Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Nate - 2012-04-10
My beta, his water has like a mucus film on it even after cleaning it and he has a really bad white mucus on his 1 side. He has loss of apetite seams 2 wana hide. Very slugish. At times looks dead. Anyone know what could cause this plz help.

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sridhar - 2012-05-04
Hi there all fish lowers, I have 3 inch long flowerhorn fish.
From last 2 months, I had noticed that he was not eating food because he can't see it. He is eating by judgement. Neither his eyes are popped out but both pupils seem little bigger. He swims lethargically and not at its actual way. Skin looks normal. Have given tetracycline 3 times. But of no use. Water conditions are good enough. I am not able to make out exact symptoms from your chart. Pls.advise.


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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-04
    change the water of your aquarium dude...
    that's the usual diseases of fish on the tropical area...
    give the fish stress out drops...
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Rajesh Devasthale - 2012-04-26
I have 3 inch long flowerhorn fish. He was eating feeder fish or any other food
immediately. From last 20 days, I had noticed that he was not eating food because he can't see it. He is eating by judgement. Neither his eyes are popped out or cloudy. But both pupils seem little bigger. He swims lethargically and not at its usual way. Hard breathing observed .Skin looks normal. Have given tetracycline/amoxicicilin once. But of no use. Water conditions are good enough. I am not able to make out exact symptoms from your chart. Pls.advise.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-26
    Try adding some airstones. Also I would put a probe in to see if you have any stray current going through the tank.
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Corinne - 2012-04-24
I have lost many fish recently. I had my water tested and it came back fine. Then I treated my fish for ich as the dead fish seemed to have white spots on them. Now the few fish I have left seem to be sleepy.....wanting to lay at the bottom of the tank. I feel that they are a short time for this world and I really do not want to lose them. More importantly I want to know what is going on! Any ideas?

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Mary - 2012-04-18
I have a tank that I only have ciclids in (Kisser fish) and they were doing fine and recently, one of their eyes changed to white and it's not eating or swimming and now the other one that I have is starting to turn white. (only have 2 in a 10 gallon tank and have had them for about 2 years)
Help, I would love to be able to save these fish.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    Sounds like Neon Tetra Disease, Pleistophora. Doesn't only happen to tetras. If it is that there is no cure. Fish should be euthanized as it can be painful and affect muscles. Do check water levels first to make sure amonia hasn't spiked.
  • Marlene - 2012-04-22
    I also have parrot head ciclids that have developed a white crust on their heads. The older of the four has turned from orange to white and is breathing very rapidly. He just stopped eating and constantly swims to the surface as if to get air. I am afraid we are going to lose him. Is there anything I can do at this point. Help please!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-23
    Could be a few different things. Could be a fungus or even the start of Hole in Head. would need to see a picture.
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laura - 2012-04-22
I have a 50 gallon tank with 10 different ciclids in it, a couple yellow electrics, a blood parrot, fire mouths, a jewel, an albino, an acei, and a couple earth eaters. Am new to the hobby. I do a 20% water change every week adding start right and some ick stuff to it. Today I had a couple of my fish pass away and my acei ciclid look as if he is paralyzed in his back half. A few of the fish have only been in the tank for a couple days and some of the ones I've had for weeks have started to change colors (dull and darkened) also my albino is a milky white what can I do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-22
    First why are you adding ick meds to fish without ick? Get a test kit and check levels. Especially the ammonia level. May have had an ammonia spike. What type of filters are you using? Feeding any live fish?
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Mary Hernandez - 2012-04-22
I have a gold fish that I just realized that the scales have come off and that there is a white patch on its side. When it swims it seems to be unbalanced and it seems to like to stay by the oxygen. Can you tell me what I can do to help it or what is wrong with it. Thank You

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Rajesh Devasthale - 2012-04-22
I have small flowerhorn. 15 days ago I observed that he can't see the food. His eyes are not cloudy but I see abnormality in the eyes. He eats the food when comes in contact with it. I added terramycin tab(500mg). Will it help Please suggest.

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donald - 2012-04-19
I have goldfish, 7 of them. The big googlie eyed orange coloured one is twisting around in the tank and swims on its side and back positions. It can't sem to straighten up for long. It still eats fish food with the other fish. Should it be removed from the tank or will it finally die. Is there any treatment for it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-19
    Try giving it some peas. May be constipated. Check water conditions too.
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jamie - 2012-04-01
Hi. I have had my Jack Demsey for about a year now never any problems, healthy tank with other healthy fish. About 3 days ago out of nowhere I noticed him twirling around aimlessley. I set up hospital tank and transfered it. Its belly did not look swollen but it can't seem to regain normal swimming. I think from trying to turn its self around and around it has become tired and stressed sort of laying on bottom breathing hard but then trying again to swim normal. Its eyes have become bulged but I think it could be from crashing into tank rock plants etc. from not being able to get right could you please help. He is fighting he doesn't want to die. Very strong fish. This will be the 4th day.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-02
    Did you check water levels? Enough air in tank? Maybe put some atr stones in the tank.
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