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5 years ago #1
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My goldfish is bloated and all of its scales are sticking out.?

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5 years ago #2
tannerwmcoy
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mine r doin it to. idk wats wrong with them but they did this last year to about this time i just keept up on the water changes and they seems to do better.

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5 years ago #3
southern creature
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Sounds like "dropsy" guys!!

This is generally not good news and is not a disease in itself, but rather the result of an underlying illness.
Could be caused by any number of things from bacterial infection to injury.

Maybe start by giving the fish a salt treatment at the rate of 1 tsp/5 gallons. Use only salt that is not iodised (aquarium, rock or epsm salts are good). Failing this try a treatment from a pet store that has an antibiotic.

For it to get to this point however there may be a degree of organ failiure and euthenasia may be in order, sorry.

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5 years ago #4
Phil Saint
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if your fish is pineconing (scales sticking out) then i agree with southern creature, it sounds like dropsy. like souther creature sujested, salt may help. but normaly by the time the fish is pineconing it tends to be to late to fix things.

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5 years ago #5
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in my opinion only reasonable way of treatment is antibiotics. Dropsy is serious but it can be cured if recognised and treated at early stages.

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5 years ago #6
Ebrahim
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pineconing means its too late to treat

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5 years ago #7
KJP
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no it is not - my fish was saved by antibiotics although it had protruding scales already, but I started treatment after several hours I noticed it.

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5 years ago #8
Ebrahim
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That was quick action on your part but if the fish has been pineconing for several days then its probably too late

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5 years ago #9
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I hope the meds work. You also need to be sure about water quality and parameters like temperature. The wrong environment encourages diseases and parasites. Goldfish need cool water, and both ammonia and nitrite must measure zero.

Please keep us posted.

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5 years ago #10
tannerwmcoy
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in my 20 gallon fish tank i take out 10 gallon a week and add salt every time i do this and my gold fish witch have been alive for quite a few years now r doin fine and they have had this to them 2 times now and survived both time this is the 3rd time its hapened. all i do is make sure i dont forget to chang the water every friday 10 gallons every time and add salt every time i do add a few chemicals to it 2 every other water chang like conditioner and aloe lotion for fish. it helps ther protective cot and it seams to work.

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5 years ago #11
Ebrahim
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u could be the first person who can sucesfuly treat dropsy.but why do ur fish get dropsy so often?

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5 years ago #12
tannerwmcoy
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i dont think its droopsy they dont ackt weierd they just start to look wierd with the scales and blouting a bit but they still swim around the tank and are still very active. if it is droopsy then wow i didnt kno but i dont think its droopsy. and it only happenes torawds the end of summer.

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5 years ago #13
Ebrahim
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Hmm interesting...What breed of goldfish are we talking about?

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5 years ago #14
tannerwmcoy
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fancy fan tail gold fish.

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5 years ago #15
southern creature
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They aren't Pearlscale Goldfish or some such cross-breed, are they?

That could explain a lot!!

You might be watching them get "pregnant" if they get bloated at the same time each year!?!?

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5 years ago #16
Ebrahim
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Thats what i thaught as well sc.Pearlscales are round and fat and quite simply they look like they have dropsy

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5 years ago #17
tannerwmcoy
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that could be idk i just know it never bothers them i dont have any males iv attempted to breed these ones a few times and each time nun of them got the whit pimple looking things on there gills ever.

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2 years ago #18
Kat
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I have 2 goldfish one is small and one is medium size, the medium size goldfish has black stuff growing over its face like its changin colour or something, what is this? And also on the medium one it has something hanging out of it which looks like tail fins from another fish is it possible?.

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2 years ago #19
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The aquarium has parasites and probably water quality issues. Here is how to address water quality:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/solving-water-quality-issues-1924.html

The above link recommends changing 25 percent of the water every other day, but if the aquarium is in bad shape you may want to do a partial water change every day for the first week.

After water quality improves, anti-parasite medications will be much more effective. Please keep us updated.

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2 years ago #20
ravi
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hi mr arthur can u plz suggest me how to maintain gold fish healh

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1 year ago #21
debbie
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I have a goldfish that I took out of my pond and put in an aquarium. It is bloated and the scales all poking out. I have been putting Epson salt in the tank and feeding it peeled peas. That gives it fiber. I also treated the water for ick and after two days my fish is looking much better.

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1 year ago #22
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Peas and Epsom salt both act as laxatives for fish and will often cure intestinal blockages. Either will be more effective if toxic nitrogen compounds are within limits; ammonia (NH3) and nitrite (NO2) should always measure zero, and nitrate (NO3) should be well below 40 ppm.

If toxic nitrogen compounds are not within the suggested limits, start changing 25 or 30 percent of the water every other day until they are. Also try feeding no more than the fish actually eat in a couple minutes, and use a turkey baster or syphon to remove any accumulations of uneaten food. After any water quality issues are solved, decrease partial water change frequency to once a week.

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1 year ago #23
Glenn Dalton
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Dropsy is a late symptom. By the time it shows up it is almost always too late. I would euthanize it by putting the fish in a bowl in the freezer. Dropsy is a sign that the kidneys are failing. You can try erythromycin, raising the temp, add salt but I'm sorry it's probably too late. Your fish has been sick for a very long time. Dropsy is the very last symptom.

Glenn Dalton

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1 year ago #24
guinea pigs
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I know what's up your fish have dropsy, and sadly no fish survives it sorry to hear

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1 year ago #25
Connie D
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>mr. Arthur,
Can you help i have had a Gold fish now for over 2 years. he is the biggest of all 5. and the best .. he has started to show signs of his scales on the left side puffing up and starting to stick out... as of sept 29th, 2014 is when the 5 or so scales have been sticking out.. about a week before it was only one.. and it seemed to go away.. a lil bit.. although his one side has a boldge... what is this.. can it go to the others or is it just him...

From what I'm ready on these post dropsy, sound so bad. i so hope its not. please help.

thank you.
C

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1 year ago #26
Paul Roney
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Don't panic yet as it may not be dropsy, could you upload a picture? As you say it's just a few scales it could be due to body flukes or parasites. If this is the case it's easily treatable but a picture would be very helpful

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1 year ago #27
Connie d
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I will up load a picture ASAP. The ones I have so far don't show the new scale issues

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1 year ago #28
johnarthur
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Here is a picture with some suggestions about dealing with bloating:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/bloating-4064.html

The above link says Epsom salt is a laxative, but I recently learned it works by relaxing intestinal muscles and thus allowing obstructions to pass.

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1 year ago #29
Connie d
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Here are pictures of the fish he is so bad today, I'm worried!!! Please help me figure this out! He's my pride fish ...

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1 year ago #30
Paul Roney
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Well it isn't dropsy which is a great thing! It could be parasites, they are known to push the scales up when they are at the surface of the fish, I have experienced them in discus but not goldfish, so I shall pm KKF and get her to give an opinion. Do you know what your water parameters are? And what sized tank and with what tank mates?

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