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Old 15.06.2012, 15:06
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Alfredo is sick

Asking all the people who have some experience with goldfish. In case you happen to remember Alfredo, he has developed something like a skin problem, one of his fins has something white growing on it. We treated him some time ago and it went away, and now it's back. Any tips what we could do to make it go away permanently? And is it contagious? So far Alberta seems to be fine.
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Old 15.06.2012, 15:41
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Re: Alfredo is sick

I would bring Alfredo or a close up photo of him and the fin and show it to a fish store in Zug area. Try i.e. Aquatrend in Cham. You can start out by simply sending them an email with a photo of him and ask for their opinion.

http://www.aquatrend.ch/kontakt.html

We received good advice and help from them with both plants and 'fish issues' during the years living here

Good luck with Alfredo!
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Re: Alfredo is sick

Check your water straight away - if the pH or nitrates level is slightly out, it makes the chance of infections much higher. Healthy water is the first step to healthy fish, and water imbalances are the usual cause of recurrent infections.

The white stuff could be a fungal infection, or the result of a bad case of fin rot - normally you'll know it's the latter if a lot of the fin is actually missing. Either way there are treatments you can buy from any pet shop. It could be contagious to other fish, but their chance of getting ill depends on whether their skin is stressed - and that's all down to the water quality.
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Re: Alfredo is sick

We put in GoldOomed and it seems that when we turn the lamp off in addition to the medication it goes away.
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Re: Alfredo is sick

Tested the water, it's good.
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Re: Alfredo is sick

Update: One week after treatment we changed 1/3 of the water and put some medication in again. It seems to have disappeared but somehow I am afraid to turn the light on again, that's when it came back last time. I have been trying to find a picture that shows what it looks like but without success.
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