The Goldfish Sanctuary
Symptoms: Fish gasps for air at the water's surface, gills open and
close rapidly, gills are covered in mucus, part of gills may be
eaten away, goldfish may scrape against objects to get the flukes off
These parasites will appear as tiny worms, but are very difficult to see.
Gill Flukes are contagious and should be treated immediately. Gill Fluke
eggs are resistant to medications, but the larvae and adults are
The first thing to do is to contact your vet or petstore for further
instruction - there are a variety of good medicines available for
treating parasites. It is advisable to move your sick goldfish to a
quarantine tank for treatment. Gill Flukes
are treatable if caught in time, and it is possible for your fishes to
make a full recovery.