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lisamorris
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HELP!!!!!
« on: February 04, 2016, 06:49:55 PM »

Hi everyone! I rescued a goldfish about 7 years ago from someone who wasn't feeding or taking care of him. His bowl stunk to high heaven, so we got a 10 gallon tank and power filter as well as a sandstone. He is at least 8 years old but has been with me for 7 years! How-ever he turned silver a few years back and now he is getting spots of gold back. Is this normal? Also his mouth is red all the way around it with skin hanging off of it. What is doing this?
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Jered
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Re: HELP!!!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 10:56:55 PM »

Whenever i see something abnormal in my fish (goldfish or any other type of fish), i immediately use my API freshwater test kit to test the water for ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.  If the tests come back normal, i would still do a 50 - 60 percent water change.  If you don't have a water test kit , do a 50 - 60 percent water change anyway. This will buy you time so you can observe the changes in your fish to see if it's normal or a disease that requires medication. Having clean water in the tank will always help a sick fish heal. Make sure any new water you add to tank is same temperature as the tank water so you don't shock the fish. 7 or 8 years for a goldfish or any other fish is very good.
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