Care Of A Goldfish: Indigestion or Constipation

Watch for these signs: swollen abdomen, inactivity, resting at the bottom of the tank
Watch your goldfish for these signs: swollen abdomen, inactivity, resting at the bottom of the tank

Care of a goldfish is always important, but when one or more fish fall ill definite action must be taken. There are many illnesses that a goldfish can contract so knowing what to look for can help get your sick goldfish on the road to recovery and fast. Here you’ll will learn the signs and remedies for a fish suffering from indigestion or constipation.

When a fish has constipation or indigestion there is good news and bad news. Good news first, any other fish in the same tank or aquarium is not likely to become ill as well because this sickness is not contagious. The bad news is if constipation or bladder problems are not treated quickly the goldfish may not recover.

Swim bladder problems and constipation are among the leading causes of death in goldfish.

Taking care of a goldfish includes taking time to really observe your goldfish. Observation will go a long way in maintaining your goldfish’s health and well-being. A few physical and visual signs that may indicate that your goldfish may have indigestion or constipation are:

  • The tummy or abdomen bulges or looks swollen (this usually occurs when food doesn’t agree with the fish)
  • Goldfish is very inactive
  • Goldfish is resting at the bottom of the tank

To nurse your fish back to health sometimes all you will need to do is change its food. Experts in fish care recommend adding one tablespoon of Epson salt for each five gallons of water in the hospital tank. (A separate smaller tank used to treat sick fish.) It is also suggested to starve your sick goldfish for 3 to 5 days, until your fish returns to being its fully active little self.

Once your goldfish has become a little ball of energy again, feed him live or freeze-dried foods for 1 week. After 1 week has passed, it’s safe to place the recovering goldfish back into its normal tank.

Since constipation and indigestion can be a reoccurring problem its best to keep watch to see if it happens again. Ryunkins, Veiltails, Tosakins and Pearl-Scales are all known to suffer with such illnesses repeatedly.

Taking care of a goldfish properly will ensure your fish get well soon.