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Old 02-26-2017, 09:43 PM   #1
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Help with Silver Dollar fish

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I am totally new in Fishtank and Aquariums. I have very limited knowledge. I have three silver dollar fish among other fish. Few days back I noticed that when I went to feed, one of silver dollar fish ran frankly and sort of bump its head to fish tank glass. Ever since then it is acting weird. It is not eating and tossing and turning and sometimes just dropped in the bottom of the tank. It seems that it is sick and dying. What can I do to save it?

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Old 02-27-2017, 02:54 AM   #2
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A. What size tank do you have ?
B. What fish are in it ?

You may not be able to save the fish. Best things to do are usually, very clean water and sometimes a hospital tank ( if you need to add meds). But for blunt trauma? They either recover or they don't IME. Is there a wound ?

For now ?
I'd make sure there is a dark background on the back and sides so he sees the sides and feels less exposed.

SDs get big FAST. They eat plants. They are mostly peaceful. But size can range depending on exact species. Several fish are called Silver Dollars.
6"-10" is common.

They are herbivores, so offer plant based foods.


http://m.liveaquaria.com/product/pro...22&pcatid=2522

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_dollar_(fish)

I'm sorry he got hurt. I hope he heals.
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Old 02-27-2017, 03:36 AM   #3
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Hi,

Size of the tank is 18in L x 9in W x 11in H - I have 3 silver dollar fish, one rambo shark, 3 gold fish.

I dont see a wound but he is behaving weird and surely look sick and dying.
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Size of the tank is 18in L x 9in W x 11in H - I have 3 silver dollar fish, one rambo shark, 3 gold fish.



I dont see a wound but he is behaving weird and surely look sick and dying.


Your tank dimensions are for a 5.5g tank.
None of your fish can live in that small of a tank.

Best advice. Return all of them before they all die.

Silver Dollars need 30-55g tanks Min
Rainbow Sharks ? I prefer 55g or larger.
Goldfish ? Fancies ? 20g per fish to start. Comets should have 40g per fish to start.

Do an immediate water change 50%. You are probably seeing Ammonia poisoning. Big fish in a small tank is a bad idea. They may be babies now, but your tank is still lethally overstocked.

Use water conditioner and try to match the temperature of the water. Do daily water changes till you can get these fish returned or buy a 55g tank for the tropicals and a 75g for the Goldfish.

Emergency care ? A new clean sturdy bin or trash can can house the Goldfish. Use conditioner on all water.

A 5.5gallon is a Nano tank. You can keep 1 Betta.
Or you can keep Shrimp instead. Most fish need larger tanks.

Goldfish should not be mixed with tropical fish.

Please read about your fish before you buy. Stores do not always give good advice. Some do. Some will sell you any fish you ask for.
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I'm sorry...we've all made mistakes. I hope your fish get to a safe place soon.

I love Nano tanks...but they are tricky to stock with anything but a Betta.

Read up on Fishless and Fish In Cycling also.
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