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I just saw something very wrong in the family aquarium, at first I saw one of the small comet goldfish looking like it had fin rot, then I looked closer and saw some white stuff on the tips of its tail and and some dark spots on its fins and body, the dark spots are a bit harder to see though, I looked at the other fish to see of something was wrong with them and I saw the bronze fantail with white stuff coming out of its right gill and on its right eye, on its fins, around its mouth and a little on its tail. I looked at the other fish and they seem to be fine. The tank is a 55L hexagon tank with 5 goldfish, 1 bronze fantail, 3 comets and 1 calico goldfish, I don't know what's wrong and am very worried. when I saw this, the filter wasn't on but the water was very clear  and clean. I turned the filter on and the bronze fantail seemed to be having a difficult time getting away from it, I also noticed that it had trouble keeping up right and swimming, please help Idk what's wrong with them

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If the filter has been off for some time, and there is uneaten food in the tank, they may be suffering ammonia poisoning. Water can look clear & clean & still be toxic.

The pictures aren't clear enough to be able to tell what else may be wrong, anything from a parasite to bacterial infection could take hold if the fish are weakened by improper water conditions.

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Definitely test the water as it is likely an ammonia spike.  Why was the filter off?  5 goldfish in 55 litres is an awful lot of ammonia being created and if there is no filter clearing the muck ...

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Have you tested the water yet?

Maybe show them the possibilities of what fish could thrive in the tank, not just survive.

Teach them a bit about a goldfish's requirements, hopefully they'll change their opinion.

I recommend re-homing the goldfish and either getting some small temperate fish, or go with some community tropicals. 

Minnows, Platies, Guppies, A single Betta, and Honey Gouramis all spring to mind as possible species for your tank size...

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On 1/11/2017 at 1:47 PM, Russelletino said:

my dad is too attached to the fish to rehome them but i have managed to get him to get a bigger tank around 200l soon 

How are the goldfish going now? 

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sorry for the late reply but yes, I now have 2 tanks at about 20l each, the first tank is a planted tank with a homemade air pump filter, in it is a female betta, 3 neon tetras and 1 male and 1 female guppy, second tank has a 5cm goldfish (head to tip of tail) and 2 white cloud minnows. I also have a 9l tank with a paradise fish that was sold to me as a female but I believe to be a female

 

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