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Help please!!  We have an outdoor pond and noticed our goldfish was on his side.  We removed him from the pond and brought him indoors and put him in a plastic cooler to quarantine him.  We have never had this problem so not sure what to do.  Local pond market recommended no food for 2-3 days, then peas.  We have been changing the water every couple of days.  He appears to be getting stronger but still laying on his side.  We are at a loss of what to do and our goldfish will be with a sitter later this week for a few days.  


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Please copy & paste fill the following form, or simply quote it in your reply.  Put your answer after each question.

  • 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?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? (If you don't know the volume of your pond, give the length, width and depth so we can determine it.)
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * How often do you change the water and how much?
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?





Change at least 50% of the water in his cooler daily, ideally 100%.  Clean water should always be your first medication.

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