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Urgent Help Required...totally Stomped And Fish Are Stressed Out!


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Hi need some advice before this virus claims the life of all of my fish. I aquired 2 new Pearlscale fishes form Pets at Home in England, these are very rare and were imports from far east. However they've been a real plague in terms of what damage they've done both to my stress levels and the other goldfishes (a lion head and red cap 2" babies) stress levels.

Fortunately the red cap is still in very good condition. However the Lion head has grown some minor spots of what looks to be fungus which I can only assume has occured from the previous death of a pearlscale in which the internal organs were exposed in the water, parasites and bacteria etc I fear has caused this. The water prior to the Pearlscale's introduction was tested by Pets at Home and was said to be fine (no figures given) as it was a free water test. I also treated the water with King British safe guard which removes chlorine and excess ammonia and have used it for many years with previous fish with no problem.

Lion Head's behaviour and appearance.

It is very lathargic but still eats flake food when sinking. Doesn't move at all much, use to be a very shy fast moving fish. It has white spots/marks on various places around all the fins (no dorsal fin). Also it has a white thread-like string attached to its rear end- I do not know what this is.

Other Pearlscale death

1st pearlscale died, this was immediately disposed of but was bleeding with internals exposed. 2nd pearlscale died about 5 hours later but was moving fine before, this pearlscale showed white spots just like the Lion Head.

Red Cap

This fish looks to be fine (touch wood).

Please help anyone, I cannot explain how disastrous this is for me.

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Hi, try to fill in as much as you can of the white box above, it is very important so the mods can help you.

If the white spots look like grains of salt, than it is probably ick (aka whitespot) and it looks like it has some external parasites.

A mod will give you more details on what to do, but I would advise to read the 'how to salt' pinned thread.

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Hi! I am soo sorry to hear that you are having all of these problems with your fish!

IS there any chance you would be able to pick up a testing kit today? The reason I ask is because it's crucial for the moderators/members to have that information before they can diagnose what is wrong with your fish and/or recommend any medication. The drop test kits are the best, they are more accurate than the strip test kits. If you aren't able, then the next option would be for you to take another sample back to the store and have them retest the water. But this time have them give you actual numbers. If they try to tell you "oh your water is fine" ask them for specific levels.

Also if you could copy and paste the box of questions at the top of the page and answer them as best as possible, it would also help. That way all of your information is ready for when someone more experienced than I am shows up.

Good luck with everything. I wish the best for you and your fish! : )

***EDIT*** Sorry Miki, Double Post!! : )

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Quick reply as I am on my way to bed. I'm in the UK, too.

1) Don't take any advice from pets at home - they were probably selling trainers last week - we'll give you reliable advice.

2) Do a large temperature matched water change to reduce toxins from the dead fish and also from a possible cycle bump after introducing new fish.

3)Get a test kit asap (drops are way better than strips) PAH sell the API master freshwater kit, I think.

Post back with the water results as soon as you can.

4)Also it has a white thread-like string attached to its rear end- I do not know what this is.

Does it look stiff and appear to have a 'Y' at the end? It sounds like the fish have Anchorworm. A pic would help, but a good description would do, if not.

Copy and paste this into your reply with answers beside each Q

Ammonia Level?

Nitrite Level?

Nitrate level?

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

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..?

Welcome to the board.

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