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dawn59
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fan tail goldfish
« on: June 27, 2011, 09:45:50 AM »

My fish jumped out of net on to the floor whilst i was moving it to clean the tank. I put him straight back in but now he is laying on his back and when i right him he tries to swim but goes back on his back, it's as if he cannot stay upright, can anyone help!!!!
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Goldiegirl
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Re: fan tail goldfish
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 10:27:41 AM »

It sounds like he might have injured his swim bladder, an organ in the fish which enables them to retain their buoyancy. When problems with the swim bladder are dietary related, the fish will usually pass through whatever is causing the blockage within a few days or so (and with the help of some dethawed frozen peas). This problem does not sound diet-related, so I would recommend giving him a bath in epsom salts once every day for a few days to help relax him. If you bathe him in a 1 gallon bowl, use about 1 teaspoon of epsom salts. Pre-disolve the salt in the water in the bowl, then add the fish to it. You should uses the same water from your tank as not to stress him. Set a timer for 5-10 minutes, then take him out and put him back in the tank. Also, try feeding him veggies until he gets better...then you can eliminate the problem of dietary swim bladder while he's recovering.  Smiley

I might add one thing I would advise you to do in the future: instead of using a net to transport your fish, try using a plastic cup without sharp edges to capture him. Nets are very stressful to the fish, and wriggling around like a fish out of water (which he was) can cause the fish to get injured. Some people even have sucess using their hands to move fish if need be.  Wink
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dawn59
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Re: fan tail goldfish
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 11:15:31 AM »

Thank you i will, i did not realise they could eat peas. i have had him resting alone in a bowl with his tank water in for about an hour and he has now righted himself and seems much brighter. Your help is very much appreciated and i will use the epsoms salts. Once again thank you.
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Nossie
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Re: fan tail goldfish
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 03:19:37 PM »

I personally use my hands to move my fish, but it's not recommended for longer distances since the fish may wriggle lose and fall out of your hand if you're not used to moving them this way. They also need to be handled very carefully so they won't be injured. That's why the plastic cup idea is very easy and safe for everyone to use Smiley

Now, you said "cleaning the tank". Good part here is that you won't ever have to remove him from the tank ever. You can just siphon out part of the water every week (about half of it or more) and vacuum the gravel. This will also be much healthier for the beneficial bacteria in your tank that deal with the waste the fish produces.
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Goldiegirl
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Re: fan tail goldfish
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 07:46:06 PM »

No problem, dawn. And yes, goldfish LOVE veggies...in fact, it's almost an essential part of their diet. Blanched lettuce, broccoli, zucchini, potato...even bits of watermelon!  Cheesy To feed the peas you can usually warm them in your hand for a few minutes, then squeeze the insides out of the shell. If you just plop the whole thing in there, the goldfish usually can't eat it. If you have a very small goldfish, it is helpful to mash the thing into smaller pieces with your fingernail. Nossie has a great article on food for goldies...I don't know how to post a link, but if you look through past topics in the General Discussion section you'll be sure to find it.

Also, perfect water quality should help him to heal faster. If you aren't doing it already, it's a good idea to test your water parameters. Nitrate levels over 40 ppm in the water will also harm a goldie's swim bladder. The Epsom salts should work wonders as well.  Smiley One thing I've heard is that lowering the water level is good for SB because the density of the water is less, and thus the fish doesn't have to work so hard to stay upright. That's why he's probably doing a bit better in the bowl.  Smiley

Thanks for the plastic cup compliment Nossie. Smiley Although, I have a friend who has to use an old ice-cream container for her fish, it's so large.  Grin It's good idea, like Nossie said, to stop removing the fish from the tank while doing water changes. The only time you should transport the fish is if you have to treat it for an illness/problem or quarantine it.

When you siphon the gravel, just make sure not to suck the fish up.  Undecided I rubber-banded a square of screening over one opening of mine so that doesn't happen.
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Re: fan tail goldfish
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011, 08:00:07 AM »

I use a clear plastic pint tankard to move my fish, the little fellows don't even realise that they've been caught Grin
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