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This morning, my goldfish was bloated, didn't eat, and was laying on the side of the tank. It doesn't want to eat and is taking huge breaths. I don't know what to do! I told my dad to change the water, that's what he's doing right now, but there's nothing else I know to treat goldfish. I don't want to see him suffer.

Housing
What size is your tank? 22 gallon
What temperature is your tank? about 70-75 degrees F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Yes
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Its a goldfish, it lives with 3 other goldfish

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Wardly pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? Once a day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? twice a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 75%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? NO tester kit

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
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Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Bloated
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating, laying to the side
When did you start noticing the symptoms? 3/15/14 in the morning
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Water change
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of
How old is your fish (approximately)? around 5-7 yrs old (Human years)
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Help! Goldfish is bloated and not healthy!!

For how long have you had the fish? If your fish has lived for several years on a wardley diet, the id say it was a good run.

Can you separate the fish?

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Sounds like a possible swim bladder issue. I never had luck treating that.

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125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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Aww. :) Thanks for looking at it though.
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DO you know how to treat it?
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Antibiotics, assuming it's a bacterial infection. You mentioned that the fish has labored breathing - there might be more going on. Those fancy goldfish types are prone to internal problems because of their deformities, so while it may be a swim bladder issue, that doesn't mean that there's anything that can be done about it if it's a physiological problem causing it.

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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Hopefully someone comes along with better advice.

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90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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pictures would be helpful,get some from above if you can.are his scales popping up giving him the look of a pinecone?

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