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I don't feed my fish once the water temp goes under 55F. Before that, I transitioned from summer food to autumn food (that had less protein) and fed less.
 
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I'm still feeding my goldfish off and on. Temp is still around high 50's during the daytime.
 
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When i put food in the pond they come out from under the cave[after i leave] and eat.
 
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Strange happening this morning.It was raining pretty hard and it seemed like the fish were trying to get out of the pond.One of them actually flipped on its side on top of one of the rocks. I guess they never experienced rain before.
 

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Strange happening this morning.It was raining pretty hard and it seemed like the fish were trying to get out of the pond.One of them actually flipped on its side on top of one of the rocks. I guess they never experienced rain before.
Do you have a water test kit? How often do you check? What are the numbers for your ammonia, nitrites, pH?
 
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How are the fish acting now? Any time fish are trying to get out of the pond, you can be pretty sure it's something IN the pond they are trying to escape, like poor water quality . The rain won't affect them one way or another.
 
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How are the fish acting now? Any time fish are trying to get out of the pond, you can be pretty sure it's something IN the pond they are trying to escape, like poor water quality . The rain won't affect them one way or another.
Very lethargic.
 
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It seems like the fish are skimming or scratching there sides on the rocks and on the top of the plant containers.
 

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@420benz I have to ask this......but did you read the directions for using the tests? Ammonia #1 and ammonia #2 aren’t two separate tests. You add and mix the reagents from each bottle, together with the water sample. Same for nitrates, if I’m not mistaken, except that you have to shake the reagent bottles well before use (I think it’s because the chemicals settle out in the bottle).
 
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