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Hi hope someone can help!

have trawled the internet for some advice but can't seem to find what I need, My son's beloved pet goldfish is looking decidely sick, he is floating to one side and appears to roll over he has a black spot on his head and small spots on one side of his body. i visited a pet store yesterday and was sold some water regulator to make the water friendly fo goldfish, i have added this yesterday but "fishy" still looks poorly. Can anyone help??

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First, you should answer as much as possible of the following:

(the red question I think are the most/really important, but try to answer the other too)

[*]Test Results for the Following:

Ammonia Level?

Nitrite Level?

Nitrate level?

Ph Level, (If possible,KH and GH and chloramines)?

Ph Level (KH/GH) out of the Tap?

Brand of test-kit used? (strips or drops?)

[*]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 fish in the tank and their size?

[*]What kind of water additives or conditioners?

[*]Any medications added to the tank?

[*]Add any new fish to the tank?

[*]What do you feed your fish?

[*]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,ect..?

This topic will probably be relocated to 'Diagnosis & Discussion' by a moderator, and will get much responds from then on.

If you don't know how to measure ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH: you can buy test kits in most lifestores (best to go for drop tests and they are more accurate then strip tests). Although a moderator would be best to give advice, it seems likely to me that the spots (if they are black) are healing ammonia burns. A good thing to do first (which can only help) is to do a water change. It's very important that you use temperature matched and dechlorinated water, so you don't give your fish a temperature of chlorine shock. Try to do a large water change: at least 50% or something, and it wouldn't hurt to do it at least daily for the time being. More experiences members will be able to assist you further.

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Hello dora, and welcome -I'm going to move this to emergency for you so you can get more help. Meanwhile can you do an 80% water change for your fish immediately as it sounds like ammonia may be one cause.

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