Goldfish Floating

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by skytime, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. skytime

    skytimeNew MemberMember

    I have a goldfish that's approximately 8-10 years old. I got her and another goldfish about 8 months ago. Before that she wasn't cared for all that well. The other goldfish sadly passed away shortly after i got her and showed the same symptoms this one does now.

    A month ago my goldfish started to almost gasp for air on the top of the water surface.So i imminently thought it was either an ammonia build up or she was not getting enough air. The ammonia build up was highly unlikely since i do a 20% water change on her tank once a week.PS she's quite a messy fish. But i did test her water and the parameters were normal. I bought her an air stone, and i better positioned her filter. Now in a span of 2 days she barely moves and just lets the flow of the water move her. She also tries to position herself between plants and just lays there. Today she didn't even eat.

    I do a weekly 20% water change. (I use a water de chlorinator)
    I keep her water a bit colder than room temperature.
    Tank size 55L

    Please if anyone could help me out in what i could be doing wrong i'd really appreciate the help. It breaks my heart to see her like this.
  2. Iverg1

    Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Weird is she displaying any signs of sickness,bloating?
  3. OP

    skytimeNew MemberMember

    For as long as I've had her she's always been a bit of a bigger fish. I wouldn't say I've noticed any bloating. I could post a picture of her and her behavior.
  4. Iverg1

    Iverg1Well Known MemberMember

    Okay do that so I can see her
  5. OP

    skytimeNew MemberMember

    She was not this bad yesterday. It only got this worse today.

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  6. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    The tank is much too small for her, and your water changes are much too small. This could easily be a water quality issue.

    What do you feed her?

    I'd do daily 50% water changes and upgrade her tank to at least a 115 liter tank. Fast her for a few days, then feed her cooked, deshelled peas.
  7. Goldiemom

    GoldiemomWell Known MemberMember

    I agree with TexasDomer and was going to recommend the same thing. He just types faster. lol Seriously, I do 50% w/c's twice a week with my goldies and they are in a 55G tank. You need at least a 20G for one fancy. Also, if she is truly that old, she could just be at her life expectancy. They will usually live about 10 years but if she had a rough start, it could have affected her longevity. Don't give up and do exactly what TexasDomer advised.