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Old 07-06-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Hi, im new to the forum and im not sure if im posting in the right area.... I own 2 Orandas that are about 18 months old. I have just noticed that one of my oranads has developed a red/purple blotch that appears to have a whitish film over it, its just at the base of his top fin (i dont know what the techical term is). I have just done a complete water change.
Im just wondering if anyone can tell me what the problem might be and how to treat it? He is happy enough in him self, and swimming and eating like normal.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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Hi, im new to the forum and im not sure if im posting in the right area.... I own 2 Orandas that are about 18 months old. I have just noticed that one of my oranads has developed a red/purple blotch that appears to have a whitish film over it, its just at the base of his top fin (i dont know what the techical term is). I have just done a complete water change.
Im just wondering if anyone can tell me what the problem might be and how to treat it? He is happy enough in him self, and swimming and eating like normal.
Thank you
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as far as i can tell maybe its ich? very common and there should be some medicine at your LFS (local fish store)
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Hi welcome to AA.
It's definitely not ich. That's little white specks. Could you provide some more info like tank size, water parameters and a picture?
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Hi, yes I'm pretty sure it's not ich as the blotch is mainly/red purple. How would I upload an image? Sorry I'm new to this site.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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Via the app you press on the + icon at the top right to upload images.
On the main site you can upload it to a photo sharing site or to your profile here on AA then add the URL to your post in a link.
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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Oh thank you, I've downloaded the app This is my poorly Oranda called Steve, sorry the picture is a bit blurry

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Ok I see. What are the water conditions like? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH? And what size tank and tank mates?

Btw, Steve. I love it! Great name
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Ah my fiancs choice of name, I got to name the other Oranda (Bertie). At the minute they're in a tank smaller than they should be as we had a problem with our old one and are just in the process of replacing it, the tank they're in is only 21 litres so I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it? Im not sure about all the water bits and bobs in afraid, I've never monitored them I've just always cleaned it out very regularly.
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Oh and it's just Steve and Bertie in the tank, no other fish
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:02 PM   #10
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I'd say the water conditions are effecting his health. Very first thing you need to do is a large 50% water change using water conditioner. Goldfish are very messy fish and produce large amounts of ammonia. That ammonia can build very quickly in small tanks. It's recommended to have 80L for the first goldfish and 40L for each after that because of their expected size and waste output. when you changed tanks did you save the filter media? Also do you know about the nitrogen cycle?
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ium/Page1.html
Because of the size of the tank the ammonia is going to keep rising and harming your little guys so the sooner you can get them a bigger tank the easier it will be to keep toxin levels down. Are you able to purchase a liquid test kit? They are an important tool to have.
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