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This is a discussion on Depressed Goldfish within the Cyprinids and Atherinids forums, part of the Freshwater and Tropical Fish category; --> Well said Flashygrrl! If one looks around the site, especially the betta section, you'll see your situation occurring time and time again. In the ...

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Old 06-13-2008, 07:33 PM   #11
 
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Well said Flashygrrl! If one looks around the site, especially the betta section, you'll see your situation occurring time and time again. In the end, our interest is in the health of your fish and in genuinely helping you. Being mean and driving you away certainly won't accomplish that! But sometimes the truth sounds a bit harsh, especially if what the pet store people told you was so far from the truth :(
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Old 06-14-2008, 02:58 AM   #12
 
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please except an apology(sp) from me if you feel i was harsh,
i didn't mean to come across like that.
pet stores make me mad,they sell the most awful tanks for fish
and don't tell people what is going to happen with their fish.
sound like you have bought a fish with fin rot,so you have had a poorly
fish in the begining.
if you can post the readings of your tank,it would be very helpful,
and people will be able to advise on a treatment for your "goldie"
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Old 06-14-2008, 03:26 AM   #13
 
I would suggest, since our fish psychologist seems to be out of the office, use some MelaFix, Pimafix, and StressCoat according to the directions. Add a little aquarium salt also. The StressCoat will help with the slime coat of your fish, The MelaFix with any fungus, and the Pimafix with any bacterial infection. All are all natural and not heavy meds.

Get some filtration. A sponge filter and an air pump would be fine, better than nothing and not all that expensive. You may be able to pick up a 10g tank for around $10. For a top, just get a glass canopy. That should do you for a bit. A light isn't really necessary at this point.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:02 AM   #14
 
*before reading please note i am in no way qualified i am not a vet or anything like a vet what i have listed is merely what has worked for me in the past there realy is no substitute for a true experts opinion (which i am definitley not )

hi i used to have a goldfish who used to just sit around the tank he wasant depressed he just had a damaged swim bladder as just after i got him he developed a tendancy to float upside down he did this for a couple of days then came good after that however he was practicly unable to maintain neutral bouyancy the moral of the story is that with goldfish although they may look fine quite often theres a good chance theyre not if the fish dosent improve within a couple of days id try going to the shop where you purchased the fish and buying a good broad spectrum antibacterial multicure medication while your there try asking the storeholder a good aquarium or petshop holder should only be too happy to help out with any problems, for the time being try feeding him COOKED peas that have been cut into tiny peices as this is a well known cure for goldfish constipation as this may also be the problem and most important dont panic he could just be adjusting to his new enviroment and dont forget well fed goldfish can go for days without food (i think about 11 days is the max recorded) so if he goes without food for a couple of days.

ps. once again im only going on past experience im not a vet this is just what has worked for me in the past and trust me the pea trick works its what saved petey 8)
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:04 AM   #15
 
*before reading please note i am in no way qualified i am not a vet or anything like a vet what i have listed is merely what has worked for me in the past there realy is no substitute for a true experts opinion (which i am definitley not )

hi i used to have a goldfish who used to just sit around the tank he wasant depressed he just had a damaged swim bladder as just after i got him he developed a tendancy to float upside down he did this for a couple of days then came good after that however he was practicly unable to maintain neutral bouyancy the moral of the story is that with goldfish although they may look fine quite often theres a good chance theyre not if the fish dosent improve within a couple of days id try going to the shop where you purchased the fish and buying a good broad spectrum antibacterial multicure medication while your there try asking the storeholder a good aquarium or petshop holder should only be too happy to help out with any problems, for the time being try feeding him COOKED peas that have been cut into tiny peices as this is a well known cure for goldfish constipation as this may also be the problem and most important dont panic he could just be adjusting to his new enviroment and dont forget well fed goldfish can go for days without food (i think about 11 days is the max recorded) so if he goes without food for a couple of days.

ps. once again im only going on past experience im not a vet this is just what has worked for me in the past and trust me the pea trick works its what saved petey 8)
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:59 AM   #16
 
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I regret that I haven't posted sooner. My dear little Spot past away only a couple days after I got him. I actually brought him back to the pet store and the nice lady took a look at him at thought he had fin rot. So we got some fungus clear came home and I cleaned out their tank and while I was waiting for the temp to equalize my little Spot left me. I was very sad. Since then I have aquired a very nice ten gallon tank with a topfin power filter where Toothbrush is very happy. I am sorry I didn't let you all know earlier. Thanks for all the great advice!

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