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  1. i dont know, this goldfish doesnt seem sick, ive tried everything but her behaivior hasn't changed. she mopes around at the surface and all what i said before. i give up. i guess she's just a fish who has problems and thats how it's gonna be her whole life...it happens with humans, and it happens with fish. obviously i'll keep trying, but short of bringing her into the MRI place, i don't see anything to do. thanks for the advice anyways. according to Dr. Johnson, they don't posses a certain physiological part in their nervous systems that registers bad pain, so hopefully she's not in pain, only disabled. poor fish.
  2. Premature celebration....i came home and Asha was right back there again, in back of the filter. Is it possible it's the water temp? It's been at a steady 82-86˚ F sometimes 88˚ F. If so, it would be affecting one fish, and affecting the other 0%. Could it be the current is too much and that is a place with very little current? None of any of this makes any sense at all. Maybe it's the temp. I may hafta move the entire 55 to another part of the apartment, where it's darker.
  3. She is doing much much better! She loves to play in the bubbler and let the currents take her around. I'm glad she's okay.
  4. Well, I started feeding less, and soaking the hikari pellets, and Asha stopped floating around in the back~ Thanks!
  5. okay...thanks. it could be some genetic or random mutation too...this is a start though. i think maybe breeding these fish to be little fat blobs wasn't doing them a favor...
  6. She never bottom sits. All this on -the-side and flipped over stuff happens only at the surface of the water and it has been known to happen during the day but mostly at night.
  7. i feed a little bit of hikari, enough for her to devour in a few seconds...about 5-10 baby pellets, and then later in the day a little flake food. i go really easy on her, less now than before. i think i was over feeding before. and the other fish Blub has no problem even when he beats her to the food and ends up eating more than he should. poop looks fine, not long or stringy..she's active after eating all day...at night she does this stuff.
  8. So here's what she would do, and then instead of being dead the next time i saw her, every time she comes out and is ready to devour the food!!!
  9. thanks guys! What's the "OP" ? I'm not up on all the lingo. I should point out that I have some live plants and i maintain lots of algae on the back and sides for them to eat, and i thought this digests nitrates as well. i do NOT soak the pellets...i will now. i just got home and she is acting fine. thanks again
  10. * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 (yellow) * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 (light blue) * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH ~ 8.0, not sure of total alkalinity but i put sodium bicarbonate, i'll buy a test kit, API Water Conditioner removes Chloramines? * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) pH~7.2 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * Water temperature? 80-84˚ F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 gallons, running for 5 months, no pH crashes, very stable. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Power filter by Aquaeon came with the 55 gallon kit * How often do you change the water and how much? every two weeks but lately more often * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? two days ago 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? a 3 inch calico fantail, a 1.5 inch fantail/ryukin mix * What kind of water additives or conditioners? API stress coat water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari mini pellets (gold, staple) Tetra Goldfish flakes, occasionally Hikari bloodworms, straight from freezer. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? not until yesterday, i added Prazi as a preventative. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Prazi as prescribed two months ago when fish in question came in from quarantine, as a preventative. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? none * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? as stated in body of text
  11. So, all water parameters are perfect, as they've been from the beginning. I don't overfeed. Stocking is: Her, a 3 inch calico, and a 1.5 inch ryukin share a 55 gallon tank. This fish will swim to the corner, behind the power filter, and go onto her side, or upside down, or rightside up, and just sit there. Of course I thought she was dead or about to die. Then she will swim rightside up out of that location and eat voraciously! Then swim around, play in the bubbler, act "normal", then later on she'll be back there acting dead. This has been going on for two weeks. In that time, no other problems manifest, especially eating. Her appetite is amazing, poo looks good. There are no external signs of disease either. Is it possible that this fish simply likes to "lie down"? She DOES like to let the current of the bubbler and filter push her around...almost seems like she is exercising. I've absolutely NEVER seen a goldfish on their side or flipped in a corner and not been wasting from disease, and dead the next morning! The water temp is high. About 80-84˚ F which I have been checking and controlling with bottles of ice periodically, and i have the maximum surface action with an extra bubbler for oxygen. The other gold is also fine but doesn't do this strange upside down-on-side-in the corner behavior
  12. but what should i do? I see no tubercles on Blub and when is sexual maturity?
  13. alright well first of all i had miscounted. the receipt says i started asha in QT on 4/19, so i put him into the 55....it got really weird from there. yesterday Blub (1 " long ryukin/fantail) went nuts scared kept the hell away from asha (3") That I expected on the first night...but then this morning, and since, not only is Blub not at all scared of Asha anymore, but since Asha makes absolutely no aggressive moves on Blub, Blub started kinda pecking at Asha. Nothing really bad...but it' almost as if Blub likes Asha's slime coat or something. But weirdest, and kinda annoying to me and maybe Asha, Blub will follow Asha all around and swim up into Asha's fantail, which can totally cover Blub's bodyength, and seems to be doing something with his mouth, then Asha's a bit annoyed and kinda swims away...it's never an altercation, but I cannot figure it out...It annoys the hell outa me cuz Blub when he's doing it just will not let Asha alone. Perhaps Blub is trying to sexually arouse Asha (which would make Asha a girl lol) to lay eggs? But I see absolutely no tubercles on Blub AND I thought Blub is kinda young. I don't know what the age of sexual maturity is. Interesting to note that Asha does not seem terribly pissed off about it...never turns and dominates Blub which he/she easily could do. Help? I feel like trading Blub and getting a more suitable fish for asha---maybe i should wait. Also, if Asha's a female and lays thousands of freakin eggs, this is not what i want...but i also don't wana murder a thousand fish!
  14. you shoulda seen him bolt for the huge gulp of food. no thinking...i'm amazed by how much these cute little beings know about getting along in their world...but sometimes you see them do something that reminds you that their brain is the size of a blackberry seed LOL
  15. hahaha good! he's fine now, and it doesnt even seem like anything happened! swimming up to me and nosing thru as much algae as he can!!! thanks for the info!
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