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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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mohammed - 2011-11-18
Hi,my 3 year gold fish having developed red veins like structure on its tail. Is it harmful to it or it will clear up by time. plz help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-18
    I can't tell from your description what you mean. However, if you scroll up in this Animal World Article and look at the symptoms - you should be able to tell what your fish has. The coresponding recommended treatment is listed.
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C.B.Ranasinghe - 2011-05-25
I have an aquarium with number of Koi carf fish (10-15 cm in size). After the fillnig of new water I observed that some are have white colour small dots in their fins and head. Is this parasite problem or some disease condition?
Please kindly give me a advice

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-26
    Sounds like ich which is treatable. Looks like small salty spots on fins and tail. I have attached Fish Diseases and Symptoms for you. Just scroll down to Symptoms and if that sounds like what you have, the corresponding recommended treatement is listed.
  • Jeremy Fetchko - 2011-10-30
    Ich is the only one that affects both fins and body. just the body and small white dots is velvet disease. both are parasites and very treatable if caught early. good luck.
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Tracey - 2011-10-11
Hello, I have just finished reading all the information on fish diseases and treatments and still don't know what could be wrong with my black moor. I can't tell you exactly how long I have had the fish but I will guess at about 2 years? It seems like for at least half of it, it has been swimming and resting upside down. At times I think it is dead but it contiues to live. It has a good appetite and enjoys swimming around and playing around with the other orange fancy goldfish in there (which is doing fine). I have treated the tank a few times in the last couple years for what I would describe as fungus due to the white cottony patches and I have noticed body slim as well on it. So I have just treated with the solution provided at the pet store and after seems to take it away. Just the other day I treated the tank for that reason, did a water change and repeated and did another water change yesterday and added a new carbon to filter. He seemed really happy and swam all over the place even times up right. But like usual he goes back to swimming and resting at the bottom. It's very frustrating, I would really appreciate someone being able to explain what might be wrong. I can even take pictures and send them if this might help. Thank you in advance.

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  • Mung - 2011-10-23
    Hi Tracey, seems like I am having the same issue. Can I ask what medication you put in that actually took away the fungus? I have tried several medications but somehow, they did not work. I am about to try an anti-fungal fish medication this week. Like yours, my Black Moor is also over 2 years old and about 3 weeks ago it started to swim upside down and constantly liked to rest on the bottom of the tank. It still has a good appetite but I also see that it has eye cloud. Did your Black Moor also have eye cloud besides body slime? The white streaks, patch started at the dorsal fin and then spread to the middle of the body. After putting Coppersafe just yesterday, it looks like some of the slime/fungus went away. However, I was told by someone at the pet store today that it is probably a fungus infection and I need to change medication. I hope this works as using Melafix, Malacide didn't cure it. Good luck and thanks.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-24
    Wow just a thought here. If my human treats us birds for a bac terial infection she will also use an antifungal. Found this info and suggests that if you treat for some fungal, you also use an antibiotic. Made sense to me so I thought I'd pass it the info on.
    White Spot Disease is usually the culprit brought usually by stress such bringing home a new fish from the pet store, moving the fish, adding a new fish. It can also be caused by certain medications that are placed in the tank. The fish looks like it has salt on it. The salty looking white spots first appear on the gills and fins.
    People refer to it as ICH (Ichthyophtirius multifilis). It is a parasite and attracted to light so it is recommended you turn the light off in the tank if it is on. These paracites can be fatal to fish so you need to treat the tank. You need to treat the entire tank and all the fish in it. You can quarantine the one fish you have identified which will help the spread. However, the parasite is in the tank and it has already laid eggs. The entire tank and all the fish in it will need to be treated.
    Speak to someone at your fish store. Two products have been recommended to me:
    Quick Cure by Aquarium Products and CopperSafe by Mardell. It is also suggested that an anti bacterial agent be used. When a tank is treated for a parasite, the resistance of the fish in the tank is lowered and frequently a bacterial infection will occur. By using an anti biotic for both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, you will be preventing a possible bacterial infection.
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Lori - 2011-10-19
I have 6 angel fish and all are the same age. One has been stunted in growth and now has a hard time staying upright, has to find a plant to right himself. He eats and shows no signs of any other maladies, just no growth and swimming funny. The swimming thing has been going on for a couple of weeks. I feed my fish a variety of dried foods and the water is very good, temp is in 80s...any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-22
    I would double check all the tank conditions. It seems strange that if there are problems with thte tank conditions that only one of the Angel fish would be affected though. Just check to be sure. Not all things whether it be a fish, a dog, a horse or a human are born perfect. Some folks are born and they are 4 feet and some are 7 feet. I'd watch while the fish eat to see if the small guy is actually getting the food and if not separate him out for a few weeks and feed him till he is stronger. Actually, in any case I would put him in a separate tank and watch and care for him.
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leela - 2011-10-19
I added a new fish to my 20 gal tank. It was a green puffer fish. It broke out with ick so I treated the tank several times. The ick seems to have cleared up but my little green puffer fish has little bumps all over his body from head to tail. I just treated the tank with a parasite clear treatment but I don't know if that will help. I've looked all over the internet to try and figure out what he has going on with him. I would appreciate any help I could get thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Scroll on up this article to Ichthyosporidium and see if these are the symptoms you are talking about. Recommended treatment is listed.
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Littlecity4 - 2011-10-13
I have a 10 gal tank with 3 zebra danios, 2 panda catfish, 5 neons and 1 ottocat (sp?). One of my zebra danios has a clear to white color (looks like a bubble) growth right next to its mouth. What is it and what should we do, if anything, about it?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-13
    Scroll up in this article and look at fungal infections - also ich. Symptoms are self descriptive and recomended treatment is listed
  • darren - 2011-10-16
    Sounds like your fish has fin rot any pet shop can sell you some treatment for your fish.
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Kevin - 2011-10-12
I have a 30 gallon tank with 4 fish in it; 3 are smaller varieties of cichlids and one started life as a feeder goldfish ('won' at a fair 5-6 years ago). The goldfish was definitely too big for the tank and I was trying to find a home for it when it suffered a minor injury to its snout. I added the treatment suggested for fin and skin repair. My fish get regular partial H2O changes, Tropical fish flake food, plus krill and blood-worms for roughage and variety. I add appropriate bacteria to the tank with complete changes and after any treatments that might reduce their number, I replace salts with complete changes and use the recommended starter solutions; I never use chlorinated H2O. Well what happened was horrifying: a small white tuft started growing where the injury was, so I treated for a fungal infection as recommended... it seemed to work. Then a week, or so later, all was well when I went to bed, but when I fed them in the a.m., I was shocked to see that both of the 'goldfishs' eyes had exploded! They were GONE! and the white tufty material was behind and again sprouting from its snout! I have separated it and no other fish seem affected (completely emptied the tank, sterilized, added all new materials, and shock treated the fish for fungi) and I realize it's too late to save the fish, but I'd like to try ... other than being blind and tufty, it is behaving normally and eating well; in fact, it never showed the least oddness in its behavior. I'd appreciate any advice ... sorry for the gross story.

