View Full Version : Goldfish laying on the bottom

02-20-2007, 10:08 PM
My 2 goldfish in an inadequet tank are laying on the bottom. They can swim fine but it seems they choose not to. Their top (dorsal?) fin is held erect. Do I feed them boiled peas? What should I do?

02-21-2007, 01:13 AM
Do they get up when someone goes near? I think they are just resting, as my goldfish did the same thing, but perked right up when someone came near because they must have thought food was coming.

02-21-2007, 02:19 AM
Are they doing this all the time or just a certain time of day? Do they swim to the top for food? I have heard of fish sleeping on the bottom of the tank but not golds, mine are always active. I hope they are alright.

02-21-2007, 03:23 AM
are they bloated?

Lethartic behavior is often from bloat or internal parisites.

Hows youre levels?

02-22-2007, 04:59 AM
Keep an eye on them that doesn't sound good. Are they bent over or just lying? Are they feeding at all? I hpoe they're ok. I lost my largest goldie last year he was about 10inches and was lying on his side one day dead as a doornail - I lost it and burst into tears, was devastated as I'd had him for about 4yrs!

02-22-2007, 05:17 AM
One of them looks a very tiny bit larger in the head and has tiny brown spots a bit above between his eyes. They will eat if I feed them and they will swim around though. I don't have a est kit right now, but I'm guessing that the ammonia nitrate an nitrite are zero because it has been up since May and I change more than half the water once a week.

02-22-2007, 03:21 PM
well, all you can do is wait.

02-22-2007, 07:30 PM
An update: I'm seeing them on the floor alot less now. Does petsmart offer free water testing?

02-22-2007, 09:40 PM
An update: I'm seeing them on the floor alot less now. Does petsmart offer free water testing?

2 bucks here in canada

02-23-2007, 02:53 AM
Keep an eye on the spots to see whether they turn black. When my goldies have had nitrate burning their fins and tails & sometimes around their eyes have turned black once they started healing, they do go back to normal. I would definitely try getting the water tested, it sounds like a big problem.

02-24-2007, 06:59 PM
One of the golds belly is getting pretty fat, and when the light shines through, it looks black.

02-24-2007, 07:20 PM
An update: I'm seeing them on the floor alot less now. Does petsmart offer free water testing?

Our Petsmart tests for free...

My goldfish sleep on the bottom...

04-23-2007, 11:54 PM
One of my goldfish sleeps on the bottom. During the day he will lay down if the other fish don't include him or if he is constipated.

04-24-2007, 12:04 AM
2 month old thread. lol

04-24-2007, 01:07 AM
Whoops. Did not realize.

Lady Hobbs
04-24-2007, 01:44 AM
I saw goldfish in Walmarts one day all laying in a big pile at the bottom of the tank. Dozens of them. I thought there had been a huge die off until I walked up to the tank and they all took off swimming. It was odd to see.