I have a goldfish that from what I can gather from the internet has a fungal infection. What started off as one white lump has turned into a few. His face is also turning white. When I spotted the first white lump I moved him to a hospital tank for about two weeks with Methylene Blue which ony served to dye just about everything in sight but had no effect. I moved him back to his normal tank after cleaning it and doing water change. However it is getting worse. So really just looking to find out if I call the priest or is there anything that can be done? I have attached a picture (the best one out of 12 i'm afraid!).
I am completely new to fish keeping so please insult my intelligence as much as you feel is necessary!
He's lovely. To be honest, I can't really tell from the pic whether it is a fungal infection - others may be able to help. Some lumps, though, are completely benign and nothing to worry about - it's possible that it's one of these. Also, some goldfish do change colour over time - eg some start off orange and turn completely white - so his face changing colour may not actually be a bad sign. Has he got any other symptoms - and is he eating and moving around as much as usual ie does it seem to be affecting his behaviour at all?
Good luck, and for someone with more expertise to be able to offer their advice to you too.
PS. Looking at the pic again, is it lumps or little white dots on his gills? I worried when I first noticed little white dots on the gills of my goldfish that he had developed 'white spot' but I learned that male goldfish often develop these when ready for breeding.
I'm always reluctant to offer health advice on the basis of seeing a picture but to be honest he looks pretty healthy to me.
As fcmf mentioned, if there are white spots on his gills and on the front of his fins this is perfectly normal for a male fish - these are "breeding tubercles".
White spot are much smaller spots (pin-head size) and basically look like your fish has been sprinkled with salt and you would need to get in very close with your camera for me to see that - best place to look is on the tail fin, can you see any white spots on there?
Whats his behaviour like generally? Is he lethargic? Is he off his food? Is he "flashing", i.e darting around the tank / trying to rub himself on the gravel or ornaments?
If you're referring to the white spots on the gills then the others are right and they are indeed breeding tubercles They come and go depending on what condition and how 'in the mood' the fish is. He looks quite young, so he won't be ready to do much about it yet but that won't stop him from feeling frisky and trying his luck with the ladies (or even the boys if he can't find a lady!). He looks fine and dandy to me but if you could give a bit more detail as per maccy_g's post that would help
I'd see how he gets on and keep an eye on that lump over the coming days / weeks then, sometimes people panic and jump straight in with trying to medicate fish which is very admirable but sometimes it can pay to wait a few days and ride it out to see if the problem clears up, especially if everything else with him seems fine.
My Orandas get a few bumps here and there despite having no rocks or ornaments in the tank, just plants - those bumps can have a kind of cotton wool effect to them but they heal up after a few days or so, they chase each other round over now and then so I assume that's the cause, oh and wen growth too.
I think the key thing here is to ensure that he isn't exhibiting any other kind of strange behaviour that I mentioned in my earlier post and to ensure you keep your water quality in check, if it IS some sort of injury you'll need to make sure your water is tip-top otherwise that could lead to an infection.