Floating Goldfish Help

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by Twinklingtea, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Twinklingtea

    TwinklingteaValued MemberMember

    Just started

    What is the water volume of the tank? 29 gallon
    How long has the tank been running? ~8mo
    Does it have a filter? Yes- fluval HOB 300 GPH, undergravel filter with airpump
    Does it have a heater? Yes
    What is the water temperature? 74
    What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 2 fan tail goldfish

    How often do you change the water? Weekly
    How much of the water do you change? 10 gallons
    What do you use to treat your water? Tetra aquasafe
    Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Vacuum substrate

    *Parameters - Very Important
    Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? Yea
    What do you use to test the water? API master
    What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
    *pre water change just preformed*

    How often do you feed your fish? 2x day
    How much do you feed your fish? Little pinch
    What brand of food do you feed your fish? Omega one
    Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? No, occasionally fresh spinach

    Illness & Symptoms
    How long have you had this fish? 6 mo
    How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? Gradually been getting worse since I got him
    In a few words, can you explain the symptoms? He floats, right now badly
    Have you started any treatment for the illness? Fasting
    Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? No
    How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? Floating, rash on belly where it's out of the water, possible bent spine? Hard to tell.

    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)
    Since I got this little dude he's been a floaty guy. He used to sleep floating around but it has gradually gotten worse and now he can't seem to swim much at all. Poor dude has a rash that looks like it might be getting infected (angry red spot) where his belly is floating out of the water. His spine also seems to be bent to the side he isnt floating on but I can't tell if that's just when He floats or also in the brief times he swims. He doesn't seem to be eating. He's been like this for a bit now but it's getting worse and I'm afraid he's dying. Help my little dude!

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  2. Skavatar

    SkavatarWell Known MemberMember

    Houston, TX
    2 years
    honestly, its best to euthanize. most likely bad genetics.

    i would also change out more water, like 15 gallons. i have a 29 gallon, but no substrate, i change out close to 20 gallons every week.
  3. OP

    TwinklingteaValued MemberMember

    Just started
    I hate to lose him but those sores look like they hurt. I can't leave him like this. I've never had to euthanize before, I'm a little nervous about it.

    Bigger water changes are definitely possible. They are still fairly small so I wasn't too worried about it, but I trust you. This is the second fish I've lost so I've gotta be doing something wrong.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019

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