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post #1 of 4 Old 01-13-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Gold fish losing color

I am asking for my neighbor who has a group of gold fish. They suddenly started losing their color and a couple are almost white. Any reasons that would cause this? I remember awhile back overhearing someone ask a LFS about it and they had no clue as to what was happening.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-13-2012, 03:11 PM
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The first things that come to mind are stress or malnutrition. Can you ask what they're feeding them/how often etc.??

And can you get them to list their water parameters? Ammonia, Nitrite, nitrate, ph?

Our resident goldfish expert is Lupin. Try sending him a pm and see if he can come up with something for you.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-13-2012, 04:32 PM
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Also, where are they housed? A group of goldfish need a pretty large tank or a pond.


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post #4 of 4 Old 01-15-2012, 01:22 AM
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If these fish actually do not have any health issues, this is simply a natural occurrence called cell suicide or apoptosis if I recall right. What color were they originally? Black is the most unstable color. It will eventually fade away turning to orange, yellow, red or white.

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