Goldfish Ich (is it? What next?)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Disease' started by smurfgun, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    Came home today and most of my fish have white specs on their fins. Is this Ich??? Here is a pic.


    I am going to pick up some ich treatment from the local pet store. But before that happens (probably not for another 24 hours), is there anything else I should do?

    (sorry for the upside down pic)


  2. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Fixed the photo for you, what is your water temperature at?

  3. smurfgunValued MemberMember


    72F currently

  4. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

  5. smurfgunValued MemberMember

  6. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    yes it's fine - I've had the temp up to 90 with a goldfish. It's only temporary.

    I don't think it's ich - it looks too big.
  7. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    What do u think it is?

    It had a resurgence. Only a few specs a few days ago but this morning they were all covered. Seems like a new hatch of parasites have latched on.

    One of my ryukins seem to be losing some color. Don't know how this is related.

  8. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I cant remember what it's called. It's like a cyst or something. It could just be the pic, but it looks much larger than a grain of salt, which is how big ich is.
  9. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    You are looking at all the white specs on the tail?
  10. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    yes. Do they look like grains of salt or are they larger than that? And, can you see it from either side of the fin, or only on one side?
  11. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    They look like they are only on one side. I would say they are the size of 2 grains of salt. :). Seems slightly bigger but not by very much.
  12. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Hmmm. Well, ich is very easy to treat. If it is ich, it will start showing up all over the fins and body. Too many to count. Were it my fish, I would wait and see if that happens, at which point I would begin a heat treatment (before the fish is covered, though...)

    Hopefully someone will come along who might be able to identify what it is.

    If it's what I think it is, they will go away on their own - just stay up on the water changes.
  13. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    Yeah. There weren't many a few days ago. But they are all over now. I'm afraid in a few days time, they will be covered more.
  14. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Okay, then start a heat treatment. If it's ich, they'll disappear. If it's not, it won't. Maybe it's a physically larger strain :)
  15. matsungitWell Known MemberMember

    It definitely doesn't look like ich. It's seems elongated attached to the fins. Try pulling one out with tweezers and see if it has something that look like "roots" at the end. It might be anchor worms.
  16. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    Here is another photo of my Ryukin. Might be a bit clearer here...

  17. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    yeah it is, but I still don't know. I'd like to say it's ich, but they just look a little too big. I would still do a heat treatment and see what happens, if it were my fish.
  18. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    Okay. Heating. Frequent water changes. Fingers crossed there is not any further outbreak!
  19. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I hope someone else weighs in on what it could be. The more I look at it the more I don't think it's ich. Although, there are smaller spots on the fish so it might be a combination of things going on.
  20. smurfgunValued MemberMember

    If this is something else... Like anchor worms... What r the treatments?

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