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Rip In Goldfish Tail

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Hi, we keep some Ryukin Goldfish and happened to notice that some of their tails have been ripped. Would this be due to a problem with the water or just physical damage? Please tell us why this is happening and any possible treatments.

Thanks for your time,

Peng

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Hello - and welcome to Koko's! :)

Rips in a goldfish's tail or other fins can come from a range of reasons. You have wisely guessed that many injuries can be water related. The water is really the most important thing in the fish's life. If the parameters are not good, the fins can rip. To address that, it would be wise for you to test your water parameters..... ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels as well as pH if you can.....and if you wish to post those readings, we can possible diagnose the fish a bit better.

Rips can also be a sign of parasites - flukes and a few other parasites can cause fins to shred.

Rips can be a sign of a bacterial infection - fin rot and such.

Rips can occur mechanically - from sharp decorations or plastic plant leaves, from other fish in the tank (common plecos are VERY nasty to goldfish and will tear them up and eat them alive), from breeding behaviors.

Rips can be a sign of fungus incursions - usually occuring after a mechanical tear has opened the fin up.

To help you better and to give you a better diagnosis, if you could please answer as many of the above posted questions and we can see if we can help pinpoint the problem more closely - and possibly help you solve it.

Again - welcome to Koko's. I am glad you are here. :)

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