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Big Mama
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Worried about my fish...
« on: June 11, 2010, 12:23:41 PM »

Good Afternoon,
This is my first time having fish, one of my goldfish is not swimming about like he used to.  He is sitting on the bottom of the tank with his back to me only swimming around a few times a day.  I only have 2 fish 1 is a goldfish and the other is a coy fish, I do have a sucker fish that stays in a little tunnel (is that normal) only coming out at night.  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
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Katarine
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 12:55:32 PM »

okay how big are your goldfish, and how big is your tank? Have you tested the water? If so, can we get this information? does your goldfish look any different, maybe swollen or bloated? as much information as possible will be nice Smiley
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Mindemae
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2010, 01:43:48 PM »

Hi Big Mama,
The first thing is to check the water chemistry.  If you don't have a test kit that checks, ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and ph, then please go to your fish store and ask them to test it and pick yourself up a kit.
What kind of goldfish is this? Slimbodied like commons and comets or egg shaped bodied like fantails, orandas etc.?
What size is your tank?
Koi can get too big for a tank and would enjoy pond life better.
Sitting at the bottom of the tank is definately not normal.  Your nitrates may be too high, you may have low oxygen in the tank.  It could be a number of things.
What kind of filtration do you have?
Do you have extra aeration in the form of a pump running connected to an airstone in the tank?
These answers to all these questions will be the key in helping to diagnois your fish. Smiley
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carol
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010, 03:45:33 PM »

hi i have a large gold fish with an ulcer she has been poorly rof about 2-3wks.just staying under the lilly pad no swimming around or eating. but today iv noticed her swimming around and seems to be a little better but still not eaten anything how long can she go without food as she hasnt eaten 4 couple of weeks. any help would be great please
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Nicole
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010, 05:02:47 PM »

Where is the ulcer?  If it is on her head, you might have to worry about hole-in-the-head disease.  If it is on or near her fins or tail you could be looking at fin rot.  If it is on her body, it might be parasites or an injury.  Is there anything on her body or hanging off it?  Does the ulcer look fuzzy at all?
That does seem a long time for her not to be eating.  As far as treatment, I and many people here reccomend Pimafix, as it treats bacteria and fungus.  I think you can use it in ponds, but I'd check the directions on the bottle to make sure.  If you can't find it, your pond supply store might have some ideas.
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 07:00:18 PM »

Hi Carol,
I would definately take the fish out of the pond and treat it in a hospital tank or tub.
You would want to run a pump with airline and air stone in the hospital tank.
Add 1 TBS of salt to every 5 gallons of water.
Add melfix according to bottle's directions.
Look closely at the ulcer and see if you see a worm sticking out of it.  If you do see one, it will be elongated and and almost look like a piece of fine string.  You will have to catch your fish and have someone hold it in a wet net or cloth while you or someone else takes a tweezers and gently but firmly pulls the worm out.
Get some iodine and dab on the hole where the worm was.  If your fish does not have a worm but has a flesh wound only, continue to treat with melafix .  If he does have an anchor worm then your whole pond will have to be treated for parasites.  I use something called Parcid but there are other brands.

 Feed a medicated oral antibiotic fish food to the fish in the hospital tub, for a week or so.  If you fish wont eat it, try soaking the food pellets in garlic for a few minutes then try feeding again, twice a day.

Keep us updated and good luck to you! Smiley

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Nossie
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Re: Worried about my fish...
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2010, 03:42:25 AM »

Big Mama: Most suckermouth catfish are nocturnal animals and come out when you turn off the light. So yes, it's normal that he stays in the dark, just resting and sleeping Wink
Other than that, I would encourage you to answer the questions asked as soon as possible so we could help you and your fish (:

Carol: You should by no means let your fish be sick for that long. You have to be looking out for disease and parasites every day to make it easier for you when treating. Other than that, you should really quarantine your sick fish and start treating the wound and looking out for parasites, like suggested. It's better for a sick fish to heal in peace.
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