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At panic state. Goldfish are sitting on bottom of tank most of the time!!!

Discussion in 'Goldfish Conversation' started by Patsfan43, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. Ponder

    Ponder Active Member

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    Actually, 3 fish is about right for that sized tank. It is recommended that goldfish have 20 gallons per fish in an aquarium. In a pond, it's 50 gallons.

    I hope the remaining 3 will be fine. There could be something else going on that the water change didn't address. But most all problems improve with good water.
     
  2. Patsfan43

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    I assume I should do the 50% water changes twice a week? What else should I be doing?
     
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    All 7 fish have died. Before I buy more should I replace 100% of the water again?
     
  5. Iaidoka

    Iaidoka Well-Known Member

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    Well if I was in your shoes I would do a 100% water change add some de-chlorinater like tetra aquasafe, also add some live plants as they do wonders for nitrate control and acts as a biofilter. let the tank stand for a couple of days, then add one fish and leave it alone for a week or two before adding in more.

    Do a 20% water change mid week and a 80% waterchange on weekends.
    Plants really help to active the cycling process
     
  6. Ponder

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    Since there is no way to know exactly what killed your fish, if I were you, I would completely disinfect the tank and everything associated with it, including nets and filter. If you have any live plants, throw them out. You will have to start completely over with cycling your tank. Please read about fish-less cycling and follow that plan.

    After the several weeks that it takes to complete the cycle, then add only one fish and see how things go. Have some Seachem Prime on hand if you need it and check your water parameters at least daily with the liquid testing kits.

    If the first fish does well, then consider adding a couple more, but only 3 total.

    Good luck. I hope the second attempt turns out well.
     
  7. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

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    We don't know why your fish died. You should take your whole system down and disinfect everything with bleach. Then do a fishless cycle before you get more fish.

    Edit: Ponder said it better and faster than I did. :)
     
  8. Ponder

    Ponder Active Member

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    We must have been posting at the same time, thinking the same things!
     
  9. shakaho

    shakaho Well-Known Member

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    Great minds think alike, :D
     
  10. orangecrush

    orangecrush Well-Known Member

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    And I third the advice.

    Good luck and happy fishkeeping, Jim.
     
  11. Breann Thurman

    Breann Thurman Well-Known Member

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    I fourth it. Sorry you had this experience. But we all have had experiences like you did. Don't lose hope in the hobby. Do what ponder said and get that cute little black moor you want :)
     

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