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Old 12-06-2009, 06:11 AM   #11
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Please post photos of the affected areas. This sounds like a severe case of septicemia to me. Coppersafe will not do anything. Go with Maracyn and Maracyn 2. If the fish is eating, try mixing kanamycin in the food you feed them.
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:12 PM   #12
The gold fish is cured. His tale is orange now and there is just small spots at the end of the tail which are redish but way better then before. Goldfish shows no sigh of stress. The Black fish I don't think is going to make it. He just sits at the bottom of the aquarium now. His belly is loosing its reddish colour but he looks very sick, he doesn't move at all. Just sits at the bottom of the aquarium. He has this white stuff building up on his tail and body. I don't think its ick or anything it just looks like stuff that would fall off if he actually moved tiny bit I'll post back tomorrow. Ill continue dosing with maracyn and M2.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:17 PM   #13
I just am concerned with this white buildup on the black fish. The goldfish does not have this problem just the black one.

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Old 12-07-2009, 10:21 PM   #14
The picture makes the white stuff look really bad its doesnt look that bad. Its more of a powder with white little strands. Should I start treating for ick aswell. All I have is Quick Cure/Malachite Green
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:36 PM   #15
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I have some suggestions, I'm no expert, but I know some useful things, I guess.

Solution: Bacterial Infection. (Most likely what your fish has.)

Bacterial infections are caused from overcrowding, cold/dirty water, corn based diets, and infections like sores. They make the skin red and may have white 'blemishes' on it from anchor worm, fish lice, and skin flukes.

  • Cloudy eyes
  • Reddening of skin or fins
  • Open red or white sores
  • Ragged fins
  • Abscesses
  • Skin inflammation
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fungus-like white growth
  • Rapid breathing

There are many medications available in pet shops that treat bacterial infection in goldfish.
For open sores it is recommended to wash them in iodine or hydrogen peroxide solution and apply antibiotic ointment. In some cases it may be necessary for a vet to administer an antibiotic injection. When treating these goldfish illnesses it is also advisable to add 1-3g of aquarium salt to the water due to salt loss caused by bacterial infection.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:21 AM   #16
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This is definitely bacterial infection to me. Try dosing 0.3% salt solution as well. How long have you treated it with Maracyn so far? What are your water parameters so far?
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:30 PM   #17
I have been treating for about 5 days now with maracyn and maracyn 2.
I have already added aquarium salt to the aquarium.
Water conditions stable
Ammonia 0
Ph 7
The goldfish is fine just the black one now.
The white stuff is really concentrated on its tail, not the body tho.
I had to do a water change this morning.
His belly is no longer pitch red just a very very light red colour so it looks likt that problem is gone or will be soon.
Im just worried about this white stuff covering him cause the Maracyn and Maracyn 2 seem ti have 0 effect on it.
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Old 12-10-2009, 10:29 PM   #18

It appears the septicemia is gone from both fish completely.
Ive finished the Maracyn and Maracyn 2 Treatment. 6 Days Secondary disease has become apparent. Filter now with carbon. Ammonia 0 Temp Stable at 72 PH at 7.2

Both fish are now becoming covered with a whitish material.
Goldfish tail is becoming fully transparent starting at the end. I don't think Maracyn and Maracyn 2 will help Since I just stopped that treatment. I believe they both now have a massive fungal infection.

Did a 65% water change.
Added more salt.

Started treating for fungus with Maroxy.
Will post back with picts later tonight and tomorrow with any results.
May dose once with coppersafe to prevent parasitic infection because of their current vulnerable state.
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Old 12-11-2009, 03:06 AM   #19

The white fungus is literally falling off before my eyes about 30minutes after I added it. Hopefully it will be totally gone in a day or 2. Im going to dose it for 4 days even if it disappears just to be sure its all gone. Dosed once with coppersafe to prevent parasites after the Maroxy was shown to be effective.

Cant post any photos because the white fungus is practically gone. lol

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Old 12-11-2009, 09:10 AM   #20
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Hmmm..Are you sure it was not slime coating peeling off? Goldfish give off as much slime coating as discus do.
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