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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.
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?
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

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.

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.
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.
Jon berry - 2012-03-27
Hi, I was cleaning the fish tank and I noticed a mark on my white telecopic fish, when looked closer it was moving! I can't really describe it but here goes... Clear jelly with black lines and spots with 6 white fins or legs. I got really close and my wife thinks its a shrimp look alike can any body help?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-28
    Look up Brine Shrimp. Maybe of of those.
Tatiana - 2012-03-12
Hi everyone, I've been having trouble figuring out what might be wrong with my two carnival goldfish (if anything at all). I've had these two for about a year without any trouble. But recently they got upgraded to a 10 gallon tank, and got two new tank buddies, a Shubunkin Goldfish and a Pleco. Everything seemed fine - they were occasionally skittish, which I assumed was due to the new environment, but a couple of days ago I noticed that some of their scales were missing. Today I noticed that the areas around their missing scales are looking more and more damaged, almost wrinkled, and that they are diving down to the gravel and hitting their sides on the rocks. At first I thought maybe they were just getting hurt at night because as a part of the tank decor I used a large fools gold rock and some acrylic cubes, but the Shubunkin seems to be fine without any scale damage or brushing on the gravel. The Pleco is also happily hiding away as they do. I thought it could maybe be Velvet or Ich, but I dont see any spots on them at all. A part of me still thinks this maybe the case as I discovered today that my betta (who occupies a separate bowl, but with whom I share the net) has Velvet, but I dont want to medicate them incorrectly. Besides the scale damage and gliding, their behavior is quite normal. They eat like pigs and leave no scraps for the pleco. They are actively swimming throughout the day, and keep in a group (including their new buddy the Shubunkin). If anyone has any idea what might be wrong with them, or if maybe it's just my decor, please let me know. Thank you so much!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-13
    Test your water or take to a pet store to have it tested. Filter may not remove the extra ammonia fast enough. It can feel like a sunburn to a fish.
Vernon Zellers - 2011-04-07
I have 8 gold fish in an outside deck pond. One has some areas where the skin is gone and muscle is exposed.

Others have some white spotting of the scales.

The water is normal well water changed every 7 days with continous feed (slow) from the well. The water tested with no adverse chemical/nutrient found.

Feed standard good fish food.
I have quarantined the most affected.
Can someone tell me what is happening?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-07
    Check out the information on Animal-World Fish Diseases and Treatment. There are a couple that state spotting of the scales as a symptom but additional information is provided. They have been into fish for a trillion years and the information is easy to follow and I believe will help. Good luck and let us know.
kayode - 2011-07-31
I have 9000 fingerlings in an acre of land. On the 35th day I noticed that they are just dying one after another. I have harvested 740 dead fish already. What could be the cause? Someone please help out before I lose all my lifetime investment.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-01
    Wow, that's a lot of fish, and a big pond! But without more information, can't give you much help. Here's some things to look for... Are the fish infected - bacterial, fungal, or parasitic? Of course fish disease is usually the result of environmental conditions, so you need to look at the water. So, is there something wrong with the water? There is a possiblility the water is polluted or the wrong temperature. Was the water established with aquatic life when you added the fish? Is there enough water to support the fish?... is the water moving?... does it get oxygenated?

    I have recently heard stories that some of the areas where the temperatures have gotten so hot in the last couple of weeks, some fish farms are having to move their stock. The water temperatures are just getting too high. I'd suggest you contact fish farms on your area, or maybe fish farms in Florida for more help. You can also call the Fish and Game Department in your area. There's a number of expert people in that business that can help you figure out what's going on.

    Good luck!