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My last two godlfish are acting/have strange symptoms
« on: June 15, 2013, 03:23:48 AM »

I used to have 4 comet goldfish. Two of them died from a sickness I never was able to diagnose. (They lost their appetite, swam on their sides at the bottom of the tank, and then in their last days would just lay at the bottom of the tank on their sides and have a spastic twitch) Each time, I always did a half tank water change twice. The second death of my fish occurred a few weeks ago. Just recently, one of my goldfish, Calico, continuously started to swim in circles. It never stops swimming in circles. It's appetite is fine, it looks fine, it just keeps swimming circles, it's never done this before. A week after the one fish died, the other one, Google, looked like it was bleeding from it's mouth and swimming kind of crooked. When I looked closely, it looks like the pelvic fin on the one side of the goldfish, is really small and sort of scrunched up. Almost looks like some of it is missing? I did a half water change and added some aquarium salt, and the bleeding on the mouth went away, but now it looks like one of it's eyes Is bleeding? And if not bleeding, swollen-like and red. It's still swimming crooked and the pelvic fin doesn't really look like it's being used anymore. I don't know what to do, or what's wrong with them. It's something different from what my other two fish died from (whatever that is) Any help would be great

The tank is 5-6 gallons. And has been set up for a year and half. I don't have any equipment to check pH and ammonia and nitrate and such. I perform water changes whenever necessary. It's usually a 50% change.
I've never added anything to the tank but aquarium salt once. (I've also fed them peas once)
I have a filter, I'm not sure how big or mow much it pumps. The brand is regent, though.

The other fish swims in circles too much to get a good picture. It's an albino colored goldfish.
Any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
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Re: My last two godlfish are acting/have strange symptoms
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 09:57:30 AM »

The first thing you NEED is a bigger tank! Sorry, but your tank isn't even big enough to properly support one goldfish, much less two.  They will be MUCH happier with adequate room, so try to find a tank that is at least 30 gallons (& that's only if the two fish are all you plan to have, for each goldfish you add it's really necessary to add another 10 gallons of water).  I know that sounds like a LOT, but your fish will be much better off!
Next, you NEED to have the water levels tested... if you are unable to test it yourself, take it to almost any pet store & they will test it for you free.  It's very important to have proper water conditions (aka use the right treatments & make sure there is PLENTY of oxygen in your water).  You can find inexpensive treatment items almost anywhere.  Regularly test your water (once a week).
It sounds like at least one of your fish is suffering from a swim bladder problem.  The other could be acting the way it is due to high ammonia levels in the water.  A water 50%-75% water change should help with the ammonia levels & you can find swim bladder treatments at any pet store (usually even at Wal-Mart, which I don't recommend, but will work in a pinch).
A pet store with knowledgeable staff is something worth its weight in gold! 

I hope this helps you & your fish!  There are tons of articles on this website about EVERYTHING goldfish, so take a look around.
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Re: My last two godlfish are acting/have strange symptoms
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2013, 08:09:33 AM »

A comet goldfish can grow up to a foot in length, given the right conditions.

 As stated above you need a much bigger tank of at least 4ft length; better still see if you can re-home then in a pond.
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Re: My last two godlfish are acting/have strange symptoms
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013, 02:57:13 PM »

Advice already given is great as stated a larger tank or rehoming the fish Wink Until then, get the water tested and keep on top of water changes.

Goldfish need massive amounts of space and I imagine the previous fish could have died from poor water quality and over stocking a tank. It's an easy mistake to make (some of us have been there), so I understand it must have been hard to lose the fish.
I lost a common goldfish 2 years ago and have been caring for my one remaining common goldfish who I currently have in a 3 foot, 90 litre/23 gallons tank with a big external filter -hopefully this gives you an idea of what's needed to keep these little guys healthy and happy. I will be upgrading her to a pond when the time comes. Generally the bigger the tank the better, often you can get cheap tanks second hand Smiley

I hope that with water changes and improved water quality, the fishes eye will improve, I've never seen one have a red eye before.... Are there red areas anywhere else on the body?

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