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goldfish swiming on it's side then dying another starting to do te sme
« on: March 30, 2011, 03:31:19 PM »
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Hello we won two goldfish at a fayre ( I know not great) in November, after gettig advise we bought a 90 litre tank then two months later bought 8 minows. Last week one of the goldfish looked sluggish and began swimming on it's side then two days later it died. Asked advise from the petshop said it may be swim bladder, added aquarium salt after advise. Now the second goldfish is showing the same symptoms PLEASE HELP

I have given as much detail as i can

1. How big is your tank:  Gal / litres:  90litre

2. For how long has the tank been set up: 4 months

3. How many fish: 2 gold fish 8 minows

4. What kinf of fish:

5. What are the water parameters:    Ammonia.........ppm
                                                            Temp...............degrees Celsius / Fahrenheit
no results but tested at pet shop and all said to be fine
6. How often do you perform water changes: fortnightly

7. How big are your waterchanges:      .............20........%

8. What kind of waterconditioner are you using: Nutrafin Aqua plus Tapwater conditioner and Aqua salt

9. Do you add beneficial bacteria: No

10. Symptoms your fish is showing:One goldfish was slugish started swimming on its side and died two days later now the other one is showing the starting symptoms

11. Since when does your fish show these symptoms:   

12. How is the normal behaviour of your fish: The minows are very active and the goldfish were active just not quite as much

13. How do the other fish behave:

14. Post pics of the sick fish:

15. Do you have a filter on your tank, what kind, how big (gallons per hour) es not surec adviseed cby pet shop when we bought the tank

16. Do you provide extra aeration with an air pump and air stone/diffuser of some kind. No

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Re: goldfish swiming on it's side then dying another starting to do te sme
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 04:58:19 PM »
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Hi. You definitely need a filter and an air stone.  Also should have a freshwater test kit and test weekly.  This acts as a voice for your fish since they can't tell you when the water is bad.

You should also change from 30-50% water weekly, but do it more often now, like every 1-2 days, until the fish are healthy.

It's possible that the minnows brought in a sickness.  It could be a number of things.
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Re: goldfish swiming on it's side then dying another starting to do te sme
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2011, 04:10:43 PM »
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Your tank is so crowded that... well, you should get rid of a few fish. Give them away to the pet shop or some friends. A 90 liter tank is enough for JUST TWO GOLDFISH. Nothing else.
You haven't tested your water either, so it's probably something there that killed the fish, it usually is.
Give the minnows away and do a large water change.
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