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zowie78
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my goldfish has no mouth
« on: August 07, 2009, 12:35:32 PM »

Plz help. my goldfish seems to have developed a white membrane over its mouth. It just sits at the bottom of the tank but the fins or tail aren't clamped. It does swim around every now and then and not franticly. It also comes to the top at feeding time but i'm not sure it's actually eating!I don't know anything about keeping goldfish I rescued these 5yrs ago and we've come this far. The other 2 are fine. Plz help it looks so depressed!!!
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 01:15:12 PM »

Same problem  am so upset, when i went to petshop the told me to use these use that medicine and it didn,t work at all. yougoldfish is just like this ? if yes we have same problem Sad
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zowie78
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2009, 04:57:08 AM »

i went back to petshop and tried medicine for mouth probs. he has cheered up and is swimming around but still cant eat. The petshop man said he could go one more week with out food as the skin type membrane is still covering his mouth. He does try to eat but nothing goes in. If its not gone within the nxt wk then hes got to be put to sleep otherwise he will starve to death. Apparently they can go up to 3wks without food but his time is now running out!!!
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2009, 12:48:54 PM »

You know my fish couldn't eat also, but my girlfriend used the syringe to feed him at his mouth.
we used the flake food mix with water untill look like a baby food then feed him ( hold him in the tank)
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zowie78
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 01:26:57 PM »

I can't even try that. When he opens and closes his mouth you can see the membrane covering his whole mouth. No gap to syringe into!! It actually looks like a thin layer of skin. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed that it will tear or something!!
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2009, 01:47:10 PM »

does it look like mine fish in the picture ?
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zowie78
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2009, 01:59:28 PM »

No. he looks completely normal until he opens his mouth and then you can see its covered in a see through skin. Sadly I don't have the equipment to put the pics on my fone onto the pc.
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2009, 04:19:51 PM »

Hi, sorry to hear about your fish.

This may help, I found it on the net sounds pretty tricky though.

Fused Mouth!! Yes sometimes a) a fungus, or b) eating too much hard food (which will scrape the skin on a goldfish's mouth) will cause the fish's mouth to fuse -- partially or FULLY shut !! It will easily cause death, because the fish cannot breathe! (they bring the water through their mouths and it filters oxygen through the gills that's how they breathe. If their mouths are fused shut, they die). This is what I have done to save them and it must be done CAREFULLY and respectfully. Sterilize and then wash off an exacto or small sharp knife, get some salt (table, kosher or aquarium). Take the afflicted fish out of the water, secure it gently and carefully with gloved hands or something just as gentle, and cut open its mouth (to its original, natural size) along the natural mouth lines. You can determine the natural mouth lines by gently squeezing its jaws to open the mouth if it is capable of opening, even a little bit. Then when you have cut open the mouth to its natural size, rub some salt on it, to keep the cut from healing. If you are lucky, you will be able to do this on the first try. Once you finish this operation, observe the fish carefully for the next 24 to 48 hours sometimes the mouth closes up again, and you have to re-cut and re-salt it. Ugh! This is the only thing I find that works. I was hurting, the fish were hurting, but it had to be done (or they would die) Once they totally healed from this, their lives were saved and their little mouths were able to open fully again! Miss Moustache, and Mr Bee all had to go through this, sometimes more than once, when they were very small fish. So, if you keep the hard food away from your fish, they will run less risk of fused mouth.


Goodluck!

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Katie
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Re: my goldfish has no mouth
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 11:28:56 AM »

Hi Zowie78

Any news on how your fish is doing? Mine has just started with exactly the same symptoms  Cry

Katie
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