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Please help! Diamond, my biggest goldfish is always very active and friendly. A big (5 inch body length) begger who loves to eat from our fingers. She seems fine and is acting normal, but today I noticed a red patch near the base of her tail, on her side, that is a little smaller than a dime. It seems to be beneath the scales and the scales at the rear end of the patch are slightly raised. No other issues. We had recently neglected water changes because of being on vacation and then overwhelmed with catching up. It had been 3 weeks. We changed the water today and that is when I noticed the red patch. Following what I've read online, I swabbed the patch with hydrogen peroxide, and added Melafix to the tank after the water change. I'm thinking medicated food might be a good choice and I'm wondering what you might recommend. She still looks good and active and I really want to treat this before it can get worse. I'm also thinking water changes twice a week for a while, but let me know if that isn't enough. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrite Level(Tank) 0 * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 - 30 * Ammonia Level(Tap) 0.5 * Nitrite Level(Tap) 0 * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.0 ph * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 8.4 ph Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Test Kit - Drops * Water temperature? 72 degrees * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 60 gallons - running for almost 10 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 500 and Rena Filstar XP3 * How often do you change the water and how much? 70% once a week, more often when the nitrates get too high - need to do this now. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? today, 75% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 goldfish, 1 is 5 inch bodylength, and 3 are 2 inch bodylength. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? treat with Prime and Buff it at water changes * What do you feed your fish and how often? Hikari Goldfish, daily with a fasting day once a week. weekly offerings of veggies and citrus before water changes. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? So far, just Melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Tank had ich about 6 months ago and finished a salt treatment and temp increase which cured the ich and haven't seen any since. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Red patch in side, scales at the back side of it slightly raised, otherwise looks good. (The spots that look like ich in the fin are actually bubbles in the water.) * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Still very active and eating well. Sorry if the image is too big!
Yesterday morning I found a small bump on one of my young fantail(but I suspect he may actually be ryukin) goldfish. I've had him just over a month and he had just came out of quarantine with flying colors. I did not do any treatments while in quarantine. Test Results for the Following: (tank was properly cycled,but I did a rookie mistake and threw out my seed material a little soon and sent my tank into a mini cycle). * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25 (before water change) * Nitrite Level(Tank) .25 (before water change) * Nitrate level(Tank) 20 (before water change) * Ammonia Level(Tap)0 * Nitrite Level(Tap)0 * Nitrate level(Tap)0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.4, 7.2, ? * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)? Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? Api master, liquid drops * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55 since march * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Aquaclear 70 HOB power filter * How often do you change the water and how much? 50% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 50%, last night * How many fish in the tank and their size? 4 fantail/ryukin goldfish around 3 inches. 3 Briggs/mystery snails, a colony of MTS and ramshorn snails * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Api stress coat * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen veggies (peas, broccoli,cauliflower, collard greens) at morning and again a night with hikari lionhead goldfish sinking pellets around noon. * Any new fish added to the tank? The one in question. * Any medications added to the tank? None * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. None * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? The bump in question * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Active, healthy, normal behavior with the exception that this morning he had a hollow and a stressed small clumpy poop.
In the last month I have lost two fish, an ulcer and one to sudden death. Prior to this I lost my first fish ever from ulcer. Each death was different. The first was wen ulcer, (Tiger) it formed very slowly. Took a long time to become an obvious issue. Only became aggressive towards the end. He was a new fish, had a spot on its wen that didn't look bad or sunken or gross. QT him for 3 of 4 weeks I don't quite remember... then one or two months later the blemish started to sink and became the ulcer. Second was a sudden death. Fine one day, no signs of stress, lumps bumps spots or ulcers. Started bottom sitting one afternoon, thought it may have been constipated. In morning found him dead ? Third was fine one day, next had a angry ulcer at her tail. Its progression was fast, suspected syst that burst then got Infected but cannot be sure. All symptoms and progressions are different, but the outcome the same. I have racked my brain and the Internet to find answers but the only conclusion is "ill never know". My gut tells me its not contagious due to the fact the characteristics of each lead up to death have been different, but I do not open my fish to see if the problem starts on the inside. (Nor do I want to) But I cannot ignore the fact I never had a problem for 2 years until my first babie got sick.... which makes me think It could be contagious. Aaargh! Anyways. I have chosen to assume it is contagious and launch OPPERATION QT Im going to treat both tanks as if they were brand new stock. Round of prazi & salt. Bi daily WC. 3 months. I have chosen 3 months because it took approximately 3 months for my first sick fish to show obvious symptoms. Going to try this garlic elixer remedy off goldfish 911 and soak there food in it. I have also asked on a different thread for advice on ways I can improve my general tank maintenance. I am getting larger filters for both tanks, changing there diet slightly. Once the QT is over assuming everything is ok ill put one fish from the 3ft into the 4 ft and stocking will be adequate. The thread is called Tank maintenance and tank health. Reason for this post is im open to any and all opinions, advise, moral support anyone can offer. I want to give my fish the best chance at fighting this thing. Wish me luck
Hi everyone. My other ranchu squizzy has an ulcer at the base of her tail. It was not there/noticeable yesterday. It looks like more of an infected cut but I can not be sure. I will fill out the above questions when I get home. I can take squizzy to my vet to take a swab and see what bacteria is in there and treat specifically... but I ccan't get in until Tuesday. This ulcer is much more aggressive than tiger's and appears different... Question : my lfs has given me waterlife myxazin to use whil I wait for the vet... has anyone used it? Will it kill my beneficial bacteria? Can it be used with salt? Thank you !