Is it old age or pining for her suicidal mate?
Princess is approx 2 1/2 years old and has spent the last 8 weeks listless in a corner of her tank. She won't even swim around unless the food is too far away. She seems to have lost all her spark. DH did contemplate euthanasia but we just couldn't.
Just how old do goldfish get. And how do they act when their old. Maybe it alzheimers and she cant remember where to swim anymore. Couls she be pining for her ex partner, Nemo 2 (Nemo 1 died of chemical warfare when we were invaded by midgees one evening. Oops! We now have a cover for the tank) left her only three months ago in less than pleasant circumstances. It's hard to forget actually. DD1 had lost her first tooth the day before and the next morning after feeding her beloved pets, she came racing in to tell me that the tooth fairy had taken Nemo!! I have to admit I was starting to think she was right when I searched the tank with no sign of Nemo2. Then I noticed the smell, and followed it to a small crack between the tallboy the tank was on and the wall. There he was in all his dehydrated glory. Poor Nemo. Who know what drove him to the amazing feat of jumping through a hole in the tank cover that is the size of a 20 cent piece. Was it a heroic yet foolish bid for freedom, or simply showing off in an attempt to get princess in the mood. I guess we'll never know.
Anyway, back to the problem at hand. A listless fish! We have cleaned the tank, the filter, bought fresh foods, checked the amount she's being fed. All to no avail.
What do you do for an old aged fish? It's not like she can head off to bingo night for a bit of a laugh.