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Old 01-30-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Help me help my sick little goldfish- some sort of skin problem??

Does anyone recognize what sort of skin problem my guy might have? I'm treating him for swim bladder problems with peas and it seems to be working. He's otherwise acting fine but his eyes are squinty and the skin on his head is cloudy. I've been looking online but can't figure it out.

Sorry I can't provide much info. I don't even know for sure what kind of goldfish he is, how old he is, ect.

I feed him flakes but will be switching to pellets once he can go back upright. He lives with his two baby goldfish who are about 3 months old and they're perfectly healthy. He lives outdoors in this water garden with a heater where we put in about 20% new water every week.
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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I can't see the photo well.

If you are talking about white on the wen, you might want to take a look at the discussion on Koko's about fungus vs wen growth.
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Its an oranda. What exactly is the issue you are seeing because the pic does not show anything specific. What size container are they in? Do you test this water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate & ph? Buoyancy issues can be related to water quality problems, especially if your not doing any water changes and just topping the water off. Water quality problems can also lead to disease issues such as fungus or bacterial infections.
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I don't test the water at all, and I do just top it off with fresh water to replace what evaporates. I didn't even realize it was necessary. I had no idea there was so much to having a fish! I feel terrible!

I had just noticed that there was a white cloudy looking substance on his head and that it was kind of covering his eyes. Once I googled Oranda and wen, it looks like it might be normal. I guess maybe he's just getting older. During the summer his head was smaller and he had big bright eyes.

I'll get my water in order. Thanks a bunch for your help.
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What size pond is he in?
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