Posted 08 November 2010 - 12:40 PM
Ive got an 8 year old fish named rodney, up until a year ago it was in mine and my dads care, however my dad moved away, and lodgers moved in who decided they would take care of it. However, around 4 months ago, i noticed theyd taken the water filter out. I thought this was wierd but i trusted them that they knew what they were doing, and i am now beating myself up for not saying anything.
Recently, rodney has gotten really poor. His stomach is so so bloated, he really looks like he is going to explode, however his scales are not pertruding, they are flat. He does swim still and he does eat, but he goes through a lot of periods where he just sits in the corner staring at nothing, even though it could be his reflection that he is staring at.
Using advice, i started to give him peas, and am in the process of giving him myxazin, which after 3 days seems to have done nothing.
Has anyone got any advice as to what i should do? I feel awful just sitting here letting him get on with it when he could be in pain.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:53 PM
What have they been feeding him and how often?
Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:06 PM
Posted 08 November 2010 - 02:54 PM
Is your fish, by any chance, constipated? To me, this seems the most likely problem, especially if he is a fancy goldfish. The easiest thing to do to correct this is to not feed him for a day or two and then feed him only boiled and de-shelled peas until you start seeing some improvement (usually, in 3-5 days).
Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:43 PM
I couldnt quite believe he was constipated though, his belly his huge, really huge.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:53 PM
Is there anything remotely worm-like hanging out of his bum?
Posted 08 November 2010 - 03:57 PM
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:11 PM
The only things you can do is improve his living conditions (for example goldfish require very large aquariums and excellent water quality). Without improving the housing, the only thing you can do is keep feeding him peas and not feeding him (alternating day-to-day). Doing very frequent water changes will also help (do treat new water with dechlorinator).
In all honesty, I am quite surprised that he has survived for this long in such a small tank.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:12 PM
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:24 PM
The problems from small tanks and poor water quality are not always immediately visible and usually have an effect on the fish mainly in the long term (for example, shortened life span, stunted growth, bad immune system). For example, an average 8 year old fancy goldfish should be about 8" in length.
If at all possible, please do seriously consider getting a bigger tank for him.
Edited by Kitty Kat, 08 November 2010 - 04:24 PM.
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:48 PM
Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:54 PM
Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:29 AM
If you do want to give the fish away, you should advertise for example in the trade section on this forum and other similar places.
How is he doing today?
Edited by Kitty Kat, 09 November 2010 - 07:30 AM.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:15 AM
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:09 AM
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:16 AM
Do you have any Epsom salt? Mix two level tea spoons into some aquarium water and then add to the fish tank. I would recommend doing a 50% w/c just before adding the salt. If you do a water change, make sure to use a dechlorinator.
Please go and have your water tested at the fish shop, then write down all the results, I have a bad feeling that you might have a lot of ammonia and nitrite in your tank.
Edited by Kitty Kat, 09 November 2010 - 11:17 AM.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:47 AM
I fed him and he was fine, very hungry, no loss of appetite. All i can say is he looks stressed and hes swimming A LOT more. Im worried about when he gets into that corner of the tank he has to fight to get away from the current.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 11:52 AM
Which filter is it? If it adjustable, you should be able to turn it right down to reduce the flow.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:44 PM
The filter had a cap that you can put on the front that directs the flow to the top of the water. Ive put that on, rodney seems to be happier but hes still not liking the corner too much, he gets stuck and then fights to swim away. Apart from that, some relatives who saw him say he looks fine to them, swimming fine, the only reason you could tell he was ill was cause of the stomach.
Hes swimming a lot, like i say he does look fine normally but when he gets near that filter he wants to move and gets stuck trying to do it. You cant change the air flow power but its literally being directed upwards, its not hitting the fish at all, he can probably just feel the air flow.
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