Goldfish red blotches

Goldfish red blotches or bleeding under skin

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Goldfish red blotches or bleeding under the skin affect the old, the sick or injured. Bleeding under the skin is caused by blood poisoning or septicemia due to infection. Compromised liver or kidneys being the number one cause, however, a tear in the tract due to impacted waste can also lead to blood poisoning

Goldfish blotchy red patches

Red blotches however, could be broken blood vessels. Broken blood vessels indicate nitrite poisoning, although the symptoms are slow to show; appearing long after the nitrites have been converted. The experts all too often overlook the symptoms due to the fact

Nitrites also cause red streaks or broken blood vessels in the tail fin. Nitrites are the second toxin to form in the nitrogen cycle

Goldfish bleeding under scales

Medicinal antibiotics are not the solution. Over the counter products are harsh chemicals that destroy the beneficial bacteria responsible for the nitrogen cycle. Use of these chemicals puts the fish at risk of being poisoned by ammonia and nitrite. Pet shop medications also injure the fish’s immune system. What we refer to as blood poisoning is actually bad bacteria that has infected the blood stream

The fish below has blood poisoning, better know as septicemia

Goldfish red blotches

The immune system of the blood stream must be boosted in either case to improve the health of the fish, however, the immune system of the ecosystem must be boosted at the same time. Using medicinal antibiotics will push the fish over the edge in either case. Bacteria rapidly builds a resistance to medications

Nitrite recovery requires excellent water with natural remedies, such as the sea salt bath to improve gill function and the green tea remedy. Green tea increases the blood flow restricted by nitrites. Cold and heavily oxygenated water is the key to recovery

The fish below has been poisoned by nitrites

Nitrite poisoning
Nitrite poisoning

Refer to: Nitrite poisoning

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