Fish Sick, lethargic & swollen abdomen

Restav

Member
Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? 50L
How long has the tank been running? 3 months
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? no
What is the water temperature? cannot measure (no termometer)
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 4 golfish in total

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? weekly
How much of the water do you change? 3/4
What do you use to treat your water? An anticloro and conditioner
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? just water

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No
What do you use to test the water? No tool
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? twice a day
How much do you feed your fish? as much as 3 times their eye size
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Tetra Goldfish Flakes
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? 6 months
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 2 days
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? fish seems letargic, swimming slow and sometimes just hovering like when sleeping. left side abdomen seems a bit swollen with 3 white spots on it.
Have you started any treatment for the illness? no
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Just more lethargic and without much appetite

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

Yesterday I saw him lethargic and hovering at the bottom. Today He kept the same, not eating mucho, hovering most of the time, and with low energy. I noticed a small bump on the left side abdomen, i took pictured im attaching.

What could it be and how can I help? The other 3 fish in the tank seem normal.
 

aIvinn

Member
I'm a new fishkeeper but I think you should try and get your tank tested. I think that it's imperative that you know your EXACT water parameters. Then you should probably go from there. API Master Test Kit is a good tool. Also I strongly believe that you overfeed your fish. 3 times their eye size is quite a lot for that small stomach of theirs. IMO you should really be feeding them less than that. Personally, I would feed my fish every other day and no more than they can consume in less than 5 minutes. Lastly, your Goldfish might be bloated which explains the stomach. However, you shouldn't take my word for it and wait for what the more experienced fishkeepers have to say.
**I also think that you should get a heater & thermometer because it's just one of those tools that every fishkeeper has to have.
 

Cred

Member
Usually red gills are a sign of excess ammonia in the water, I'd try a salt bath
Nivlaa said:
I'm a new fishkeeper but I think you should try and get your tank tested. I think that it's imperative that you know your EXACT water parameters. Then you should probably go from there. API Master Test Kit is a good tool. Also I strongly believe that you overfeed your fish. 3 times their eye size is quite a lot for that small stomach of theirs. IMO you should really be feeding them less than that. Personally, I would feed my fish every other day and no more than they can consume in less than 5 minutes. Lastly, your Goldfish might be bloated which explains the stomach. However, you shouldn't take my word for it and wait for what the more experienced fishkeepers have to say.
**I also think that you should get a heater & thermometer because it's just one of those tools that every fishkeeper has to have.
and keep an eye on the fish and if it turns over, immediately put it in the aquarium water. But unless you have tested your water you wouldn't know, so you have to pay close attention to your fish, if they start acting weird or if they have redgills.
 
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