Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment

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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Lori - 2011-08-29
I have had 5 Powder Blue Gouramis and they looked good, but they start to get thin and then die. They are eating, don't show signs of disease, then they get listless and die with in days. I have a healthy 55 gallon tank, lots of plants and hiding places. I have Angels, Parrots, Kissing Gouramis, Tetras and Barbs. They all seem to get along, with some spats, but nothing constant. Any suggestions?

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  • Harry - 2012-01-23
    How big is your angel? I have gourami and angel mixed tank and to begin with it was a struggle angels at time can be very aggressive
    Especially when fully grown!!
  • daryl - 2012-02-16
    I have the same problem and the same size tank. My other dwarf Gouramis do great just the powder blues are having a problem.. Wonder what is going on no signs of disease.
  • ben - 2013-07-14
    Hello we got a powder blue dwarf gourami a week ago and everything was fine until earlier today it seems to be having problems staying a float... side fins and tail fin was going like 90 miles an hour and it was barely moving and looked like it was breathing hard or having trouble breathing. And it looks like its tail fin is deformed or something like its tail fin and under belly fin are all in one... we have a red dwarf gourami for a month or more now and it's just fine and looks normal.
  • Linda - 2014-07-28
    I had to stop buying the dwarf gouramis, especially the powder blue ones, which I love. I was told that there is a specific disease that the dwarf gouramis get with some regularity and there was nothing to do about it. They have a weakness for it and when they developed the dwarfs of some of these, they would most often end up with it. A local pet store chain told me she hadn't heard that, but she wasn't well trained either. I decided to wait until someone figured out how to breed these fish without this disease shortening their life. Sorry I am no help except to say, about everyone that has them has told me the same thing although I haven't checked lately to see if these has been any progress.
faythe - 2014-07-25
I have few different kinds of sharks in my tank. One has a lesion behind his eye area & some of them I've noticed blood looking color in their eyes. What can be causing that? I've changed the water to try to make sure the water quality is still good.

Sarah Wheeler - 2014-07-23
what is the best way to treat ich for a Green Spotted Puffer? and also, my puffer is just a baby about an inch long. Should i treat him for ich in the 30 gallon tank he's in right now?(with a couple minnows) and ghost shrimp) or should i treat him in my extra 10 gallon? which is best.

Sam - 2014-07-10
Hello, I have a large angelfish that has suddenly developed what seems to be a kind of 'tick.' It swims swiftly and jerkily and then seems to be trying to hold still. Some of the other fish in the tank seem to be doing a little rubbing also. I don't see anything else, but I suspect some sort of parasite. Am I right? What's wrong and what can I do? I don't want to lose this fish. I have had him almost a year and he is my biggest fish. Thanks.

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  • Chris gates - 2014-07-13
    I have a fish same as this with a tic like features as well.
  • RAJESH KUNJIRAMAN - 2014-07-14
    pls provide some medicine
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I have read a number of suggestions to why an Angelfish starts to have a jerking type action. They range from shipping stress (which obviously isn't your situation), a natural breeding behavior, and even constipation. But because you are also seeing the rubbing action with some fish, I would look for a parasite too.
Kelly Collins - 2014-06-30
I have a gourami which has a hole quite large in the side of the head that has now started growing what looks like cauliflower out of it please help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He definitely has hole in the head disease, which is also known as Head and Lateral Line Erosion Disease. It is a tough ailment to treat, but you can read about it and how to treat it above.
Rachel Thiel - 2014-06-16
My beautiful oranda, Daisy suddenly has two white cotton-like spots over each of her eyes. I love her very much! HELP!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like she has a fungal infection. See the 'Fungus' info above to learn more and for treatment.
Mikayla - 2014-05-29
Hi I am looking after a tank with multiple fish in it. I have two silver dollars, three gouramis, a pleco, a red tail cigar fish, and a jack Dempsey. The jack dempsey currently is laying on its side not moving and is turning white in patches on his body. He is the only one in the tank who seems to be affected but I have no idea what is wrong with him or how to help, I am taking him to a store where he hopefully can be treated but what should I do so the other fish in the tank don't get sick?

cheyenne - 2014-05-26
Fish caught at 4 lakes what's wrong with it?

Dave E - 2014-04-18
I have two fantail goldfish that I have in a 20 gallon tank. There are small parasites on them, clear with small black dots in the parasites. They are easy to pick off. The fish are swimming upside down and obviously stressed. I have removed them from the tank into a 2 gallon bucket with air-stone and a tablespoon of aquarium salt. Anything else I should do?

gloria - 2014-04-03
Need to know what happened-my beloved blood parrot died suddenly after 3 yrs(bought him @ walmart-cause he was so stinking cute). He was 5' and just fine, acting like a happy puppy in water. We have him in a 36 gallon tank and in the am we found him on his side on the bottom. Checked h2o quality of both tanks (hospital tank also) and fine, no other fish sick. Only new addition to tank were 2 long barbed catfish that I saw get alittle aggressive with 'goldie'. Saw no injuries on him. Any idea's?