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Nicole
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Spots on tail
« on: July 01, 2011, 07:21:27 AM »

Hi all.  I wonder if you can help me figure out this.
Our goldfish, Izzy, has a bright red vein in his tail.  There are also about 5 little white spots on his tail.  At first they looked fuzzy, but now the look like the white circles when you set a wet drink on a wooden table.  I tried treating him with Pimafix in a treatment tank with an airstone, but it didn't do squat.  Other than how the tail looks, he seems to be fine and healthy.  None of the other fish are sick.  I'm sure many of you remember me, so you know that I tested the water and replaced the filter first thing, and all of that was fine.  I'm starting to wonder if the problem is just cosmetic, but I don't want it to suddenly kill him overnight.
So, any ideas?
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 09:14:30 AM »

The bright red vein in the tail could be one of two things. If your fish is light colored and has always had it, that means you can just see it better due to his genetic makeup. The other thing I would guess is that your tank had a minicycle and the nitrite levels might have elevated, then settled down before you tested the water. Doing a water change might help put things to rights if that's your problem. Now the white specks; that could be anything, but to me it sounds like ich or a fungal infection to me. If they look fuzzy, that's a sure sign. I'm guessing it's ich because Pimafix is effective against fungal infections and both internal and external bacterial infections, and you say you had no result. I don't know for certain, but I would suggest using salt, not medication. Dose the tank with 3 tablespoons of salt pre-disolved in 1/4 tank water for every 10 gallons. This should get rid of whatever the problem is unless it has to do with water quality.
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Nicole
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2011, 03:44:39 PM »

It might be the pigment thing.  It seems to get darker or lighter depending on the season.  The white spots aren't spreading, and he's still thriving, so it might just be a fish pigment thing.  I'll give the salt a go tomorrow, just in case.  Should I put Izzy in a treatment tank or just dose the big tank and the other fish?  I don't want to stress and potentially pinch his tail by chasing him with the net.
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Nossie
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 12:44:41 PM »

I wouldn't separate him, if he's acting healthy, there's nothing to be afraid of Smiley I would treat the whole tank with a little salt though, unless it's so big that it'd be a waste. If you'd rather save the salt, go for a big water change and some thorough gravel vacuuming instead, that helps a lot Smiley
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Goldiegirl
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 01:40:10 PM »

Yep, Nossie is right on every point. One thing I would add, on a separate note, is that if you ever need to separate a sick fish in the future it is much safer to use your hands or a plastic cup without sharp edges, rather than a fish net. That, like you said, could potentially cause him damage and stress.  Smiley
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Nicole
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 08:37:10 PM »

Good advice.  I don't think a cup or my hands would work, given the depth of our tank.  If I tried that I'd probably need a snorkel and end up catching the fish in my teeth. Wink
In any case, we did a water change and gravel vacuum.  Izzy is still happy, healthy, and hungry, so I will stop worrying for now.
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Nossie
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Re: Spots on tail
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 04:22:42 AM »

I agree with Goldiegirl on the net thing! I started using my hands as soon as I got to know that it's allowed Tongue A hand is much softer and safer than a net Smiley
If the tank is too deep, maybe you could attach a cup to a stick somehow or something? If you wouldn't reach?
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