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Old 12-04-2017, 08:41 PM
 
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Fish owners,
Do you believe fish can die from loneliness, following the death(s) of aquarium mates..
We experienced something like this recently. We're not aquarium experts, but to our perception, all things were the same in our aquarium. But after one of a longtime pair passed away, the other fish seemed routinely still (but not distressed), seemed to lose some interest in eating.. And now roughly a week later he passed away.

Your thoughts/experiences on theoretically lethal fish loneliness (?)
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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Get more fish!
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:23 AM
 
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Get more fish!
That's what I was trying to avoid,.. because he had lost some earlier aquarium mates. This time I was gonna see how he did solo.. Which may have contributed to his death (?)

Just wanna get some thoughts from more experienced fish owners, on their thoughts about the emotional impact of solitude on previously accompanied fish (if any) ?
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:49 AM
 
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You really need to give more information about your set-up: the size of the tank, your maintenance habits, water changes, etc.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:40 PM
 
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Fish can suffer depression

The New York Times: Fish Can Suffer From Depression - Mercy For Animals
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Since they were a "longtime pair", I would attribute this to the fish being about the same age, and both just reaching the end about the same time. Goldfish longevity averages 5-10 years.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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They are schooling animals. If my one of a pair died I would put a mirror next to the tank so they could see another fish.
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Old 01-29-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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Unless it was a Betta, I would keep other fish in the tank. In the wild they would be together wouldn't they?
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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Fish owners,
Do you believe fish can die from loneliness, following the death(s) of aquarium mates..
We experienced something like this recently. We're not aquarium experts, but to our perception, all things were the same in our aquarium. But after one of a longtime pair passed away, the other fish seemed routinely still (but not distressed), seemed to lose some interest in eating.. And now roughly a week later he passed away.

Your thoughts/experiences on theoretically lethal fish loneliness (?)

A Swiss Law says it is illegal to keep only one Goldfish and while they won't seek you out if it is found that you only have 1 goldfish you will be fined!
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