Sick, Red, Ryukin Goldfish.

Discussion in 'More Freshwater Aquarium Topics' started by HelvisGoldies, Jun 14, 2018.


What's wrong with my goldfish?

  1. Possible ammonia burns

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  2. Something bacterial

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  1. HelvisGoldiesValued MemberMember

    I'm having a huge problem with my goldfish. I have a few fancy goldfish in a 120 gallon tank. The tank isn't fully cycled but I used old filter media, and have been doing daily 50% water changes. One of my most expensive Ryukin was bright pink, with a pink veiny tail and I'm at a complete loss as to what it could be. The fish is acting lethargic.

    Both the nitrite and ammonia are at 0 ppm
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  2. finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    Lethargic isn't much of a symptom to diagnose with since many conditions cause a fish to be lethargic. You said you are doing massive water changes every day, but what are your water perameters including temperature? Does the fish eat. Have you noticed any strange spots on the fish or redness around the gill area, or does it have white stringy poop?

    You are using a water conditioner whe you do water changes I assume. And what brand are you using.
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  3. HelvisGoldiesValued MemberMember

    I'm using seachem prime, yes the fish eats very well. I've seen white poos, and the fish scratch themselves on the sides of the tank. The parameters are 0 ppm for both ammonia and nitrite. The temperature I keep my fancy goldfish at is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This fish is pink in the gills but mostly the body. It's very veiny and has torn fins. The other fish are showing these symptoms.


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  4. AdriifuWell Known MemberMember

    Beautiful fish you have there. Just looks like normal coloration in the pictures you've shown. I also see no torn fins. However, the white feces and scratching is a completely different problem from what you previously described. Sounds more like parasites to me.
  5. finnipper59Well Known MemberMember

    White poop is diagnosed as intestinal worms. Treat them with PraziPro. Get the smallest 1 oz bottle because you only use 1 tsp for every 20 gallons of water just one time. The treatment will last 5 days and then you can resume water changes. Keep testing your ammonia. If it climbs during treatment, just add a dose of prime. You can resume water changes after 5 days.
  6. HelvisGoldiesValued MemberMember

    How would you safely treat the parasites?

    Thank you so much! I'll give that a try.
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  7. AdriifuWell Known MemberMember

    Orally fed Metro+ always seems to work.

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