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I'm really new to keeping goldfish and my daughter loves them but i bought some fish to start the new tank we have. A little black fish (i think it's a molly) with a fan tail has a white fluffy growth on it's mouth. I have three other fish in the tank which are or seem to be very healthy. I don't have a clue as to whether the molly is going to infect the other fish or if he is going to be ill. He seems very happy in himself but I could really do with some help with this problem. PLease could someone give the advice i seek?

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Is it a black moor you have? As mollies are tropical fish and need to be in a heated tank.

Mouth fungus can easily be treated with anti fungal remedies from the pet store.

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I think it is a black moor, Sorry, but that goes to show how new i am at this.. I don't have any photo's as i don't have a digital camera. It's a little chunky black fish with pop out eyes and two tails, the other fish are 1 multicoloured, 2 like the black one but gold and his eyes are on top of his head (looks a bit like a hammerhead fish) and 3 a lovely normal goldfish.

But if you think it sounds like a fungus i'll get something from the pet shop. Thanks for your time and help. Many Thanks Ian and Miriam.

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What size of tank are they in?

Being new to this and like all of us do we listen to the pet shop boys _pun intended_ and most of the time they are only after money and the hope that when your fish die you will be back for more.

Fancy tailed fish need a minimum of 10 gallons per fish and common goldies 15 with filtration 10 times the tank.

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The fish are in a biorb 60 litre. I'm wondering if this is big enough now you said about the amount of gallons they need. They are only little fish at the moment, about 2 inches long at most. I picked up the fungus additive for the tank and hope this is going to do the job. Thanks again everyone for your concerns and help.

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I wonder if you put any decorations in the tank that are not specifically for fish. I put some bamboo in once thinking it would look nice in there and my 2 fish got cotton-wool disease (I think thats the fungus name). :unsure:

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So you have like 4 fish in apx 15 gallons?

That is very over stocked and from what I have heard, the biorbs have inadequate filtration.

I know the pictures of the set up look like you can hold tons of fish in there, but you can't. :(

You might want to consider setting up a much larger tank for the fish you have and use this biorb for something small that will stay small ...and a little more hardy.

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windy: I hope you don't feel put off, Fish keeping is one of the best hobbies that anyone can have. I like to blame the pet stores for most of the bad information that i had when starting out in fish keeping. But believe me, if you can afford to up grade to a tank that has ample room (10 gals per fancy fish 20gals per common) then i'll love the benefit that their happiness will bring you.

If you can't afford a new tank set up then large plastic storage containers are better then a cramped and over crowed tank.

Best of luck and let us know how your getting on.

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