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Acrobatic Goldfish???
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:33:39 PM »

I've had my goldfish for nearly 4 years and in the past month he has been swimming in circles and doing other 'acrobat' like things. When swimming forward or up to the top he is constantly turning around!  Today he has started 'resting' at the bottom of the tank. I only have the 2 fish in there and the other one is fine. They've always been together.  My tank is a large 46 litre tank and have an on going pump. Whys he being like this?
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Re: Acrobatic Goldfish???
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2012, 04:14:16 PM »

First of all your tank needs to be 80 liters to hold these two fish. As goldfish grow to 12 inches as they should be about 8 now.

Your fish may have swim bladder so I'd not feed it for a couple of days and then feed unskinned peas.
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Re: Acrobatic Goldfish???
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2012, 06:04:32 PM »

As Fantailer has suggested, it sounds like it could be swim bladder. See if the pea idea works.

He is also right in pointing out that the fish need a bigger tank. When it comes to stocking fancy goldfish, you need to have at least 40 litres per fish. This is usually given as a rule of 20 gallons/80 litres for the first fish, then 10 gallons/40 litres for each additional fish after.
The reason for this is that not only do the fish produce a lot of ammonia, but they also need the space to grow.
Some goldfish varieties, usually the single tailed's such as commons, reach up to 12 inches. The fancy varieties can grow to around 6 - 10 inches depending on the breed, although I'm sure in some cases they may grow bigger, depending on the individual genes and growth rate of the fish.

Would you be at all able to upgrade the tank?
You could consider the options of looking for a second hand tank, or perhaps contact a local aquarist society that may have some spare tanks available for sale quite cheap, websites and local ad's may also be a good place to check for a bargain Smiley

I hope the fish get's better! Please keep us updated  Smiley
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