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Goldfish affected by ick, fin rot, swimbladder!! HELP
Old 07-23-2008, 08:26 PM   #11
 
Also, is 5 gallons REALLY too small for my goldfish? It's not a big goldfish...it's no more than 2 inches long, and over the 4 months i've had him, he hasn't grown at all. If they can be kept in bowls, why not in 5 gallon tanks? I dont understand...
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:32 PM   #12
 
also, I can't raise the water temperature since I don't have a heater..
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:42 PM   #13
 
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Also, is 5 gallons REALLY too small for my goldfish? It's not a big goldfish...it's no more than 2 inches long, and over the 4 months i've had him, he hasn't grown at all. If they can be kept in bowls, why not in 5 gallon tanks? I dont understand...
Fantail goldfish like all other fancy strains can grow to 8 inches. Depending on how you took care of it, it could have grown by as much as 4-5 inches by now. A 20g is always the bare minimum for only one goldfish. Bear in mind, goldfish are coldwater species that produce heavy amounts of waste which means you need to maximize your filtration capacity and water changes.

If I were you, keep a betta in the 5g and get another tank at 20-30g if you still have plans to keep goldfish. Keep the temperature steady at 74 degrees Fahrenheit for goldfish whereas 80 degrees Fahrenheit for bettas. If you are located in USA, then look on Craiglist for tank bargains.

Feed your goldfish once or twice a day and fast it a day per week. Do water changes 3 times a week and regularly monitor your water parameters.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:39 PM   #14
 
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Woah, I was just thinking, and I don't think your goldfish would do very well with this ich treatment. I didn't even think about goldfish being cold water fish Well you can still use salt to kill the ich but it will take way longer and more then likely be way less effective because the heat speeds the ich's life cycle and kills it when its freely swimming around the aquarium.
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:12 PM   #15
 
i figure it's probably helpful to see the fish we're talking about

see Buckley here...

http://s35.photobucket.com/albums/d1...uckleyedit.jpg
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Old 07-23-2008, 10:25 PM   #16
 
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If they can be kept in bowls, why not in 5 gallon tanks? I dont understand...
It's a common misconception that it's ok to keep a goldfish in a bowl. And because goldfish are very hardy and can survive in bowls for a long time, it just further convinces people that theres nothing wrong with it.

Oh dear :( Buckley is in very poor condition.

Start treatment with the primafix asap. It looks like he might actually have a fungal infection too
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:16 PM   #17
 
I've got Pimafix, is that what you mean? I'll be adding a half teaspoon daily for 7 days, as indicated on the bottle, and treating with aquarium salt as directed. I was assured these will work together since both are quite natural
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:19 PM   #18
 
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Lol! Yes that is what I meant! Sorry, an unnoticed typo as it would seem.

Yes the pimafix is supposed to be natural, and you can't get more natural then salt. Make sure you take the carbon out of your filter or it will just suck up any medications you add to the tank.

Good luck!! I really hope buckley survives! He looks like a trooper. :)
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:13 AM   #19
 
let's hope for the best! I'll post pictures as we progress. Hopefully better looking ones!

also...he's lost alot of material from his tail, will it grow back together? it's just separating like...becoming feathery. is that possible to recover from? [/u]
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:53 AM   #20
 
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Yes, the tail will grow back, you must keep excellent water quality, it may take a long time but fish are really great healers.
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