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Kayleedh
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Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« on: July 01, 2010, 11:16:27 AM »

I have a goldfish that i absolutely adore, ive had him for a year and a half.
hes outlived every other fish ive had, and i would be heart broken to see him go aswell.

So, lately ive been noticing that he'll sit in the front corner of his 10 gallon tank with his nose almost pushed into the stones. Altho he moves when you go near the tank, he only swims for like..maybe 2 minutes and then goes and pretty much lies on the bottom of the back of the tank? Although he doesnt alwaysdo this, he swims around sometimes and looks like a regular happy healthy fish, but he only started the resting on his nose and the lying on the back of the tank recently.
im really not sure if i should be worried??
can anyone help mee??
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nabi
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 11:38:45 AM »

Could be  a sign of an ammonia problem. Do you have  water test kit? Test for ammonia, nitrite , nitrate, and pH level and post the results here.
How many times do you feed your fish per day and how much? Overfeeding can cause the water to become toxic and result in high ammonia if your filtration is not capable of handling the wastes.
It's hard to know what is causing the problem unless you know what the water quality is like. 
Do you perform partial water changes on a regular basis?

If you don't have a test kit right now, i would perform a 25% water change just to be on the safe side. Make sure you vacumn the gravel too in order to remove food debris  and fish wastes. Most pet stores will do a water test for you if you bring in a sample. Once you know what the different water parameters are , post the results back here.
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Mindemae
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2010, 01:52:15 PM »

Gee, what a beautiful fish you have! Smiley
I agree with Nabi, test your water because it sounds like your ammmonia and nitrites may be off.  Even a tiny bit of ammonia or nitrites showing up on the tests can stress out your fish. OR your nitrates maybe higher than 40ppm(mg/L), when nitrates are too high your fish will act sluggish and swimming might be not as smooth as normal. That is nitrate poisoning symptoms. OR your ph of your water may be too acidic.  Goldfish do best in more alkaline water 7.2-8.
Your fish is showing signs of stress that's for sure.
Hope we hear back from you soon! Smiley
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 09:45:58 PM »

test water

try feeding him peas
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Kayleedh
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 07:11:02 PM »

well, i tested the water for ammonia and it looks pretty normal..i think?
although my fish seems to be doing worse, hes got big red sores on his side and on his tail?
 Sad makes me really sad just looking at him.
i havent had a chance to do a partial water change yet, as my vacuum had mold in it (Huh) and it was canada day yesterday so i couldnt get a new one.
ill let you know once do the water change if anything improves..although its really not looking good.
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nabi
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010, 07:44:15 PM »

It sounds like your goldfish has a bacterial infection.  Try Melafix (natural antibacterial medication) for a few days and see if you see any improvement.

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You will need to use  antibacterial medication or the fish's condition will probably get worse. I  recommend you try Melafix first. Get some antibacterial medicated food also and feed it to your goldfish if it's willing to eat.

What was the reading for ammonia when you tested it?
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Kayleedh
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010, 07:52:52 PM »

the ammonia reading was 0 ppm.
i even did it twice.

and i was looking at that stuff this morning when i was at the store actually!
because he has had the red sores on his tail before but they're worse now and they're on his body also.
ill try itt.

and i just did a water change.
he seems to be swimming around alot more.
ill keep you posted.
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010, 10:49:45 PM »

You can try Melafix but he may need a oral antibiotic fish food too.
When usig a medicated fish food feed only that for a about a week, twice a day. Smiley
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Kayleedh
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010, 11:56:51 PM »

i only got the melafix tonight, i couldn't find any medicating fish food.
im going to see if it'll get rid of it with that.

but the water change seems to have helped a whooolee lott.
hes swimming happily againn.

so all im worried about is the sores.
but my stong little swimmer seems to be almost invincable. haha

thank you SOO much for all the help!!
you made a very hard week seem a little bit brigher. Smiley
thank you! Grin
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2010, 04:35:35 AM »

There is also Pimafix available to treat fungal and bacterial infections or sores. It is (like Melafix) a natural remedy. Also from API.
Sometimes it helps a lot to treat with both.
Please also check the pH.

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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2010, 10:25:02 AM »

the red spots are pretty much completely gone, but he seems to be swimming around franticly now when the filters on, so i tried turning it off and he just sat on the bottom of the tank.
i have noo ideaa what is going on with himm.
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2010, 11:31:52 AM »

OK, red spots are a bacterial infection. Please make sure it is 100% gone before you stop the treatment.
Also keep up with the regular waterchanges, but please make sure that the pH is 7.2-7.6.

If he's dashing arround and then resting, this could be a sign of acidosis, this means he suffers from too acidic water. The water must be alkaline. At the same time he's stressed out.

Please do not turn the filter off, as it filters the waste fish produce.

What is the water temp? How is the pH?
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2010, 11:33:01 AM »

Is he eating?

( but please do not overfeed )
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2010, 12:04:47 PM »

Look at his long tail! Smiley
Everyone is right on track with their suggestions, it seems.  Fishie might like a bigger tank, too, as he seems to be pretty big himself.  I also like having real plants in there, but these are just suggestions.
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Re: Im just a tiny bit worried...can anyone help mee??
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2010, 08:06:12 PM »

If you decide to medicate, I have recently been told that if you use Melafix and Pimafix together (they are designed to work together), only use 1/2 dose of each, to total 1 full dose.
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