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fishlover11
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Is my poor old goldfish too ill
« on: February 13, 2013, 07:56:42 AM »

Ive had my goldfish for 22 years from the shows.. He's had his ups and downs over the years but is now spending a lot of time at the bottom of the tank and swimming in frantic circles. He has been totally blind in one eye and semi blind in the other for some time now. He loves peas and have been feeding them to him to clean out his system without other feeding. I have a filter in the tank 30L and have recently part changed I have never in his life ph tested the water but treat it with a tap safe each time.    Whats the chances of him surviving hes an old character which has learnt some tricks over the years and seen lots of other pets come and go.... poor old man .
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Skwishee
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Re: Is my poor old goldfish too ill
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 05:26:31 PM »

Hi fishlover! Welcome to the forum Cheesy

Firstly I am extremely impressed at the age of your fish, you must have a tough little cookie there! Generally goldfish need larger tanks than 30 litres, as it helps provide more space for growth and the temperature/water quality can be easier to manage, so just keep it in mind for any future goldfish buddies you'd like to keep Wink
Generally bad water quality can result in illness or bad health, I'd definitely suggest getting your water tested at a local pet store, they'll often do it for free, so you can see if there is any ammonia or nitrite present and also find out what your nitrate level is.

Are there any physical changes to the fish? Anything unusual you can spot?
Also how often and how large do you do water changes? Smiley Generally I'd recommend 50% of the tank once a week.

It might be that he is so old, it is his time to go, but get the water parameters checked and we can take it from there Smiley
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Re: Is my poor old goldfish too ill
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 01:11:02 PM »

Thank you so much for your advice, just to let you know that my old man is now getting better slowly. I have been changing 30% of the tank dailly and keeping him cooller than normal as was suggested on another site I am thinking nitrate poisoning but not too sure. His body is no longer bent into a curved position and is eating again but not feeding from the top of the tank as yet.  He does still spent some time on the bottom of the tank but is not resting on the floor as before. He is also moving from one end to the other without spinning in circles.  Smiley I know the battle is not yet over for my old friend but the next move would have been decompression and treating with green tea so fingers crossed..If he pulls through a bigger tank will be on the cards. He may reach another decade yet!!       
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Re: Is my poor old goldfish too ill
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2013, 05:44:45 AM »

That's excellent to hear Cheesy If he does do well, with regards to bigger tanks, I think an upgrade to something that's at least 3 foot in length/around 100 litres would be ideal for him by himself, as I imagine he's a pretty small fish? A guideline I currently use is that a tank has to be at least 6x the size of the fish to allow for adequate swimming room, but the more room the better really Wink
Generally common goldfish are better suited to ponds, but in your circumstances I think a larger tank would be more suitable given how long he has been indoors Smiley

My little common goldfish currently lives in a 3 foot/90 litre tank by herself, but as she's much younger (only a year or so) I'll be upgrading her to a pond once she's grown to around 5 or 6 inches Smiley
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