Why is my one goldfish trying to get stuck?

Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 11:06 am
A few weeks ago I noticed my one goldfish was stuck because the filter was crushing him. So I freed him. But something unusual happened. Ever since I freed him he was trying to get stuck again. Then I noticed his side was deflated.

Why is that?
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Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 11:11 am
He's not trying to get stuck.

He was injured and doesn't have the strength to fight the current of the filter intake.

I don't believe goldfish "try" to do anything.
Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 11:35 am
they try to die.

and they eat.

(and if you feed them too much they will eat till they die)

they are incredibly not very smart fish...
Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 11:46 am
You should get a Beta...they live and live and live and live......and live.
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Reply Thu 4 Jun, 2009 02:56 pm
He was trying to plot an elaberate escape plan. Ever see that on Finding Nemo?
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Robert Gentel
Reply Mon 8 Jun, 2009 11:30 pm
Fish aren't too bright, and sometimes they aren't trying to do anything. At one pet store I frequented, there were some fish who'd all get stuck face first in a series of pipes that were in their tank. Every night the pet shop owner had to pluck them all out so they'd not die overnight. In this case they weren't trying to do anything other than investigate the hole they'd already forgotten about and they'd get stuck.

However what you describe sounds like it may actually be injured and trying to hide. Weak fish (sick, old, injured) will avoid open water. Do you have other places for the fish to hide? Can you block the filter with plants or ornaments?
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