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Thank you for replying Anna. She is swimming straight and does not seem to be shaking her head. The only thing that is different is that her mouth does not close, just constantly gapes open. I did notice when I just went out to check that my larger orange comet now has two large white spots between his eye and his gills on both sides. I did not notice this before on him. Could this be related?
I used a Jungle Quick Dip test strip yesterday and got a reading of about 6.8. The large spots resemble the the spot on the back of the bottom fishes head more closely than the picture above.
Thank you again Anna for replying. As the afternoon progressed today she seemed to become lethargic and settled down to the very bottom of the pond not moving. I took your advice and gently took her out wrapped in a wet cloth and checked her mouth again. I could not find any sign of a foreign object, but what I do see is a deep red spot on the inside of her "cheek", could this be the cause?
Unfortunately I do not have access in my area to an aquatic vet, so I am hoping the issue will resolve itself, as it pains me to see any of my pets suffer.
Thank you also for the good information on Carp Pox, it was an illness I have not come across before. I also will be taking your advice to pick up a more thorough test kit to get better readings on my water quality.
At this point I am just wondering what you think her chances of recovering are and if not, how long she can continue survive with her mouth in this position?
Thank you for all the good information and compassion.
Thank you Anna, I did add 4 Tablespoons of aquarium salt yesterday when I first noticed her problem. How much additional salt should I add to that? It is a 50 gallon pond? Also, would Melafix treatments be of any help in addition to the salt?
Hi Anna, just a little update. My little comet goldfish is doing pretty well so far, her mouth is still constantly open, as it was before, but she is eating well and active. I added all the aquarium salt as you advised and ordered the medicated pellets from Drs. F & S and they are on their way. If it's ok, I would like to leave conversation open for a few days in case I have another concern pertaining to her care. Thank you again Anna.
The medicated pellets I ordered will finally be arriving later today. My little comet is doing great and her mouth has almost closed on it's own. I was wondering If I will still need to give her the medicated pellets or shall I just let her progress on her own? Also If you do advice me to feed them to her ~ will they be safe for my other comet to eat (as I have no other tank for him), how long shall I feed them the pellets, will it harm the beneficial pond bacteria and will I have to do a water change (if so, how much) at the end of treatment? Thank you again for all your help.
Hi Cathie,Becaaue you saw a sore in the mouth, I would go ahead with the medicated pellets. When antibiotics are given orally, rather than placed directly in the water, they don't have much effect on the beneficial bacteria. As for how long, every brand is a bit different. There will be instructions on the container. The instructions will also tell you if a water change is needed. It would be better if only the fish with the sore eats the medicated food. You can try hand feeding them by giving the medicated pellet one at a time to the fish with the sore, and feeding the other with nonmedicated food at the same time, also one piece at a time. However, that can be time consuming and difficult. The medicated food will not harm the other fish, but it's always better not to give medication that isn't needed. If there's no reasonable option, go ahead and feed both fish the medicated food. I hope the sore will quickly clear up. Let me know how it goes.Anna
Hi Anna! My little comet Ariel seems to have recovered and her mouth is looking normal again. Thank you for your expertise and all your patience!