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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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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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tony - 2011-12-07
i have a black moor goldfish and his color is changing to a grey and his eyes looks like they are about to pop out the side of his face and he stays at the top of the water...can some help me

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  • Vicky - 2012-01-01
    The reason he is grey is because he is getting old. Sorry, I don't know why he is at the top of the tank?
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    It sounds like your fish is suffering from a disease called Pop-Eye. If, he is already grey, then there may not be a sufficient amount of time to save him. However, you can visit your local pet store, and purchase Melafix, which is a great remedy to such diseases. Additionally, for goldfish, it is recommended 10 gallons, per fish. Goldfish not only grow large, they also produce a large waste load which adds to the biological cycle.
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karthi - 2011-12-27
My baby flowerhorn has some white spots in tail.....what was that? Did it had any problms?
Thanx in advance.....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    Might be ich and it is treatable. Scroll the Animal World article Fish Disease and scroll down to symptoms. Ich is there and the recommended treatment is also.
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tejaswa - 2011-12-08
i have a silver arowana which is aprox.30 cm in lenth. From last day it has stoped roming !!!! After observing i saw that its tail and fins end are very finely teared!
Can u please help me out what 2 do now ????



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  • ken Stastny - 2011-12-27
    Just lost a nice silver arowana due to water temp to low 72-74 be care full keep temp around 80
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Luyana - 2011-11-23
I recently bought 2 comet goldfish four days ago. While one is bright gold and very active, and eats eagerly, the other fish has gained black spots, it didn't seem to be eating well the first few days (today was the first day I saw it go to the top of the tank to eat). I read some of this being about the tank being dirty and to clean once a week, but I haven't even had a full week to clean it yet.
I did all that the PetSmart worker reccomended. He said a 10 gallon tank was the minimum for 2 fish, I have that, I bought the water conditioner and have a filter. I feed them twice a day. I am worried about the fish with black spots, and how to diagnose him and care for him. I am also concerned if this will be contagious to his tank-mate.
Any advice will help! Thanks!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Scroll up in the article http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm fish diseases and symptoms and look at flukes. Also look at the other symptoms (in case) but flukes sound like what you are describing. The corresponding treatment is listed. Good luck.
  • Rohit Rahul - 2011-12-09
    Hey,

    There are two reasons for this. First, the fish is stressed out in the new environment and that is why was sitting at the bottom. Second thing, the ammonia level in the aquarium must be very high leading to black spots on fish. It generally happens with the new aquariums when not properly cycled. Now since it has not been cycled, the easiest way to take care of it is to change the 30% of the water every other day. Remember when you change the water do not take out the water from the top..it won't help.. try to take out water from the gravel...it will take out the waste as well making the water more cleaner and healthier for fishes... u can easily get a vacuum cleaner from fish shop. Ok, one more thing, please dechlorinate the water before adding it to the aquarium. You can buy the de chlorinators from the aquarium shop.. Hope these suggestion helps you.
  • stuart gorham - 2011-12-13
    We have one comet goldfish, eight years old now, extremely handsome and healthy. We change the water twice a year now. At first we changed the water whenever it wasn't "perfect" i.e. crystal clear. What has become apparent is that fin rot coincided with frequent water changes. Fish create their own enviroment and the water needs time to balance and settle down, often 7-10 days, fish don't mind a little bit of algae anyy way, they need their greens too. Always make sure the filter is clean and the air supply is freely flowing, do not put plants of any sort in the tank as they are the most common cause of disease, give each fish three match head size pellets per day, a feww grains of cooked rice or a few peas are good.
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Anonymous - 2011-11-27
One of my Fantail goldfish has black spots. I have no clue if it is bad or good. She/he looks okay. I looked everywhere on the internet if it is a disease. Will it be fine? PLEASE ANSWER ME. I AM ONLY 11. I NEED HELP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-28
    Try Animal Worlds article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms Symptoms and look at symptoms. There are a couple that say black spots and see which one fits the best. Recommended treatment is listed.
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Rob - 2011-09-20
I've had my black spotted eel for nearly a year now and he has developed a small amount of bacteria on his tail. I clean the tank every other week to ensure a clean environment for him and he eats regularly. Any ideas on how to cure this? Thanks in advance.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Animal World article Fish Disease and Treatment lists various symptoms and the corresponding recommended treatment for all the symptoms. Try look it up and if you have any problems - just come on back and let me know. OK?
  • bill - 2011-11-27
    1st time try some salt (not your house salt) in your tank. You can find it at your fish supply store where you get your fish from. Then only use it when you change 50% of water in your tank. The more oxygen in the tank is the best way 4" round stone.
    I had that problem with a 12" spotted eel. It worked for me.
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