If you own goldfish and love having them as pets, it can be very distressing if they show signs of dying. There are many reasons a goldfish may die, from disease to depression. But by taking early steps, you may be able to save a dying goldfish and even enjoy him for years.
Goldfish bottom sitting is a symptom shared by a few various conditions, such as pressure caused by nitrates or super saturated gases. Goldfish with this disorder must be hand fed, or they will literally starve. This organ gives fish the ability to rise or sink at will.
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Your question might be answered already! And always test the water before writing a comment. This is the first part in the goldfish disease series.
Bottom sitting has a wide range of definitions when it comes to fish. Goldfish or Koi affected by nitrates do lay on the bottom. The increased weight or pressure of the water relieves the pressure caused by nitrates.
I have a 55 gallon tank with two inch common goldfish. They are approx. Yesterday, one of my fish starting sitting at the bottom of the tank and his fins are clamped.
Goldfish are hardy fish, capable of thriving in water conditions that kill many other fish. They can survive in algae-filled water and muddy conditions, but they do need room to swim. Goldfish can grow to between 6 inches and 18 inches, depending on the species.
Just looking at the photo I can tell the tank is way to small for a fish that should be in at least a 30 gal tank with a large filter. It is probably a water quality problem because of the large amount of waste that Goldfish produce. Do a large partial conditioned water change right now.