There is nothing worse than seeing your poor little goldfish swimming around with white spots. If this disease is new to you, basically your fish is suffering because a parasite, medically termed Ichthyophtirius, has infected it or several of your goldfish. Many people refer to this disorder as Ick or Ich.
Now that we know this syndrome exists lets talk a little more about symptoms and the different malachite treatments. Malachite green treatment is one of the most effective treatments for this disease. However, it is very important that you treat this disease at the early stages of infection. With the following information you will be able to classify if your goldfish is a victim of the disease and steps you need to take to rectify the situation.
White Spots – The most obvious sign is the white spots, which can easily be confirmed by microscopic examination of skin and gills. The spots are very tiny and equal in size to that of a pinhead. To clarify it best your fish might look like it has been sprinkled with salt or sugar. In addition, when white spots are present you will normally see the goldfish rubbing its body against objects. They do this because the white spots are causing skin irritation.
You can also identify Ich or Ick by doing the following: remove several “white spots” from the infected fish, then place them on a microscope slide with a few drops of water and cover with glass. The mature parasite is large, dark in color, and has a horseshoe-shaped nucleus which is sometimes visible under 100x magnification. The adult parasite moves slowly in a tumbling manner and is easily recognized.
Red Spots – You may also see a reddish color. What is happening in this instance is that parasites are attacking the fish gills. This is one of the most dangerous and life threatening situations for goldfish. It is dangerous because the process for absorption of oxygen from water becomes difficult. The fish will experience shortness of breath and come to surface quite often.
I recommend two things: Malachite or API Liquid Super Ick Cure, 1.25-Ounce. Check out the video below from an actual user who tells you more about how to treat white spots using the API Super Ick Cure.
Malachite Green Treatment
Malachite green is one of the most effective treatments on the market today. Using this cure will enable your fish to get rid of their white spots quickly. Warning: Please read the package carefully. Dosage provided must be accurate as the chemicals used are extremely strong. Over dosage can be dangerous or life threatening.
Most malachite green manufacturing companies recommend 1 drop of malachite treatment in 1 gallon of water. I realize one drop might not seem like it would be enough and you might be tempted to add just a bit more. DON’T DO IT! The recommended dosage is more than enough to cure your goldfish.
Some manufactures sell a concentrate that is even stronger. Thus for such manufactures one drop in one gallon of water is not recommended. As per the experts, 0.05 milligram dosage of malachite green treatment per liter of water is the safe quantity.
When White Spot Disease is diagnosed early, effective treatment is utilized, and stress is kept to a minimum, mortality rates tend to be much lower. However, if the infection is advanced and the Malachite treatment is not followed properly, higher death rates will occur. So, take the time to regularly observe your goldfish. By doing this you will usually head off problems before they occur.