Hmm.... I feel a bit uneasy about getting him out and touching there. But maybe I will have to. He is male because 1) has very pronounced tubicles on his gills and front fins 2) chases another fish displaying breeding behaviour (has damaged her tail and fins badly while courting..) 3) fights with another male..
Thanks for advice everybody. I netted him and rubbed TPC on the tail fin (that's where the creature was)with an ear cleaning thingie and the louse came off in a few seconds. My fish cooperated well and decided to be still (probably drugged by the odour ). He was a bit jerky when released back to the tank but I guess it was just a bit of a shock for him. No damage done to the tail, that's the main thing. I didn't even have to use tweezers. Hope that the louse was too young to lay eggs! It was only maybe 1,5 mmm.
Sorry guys, tried to take pics but he would not be still and as the area itself is not so obvious to see ( everything came out blurred... It's all white (to be honest it does not look like organic matter to me at all), about 2mm diameter. Looks like a small perfectly round pebble. Could it be he swallowed something and it's stuck or something? Water quality tests spotless apart from usual high hardness (nitrate and nitrite: 0). Never had problems with those, touch wood...
Does anybody know what it is? My fish has something at his anal opening which looks like an egg, literally (round and white, size of small gravel). It cannot be an egg, though because he is 100% male!! No doubts. I am not sure he can poo now... but does not seem upset and is as lively as usual. ???
Hello everyone! I got a new fish, quarantined it but... as soon as the quarantine was over and I put him in the tank with other fish, I noticed Argulus on his tail. It's only small. If it had not been for the magnifying effect of my biorb, I would not have noticed. How do I get rid of this apart from using Interpet No 12 Anicrustacean (which kills off filter bacteria mercilessly). Help please!
They do both but the orange fantail usually sits at the top (apart from feeding times when he gets excited and swims wherever he thinks food is likely to be found ) It looks as if he was too light to go to the bottom and is pushed upwards. The blue oranda is better (not at the top all the time). They are on daphnia diet now, I will see if it makes any difference. Also, I am going to try Anti-internal Bacteria treatment today.
My 2 goldfish - a blue oranda and orange fantail suffer from swimbladder problems. They don't seem able to keep their balance well and float to the surface. When they are being fed they seem ok though and chase the food without much problems. The fantail has problems staying in the lower levels in the tank and usually goes up sort of spiralling struggling to stay in the right position. When resting he is always at the surface. He cannot stay anywhere else, poor thing. Another symptom is their sometimes weird poo in which you can actually see air bubbles. It is often v. long and white (as if a bit empty inside?) I am not sure if it makes any sense to you .? Like Goldy I tried swimbladder treatment but it did not seem to make a difference. I think they are both sort of used to it and I am not sure whether they suffer or not...