We have a 4 yr. old fantail goldfish who in the last 24-48hrs is showing frayed fins/tail, sits on the bottom motionless, period bursts of energy, good appetite but something is wrong. Only change is the addition of another goldfish to the tank. We are very concerned and today added MELAFIX to the tank water. Water tempature is kept at 75 F
Type of Animal: golffishGender: male?Age: 3 years
The symptoms you are describing indicate a bacterial disease called Fin/Tail Rot combined with possible unfavorable water condtions.
My recommended treatment plan:
1) Change 30% of the water in the tank using dechlorinated water that is the same temperature as the water currently in the tank.
2) Add 1 teaspoon of aquarium salt per every 5 gallons of water. The salt will help prevent secondary infections from occuring and serves as a general tonic.
3) Slowly begin to lower the water temperature so that it falls in the range preferred for goldfish which is 62f-72f degrees. Goldfish are basically coldwater fish and will become stressed at high water temperatures thus lowering their immune system.
4) Begin to treat the fish with a medicine called Maracyn-Two which can be found at most major pet stores. Click on link below for a view and description of the product.
Follow the directions on the product label for usage/dosage instructions.
I know you mentioned that Melafix is currently being used but I've found that because it lacks pharmaceutical strength medicine it often does not effect a cure. It would be advisable to cease using it in this case.
Good luck on a speedy and full recovery for your goldfish and please let me know if you have any questions.
OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE W/TROPICAL FISH---BREEDING, MAINTAINING, CURING