Goldfish gulping air

Discussion in 'Goldfish' started by Rogier, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. R

    Rogier New Member Member

    Hello iam Rogier i am new in the hobby,

    i keep 2 veil-tales in a 110 liter tank but one veil-tale has the habit of gulping for food at the surface
    and i checkt the water quality its all fine.
    i started feeding on the botem of the tank about 2 week ago and still the problem is not gone

    i really need some help.

    (sorry for my english :p)

      photo so you can how it kinda looks like )
  2. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Are they gulping air because of the lack of oxygen? Have you tried sinking pellets?
  3. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettas Fishlore VIP Member

    Hi there and welcome to Fish Lore!!! Nice to meet you! :D

    How long has he been doing this?

    Define "fine" with your water parameters, what are the exact readings?

    What are you feeding?

    What test kit are you using?

    The tank is kinda small for the both of them, imo......

  4. OP

    Rogier New Member Member

    sorry i dont know what kind of test kit it is i did it at aquarium store but the water quality is good its a habit.. but i dont know how to solve it
  5. G

    Geoffrey Well Known Member Member

    Can you get it tested again? Take note of what they use (liquid test kit or test strips) and ask them to write down the values of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate for you.
  6. BornThisWayBettas

    BornThisWayBettas Fishlore VIP Member

    Well, for one, I would strongly recommend getting your own liquid test kit, something like the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. Also, for future reference, get your exact numbers from the test at the store, as "fine" could mean anything and doesn't really tell us much. And, the store might use test strips, which are inaccurate. Is it possible for you to get your water tested again?
  7. Gekco

    Gekco Well Known Member Member

    I agree with BTWB on the test kit, get yourself an API Liquid Master Test Kit it will save you time and money from going to the fish store just to get water tested and you won't be using gas that you really don't need to use. If the store said your levels are fine they could be saying that it's within the safe range, you could have ammonia you could have nitrite we don't know.
  8. G

    Geoffrey Well Known Member Member

    Or at least what they consider a safe range. You really should have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite.
  9. S

    Stephanie2015 Valued Member Member

    Hi and welcome! =] I am new to the hobby, but just wanted to add that you are in the right place for good, reliable advice. LFS aren't very reliable, as for the most part they are trying to get you to buy. I had my tank crash due to some bad advice from my lfs, even though his title was "aquatics specialist". Hope they get better! =]

    Sent from my SM-G900R4 using Fish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum mobile app
  10. OP

    Rogier New Member Member

    i dont know alot about test strips but he explained me that the ammonia, nitrite, ph where perfect

    i know for sure its just a habit of the goldfish he used to find food on the surface i would apriciate some tips to solve his habit
  11. G

    Geoffrey Well Known Member Member

    To be blunt, we don't trust the store associate when he says the water is "perfect" or "fine." We want to assess it for ourselves.

    As mentioned, a liquid test kit such as API master test kit is highly recommended so you can know your water parameters for yourself and for convenience. Liquid test kits are also much more accurate than test strips and they're cheaper too in the long run.

    The reason why we're asking about your water parameters is because it may have something to do with your goldfish gasping at the surface.
  12. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    Greetings and welcome :;hi1

    Pet stores are notoriously wrong about everything when it comes to fish. As was said above there should be 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites.

    Ammonia attacks the gills. If you have ammonia in the tank this may be your answer.

    You really should have a liquid test kit. Strips are so inaccurate as to be useless, actually dangerous as they may tell you there is no ammonia when there is. Most people use the API liquid test kit. I recommend the master kit. But there are other kits on the market.
  13. OP

    Rogier New Member Member

    i would love to buy a test kit but i dont have money at the moment so really need to try to solve it with what i got and i under stand you guys need info on the water quality but i got a strong feeling its not the quality. if i observe the fish its scavenging attitude and i want to take some steps forward so of you got some tips for me that would be great

    thank in advanced

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