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ReneeB
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Orange lionhead turning white~
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:21:29 AM »

I have a lionhead (orange) and the "brain" part of her head is getting white.  It's not uniform but very concerned.  I've had them for quite a while.  Can you please help me?  I have a light, heater, and feed flake food.
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Skwishee
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Re: Orange lionhead turning white~
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013, 03:07:40 PM »

How old is the goldfish? Sometimes goldfish turn white naturally with age?
I'm honestly not entirely sure.....

IF there are no other signs of disease (i.e. if the white colour isn't a growth or fuzz of some sort) and the fish is housed in a proper sized tank (so at least 20 gallons for the first fish and 10 gallons for each additional fish you have), with good water quality (ammonia 0ppm, nitrite 0ppm and nitrates below 40ppm) and is eating/acting normal, I wouldn't worry for the time being Smiley Just keep an eye on it Wink
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ReneeB
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Re: Orange lionhead turning white~
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 08:41:47 PM »

They are both at least 3 years old.  I have them in a 29 gallon tank and keep it clean and feed them correctly.  It's not a fuzz or something that can be rubbed off.  It is definitely the color just changing.  I don't test the water.  Should I be?  What sort of kit would you recommend?  Also, do you think I need to have a heater for them?  I've been told both and the same with an overhead light.  What about live plants?  I've tried them before.  Thank you for any feedback~

Renee
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Skwishee
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Re: Orange lionhead turning white~
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2013, 05:40:44 AM »

For testing the water, a liquid kit is best. You can get strip/dip test kits but these don't last as long. I've had my liquid test kit for almost 2 years now and still have plenty left Smiley

I use this test kit, which tests for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and PH.
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It's an essential piece of equipment to have. I use mine if Lucky seem's a bit off and I want to check the water quality's okay.

As for a heater? I don't think it's necessary for fancy varieties to have one? Perhaps another member can comment on that.

Plants are always a lovely addition, but be sure to quarantine plants before adding them to the tank. Some times plants can carry certain diseases/bacteria or carry little critters like Snails. So you want to be to sure to be rid of those before adding it to the tank.
I'm out the door for work right now, but when I get back later, I'll post a bit more detail about quarantine for plants Smiley

Also goldfish will eat most and any live plants in your tank, as I'm sure you've seen Wink I've personally only ever had elodea and cabomba.

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Okay so quarantine, there are a variety of ways to do it, what I personally do is when I get the plant, I'll rinse it in tap water and look for snails or any little critters, I have a nano pond tank so any critters I find get put there. But you could kill them if you didn't want them.

Then you can soak the plant in a salt solution for about 5 or 10 minutes, I'll have to try and find the exact amounts I used..... then I'd rinse the plant again and soak it in water for a few days, changing the water out each day, just to make sure there's no salt. Then I'd add the plant to my tank and as I have a UV bulb on in my filter I'd flick it on for a little while, just in case.

Smiley Hope that helps, will try and find what the solution of salt was....
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ReneeB
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Re: Orange lionhead turning white~
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 05:47:03 AM »

That seems like a good idea.  Thank you so much for the info.  I just love my fish and they are like my babies.  They are so big (to me they are) so I just want to make them happy.  They make me happy!
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Re: Orange lionhead turning white~
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2013, 11:02:49 AM »

Not a problem Cheesy
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