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I just received an Eheim feeding station in the mail on Thursday. I have two goldfish, Asimov and Kritlaq. At first I was very pleased with the new feeding station because it allowed Asimov (the smaller one) to get food without being shoved aside by Kritlaq/having to chase the food all over the tank. The problem is, Kritlaq has rammed himself into the feeder whilst I fed them twice now, each time knocking off a scale. Tonight, I sneezed while feeding them, frightening Asimov, and causing him to knock off two scales as well. Now I know for a fact that these wounds were caused by this and not by flashing, because you could clearly see the differences immediately before and after. I'm not ready to give up on this experiment yet, because Asimov understood it so quickly and because it has allowed him to get his fair share, AND it has significantly reduced the amount of excess food waste being introduced to the tank. So my question is this: Should I go ahead and add some API Stress Coat to the tank to help them heal? Or salt? Or should I just leave well enough alone? I'm giving this one week, and if they can't figure it out without hurting themselves by then I'm calling it quits on the feeder. What do you guys think?
Hi guys....I hope you are all well today? This may seem a stupid question to some of the more experienced fish keepers here, but "Do goldfish moult, or shed their scales?" The reason I ask is that during my weekend tank spring-clean, I vacuumed up a scale (Image attached). I don't wish to tempt fate, but I examined all my fish for any missing scales, and all are in pristine health and condition. I initially thought that it may be a pea shell, but obviously the orange colouring discounts that theory. I relate my question to that of snakes, who do shed their skin during growth. Do goldfish do similar? I'd be interested in some information on the subject please.......apologies if it IS a stupid question!!