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OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« on: July 27, 2011, 06:07:24 AM »

Ok so fluffy has a white pimple on his tail for a month or so... it wasnt fuzzy and dindnt look like fungus... thought it was just a pimple... recently his tail had started to get raggy and bloodshot and holes in them at the ends so 4 days ago i moved him to a hospital tank and started treating with 1tsp/gallon salt, pimafix and melafix according to the instructions.  (the tail rot is healing and the pipmle got significantly smaller)

Our main tank STILL isnt cycled and i think he is very sensitive to nitrites... they are at their peak and i thought moving him and giving him a break and treating the rot would be a kind thing to do...

He has been in the hostpital tank for 4 days and has started flashing hard core (he had been doing this a little in the main tank) so i thought he may have some parasites... I prepared a salt bath for him and gently picked him up with my hands and moved him into the salt bath (cant get any meds here...)

A BIG chunk of tail was left on my hands when i put him in the salt bath... like seriously REALLY big 1 1/2 inch long by 1/4 inch across. It looks like it broke off at where the pimple was... i almost cried.

It is the very top part of his fin so is the cartilidge and everything...  Will it grow back? he is so miserable anyway and now he is missing half his tail Sad I am thinking it was maybe dead anyway if it fell off so easily...)  i am worried that it was the top bit of cartilidge/bone though... He is back in the hospital tank with the salt pimafix/melafix so hopefully that helps him heal...

Will he be OK? I feel so horrible! I just want him to feel better. The other fish in the main tank have started flashing too... i cant see anything so maybe flukes are taking over because the water quality is so bad? I am going to try bathing fluffy again later... i know fish can lose consciousness in a salt bath but he passed out after 3 seconds... i went off the article on the kokos site that said 1/2 cup per gallon water kokosgoldfish.com/Salt.html  I realised that the temp of the bath was a lot colder than his tank temp so maybe that was it...

I wish my tank would cycle so they all feel better Sad I am water changing and priming everyday and it wont cycle...

I am not sure what to do...


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fantailer
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 06:21:28 AM »

Well I think you should leave him in the tank with salt pimafix and melafix untill he gets better. But leave him in the hospital tank untill the big tank is cycled.
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 06:54:16 AM »

I think your right wiki, the water should be the same temp as what you took him out of, that probably gave him a shock... also we had part of our fantails tail removed recently due to lumps (skin cancer we think), anyway it grew back ok and quite quickly too. not sure about the cartlidge but... Best wishes for your fish.. > Ron

Just had another thought, did all the pimple break off, if not you may want to remove a bit extra to make sure its all gone...
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 07:24:16 AM »

no it looks like the pimple is left there... I hope he isnt in any pain Sad he looks so awkward! I think the salt and mela/pimafix should be able to penetrate better now though...
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 08:49:39 AM »

Tails usually grow back as long as it isn't down to the root.  Do keep an eye on it to make sure it isn't a parasite egg.
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2011, 02:29:47 AM »

In severe cases, where the bony rays in the tail are hurt/destroyed, there is a risk that it will never grow back.
That's why these champion goldfish-keepers are panicking when they see fin rot on their fish, they may end up mis-shaped, should they not be treated in time.

But I would just keep going with what you're doing. Make sure his water is good etc. And it's very normal that fish are flashing because of nitrite or other irritating agents, it doesn't have to be parasites Smiley If you can't get the nitrites down, you may want to add some salt to the main system, this will protect the fishes' gills and membranes against the nitrite.
If anyone's interested, should a fish die while the tank is cycling, you can easily notice by brown blood. If you'd decapitate a dead fish, brown blood will ooze from the spine, a sign that their blood couldn't carry oxygen as normal. (I don't mean to scare you D8)
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2011, 07:58:34 AM »

Important note: Please do NOT decapitate your goldfish to find out if it's sick!  Look at its behavior instead.
(Should be obvious, but there are some odd/ st*pid people out there.)
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Re: OMG HELP PLEASE!!!!
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2011, 12:42:10 PM »

I said if you decapitate a DEAD FISH ;P
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