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    Posted: 06-Oct-2008 at 10:49pm
Tinu is my new golden fisshy pet....I bought him a month back...In the recent days he behaves very differently...he rubs himself on the stones n plants...i doubt he might be suffering from any illness...do u guys hav any suggestions???

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Quote Revvo Replybullet Posted: 06-Oct-2008 at 10:51pm
Hey i think this would help you....

Having a goldfish as a pet can be very rewarding and if you want to take the best care of him, you want to be aware of the various goldfish diseases out there so you can recognize them in your fish. Knowing what to look for can help save your fish.

Fin rot can happen to any fish and goldfish are no exception. As the name implies, this appears as a white rotted edge on the fins. What actually happens here is that bacteria gets into a cut on the fin and it gets infected - just like you could get an infection at the site of a cut. If you keep your tanks water quality in tip top shape then your fish will probably not be affected by this.

While itís not really a disease, one problem your goldfish can suffer from is constipation. Goldfish have a delicate digestive system so itís not uncommon for this to happen. To avoid constipation, presoak their pellet food. Make sure you give your goldfish lots of fiber - try feeding him cut up peas or some greens to help avoid this problem.

Swim bladder disorder and constipation both have the same symptoms of your goldfish always floating to the top of the tank. Goldfish have a swim bladder which can, at times, become inflated causing them to float upwards. You can avoid this problem with good water quality and putting some fiber in the fishes diet.

One of the more common goldfish diseases is called Ich. This looks like tiny grains of salt on your fish and is actually a parasite. The parasite drop to the bottom of the tank and can multiply rapidly. If you do regular water changes your chances for Ich are less likely as they only are a problem with fish that are stressed.

Dropsy is a disease, a bacterial infection actually, that can affect your goldfish. This bacteria works from the inside out. You might notice the scales on your goldfish sticking out. Once you notice your fish has dropsy you should treat him immediately, in many cases it is usually too late. One early indication is that the fishes eyes pop out so if you notice this seek treatment immediately.

Anchor worm is another parasite to watch for. If your fish is rubbing himself on the gravel or decorations it could be an attempt to dislodge these critters. Anchor worm appears on your fish as a red ring with a white stick protruding.

Another disease you should watch for is hole in the head disease. As the name implies, this starts off with small holes in the fishes head. This disease causes your fish to become lethargic and will eventually kill him unless treated.

Getting treatment for any of these goldfish diseases early will insure your finned friends good health. Making sure you do regular water changes, and vacuum the tank regularly will help keep your fish from getting stressed and add to their overall health.
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Quote Phillip Replybullet Posted: 06-Oct-2008 at 10:54pm
Revvo...you r right....Tinu has those worms i think...i could find some orange ring kind of...but how to get rid of those???
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Quote Revvo Replybullet Posted: 06-Oct-2008 at 11:00pm
Phillip...you could try this...

Treatment:
The anchor worm can be removed with tweezers from the infected fish, the bloody spot dipped once with iodine or hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab, and then daily application of neosporin creme. If the anchor worm is on a newly aquired fish in quarantine, thats mostly all thats needed. If the whole tank is infected, additional measures are asked for. Medications like Dimillin or Program as well as other readily available remedies are neccessary in that case. Anchors Away can be used, and has (Dimillin)Diflubenzuron as main ingredient. Salt is great as well.

Precautions:
Even though the visible anchor worm might be removed, there is still a good chance that there are larvae in the tank, especially if the tank is heavily infested. Before the anchor worm can be seen,damage could already be done to the gills and skin of the fish. Secondary infections from the open wound are also possible, so a round of medicated food is a good idea.
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