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FAQs on Goldfish Medicines
Antibacterials, Anti-protozoals (
by "Types", Causes:
Environmental 5, Environmental , (Absolutely
the Biggest Category)
Floaty Bloaty Goldfish
Nutritional (Second Largest)
Viral and Bacterial, Fungal
Parasitic: (Ich, Protozoans,
Flukes, Worms, Crustacean/
Fish Lice (Argulus),
Goldfish Swim Bladder
Anomalous (Misc., Injuries, etc.)
Help please; GF... damage, infection 10/24/18
Hi Support team, You might be able to help me save my Oranda.
About a week ago I noticed an unusual wound on my lionhead Oranda, it is right
at the end of its spine were the tail starts. The wound is about 8mm in diameter
and about 3 mm deep.
It is eating well, and hasn't changed behaviour, but I believe he is suffering.
I have attached a few pictures of it to this email for your reference. I would
really appreciate it if you could help me to save my Oranda.
<I do wonder what caused this damage initially Rahim? A physical trauma?
The issue now appears to be bacterial and so I suggest: #1, checking your water
quality and gear to keep it up: your water should be at least slightly alkaline,
have moderate hardness and a lack of ammonia, nitrite and no more than 20 ppm of
nitrate; CLEAN your filters and filter media. 2) Administer an antibiotic; can
you get Kanamycin where you are? If not eSHa 2000 product. Given good, clean
water and time your Oranda should recover; though the missing fin area looks
like it is too far gone to regenerate. Bob Fenner>
GF ish, no data, reading...
Any ideas what is wrong with this fish? Dark spots and hanging out at the
<Mmm; appears to be septicemic... burnt... Water quality issue? What's your test
kits readings telling you? What re set up, maintenance, foods, feeding? Have you
read re on WWM? Do so. Bob Fenner>
Please help... GF hlth, no data
Could you please tell me he still have chance.
His tail suddenly gone bend
<... something/s wrong w/ this fish's world. What re water quality (tests) and
Re: Please help AGAIN 10/4/18
Thank you for getting back to me, he is in a box I called hospital tank, a
Interpet mini filter, without carbon foam, in operation, nothing inside, Nitrate
and nitrite higher than normal,
<? What are the levels, values?>
can’t change much water as JUST finished Interpet anti internal bacterial 7 days
course treatment, a little bit complicated, treatments as follow
About one week after the rescued, found this poor guy slightly bloat with white
waste, so I set up a hospital tank and start with:
Treatment 1. API General Cure- Not success and condition stay the same.
Treatment 2. Interpet Anti internal bacterial - Not success and bloat a bit
Treatment 3. Waterlife (Hole in the head and bloat) tablets - Not success
Treatment 4. Repeat Waterlife medicine, nearly kill her, health condition much
worsen (I blamed myself for listening to the Reviews from customer suggested 5
times more dosage.) now, whole body covered with black marks.
Treatment 5. Back to Treatment no.2, (Interpet) this time better, 80% marks gone
as seen in previous photo I sent you, but his tail bends.
I think it is Malawi Bloat not Dropsy because he bloat with white waste, swims
well and eat normal, but once again, I do not have any experience, I really rely
on Google search.
Please help this poor soul, I just rescued him from an extremely poor water
<THIS is the cause of this fish's troubles. NEED good care, water quality,
nutrition for weeks, months to recover, NOT treatments/medicines>
and the rescuing process broken my heart although I don’t really a fish person,
I beg god he deserves a better life after all.
<Need data, useful information... as previously requested. BobF>
Re: Please help AGAIN... 13 megs of pix....
Sorry but what is nutrition? I really don’t know.
<Foods, feeding Nat. What are you using?>
Tank water is 35 litre, water depth about 6 inches.
I am going to change 100 %water as the NO 2 is at 1 and NO 3 at
5 according to API Test stripe result.
<I would skip feeding period if ammonia or nitrite are present>
Could you kindly tell me how to add nutrition in the tank?
<A low protein staple is best here. Pellets or sticks of small size. You
can/could read about this on WWM>
As you can see there is another one behind it, it has black marks and cotton
mouth, been treating with API PIMAFIX AND MELAFIX together for a month
already, symptoms still exist.
Regarding to the tank, it has 50 litres water, I change 25% water every other
Also for both tanks, I put Interpret first aid salt + and API Stress Coat in the
Apart from the one being murdered by the heron that are the only two trouble
ones amongst 60 of them.
<This fish simply needs good conditions, no treatments. I'd
return it to the system the other goldfish are in. Being kept in a small volume,
too much water changing... is not helping. Bob Fenner>
Orange scales now with black tips on goldfish
I am writing to ask of is normal that an Orange carassius can turn its scales
with black tips?, I don’t really know of it is normal. Please see the
<Have seen your excellent pix; not only the edge-darkened scales, but apparent
"pine coning" of the flank scales is worrisome. There are a few possible causes,
influences here, but water quality and nutrition I should mention. Your goldfish
may have an internal bacterial infection; but this is caused by something/s
amiss w/ foods and/or aspects of the environment. Please do check re the
presence of ammonia, nitrite in particular, and switch to a near all plant
matter diet for the next few weeks. Take a look on WWM and the Net re pine-cone
disease as well>
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>
Bilbao #3836, Santiago
Re: Orange scales now with black tips on goldfish
Thank you very much for your kind and quick reply. I will proceed following your
<Ahh; do take heart Luis. These "dropsy" cases can be cured in time>
<And you, Bob Fenner>
Carassius pop eye 5/12/18
Hello, I’m Maite, and I have a fish with a strange bubble in the eye, I search
everywhere to know what It is, but I didn't find anything. So I write to You, if
You know something about this. It is acting weird this days, it stays hidden
behind the filter, and the skin is getting whiter.
This is an image of my fish
<The eyes of fishes are highly vascularized... lots of blood vessels, flow
there. This fact is capitalized on in the "breeds" of goldfish with bulbous
eyes. Yours here may have suffered an injury, but I suspect it is just of poor
genetic stock. There is no sure cure for this condition... You might want to try
Epsom Salt (see WWM re).
If the fish doesn't cure... it will likely perish.