Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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annette terenzi - 2012-01-23
We a 55 gal tank, all fresh water fish. What does it mean when an angel fish twirls around? We had three. One died after twirling around. The other started to twirl now it's fine. We bought some neon fish also . Maybe they brought in a disease?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    Usually behavior problems are a result of tank conditions, temperature, PH, Chlorine etc. This could also be a condition called Swim Bladder Disease which occurs as a reult of too much food, eaten too quickly. Animal World article describes Swim Bladder and recommended treatment Fish Disease.

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    Another article on Swim Bladder Swim Bladder
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    One more thing, I fogot, most articles recommend that you stop feeding your fish its regular fish food for a day or two and instead feed it peas to relieve constipation.
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jodiannc - 2012-01-22
I have had several different species of tropical fish that have succumed to a puzzling problem. Initially the fish body appears to be hump backed and crooked. Then I notice that they begin to hide and have trouble swimming. They eventually die. Anyone have any idea what could be causing these events?

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  • David Brough - 2012-01-22
    It sounds like one of the symptoms of Fish Tuberculosis. Although there are some treatments for it, most aquarists recommend removing the fish as soon as possible because it is infectious and can spread to other fish. A more complete description can be found here Fish TB
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Steven Fairchild - 2012-01-10
My kids fish are already dead, but i was woundering from what. Someone told me it was ich but I bought the meds for it and it didn't help. They had big grayish/whithish circles on each side of them like ther scales were falling off. They looked like their fins where starting to ripped up. They where always hidding and then had no control on how to swim the looked liked floating sardines pointing staight up and down letting the current from the pump just take them around. I want to buy new ones but I dont want this to happen again a life is a life and my kids where crying and if this happens again I would love to know what to do. I never had fish before so I am kid of dumb on this situation any infomation would be greatly appreciated thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    If you have a good aquarium setup, with a good filter and heater, and you cycle your aquarium, then many diseases can be avoided. Cycling is simple, yet understanding it is perhaps the most important thing for successfully keeping fish. You can learn about it here Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle, Cycling Aquarium Guide

    I do not agree that your fish had ich, ich looks like little white spots. A good analogy for ich is it looks like your fish got sprinkled with salt. Big gray/whitish circles indicates a different disease, more likely a fungal or bacterial infection. (Ich is a parasitic infection)

    Check out the fish diseases page above. It has a quick reference chart that lists fish diseases with a quick description of the symptoms... then below that there is an in-depth discussion about each... their symptoms, causes, and how to treat. That should be of great help to you in the future.
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tiffany - 2012-01-17
I have an Oscar and its tank is cloudy. I looked and its got these little white things all over the tank. There are some on the fish. They are mainly on the glass and I have no clue what it is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    Most often a cloudy tank is a tank condition problem. Has the substrate been throughly cleaned and what is the PH? Check the PH. Scroll up and look at symptoms in this Animal World article and look at what best describes your condition and recommended treatment is listed. Also, found another article which might help White flaky stuff
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David - 2012-01-17
I have an african brown knife that is starting to get a whitish coating or film over his body and had become very lethargic. Actually I have just been informed he had died. Anyway my second african brown knife is starting to get the same symptoms (yet none of the other breeds appear to have it). Any ideas out there what the problem is and most importantly how can I correct it to save my fishs life ? Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    Scroll up in the attached Animal World Article to Symptoms and locate the description of what your little guy has. The recommended treatment is listed.
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Babs - 2012-01-14
I have two iridescent sharks 14 and 16 yrs old 13 and 15 in long, I have had them forever. They have been in a 55 gal ac. for many yrs but have outgrown it. I tried to re-home them but after leaving them in their new home my husband and I decided we couldn't part with them. So we brought them back to their 55 gal tank and went shopping, of course they stressed and had to be treated for ich. We got a 150 gal tank and about 3 weeks later moved them, they stressed again and we treated them again with melafix. They were fine for about a week and then the smaller one began to fade the grey turning more and more pale and developed a yellow coloring behind both eyes and yellow tint to the fins. Both fish are eating and swimming around fine there is only a school of giant danis in the tank with them. Anyone know what's going on, the change in color has lasted about 10 days.

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    Sarah Greenwood - 2011-11-25
    I collected two japenese weather loaches yesterday they seemed fine and one still does but one of them has turned on it side at the bottom of the tank and has what looks like a white gunk coming out of his anal hole and some blood also, can anybody help?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-25
      Try looking at the article Fish Diseases and look under constipation, parasites and fungal diseases. See if the symptoms apply and if so the corresponding medication is listed. Good luck.
    • christie - 2011-12-20
      DoJos like to play dead
    • Anonymous - 2012-01-10
      Dojos Do play dead but that discharge is a a symptom. Don't wait to fiigure out What it could be. Treat immediately. I found it super traumatic to lose a dojo
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    Chris Newberg - 2012-01-03
    I have two convict cichlid and a pleco and I am having problems. One of them has ick and the other ones fins look like they have been chewed on and the pleco fins are the same way can you tell me what is wrong do I not have a big enough fliter they are in a 10 gall tank the convict are about 1 to 3 inch long and the pleco is about 4 inch long

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-03
      Look up the symptoms on the AniuamlWorld article Fish Diseases Fish Disease and the recommended treatment is listed. Let's scroll to symptoms and see if it's ick or possibly a bacteria going on. OK? Also, your tank is a little small - 1 usuable gallon for each inch your fish will be as adults. plenco = 4 inches cichlids 3 inches - so 10 gallons but you have to subtract usable gallons for filter, plants and gravel - decorations etc also.
    • oakleaves - 2012-01-10
      I would highly suspect that it is the convicts attacking your pleco and each other. Keep up on your water changes (multiple per week) and follow standard ick treatment protocol (warm water, water changes, salt and/or medication; I have had good luck using Coppersafe). Also, if you have a common pleco your looking at a minimum of a 12 inch adult fish and the convicts are generally 5- 6 inches as adults. I would call for a minimum a 30 gallon tank for the convicts if they are getting along and find the pleco a new home. 1 usable inch of aquarium is a very illogical rule even in generality. Simply put 8 2 inch Zebra danio (16 inches of adult fish) weigh just 1-2 oz and can easily be kept in a 10 gallon, a 15 inch adult Oscar can easily weigh more than a pound and should really be kept in at least a 40-50 gallon tank.
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    Steven Fairchild - 2012-01-10
    I am sorry I forgot to say the where fancy tale gold fish and a regular gold fish and a black moor gold fish

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    Natasha - 2012-01-02
    I have a ram that has a small cluster of white speckles on its top fin. Was like that when we bought it. Treating it for Ick and no sign of it going away. Also noticed yesterday that he's getting a circle on his head that is turning red. I currently have him with tetras because when we baught them it seemed they all had ick. So they are all being treated in my 10 gallon tank for Ick. And suggestions on Ick or what the red dot on his head might be. I have 5 other rams and have never had anything like this happen. But I dont want to put the ram with the white cluster on just his top fin in there cause I'm worried it could cause health issues for my 5 healthy rams

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-03
      There are other diseases which cause white spots - not just ICH. You could have a bacteria going on. Scroll the Animal World article Fish Diseases and scrolls down to symptoms and look for the symptoms that match what you see. Recommended treatment is listed.
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