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Gill Flukes

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 susceptible.

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.