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Author Topic: Help!! Unknown fish illness?  (Read 1218 times)
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:57:27 PM »
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I have a silver dollar and he is over 10 years old. I recently changed his tank and moved it to a different room (this was over a month ago). He seems very healthy, he eats and swims fine, he seems energetic and doesn't act strangely at all. Just today I noticed his face looked weird; its like his skin around his face and gills is transparent and underneath is white. It looks very weird, like there's milk in his head almost. I took a picture and stopped at the pet store this morning to see if they could recommend me any medicine or anything. They told me that as far as they knew, it didn't look serious and was probably due to age. I'm sure they're right but I'm still paranoid. I was planning on getting another silver dollar but I want to make sure this is all resolved before I do. His gills almost look a little red now. Is this anything to be worried about? (It's all underneath his skin. There is no growth or swelling. His eyes and mouth look fine, and he's eating normally.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 04:16:23 PM »
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A silver dollar's lifespan is 10-11 years so your shop is probably right.  The idea of red in the gills bothers me, though.  You might want to take readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrats and give them to us so we can see how healthy the water in your tank is.

For future reference, the silver dollar is a schooling fish and needs others of his own species with him.  Here is the profile for them:            Also, please note what tank size is needed.   Smiley

When in doubt, do a water change.
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