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Ryan
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dead fish
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:31:53 PM »

ok yesterday while eating supper my brother noticed one of my smaller gold fish floating bellied side up in my 40 gallons or so tub and i left him in there to make sure he was dead or if he was just having swim bladder problems and it was 8 pm and i didnt want to go bury him the next day i had school and when i got back he was dead lying on the bottom so i scooped him out put him in a plastic bag and brought him out to the corn field behind my house and while i was digging a hole i looked inside and there was a puddle of blood around him. my setup is a 40 gallon tub a pond filter that runs 5 hours a day 4 gold fish 2 about 4 inches long and 2 now 1 2 inches long and i feed them every day at night around 9pm he looked like he had a few scales missing in fact  i think all of my fish have a few scales missing and one of the 4 inchers i think may have the same problem as the one that just died laying at the bottom for a few days and when feeding moving around very slowly. could you please tell me what happend and what i can do to prevent my other fishes from dieing. Huh
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fantailer
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 04:50:17 AM »

Try not feeding for a couple of days and then feed skinned unfrozen peas.
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Nossie
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 02:47:04 PM »

First of all, it's a good idea to keep the filter on 24/7. Or else the ecology in the tank will be screwed up, resulting in sick (or most likely DEAD) fish.
5 hours a day isn't going to do it! ESPECIALLY NOT WITH GOLDFISH.
Your fish probably has swim bladder disorders because of the polluted tank!! (I'd tell you to buy a test kit, but honestly, I don't think you'll bother)

Shape up mister. Do a 50% water change, clean the gravel with a gravel cleaner/siphon and TURN THE FILTER ON. NEVER, EVER turn it off again unless you're doing maintenance. Never clean it under tank water, and never empty the tank completely.
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BronzieTheMoor
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2011, 11:15:46 AM »

Filter needs to be on all the time! Goldies love to poop! And listen to nossie, BUY A TEST KIT!  Angry
Yep, its probably swimbladder.
Shape up as a fish owner or give the fish to someone who is responsible! Sheesh!
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Ron H
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 01:30:06 AM »

oh my! wait till you guys see the 3 comets in a bowl on the fish ID forum! sometimes its hard to hold back what needs to be said... karma to you all. > Ron
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fantailer
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2011, 05:32:59 AM »

what is the Id forum?
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2011, 09:22:48 AM »

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Never clean it under tank water...

Nossie, I probably just misread your advice but, when you clean the filter, you should clean it with tank water, right?  Or no?  I am going to be needing to clean my filter in the coming weeks, just want to make sure I do it correctly Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011, 05:18:54 PM »

Sorry Ron H I forgot.
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Ron H
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2011, 11:29:32 PM »

its all good anyway fantailer, apparently it was only a temporary thing to get pics of the fish... and Ireiden I thought I mis-read that too, I think you do clean it a little bit in the old tankwater? but never ever clean it out totally otherwise it will upset the tanks biological filter and cause a mini-cycle... hopefully Nossie will let us know whats right... cheers > Ron
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Nossie
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2011, 03:49:47 AM »

Ireiden: Yes, you can keep a bucket of the tank water and rinse the sludge out of the filter media into it Smiley That way you'll avoid a min-cycle everytime you clean the filter Cheesy If you have filter pads, just take them out and massage the dirt out.
And when changing the filter media, take out only half of it at a time so that the bacteria can start populating part of it at least. This should be done very rarely though. I use to change it when the filter pads are getting really soggy and bad at catching the dirt Smiley
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Ron H
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2011, 03:32:46 AM »

cheers Nossie, another problem solved... Thanks > Ron
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Nossie
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Re: dead fish
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2011, 02:31:34 AM »

No problem Smiley Glad to help! Smiley
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