Hey there guys… I didn’t really want to bother you with this, but i’m seriously worried about my two little friends here…
Meet Shepard(orange) and Hawke(white). They were rescued from my mother’s working place because of terribly poor conditions (there were four fish originally… two of them died before my mother noticed how bad things were. Seriously, the aquarium walls were green. Literally green. Took me a few hours to clean it), and now they live in my home, with a clean aquarium and lots of love.
Thing is, I’ve never had fish before and I don’t really know how to take proper care of them. I’ve done my research on the internet and all, but somethings are a bit of a mystery to me. We change the water regularly (and are careful not to use tap water directly), I clean the filters and such often, and overall I think I don’t screw up taking care of them. I’m afraid I’ve done something wrong though, because things aren’t looking good.
(Ah, and before I forget to mention, they are both comet goldfish, probably 10 years old (they’re huge!), and the aquarium is fairly big.. can’t really say for sure how big though… Ah, and they both act rather normally, they have a healthy appetite and I don’t see them scratching themselves or swimming sideways. They sometimes lay still at the bottom, but I assume they’re resting. I hope they’re resting.)
So here’s the problem: Shepard came home with some very ugly looking tumors or.. i don’t know what to call them, big bumps on his body. At the time, my parents and I thought it was a fungus, so we bought some fungal treatment and applied it. Shep’s bumps never really disappeared, but for a time he was better (i think it’s a he). But just recently they’ve gotten SO MUCH worse, they’re more and they’re getting bigger and bigger. I’ve tried looking for a diagnosis on the internet and found out it may be bacteria instead of fungi.. but if any of you know more about it, or went to a similar situation, I’d appreciate any input.
And to make things worse… I just found a piece of Hawke’s tail fin on the bottom of the aquarium… Hawke always looked healthy, other than some very small red areas here and there (which got me really worried at the time, but then they disappeared), but now I’m really scared something is seriously wrong with them. I’ve done some research about that, and it is consistent with fin rot… but I don’t see any other symptoms. I’m going to a pet shop tomorrow, but I’m afraid I won’t get good answers, and my parents don’t really want to spend money going to a vet.
I am really sorry for the very long post and the horrible blurry low-res pictures, but I really want to take proper care of these two gorgeous babies, they’ve been through hell already and they deserve a good and happy life. Once again, I’d be forever grateful if any of you know anything (or pass this along if you don’t), and I’ll try and keep you updated on their status.
Any general tips on taking care of goldfish is really appreciated too.