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why my goldfish is always in the top of the tank?

Discussion in 'Fish Keeping Chat' started by AngelinaA, Mar 27, 2013.


  1. AngelinaA

    AngelinaA PetForums Junior

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    Marley is a black moor i have had him for about 1 year.. 4 months ago i moved them into a bigger tank cause they got overstock and since then my goldfish is always in the top of the tank doing bubbles all day.. soon they will be move again in our outside pond but i am worried for him...any tips?
     
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    The water at the top of the tank is usually the most oxygen rich (as its where the interface with the surface is), so staying at the top is usually a sign of low oxygen conditions in the water. this could be through many things. low water volume, low surface area, too high a temperature, too many fish...

    what size is the tank they are in? and how many fish have you got in there (also, what types?)
     
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    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    In addition to Fishyfins' questions, did you move the filter media across from your old tank to the new one? A fish who has survived a fish-in cycle (ammonia and nitrite in the water due to an uncycled new filter or media) may sustain long-term gill damage which can make it hard for them to take in oxygen from the water, in which case you may find them gasping for air near the surface even when there's plenty of oxygen in the water.
     
  4. AngelinaA

    AngelinaA PetForums Junior

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    i have 4 goldfish(Marley black moor, Bob fantail, Mr bubbles shubunkin, fiona oranda red cap) in a 175l tank with air pump 2 (new old) filters and a heater.. they have lot of oxygen the other fish have a normal behavior .. my old first tank was 70 liters with 2 fish and then i decide to take a bigger one and new friends... i am still not happy so they will be move in a pond but i am sad about Marley i cant find whats wrong with him :confused:..!
    thats Marley happy in the 70l tank with his friend bob
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    yes I still have the old filter and a new one I cycle my tank and did the tests before I put the fish in..i am sure they are not gasping for air i have an air pump!
     
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    thats Marley right now...
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    Is he being bullied by the other fish in your tank? occasionally I get the odd fish that is victimized by another and they will hide behind the filter or heater until I move them (or the bully).

    You can't put fancy goldfish in an outside pond by the way; they won't survive.
     
  8. AngelinaA

    AngelinaA PetForums Junior

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    i really dont know the other fish is always together but he doesnt want to be with them..also the fantails can live in ponds thats a myth!
     
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    They might be ok outside in summer, but they won't survive freezing temperatures outside like common goldfish
     
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    AngelinaA PetForums Junior

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    its only for the summer of course i ll keep them inside the winter
     
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    hi my big comet mango also does this from time to time i find it improves when i feed him less, i think its called pipeing ? hope he s ok he s beautiful
     
  12. AngelinaA

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    thank you ! i think that he is begging for food but i am not sure..!
     
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    hows marley ? well ,i hope
     
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    AngelinaA PetForums Junior

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    he's fine but he is still doing that..
     
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    does marley improve even slightly if you feed him less, would b nice to c more pics, hope he s well
     
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    marley doesnt stop to do this and i fed him less yesterday i moved him into another tank to see if the problem is the other fish
     
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    Marley good luck
    hope he dosent stess 2 much, has new tank got any water or good bacteria from original tank?
     
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    yeah the problem was the other fish marley is fine in the other tank but i cant keep him cause the other tank is too small for him i ll find him a good home without any fish around :(
     
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    unfortulately marley has dropsy i must put him to sleep :(
     
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    NaomiM Love my furry, feathered and finned family

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    Oh no, sorry to hear that :(
     
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