Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment

Animal-World Information about: Fish Disease and Treatment

Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Kelly Collins - 2014-06-30
I have a gourami which has a hole quite large in the side of the head that has now started growing what looks like cauliflower out of it please help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    He definitely has hole in the head disease, which is also known as Head and Lateral Line Erosion Disease. It is a tough ailment to treat, but you can read about it and how to treat it above.
Rachel Thiel - 2014-06-16
My beautiful oranda, Daisy suddenly has two white cotton-like spots over each of her eyes. I love her very much! HELP!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like she has a fungal infection. See the 'Fungus' info above to learn more and for treatment.
Mikayla - 2014-05-29
Hi I am looking after a tank with multiple fish in it. I have two silver dollars, three gouramis, a pleco, a red tail cigar fish, and a jack Dempsey. The jack dempsey currently is laying on its side not moving and is turning white in patches on his body. He is the only one in the tank who seems to be affected but I have no idea what is wrong with him or how to help, I am taking him to a store where he hopefully can be treated but what should I do so the other fish in the tank don't get sick?

cheyenne - 2014-05-26
Fish caught at 4 lakes what's wrong with it?

Dave E - 2014-04-18
I have two fantail goldfish that I have in a 20 gallon tank. There are small parasites on them, clear with small black dots in the parasites. They are easy to pick off. The fish are swimming upside down and obviously stressed. I have removed them from the tank into a 2 gallon bucket with air-stone and a tablespoon of aquarium salt. Anything else I should do?

gloria - 2014-04-03
Need to know what happened-my beloved blood parrot died suddenly after 3 yrs(bought him @ walmart-cause he was so stinking cute). He was 5' and just fine, acting like a happy puppy in water. We have him in a 36 gallon tank and in the am we found him on his side on the bottom. Checked h2o quality of both tanks (hospital tank also) and fine, no other fish sick. Only new addition to tank were 2 long barbed catfish that I saw get alittle aggressive with 'goldie'. Saw no injuries on him. Any idea's?

Lisa Stallings - 2014-03-29
I have a 10 gallon tank with male guppies & cory catfish... I've been having issues with a brown & yellowish 'furry' coating on the sides of the tank and on the (artificial) plants & gravel... I've completely cleaned the tank and all of the accessories/décor more than once, but it comes back again... I did have one male guppy with a distended belly (protruding down & forward--like a big nose!)... I've taken him out, but want to know how to treat the issue AND what the cause may be...any suggestions?

Keith - 2014-03-24
I have a 52L tank with 2 gold fish, they look perfectly well but are scraping on the rock, they are eating well and are not constipated. I've have had them 9 years now. I have tried salt baths and a melafix for the last 7 days but they are still doing it. Any suggestions, I've asked advice from pets at home they sold me the melafix but it's done nothing?

christina - 2014-03-19
I have a 30+ gallon tank; and have fish with the middle of their body on back to the back tail drooping and swimming funny. I don't see any difference in the way they look; but another fish is getting it so I know there is something wrong. Do I flush the two showing symptoms to save the other fish from exposure? I can't see anything that shows me what this particular thing is; unless it is a disease that I read about that said there is no cure and to flush and clean tank. The fish affected now are some type of tetra half gold body half white color.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like you have a bone and muscle disorder, which can be caused be several things including infections, parasites, injuries, or nutritional imbalances, It is a good idea to quarantine all infected fish to prevent possibly spreading the infection.

    A bone and muscle disorder known as “Broken back disease” is usually caused by a nutritional imbalance. It can occur when the diet is dificient in vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E, and selenium. It is indicated by a bent back, which is typical of a Vitamin C deficiency. For this you can try feeding more greens, algae is a good Vitamin C source, and also try adding vitamin supplements to the diet like Vita-Chem (says Marine Formula on the bottle, but is also for freshwater fish) or Kent Marine-C.

    There are a couple other common bone and muscle disorders, but from your description, it doesn't sound like they are the problem. AND they are both incurable. Neon Tetra Disease is one that aquarists are very familiar with. It is caused by the parasite Pleistophora hyphessobryconis. The muscles degenerate, causing abnormal swimming. It is a non-curable disease, and more common than many aquarists realize. Fish Tuberculosis is another non-curable disease that may deforn a fish, usually developing a curved spine. It is also generally accompanied by wasting away, loss of scales, decoloration and lesions on the body.
  • trish - 2014-03-22
    I'd like to add, do not flush the fish. If the fish must be put down there are much more humane ways of doing so. Look up 'solid gold' on YouTube and look up her video on humane euthanasia of goldfish. Also, getting a food safe clear bin as a sick tank works well. Pick up a cheap bubbler to keep it oxygenated and you are good to go as long as you check toxin levels and do a 40/50% water change weekly.
kevin - 2014-03-17
I have a 30 gallon tank with two telescopic gold fish and 4 orandas. I came home today and found one of the telescopic had a blood shot eye. I am really concerned as I had these fish a little over two years and am a fairly new fish owner. I don't know what to do... HELP! I should let you know that I do have aquarium ornaments on the tank, which could be the contributing factor. What can I do? The fish is swimming normally, eating normally, just this red eye. Please send me your thoughts.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like your fish has injured itself, these fish are very prone to damage when there are sharp objects or hard ornaments in the tank. Plants are the best decor. You can treat the tank with Melafix, which will help ward off any potential infection and won't cause any problems to the water quality.