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Samantha
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Gulping and suckling.
« on: September 23, 2008, 10:08:04 PM »

I just got my goldfish yesterday. When I woke up this morning and fed him until right now at about midnight, all he has been doing is gulping at the surface of the water. He does occasionally swim around the tank, but generally he stays to the surface and gulps and suckles at the air. Is his water bad even though it was just put in and conditioned?
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Eiya
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Re: Gulping and suckling.
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2008, 07:37:08 AM »

The solution is pretty simple.
My guess is you probably have a small tank with no filtration or air pump to help oxygenate the water. Goldfish or fish in general breathe through their gills and come to surface gulping for air when there is not enough dissolved oxygen available in the water.


Just drop by your local pet store and get an airpump, aquarium airline/air hose (enough to go from your aquarium to a nearby shelf or cabinet), and an air stone to make small bubbles.  This should provide your fish with enough dissovled oxygen so that it doesn't have to go to surface to gulp for air anymore. Grin
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Izzy
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Re: Gulping and suckling.
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2008, 08:40:17 AM »

Eiya is probably right, although I'd also recommend getting a 20 gallon aquarium as well.
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