- Saving Nemo
We’ve had two goldfish for 5 years and both were in the picture of health until late last week.
One of them is still absolutely fine but the other (Nemo) has deteriorated quite rapidly. His fins and scales seem fine and undamaged but he is now lay on his side at the bottom of the tank just thrashing about intermittently.
A bit of internet reading suggests it may be a swim bladder infection and we’ve tried adding a treatment over the past 24 hrs but there is no change. Water levels checked and all appears fine. Tank is properly oxygenated and water changed 30% on a weekly basis. Weve tried adding salt and give him crunched peas on advice of the local shop but I fear we’re losing him. The kids are quite distressed when they see him.
Any advice?Posted 3 years agomagowen100Member
Is he still eating? If so turn the light off and minimise disturbances. Leave him be for a few days and he may get better . However stressful it is for you to see it is much more stressful for him, so controlling stress is the key, keep him dark and quiet and he has a chance.Posted 3 years ago
Normally swim bladder infections are a one way ticket (especially in seahorses), but I’ve seen some fish pull through. Luckily if anything can make it a goldfish can.
If he’s not eating it may be an impaction of food in the gut not allowing the swim bladder to inflate, in which case you might want to have the circle of life talks with the little ones….
Good luck either way.
Well, we tried and failed. 🙁
Nemo’s condition deteriorated over the past two days and he passed away this afternoon after we resorted to the clove oil method of fish euthanasia.
There will be a short service in the garden this afternoon (family only) followed by fish and chips for tea.
Well, it is Friday. 😯Posted 3 years ago
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