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Goldfish lying on it's side, lethargic - I think she's going to die

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Good evening guys.

 

It's been a long time. For months everything has been fine in my tank.

I came back from work and my boyfriend pointed out that one of my fish has been swimming on the same spot (near the surface) since lunch time. she was fine this morning.

So I gave them a 80%  water change. I also noticed that she was gasping a lot, so started a flukes treatment.

She perked up. Still seemed a bit week but was swimming around. Then one of my other fish attacked her. He always does this after a water change (he is a young male and I always think that it's mating behaviour). Well I had to get him out because he was really stressing her out. After a kefafel trying to catch him, she was thoroughly stress and floating on her side at the top of the tank. I dimed the light, added anti-stress and some ph regulating liquid. After a while she perked up again and started swimming about. Then all of a sudden she was on her side again. This time at the bottom of the tank. She has remained there, drifting, on her side, breathing but not swimming.

I have switched off the lights and left the room. Sitting in bed in tears right now. Not sure she will make it through the night. There is nothing physically wrong with her apart from her behaviour. 

I have stupidly run out of my testing kit. Will buy one on amazon tomorrow. But by then it might be too late.

 

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Hi! Please fill out the D&D form as best you can so we can get a complete idea of what may be going on in your tanks and filters, as well as with this fish' history. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of this but the form helps us make sure we aren't missing anything and makes referring back for information much easier :)

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One question I do have - are there any other fish in the tank acting up or just this one? Could you post a video of the behavior?

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  • Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
  • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
  • * Nitrate level(Tank)
  • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
  • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
  • * Nitrate level(Tap)
  • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 
  • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

    Other Required Info:

  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api drops
  • * Water temperature? 
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60g, 18 month
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? All Pond Solutions 2000EF
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? Weekly, 100%
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? A week, Then today, 100%
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? 3 fish... 2 comet, 1 half koi/ half comet
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Api Anti Stress
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? 2x daily pellets
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? No
  • * Any medications added to the tank? Prazi Pro and salt
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

    Nothing in a very long time

  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

    Frayed fins, weird sorta blood pool or scab inside eye? nope

  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

    , Swimming in one spot, gasping, gulping air, then floating on side or laying on side at bottom of tank

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Hi. Thank you so much for getting back to me. No the other two were behaving absolutely normal until I added the Prazi. But they always act up a bit - shaking, sudden jolts and clamping when I do a flukes treatment. They seem to get flukes pretty bad.

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I don;t want to stress her out even more. So the lighst are switched off now. And I'm praying she survives it. But I don't have a lot of hope, She has never done this. She's been the healthiest fish I have ever had. She was never sick or anything. This is completely out of the blue. If she is still alive tomorrow I'll send a film. Is that okay?

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I think a fluke treatment was a good way to go. Consider floating her in a colander to isolate her and keep her from needing to swim as hard too. It's your call.

How old is this fish?

You're welcome to send video tomorrow. And when your test kit comes do let us know your results before another water change, okay? :grouphug

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Sorry but what do you mean with its my call? The colander?

She's two and a half years old.

I'll send the video and the test kit results. Video probably in the morning. Test kit in the afternoon.

Do you think she has a chance. Can fish survive this. It seems like shock?!

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The colander is your call - if you think she might be more agitated with it then don't do it, but you're there watching her and I am not.

It does sound like she had a shock or even poisoning of some sort but with other fish acting fine rhst seems less likely. Perhaps she had enough issues with whatever may have been bugging her that it was the straw that broke the camel's back? Gasping makes me think flukes or other ectoparasite as well, and many fish can tolerate them for a long time until one day they get a stress that pushes them over the edge, if you know what I mean.

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Yes. I will see if I can find a colander that works in the morning. Right now I don't want to do anything that could stress her even more and send her over the edge.

I'm kicking myself for not doing the flukes treatment earlier.

Am I doing the right thing by just leaving the rank in the dark and leaving the room? I don't think there's much else I can do? And I don't want to switch on the light and stress her.

I removed jaffa, the fish who upset her from the rank he's currently in a strategy container. Black y is still left in the tank. He was staying by her side and even supported her when she was floating on her side. I've never seen something so gentle from a fish. He was hovering underneath her. She was lying on top of him.

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Hope she feels better.

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Chris here... I'm so sorry fish is not doing well... It is always so stressful when they are not well... The guidance you'll receive here will be wonderful... Best wishes that your fish recover quickly...

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Sorry to hear about your fish. Turning of the lights will help reduce stress. Good call on removing the aggressive fish.

 

So sweet of Blacky to stay close.

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I'm sorry :(. Keep an eye on the other fish and let us know if anything pops up. Sometimes these things move so fast thre isn't much to be done. But continuing the fluke treatment on the other fish and watching the water chemistry is a good idea moving forward.

Edited by Arctic Mama

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I changed the water and put jaffa back in the tank. I know you said to test the water first but after her death I thought it be best. The other fish seem fine at the moment

I'll keep an eye on them and the water chemistry.

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Sorry for your loss.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.

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So sorry you lost Lemon :(

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So sorry for your loss :hug

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So Sorry for your loss :(

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