Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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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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    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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      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.
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      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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        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.
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        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.
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        Austin - 2011-08-04
        My shark is swimming like vertically, but staying in place. Just yesterday he was totally fine and swimming around the bottom of the tank. I've had him for about a week or so and I don't know what to do.

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        • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
          Usually when it is behavior it is tank conditions so check temperature, water ph and if you need to treat the tank. Included is Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Treatment which will give you symptoms and recommended treatment. Check the tank and then scroll down on the article to see if any symptoms look familiar.
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        Arden - 2011-08-15
        Okay, so I have 1 puffer in a 30 gallon tank, and it's been totally fine, but I came home one night and he was sitting at the bottom of the tank, his spots are dissapering and he's all dark with a little black on his belly. He hasn't moved from that spot for 2 days now, and is breathing very deeply. He now has this thick clear coat forming over his eyes. What do I do?? ):

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        • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
          Aniaml World article on Fish Diseases and recommended Treatment link
          http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
          Check out the symptoms and see if something corresponds to what you see. I didn't see anything specific - cloudy eye - sounds like you got a bacterial thing going on though.
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        Joanna Draper Metzger - 2011-08-02
        2 of my sons goldfish have "bumps/ulcers(?) on them. The common goldfish fish has a raised bump that isn't discolored and not as worrisome (maybe a tumor?). However, the white fantail has a larger reddish protruding bumb/ulcer that is worse in appearance. I have treated the tank with Melafix/Pimafix to no avail and then tried two rounds of Lifequard. They do not appear in distress and the ammonia/ph levels are fine. It's a 29 gallon tank with a bio-wheel and I clean the tank regularly.
        Any suggestions/opinions would be appreciated, as I don't know what to do next. I can mail a picture to you. Thank you in advance.

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        • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-02
          Sounds maybe like red pest which is treated with an antibiotic. I have attached the linke for the Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Treatment. Scroll down to Red Pest and click on it and recommended treatment is also there. You can also scroll down to other symptoms - just in case you see something that looks more close to what you are saying the fish have. Sounds like red pest though. Good luck
          http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/information/Diseases.htm
        • Brittany - 2011-08-10
          I had a clear, what looked like a tumor, coming from the side of my fancy goldfish, Pebbles. The local pet stores said to give melafix, I did and it didn't help. Eventually my fish started floating n had a hard time swimming. It turned out to be a cyst that helped create swim bladder disorder. This disorder is deadly.
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        Ms B - 2011-08-05
        My male swordtail looks like hes going to Blow UP. He looks like a Turkey What happened?

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        • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-06
          Check out Fish Disease and Treatment on Animal World - look at bloat.
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