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  1. Please pardon the nervous babble in the middle... but enjoy all the same! This video explains a safe and gentle method of examining a fish's gills, as is recommended when your fish gets sick. Please remember to wash your hands with a safe cleanser like vinegar or Castille soap before handling your fish or fish equipment! Do not pry the mouth open, but let the fish do so on its own. Always Quarantine sick fish! Do not hold the fish out of the water when checking. Allow them to stay wet and breathe. This post has been promoted to an article
  2. First: sorry I cant do the copy and past info. I am just learning how to do water tests and don't understand them yet. I change the water very infrequently and only 20 percent of it. BUT right now all my tanks are newly re-set up with aquasafe, quickstart, and aquarium salts. I don't know much about goldfish, I'm new to the more refined ways of caring for them having only had them as a little kid years and years ago. I can't say about the behavior whats normal and whats not. OK. What is going on is: I just bought a big black moor (I think) goldfish because I felt bad for it. It has some sort of problem with its gills (mostly on one side) It is like the flap over the gills is pulled back and they are hanging out bright red with some sort of necrosis going on maybe? In a 20 gallon tank with bubbler. Treatment includes feeding boiled peas to flush digestive tract, givin API General Cure to the fish incase of parasites, putting in Aquarium Salts. The tank in general has been treated with Aquasafe and quickstart. This is a NEW fish. OLD 20 gallon tank. I feed my fish boiled peas one time a day. (for the next few days, then I will move back to feeding it flakes mixed with water). It is the only fish and it is at least 3 inches long. VIDEO OF THIS: (Shown in a betta bowl for closer viewing) *see starting at 10 secounds where the gills on the one side are visable. Photo: http://sta.sh/02dgbq5zic8g I'm sorry I'm inexperienced and probably doing everything wrong but I'm really trying and really willing to learn more and do better so please relax, give me a break, and give me a chance to do things better/right.
  3. Hi! i just got my new goldfish yesterday after cycling for 3 months. I was just wondering what a healthy gill color should look like? Does white fish have a different color gills? Valentino's gills seem to be a purply color. His dorsal fin is erect, no bottom sitting, no floatiness, regular poops. I will be starting prazi in the next couple of days. The other one in the tank is orange and his gills are a nice meaty red. Not sure if this is normal to have purply gills? All water params are 0, except for nitrates which are 5. It is super hard to tell exactly what color they are though. Thanks!
  4. My goldfish has developed a red patch on one side, near his gills as seen in the above photos. I dont have any water testing equpiment. I changed 40% of the water about 4 days ago. The tank is 60 litres. There are 5 fish in the tank. I have had the fish for almost a eyar, they used to live in a 10 litre tank but have been moved into the new tank within the last month. The fishes behaviour does not appear to of changed. Can anyone diagnose what the cause of the redness is and what to do about it?
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