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nyhcgrrl 01-28-2007 10:31 PM

black moor fish; white spots + very lethargic.. HELP!!
Hello everyone I am new here so I want to thank you all for taking your time to read this; I am a somewhat new owner of a beautiful black moore fancy goldfish.. I've been doing everything in my power to provide the utmost care for him/her... However, he has had these small white spots... they are not tiny as in ICH disease instead they are a bit bigger and on the middle of his body, only one side. I went to the petstore and they told me what he had was probably ich, and not fungus. However, I've been using a medication in the water that is suppose to rid him and the aquarium of the disease.. He sits on the bottom of the tank and does not move around really, and hasn't been eating at all. The medicine does not seem to be helping him, but rather making him more uncomfortable. The color of the spots seems to be a whitish-grey color and it looks a bit translucent and cloudy. I am very confused because it seems to look a bit like fungus, but the pet store guy said that it would covering up to 20-30% of his body if it was that...I've also noticed that he sometimes darts around quickly and then returns to the bottom of the tank..CAN ANYONE HELP? =(

Matt 01-28-2007 10:36 PM

What Meds are You Useing?
I Recomend Pimafix.
Also how long have you been treating him?
also, what size tank is he in?

Lupin 01-28-2007 10:38 PM


What are your water parameters? What are the other occupants of the tank? What is the size of the tank? What is the temperature right now?
Pls try to post a close-up pic.

It could be ich. Fungus rarely occurs and is a secondary infection to wounds. It is also cottony in appearance. What medicine did you use? Bear in mind that some medications are harmful even to the fish and an overdose could kill them. Some will harm your biological filtration causing ammonia and nitrite spikes which will eventually kill your fish.

Sorry to hear that.

nyhcgrrl 01-28-2007 10:45 PM

my black moor
The tank is pretty small about 6 gallons, we are getting a new one very soon and he is pretty small for now...he is currently the only occupant in the tank; the water temperature I honestly do not know exactly [waiting for a new therm.] but it is pretty warm for now because the guy at the store said to make sure it is a bit warm for the medicine to work more efficiently.. The medicine i am currently using is called API super ick cure. it doesn't seem to be doing much though, just making him more uncomfortable. He is just sitting at the bottom moving his fins as if he is swimming but sitting in one spot..I will try and post pics up ASAP. Thank you all for your speedy and informative replies! =) Also, any reason why he might not be eating? I am extremely worried about that! And I have been treating him for about a day and a half now. Since he is darting around quickly and then returning to his lethargic state, do you think it could be a parasite perhaps?

nyhcgrrl 01-28-2007 10:46 PM

Can bio-zyme be used to replace lost bacteria and return the levels to normal?

Matt 01-28-2007 10:47 PM

I Would stop using The meds u got and switch over to Pimafix.
And Goldfish Need Atleast 30 Gallons.

Lupin 01-28-2007 10:58 PM

The goldfish is already stressed. I'm thinking the water quality also has something to do with this situation. Try to check your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. Then post the exact figures here. Pls include a close-up photo of your fish.

musho3210 01-28-2007 10:59 PM

i wouldnt use primafix, why? because it might not be fungus. If it is not a cottony growth then it is probably a bacterial infection. I would recomend melafix for this. But before you tread could you give us a picture

FDStation152 01-29-2007 03:03 AM

As I've said many times before malachite green and formalin is my standard issue medicine for my fish. Effective on ich, fungal infections, external parasites, and bacterial problems. While its not a magic bullet its always worked well for me to deal with quite a variety of problems.

Matt 01-29-2007 07:47 AM

Ya, we need to see a picture really before we can tell you anything.

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