Im sorry I sure you get this all the time but I really want to help this fish live if possible. I will try and answer as many questions as I can from the Lupins List.
Almost 3 weeks ago I took on 2 oranda gold fish from my daughter's special school. It was aproaching school holidays and they backed me into a corner basically and said they were going to leave them there "and see how things turned out" (for the next 8 weeks) If i didnt take them. So I took them and they are beautiful. However I am not knowledgable about fish.
Please before you get too angry at me Im a single mother of a child with autisum there is only so much i can do (and afford) I hate living creatures to be in pain My heart is in the right place even if these gorgeous fish deserve a better place to live.
I had an old tank it's probably not big enough ( 31cm Lgth x 17 cm wdth x 19cm deep) my plan was to look for a bigger cheap second hand one.
No water testing done I know. I will get done if needed I used de-chlorenater drops and an oxy-neaturilser shell (both new)
Sorry I dont fully understand I have a human water filter to process water from tap then there is the above mentioned de chlorinater drops and neutrilser shell
Around 3 weeks I previously had fish live in there for several years when I was really young (it was throughly cleaned before adding new fish
Two oranda goldfish for 3 weeks typical standard goldfish size
no quaentine as there werent any other fish in there
I dont know the temp sorry they were happy till now!
Two Plants from fish shop One pretty green one with white stripes the other is a long green "strip's' the girl from the shop told me goldfish love to eat, but i havent seen them eat it
Watererks Accent pump 200 liter ph capacity It is quite old but it seems to go i had a new airstone and plastic tubing on it but they seemed to be gulping for water and when i took it off they seemed happy again so i have been running it without the airstone.
I dont have a heater because I read on the internet these goldfish like cold water and I live on the sunshine coast in australa. For us cold weather is dropping to 25 degrees in the middle of winter. We go to the beach all year around here. I need to buy a new filter for sure. I thought this did both. Sorry.
Tank is setup next to a window so recieves natural light at all times of day. I thought the flow of air would help keep the tank oxygenated.
Last water change less then a week ago cunfused as to wether i should do this straight away or if i will add 'stress' to fish i dont know what " vacuum the substrate" is sorry.
I feed them with 'Goldfish Aquarium fake food' only opend 3 weeks ago bought new from shop 3 times a day as it says on packet.
My pump was accidently turned off overnight (3yr old child) I woke up to find one upside down gulping he swims somtimes the right way (when i put food in he tries really hard and then starts floating upside down again)
The other has a little white patch on his head (wen ?) where his head was out of the water while gulping but other then that he is feeding fine.
No treatment I was wondering wether I should feed him some de-shelled peas to help pass the air. (floating fishy) If so can I defrost frozen peas? for freash peas are hard to find here (because our weather is so hot) Not feed him? The internet info can be confusing.
The one with a white patch on his head (is it called a 'wen' ive been reading?) do I need antibiotics for him? or is it fungus? what do I do?
Since writing the he seems to be swimming the right way up and seems ok. Maybe he wont die. What should I do to help them.
Also the teacher from the other class wants me to take her one gold fish as she had the same plan to leave them over the holiday and see what happens (ie let the fish die slowly) should I take this other fish on? Will it kill the two I already took? or is it better I just take him so he doesnt die and quickly find a bigger tank?
I feel guilty which ever way I turn see?
Thankyou so much for your help.