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Smoky my 9 year old goldfish has something going on.  Yesterday I saw him barrel roll in the pond as he was going through the cement block hole...he came out backwards.  Then he was swimming erratically for a few seconds after that.  Today I noticed he has a darker black circle on his top mouth/nose area that is surrounded by slime coat (white/grey shreds of slime).  She is not acting herself.  She is last to come eat and is usually first.  She isn't staying with the others.

We have our neighbors honey bees all over our plants in the pond and I wonder if she's been bit.  The 20 fish in the 700 gallon pond have all been prazi'd every 4 to 6 months.  I will upload a pic in a bit.  She is the only fish acting unusual and with this mark on her upper lip.  The dark circular mark is larger than a good sized pea.  Smokey is black and the circle is a darker black surrounded by slime coat pieces.  I'll post pics in a bit.

We recently (in december) lost our 9/10 year old Elmo common and don't want to lose Smokey too :(.


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  • 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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