Moor trouble

Moor trouble

Moor Trouble with old rescue fish

Moor trouble with fish rescued four years ago. It’s owner drove over a hundred miles to bring this fish to me. She was overwhelmed by the instructions, and was afraid of doing the wrong thing. The cycle had spiked several times in the years she’d had the fish. Poisoned by ammonia, nitrite and nitrates too, topping off the devastation, the fish was also suffering from floating issues due to improper feeding

Fish tilting

The fish is abnormally small for its nine years, a runt for whatever reason

It began going downhill a few years ago, sitting for long periods of time. Water parameters were good. The fact that it lost its tank mate close to two years ago may have something to do with its condition. I had moved into a house with filtered water without realizing it. It was a difficult move, and I was exhausted; not thinking. After setting up the stock tank, I was down for the count

The next morning the fish were gasping at the surface. Carbonate mineral levels were zero. I buffered KH, and within a few hours the fish were acting normally, however, within a few days one of the moors had a swollen eye. The sight was atrocious. Moors have bulging eyes to begin with. The one eye was doubled in size

Tilted goldfish

I did everything I knew to do, but it wasn’t enough, he passed a few days later. That was when the trouble with his tank mate began. The fish were obviously attached, and the loss was too much for the little guy

I recently added a Koi to the tub the fish are in, unintentionally; a gift from my grandsons. The two fish have bonded, and the new fish won’t leave the moor’s side now

There’s no symptoms to speak of. He just began tilting to the side. I gave him a salt bath with Oop Boost and green tea. He’s upright at this time, but I don’t think he’s going to make it. Whatever is bothering him has nothing to do with anything I can see or fix. I poured the salt bath in the tub since he responded to it

Moor trouble

I’m sorry to say I don’t have a photograph, and it’s difficult to get a clear shot in the tub the fish are in. His tank mate had serious ammonia burns, a sinking issue, and then later developed lockjaw. I’m attaching a photo of him, ET. Sadly, the poor little guy was plagued. I’m haunted by his loss, caused by my negligence. Guilty as charged

I’ll make updates about his condition

By | 2019-04-01T13:49:54-05:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Goldfish Koi Health Issues|

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  1. Venus (Goldfish Master) May 17, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Yes, that’s the fish. It’s been poorly every since ET died. By poorly; little activity except to feed. I don’t know if it was depressed or had a moor serious issue I couldn’t detect. I think it may have had a heart attack. I guess it can happen

    The common is in a pond now. She was too big to live in the tub for an extended time. I don’t know the people that have her, but the pond is a good size, healthy and very established. She’s just a plain orange common fish, but the people were tickled to have her. It’s been set up for over ten years, so hopefully, she’ll have a good life there. Most of the fish are her size. It’s not large enough for Koi…too bad. The Koi is so fast, and jumps a lot too. I keep waiting for it to jump out of the tub, but so far so good

    I need to get my tank set up, but right now we’re still living out of boxes. The house we’re in is pretty cool. It’s a two bedroom down with an apartment up. I’m not sure if I’ll be up or down yet, so until life settles down, the fish are stuck in the tub. If I take the upstairs apartment, I’m going to have to downsize the tank. I was thinking of selling it, and getting a smaller oblong tank, like the one I started out with. Time will tell

  2. Cricket May 17, 2017 at 12:36 am

    So sorry to hear, Venus. Was this the fish that came to you with ET? He had a good, longer life because of you, tho’ I know you’re sad to lose him.

    Do you still have your common, along with the koi?

  3. Venus (Goldfish Master) May 5, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Before I removed the moor from the tub, the new fish, the Koi was practically hugging him. Now the moor is in a container of tank water sitting right next to the tub, and the Koi is clearly disturbed. It’s racing around the tub, and at random, jumping out of the water. It presses its nose to the wall of the tub. He sees the dead fish. Both the container and the tub is clear plastic

    I’ll be heading to the pet shop tonight for another fish or two from the pet shop, so as not to lose any of the beneficial bacteria. I really hope the Koi takes to one of them. I’ll keep you posted :scratch:

  4. Venus (Goldfish Master) May 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Sadly, the moor passed 🙁

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