Quick, But Crucial, Question 'bout Goldfish

  1. Dandelion-Dream

    Dandelion-Dream Member Member

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    Since I don't want to do too much explaining in the initial post (I would rather break it down.), I have a concern as to what might be going on here, by symptoms alone. (But I can, and will, provide a bit more info.)
    What does this sound like? Parasites?

    -Clamped fins
    -Scratches
    -Aggression (Doesn't happen much most of the time, maybe a nip or two if they jostle into each other by accident. They go nuts during feeding time, though)
    -Stringy Poo
    -Lack of activity
    -Blemishes and "freckles"

    The reason why I'm keeping this so stubby is that lately, I've been feeling not-so-good about my fish. It's an absurd, indescribable mixture of not showing enough concern and worrying extensively about them, even experiencing insomnia and overall anxiety.
     

  2. ChuthuluFish

    ChuthuluFish Member Member

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    is the poop clear, clamped fins might mean bad water,lack ity could be stress,or ammonia wats youre tank and stocking. also what type of goldifish?
     

  3. Liz♡Gold

    Liz♡Gold Member Member

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    I agree with navyfish4life, it sounds like a water quality issue. Do you have pictures of these "freckles"?

    Also, what are your water parameters?
     
  4. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

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    as stated above what are your current water parameters?

    by white freckles do you mean ich? a picture would help.
     
  5. Princethepurplebetta

    Princethepurplebetta Member Member

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    What are the parameters? What size tank do you have them in?
     
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    Dandelion-Dream

    Dandelion-Dream Member Member

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    My parameters are all within healthy range. Sunday's a water change/water test day, so I'll get some more up-to-date info.

    I can't add a pic just yet. The freckles are black and smaller than a sand grain.
     
  7. RyleighJ

    RyleighJ Member Member

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    Stringy poop usually makes me think internal parasites (though there are other explanations); scratching, clamped fins, and the "freckles" makes me think external parasites. I've used both Seachem MetroPlex and Seachem ParaGuard for parasites and had luck with both. I believe medicine with prazoquantel in it (e.g. PraziPro and others) is also used for parasites, but I've never used it before.
     
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    Dandelion-Dream

    Dandelion-Dream Member Member

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    Should I treat them for parasites, then?
    On Chance, the smaller fish, her gills are a tad pinker (underneath the covering) than Silhouette's. Is this normal?
     

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