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Tiffany Nunez
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My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« on: April 17, 2010, 02:02:46 AM »

hello! tiffany here! i jus got a new gold fish a few days ago and it seemed very active and was feeding without any problems in its small-carry-home container, however when i switched him/her to a bigger/decorative aquarium, it seems to be afraid to swim to the top and feed! when i touch the food so it sinks he eats it! but he wont fetch for himself! he tries to look all over the bottom of the tank for food with no luck obviously.. why is this? what should i do to help this situation? please please help me! thank you again! Cheesy

-Tiffany
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Nossie
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2010, 02:26:06 AM »

He might just not be used to his environment, it's pretty good to let new fish get used the new home before feeding them. As in, keeping the light off the first day and not feed them for a day or two.
It also depends pretty much on what kind of food the fish is used to from the start, if it was floating food he should realize that food can be found by the surface Wink But just feed him a little at a time and see if he will notice and eat it at all (: He should get used to it sooner or later. If not, you could always soak the pellets before feeding so they will sink a bit at the start, so he'll see where the food comes from d:
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Tiffany Nunez
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010, 02:36:58 AM »

 Grin WOW!! thank you so much!! im so glad someone actually replied and answered my question with GREAT EXPLANATION!!! and i think your right! he is a little "shy"! I been hangin around the tank as much as possible so he can get used to my presence!! and again, THANK YOU!! your the best!! Cheesy K.I.T!
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010, 08:46:18 AM »

You could also try feeding him sinking pellets which can be found at any aquatic supply store.  The slow sinking kind is great and a few will sink at a time and as he gets hungrier and more impatient to eat he may venture closer to the top of the aquarium.  Pretty soon your fish will get over his shyness and when he sees you coming or you opening the lid he will go to the top and beg for food.  Try feeding in one spot every day and he will get trained to anticipate food there. Smiley
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Tiffany Nunez
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2010, 10:51:57 AM »

hmmm..pellet food..good idea!! feeding him both kinds ((pellets and flakes)), would that be ok for him?! thank you for the great feed back you guys! Cheesy glad i came to this website! Smiley
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2010, 11:20:26 AM »

It's great for the goldfish if you try varying his diet that way! By keeping two-three different kinds of staple foods (: I have both sinking and floating pellets for my fish~
You could also try feeding him some blood worms twice a week, it's a great source of protein! Which is important for younger, growing fish (:
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2010, 09:57:21 PM »

you could feed hiim peas too. They seem to really like those, and it helps with digestion problems I've heard.. anyway, Peas sink. Good luck! Smiley
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2010, 02:33:24 AM »

I am sure he will get used to his environment and will start eating from the top surface too.
I cannot give more advice than Kat , Nossie and Mindemae already did.

Please keep us updated Smiley
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Nicole
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2010, 07:56:07 PM »

Same as above.  Don't worry- my goldies also took some time to come to the surface to eat as well.  The pellets are good.  We feed ours something called "goldfish granules" which are small bits of food that float for a bit, then sink.  Don't worry about your goldie looking the the gravel for food as well.  Most of ours do that too, sucking up and spitting out the gravel again and again.  It seems to be just a fishy thing. Smiley
And yes, do keep us updated.  What did you name your goldie?
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Re: My new common gold fish seems to be afraid to swim to the top for feed! hlp pls!
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2010, 08:30:12 PM »

... and don't be alarmed if they eat not straigt away if you give them sth new  Wink they can be fussy too  Cheesy but in the end they'll eat it.
Only once they sucked me in when I gave them peas for the first time. They did not touch them. So I felt guilty and gave flakes, they gulped them down as if there is no tomorrow. And you wouldn't believe a few hours later the peas were eaten up too, I did not find them in the filter  Grin
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