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Exclamation Fishy experts needed! - November 9th 2012, 10:09 PM

About 10 mins ago I looked at my goldfish and noticed he had blood red streaks all over his fins, and it's spread to his head a bit now. I googled it and took the first advise I found, changed the water and threw in some tonic salt and some bacterial treatment. I've found loads of different diagnoses, and I'm not a vet so I don't really know what I'm doing. He doesn't look much better, but it's only been about half an hour or so and the treatment turns the water blue so it's hard to tell. I hate to think he's in pain, and I'm terrified he'll be dead by the morning. His buddy has been suffering with a tumor thing on his back for a while now and every treatment I've tried hasn't helped at all. I change the water at least every week, but I'm wondering if the red streaks are to do with something other than bacteria? I've owned them bother for at least 6 years too, but I highly doubt old age is the cause.

Any suggestions on treatment products will need to be avaliable in the UK. I'll trythem out if he's still alive in the morning





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Re: Fishy experts needed! - November 10th 2012, 12:12 PM

You shouldn't have changed all the water, as it can cause Ammonia poisioning, do partial changes of the water to allow the fish to get used to the change and your getting rid of the good bacteria in the bowl and adding more ammonia. It does sound like a bacterial infection but adding chemicals is the last thing you want to do right now.

Get a water treatment kit (bought at pet shops) and an ammonia testing kit (it should test for nitrates, nitrites and ammonia)

Ammonia is excreted from decomposing fish waste, and normally, there are beneficial bacteria that grow in your filter, and remove the toxins.

-Change 20% of the water EVERY DAY for one week, to dilute the ammonia
-After that week, perform 20% water changes twice a week for a month.

-Don't add any chemicals to specifically remove the ammonia, because these often have a damaging effect on your natural toxin removers - the bacteria.
-Over time, these bacteria will grow back (one month).

As for the tumour, if the fish doesn't seem to be ill, it's not looking infectious or bothering the fish then leave it be, sometimes fish just get tumours.


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