URGENT! Goldfish sinking to bottom of bowl and not breathing

BTaylor

My goldfish has recently been sinking to the bottom of his cage, and he doesn't seem to be breathing when he sits down there. His gills and mouth dont move. he has black marks on his gills, and I posted that on a separate thread. He gulped water at the top of his cage yesterday but after switching his cage up he has been sitting at the bottom. Any advice or help would be great.
 

StarGirl

1- do you have photos?
2- Have you changed the water?
3- How long has your tank been up and running?
 

Fishmanperson

My goldfish has recently been sinking to the bottom of his cage, and he doesn't seem to be breathing when he sits down there. His gills and mouth dont move. he has black marks on his gills, and I posted that on a separate thread. He gulped water at the top of his cage yesterday but after switching his cage up he has been sitting at the bottom. Any advice or help would be great.
Well if its in a bowl its not gonna survive your abusing that fish you need an actual tank not just a bowl so that's why.
 

PeterFishKeepin

Welcome to fishlore :)

Sorry btaylor but for fancy goldfish they need 40+gallons for 2 of them and comet/single tail goldfish need 75gal+ im assuming you have the goldfish in a bowl or setup less then 5 gallons??? The reason the fish is acting in all the ways you have stated is due to extremely high ammonia and nitrate levels, this is caused by overfeeding, excess fish poo/urine and inadaquate filtration, im assuming the bowl isnt got any flow or filter which is another issue.

Could you please fill in the emergency template and add a photo or two of the situation??

Best of luck :)
Peter
 

jtjgg

HELP!! Goldfish has black/red injury-like markings by gills! | Freshwater Fish Disease and Fish Health Forum | 525870

it is a single comet (based on the distinct V shape of the tail) in a vase.

you need to be doing TWO 50% DAILY water changes. once in the morning and once in the evening.

how big is his new home? the smallest common size tank needed would be either a 29g or 40g breeder tank. those are comet goldfish in my avatar pic, those two are 12-13 inches long.

the dark spots and blood spots are most likely damage from ammonia burns, thus you need to be doing two 50% daily water changes now. the ammonia is burning its gills.

you'll need atleast 8x turnover rate for your filter(s). for example if you have a 29g tank, then 29g x 8 = 232 gph filter.
 

BTaylor

My goldfish has recently been sinking to the bottom of his cage, and he doesn't seem to be breathing when he sits down there. His gills and mouth dont move. he has black marks on his gills, and I posted that on a separate thread. He gulped water at the top of his cage yesterday but after switching his cage up he has been sitting at the bottom. Any advice or help would be great.
thank-you for all the feedback, sadly Fishy passed away on Sunday night. We had changed his water, put in anti-ammonia droplets, and I was going to get a bubbler the next day. I am devastated but I think it was the fact he was from the fair and he just couldn't recover. :( I love him so much but at least he is in heaven now. He had only been in a bowl, and this is a large bowl, more like a large vase, for 2 days. I dont think it was our fault, as all of our other fishes have done quite well in the same tanks.
HELP!! Goldfish has black/red injury-like markings by gills! | Freshwater Fish Disease and Fish Health Forum | 525870

it is a single comet (based on the distinct V shape of the tail) in a vase.

you need to be doing TWO 50% DAILY water changes. once in the morning and once in the evening.

how big is his new home? the smallest common size tank needed would be either a 29g or 40g breeder tank. those are comet goldfish in my avatar pic, those two are 12-13 inches long.

the dark spots and blood spots are most likely damage from ammonia burns, thus you need to be doing two 50% daily water changes now. the ammonia is burning its gills.

you'll need atleast 8x turnover rate for your filter(s). for example if you have a 29g tank, then 29g x 8 = 232 gph filter.
I feel so bad. I didnt know he was burning his gills. We had done a water change the day before he passed I thought that was enough. I planned on getting a bubbler soon. But we had put in anti-ammonia tablets so I dont know why there was still so much ammonia. :(
 

StarGirl

Goldfish are ammonia making machines. Were you also dechlorinating the water or just using "ammonia drops?" What is that exactly, the name brand?

Goldfish are way to big for any size bowl. I dont think just a bubbler would have helped. How often did you change his water?
 

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