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Dead Goldfish
« on: November 07, 2011, 02:12:14 PM »

I have only started out keeping fish.  We have a 26 gallon and started with 3 minnows, 2 orandas and 3 goldfish.  Our first oranda got white spots so we consulted the pet shop and they sold us medicine to be used every 48 hrs following the changing of the water - we kept to this routine but still the fish died.  The next to go was the beautiful black oranda - this seemed to be covered in a slime which literally happened over night.  To our frustration then the goldfish died this morning - seemed to have the same spots - we haved lost 4 fish in the space of two weeks and are not happy - none of the advice we were given by the pet shop has worked.  People are telling me to use salt, whiskey etc.. I now don't know what to do for the best.  Any help would be greatly appreciated to set us on the right track otherwise we are just going to give up.

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Re: Dead Goldfish
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 04:19:30 AM »

This tank is horribly overcrowded. You could keep TWO goldfish in tank max Undecided
They're dying from the sheer lack of space and raising nitrogen. Doesn't matter how small the goldfish are, but one goldfish should have nothing smaller than a 20 gallon tank, and then 10 for each additional goldfish. Besides, orandas are fancy goldfish, and I'll assume that the other "goldfish" you mentioned are commons/comets, and these shouldn't be kept together.

First step, try to make up for the lack of space by changing water. You need a water test, test pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate every single day.
Your fish are being attacked by ich, white spot. It's a parasite that live under their skin and feed on their blood. You need to treat the tank with salt for at least a week, possibly longer if you want to make sure the pathogen is dead and gone. Ich is among the most common and most annoying fish disease, usually contracted in crowded tanks or under-maintained systems. (Pet shops usually spread this disease if you don't quarantine whatever you bought from there.) You want the salt to be a 0.3% concentration. Dissolve the correct amount of salt in a little cup of tank water and pour it in by the filter outtake. I think that would be roughly a tablespoon per gallon of water Smiley
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Re: Dead Goldfish
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 09:27:58 AM »

I believe Nossie has covered everything here Smiley

If you wanted you could always get an additional 30-40 gallon tank for your 3 goldfish and keep the orandas in the 26 gallon.
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