My goldfish was getting listless and then overnight got attached to the filter hose at the gill. I also think the ammonia was too high and have since moved her to a large fishbowl which I conditioned. She is on her side, still breathing, and occasional makes small swimming spurts. Is there something I can do?
Is the fish bloated?
Is she swimming lopsided?
Does she have any filtration or areation?
She may be slightly bloated than before she got sick, but not much. She is swimming lopsided and tries to right herself. There is presently no filtration or areation in the bowl
Hello, I suspect she has Swim Bladder Disease, and this affects a fish's swim bladder which is the organ that helps in maintaining a fish's ability to balance and swim in a normal position. When it becomes blocked up or too full of air it stops functioning properly. This can be a result of water quality, over feeding dry foods or a Bacterial infection. Poor water quality can play a major issue contributing to the Swim Bladder problem. You should have some areation and filtration to help with the water quality. You should have a minimum of 15-20 gallons of water per gold fish.
The first step to helping is to check your water quality. The Ammonia should be 0, Nitrites 0 and the Nitrates 20 ppm or less.
You should have a test kit to check the levels. I suggest the API test kit with the test tubes and not the Strips. The Strip test can be off and not give the correct readings. We can try some first aid to help the fish. First do a 3/4 water change and be sure to add some de-chlorinator or use bottle Spring water for replacement.
Next please feed a couple of frozen peas in which the shell has been removed. You will need to be sure you crush the peas for the fish. This helps the stool to pass and will sometimes help to relieve the problem.
I also suggest using aquarium salt at 1 teaspoon of the salt per gallon of water. The Salt helps to draw out fluids that can cause swelling in the swim bladder disease. These are some links that give you information about swim bladder disease: http://www.netpets.org/fish/reference/freshref/swimbldr.htmlhttp://www.fishfriend.com/articles/the_swim_bladder_disease.html http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/364175/swim_bladder_disease_in_goldfish_how.html?cat=53 There are some other methods of treating swim bladder which has to do with reducing the amount of water in the tank which helps to decompress the swim bladder, but I would only use that as a last resort.
This link will help you locate Fish Vets if the treatment does not help: http://www.koivet.com/a_fishvets.html
Can I keep her in the fishbowl until I get the water ready in the tank?Can I use the aquarium salt in the fishbowl. It has 2.5 gallons in it. I will need to get some supplies first and can do that tomorrow.
I would only use 1/2 teaspoon full of aquarium salt in the fish bowl since there is no filtration. You will need to do partial water changes on the tank when set up. It will go through cycling. Fritzyme #7 should help get the cycling started and hopefully you will not have too much problem. The tanks cycling is called New Tank Syndrome, so I will give you some information to prepare for it and how to cope with it.
This is a link: http://www.bestfish.com/breakin.html
I will try that...thanks for your help
I hope this will help get your fish back on the road to recovery. When you get fish you are not warmed about these issues. Just make sure to check the water quality and do the water changes. Joan
Vet Tech for 30+yrs. Small Animals and Fish