SICK FISH FORM
PLEASE, do not just cut and
paste and fill in informtion. Instead, try to answer as a narrative
such as "I have 3 fish in a 40 gallon tank. It has an _ filter and
2 air stones."
LIST WATER PARAMETERS (ammonia, nitrites and nitrates)
RESULTS OF THE FISH
Then, list all symptoms in order, when the symptom started (days
If poop is seen, describe the look (see poop
Possible symptoms- REMOVE those that dont apply
Died suddenly, floating, gasping at surface, yawning, scraping on things,
jumping, sores (red/ black/ white/ gray/ fuzzy/ greasy/ shiny, dots/ patches/
wounds/ salt grains, streaks) on the (gill covers/ front, back or tail
fins/ body/ head/ along the lateral line), wont eat, getting thin, bent
spine, lethargic, darting, clamped fins, swimming funny (give details)/
head standing, tail standing, floating at the top upside down, sitting
on the bottom, scales sticking out (base of tail fin/all over), losing
scales, bulging eye(s), fins are (shredding/spitting/rotting), changing
color, lump(s) (solid, soft).
How many goldfish in the tank, any other kinds of fish?
How many gallons is the tank?
What are the water parameters? (The levels of ammonia, nitrites, nitrates,
pH and hardness or alkalinity readings in the tank and out of the tap?)
Which tests do you use?
How long has this tank been up and running?
What kind of filter? How many gallons does it turn over per hour? Is
there charcoal or ammonia absorbing material used?
Does the tank have gravel, rocks, driftwood, anything else? How
much gravel, what kind and size?
List all conditioners, etc. routinely added to the tank.
What kind of supplemental aeration in the tank and is it run all the
What is the temperature of the tank? Is there a heater?
How often are partial water changes done, filters and gravel cleaned?
Is the temperature of the new water matched to the temperature of the water
in the tank?
What kind of food, how much, how often is it fed and where is the food
Do you know about cycling a tank and the good biobugs?
RECENT CHANGES IN THE TANK
Has anything new been added to the tank in the last two months (fish/
Where new fish quarantined and for how long? Were new plants
Were filter components replaced in the last two weeks?
Has there been a temperature drop suddenly in the tank like air conditioner
being used or a cold front coming thru?
TREATMENT TO DATE
List what percent water changes have been done and when in the
last 2 weeks.
List all medications used and how many treatments over how long a time
for the last month.