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post #1 of 4 Old 02-09-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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My Midas and his girlfriend are sick!!!!

Based on the pic , what is wrong with him? They both look like they are shedding. It is only affecting 2 of my 5 fish. Pleco, bass and catfish all seem fine.
I am certain that I introduced some sort of garbage when I feed the bass. I know that goldfish are worthless as feeders, but thats what he gets for now.

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-09-2010, 11:11 PM
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Can you please post water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH? Water temp?

And do you have a quarantine tank?

How long has this been going on?

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-10-2010, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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I dont have the equipment for the water params. No quarantine tank either. Fish have been 'hiding' for 2 weeks. The stuff on thier bodies only showed up about 5 days ago. LAst night the Midas came out for the first time and swam around a little bit... at least he showed signs of life. The Red Devil, she does nothing other then protect her territory. They do move as every morning they are in a new spot.
Water temp is 80.
I have had this fish tank for over 15 years. This particular setup for 8 months. I have seen ich a couple times over the years and thats it. This one is new to me. The only time I have had a fish die is if it got beat up by another.
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-10-2010, 01:01 PM
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Without water parameters there isn't much anyone can do for you. We have no way to begin to trace the source of the problem, which is needed to resolve the problem... and there is no way to know if the water conditions are safe enough for medication.

I would strongly urge you to get yourself an API master test kit which contains the needed tests. They can usually be found for less than $30 for the entire set, so they're not overly expensive. Once you have the results, post the exact numbers here and then we can discuss diagnosis and treatment.

What I am seeing in the photos could be one of a few different things. Its important to know for sure what you're dealing with when medicating a fish, if you wish to do so safely. The water params will either confirm or eliminate some of those things.

Also, more information about the tank/set up is needed. What is your maintenance routine? (water changes, how often/how much each time?) Whats the water temp? Are you using water conditioner?

I know your guess is that feeder goldfish caused this, but that is not necessarily accurate. At this point I would call it a "potential" cause at very most, especially since not all of your fish are affected.

Sorry I can't help more at this time, but I will keep watch for those water params.

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Juneau, WI
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