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General Goldfish Discussion
Topic: Goldfish (Read 1629 times)
October 04, 2009, 06:30:56 AM »
Hi I just bought a new fish tank and started the filter -bubbling going on for 2 hrs, checked the pH of the water (tap water)-it was alkaline 7.6. So I put in my gold fish from another vase that was not aerated and the pH was 6.0.The fishes in there were always found on the top of the water level...so I thought of helping them out and placed them in the new tank. Initially they swam around for a while and gradually all 3 of them settled at the water bed-not on their sides.Eyes were wide open.but in 2 hrs time 2 of them died and I franctically removed the third one and placed it back in the same vase-that one is alive.Where did I go wrong...please advise.
Reply #1 on:
October 04, 2009, 07:50:14 AM »
Ideally the pH level for goldfish should be maintained between 6.5 and 8.5, so your tested pH of 7.6 in the new tank seems ok. Make sure the temperature in the new tank is about the same as the water in the vase, where the goldfish are staying. Did you use a water conditioner to remove any chlorine or chloramine that might have been in the tap water you used to fill the tank. Most public water supply will be treated with chlorine or chloramine to make the water safe for humans to drink, but these chemicals are very toxic to fish. Chlorine will usually evaporate in 24 hours , but the only way to remove chloramine from tap water is to use a water conditioner.
Ideally you should allow at least 48 hours for the water in the new tank to stabilize before putting your fish in there. Some people also prefer to cycle the tank first before adding the fish. Cycling the tank will help to build up beneficial bacteria that will to break down toxic fish wastes, which can build up quickly in a new tank.
Reply #2 on:
October 04, 2009, 12:59:02 PM »
Thanks for the response!I will get the water conditioned.
Reply #3 on:
October 05, 2009, 07:58:42 PM »
Hi...I've had my 2 goldfish for over a year, 3 weeks ago I bought a medium size bottom feeder who died 1 week later. Since that time my 1 large goldfish has been acting very strange, he now won't eat and stays hidden under a large rock, the other goldfish which is smaller follows along and stays at the bottom of the aquarium. Have I made them ill by bringing in the bottom feeder. The smaller fish at least will eat but then hurries back to the side of his friend. Are they dying? Ifnot, what can I do to make them better? Is there some type of medicine I can purchase. The aquarium is clean and filtered. Please help!
Reply #4 on:
October 05, 2009, 08:43:18 PM »
Most likely the bottom feeder had some sort of disease and could have passed it on to your healthy goldfish. New fish should be quarantined for a minimum of two weeks in a different container to make sure they are not carrying any diseases or parasites.
Take a closer look at the scales, eyes, gills , and fins of the two goldfish and see if you spot anything unusual , such as red blood streaks, sores, white spots, etc.. This will help in diagnosing what's wrong with your fish. Do you also test your aquarium water on a regular basis, such as ammonia , nitrites , and nitrate level. Any spikes in one of these can also make your fish ill.
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