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Hey everybody, Thanks in advance for reading. I'll get right to the point. I have two beautiful goldfish and they both have some kind of infection which is causing them to break out in white bumps. I have had fish for many years and I take the care of my pets extremely seriously, like to the point of OCD. I'll let you know right now I have no pictures to share because the spots simply do not show up on camera. I took over 200 pics and none of them show clearly what the bumps look like (so frustrating). But I will tell you everything I can about the situation and I hope PLEASE PLEASE that someone will have some advice. I've had the fish for 6 months. They are both about 2 inches long and I have them in a 30 gallon, bare bottom tank. The tank is extremely well filtered with 2 aquaclear 70s. ph has been at 7.5 for the entire time I've had the fish. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates below 5. All these parameters have been consistent. After a month I noticed a few of these white bumps on fish#1's tail. After another month there were many bumps on the tail fins. A few bumps/spots appeared on the side fish#1 as well as on her head, and I've seen something that looks like mild fin rot on her. These seem to be different infections but I don't know. The bumps are consistent in size, maybe 2mm across. This is NOT an ich infection. It looks nothing like ich and the ich treatments I've tried have not worked. After 6 months and many treatments attempted, fish#1's tail is covered in bumps, and now they have started to appear on fish#2's tail fins. I should mention the fish eat normally, swim around fine, show no signs of distress, lethargy or fin clamping. Treatments I've tried: - 1 tspn salt /gallon: no effect - 1 tbsp salt / gallon: cleared most white spots after a week of treatment, but they appeared again almost overnight after putting her back in the regular tank with no salt. * important point: the spots change between bright white and cloudy white, and almost invisible, but they seem to remain in place - Prazipro - Kanamycin - MinnFinn: had to stop mid treatment as the fish were very stressed - Melafix, Pimafix - increased tank temperature (82F) - 82F + 1 tbsp salt Unfortunately none of these treatments have had any lasting effect. None of them have actually had any real effect on the infection except the 1 tbsp salt / gallon and I think that only suppressed them. PLEASE let me know anything you think I should try. I seriously love these gorgeous fish, but if I can't figure this out soon, I feel compelled to euthanize them, which would absolutely break my heart into a million pieces, so please help!!
Happy Superball Sunday, Moderators and Koko’s fans. I chose not to post this help request in the subscriber forum, because I'd like everyone have access to your answers. My mail order fish Lasagna is sporting white tissue in spots on her head, and front sides. Can you tell me what you think it is and what I can do? She’s about 3 years old and 110 grams. As always, your expertise is appreciated. Ammonia Level (1000 gallon pond): 0 We’ve had lots and lots of rain * Nitrite Level (1000 gallon pond) 0 (plants grow in the fountain) * Nitrate level (1000 gallon pond) 0 * Ammonia Level (Tap): Not using any tap water * Nitrite Level (Tap) Not using any tap water * Nitrate level (Tap) Not using any tap water * Ph Level, (1000 gallon pond) 8.0 KH Is a low 6, even though I have abalone shells and a cuttlefish in there for the snails. GH is currently 9 as of Jan 29th, down from a high 15. Chloramines; 0 Ph Level, (Tap) 8.4, but not using any Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API master kit * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? No filter, she’s in a small 2 gallon container getting a Prazi dip. The pond has a massive Tetra 3000 gallon an hour pump with a Tetra canister filter rated for 1500 gallons and a UV light. I clean it once a quarter. There is a 12” x 12” Mechanical filter, the media was changed on 1/25/17. The pond water is very clear, just the lightest shade of "pond." I also use bioadditives like Pond Perfect to feed the micro-beasties. I add a little Fresh Trace now and then. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? PraziPro – just added an hour ago: 1 teaspoon 20 gallons/ 1/2 t 10 gallons /1/4 t 5 gallons…I added 1/9 t for her two 2 gallon bath. * Water temperature? 56, but getting warmer in the house * How often do you change the water and how much? The pond has an overflow tank, so mother nature does the water changed. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? I rely on overflow, rainfall and strong filtration. * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 2 gallons. Just a Tuperware container with a bubbler * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1, little Lasagna who is being a great sport about it and not panicking * What do you feed your fish and how often? Home made gel food, please see link for ingredients Pro Gold (yes I still have some don’t hate me.) * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No, but I gave her a VERY short Prazi Dip on Feb 29th * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.) None with her, but she was a mail order fish and her shipmate, Fire Marshall Stanley died not being able to close his mouth. There were no outwards signs of a problem, unlike Lasagna. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes, please tell me if you think is fungus. I’ve attached photos. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No, she’s acting normal. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I have a UV light running now for the last 4 months. I turn it off to let nature combat the string (hair) algae. * You can really help us to identify with the concern more accurately if you post some pictures and a short video. I’ll do my best.
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level(Tank) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tank) no test * Nitrate level(Tank) 10 * Ammonia Level(Tap) .25 * Nitrite Level(Tap)no test * Nitrate level(Tap) 0 * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 (I do not have a high Ph test kit) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.6 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API test kids , drops * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 40B, I just switched over on 3/29 from a 20G that had been running for aprox 3 months * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? One Aqua tech 20-40 and one Tertra Whisper 60 * How often do you change the water and how much? 10% daily to clean the bottom and at least 50% every 3 or 4 days * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4/3 I did a 60% water change * How many fish in the tank and their size? two fish, one is a 10g blue oranda and the other is a 17g ruykin * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I was using API tap water conditioner, but switched to Prime on 4/1 when I found out there was ammonia in my tap water * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon goldfish granules (pre soaked for a few minutes) twice a day. Pureed spinach, peas, and carrots gel food once a day( I just started this earlier this week) Frozen blood worms once a week (they just got this for the first time two days ago. * Any new fish added to the tank? no * Any medications added to the tank? Kordon Ich Attack 24ml added today * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. I treated for Ich once before with these same fish when I got them at the begining of March. I treated with Ich Attack and raised the temp up to 80 for one week. This was after seeing a few spot on the Ruykin. The spots went away after 3 days of treatment and I continuted to treat for 4 days afterwards. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spots on tail fin and pectoral fins. I noticed that the tail fin seems to be curing under a bit and his dorsal fin is being kept pulled down close to his body * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bottom sitting, or sitting on the plants. This just started last night. I was on my way to bed and I noticed the Ruykin sitting on one of the plants. I just thought he was sleeping and I snapped a few pictures of it. Then this morning he didn't swim up to the front of the tank to greet me, and I knew there was something wrong. He is always been the friendliest out of the two, and anytime I walk by the tank he is right there to greet me.