Thread: Help! Sick Goldfish
04-09-2014, 12:52 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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- Apr 2014
Help! Sick Goldfish
Hi everyone, I really need some advice. I will try to make a long story short. Due to a power outage I lost too much of my beneficial bacteria and had the nitrogen cycle start over in a long established tank.. I took notice when my smaller fish stopped swimming around and sat still on the bottom.I immediately tested the water and got a reading of .50 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates. I done a large water change to help with the ammonia. I continued smaller water water changes daily and used prime. The ammonia levels never went above .25ppm again. After about 6 weeks it cycled again. My fish did not seem stressed.Anyway I have had a 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and low nitrate reading. Everything looks good now for the last 5 days. BUT when I got up this morning one of my fish was on the bottom of the tank and he is laying with a "bowed" body. I thought he was dead several times today, but he is still breathing. Not eating, nothing other than a wiggle here or there.. same "bowed" position all day on the bottom of the tank. Is there anything I can do for this? Is it the effects of the nitrogen cycle? I hate to see him this way. I have had him for many years and it kills me to do nothing Advice please!!!!
04-09-2014, 03:03 PM #2
Hmmm, it is possible that he is just now showing symptoms of ammonia poisoning, though I would have thought it would have happened sooner. I have not experienced this myself so I'll just give the general things to do when you don't know what to do.
-Complete a partial water change.
-Keep the lights off to reduce stress.
-Are you per chance running a heater? I know some people with goldfish do, but they really prefer cooler water. If so this could add more stress.
-You might consider dosing with a mild medication. I use Melafix for fin rot and it may help. Other members may correct me on this one.Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.
You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.