Discussion in 'Diseases' started by fish<386, Apr 15, 2010.

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  1. fish<386

    fish<386 Plankton

    Apr 15, 2010
    So, this may seem awfully stupid to ask but when your fish has been used to a certain environment for its entire life is it still dangerous to improve your fishes living environment? I have a basic goldfish living in a small 1.5 gallon tank. I have had it for 11 years. Recently he has had two episodes. He was laying on his side...I thought he was a goner....just "getting old" Now he is appearing to have something protruding out of his side?! I'm just wondering if improving his water conditions would help fight off whatever diseases he has gotten or if it would be too much of a shock to him?:confused:
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  3. inwall75

    inwall75 Giant Squid

    Sep 10, 2003
    Welcome to 3Reef!!!

    Definitely improve the conditions. For example, if you lived in a smog-filled city, wouldn't you feel better if you moved to a city with clean air.
  4. Kelley11

    Kelley11 Peppermint Shrimp

    Sep 10, 2009
    Porterville, CA
    First off, that is amazing that you have a fish that has lived in a bowl for 11 years! You must be doing something right :). Improved conditions will help your fish, bad enviroments can foster or cause existing conditions to worsen. There are several medications available to assist with fish illnesses but first it is important to identify what is going on. Can you attach a couple of pictures?

    Welcome to 3reef :)