Some of my goldfish are turning white. I have read this happens because of a lack of sunlight. My question is, is there any way I can make up for the sunlight to prevent them from further discolouration?
Samantha survived her last bout of bending but it's happened twice since. She is currently bent again. I've decided she and Darren (Fantail) urgently need to be rehomed to a 350+ litre tank. Samantha (Comet) is too big to continue living in her 180 litre tank.
A bit of history on the fish for those who don't know. I rescued them from an eBay seller in 2013, the fish were malnourished and very stunted, they were kept in a 35 litre tank. They are about five or six years old. I noticed soon after taking them home that they had white lumps and blood shot fins. After treating them, with advice from this forum, I took Samantha the Comet to CJ Hall vets. She and Darren have a virus and therefore I would advise not mixing them with other goldfish.
Both are beautiful with long white flowing fins. Samantha in particular is a very friendly fish. She's a fighter and bounced back?from her various ailments. Really lovely fish to keep and a favourite of mine. Darren is a quiet fish, very fond of Samantha.
What they ideally need is someone with a nice big tank, no less than (350 litres) who is happy to house then together. I don't want to see them split up as they have been together for years and clearly have a bond. Experienced fish keepers only.
Samantha started to curl on and off since Christmas, after the weekly water change. Normally she's only like it for a couple of days and then straightens back to normal, some water changes haven't affected her at all. Three weeks ago, she curled up on the Tuesday (after I did the water change on the Sunday) and this time she is showing no signs of unbending. I'm not sure how much longer I should wait before putting her to sleep. She has so many health issues, and although she is eating and desperately trying to swim, I can't justify leaving her in her present condition for much longer.
I've tried using salt, which in the past has worked. I added it to the tank and also tried a more intense salt bath. Both have been unsuccessful this time.
I had and still have some fish affected with SBD. I used to have a little female named Muriel who had a problem with being stuck at the surface. In the end, I got a shallow tank made especially for her. She was able to act a bit more like a normal fish this way.
You could try putting your fish into a food safe plastic tub, like a Wham Box. Don't fill it too high and see if it helps. Most likely, he won't be cured of SBD but won't be so far from bottom this way and might find he can eat better this way.
If he survives the next week then I'm going to take him to CJ Hall. I'm also going to look for a bigger tank for him, he's on his own in 120 litres at the moment, that's not grossly overstocked but enough to cause him issues.