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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Allison - 2012-02-04
I just got a black moor goldfish, its belly is BIG and it sinks to the bottom as if it can't hold itself up... does anybody know whats wrong if its prego or what? its an unknown gender.. someone please help?!?!?!?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-02-04
    Hi Alison, your fish may have something called swim bladder illness. This is caused by a blockage (maybe due to over eating) which inturn places pressure on the fishes swim bladder, which is responsible for providing floatational balance. I tried all sorts of things to help our fish but just when I thought nothing would work, a friend suggested a homeopathic remedy. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the remedy but an animal homeopath should be able to help. All the best...and don't give up.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    Scroll in article in Animal World to Swim Bladder Disease Fish Disease and I have also been told to take the fish off its regular diet for 1 - 2 days and feed him peas.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-17
    The first thing I would check is your water Quality for your Nitrate levels. If you do not have a water testing kit I would advice getting one, in the meantime take a water sample to your local pet shop to test. Sometimes over feeding can creat this issue as well throwing the little guys buoyancy off. Anothor issue with some fancy goldfish is the they are breed to be short and round which some times deforms their swim bladder making it difficult to exchange gases to stay afloat properly.
    So I would start with water test, if that is normal maybe put the little guy on a diet.:)
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-17
    I'm finding out that they get constipated real bad. I had the same problem before. Stop feeding flakes and I put zucchini and brocolli and romaine lettuce and peas in a blender or chop up real small and feed to them. Frozen bloodworms are good too. They eat green plants in the wild and my fish love this stuff and start pooping soon. I hope this helps you. They get swim bladder problems alot
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Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-04
I have tiger barbs and the have ick. How do I stop it. The water temp is 75 and the water is clear and I have not changed the water in 4 months. And I have guppies and they don't fight each other and they dont have ick.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    Scroll up in the Animal World article on Fish Disease and Treatment and the recommende treatment for ick is listed Fish Disease and Treatment
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GEORGE HACKMAN - 2012-03-01
Hello,
I have a very large Flowerhorn that has an enlarged eye and it's cloudy! There is a lack of appetitie also! I have been using 'MELAFIX' for 5 days now without much success! Is there something else i can do? This is an expensive fish that I have had for 2 years now but I'm on a tight budget! HELP!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    Test your water levels or bring sample to pet store to test for you. Need to find out if something is causing the stress on the fish first.
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Kerry - 2012-03-01
Hi, I have an oranda and he has large blister type lumps on one side, he has had these for 6 months, since I have owned him. Some times other lumps appear but go again in a day or two. They have never seemed to bother him, although they sometimes are blood red they tend to go back to a normal colour, but today he seems quite poorly. The lumps are red and he's not himself, thank u.....

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-01
    Because of the color it could be internal parasites. A little more info would help to answer your question more throughly.
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Becky - 2012-02-29
I have several african cyclids that are showing signs of some type of disease that affects the scales. On one there are several patches of raised scales on each side of the cyclid with a kind of white tint to them. Another has lost some scales in random areas of the body and looks patchy in color. He is a bright orange african tiger cyclid. In one area it looks like something white is next to, or inbetween the scales. Any suggestings for diagnosis or treatment would be much appreciated. Thanks, Becky

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-29
    Sounds like it may be a thing called Dropsy, it is a type of edema. Does the fish have a Pine-Cone type appearance? Dropsy may be treated with antibiotics such as erythromycin or minocycline. I would also add 1teaspon per 10 gallons and raise water temp to around 85 degrees. Dropsy is very hard to treat but you may save some of them. Water conditions are key to preventions. Check your levels.
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Anthony A - 2012-02-19
Can Someone help me? I have an about 6 year old carnival goldfish, he lives in a 20 Gallon Aquarium with no other inhabitants. He usually would swim around and only rest when you didn't look at him for a long time. He is a common Goldfish. We put a moss ball and suckerfish in his tank 3 or so weeks ago and he was fine until about 5 days ago when he started drifting to the bottom looking like he was dead. But when we would walk in he would sprout right back up and swim around towards us. The next few days he started moving less and less. He then started to get small red spots on his gills. I noticed that the sucker fish would be sucking on his scales while he was at the bottom. We have taken out the sucker fish because I thought it was hurting the Goldfish. He is now laying at the bottom flat breathing heavily. One side of him is completely red and there is what appears to be slime? or cotton like fungus. He hasn't eaten in about 3 days and he usually eats. Can anyone help quick?

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  • Anthony A - 2012-02-19
    He also has a slimeish film covering half of his eye.
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Kim Wardlaw - 2012-02-19
Hi, I purchased 2 catfish about a week ago. When they were both netted out in the shop I noticed 1 of them looked really blood streaked. The assistant just said it was stress but it hasn't got any better. I have noticed that it looks really fat like it's pregnant. It's just really pink and red looking especially round about its fins. Can anybody help me out if they think they know what it could be??? thanks.

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On a need to know basis - 2012-02-16
I had a Red Dwarf Gourami in a ten gallon tank with a tiger barb, a Serpae tetra, and two glo fish. He stopped eating and was a little bit more mellow. At first I didn't think much of it because he is shy, but he started bloating. He rarely pooped and when he did it was Hair-thin white strands. He died two weeks after the symptoms started. All the symptoms sounded like Malwi bloat, but I'm still not sure. What was it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-17
    Did you fish have a reddish ring around anus? The is a key sign of Malawi bloat. The white strands make me think you may have a different type of parasite in your tank. Maybe look into treating tank.
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Kaya Penelope - 2012-02-09
I previously posted here regarding my Black Moor (a year ago) and at that time knew NOTHING about these awesome fish! I started with a 20 gallon tank and feeding koi pellets. Now Marvin is in a 44 gallon tank and is fed a mix of nori, blood worms, peas, and fish veggie flakes. I make little ice cubes with the above ingredients mixed together and defrost one at a time. Marvin is about 8 inches long with fin and without, about 5 inches. She does have discoloration on her 'butt', not sure what else to call that portion of her body? Unfortunately every time I tried to introduce a new fish, it just didn't work out. One died of fin rot and the other died of anchor worm and infected Marvin as well. At one point she had approximately 35 of those suckers!! Thank goodness she is a larger fish so my husband and I were able to tweeze them off and medicate her after the fact (melafix/salt baths). We change 25% of her water weekly and 75% about every month or so. Here is my new worry, being a fish hypochondriac, today I noticed her floating, like she is nodding off and then 'comes to' and swims or shimmies a bit and then starts to sink a little. I am sure water is good, no diet change and I cannot see any other issue but the discoloration? It is light gold, about the size of a quarter. She is a fat fish, definitely doesn't starve. Help? I wish I could put a picture up here.

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Anonymous - 2012-02-06
I have a black moor goldfish and it is turning white one of its eye is white all over what is wrong with it.

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