He looks fine to me. He may have some minor swim bladder issues from birth since all fancy goldfish inevitably have issues with their bladder being that fancies are a 'deformity' and the bladder is squished rather than longer as it is supposed to be. Here is a fantastic article I've read through and you might be interested in it since it's about Goldfish and their issues with SBD: http://www.midlandvetsurgery.co.uk/w...50568626ea.pdf
But in all, he does't look bad to me at all, you can use the pea trick on him if you want; I'm sure he'll appreciate the veggies too! Since it might just be a small blockage if he hasn't been like this the whole time which from what I've seen of him, this swimming pattern is relatively new. But also he hasn't had this much space either to swim around in so you might not have seen this behavior before because there was always something in his way; plants, decor, tank wall, etc., so with more space to flop around him he might have been like this the whole time and we just didn't see it, you know?
UPdatessss!!!!! sorry its been so long! Been very busy with work ^^ I was sitting on the floor working on the 20, which is now a guppy/killi tank!!! But I looked up at the 40 to find a hungry Nimbus staring down at me!! My handsome little angel is getting big! And fiesty! I've decided to name my male honey Eduardo. He looks like an Eduardo to me.. XD This is where he builds his nest a lot. He swam away every time I tried to get a picture of him in there. Forgive the water quality... Went to swish out my filter media... and ended up pushing most of it into the tank. Everyone was a bit angry at me... Most of it hit Nimbus right in the face. I got a really dirty look from that. Here is one of the marbled BN Babies! Some false Jullis and Sam, Sam is my only male GBR left. Here's the bigger Marble BN EDUARDO!!!!! So a guilty want of mine since I learned of them... Killies. I got myself a pair of Fundulopanchax Gardneri... They're so cute!!!! Here are the moscow mixes! This is one of my babies left from the silver/blue cobra batches. He's pretty cute!
Today I lost the best fish I've ever owned.. it really wasn't owned.. it was more like shared a good experience with... He was already 2.. which is young but he wasn't raised in the best conditions. I got him torn up, bloated and bloody. I put him in qt and worked my as off to save him... He had the biggest personality I've ever seen and wouldn't even look at me the first week. He definitely put me through some tests but finally started trusting me. We bought him a 55 gallon tank set him up with everything I thought he could want. I even went to find him friends, Pistachio and company.... I feel like such a bad fish parent.. Friday he was off and looked weird... I did a huge change and he perked up... barely. Today my mother and I lost the greatest fish friend we've ever met. He made the last 3 months of our lives fun and interesting... He definitely kept me on my toes.
Today I went on a trip... and of course he got really sick today. I couldn't leave since I was stuck on a group bus to NYC. I hated the whole trip. I even burst out crying when I found out Klaus really wasn't doing any better. As soon as I got back to Boston I dropped everyone off, got my stuff from my friends'(I had slept over on Friday and was supposed to sleep over today) and drove home as fast as I could. As I walked in the door I saw him floating face up in the back left corner of his qt above his pot.. He saw me and struggled his way to the front. I started crying in joy that he was still alive. I noticed he was extremely bloated and on his tail I could see the pinecone of death... Klaus was in dropsy. At that moment my heart sank. I ran to get the sponge filter and some more plants for padding... and kanaplex. I set it all up and then measured the scoop for kanaplex and dumped it in. He looked up at me and gave a little swim. I told him, I love you Klaus, you are going to make it through this... and then he went still... my heart burst and I exploded in tears. He started to seize and I didn't know what to do... and then he was completely gone. He waited all day, suffering to say good bye to me.
I don't really know what to do with myself right now. I've never felt so emotional about an animal before. I cried hard about Ragnarok and previous cats and dogs... but.. I feel like I failed my mother, who absolutely adored this fish with all of her heart.. and I feel like I failed Klaus.. I'm so sorry klaus.
I am so sorry for your loss, he did sound like a beautiful fish and even though I haven't met in personally, I will miss him too.
It is comforting that you got to say your bye, so much times I wish I said my byes when my pals have died...
Thank you Aussie. He was absolutely the best fish ever... He was so funny. He hated having poo all over the tank so he would clean up the poo (even the baby poo) and push it behind his little plant pot out of sight. He always came up to say hi unless he was mad at you specifically, like he usually was at me.
Lil I'm sorry :( I've been crying so much that my face is all poofy. I can't stop. I think of the Klaus-y song and cry, I see a picture on my phone and cry. The worst was seeing the babies. They're still in their tight group hanging out near Klaus' empty pot. Even the pot makes me cry. I've never been so attached to an animal this quickly.
We buried him today. He's in the back yard next to a flower bush that I can't think of the name of. I also am going to plant my Japanese iris at the head of his grave.