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zana
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Re: Sick Goldfish
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2013, 10:41:18 PM »

So I think something else may be going on but I'm not sure. The fish I mentioned in my previous comment passed away during the day. I feel bad but at that point there was nothing I could do. As is my habit, I have been checking on the fish throughout the day.

Just now I went and checked on them. One of them (one of the smaller ones like the one that died) seemed kind of off. The others were active and swimming and seemed normal but this one just wasn't as active as the others. He will swim for a little bit, then kind of allow himself to float to the bottom (right side up), and sit at the bottom for a minute then swim again. The others don't stop and rest like that.

I also noticed at one point when he was on the bottom one of the bigger fish seemed to pick on him for lack of a better phrase. At that point the little fish went inside the ruins thing I mentioned previously. It seemed like he was trying to hide (the big fish can't fit inside it). Now I'm wondering if the fish that got stuck last night had gone in there to hide from the big fish. I really just don't know though. They've lived together for years and I've never been aware of any such problems. And would bullying cause the smaller fish to be less active? Like said, I've never before witnessed them picking on each other so I guess I feel like it's a chicken and egg thing. If the small fish is indeed unwell, is he unwell because of being picked on? Or is he being picked on because of being unwell?

Outwardly everyone seems to look good. There are no external injuries or illnesses that I can see. Everyone has a good appetite except the smaller fish. He is eating but not as enthusiastically as the others. I just did a water change the other day. And I fed them a little bit of peas as a treat. I treat the water I use so it's not just tap water. The only thing different right now is that we are going through a heat wave (temps in the 90's) but I have air conditioning and it's certainly not the first time we've been through a heat wave.

I don't know. I'm at a loss. Any thoughts?
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zana
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Re: Sick Goldfish
« Reply #31 on: June 01, 2013, 05:52:56 PM »

Just another update. Sorry for so many so close together!

Everyone seems good today. The smaller of the fish that was acting strange yesterday seems fine today. He's swimming normal and eating normal and I haven't seen the bigger fish picking on him. Can fish just have bad days? I'm not really familiar with their behavior patterns yet. Maybe the little guy just wasn't feeling well yesterday? Do they have emotions? Maybe the fish were upset about the one that died? I know that probably sounds st*pid but I don't know. Or maybe the big fish was just cranky yesterday for some reason?

Anyway, knock on wood, they all seem good today. So the only thing I'm still questioning today is whether or not to have that decorative thing in the tank or not. Do they need it? Do they like having places to hide? Or is it better to give them more swimming space instead of taking it up with fixtures?
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Skwishee
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Re: Sick Goldfish
« Reply #32 on: June 08, 2013, 05:56:31 AM »

Sorry to take so long to get back to you lovely, fish can have odd moments, but usually there's a reason for it. For example one day on a Friday my goldfish bottom sat so I coaxed her with a bit of food and she was fine, a few days later when doing my water change, I realised the filter had been switched off for an entire week (I had evidently forgotten to turn it back on when doing my last water change) and so ya see the reason for her bottom sitting was more than likely because the filter had been off for 5 days.
So I suppose what I'm trying to say is that fish can act odd for a number reasons, so I would just keep an eye on the little one. If any of the fish seem to bully him again (sometimes fish do pick on weak or sick fish) then seperate the fish Smiley

As for tank decorations, fish don't need it, but at the same time it's nice for them to have something there, ya know? I personally only have mopani driftwood and gravel bags (gravel in some tights) in my tank, algae grows on it so Lucky nibbles at it constantly.
If you think the decoration could cause injury or problems to the fish, then simply if in doubt, take it out Wink

Have you been able to get any photos? Smiley
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