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madcow1
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Big fat goldfish
« on: January 30, 2010, 06:23:47 AM »

Can any one help me with one of my goldfish its about 3years old and it is very fat it's the only one out about 40 that like it to when i went to feed them worms and peas it was upside down can you help thanks
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Mindemae
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 08:35:37 AM »

Ah...it looks like your fish is suffering from dropsy or sometimes it is called "pinecone" disease, because the raised scales caused by the bloat gives the fish the appearance of a pinecone.
The cause of dropsy is believed to be bacterial or viral, though poor water quality (which can lead to bacterial or viral infections), may cause dropsy too.  Check all your water conditions/chemistry in your tank!
The afflicted fish should be removed from the tank and placed in a separate hospital tank.
You can try treating with aquarium salt.  1 teaspoon to each gallon of water in the hospital tank. Treat the same amount day and night for 3-4 days.  If there is no improvement by the 4th day then continue treating by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to the tank, each day, up to the 9th day.  On the ninth day, start making partial water changes and check to see if there is any improvement.
Some experts believe that dropsy can affect a fish's organs and that there is no cure.  However, there is medicated food available.
Check with your pet store or a pet care professional, like a veterinarian for the use of medicated food.
Even tho a fish may recover from dropsy, it still may have recurring bouts of it through out its life.
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2010, 09:24:38 AM »

i rhink that is normal for 3 years old fish...  stop feeding live foods... and separate him in the other tank mates... and put some salts.. rather rock salts..
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Katarine
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 04:05:23 PM »

That's definitely dropsy. just give him some meds, maybe some boiled and shelled peas. Smiley
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2010, 04:05:39 PM »

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i rhink that is normal for 3 years old fish...  stop feeding live foods... and separate him in the other tank mates... and put some salts.. rather rock salts..

and no thats not normal.
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, 02:28:53 AM »

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i rhink that is normal for 3 years old fish...  stop feeding live foods... and separate him in the other tank mates... and put some salts.. rather rock salts..

and no thats not normal.

are you insulting me?
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calaguas
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010, 02:29:28 AM »

thats is may opinion so stop acting that you know everything..
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2010, 11:40:11 AM »

That is clearly not an insult.
And since you seem to know a lot about goldfish, you should also have figured out that most of them usually swim upright.
So NO, no matter how you turn it, the fish is floating upside down with bloated body, and it is by no means normal.
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Katarine
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Re: Big fat goldfish
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, 05:23:56 PM »

THANK YOU NOSSIE! No, i do not know everything about goldfish, but I do have a reasonable amount of common sense, so I would like to ask you not to insult my intelligence.
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