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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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HELP Upsidedown goldfish (swimbladder?!)

So I'm housesitting for my boyfriend, I don't own fish and never have, and I get there today to feed his fishies and one of the goldfish is swimming upside down and being generally odd. I race home to google the issue, read up on swimbladder issues, and race back to put a few thawed and shelled peas in the tank not knowing what else to do. From what I've read water quality could also be an issue, or the fish may need medicine. The other two goldfish were hanging out at the bottom of the tank when i got back which makes me even more concerned. It may be useful to note that there was an extreme power outage yesterday that put things out of order for a while, so nothing in the tank was running during that time. Should I change some of the water? How do I test for nitrates? (he has the kit, but i don't know what the right levels for anything are!) How do I make the water I add safe if I do add water and take some out? Should I go get medicine or wait for my boyfriend to get back tomorrow!? I'm clueless.. and I'd feel just awful if these pretty huge and wonderful fishies died under my care :o(
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 10:30 PM
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How big is the tank, if you know.Call your boyfriend and see what he says.Your going to need to make a water change and test the water and treat the fish.You an take some of the water to the pet store and they will test it for you.

Thats all I know, wait or the fishy smart people to come and post in the mean time keep researching and call your boyfriend.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 10:56 PM
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There's a good chance it's a water quality issue, like you said. The test kit should read:

pH- 6.0-7.8 (it really depends on where you live but as long as it's stable, it doesn't matter that much)
ammonia- 0
nitrites- 0
nitrates- 0-40 (40 or higher meaning you need to do a water change)


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