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kstatekevin
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Help for Goldie
« on: July 21, 2013, 09:42:19 PM »

Looking for assistance in diagnosing and treating growth on face of my pet fish Goldie.   25 Gal tank changed every 2-3 weeks...Growth not new (more than two years)...No appearance of causing Goldie difficulties...Growth now increasing in size and appears reddish in parts...Goldie still eats well and can see out of other eye...Antibiotics already tried...Looking for next step and recommendation...Goldie is 8 years old...Thanks!
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Skwishee
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Re: Help for Goldie
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 05:27:28 PM »

Wow, you've done well to have the fish for so long. Just as a note; generally common goldfish belong in ponds or large tanks because of their size.

I'm really not sure what to suggest, cloudy eye could be caused by water quality, do you have a test kit or local pet store that could check the water for you? You'll need to know the amounts of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate Smiley

As for the growth on the side of the face? If the goldfish is still eating... then that's a good sign. But I honestly have no idea what to suggest otherwise... you said the fish appears reddish in parts? Could you be more specific as to where on it's body this is occurring?
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kstatekevin
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Re: Help for Goldie
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013, 09:17:40 PM »

Thank you for the reply...Goldie looks completely healthy except for the growth on her face...It is only the growth on the face that has tinges of red as mentioned in my earlier posting.  Goldie still eats well. 

Goldie came to the family as a very tiny fish won at the Church Fair.  She has grown quite large and I agree, it would be best had we gotten an even larger tank.

As for your questions on water quality, I will have to get a testing kit.  Thanks for the tip on that front and for your consideration on this matter.  We do appreciate it.

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scrivens345
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Re: Help for Goldie
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 06:17:15 AM »

Problems such as this are most often down to water quality issues. Big fish in small tank= poor water quality.
I would suggest that you increase the frequency of your water changes. Change at least 50 % of the tank water each week as a normal routine.

Do a large water change immediately, then another in 2 to 3 days time and your goldie's problems will hopefully start to resolve themselves
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kstatekevin
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Re: Help for Goldie
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2013, 08:48:56 AM »

Thanks for the advice...Will do!
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Skwishee
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Re: Help for Goldie
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 04:45:43 PM »

Let us know how she gets on Smiley Hopefully once water quality is addressed things will improve.

As Scrivens said (something I forgot to mention) 50% every week is a good routine for water changes. Also if you can find a LIQUID test kit, this will be more economical than buying strip test kits. I've had my liquid test kit for almost 2 years now, a tub of strip tests would not have lasted this long!

It may also be worth testing your tap water too, I had water quality issues to begin with and it turned out to be the tap water.
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