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No, ther is a bump at the base of his, tail, I don't see any signs of pinecone, but his scales are kinda red. The second one is the best above view I can get, if it's okay. The third photo you can kinda see the bump on his tail.


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I think you can see my feet in this one sorry lol


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it is my sons birthday so i will not be around until later this evening.here is what i suggest for the first step

move the fish to a quarantine tank (preferrably a 10 gallon)or a large sterilite container or other food safe container.a clean and sterile 5 gallon pail will also work in a pinch,if you have one for water changes.

use epsom salt,pure 100%magnesium sulfate is what you want,dose at 1/4 teaspoon per 10 gallons of water.this can be found at any pharmacy.

add an airstone for extra oxygen.

we will see if there is any improvement after 24 hours.

if the fish is already pineconeing,this is dropsy,a symptom of a bacterial infection.try to get your hands on one of the following: metronidazole,maracyn 2,tri-sulfa or erythromycin and if all else fails tetracycline.these are broad spectrum antibiotics.use as directed.add an airstone when performing any treatment.you should also use this in quarantine it will kill off your bacterial colonies.

as jaysee mentioned,this is the normal"old age" for goldfish. they can live longer,but this is typical.

i also suggest that you get a liquid test kit.perform large (75%)weekly water changes in your main tank and clean your filter media atleast every 2 weeks in dechlorinated water or old tank water.

i will check back this evening,good luck.

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i just saw that you posted while i was posting. is the fishes eye protruding? it is hard to tell from the picture.how large of a water change was done? when was the last one? if you end up going to the pet store to get supplies,have them test the water.have them give you actual numbers.

you will want the parts per million of,ammonia,nitrite,nitrate and ph.

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Happy birthday to your son! I will tell my parents for those supplies, no the fish's eye is fine, it was always like that. I did a 75% water change this morning. I will probably go to the pet store today. Thank you so much! :D
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since he is not showing signs of dropsy,get the epsom salt.give me the water parameter results before doing the epsom treatment please.try to get a better picture of the lump on his tail.you may have to hold the fish out of water for a second and have one of your parents take a pic.you will only need to hold the tail out of the water.how long has he had the lump for?

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Sorry to hear about your goldfish. 5-7 years is actually the relative age range for fancy goldies. I think he might just be suffuering from old age.
At least to me he doesn't look bloated from the photos but it might just be the angle. A good thing to keep in mind is that fancy goldies are suppose to have rounder bodies, does it look biger then normal.

Also just letting you know 3 is a little much for a 22 gallon tank, usually the rule of thumb is 1 fancy for a 20 gallon and for every extra goldie you add ten gallon (for example, if 1 fancy goldfish is 20, 2 would be 30, and 3 would be 40)
But its good that yours have lived so long, :)

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sorry,i missed that the tank was 22 gallons. your water changing schedule is fine.i answer so many posts on any given day, that i sometimes get them mixed up.have you considered upgrading your tank to a larger one? i agree that 4 fish is heavily overstocked.

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I don't really have money to do that...
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