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Kayla
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Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:47:08 PM »

I have had a common goldfish for a little less then a year and he used to be mainly orange but was slowly turnning more white. Now he is pure white and is missing some scales, is this normal??
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Mindemae
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2010, 12:55:26 PM »

Some fish are genetically destine to be white.  You could try feeding him color enhancing food.  Also, lighting can play a part in the color enhancement of fish.
As far as the scales loss is concerned, do you have him in his tank with any other goldfish?  Spring is the time for spawning.  Other than that if your water is high in ammonia or nitrates, this can also cause a fish to scrape himself on the gravel or rocks or ornaments in the tank.  If he has a skin parasite this can also cause him to want to scrape up against objects.  Check your parameters, test your water or take a sample to your nearest pet shop and have them test it for you.  Then treat accordingly. Smiley
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 02:36:23 AM »

Treating with Melafix is another option, but remove the activated carbon in your filter for the time you treat
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Kayla
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 04:01:38 AM »

Wow thanks guys for all the information!!!  Cheesy I really appreciate it!! thanks again!!  Smiley
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010, 06:38:14 AM »

Hope your fishy will be ok asap Wink
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Kayla
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2010, 09:49:57 AM »

Thanks!!  Grin
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Re: Goldfish changing colors and loosing scales
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2010, 05:56:05 AM »

No worries, we're here to support each other
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