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and what can you do about it?
...we had an ill goldfish. My mother took it out of the tank and dripped some brandy into its mouth. It still died though.
but if it's spending a lot of time floating near the top but is still alive, you're meant to put a few frozen peas into the goldfish bowl. It actually worked when we did it as well. Our goldfish back at home are 8 years old, it's insane.
Sometimes Goldfish get floating bladder problems which upsets their balance and makes them go to one side and float at the top, this is easily fixed by using some liquid stuff you can buy from pet shops. Other than that usually when they dont eat or dont move you can pretty much tell their unwell/dead.
some scales have come off
looking fed up
sitting on bottom holding fins close to body
have looked online and it says to change the water so that's what I've done. looking happier now. probably woken up by being netted from one tank to another twice in ten minutes.
will keep you posted.
"Says to change the water so that's what I've done"
Yu didn't change all of it did you? That in itself can kill a goldfish, especially if it's already worse for wear. Tapwater is a) very cold and b) full of chemicals.
Next time, leave the tap water to stand for a three days, this allows it to become tepid (the chemicals go away- I don't pretend to know how) and also you should change only half the water and use aquasafe-which is like a stress removal you can use to minimize the damage done by changing water.
Might be too late now, but I hope this helps :)
Also, it's summer. If the bowls in direct sunlight for even some of the day, move it. I can't think of what else to do except leave it now, don't take it out the water or anything, and hopefully whatever is wrong will right itself, it often does.
yeah i kind of did. I always make sure the temperature's about the same though when I change water to clean the filter. the fish in question seems a little happier now. time will tell if the scale shedding stops. some aquasafe might be in order though.
It was 11.
I was sad.... My other fish is about 10.
Will it beat 11?
the fish was approx 11 1/2...