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Got a weird one here guys... I recently got a few little goldfish a couple of weeks ago. (I posted photos of the little guys in the photo thread!) All the fish are doing well except my little calico lion head. He's doing this odd thing. He will swim around and feed with the other guys fine for a while but most of the day he goes up gulps air and becomes too filled with air to do anything but float at the top of the tank. My tank parameters are perfect: Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: Less than 5 PH: 8.2 the temperature stays between 72-75. I have plenty of filtration 180 gallons worth for a 65 gallon, the tank isn't over stocked there are 3 other small goldfish in it. He exhibits no outer symptoms such as red streaks, torn fins, white dots, anything, no fungus. Poop looks normal. He doesn't even look bloated when this happens. But it is the strangest thing, he will swim around go up to the top gulp air swim down immediately swim back to the surface and gulp air again, and I know he's taking a lot in because as he goes down I'll see him release bubbles and quite large ones at that. The tank is a little taller than most but I've raised plenty of fancy goldfish in it no problems, and like I said the others are doing fine. He will do this little activity until he can't swim anymore and floats in the top corner. I've fasted him for two days and he seemed to do better but as soon as I fed him the second feeding after the fast (later in the evening I typically feed twice a day), boom it happens again, he starts gulping air again. It's very odd behavior its not like a goldfish that is oxygen deprived or in a tank full of ammonia. It has me very perplexed. Sorry for the long post but I thought I would see if anyone here had any ideas as to why he's doing this because I certainly don't! Thanks!! P.S. I've added a bubble wand to get more water circulation though it was fine before on the off chance he's not getting enough oxygen.
Hi everyone, Not sure if this is something to worry about, but thought it was better to consult you more experienced fish keepers just in case. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0 * Nitrate level(Tank): 0 or < 5 * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0 * Nitrate level(Tap): 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): pH: 7.4-7.6, GH: 170ppm, KH: 107ppm * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): pH: 7.4-7.6, KH and GH are both quite low, <50ppm Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Master Test Kit (drops) and API Drops KH and GH Test Kit * Water temperature? 21* C (70* F) - steady with thermometer * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 450litres (118 gallons) and has been running 9 months now * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Eheim Classic Canister, 1000 litres per hour (in the process of adding another big canister) * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% 1-2 times per week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Wed 18th, 50%WC * How many fish in the tank and their size? 5 fish as follows: 1 x 1gram, 1x 6grams, 1x 10 grams, 1x 20grams, 1x 38 grams * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime, Baking soda, "GH conditioner" (packet says 'mixture of mineral salts designed to increase GH') * What do you feed your fish and how often? 3 meals: Saki Hikari (purple bag), Repashi (50/50 mix of super green and soilent green), alternate between spinach and peas. * Any new fish added to the tank? Tiny comet on the 15th Sept * Any medications added to the tank? Recently treated the whole tank using the Koko's QT procedure (3 rounds), as they have never been treated for flukes etc, and noticed some frayed fins (which disappeared after 2 days of salt) * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment: As above, treated using Prazi Pro and salt (0.3%) beginning on the 25th of August. Reduced the salt to 0.1% on the 9th Sept after reading here that it shouldn't be at 0.3% with Prazi Pro (correct / incorrect?!) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? As previously mentioned, there were some frayed fins previously, which cleared up quite quickly after salt was added. Two scales missing from Nightshade (might be coincidence / result of rough behaviour) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Nightshade (Black Moor, 38grams) has been an occasional bottom sitter since I got him on the 2nd August. When treating with Prazi, I noticed he would sit more in the first day or two that Prazi was added. The last couple of days he has been gulping at the surface, particularly during / after meal times. Today I noticed some weird swimming behaviour, he seems slightly floaty like he is struggling to swim downwards, and haven't seen him bottom sit today. Don't know if this is relevant, but he is also quite a bossy fish, and was quite aggressive (particularly around meal times) when I first introduced him. It took quite a few weeks for a peaceful pecking order to be established. The addition of a new fish, even though she is small and timid, seems to have upset this a little and there has been more chasing than usual going on lately (might be breeding behaviour, but I thought not because females also chase males, and males chase males. It seems to mostly be limited to feeding times). This has been quite rough lately. My friend is going to help me upload videos of the gulping and weird swimming this evening. But I thought it was worth checking in with you all in case there's some obvious mistake I'm still making. Any info / advice would be greatly appreciated, I really thought I was through with making beginner mistakes because things have been going so well lately. Just want to provide the best possible care for my lovely fish http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae128/lcgillard/Nighshade-bottomsitting_zps0527c490.jpg
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank): 0.25ppm * Nitrite Level(Tank): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tank): 0ppm * Ammonia Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrite Level(Tap): 0ppm * Nitrate level(Tap): 0ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 7.8 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): N/A Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Freshwater Master Test Kit * Water temperature? 24 °C - 25 °C * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 29 Gallon, had previous fish in it so it was running for about 1 year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 150 and Aquaclear 50 = 350 gph * How often do you change the water and how much? Every week 30%-50% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days ago 25%-30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 Fancy in a 29 gallon * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seacheam Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? Northfin Veggie formula (sinking pellets), Introduced Peas fews days ago, and Earthworm sticks * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Nothing * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Going to the surface often and gulping air Few days ago, Tuff, My red ryukin was flipping upside down after eating and he looked like he was constipated, so the next day I went to the grocery store to buy some frozen peas, I went home and heated some under the microwave for 1minute I peeled the shell off and I squish the peas and dumped it in so Tuff can eat it, later on eating it he poo out normally but this time green and the day later he started to gulp air when ever he sees me, and I don't if it's normal or not, he keeps gulping air ever since when I gave him peas, yesterday, when I checked his poo it was like really long and it was whitish case in some parts and brown in some parts, in the morning, I see poo floating to the top with air bubbles inside, I don't know what I should do.. Is there something wrong with him? I fed him some more peas so he can poo all the air out..