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andrew
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Is my fish sick?
« on: July 09, 2011, 11:08:29 PM »

I have 2 goldfish in an 2.5 gallon tank. I feed them every night if not 7 PM whenever I have time. Every Sunday I clean the filter, replace the water, and add conditioner. A few weeks ago my 2 tropical fish died and I now have 2 goldfish. 1 is orange and 1 is silverish. Tonight I noticed my silver one at the bottom of the tank, then it would get energy swim around and then dive bomb down. It looks like he is eating something on the rocks judging by it's mouth movement. Please help me.
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nabi
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Re: Is my fish sick?
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011, 11:50:06 PM »

Keeping 2 goldfish in a 2.5 gallon tank is equivalent to keeping them in a goldfish bowl .. 1 gallon per goldfish.  I suggest you keep upgrade to a 29 gallon as soon as possible, because toxic wastes can build up very fast in a 2.5 gallon tank.   Your goldfish should show some improvements once you move them into a proper sized tank.  

You should change 50-60 percent of the water immediately and feed your goldfish only 1 time every 1-2 days.
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andrew
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Re: Is my fish sick?
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2011, 12:06:43 AM »

I don't have room for anything bigger.Now my silvery 1 is on it's way out. When 1 of my fish are "Suffering" Should I remove it. I don't have the money to spend on any medicine nor do I know how to identify fish diseases. I quarantined the sick fish. In a plastic cup (Due to nothing better to put him in) Added some conditioner and if he gets better during the night I'll put him back. Most likely he would die though, in my expierence when they start curving they are usually dead by morning.
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BigBob
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Re: Is my fish sick?
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2011, 12:42:29 AM »

It doesn't sound promising. I agree that you need more room for your fish. They are much happier when they have space. I have 2 sick fish at the moment and have them in a 40 litre container. It's all I can do until they get back on their fins. Yours sounds like an ammonia issue to me. You absolutely must buy an ammonia test kit and test every day. Ammonia will kill fish quickly! Also, I don't know that I'd be changing the filter so regularly. You need bacteria to build up in there because they remove ammonia from the tank. I'd wait until the media is quite filthy, and then only rinse it in some of your tank water. It doesn't need to be spotlessly clean because you require good bacteria to help your system. Can you post a photo of your set up? Good luck.
Hope this helps.
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Nossie
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Re: Is my fish sick?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2011, 05:48:36 AM »

I agree with the previous posters. But if you're going to let your fish die "just" because you don't have space for a bigger tank or money for medicine... I'd just go give them back to the shop and buy a betta instead :/
The reason they're acting like this is because they're constantly being poisoned by their own breathing, not to mention the food and waste they produce which also generates ammonia.

Please, please, please, if you really can't help your fish to stay healthy, don't keep them just to let them die.
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Re: Is my fish sick?
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2011, 09:34:31 AM »

I'm sorry to hear about your fish. Sad If your fish is really suffering and you know it's going to die, I wouldn't make it agonize any longer in vain and just put it to sleep by euthanizing it in the freezer. The remaining other fish I would take back to the store like Nossie said, unless you are willing to find it a larger home...even a cheap 55 litre tupperware container would due until you can afford a tank! 
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