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goldfishluver12
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Fraying of Fins
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:17:02 PM »

My fish doesn't have this but i've heard a lot about it. What is it and what does it look like?
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Hanna
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 04:21:55 AM »

This is a desease called "fin rot"

As deseases happen with poor water quality which causes stress to fish and stress makes them more prone to desease because of a weak immune system it is very important to keep the water quality up to date.
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Andrea
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 05:12:37 AM »

Buy or borrow a book from the library on goldfish or just fish in general. It will have detailed information on this along with many other things you would like to know about.
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 10:56:12 AM »

Frayed fins look just like they sound! You can see some small rips and tears by the edges of the fins, usually most visible on the tail. The edges can look rather white, and the skin can turn red by the base of the fin. If it's left untreated, the whole fin may rot away! And if the bony rays of the fin are destroyed, it won't be able to grow back. But of course, if you leave it so long that the tail has rotted away, you can hardly save the fish anymore.

It's an infection caused by different kinds of bacteria, which usually gain access to the fish when the water quality is bad or the fish are generally stressed. Therefore, the first and foremost action is to test the water, and do a large water change on about 60-70% of the water (which should be done no matter which disease symptoms the fish show.) if necessary, you can add some anti-bacterial medication after the water change, always monitor the water quality daily, and feed the fish a variety of nutritious foods! It could be tropical fish flakes or krill, blood worms... anything that the fish will readily accept during the illness.

As always, it's easiest to get rid of this and any problem if you take care of the source, so in some cases (if you're fast enough) you might just solve the problem just by giving the fish some fresh water to swim in! And make sure that you correct any problems with the water parameters.

Here are a few pics that I found too:

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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 04:45:36 PM »

Nossie, this is just great.... allready gave you a karma, so I need to wait another  hour until it allows me to give you another one.

Great post!  Wink
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 02:17:38 AM »

Aww, thank you! *hug* (I gave you one back) I have no idea how I can remember all those things anymore! xD I haven't even brought any of my fish books along to our new home Tongue

But I do think it's more important to know how to best prevent fish from getting sick rather than knowing what to do if it happens!
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 03:37:25 AM »

I agree, prevention is always the best
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010, 01:16:37 PM »

Is there anyway to treat this?
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 02:09:14 PM »

I mentioned that in my post earlier as well, an anti-bacterial medication is the best way to go. Remember, no Melafix or Pimafix, because neither of these will actually kill the bacteria involved. They should be used only when the fish are showing some small symptoms, or where they're physically hurt. Small scratches or a rip in the fin.
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2010, 02:49:14 AM »

Sunshine once had fin rot and I used melafix to treat it  Undecided Did it actually do anything or did it just heal on its own because I fixed up the water chemistry?
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2010, 03:22:10 AM »

Melafix probably did help the fish's immune system Smiley But it isn't killing any kind of bacteria for sure, because the corporation that made it didn't really bother testing how it works... so it's happened that people who added melafix in the belief that it would heal their sick fish actually ended up feeding the bad bacteria, so that the fish kept getting worse, and died in the end... |:
That's why I'd rather use something that is PROVEN to kill all kinds of bad bacteria, at least when the fish shows some stronger symptoms!
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2010, 09:53:27 PM »

Ah ok I see Smiley Thanks Nossie. I always heard it killed the good bacteria but I am guessing this isn't true? Also when I get my new fishie I was going to quarantine it in Sunshine's old tank and treat it with melafix for a few days. Is this a good choice? Or it won't do anything?
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2010, 02:25:11 AM »

The stronger kinds most likely are d: But in fact, I've recently treated my mom's fish against fin rot (and various wounds from time to time, her big goldie tends to get his tail eaten :'c) and I never noticed any troubles with the ammonia and the like, so if there is a problem with the bacteria being killed off, I guess the tank cycles again ultra-fast or something! xD

I would definitely use Melafix during quarantine! Chances are that the fish isn't really sick, but it's always good with a little boost for the immune system, since they're probably stressed after the trip and in their new home Smiley I didn't have Melafix though (even if I wanted it when quarantining Horus and everyone :'c) so I was using salt all the time d: Worked too Smiley So if you suspect any parasites, you could always try and combine them Cheesy
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2010, 06:03:42 AM »

Thanks once again Nossie. I don't reckon the fish will be sick as I trust the pet shop and I know what diseases look like so I won't be picking sick fish. But I won't tank any chances with Sunshine so I'll be doing the quarantine Smiley
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2010, 06:38:36 AM »

Very good choice! Smiley The new fish might be carrying something without showing symptoms, so it's always good to be a bit careful when it comes to this, especially when you care for your fish Smiley
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2010, 06:58:58 AM »

I am so happy that there are fishies out there with such lovely, caring fishy-parents Wink
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2010, 09:38:39 PM »

I agree!! Wink
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2010, 08:56:56 PM »

Great pix Nossie on fin rot!!! Smiley
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Re: Fraying of Fins
« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2010, 02:10:02 AM »

Thanks! Wink
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