Sick Fancy Goldfish! Medication??

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Helvi2156, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Helvi2156New MemberMember

    Hi, I’m looking for help with my goldfish.
    Last week I bought 3 fancy show quality orandas. I put them in my 20 gal quarantine for a week and noticed nothing wrong. I was planning on quarantining them for 2 months. I have a 125 gallon tank that was doing a fishless cycle and would be done when I finished their quarantine. My 20 gallon cracked when they were in it and I felt unsafe putting them in the cycling 125. They didn’t appear sick so I dumbly put them in my 50 gallon grow out pond with my 3 baby goldfish to wait for my 125 to finish. My new orandas had white stringy worms coming out of their heads the next day. . I did my research and I learned the the bio load would be very small compared to the tank size. Bear with me. I moved my sick orandas into the 125 and stuck with very frequent water changes (50% every three days. The ammonia has stayed at 0 as have the nitrites) and I medicated them with. Microbe-Lift, Herbal activities, ARTEMISS. Which did nothing. So I read to treat with MELAFIX. My main questions are: should I switch to melafix? is melafix safe for my young fancy goldfish that came in contact with the infected fish? (They are about the size of extra large grapes) and how long should I wait to treat with melafix after I’ve treated my orandas with artemiss.
  2. OneLittleBubbleWell Known MemberMember

    You can try paragaurd from seachem, I recently tried their other product cupramine and it worked great, but I never tried paragaurd, but its probably just as good. I used it on my small goldfish the same size as yours
  3. lilabug4545Well Known MemberMember

    Would it be possible to get a picture of the possible parasites? I wouldn't treat anything ending with -fix except as a last resort.
  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore! I'm sorry you're having these issues.

    All of the "meds" you've tried, including Melafix, are diluted herbal remedies that won't do anything for your fish. Pics of the possible parasite would help, so we can help you pick out a real med that will actually do something for the parasites.
  5. Helvi2156New MemberMember

    It does not look like much here at all, but there’s little white spot on this male’s head. At times throughout the day I’ll see a stringy worm hanging out and it’ll retract back in. My two other have been twitching and resting at the bottom their wens look cottony as well. Does that sound like anything you know of? I’ll try again to get a photo of the parasites.

  6. Helvi2156New MemberMember

  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I'm not sure what that would be. Anchor worms are common in goldies, though they don't retract into holes in the fish.

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