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Hi everyone, This is not an urgent Topic. I was just sitting musing about goldfish swimming. Well let me explain that... I fed my two Goldfish homemade gel food for the first time tonight. While one hoed in, the other was somewhat timid. She approached with caution, took a gingerly nibble. "Its ok" she thought, so she took a bigger bite. This didn't work so well. While taking a bite, she shook the gel food and smacked herself in the eye with it! Then very promptly swam away to hide behind some plants and stake it out from a distance, just in case it moved again! Well, I was trying to describe this to my mother in law in an email tonight, and I was stumped. How does one describe a goldfish swimming fast, well bolting? Or for that matter taking a leisurely swim? Horses have varied modes of movement, they walk, trot, canter, gallop. Humans dawdle, amble, walk, jog, sprint.... So how about fish? Is there any technical terms for the different ways fish swim? Then another thought struck me. If I was having trouble with my fish, and I wanted to describe it to someone, say on the wonderful Koko's forum, how would I go about it? Just a thought. I don't know if there is a technical answer or not, but if not I would love to hear some words I could use to describe the 'speed' or 'mode' of their movements. How do you describe the way your fish moves? Even if they are made up words I would love to hear them. Only if they are made up, please tell me they are made up, or ill be describing to you in the near future my fish is 'finflapping' around the tank, and no-one will know what I mean!
Hello everyone, I recently got a new Wakin goldfish, (feeder tank rescue) and he seems really healthy except that he has a tendency to, as I refer to it, "flounder;" by which I mean he leans slightly to one side when he swims. There is no side in particular that is the problem, but when he swims he always leans to one side; usually it is the direction away from the back wall of the tank. He doesn't seem to have any trouble with his swim bladder (he can move up and down without using his fins), and he has no fin tears that might unbalance him. Could this be a parasite problem? I really don't know much about parasites, but seeing as he is from a feeder tank, it seems possible. -The ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels are 0. -The pH is 7.5 The problem has gone away over the past week (I did a 30% water change on Monday and Friday), but I would like to diagnose it if possible, so that if it happens again I know what is happening. If anyone has any ideas at all, I would really appreciate it if you shared them; I am drawing a blank on this. Thanks, -Cyprinidae