Ok my Goldfish Raven has all of a sudden had issues today. I looked up some of his/her symptoms on the internet but I am still not sure what is wrong with him. He’s a regular old gold fish, common I think, and he’s usually a very hardy fish.
Earlier today I went to check on him and he was just kind of sitting under a fake plant. I bumped the glass a bit to see if he would respond and he did. He swam to the other side of the tank and sat behind a cave. I decided to give him a little bit of food and he acted normally, darting around the tank when he saw a piece of it. I left for awhile to do some cleaning and when I came back he had returned to his corner.
Later he began to dart around the tank and crash into things, he even swam up a corner and looked like he was going to try to jump out (I do have a lid on my tank). Eventually he settled back down in a corner but every once in awhile he would dart around again. His mouth would make odd and rapid movements now and again too.
About an hour later I checked on him once again, and this time he was at the front of the tank acting normal. But then his tail jerked and he started acting odd again. Once he oddly managed to get himself back behind his plant his mouth started opening and closing rapidly again, sometimes spitting a bit of food out.
This isn’t exactly what happened but it’s rather close. Now poor Raven is at the front of my tank and he seems to be moving his fins fast, kind of like twitching.
I’m not very expierence with goldfish yet and my book says nothing about this odd behavier. There’s nothing different about his appearance that I notice, besides some small black and a few red splotches on the end of his tail. (The black is pretty normal though since he was a half black half gold fish when I got him, he changes colors every once in awhile and is gold at the moment)
Can you please tell me what is wrong with my fish and what I can do?
• 15 gallon tank
• Only fish in it.
• He’s excaped death many times (once he jumped out of the tank and was hardly breathing when i saw him, a few other times me and my unexpierencedness sent my other fish into shock when I changed their water… but he tends to get over shock fast)
• He’s a little bit smaller than a soap box, maybe the size of an Intesity phone.
• I cleaned my tank about a week and a half ago, but usually that doesn’t affect him.
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