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Nicole
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Worried about my comet
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:43:55 PM »

My comet goldfish, Sunshine, is hanging out at the top of the tank today for short periods, blowing bubbles.  The water quality isn't the best, but it's getting better (see my earlier posts about how I accidentally killed off all the benificial bacteria).  The other two shubunkins aren't doing this.  The temperature is about 70-72, they seem to be getting good oxygen, and he does come down below the surface and act normally for periods of time.  He's eating well, socializing, and just being a fish, except for this new behavior.  Is he just hungry, or is this more serious?
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calaguas
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Re: Worried about my comet
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 01:56:27 AM »

i think there  were something wrong in your water parameters... for now just observe..
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Nossie
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Re: Worried about my comet
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 11:22:59 AM »

If he's hovering by the surface, you should definitely check your pH value! A sudden crash in the pH would make your fish stay motionless by the surface, and soon get milky skin. If your pH is below 7 (goldfish prefer 8 actually) go to your pet store and buy some pH buffer Wink Change the water once a week to keep the KH value under control, this will automatically keep your pH at good levels!

If he's gasping, or simply breathing by the surface, your water might not have enough oxygen. Do you have a good filter? Any airstones?

But if the other two fish aren't doing anything like this, it might be good to have a close look at his gills! If there may be parasites or something bothering him. Try looking if the gills have healthy, meaty color, or if they're brownish or grey to the color. Any holes or wounds on the gills and gill covers?

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Nicole
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Re: Worried about my comet
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010, 05:52:01 PM »

His gills seem fine and happy, and we do have a great filter.  I feel a little silly because I think I worried too much, as he's acting fine now.  I think he was just being a fish. Wink
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Nossie
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Re: Worried about my comet
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2010, 06:42:52 AM »

Good to hear! (: Did you test your water?
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