Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


Animal-World Information about: Fish Disease and Treatment

Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Melrose Elizabeth - 2012-06-18
I have an African Clawed Water frog about dix years old. About a week ago I noticed she had a white slimy substance that appeared to be attached to her foot, she lost her appetite, and hasn't been using her back legs. I treated the water with Tetra's Life Guard and purchased a bubbler to ensure proper oxygen. I had recently been fighting some algea, but not anything out of the ordinary. What would explain the possible paralysis?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-19
    Frogs will create a slim coat when stressed.  Sometimes water conditions others in tank stressing them out?
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siddhant - 2012-06-15
I hv flowerhorn fish 2 yr old..from many days he is suffering for fungal infection inside his stomach or abdomen..and now that has grown so large he is not eating anything what is treament for it..plz kindly reply or email - siddhantpemgirikar@gmail.com

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-15
    Seperate fish and get antibiotics in the tank to treat for parasites of bacteria.
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Ellie Mattera Valenzuela - 2012-05-18
I have a 3 year old gold oranda 4-5 inches. I moved him into a larger aquarimum a month ago, now he is losing his bright gold color and getting dark brown spots on his body, around his mouth and on his tail fins. What is happening to him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    Was the tank cycled? Could be too much amonia.
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Natalie Fether - 2012-05-20
I have read through all the diseases and still cannot figure out what the disease is in my tank.
I have hard water that is softened by a water softner,
have a 55 gallon tank with sand,
mostly real plants and just a few plastic (the plants are growing fine)
tropical fish (plecos, catfish, glass fish, neons, koli loaches, zebras)
have snails which is under control
filter is aqua clear 70
on the dip test strips the nitrate 40 ppm is good, the below .5 ppm is good, it shows i have soft water, the alkalinity is high and the ph is high. After talking to the pet store they said the last two are just fine
I tried to lower the ph and alkalinity with the meds to lower but it was killing my plants and was not making any difference on the dip tests. The only thing I could find to lower it was using distilled water to fix it but was told not to by the petstore.
I can tell who the next fish to die is. This only happends one fish at a time. They act normally, but inbetween the nares I can see a peach colored mass (?) inside. Last night my last hatchet fish died. I predicted the day before this was gonna happen. I could see this peachy color in its nose and its eyes started turning red, they bugged out a little but this does not normally happen. After it dies its eyes do not cloud over.
Within a few days to a week the next fish will die or show signs of the same thing.
Any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-11
    Have you treated for parasites?
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Stephen Troester - 2011-08-10
Hey, I got a bamboo shark and today when I did a water change it started acting strange swimming in loops and I have to sit by the tank because it lands on its back. I'm hoping it's just something that will go away cus Bruce was just fine till I did the water change.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    Usually something like that is because of stress or the conditions of the tank. Check the water, temperature PH etc and make sure all is OK. Attached is Animal World Article which summarizes various diseases but also behavior things. Scroll down and look up symptoms and recommended treatment is there. OK?
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-14
    Well sad to say it died and my blue tang died and a camel shrimp died as well it was because I got a fish that was ill and had tb and fin rott and ich and I went by the instructions on the bottle and on the second day of treatment is when all hell broke out it was that nox ich treatment but my cc seastar, clown fish, damsel, snowflake eel, big camel shrimp, hermit crabs, sally light foot, all seem to be doing well. I'm just glad I didn't lose all my fish. P.s. if you get a fish that has a sunk in stomach and won't compete for food get it out it has tb which can wipe out an aquarium in days.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    Did you have an ammonia spike?
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-17
    Most meds kill sharks
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Lore - 2012-06-11
I had a redtailed shark, a catfish and a three-spot Gouramiin a 30 gallon tank for over two years. I recently bought a new 40 gallon tank, followed all the steps in start up per direction. I bought five white mollies from the pet store, placed them in the new tank and after two weeks introduced the older bigger fish. Now all of the fish have died, I think it was flukes. Would the new fish I bought have had the diesease? What should I do before I get new fish again?

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Andy - 2012-04-30
i have a fish that just died recently. It had clamped fins, bloated eyes, and a loss of its scales. I have a few other fishes that have clamped fins but no other symptoms. I tried using coppersafe but it doesn't seem to work. What other medication would help? Please help me. I have this huge kio fish that seems like it;s about to die and I would love to keep him but it doesnt seem likely right now. It goes to the bottom of the tank and stays there. It only moves occisonally. How would I be able to save him? and if the fish is infected, should i isolate him so it wont infect the other fishes?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-10
    What type of fish? Have you checked amonia levels? This should always be done before medicating.
  • Darlene - 2012-05-10
    Andy, there are a few different medications suggested in the above article where the conditions include clamped fins. Please try any of them. If it's a fungal issue and you have an adequate tank to isolate your sick fish, always do so, otherwise, treat the entire tank. If it's a parasite, that would benefit all other fish anyway. Hang in there.
  • Darlene - 2012-05-10
    I forgot to mention the most important thing, the cause of this issue very likely started from the water condition. Take the time for regular changes and keep that water clean. Invest in a testing kit, not just the strips. After being plagued with sick fish every month or so, I started changing my water every other week at 15-20%. I haven't lost a fish in over a year. I also inspect them often to note anything changing with their behavior or fins. The sooner you detect a problem, the easier it is to treat.
  • Karolina - 2012-06-11
    I got this thing on Valantines Day, my last fish just died last week. Mine never got big bucause the brine shrimp wouldn't hatch so I used frozen brine shrimp. I wanna buy this again,
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JEFF - 2012-06-02
I am trying to raise some tilapia and there getting thick slim on the scales and swimming close to the top of tank does anyone have any ideal what is up

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-03
    How is you ammonia level. Slime coat may be being produced to protect itself.
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Krystal - 2012-05-30
I gave my silver goldfish to my neighbor when it started attacking my tiger barbs. She asked me to look at it today because it was looking ill. She introduced a new goldfish about a week or two ago, they both are lethargic and having difficulty breathing and swimming. They have white spots and a clear substance on their bodies. Their color is dull and their fins and mouths are clear with red streaking ( I assume where the veins are). The fins hardly move and seem shorter ( not entirely sure as I haven't been over to see the silver in awhile). I think it is Marine Ich but not sure. I'm worried we might be to late to save them. Can anyone help me with a definite diagnosis and a treatment. Preferably a cheap one beings as she is disabled and on a fixed income. Oh and there was some gross greenish clear gunk on the fake plants. They are the only fish in the tank and not sure of gender on either ( I am very new to goldfish and she is even newer than me) Please help me! Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    It sounds like you have several things going on at one time. ICH is the usual demon. I would look at the symptoms in the above Animal World article to see what other symptoms it might be and treat for what describes your situation the best.
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Nikki - 2012-05-25
I have a bright reddish-orange cichlid i think? Different places seem to call him different things but when I look him up he resembles a cichlid. I love him to death and just recently we had a figure eight puffer develop grey patches starting at his face and working down his body and soon after died. Now my little Sampson has developed the same thing. It seems to have all popped up at one from his face all the way to his back fin. His personality has changed dramatically. He's much more active and eating much more. Normally he is very non aggressive but now he doesn't want anyone around him. We went to the pet shop and they gave me something to cure Ich. But it looks like it's getting worse. Is there anything else I can do for him or is it just a waiting game now? I just don't want to lose him.

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