Class A Symptoms:
Goldfish floating aimlessly; Goldfish has little or no response; Goldfish is
upside down motionless; Goldfish is unconscious; Goldfish dead or dying
Goldfish Distress symptoms
There could be many reasons for the death of a goldfish. Toxins in the
water; Oxygen deprivation; Overheating; Infection or Poisoning, but whatever the
reason, it is possible your fish can be revived with the proper technique. Many
goldfish have been brought back from the dead.
Items you'll need; 2 appropriately sized containers, 3% hydrogen peroxide, water treatment that converts chlorine, aquarium safe salt, syringe
Scoop sick fish up in an appropriately sized plastic container and place it in the refrigerator (maximum of 3 hours) until you're ready to start rescue procedure. Use this time to obtain items if possible.
Boost water quality in main tank or pond while fish is chilling by following the instruction found on page 29
If you cannot obtain items, use table salt in place of aquarium safe salt and continue following instructions below.
Step 1 Using
your fresh water source; fill an appropriately sized container (free of
contaminants) with the cold tap water. Work water over by pouring
it repeatedly (let it hit hard) to remove gases found in tap. These gases can
suffocate fish. Test the fresh water by filling a clear glass; let it sit for
five minutes. Do you see tiny bubbles forming on the walls of the glass? If so,
work the water over until no bubbles appear.
If you have on hand, add water treatment that removes chlorine and chloramines to fresh water; following instructions add proportionately to fresh water container
If you have on hand, premix 1 ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of aquarium safe salt per gallon of container water.
Step 2 One cup at a time, exchange the water in the container the fish is in, using the prepared fresh water as your fresh water source until you believe most of the water the fish is in has been replaced. Take one hour to make the exchange for every gallon of container water.
Step 3 If the gills are not moving; fill a syringe with the container water; force fish's mouth open with tip; force stream of water into the mouth gently pointed at the gills, one gill at a time. The action should open the gills slightly. If no syringe is available, open the mouth by pinching, and swim the fish with your hands moving forward.
Goldfish do not have lungs, but they do need oxygen in their blood stream. Oxygen
is absorbed from the water they live in. Goldfish take in water through the
mouth, expelling it from the gills. As it passes over the rake (an organ
located in the gill) oxygen is absorbed from the water. The mouth must be open
in order for the fish to breathe.
Repeat process until gills and mouth are moving on their own, or periodically every 10 minutes or so for 2 to 3 hours.
If your fish did not respond to the bath, it may respond to a dose of caffeine; pour slowly, and all around the container; 1 cup of brewed, room temperature, caffeinated coffee or tea; blend gently with your hand. Use syringe to force feed water through the mouth and gills using caffeinated water.
If the fish doesn't respond; add 1 more cup; repeat the treatment.
If the fish responds to treatment, and you've followed instructions for improving condition of main tank or pond, return fish to main tank, but only after acclimating it. One cup at a time, perform small and frequent water changes using main tank or pond water as your fresh water source; until you believe most of the container water has been replaced; take 1 hour to make the exchange.Continue with 20% daily water changes until a pond pump is installed and water is properly oxygenated. Make certain pH and KH levels are consistently in the comfort zone by buffering with H202 and or soda if need be. If you have an enclosed tank, remove the entire cover.
To see if you are following the proper procedures for goldfish care study the following information:
10 STEPS To Goldfish Care