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kingfisher
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badly distended sides on goldfish
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:43:41 AM »

one of my outdoor pond's goldfish has badly distended sides.  at first i thought it was a female with eggs, but it has been this way far too long.
any ideas as to what this is and whether i need to do anything?
thanx!
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Hanna
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Re: badly distended sides on goldfish
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 05:02:24 PM »

Hi,
can you please post a pic?
Is your fish bottom sitting? How do the scales look like?
Or is he/she swimming arround normally and eating normally? Is she ? chased by males?
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Nossie
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Re: badly distended sides on goldfish
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 11:07:59 AM »

Could be lots of things!

Is the whole fish bloated? And if so, are the scales standing out? That would be dropsy, and you need to treat the fish with oral antibiotics ASAP!

If it's only parts of the body that are swollen, it could either be internal tumors or possibly some internal parasites/worms in the body cavity. For this, I would treat with medicated food against parasites/worms Smiley

But like Hanna said, it'd be good if you'd post a pic! And I would also want you to test your water's pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels!!
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darren
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Re: badly distended sides on goldfish
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 05:26:29 AM »

Could be dropsy where the scales stick out.  Or could be an old fish which has eaten infrequently and large quantities of dry pellets which swell up once inside the fish leaving it looking abnormal.
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