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Jessica
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Please help me with my common goldfish! One died and now I don't know what to do
« on: October 16, 2009, 07:04:06 PM »

I got a goldfish from the fair and did a lot of research.  I got him a friend from the pet store and a 30 gallon tank with a really nice filter.  I have had them both for 4 months and in the last 2 weeks one of them started hiding in one of the decorations.  He would barely come out and eat.  I thought about removing the decoration from the tank to force him out, but decided against it.  I had to leave town for 4 days and left my bf to care for them.  When I got home he was still hiding. The next day (last night) he was out of hiding, he had almost completely turned white and could barely swim.  My other fish was bullying him and keeping him in the corner.  I decided the next day I would go to the pet store and get some medicine and get supplies to test the water.  When I woke up he was dead.  I am so sad.  I took him out.  I tested the water and everything came back good.  So I vacuumed and did a 25% water change, cleaned the filter and put in a new filter pad and put treatment in the water like usual.  Now what do I do?  I want to get my fish a new companion but I fisrt want to make sure he lives, even though he seems completely healthy.  If I do get him a friend how will I know the new fish won't have a sickness.  The way they keep common goldfish at the pet store, you never know if they will be sick when you buy them.  I thought about getting a comet because they keep them in better conditions at the pet store and there is less of a chance they could be infected with something.  What should I do?  SHould I keep the new fish seperate until I know it is healthy? Please help!  Thank you if you took the time to read my whole post!
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asorvia
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Re: Please help me with my common goldfish! One died and now I don't know what to do
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009, 07:23:27 PM »

No problem about the long post-it is so much easier to help when people actually put details like you so generously did-thanks.
Common Goldfish do have the problem of getting stuck in poor tank conditions at pet stores and you are certainly right about fancier breeds of fish being kept in better conditions.
it sounds to me like you have a case of extreme stress- this would make sense if the one who died was the one you got from the pet store-this condition can take several weeks to develop and your fish has all the signs of stress (most likely induced by a sickness the pet store fish brought home)
When you say he turned white, do you mean that he lost all his scales and was white or that his color was actually white even though he retained his scales? Also, did you notice anything about the rhythm which you pet store fish breathed the day before he died? was it irregular?
(i ask this because i am narrowing down what killed your fish)
About the new fish- yes, you are going to want to "quarantine" it in a completely separate tank for at LEAST a week. do NOT rush your fish. if your fish shows any sign of being sick, return it to the fish store (most have at least a week-long guarantee period. if your store doesn't the no offense, but find a new store-ones without warranties are notorious for selling disease-ridden fish.)
common goldfish are beautiful, but they unfortunately do not live as long as other breeds of fish. a sturdy, hardy type is a Fantail-most if not all stores with goldfish will sell these types. American Fantails grow slightly faster than Japanese Fantails, but Japanese Fantails tend to have more graceful and grand tails. they tend to be a few dollars more than common goldfish, but they live much longer, get larger, and are overall a better investment for your money, time and love.
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JESSICA
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Re: Please help me with my common goldfish! One died and now I don't know what to do
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2009, 10:51:09 PM »

He didin't lose his scales.  I think he turned white because he was hiding for so long and not being exposed to any light.  And for his breathing, it seemed like he was trying to gulp for oxygen.
I've heard you aren't supposed to mix goldfish breeds.  Do you know anything about that? Thanks!
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