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Rare goldfish ailment?

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I'd use the kosher salt rather than the aquarium salt you have

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Ok I'll do that, should I add the same amount? The kosher salt grains are much smaller.

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3 hours ago, sarah91 said:

Ok I'll do that, should I add the same amount? The kosher salt grains are much smaller.

Do you have a scale? 

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Yes I have some kitchen scales, do you think the salt will weight the same? I'm sorry if it's a silly question I just don't want to make any mistakes. 

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25 minutes ago, sarah91 said:

Yes I have some kitchen scales, do you think the salt will weight the same? I'm sorry if it's a silly question I just don't want to make any mistakes. 

Great article about salt. I use it all the time :)

 

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Thank you :)

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When should I stop using the salt and doing the daily water changes? He seems to be healing well so far.

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I've just noticed his top fin has split, it must have only just happened. How could it have happened? Does this change anything? I've included a picture so you can see how his tail is healing as well. 

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His tail fin has torn now, i'm getting really worried. What could this be and how do I treat it? 

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The splitting could be from stress or just his immune system weakening.  Sometimes catching on tank ornamentation.  It’s a symptom, not a separate issue, and not a major one.  That tail is looking a LOT better.  Was the bleeding new or only on one side? You showed two pictures and the latter, where there is just scarring in the tail, looks very good.  

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On 8/10/2018 at 9:28 AM, sarah91 said:

When should I stop using the salt and doing the daily water changes? He seems to be healing well so far.

Use the salt and daily water changes as long as he is in quarantine, which should be at LEAST two weeks.  We want him fully healed before we put him back in the main tank and resolve whatever issue caused the injury to begin with, okay?

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2 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

The splitting could be from stress or just his immune system weakening.  Sometimes catching on tank ornamentation.  It’s a symptom, not a separate issue, and not a major one.  That tail is looking a LOT better.  Was the bleeding new or only on one side? You showed two pictures and the latter, where there is just scarring in the tail, looks very good.  

There are no ornaments left in the tank that he could catch himself on and shouldn't his immune system be getting stronger because I've been doing water changes daily? The bleeding was on both sides, the image in which his tail is bleeding was taken when he broke his tail. The other images were taken more recently ( about a week later ). 

I will continue to do the water changes and add the salt then. I read that you shouldn't use it for too long, how long is too long? A month? 

I've just taken some more recent pictures so you can see how badly his fins are fraying.

Thank you for your help

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I see the tail fraying. Again, don't panic. It is not a huge deal. Within a week or so, the frayed fins should heal as well. Keep up the clean water and salt for a while longer. 

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Okay, you don’t need to report when it’s been a few hours.  We need at least 24 hours, thanks to different time zones and our schedule, to respond :)

 

No, the tail fraying would be a lagging indicator of stress and infections - just like a cough or runny nose happens *after* the cold virus has incubated in your body, sometimes by days and days.  The clean water and salt seems to be helping, I wouldn’t jump to any medications at this time.

 

I’m glad to hear the tank is bare, that takes out a variable to worry about.

 

The time issue on salt is people using it prophylactically, or ‘just in case’, with no evidence of illness.  When there are active symptoms present on the body or tail of the animal it is just fine.  Two or three months wouldn’t be unheard of in treating certain parasites and injuries, and will do zero harm.  But you don’t want salt in your main system on an ongoing basis.  Just as a treatment when needed :)

That tail looks WAY better.  Much less bloody and irritated.  Good job!  If the fraying continues to get worse by Wednesday, we will begin Furan-2, which you can get on Amazon or from the local fish shop, okay?  But I don’t want to begin antibiotics if that is the only symptom and he isn’t actively deteriorating.  He is already sick - hence the injury and ongoing issues - recovery takes time. But you haven’t given us a reason to think he needs more help right now.

 

Have you been able to coax him to eat?

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Sorry I was panicking because I thought it was a sign he was really sick. Thank you that has cleared up the worries I had about using it for too long. He has been continuing to eat with no problems and it seems absolutely crazy to me but his top fin has almost fully healed. I'll let you know if he gets any worse, thanks for your help!

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He looks much better! It is nice to see someone care so much about their fishy and follow advice. 

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He look great! As Myra said, it's nice to see someone care about their fish so much :)

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Well it's great to have so much fantastic advice to follow :) Thank you all so much, he seems to be healing really well, i'm so relieved!  

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Glad he is doing well!!! Great job!!! :thumbup2:

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