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post #1 of 3 Old 12-26-2007, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
Goldfish Disease???

Ok heres my situation, a few months ago I got my first fish. My friend moved out of his house and need to get rid of his aquarium so I told him that I would take it for him, I dont think he knew much about fish care and the tank had been negletid for quite awhile and the fish had been housed with speices that it shouldnt have been with. Since Ive had it ive been doing as much research as possible and doing the best i can to take care of it. The fish is in what I think is a 20 gallon aquarium, its got a 30 gph whisper filter, Ive been doing water changes twice a week, of about 2 gallons at a time and vaccuuming gravel, ive been trying to give it a varied diet of flakes and green vegetables like peas and lettice. Within the past few days ive noticed a small red spot on the tip of its tail, is it some kind of an infection? The fish has been acting normal, i havent seen any signs of stress and its eating normal. Since ive noticed it ive been doing more water changes and the color of the red has seemed to dull down a bit... My question is is this a disease? is it possible fin rot? Am I on the right track with more changes? As ive said this is my first fish and i would like to think ive given it a much better life then it once had, what is my next step???
thanks so much for the help
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-27-2007, 06:36 AM
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Ok heres my situation, a few months ago I got my first fish. My friend moved out of his house and need to get rid of his aquarium so I told him that I would take it for him, I dont think he knew much about fish care and the tank had been negletid for quite awhile and the fish had been housed with speices that it shouldnt have been with. Since Ive had it ive been doing as much research as possible and doing the best i can to take care of it. The fish is in what I think is a 20 gallon aquarium, its got a 30 gph whisper filter, Ive been doing water changes twice a week, of about 2 gallons at a time and vaccuuming gravel, ive been trying to give it a varied diet of flakes and green vegetables like peas and lettice. Within the past few days ive noticed a small red spot on the tip of its tail, is it some kind of an infection? The fish has been acting normal, i havent seen any signs of stress and its eating normal. Since ive noticed it ive been doing more water changes and the color of the red has seemed to dull down a bit... My question is is this a disease? is it possible fin rot? Am I on the right track with more changes? As ive said this is my first fish and i would like to think ive given it a much better life then it once had, what is my next step???
thanks so much for the help
What were your water parameters? If you have no test kit yet, buy API liquid test kit. Avoid test strips which give inaccurate results. Your increased frequency of water changes prevented its progress. You've done a good job. What fish are they and how many do you have? If they appear cramped in there, I'd suggest giving away some of the fish to pave more space or get more tanks. Upgrade filters and do more water changes instead of twice a week water change. My guess is septicemia caused by aeromonas which antibiotics and frequent water changes can stop but at this rate, no need to treat and just improve your maintenance on the tank.

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I agree with Lupin. You really need to upgrade the filter. Especially if you have gold fish. Other then that sounds like your doing great! You should get a filter that has like at least 100 gph. It maybe kind of pricey but well worth it. I have a 28 gallon my filter does 200 gph. Plus I'm running my new marineland filter on it to get it cycled. So... Thats like 300 gph. Apparently theres no such thing as to much filtration

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