Is My Goldfish Ok?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Nicholas04, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Nicholas04New MemberMember

    My comet goldfish has been acting odd lately, he has been lying in the ground, not on his side, and not eating much either. Also there is some black coloring happening around his mouth area, but here are no white or black spots on his body and his find are in good condition as well. Please help if there is anything wrong or If he is ok. He also poops often.[​IMG]
  2. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Hi there,
    Black marks are usually indications of ammonia burns.
    What are your water parameters?

  3. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Do a water change first of all to discard water quality problems.
    I see a stringy poop, consider treating him for internal parasites.

  4. Nicholas04New MemberMember

    Just checked water parameters and everything is looking good except I am unable that test for ammonia as my test strips don't have that. I will check for internal parasites soon.

  5. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Stringy poop is usually a sign of constipation. Is he/she still eating?

    Don't treat for internal parasites first. We're still not sure what this is. @CindiL can help you out.

    As for testing your water, try bringing you water to your LFS. Most will usually test your water for free and some will require a small fee.
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  6. Nicholas04New MemberMember

    Should I use the garlic remedy?

    He is not eating

    But his poop is long and stringy and is always present
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  7. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Sounds like constipaion to me then.
    Since he is not eating you can't feed him fiber rich food. So you're best bet is to treat with epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

    Treat with a dosage of 1-3 teaspoons per 5 gallons
  8. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    What are your exact water parameters? If you cant test for ammonia just do a water change! 50% It can be the difference between life and death, that will totally discard water quality.
    Try mixing peas with garlic and mash them all up, see if it will eat it. If dont then yeah, epsom salt would be your best bet.
  9. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed, if you don't know your water parameters then a water change is the way to go.
  10. Nicholas04New MemberMember

    So do I just put the epsom salt straight into the aquarium?
  11. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Yep, make sure your water is de chlorinated and add the proper dosing to your aquarium. While treating do 30-40% water changes thrice a week.
  12. Nicholas04New MemberMember

    Ok thanks, will try tomorrow after I do a 40% water change
  13. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Alright, keep us posted!

    Good Luck! :)
  14. scarfaceFishlore VIPMember

    I would just start with a large water change first and see if there are any improvements.
  15. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    What do you mean by large water change? I would advise a water change at the maximum of 60%.
  16. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    I do almost 100% water changes sometimes and it never negatively impacts upon my fish or my cycle.

    When unaware of the water parameters and having a sick fish, I would do a complete water change. The most important thing to make sure is that the new water is the same pH and temperature of the old water so that the fish isn't shocked.
  17. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    You also forgot to mention that the new water should be dechlorinated, lol ;)
  18. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    I didn't believe that was necessary to mention.

    Also, I believe it is better to do a Epsom salt bath rather than putting Epsom salt into the tank itself.
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  19. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    It was a little joke if you couldn't tell ;).
    Agreed, Epsom Salt baths would be far easier to do.
  20. MaddieTaylahWell Known MemberMember

    No offence, but I don't understand the humour in your statement.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017

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