fish.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012, 04:18:44 PM »

One of the members will give you good advice....but I wanted to stop in and say I understand. Its completely scary and upsetting.  

About 3 weeks ago my fish got sucked into the filter as well. He had a bit of fin damage, ruffed up scales and a purplish mark on his side.  The day it happened he was quiet and sat at the bottom of tank.  The next day he was a bit better and now he's completely recovered. I'm sure your Goldie will make a recovery.

Keep us posted on his status.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012, 04:46:04 PM »

Thanks all. I can't get very good pics but I can snap a quick video and share it, it'll be way clearer. You can see the difference in level of activity. Bob (Little white tancho comet) and Curly (Big white comet) are swimming about normally, nibbling in search of food and come to the front of the tank and get excited when they see me. But Larry is swimming slowly and hangs around in the back of the tank in the decorations. He seems very...what's the word....withdrawn almost.

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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012, 04:54:36 PM »

If you see any wounds, or torn fins,  I would add aquarium salt according to the instructions. If their isn't any wounds or torn fins look for anything strange on Larry observe him untill he gets back to normal. If he gets really bad I would quaritine him.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2012, 05:01:11 PM »

His back fin is ripped and he's got some scales missing on the base of his tail, but no open wounds. Also, this is unrelated to the filter incident, but he appears to have lost some weight and looks thinner, can fish become skinny? I feel like I have to make sure he gets his fill at feeding time cause in the condition he's in I worry he'll be shoved aside and out competed by Curly and Bob.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2012, 05:10:22 AM »

They're so cute in that video! Mostly what I notice is that he seems a bit shy simply, probably because of the accident. Fish tend to hide a little when they are hurting somewhere.
Does he eat normally? That's a very important thing, especially when hurt he needs particularly nutritious foods.
He'll probably recover on his own from the physical damage, a few scales can fall of anytime and tails can get torn only from bad water quality but will generally heal up again in no time.

About fish getting skinny, yes they can. It's sometimes referred to wasting away or wasting disease, and has something to do with internal parasites. Once I get access to the book I found that in I could post some more details on it for you Smiley I sort of doubt he would've gotten parasites just from this event, though it can be pretty traumatizing I think the chance for something more severe happening would be bigger if he would've gotten bleeding wounds or something.

Keep us posted on how it goes! Smiley
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 05:27:55 AM »

Aww sorry to hear about his accidents.
His probably a little shocked and just needs some time to re cooperate Smiley Hope he gets better!
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 11:46:30 AM »

I dunno where he could have gotten a parasite from if he does how one, I suppose there's no way to tell for sure? He's not really eating as much as he did before this, but he seems to doing a bit better. Bit more active today. The incidents gotten me all paranoid he or one of my other fish could get stuck now! XD
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 11:56:50 AM »

He'll probably be alright Smiley

I just found the book, so it seems that wasting disease also has something to do with TB or bacterial infection, and may show additional symptoms like color loss, lack of appetite and even pop-eye. Pretty sure this isn't involved at all though.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2012, 03:34:45 PM »

Get better soon Larry.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2012, 05:15:32 AM »

Well Larry has taken a turn again. He's been spending time hiding tonight and when he does come out he seems to be having a hard time swimming. He just turns on his side like he can't keep himself straight and he just bobs up and down. :/ I don't know what's wrong. All I did was feed him peas which he seemed to enjoy.....now he looks bad. Reminds me of how Moe was before he died. Sad
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2012, 07:05:24 AM »

That doesn't sound good at all... Sad When the fish are losing control of themselves like that it's generally not a good sign.. maybe the shock from getting stuck is a bit too much? I can't think of anything you could do to help with this though, as I doubt a salt concentration could do much.
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« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2012, 12:24:16 PM »

Yeah....the mysterious weight loss, then the accident, probably all just a bit to much. Maybe he suffered some unknown internal damage I don't know....he's worse this morning. I guess all I can do is hope he recovers or wait for the end.


I took Larry out of the tank and put him in the small critter keeper. He came out from under the pot and to my alarm when he swims he spins and when he holds still he just floats or sinks to the bottom. Sad
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2012, 04:16:41 PM »

Oh no  Sad
I'm so sorry to hear about Larry, I hope the little guy pulls through *fingers crossed*

Did you have a spare filter for the small critter keeper?
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2012, 04:33:31 PM »

Yeah he did'nt make it...I don't think he would have bounced back. He was bad. I could'nt watch him lay on the bottom barely breathing, flop around and try to swim, only to spin wildly in circles. So I did what was best and put him down. Sad  R.I.P Larry....I'm sorry little buddy...
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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2012, 06:14:50 PM »

Sorry to hear your news Sad

He was lucky to have an owner who cared so much.
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2012, 06:35:26 PM »

I'm sorry to hear you lost Larry, but as Sajacobs stated, you did the right thing. RIP little Larry Sad
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2012, 02:28:54 AM »

Very sorry to hear that Sad
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Re: Help! Something bad has happened! D:
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2012, 03:25:42 AM »

Sorry to hear about little Larry  Cry
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