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dairygrl89
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Help me!
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:29:53 PM »

Ok, so I'm not exactly a newbie at this fish business. I have raised goldfish before and I also help my mom maintain her pond full of goldfish and koi. Anyways I decided to cure some of my boredom in college by having some fish. At first all my fish died because the nitrite levels in my tank were way high. Turns out all I had to do was wash the tank out? Anyways so my tank should be fine I just tested it now and everything is at a normal range. I had one survivor fish from back when all my fish were dieing. Last week I figured I would get him some tank mates since I had my water problem figured out. Got them last Sunday. All week they were doing fine and such, I left Friday to go visit some friends and came back Sunday night to find one goldfish dead and one of the other ones "cut up." Figured they had been in some kind of fight since one was the original and the other was new. There was a weekend feeder in the tank so they got food. Anyways looking at my two remaining fish now and they now have blisters on them with black hairlike projections coming out of it. ...Um, does anybody know what wrong with my fish? The original seems to be doing fine but the other new on isn't really that responsive, just drifting along and swimming every once in a while.
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dairygrl89
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2010, 10:34:53 PM »

Fish are hard to photograph I discovered...but here are some pics of them...the best i could get
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Mindemae
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2010, 10:51:47 PM »

Well, the pictures aren't too clear but it looks like anchor worm to me possibly. Undecided
You need to treat them with a parasite medication and with melafix to heal the wounds.
The worm must be pulled out firmly with a tweezers! Hold your fish in a wet net firmly and have someone else or you pull the worm out!  I would also dab the area after you pull out the worm with mecurachrome. 
BTW, how big is your tank? Smiley
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Nossie
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2010, 03:44:42 AM »

It does sound like anchor worms, but before I'd have you grab your fish (which may hurt them more than help while they're ill), I'd like you to look at this picture and confirm whether there's anything like this stuck to your fish.
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Now, I'm actually really worried about your fish, because I'm rather sure that they haven't been in a fight, but gotten sick because of bad water quality. So tell me, do you know about the nitrogen cycle? You were talking about high nitrites, and that's very good that you checked Smiley Did you test ammonia, nitrate and pH as well? These are the most important parameters, and you should always test the whole set whenever you see your fish acting strange Smiley What worries me, is that your bio filter might not have been ready for the biological load that two goldfish put on the system, as in, your tank might not have been cycled yet before you put your new fish there. Especially since you mentioned "washing the tank out". You should never clean out the whole tank.

Please tell me how big it is! And something about your maintenance schedule: how often you're feeding/testing water/changing water. For how long did you have it?

Finally, if it IS anchor worm, you should follow Minde's instructions Smiley First get rid of the worms, then add the anti-parasite medication to kill free swimmers, and add something for the fishes' wounds, like Melafix Smiley
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dairygrl89
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010, 07:59:21 AM »

I'm not sure if its anchor worm or not. I was reading up on it and idk, my fish didn't have these things sticking out of them yesterday. Can an anchor worm grow that fast? And its not green.
And for the water quality. After figuring out the nitrite problem, I did cycle it after that and I test for nitrates, nitrites, pH, hardiness, and alkalinity. Only thing is the hardiness tests for over 300 ppm. I have a 20 gallon tank, and I change about 20% of the water every week.
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Nossie
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2010, 04:32:13 AM »

Anchor worms don't really grow on the fish, they just stick to it. They're actually free swimming, and once they find a proper host, they anchor themselves into the skin of the fish.

I would like numerical results of your water tests Smiley pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, please Smiley
Also, you should start making 50% water changes a week.

You should start treating your fish as soon as you can! Add some salt, if you're not sure what the things on the fish are, and add melafix to help them heal their wounds.
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Hanna
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2010, 05:48:36 AM »

Reading through this thread I cannot give more advice than it is already given.

I only can emphasize the imortance of 50% waterchanges with adding the necessary conditioner and beneficial bacteria and pH control if need be. Also very very important the quick treatment of your fishies.

GOOD LUCK
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2010, 10:12:14 PM »

dairygrl89: I don't know what's wrong, I'm not as good as Hanna + Nossie + Minde and the rest, but I wish you good luck treating your fishies!



Nossie - karma for the helpful photos!
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Nossie
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Re: Help me!
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2010, 04:43:38 AM »

Thanks! Smiley
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