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My daughter was given 2 goldfish one has developed white spots on its gills and along the edges if its front fins but the other one hasn't developed them. Does this mean its male as it keeps chasing the other fish around the tank

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Photos would be helpful. :) You can upload them to an image-sharing website like photobucket and link them here.

Edited by ChelseaM

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:hi hello, welcome to the forum :)

It does sound like it may be the case, but as Chelsea suggested, photos may be helpful :)

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Welcome to Koko's. :) Yep you may have a male! Pictures will make it easier to tell if the white spots are breeding stars or something else. Just want to make sure for ourselves so you don't get any wrong info ;)

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Try scooping it up into a smaller container. Tupperware works pretty well. :)

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not a very good pic but tried my best <a href="http://s76.photobucket.com/user/Aimi_Thomas/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150126_183754_zpsfoyvtggj_1.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j15/Aimi_Thomas/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150126_183754_zpsfoyvtggj_1.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_20150126_183754_zpsfoyvtggj_1.jpg"/></a>

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Does he tend to hang out under the filter?

 

If yes, you may want to start a D&D thread.

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No hes normally bombing it around the tank but if someone goes near the tank they either go under the filter or behind a castle in the corner

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I'm not sure why people are requesting pictures.  If the white dots are only on the gill covers and the front of the pectorals, I can't imagine how they could be anything but breeding stars.  The fact that he is also chasing the female gives further confirmation.  He's all boy.

 

If the spots were all over his body or if he had other symptoms it would be different.

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I'm not sure why people are requesting pictures.  If the white dots are only on the gill covers and the front of the pectorals, I can't imagine how they could be anything but breeding stars.  The fact that he is also chasing the female gives further confirmation.  He's all boy.

 

If the spots were all over his body or if he had other symptoms it would be different.

It's one of those 'just need to be sure' things. ;)

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Yes stars are a chive indicator for your fish as male.

In my near past experience female to female chasing observed i think just to force the other female to scatter her eggs for a meal.

Edited by hassan.zidan

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the original post said the white dots were on the gills, not the gill covers, which is why I did not respond with breeding stars.

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I think we are pretty much going for breeding stars :rofl  If you notice anything else, like clamped fins, white dots elsewhere or an unnatural interest in the filter, you could post a D&D :)

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