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My pearlscale goldfish lost a gill cover almost as soon as I got it. He has had no problems since. (at least a year ago, probably longer). About 3 weeks ago (the day I was flying away for vacation) I went to feed the fish and found him with his tail fins in the filter intake. I got him out of there, but he was in bad shape. I did not have much hope. I quickly put together a quarantine tank (29 gallon) and got him in there. When I got back a week later, he had made an amazing recovery, but I put him on metro-meds for 2 weeks. He acts ok now, although he tends to bottom sit. I am posting because I noticed a strange growth on his uncovered gill. I know they used to be a nice uniform red color, but now they have a white scaly growth. 

 

Just wondering if anyone has seen anything like this.

 

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Usual habitat - 110 gallon tank.

Fish 3 4 inch, 3 1.5 inch recent introductions.

 

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It looks like from you pictures, that your goldfish as a concave operculum (aka gill flap caving in instead of outward). My big oranda had the same thing and it's just a genetic deformity.

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Note: According to my daughter, the white area is not a new development, I just never noticed it.

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I don't know what the growth is but could it be healing tissue or possibly a bacterial or fungal infection from debris caught in the gill?? I had a telescope goldfish that had one eye and was missing his gill cover and I know what you mean about the uniform redness and what you have here is not that so hopefully the mods will be around soon also please can you fill out the D&D form even if it doesn't seem relevant it may help in some way :)

 

Also white gills aren't normal it may be a sign that more oxygen may be needed 

 

Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:
  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * How often do you change the water and how much?
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  •  

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Oh I thought you were talking about his gill flap and not about the white looking gill tissue. Hopefully a disease specialist will respond soon! Bump!

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We can't say anything without the d/d form information.

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missing a gill flap, having a genetic mutated gill flap etc is not a health issue, goldfish (and some tropical fish) do well with only one functioning gill. much like many humans do ok with only one lung.  the white on the gill is simply dead or dying gill fibres because it is directly exposed to it's environment and lacks the protection of a gill flap, and it doesn't look sickly or infected. i see no cause for concern for that area. however, weakening and being dragged to the intake tube is is most likely a different issue unrelated to the gill and it's missing flap.

 

the form must be filled out as accurately as possible to give us a better understanding of what could be wrong and so that we can help as best as possible.

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I will get the chemistry info up soon, however, that incident was 3 weeks ago, and he is doing much better now.

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API Drops

pH 7

Ammonia 0

Nitrates 10

Nitrites 0

 

Tap is generally good, did not test

 

Tank is a 29 gallon emergency isolation tank with an AC 50 (I think, could be a 20) I did not want a strong filter as he was very weak when I put him in the tank

Finished 2 weeks of metro meds about a week ago.

 

I started the tank with media from a cycled tank.

Have not changed the water since setting up. (about 4 weeks)

 

A few weeks to the latest illness, I had salted my main 110 gallon tank to .01% - just generally did not like the look of the fish. they seem ok now.

I don't remember if he went through PP when I got him or not. (At least a year ago)

 

He generally hangs out near the bottom of the tank, but not ON the bottom of the tank. He eats just fine.

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Thanks for the information provided.

 

To make it easier for a moderator to find the information they are looking for, please fill out the form below. You can cut from your post above and paste next to the appropriate space on the form.

 

You'll need to test your tap water. A large water change is in order, but to determine how much we need tap parameters. Too much of a ph difference can harm your fish.

 

Another question: are you seeing poop the color of the food you are feeding the fish? Is the poop long or???

 

Please copy & paste fill the following form and fill it out to the best of your ability when requesting help for Goldfish Problems:
  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?
      • * Water temperature?
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?
      • * How often do you change the water and how much?
  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners?
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often?
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?
  • * Any medications added to the tank?
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?
  •  
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