Goldfish Skin Flukes
Skin flukes are microscopic worms that attach themselves to goldfish with hooks surrounding their mouths.
A low-level infestation is not likely to be noticed in an aquarium or pond, but a heavy infestation needs immediate attention. Skin flukes will either kill goldfish directly or lead to secondary goldfish diseases such as bacterial infection. A definite link between goldfish skin flukes and bacterial infection has been established.
Unlike other goldfish diseases, skin flukes have an extraordinarily fast reproductive cycle. When a skin fluke is pregnant, the embryo inside it is also pregnant.
The Causes of Skin Flukes:
- Poor water quality
The Symptoms of Skin Flukes:
Symptoms of this goldfish illness include:
- Rubbing against objects in the tank or pond
- Opaque skin
- Localized reddening
- Inflammation of the skin
- Flashing of the goldfish's underparts
If the illness is left untreated the goldfish will become:
- Have clamped fins
The Treatment of Skin Flukes:
Fortunately goldfish skin flukes are easy to treat. Potassium permanganate can be used, or proprietary remedies from a pet shop.