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Is there something wrong with my goldie?

Discussion in 'Coldwater Illness and Disease' started by SweetieAngel, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. SweetieAngel

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    I recently got 2 fantail goldfish. One of them had been picked on at the pet store and it looked like his fins had been chewed on by the other fish. I got them home and they seemed to adjust fine. His fins seem to be regenerating a little and it didn't seem like there was anything else wrong but this morning I noticed the ends of his fins seem to be turning black as well as a little dark coloration around his lower stomach area. He doesn't seem to be acting abnormally. He swims around fine and though he is nervous he doesnt seem to try to hide behind anything or go to the surface unless he is eating. His appetite seem normal and also the other goldfish seems to be acting fine. He likes to hide a bit but other than that he is perfectly normal.
     
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    Black edges to fins or black patches on fish can be evidence of a healing ammonia burn. Just keep a close eye on your parameters and make sure that finrot doesn't set in. Your fish either may have been the victim of fin nippers at the store, or he was the victim of bad water quality. Clean water will probably clean it up if there is nothing else wrong, which there doesn't seem to be.
     
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    Thank you so much!
     
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    More than welcome! I'm no expert, but I have seen what you are describing many, many times. Keep that water clean and he/she will probably be back to normal coloration in no time!
     
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    I will. I change the water religiously so I think he must have been exposed to it at the pet store though it seemed fairly well taken care of but you can never really tell.
     
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    True that. Hope everything works out. Keep us posted. How is he doing?
     
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    He seems to be alright. There isn't any more black than there was the other day and he is still swimming actively. He seems to be a bit obsessed with the new bubble wall though his other buddy seems to be wary of it.
     
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    My other calico fantail has something wrong with him now. My grandmother called me last night to tell me he seemed to be dead in one of the plants but when I came home he was still breathing so I set up an impromptu quarantine tank and moved him into that...he was floating on his side but seemed to right himself occasionally...He was still breathing when I woke up this morning so I figured I should post it on here and see if anyone had any thoughts on the poor little guy. I don't see any apparent bloating and he hasn't been overfed since I've gotten him at least which is over a week ago and he seemed healthy up until yesterday. Even his smaller, bullied friend is seeming healthy. Help?
     
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    what size tank are they in,.. goldies have to have lots of water to keep them healthy,.. at least 20gall per fish,.. 30 being better,..
    and water changes, weeksly if not more if they are in a small tank,..
    ammonia is a fast killer
    you need to have he water tested with liquid test kits,.. not the strips,..

    any other symptoms? or pics or any other info to help?

    does he have a hard time righting himself? or is he just weak? what are you feeding him? and how much and how often,.. goldies should be fed sinking pellets only as flakes or floating food makes them ingest air and perhaps lead to swimbladder problems
     
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    Unfortunately he passed away this afternoon. RIP Cal :(
     
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    I'm very sorry for your loss. I wish there would have been something more that we could have done. How is the survivor doing, and are there any signs of anything else going on in the tank?
     
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    I appreciate everything you helped me with guys and the survivor is doing fine. I changed 20 percent of the water that day and I will be doing another 20 percent change within the next day or so. I also tested the water and everything came out fine so I guess the poor guy was just a sick little fishy when I got him...The survivor seems to not even notice that his buddy is gone but he won't be alone for long as I am getting either some danios or white clouds today.
     
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    Just got 4 new Zebra Danios and they are super happy in their new tank! The goldie is still getting used to them but doesn't seem scared or viscious :)
     
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    Good. Please watch for signs of any kinds of fluke or infection. Without a QT tank or QT period, sometimes it is dangerous to introduce new fish to the tank. Keep a watch for flashing (rubbing against ornaments) or darting behavior in the goldie. Good luck with the new guys. Post pictures!

    I have heard of people keeping zebra danios with goldies, and others who say that danios' frantic movement makes the fish freak out. Yours seems not to be bothered.
     
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    The goldie seems to lie on the bottom for brief periods but he doesn't rub up against it as such or anything and the Danios haven't even gone near any decorations or the bottom as they are too busy playing in the bubble wall :) Should I be worried about the goldfish?
     
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    Not yet. Just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get too lethargic. Most fancy goldies will take brief rest periods near the bottom. If she stays there, it could be a sign of trouble. You also want to watch for ammonia spikes with the addition of new fish. Might be a good idea to check your water parameters a bit more frequently for the next couple of weeks.
     
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    Yeah I will thanks. I have become pretty vigilant when it comes to water changes and since the other guy died I've been changing 20 percent every couple days but I will keep testing using my handy dandy API test kit ;) haha
     
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    Guys my other goldfish seems to be missing a scale though I can't seem to find out for sure. There is no signs of aggression from the Danios and they all seem fine, no missing scales, not bothering the goldie, etc. There are no sharp plants or ornaments. The ammonia level is fine and he is eating and swimming normally. What could cause this? I am reluctant to isolate him as my quarantine tank is fairly small and has no filtration. Help please?!
     

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