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RobbinAndTrixie
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Will my goldfish recover?
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:51:09 AM »

First I started out with a single black moor, then I decided to add a couple guppies and things were fine, I figured since everyone was getting along it would be ok to add a second goldfish.
Over night the guppies began picking on the new goldfish eating away at his scales, I would say 25% are gone. As soon as I saw this the next morning I removed the guppies and gave them away.
Since then my new goldfish has been spending alot of time resting in the top corner of the tank and his dorsil fin has also stayed in a downward position other than that his scales seem to be growing back slowly, he feeds regularly, and swims fine, do you guys think he has a good chance for recovery or should i put him down humanely? He's been like this for almost a week now.
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Andrea
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2011, 05:55:32 AM »

No!! He has a very good chance of recovery but you really really should have acted sooner with getting this fish better. A week is a long time and I don't think anyone would fancy having open wounds for a week which aren't being treated  Wink

I'm glad you got rid of the guppies but can I ask how big your tank is? This could be your biggest problem and may be the reason why your fish is so sick. There is a little form you can fill out at the top of this part of the forum or you can just try giving us as much info as possible including photos Smiley

It doesn't sound good so action is needed immediately but if the right action is taken he has a good chance of survival.
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Mindemae
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011, 05:57:16 AM »

First and foremost test your water and post the results here.
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RobbinAndTrixie
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011, 05:57:43 AM »

20 gallon, what can i do to help his wounds?
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Andrea
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2011, 06:01:02 AM »

Well that is a perfect size for two goldfish and no more!!! It is very important you have perfect water before you start ANY treatment so if you could post the water results that would be great Smiley
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RobbinAndTrixie
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2011, 06:01:31 AM »

I don't have any testing strips but the other goldfish is doing just fine, I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with the water although I will look into buying some next time I go to the pet shop. What can I do to help him heal?
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Nossie
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2011, 06:05:04 AM »

Adding some Melafix should help your fish, but if you've left it for a week like that, it's possible that some more severe infections have taken place.
So you may want to combine that with some medical aquarium salt.

Drag yourself to the pet shop and have your water tested. What are the results for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
How often do you perform maintenance and how much water do you take out at a time?
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Mindemae
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2011, 06:06:13 AM »

Test the water or take it to the pet shop and most will test it for free. Smiley
You have to make sure your water is in pristine condition before you can administer medication or it won't work.
You could start by feeding an antibiotic, medicated food for 1 week.
Even tho your water looks ok, and your other fish seems ok, you cannot tell water quality but looking at it!
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Andrea
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2011, 06:07:51 AM »

It may be alright but that depends on your water maintenance as Nossie pointed out  Undecided It is free to get your water tested at most pet shops so easy as can be and vital!

You could try melafix/pimafix and the medical aquarium salt. I am a bit worried as it has been so long and most fish should bounce back from wounds without treatment if the water is perfect. Sometimes they may need just a little bit of help but you might need something more serious.
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RobbinAndTrixie
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2011, 06:10:36 AM »

okay thanks for all the advice, that will be my mission first thing tomarrow (it's 1:10am here in hawaii)
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Andrea
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2011, 06:12:46 AM »

Understandable  Wink You could buy some medication while you are there but only use it after your water is all good, which may involve some water changes first Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: Will my goldfish recover?
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2011, 06:24:30 AM »

Please don't put tropicals with goldfish. Wink
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