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Help! Goldfish laying at bottom of his tank!


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Ok so day one of peas and I can at the very least say that ate. Bryan (my boyfriend) was home today so the fish got a few extra peas. We haven't seen any poo from either fish, however, we are wondering if the filter system we have going is just sucking the poo up before we see it.

The good news is that Moby is WAY more active today. Tonight was the first time in almost a week that I had seen him swim mid tank for awhile. He also swam to the top and dove back down for the first time in a week tonight so I think he's much happier.

How many days of peas should we be doing?

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dnalex you're not the only one. This morning Bryan admitted that he had thought that Moby was a gonner when he found him laying on his side, listless. Now Moby is almost back to normal. He always sat on the bottom a lot, we think the tank is probably too small for him and looking into relocation (kindof) for him. He is 13 or so inches long (don't have his weight) but he's a big guy.

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I think there is some Koi to him. He's longer than your palm, 13in might be long, but he's longer than a cell phone. He's LONG! We've thought about relocating him to a pond in PA (Bryan's mom has a friend with a pond) but now that we've nursed him back I don't know if I can let him go. I mean he seems happy.

Also for larger goldfish should we feed more fiber or protein? We are going to our LFS on Saturday and I wanted to get better food for the goldfish since the tropical fish in the other tank have some fancy stuff.

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More fiber and less protein. There are two reasons I can think off the bat. Firstly, more protein in his food means that he can use it for energy and store the fats. This is actually not good for him, since the fats accumulating in internal organs and vessels will cause many problems. Secondly, he doesn't need to grow more. He just needs to maintain his weight. :)

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And we officially need a different food because I looked at our label. It is 35% protein and 6% fiber. Any brands you suggest? We are also thinking of keeping them on peas as a treat once treatment is done.

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Glad he's getting better :) To prevent swim bladder problems in future stick to sinking pellets, that way they're not gulping air. As for brands most people recommend Hikari and Pro-gold. I'm not sure if it would be the same foods for single tails, though. I'd wait until dnalex comments for confirmation :D

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Got home at 8pm and Moby hasn't been bottom sitting at all! He'll swim for peas now and he and Goldie race for them. He is 110% better than he was a week ago. Thank you dnalex for your help! I think we are going to try and find him food with more fiber and keep up a pea regimine for both fishes.

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I think that if you are interested, read a bit more about the Repashy line of gel food for fish, especially the super green one. :)

Having said that, 35% protein is rather standard for pellets. At his age and size, I think it's fine to stick with this pellet. Just make sure to feed more sparingly with this, and supplement daily with peas and other veggies if you wish. :)

I'm really glad he has improved! :D

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