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teetsymomo
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My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« on: November 20, 2010, 02:49:57 PM »

I just purchased my first Ryukin today and he's just now getting used to his new tank. i followed protocol, and let him float for 15 minutes, then added some tank water and let him float again. I had the tank set up for over 1 week before putting him in there. When we were in the pet shop when he swam, he looked like he was shaking. He still is doing that on and off. He will swim around, then sort of shake, then go back to normal. Is it possible I bought a epileptic fish?

also, how long does it take for them to get used to their new surroundings.
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 02:53:43 PM »

I think what you may be decribing is called flashing.  Look closely with a magnifying glass and see if he has spots on him.
Test your water for ammonia, nitrites, pH and nitrates,  sometimes when water is either high in ammonia or nitrites the fish can flash like that.  Did you add water condtioner?  Beneficial bacteria?
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 03:05:56 PM »

thanks for responding. He does look much better now. Yes, I added Goldfish Conditioner and the ammonia levels are null, and I added de-chlorine before ever adding him in. there are no spots on him,and I did not add bacteria.
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 03:14:17 PM »

Well you really should add beneficial bacteria booster to your filter media as that will help with your tank being so new.  It takes about a month at least for the tank to cycle.  This time will be very stressful for your fish so you will want to keep an eye on your water parameters and do frequent water changes as the test results warrant. Smiley
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2010, 05:04:00 PM »

Maybe the "shaking" you telling us about is a simple and happy WIGGLING ?

Our goldies wiggle like mad when we approch the tank. And when we bought them we got those ones who wiggled the most at us. Wiggling fishies are happy and healthy Grin
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2010, 06:42:56 PM »

 Grin Maybe, he's just so happy, and I'm happy with him. I think what the issue is, it kept doing that at one part of the tank, and I'm guessing it was probably the filter current. Teetsymomo did a 360 once I gave it a few little food pellets, now he's doing the happy dance and swimming all over the pace. he's so cute!!!
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 03:55:22 AM »

That's a really sweet fish you've got there Smiley

Nonetheless, I'll remind you to skip to the pet shop and buy some bio filter booster today Wink And if you don't have one already, buy a master test kit containing tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. These are important to keep track of during these first weeks of adding the fish to make sure that the water will be safe for him Smiley
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010, 04:47:59 AM »

Do you have any traces of nitrites?? The ammonia may be zero but a tank cycled in 1 week doesn't sound right and I don't think what you are describing sounds good either. Though he sounds pretty happy Smiley Please just test for everything.
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2010, 11:27:35 AM »

Thank you all so much for your advice. He's doing rather well this morning. He looks very happy. In the past I've always had fish who died right away, and I tried to do everything right this time. He is also a birthday present from my boyfriend, and I want to cherish my little baby even more. I'm going to be heading out in a bit to the store to get my supplies. I'm so glad I found this site. I also found out he's not a Ryukin, he's a fantail.
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2010, 02:05:42 PM »

That's so sweet of him! Smiley
I bet this fish of yours will be great years from now on! All it takes when keeping fish is really devotion and will to be involved and care for them properly Smiley
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Re: My new Ryukin looks like it's seizing
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2010, 05:08:16 PM »

I hope he lives a long and happy life!
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