concussed goldfish advice please!!
Hi all, in a panic other a stunned goldfish
juwell 400 litre tank with real plants, three goldfish and a plecostomus(spelling)
goldfish are 7(13 yrs and blind), 8(4yrs) and 9 (13 years old known as grumpy :-) )inches long, the plec is 12inches.
the largest goldfish has jumped in the tank and knocked himself out on either the lid or light fitting. This occurred about 12 hours ago (7pm uk time)
I did not see what happened but my wife heard a large bang and rushed in to see him sinking sideways to the bottom. he was still breathing and using his front fins.
I increased the aeration and made sure has facing the water flow direction. he stayed on the bottom overnight and is now trying to swim but is almost horizontal. He is not floating on the surface yet but looks tired, I managed to hand feed him a little flake food this morning. he appears alert and can see fine but is not in control of his direction.
I am keeping the tank light off to lower the stress levels
any idea how long this might last and is there anything i can do?
picture a 6ft 2in 200lb man in tears in front of his tank :-)
What are your water parameters?:)
Hello Saggs, I don't really think there is a great deal you can do mate. Your doing all you can. Just sitting tight I suppose is your hope. :cry:
he is still lying on the bottom, very alert and occasionally drifting up for a short swim.
I've done a 25% water change and added a fish tonic and aquarium salts. I've tested the water and it's all good apart from nitrates are a little high. tank light still off.
I've added plenty of stress coat, fed him sone life food by hand and have got fingers crossed.
One of the other fish keeps trying to move him upright and it resting alongside looking concerned (that or sizing up a giant snack :-0)
Thanks for the replies
can you post your exact water parameters please? :)
just done another water test nitrate 250 (worse), nitrite >21 (lot worse than yesterday) carbonate hardness 3-6 (same), ph 7.2 (same)
using a esha aquaquicktest
looks like another water change in the morning
thanks for the help guys
not sure if I have read the stupid colour chart correctly but I have a pinkish square for the no2 nitrate which appears to be for 250
and three pink squares for no2 nitrite which shows as >21d gh=dt=th whatever that means
I've only lost one fish in 13years and am hoping not to lose another
yeah, theres something wrong with the testing, a nitrite level that high will no doubt kill a fish, same goes with the nitrate level, try getting a liquid tester
i think i've worked out the colour chart now!!
NITRATE is 250
NITRITE is 0-1
GH (general hardness just worked that out) >21
KH carbonate hardness between 3 & 6
PH around 7.2 probably slighly over but not 7.6
(wife is wondering what am i doing with the tank at 1.10am :-))
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