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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christy - 2011-04-27
OK, I have had my dog face puffer for a month now and like the others it would do its tricks. It was eating normal and then about a week later it stoped eating and he changed a little darker color and didn't swim. He just sat at bottom of tank. Then after a couple of days he was fine. Now he has changed a darker color than before and his eyes look gray like a blind eye. I am very worried. Do you know what this is or what I can do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-28
    From what I have read, puffers do change color so that would appear to be normal. When you say his "eyes look grey" I don't know. However, click on Fish Diseases and Ttreatment and fany of the symptoms match what you see onn you Puffer. If so, the recommended treatment is listed.
  • Shamrock Cox - 2011-09-12
    Dog face puffers don't like change. They do change color depending on there mood. My one will pose for the camera but if you hold it over him he will turn dark grey almost black. Young dog face are very timid and will off-tern sit on the bottom normally in a corner or under a power head ,however if they are swimming with their tails bent this is a sign of stress. Hope this is of help
Aditi Patil - 2011-09-08
I had 4 gold fish and 2 black moors, out of which I have lost both moors and 2 gold fish. They always come on the top of water surface. What must be the reason? I don't want to lose remaining two.

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  • rajkumar goyal - 2011-09-10
    Use ph balance medicine.
mazin - 2011-09-06
HI....I get problem with my angelfish ,it doesn't eat White slimy feces, loss of appetite, swim backwards. It's swim is not normal..... I just have human drugs (medications)......what I sould to do

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  • mazin - 2011-09-09
    Water conditions are good. She eats nothing ....I put the eat and left it up after period of time ....
Saravanan - 2011-09-06
I have flower horn fish, I noticed fish few days, it tails cutted and teared, pls advise if you faced this problem

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-07
    I can't know whether there is a hurt - your fish was attacked or hurt himself or possibly has a disease from your description. Did this happen overnight? Attached is an Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Treament and you can click on the article, scroll down and look at symtpoms and see if possibly something matches what you are seeing. Look at tail or fin rot. The recommended treatment is specified. Good luck - it can get complicated at times.
jerica - 2011-09-04
My fish looks really bloated at the butt and it's butt keeps floating at the top. It eats very little and can swim if it needs to but I think its pregnant. What is it and how do I help my gold fish????

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-05
    I attached article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms but sounds like she is pregnant to me too. Just thought I'd attach the article. You can remove her and place her in a different tank till babies are born. Either net off an area or put in a lot of vegetation or hidey places as mom will eat the babies.
robert - 2011-09-03
My goldfish leans to the side when it's turning and sometimes swims upside down for like 1 second. Also when I looked closely I realised a little bit of the top fin is missing could this be why the fish is leaning to one side when its turning? how can i treat it?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    Check out symptoms on Fish Diseases and treatment - link attached. I can't tell by your description if behavior or disease. Recommended treatments are also included. Just scroll down to symptoms. OK
Andrew Prosser - 2011-07-26
I had two black ghost knife fish. For some reason they both died . I don't know why. If anybody has a clue why they died, Please let me know.
I bought another one last he doing pretty good.
What that kind of fish usually eat? The night I bought some guppies for them to eat.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-27
    Any symptoms - strange behaviors - anything? How long had you had them? Check out Fish Diseases and Treatment - link should be here and see if your ghost displayed anything at all unusual as described in the symptoms. Also, check to make sure your tank and living conditions are appropriate for that size fish. They need lots of room. Animal World recommends at least a 100 gallon tank.
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-09-02
    They relish on neon tetras.
Joing - 2011-08-30
I recently purchased two black moor goldfish. The next morning I noticed one had lost one eye, then by afternoon that same day he lost his second eye. He seems fine otherwise. It's been weeks later and he appears healthy, eating without difficulty, actually getting quite fat. Will he ever re-grow his telescopic eyes?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-30
    I don't know if the eye is actually GONE. Possibly he has pop eye. Read up on this under Animal Worlds article Fish Diseases and Treatments. If pop eye then treatable. Black Moors do not see well - so they are prone to run into things or damage their eyes. Look around your tank carefully - from a gold fishes point of view. is anything sticking out. How could this have happened? Remove or reallign anything you thin (from the goldfish point of view) tha they could run into. They really do not see. Make sure they get food - that they can sense - more than see. See if pop eye. I really can't find anything that says eye will grow back but i can't find anything that tells me not the disease either. So lets try and see if disease. OK? Fish should be fine either way - just make sure he is eating and treat as necessary for disease.
chris - 2011-08-24
Can anyone tell me if something is wrong... I have a lamp near my fish tank turning it on I noticed my small telescope goldfish has little white spots on him mainly on the tail is there something wrong?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-25
    Might be ICH - check out Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Treatments which will give you various symptoms and the corresponding recommended treatment.
jessica - 2011-08-03
Ok we need help. Our tropical freshwater fish are dying and nothing we are doing is helping. Grateful advice

symptoms - two weeks ago some of the transparent prawns started dying one at a time at night though others appear fine (dead and pink on the floor), then we lost one rummynose each night (pale faces then dead on floor with no fins), now siamese fighting fish (one female dead on floor no fins yesterday, today one male and one female pale, listless, at top to breathe, white line at point of conjunction between fins and body). Blue eyes, guppies and cardinals all fine.

treatment so far - initial treatment with punktol 1000 for one week as per directions in packet for white spot (did see one small spot on dorsal fin of three rummynose). Can not see white spots any longer. Then treated with Ektol cristal, raised the temperature to 83 degress C and increased aeration.

Do not see any craters, red spots, worms or other visible problems.
Still losing fish. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-04
    What you are treating for, with the two products you mention, is ich, an external parasites. But it doesn't sound like that's your whole problem as you are describing a body color change and that white line.

    I'm thinking you may have flukes. They are a small flat worm that infest the gills and skin much like ich, as a matter of fact in the early stages they are often mistaken for white spot. This disease can be treated with Potassium Permanganate, or alternatively with Formalin (but only in a hospital tank).

    See the info on Flukes above.