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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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tony - 2011-12-07
i have a black moor goldfish and his color is changing to a grey and his eyes looks like they are about to pop out the side of his face and he stays at the top of the water...can some help me

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  • Vicky - 2012-01-01
    The reason he is grey is because he is getting old. Sorry, I don't know why he is at the top of the tank?
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    It sounds like your fish is suffering from a disease called Pop-Eye. If, he is already grey, then there may not be a sufficient amount of time to save him. However, you can visit your local pet store, and purchase Melafix, which is a great remedy to such diseases. Additionally, for goldfish, it is recommended 10 gallons, per fish. Goldfish not only grow large, they also produce a large waste load which adds to the biological cycle.
karthi - 2011-12-27
My baby flowerhorn has some white spots in tail.....what was that? Did it had any problms?
Thanx in advance.....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    Might be ich and it is treatable. Scroll the Animal World article Fish Disease and scroll down to symptoms. Ich is there and the recommended treatment is also.
tejaswa - 2011-12-08
i have a silver arowana which is aprox.30 cm in lenth. From last day it has stoped roming !!!! After observing i saw that its tail and fins end are very finely teared!
Can u please help me out what 2 do now ????

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  • ken Stastny - 2011-12-27
    Just lost a nice silver arowana due to water temp to low 72-74 be care full keep temp around 80
Luyana - 2011-11-23
I recently bought 2 comet goldfish four days ago. While one is bright gold and very active, and eats eagerly, the other fish has gained black spots, it didn't seem to be eating well the first few days (today was the first day I saw it go to the top of the tank to eat). I read some of this being about the tank being dirty and to clean once a week, but I haven't even had a full week to clean it yet.
I did all that the PetSmart worker reccomended. He said a 10 gallon tank was the minimum for 2 fish, I have that, I bought the water conditioner and have a filter. I feed them twice a day. I am worried about the fish with black spots, and how to diagnose him and care for him. I am also concerned if this will be contagious to his tank-mate.
Any advice will help! Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Scroll up in the article fish diseases and symptoms and look at flukes. Also look at the other symptoms (in case) but flukes sound like what you are describing. The corresponding treatment is listed. Good luck.
  • Rohit Rahul - 2011-12-09

    There are two reasons for this. First, the fish is stressed out in the new environment and that is why was sitting at the bottom. Second thing, the ammonia level in the aquarium must be very high leading to black spots on fish. It generally happens with the new aquariums when not properly cycled. Now since it has not been cycled, the easiest way to take care of it is to change the 30% of the water every other day. Remember when you change the water do not take out the water from the won't help.. try to take out water from the will take out the waste as well making the water more cleaner and healthier for fishes... u can easily get a vacuum cleaner from fish shop. Ok, one more thing, please dechlorinate the water before adding it to the aquarium. You can buy the de chlorinators from the aquarium shop.. Hope these suggestion helps you.
  • stuart gorham - 2011-12-13
    We have one comet goldfish, eight years old now, extremely handsome and healthy. We change the water twice a year now. At first we changed the water whenever it wasn't "perfect" i.e. crystal clear. What has become apparent is that fin rot coincided with frequent water changes. Fish create their own enviroment and the water needs time to balance and settle down, often 7-10 days, fish don't mind a little bit of algae anyy way, they need their greens too. Always make sure the filter is clean and the air supply is freely flowing, do not put plants of any sort in the tank as they are the most common cause of disease, give each fish three match head size pellets per day, a feww grains of cooked rice or a few peas are good.
Anonymous - 2011-11-27
One of my Fantail goldfish has black spots. I have no clue if it is bad or good. She/he looks okay. I looked everywhere on the internet if it is a disease. Will it be fine? PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM ONLY 11. I NEED HELP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. There are a couple that say black spots and see which one fits the best. Recommended treatment is listed.
Rob - 2011-09-20
I've had my black spotted eel for nearly a year now and he has developed a small amount of bacteria on his tail. I clean the tank every other week to ensure a clean environment for him and he eats regularly. Any ideas on how to cure this? Thanks in advance.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Animal World article Fish Disease and Treatment lists various symptoms and the corresponding recommended treatment for all the symptoms. Try look it up and if you have any problems - just come on back and let me know. OK?
  • bill - 2011-11-27
    1st time try some salt (not your house salt) in your tank. You can find it at your fish supply store where you get your fish from. Then only use it when you change 50% of water in your tank. The more oxygen in the tank is the best way 4" round stone.
    I had that problem with a 12" spotted eel. It worked for me.
crsystal - 2011-11-22
I have a paridise fish that all of a sudden wanted to hid and turned black on top them today I noticed that it's mouth had turned white. What is wrong with it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-23
    Scroll up in this article and symptoms are described. Look at Cloudy Mouth and see if that fits what your little guy has. If so the recommended treatment is listed.
rajinder - 2011-11-18
There is some white spots like cotton on fishes body and fins ,and fishes sit on bottom. All fishes are effected by this disease,what would i do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    Sounds like it might be ICH or a fungas. Scroll up in the article to Symptoms and see which symptoms apply to your fish and the corresponding treatment is recommended.
mohammed - 2011-11-18
Hi,my 3 year gold fish having developed red veins like structure on its tail. Is it harmful to it or it will clear up by time. plz help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    I can't tell from your description what you mean. However, if you scroll up in this Animal World Article and look at the symptoms - you should be able to tell what your fish has. The coresponding recommended treatment is listed.
C.B.Ranasinghe - 2011-05-25
I have an aquarium with number of Koi carf fish (10-15 cm in size). After the fillnig of new water I observed that some are have white colour small dots in their fins and head. Is this parasite problem or some disease condition?
Please kindly give me a advice

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    Sounds like ich which is treatable. Looks like small salty spots on fins and tail. I have attached Fish Diseases and Symptoms for you. Just scroll down to Symptoms and if that sounds like what you have, the corresponding recommended treatement is listed.
  • Jeremy Fetchko - 2011-10-30
    Ich is the only one that affects both fins and body. just the body and small white dots is velvet disease. both are parasites and very treatable if caught early. good luck.