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Hi, I have had this little comet for a little over two weeks and he/she is quarantined in a 10 gal with a filter good for 20 gals, which I’ve been monitoring. water parameters appear good except pH was 8 when I tested earlier. please see the attached videos, I tried to capture the white spot on the head as best as I could. It doesn’t seem fluffy like fungus, it doesn’t look red/bloody like a lesion, and there are no visible small white spots anywhere else. behavior seems typical- eating, foraging, swimming around a lot unless resting at night. does swim to the walls and corners sometimes but is not flashing/darting into plants or gravel and not rubbing up on walls. i wonder if the air stone I’ve been struggling to secure beneath the gravel could have caused harm but the fish mostly swims through the bubbles and avoid the stone. im really stumped, any insights would be greatly appreciated. 4357855F-ABA7-4E18-B0BA-893A4135D518.MOV 2595F400-59C4-4531-B9EF-00C82980CC75.MP4
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 10 * Nitrate level(Tank) 0 * Ammonia Level(Tap).5 (0 after treating with Prime) * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 * Nitrate level(Tap)0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5, 100, 180 * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7, 40, 120 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops for NH3, API strips for all other readings * Water temperature? 78 (ranges between 74-78 depending on day * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 36 gallon 24"L x 15"W x 21"H, 9 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aqueon Quietflow 30 and Fluval Aquaclear 50 * How often do you change the water and how much? 30% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago (Sun), 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 comet goldfish 5" * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Seachem Prime * What do you feed your fish and how often? 5-6 Hikari Gold sinking pellets in the morning, blanched veggies/ freeze-dried bloodworms/ algae wafers at night * Any new fish added to the tank? no, never * Any medications added to the tank? See below * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. -1 month ago when mild symptoms of finrot began to appear, dosed tank with aquarium salt (1 T/ 5 gal) and did a full round (7 days) of melafix -changed 30% of water, added back carbon filters and did nothing except for 1 additional 30% water change for 7 days (water readings constant and normal) -after next water change, treated with Maracyn 2 for 5 days as directed -did 30% water change (4 days ago) and added back carbon filters * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? mildly frayed fins and tail just today single white spot on body * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? nope, very active, good appetite Hello everyone! I'm an inexperienced goldfish keeper and wanted to seek advice about treatment. I hate to treat unnecessarily but am worried about my comet, Kaji who has had mild finrot for the past month and just today developed a single white spot on one side of his body (see attached photo). Kaji is a comet, a little over 1 yrs old and is about 5" long (including tail). He lives by himself in a well-filtrated 36 gallon tank and has never had any tankmates or live plants. Troubles began about 1 month ago, most likely because I was training Kaji to swim through hoops and negligently overfeeding him in my enthusiasm. I gradually increased his feeding from 5 mini pellets once a day + small amount of veggies at night to about 8-10 mini pellets (many of which fell to the bottom) + occasional veggies over a period of about a month. Retrospectively, this was really stupid, I was just so excited about him learning tricks. As soon as I noticed that his fins and tail were beginning to fray about 1 month ago (although he was acting normal, eating, playing etc), I immediately stopped hoop training and went back to feeding him smaller amount as before, tested the water, and did a 40% water change. Interestingly, water parameters were normal, although, when I was vacuuming the gravel and noticed much more gunk than usual. I decided, since symptoms were mild and parameters were stable, to dose with aquarium salt and melafix to see if the finrot would get better. He started getting flighty a few days into the treatment. After day 7, I did a 30% water change, added the carbon back into the filters. Water tested normally and he was acting normal (eating, swimming around, no bottom sitting or scratching) but his fins didn't seem to get better or worse. One odd thing did happen--two of his scales on one side in different spots fell off. I'm not sure if this was related or just normal growth. No other scales have fallen off since. A few days later I went away for 5 days, so before I left I did a 30% water change and fed him normally in the morning. While I was gone he wasn't fed at all. When I came back, I noticed that his finrot had gotten a bit worse. No red streaks, just further deterioration of fins, so I did a 30% water change and dosed with aquarium salt and Maracyn 2 for 5 days. During this time, the fins remained stable, neither better nor worse. I then did a 30% water change and added carbon back into the filter. I waited for one week without any treatment then did his 30% water change as normal. It's been 4 days since then and just today I noticed that on one side of his body (opposite side from where the two scales fell off in a place where he lost scales over a year ago and they grew back lighter) he developed a white spot. It's not fuzzy like fungus and spread out like ich and it's not pinkish like a wound. Looking closely, I can't tell whether one of his scales has simply turned white or if it's something else. (I've attached a picture, although it's a little blurry because Kaji never sits still) As far as his fins, they haven't gotten worse, but I haven't seen new fin growth either. He's lively and hungry as ever. Water is testing normal (see above). I'm wondering whether I should treat him with another round of antibiotics (like Furan 2, since maracyn 2 is now off the market) or just wait and see what happens.I know finrot should be treated early for best results, but I don't want to overmedicate either. I'd really appreciate advice from more experienced fish keepers. Sorry for the length and thank you! Anne