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  • Dec 8, 2008, 02:42 AM
    Red Spots on gold fish?
    I currently own a 5 gallon tank with 2 goldfish and a pleco. The tank was just treated for high ammonia and the fish were put back in today.
    One of my goldfish, a comet, has a cluster of red spots near his tail fin. I did some research but I came up with a lot of possibilities. They were Red Pest, Bloat and Flukes.
    All of the fish seem to be acting like nothing is going on, but I still don't want to put it off. My fish mean a lot to me.
    The question is... if it is one of the bacterial diseases, should I start treating the infected fish first before treating the others? Or just treat them all at once.
  • Dec 8, 2008, 10:15 AM
    I always feel bad having to break the news to unsuspected fishkeepers
    That their aquarium is too small for the fish they have, as in this case,
    There is simply not enough water to house the fish you have so that they
    Can remain healthy.

    The red spots and streaks on the tail are signs of 1) bacterial infections
    And 2) parasite infections.
    The high ammonia your aquarium you're experiencing is due to an uncycled
    Aquarium: please see Aquarium Cycle sticky note that explains the process.
    The stress caused by ammonia in the aquarium can cause disease and parasitic breakouts.

    As for treating the ammonia, use a product called Cycle by Nutrafin and
    Do not remove the fish or over clean the tank while using this product.
    It will quickly cycle the aquarium for you. Over cleaning removes beneficial
    Bacteria that is important to keep the cycle going and the water free of toxins.

    Treating the infections. I recommend first using Jungle Brand Fungus or
    Parasite fizz tabs.

    It would be in the best interest for your fish if you moved up to at least a
    10 gallon aquarium and a 20 gallon would even be better.

    All the treatments mentioned above can be used all at once on all fish.
    The fish showing no signs of the illness have still been exposed to it and
    Will need the early treatment.

    If you have any other questions, concerns, or anything, please let me know.

    Good luck and happy fishkeeping
  • Dec 8, 2008, 10:31 AM

    I'm currently saving the money to get the larger tank set up. I have it, just not what it needs. It should be set up within a month.
    Thanks for your advice, it will make my shoping list for my fish not as long.

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