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One of my goldfish has been having constipation issues for a while now and i’ve tried peas but that hasn’t been working.

 

so i’ve decided to starve them for a while to free up their guts.

 

However they’re just under 2 inches and i’m afraid of them starving.

 

So basically, how long could a tiny 2 inch goldfish go without food?

 

and what else can i try?

 

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here’s a foto of the poor fella floating because of constipation taken about a week ago

 

 

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Hi  could you please fill out this form, it will help us to give you advice :)

 

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?

 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.?

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Hi  could you please fill out this form, it will help us to give you advice

 
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?
 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.?


ammonia and nitrite are 0
nitrate is about 15 right before water change IMG_4668.jpg(photo attached because it’s kinda vague to be honest)

i haven’t tested my tap personally but according to the supplier it’s zero on all fronts

PH i don’t test for but the water supply is quitte hard around 8,3 (once again according to the water company)

the test kits i use are from tetra and with drops

room temp

the tank is around 8 gallons (i know i’m gonna get attacked for this but the paramaters are fine so i dont see a problem there really. correct me if i’m wrong)

i change a third of the water every saturday

no conditioners

2 fancy goldfish and 1 black moor all just under 2 inches

my filter is an undergravel (the tank is a biorb so it’s an oddball)

i feed sinking pellets and peas when i have the extra time. (usually through a straw so i can target feed the black moor which has poor eyesight)

i feed 8-9 pellets a day. or about 2,5 peas cut in eights (is that spelled right?)

the unusual behavoir is floating to the top and just yesterday the black moor started resting with his face pointed to the bottom

no new additions since 2 anubias a coupple months ago

i don’t dose anything really not even declorinator because dutch tap water contains no chlorines (i’ve been drinking it since i was born so i would probably be dead)

there is absolutely nothing unusual looking on the fish since the day i bought them.

i hope that i awnsered your questions properly, feel free to ask anything else if questions still remain.

i’d also like to point out the floaty behavior generally only happens later in the day and they have bubbles in their poops which is deffinitely not normal.
the biorb filter also contains carbon and zeovit (i think) which i’ve just left in there for forever.


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Please read our guidelines for healthy goldfish.

With 2 goldfish in an 8 gallon tank, you should do at least a 100% water change every other day or 50% daily.  Your fish are showing symptoms that  suggest   something is wrong with the water.  Parameters that are "fine" do not indicate that the water isn't toxic.

Those who have used them say that undergravel filters are not ideal for goldfish.

If your fish aren't producing poops, feed green leafy vegetables, like spinach or give them cooked green peas.  The best green food for goldfish is duckweed.

 

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Im thinking if your tank water is the way you say it is, then its most likely a bacterial issue in the tank. See Undergravel filters trap debris under the plates and if you don't syphon it all up it just builds up stagnant water. UF aren't meant for goldfish, since they produce so much waste. Goldfish should have 20 gallons per fish and a filtration that is 10x an hour. So you would want a filter that would do 200gph. No way can a UF do that for a goldfish.

Im assuming this is the main issue for your fish. 

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