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    I got a new goldfish. It went through quarantine without incident and was added to the main tank on Sunday. Yesterday (so three days later) I noticed a black discoloration on one of its gill covers. Today it is still there. I think the discoloration is larger but I'm not positive.


    My best guess at a diagnosis is ammonia burns. However I checked my water parameters and as usual they checked out good - 0/0/10.

    Is there a delay between when a fish is exposed to ammonia and when ammonia burns appear? Is it possible that this fish either overwhelmed the filter in the QT tank or caused a mini-cycle upon being added to the main tank, but the burn is only showing up a few days after the ammonia exposure ended? Or is it something else?
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    In my experience ammonia burn takes a while to appear. I think it is a bit like smoking where the damage doesn't surface until later. It may not even have been your tank. Goldfish aren't exactly treated like royalty in most pet stores...

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    +1 to the above

    I just found the below link.

    http://www.happy-goldfish.com/black_spot.php
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    thanks guys... guess that settles it. Should heal up on its own then.
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    If there is ammonia burn the fish's gills are injuried as well; add an air stone, and consider a 1 tsp salt per ten gals of water for a few weeks (remember water changes require adding make up salt.) Do measure ammonia levels are zero - also, check for nitrites to play it safe. Remember, salt (small amounts) helps to protect from bacteria infection so can be useful as a general tonic. Salt will help damaged gills function better enabling the fish to get rid of waste from its blood even if the gills are harmed.
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    This thread's a couple months old now... however, for the record the black mark did eventually go away.

    Now I just have to deal with the little piggy gobbling up too much food and making himself floaty.
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    Good, well educative to read, Thank You

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    Old thread, OP hasn't replied in nearly 9 years, thread closed.
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