My goldfish has like a fluffy sort of stuff on its tail and the tail is gradually rotting away what is it and what should I do?
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Step one is to solve any water quality issues. Fish respiration and digestion produce toxic ammonia which in turn stresses the fish and makes them vulnerable to attacks by diseases and parasites. An established, well balanced aquarium has a working nitrogen cycle that converts toxins to harmless substances.
You may want to use our SEARCH function at the top of the page to read more about the nitrogen cycle. To start solving the problem, change about 30 percent of the aquarium water now. Be sure to use a good water conditioner like Stress Coat. Next, test the water to make sure it contains no ammonia or nitrite (with an I). If it does, feed less and change about 20 percent of the water every day until you get zero readings.
All this will give the goldfish a healthy environment and make it easier for him to fight off the apparent fungus. Aquarium shops sell all sorts of fish medications, but the fish will never recover if water quality is poor. Try to avoid using toxic medications, because they could have a negative effect on the nitrogen cycle.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask more questions.
I had the same problem, and I treated the tank with Ick away. And now one fish died and the other ones are laying on bottom covered in white furry film. Is there anything I can do to save them. Or are they too far gone?????
dear guest: take advice from professionals. listen to johnarthur, for instance, he is FULL of good advice. go to your aqua dealer for help. try malachite green - it helps with most parasites and burns. if you're in the UK like me, try protozin antifungal. meanwhile, seperate this fish from any others as they may pick on it.
i have much the same problem right now. they had ich and i treated with protozin. they are bottom sitting and their slimecoat is peeling, just like you said. my marine dealer advised another protozin treatment course - but check with yours first, i don't really want to be responsible for killing your fish by advising unneeded medicines. good luck
If they have cottony growth it is Fungus and can be treated with Pimafix
My fish had a bit of fungus so i treated it and the next day the fungus had gone but left a fare few scales missing
Good luck stefD
What size tank is this fish in? Is it cycled? What are your water parameters for ammonia, nitrite, & nitrate? It sounds like you are dealing with a case of fin rot. Healthy water is sufficient to treat & prevent fin rot if its not too severe. Can you possibily post a pic? Some more information will help us to help you better!
dear john arthur, 5 days ago i woke to find my big goldfish on the floor, must have jumped out in the night. it was dry and hard and bearly breathing,put it in in the tank n held it few mins til it started breathing,i took a while to get going but it did but its now got a hairy fury growth down the whole left side of its body and tail has become extreamly eaten away.i did start treatment on it straight away at first sign of fungas and today gave it a salt bath,my fish captain spock hasnt eaten for 4 days its sat at the bottom of a seperate medicated tank and i dont know what else i can do i just want him to survive becuse hes a lovely fish and with a lovely personality and i have spent alot of time training him to know its name and come eat out my hand etc please help your advice will be greatly appreciated
Hi Aish! Can you post your parameters, tank size and a pic of what is going on? What kind of 'treatment' are you using?
r.i.p to captain spock, it died today after 6 days of suffering
Aish, you never posted any info so we could help you and your fish. We cant help without information and knowing what is wrong.
Will the die
Thats not something to say to someone, you basically blamed him for killing his fish because he didn't answer your questions. Think about that next time.
It's fin Rot, clean your tank as soon as possible
Hope this helped
One sorry that happened two the other fish are going to die three I would take the out and put them in a nursery bow or tank and make it big enough for them to swim in then they might not die three DO NOT PUT ANY CHEMICALS IN A TANK IF YOUR FISH ARE IN THEIR!!!!!!!!!! And I hope it goose well
Is it harmful to remove some of the white stuff your self.
I would try using the ick medicine and changing water and cleaning tank fully to remove all floating ick. My sunny has ick but I have to treat it before it spreads. One time I got a Betta fish and I had 2 with a divider, one got ick and passed it to the baby Betta and they were treated but they died. I would do this as soon as possible before it gets worse. If you can separate the really bad ones or put them all in seperate tanks to be very careful and remove gravel or anything they can scratch on
Hi Fish man, thank you for the input, but this thread is over 4 years old, please check the date of the original post before replying as your answer has pushed newer more urgent questions down the list. Thank you.