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sezshoes
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Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:40:54 PM »

Hello,

Bare with me as I'm new to all this :-)

I woke yesterday and found my fish "feeling sorry for itself and wasn't his normal jolly self.

I have notice he has got abit of a swallow face and now today it's looking bruised too. It lives with another 6 fish (small then him) the tank is a good size and has a pump etc and is kept cleaned and cleaned out every 3 to 4 weeks.

I have attached a picture.

Thank you

Sez
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fantailer
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Re: Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2011, 07:10:19 PM »

How big is a good size? If your tank is too small fish may bite.
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Re: Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2011, 08:02:25 PM »

He does look sad, I hope he's not sick.  He is beautiful!
For 7 goldfish, you should have a pretty big tank, like 70 gallons or more and lots of filtration.

Many people do a water change weekly.  Since you're only cleaning every 3-4 weeks and may have an over-stocked tank, the water quality may not be the best.  There could be excess ammonia or nitrates, or could there could be bacteria or parasites growing in the water.

My advice would be to test the water parameters, and keep the water quality the best that you can.
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Re: Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2011, 01:34:40 PM »

Hello, thanks for the information!
My tank is 70 gallon , there's still alot room in it for the little ones to swim!
I've just never seen anything like it to be fair , so a little worried! I don't fancy putting it in a tank of it's own cos I think it will upset him :-(

all my others are fine :-)
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Re: Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2011, 01:18:32 PM »

We use a quarantine tank for situations like this one and move him to something by himself so you can treat JUST him.  If he is the only one sick then he needs to be separated for treatment.  If you don't have another tank or anything you can move him too that has a filter and bubble wand then you are going to have to treat all of them but I don't recommend that.  It looks to be a fungus issue and probably due to poor water, you need to be doing 50% water changes added a water conditioner EVERY week, this is what I do and the water is super clean and healthy fish.  This is what is recommended on most sites.  He needs pristine water and you could start with melafix, this treats fungus and open abrasions which is what I am seeing, you can also try aquarium salt, this can help the healing process as well, dose it at only 2% for now I would say.  If you can't find it at your local pet store then see what they have there to treat fungus.
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Re: Help - not sure what's up with my fish :-(
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 03:51:23 PM »

That looks a bit like fungus growing around the eye? I can't tell for sure since the pic is slightly blurry, but is that white area fuzzy?

If so, I suggest doing a large water change, about 70% and adding Sera ectopur salt Smiley It's just like any salt, and it treats fungus AND parasites without meddling at all with the water quality. It also oxygenates the water slightly.
Just mix it in a cup/small bucket with water from the tank and make sure it's dissolved before poring it into the tank.

Generally, I agree with the previous posters, and I'm sure your fish will be just fine! Smiley
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