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To be worried about a fish?!

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Dollygirl2008 Fri 08-Jul-16 13:52:28

I know that sounds strange, but bear with me.

We have 3 fish - tiny little things, smaller than a goldfish (they are my DD's pets!). However, on Monday, I thought one of them was dead - floating on the top, so I went to get the little net to hook it out and it suddenly swam off, but in a very "drunk" fashion. Since then, it swims to the bottom and then floats up to the top on its side where it appears to be gasping for air and blinking. Not sure what to do - I hate the thought that its suffering. My friend told me to take a rolling pin to it but obviously I wouldn't do that.

I know I'm overreacting but like I say, I hate the thought that its suffering. The other two are fine.

Any advice?!?!?!?!?! (I eagerly await the responses.....)

DesignedForLife Fri 08-Jul-16 13:55:13

My parents fish did that, I think it was some bladder thing that you can buy treatment for, possibly worth phoning a vet?

Scarydinosaurs Fri 08-Jul-16 14:01:22

You get drops from the petshop to put in the water.

Dollygirl2008 Fri 08-Jul-16 14:03:31

Hi, thats great - thanks so much!

shockthemonkey Fri 08-Jul-16 14:08:54

Ask about oxygen booster tablets too. You put fish into a kind of fishy hospital (small receptacle filled with water from tank to which you've added the fizzy tablets). Perks them up then they can go back in with their mates.

Did this in the past but the fish did not thrive for very long. Hope you have better results than I did

misscph1973 Fri 08-Jul-16 14:09:46

Definitely an ill fish. I don't think it's the swim bladder thing, they don't gasp for air, they just can't swim straight.

I rarely have any success treating my fish if they are ill. I am always upset when they die, but it does happen, they are only small creatures, and ithey are very harder to diagnose. I suggest youdo put an end to his misery, it's not nice, but it's the right thing to do, he's obviously in pain.

MagicMojito Fri 08-Jul-16 14:33:06

We had the exact same thing. Get some frozen peas or Petit pois, run them under warm water then peel them. Sqush with a fork and then feed to the fish. Literally works overnight (at least in did with our old goldfish)

Momamum Fri 08-Jul-16 14:44:49

In a mixing bowl, etc, some water from the tank + warm tap water that's stood for a while (so that the chemicals in the tap water dissipate). Swim bladder treatment + the teeniest pinch of bi-carb (which will sort out any possible constipation problems confusedgrin. Half cover the bowl with a towel so that it's in half light. Play Radio3, if there's something soothing on, in the background. NB Stravinsky not advised at this time. Make encouraging sounds if he craps "good boy/girl" etc. If you have children who need collecting from school later, get a friend to collect and deliver so that the little one is not alone.

Btw, hand on heart, I've done all these shockgrin

MyKingdomForBrie Fri 08-Jul-16 14:50:25

You're not over reacting at all! You're just a nice person.

CinderellaFant Fri 08-Jul-16 14:54:03

I've had fish for years and I've never seen one blink! I didn't think they could?

Theoretician Fri 08-Jul-16 17:26:59

Fish that get sick usually die. Hopefully quickly, but one I had lingered for longer than I could cope with, and it turns out there is a way to put them down. As I recall the procedure involved anesthetizing with clove oil and then putting them in a bowl of vodka which killed them.

ProudAS Fri 08-Jul-16 17:32:50

Change half of the water every couple of days and don't feed the fish anything other than shelled peas for a few days.

SabineUndine Fri 08-Jul-16 19:50:04

Cinders they don't exactly but they can tilt their eyes and it looks like blinking.

ShtoppenDerFloppen Fri 08-Jul-16 20:39:03

I have 2 tanks (one fresh water and one salt water) and I will admit to being very upset when a fish is unwell. I have small quarantine/hospital tanks for both and do my best to get them better.

Here's hoping your little guy gets better.

Rinoachicken Fri 08-Jul-16 20:51:23

If you do opt to euthanaise, please don't just flush it down the loo.

Out the fish in a jug or bowl and add clove oil to the water slowly over about half an hour. The fish will fall asleep and never wake up.

LadyMaryofDownt0n Fri 08-Jul-16 21:34:28

Oh dear lord please don't just kill it, it's not euthanasia it's still murdering it! (Obv OP you prob wouldn't do this as you are really concerned about it)

Have you tried;
Changing the water
Water treatments
That silver drop stuff from the pet store
Taking it to the vet.

I though mine was a goner last week. I did the above & bought him a new friend and he's swimming like Michael phelps now.

Shizzlestix Fri 08-Jul-16 22:08:56

It's hard to treat fish. If you have tried treatments, please be kind and euthanise by putting him in a bowl of his tank water and popping it in the freezer. It's the way the RSPCA recommend, he will literally go to sleep. Leave overnight. I was very sad to do this, but mine was past treatment. sad

Glovebug Sat 09-Jul-16 00:39:11

I had a gold fish that would often float on its side. Small pinch of aquarium salt used to help him

thequeenoftarts Sat 09-Jul-16 02:02:39

It's swimbladder, usually common in goldfish, either because they are greedy food gulpers and get bloat, or the water has just been changed and it's too cold, and needs warming up a lot.
Buy a swimbladder treatment in the pet shop and use as directed on the packaging. The peas did not work for me.
Wit 24 hrs mine were upright and swimming normally. If you are feeding flakes, change to sinking pellets

PuppyMonkeyBaby Sat 09-Jul-16 06:33:05

If you have to euthanise, go with the oil of clove method another poster mentioned.

Don't freeze it, that's cruel (and, I don't believe endorsed by the RSPCA (the Australian RSPCA actually say not to do it)).

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