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Kolfie
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Goldfish on side at top of pond ... noticed last night ... but still breathing!
« on: June 25, 2009, 02:14:30 AM »

Hi, Im sure this problem is on this site somewhere but I think this is a matter of urgency if anything can be done.  It looks like the fish could be dying, but of course if there is something we can try we obviously will.

Last night, we noticed the fish who is about 4/5inches long near the top of the pond on his side, still breathing, this morning we went out to see if we could find it and it was no where in site.  Eventually the fish surfaced with the same symptons.

The question I would like answered is; if there is anything we can try, could you let us know please.  The fish is about 6 years old and has a mate of about the same age in with it (the other fish keeps coming up and slightly nudging it - although not all the time).

Thank you =]
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Locke
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Re: Goldfish on side at top of pond ... noticed last night ... but still breathing!
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 10:06:14 PM »

Most fish when they are sick either will float or sink below the water. The only real way to find out what's wrong with it is to start with the water test to find out if there is an ammonia spike etc.. that could be cause. The next step is to examine the fish closely looking at the gills to see if they are normal looking, the eyes, the scales for rashes, white spots, etc. , and the fins too see if they are ragged or normal. Just look all over the fish to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.  If it turns out to be a bacterial infection, then there are many antibacterial medications you can buy to treat it.
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Jill
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Re: Goldfish on side at top of pond ... noticed last night ... but still breathing!
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009, 04:53:14 PM »

I hope your fish is still with us!
If so, I may be able to help.  Goldfish can often develop swimbladder problems.  It sounds weird, but if you feed them defrosted, deshelled frozen peas.  Squish or cut them up into small pieces, adn feed just the peas for a couple of days.  If it is the swimbladder, you will see him start swimming normally again, if not the peas won't hurt him as goldfish are omnivours and like a variety of foods.

Hope this helps, best of luck!!
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Kolfie
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Re: Goldfish on side at top of pond ... noticed last night ... but still breathing!
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 04:44:25 PM »

Thank you both ever so much for the replies.  I'll be sure to take both of your advise if this should happen again and wow who would have thought peas could possibly be the answer, thank you.  The fish has been up near the top on about 3/4 different occassions now, especially in the hot weather.  We have slowly replaced some of the pond water and this seems to have helped it a lot, the last 3/4 days it has been darting around like theres never been a problem with it.

Can't believe its still with us, funny how you can get attached to a couple of little goldfish that used to swim around in a little goldfish bowl in the kitchen.  We had a pond put in the garden especially for them because we felt sorry for them they have grown in size so much, its lovely to see. One of our   daughters (and us if im honest) were pretty upset to think we could lose it. 

Thank you both again, a great help =]
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Faye
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Re: Goldfish on side at top of pond ... noticed last night ... but still breathing!
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 06:31:37 AM »

My fish has white spots on tail he seems to be ok just keeps swimming to the top more regularly for oxygen, please advise. Many Thanks
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