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rafiqul - 2011-10-03
i have a 60 gallon tank with 21 cichlid fish. They are over all 1.5 inch. they all are ok. But yestarday 1 of them died,and another 1 is sick. They had no symptom..like any discolor any diformity. But both have imbalanced swiming and no appetite...my all fish are hiding in rocks. I can't understand what to do. I change 1/3of water,give blue,anti fungal,and salt..plz help me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-05
    Scroll up the article and you will see that most of the time (majority) of the time, behavioral problems are result of tank conditions. Check temperature, water etc. Check the water you are refiling the tank woth. Is the tank in direct sunilight or anything that will strongly affect water temperature etc.. I'd go through the aritcle and check other symptoms ut throughly check conditions.
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Charlie - 2011-10-02
I have a 55 gallon tank with two goldfish in it and a few small bottom feeders. One of the goldfish, a comet, I have had for a while. About a month ago I bought a black moor goldfish to accompany it. Just a couple days ago the black moor's whole eye fell out. I noticed this but wasn't able to fix it-- it was late at night and the goldfish still seemed fine. I didn't recover the missing eye (I couldn't find it) and did not think a water change would be appropriate in this situation, as it would probably kill the fish with the missing eye. I went to a pet store and asked about it, and they said it would be fine. When I got home the next day, some of the smaller fish had died with fin rot and white fungal growth. I bought some chemicals and treated the fish for Ichthyophthirius multifilis (ich). The fish were fine for another day-- still covered in white fungus, but swimming around and able to eat. Today, I woke up and checked on them. The black moor seems to be the only 'fine' one. The larger comet goldfish is lying at the bottom. When it tries to swim upwards, it appears to have seizures. As soon as it swims up, it starts twitching and flipping over in the water and falls straight down to the bottom. One of the bottom feeders is doing the same thing but at a progressed level. When it swims up, it twitches around for a bit and then flips straight on it's back, falls to the bottom and doesn't move for minutes at a time. As well as this, I have noticed that a white foam has grown over all the fish's eyes. I have looked online for any disease that resulted in these symptoms, but could find none. Is there any cheap (and effective) way to fix this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Weird. Scroll up on the article Fish Diseases and Symptoms till you come to symptoms. Check out Fungal diseases and recommended treatment is listed.
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Arden - 2010-11-15
I need some guidance with my guppy.. He is a Tequila Sunrise Guppy I've had in a 1.5 Gallon tank [yes, I know that is WAY too small, I'm getting a bigger one in the next week or two) for four months, now. He is super sick. My first thought was Malawi Bloat, but it doesn't state red lungs are a common symptom. His signs of sickness are red lungs, tail to the left, loss of appetite, and two red spots on his back/abdomen.

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  • Nancy - 2011-10-02
    Thanks for the share!
    Nancy.R
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