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So do fish every hang out at the bottom of the tank? 

 

Whenever I come home from work, there's always 1 or 2 laying on the bottom of the tank  and one resting in a plant.

They all become animated when they see me and don't repeat the behavior until the next evening.

 

Yes, I've become paranoid and am freaked out whenever someone is on the bottom.

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not what i consider to be normal, unfortunately.... lets see if we can work out what could be wrong. please fill out the form as best you can.

 

Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:

  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * How often do you change the water and how much?
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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I can't copy and paste this form.  For some reason I can't  upload a photo of my tank, either, Very frustrating.

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Just quote the post and fill in the form.

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I agree that being plonked on the bottom isn't normal. I've had 2 fish do this. One had a bacterial infection and couldn't swallow any food. With care, she recovered fine and hasn't bottom sat since. I had another that was critically ill and was way off kilter (contorted shape etc) that died shortly after the behavior deteriorated to bottom sitting. One of my others would sink every now and then, and also float every now and then. With a shallow tub, I have not seen floating or sinking at all. In any case, I'd regard it as abnormal behavior. I HAVE heard that some fish like to sleep/rest on the bottom, but I've never seen any of mine actually bottom sitting to sleep, they tend to hover kinda stillish when the lights go out, and wake up to swim about every now and then.

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In your case it might not be normal but I have a fish treated for every parasite and disease I could cover, and she still sure on the bottom 70% of the time. No clamping, no eating issues, no swim bladder problem, no cause I have found in almost six months of hunting. She just lays on the sand, belly down and fins erect, for no discernible reason.

When she was younger she didn't used to do this, but after a rough spawning season she began the behavior and hasn't stopped, but also displays absolutely no other symptoms of anything wrong and no response to treatment. So for *this* fish it is normal even though I'd be concerned in another animal.

Weird eh?

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When she was younger she didn't used to do this, but after a rough spawning season she began the behavior and hasn't stopped, but also displays absolutely no other symptoms of anything wrong and no response to treatment. So for *this* fish it is normal even though I'd be concerned in another animal.

Weird eh?

 

she may have a partly damaged swim bladder organ due to injury.

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When she was younger she didn't used to do this, but after a rough spawning season she began the behavior and hasn't stopped, but also displays absolutely no other symptoms of anything wrong and no response to treatment. So for *this* fish it is normal even though I'd be concerned in another animal.

Weird eh?

she may have a partly damaged swim bladder organ due to injury.

You know I thought about that but haven't seen any buoyancy or balance issues when she is swimming or eating, and she doesn't sink when she stops swimming, she can maintain her elevation fairly easily. She also handles strong currents well. Not saying it couldn't be damaged but I've not been able to find a shred of evidence except the possible timing post spawn and the bottom sitting. I keep waiting for complications or other issues to pop up but she's just fine. She just doesn't hover or swim like everyone else.

What might I be looking for if were damaged that I might be missing? Do feel free to PM me so we don't clog up Kim's thread ;)

Edited by Arctic Mama

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Oh, feel free to clog! LOL!  

 

I'm going into work late tomorrow after dropping off a water sample at the health department in Salinas.  Hopefully, we'll have answers soon.

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