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Old 04-30-2017, 07:11 AM
Location: Tri-Cities
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So almost 2 years ago my then 9 year old won a goldfish at the fair. So early the next morning I went and bought a 10 gallon tank setup. And since it needed a friend when we went back that week he won three more. One passed away quickly. However, we had three in the tank doing well and then I read that they needed a much bigger tank and we upgraded to a 30 gallon with a canister filter, and a lot of aeration. They have been doing well. The ammonia stays low and we do water changes quite often. Two of them have grown quite large with big flowing tails.

Anyway, the largest one was in distress yesterday -- laying on it's side. We did a google search and he looks like he has fin rot. We are obviously rookie fish owners still, but we set up the 10 gallon with a filter and air stone, some new water, some water from the current tank, same temperature and transferred him to it. We added aquarium salt, some vegetables for him to eat, and bought some tetracycline and added it. He actually looked a better last night and was staying vertical in the tank. He wouldn't eat any food. This morning he is back to looking not very good. Even though it said to wait 24 hours I added the next dose of tetracycline.

Is there anything else we can do to help him recover? My 10 year old is very upset.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:14 PM
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Fin rot and laying on it's side are two separate symptoms. He may have a bladder issue. Stop feeding and drop the bacteria count in the water as a result, and you've added salt. Add a little more. Goldfish are tough to do in, but look at your water quality in the home tank.

Fish are not like us, or even dogs and cats. They don't need to eat every day. And goldfish eat and eat and eat.
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