Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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mark dunn - 2010-11-18
Hi my black moor has like a blister looking thing on its eye, what is it?

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  • jaylen - 2011-07-04
    Well my black moor eyes are cut up and are about to fall out.:(
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-05
    There are several things it could be. I have cut/paste the eye problems from the Animal World Article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms. This might help but also read the article for further description as to what your little guy might have. The recommended treatment is also there.

    Eye Problems
    Symptoms: Cloudy cornea, opaque lens, pop eye, swelling, blindness.

    Cloudy cornea can result from a bacterial invasion. Antibiotics may help.
    Opaqueness can result from poor nutrition or a metacercaria invasion (grubs). Try foods with added vitamins and changing the diet to include variety.
    Pop eye (exophtalmia) can result from rough handling, gas embolism, tumors, bacterial infection, or vitamin A deficiency. Gas bubble or bacterial infection can be treated successfully with penicillin or amoxicillin.
    Blindness can be caused by poor nutrition or excessive light. Lowering the light level and a change of diet to include lots of variety may help prevent it.

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Angie Dickerson Wheeler - 2011-06-17
I have a red beta... he has lost half of his upper jaw... what could have done this? He's in a tank by himself. I tx the water for fungi, and Ich. It seemed to stop the progress of the loss of his head (it's to the point you can see his skull ). Any ideas ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-17
    Included is Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms. Scroll down to Symptoms and ICH is there but there is another called Ulcerations on head (hole-in-head). See if the symptoms match anything your little guy has. It would seem to be ulceration, parasite or agression but you have no others in tank. Anyway recommended treatments are there.
  • paolo - 2011-07-01
    I see that disease is mycobacteriosis.
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Nicole - 2011-06-22
Hello, I have just brought 2 fish, the one (Sorry can't remember what it is called) has big sticky out eyes. He has fallen on its side and wont straighten up! I have taken it from tank and placed him by himself. He is still breathing but is not swimming. He was fine this morning and this arvo I actually thought he was dead on the bottom of tank. Is he a lost cause or will he come right? I have changed water in other tank to just incase.
They are cold water fish.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-22
    Attached is article on Fish Diseases and Treatment from Animal World. Sorta sounds like you might have something off in the tank. Check tank enviornment and also look down at the symptoms in the article. Could be something like swim bladder disease and treatable. There are many things to check in the tank from temperature to PH and those are also included in the article. You can try - no harm done by trying.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-30
    Then add salt solution or anti-stress to the water.
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Erin - 2011-06-27
I've had two angelfish and a gourami start hiding in the last few days. One of the angelfish looked like it had a swollen belly, but the other looked fine. I put them both in the hospital tank and was going to search and find medication today. Unfortunately, the swollen angelfish died during the night and the other isn't looking good. It's fins are looking ragged and its swimming sideways sometimes, but no other obvious signs of anything. I've also noticed that my gourami has red, swollen gills on one side that extends to under his chin. There are no other signs of anything, no heavy breathing, red streaks, mucus. I was thinking some sort of parasite? I do regular weekly water changes and watch all levels. I just did another 30% water change and intend to retake the levels in the morning. Any ideas on what it is? Oh, side note... I had a bully female blue german ram, but she got moved to one of my other tanks about 2 days ago.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-28
    There are several things that it could be and without additional information all I can do is attach the Fish Disease and Treatment article from Animal World. Scroll down to symptoms and look at those and then scroll down farther where various diseases and symptoms are explained. I thought possibly Dropsy because you state the angel fish is swollen and that is a bacterial infection and treatable. It sounds as if you know what you are looking for so I am confident the Animal World article will have what you are looking for. Good luck.
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suresh - 2011-06-08
I bought a 30 gallon acquarium 10 days before, 4 blood parrots, 2 kissing guramis, 2 zebra fish. I lost my both guramis, and blood parrots have white spots in their body, one blood parrot has black spots with fat belly, zebra fish looks tired, could any body please help me in identifying the problem? I changed 30% water yesterday.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-09
    Sounds like you have a bunch of stuff going on there. Do the white spots sorta look like salt? That is probably ich and treatable. Black nodules on the skin sounds like Ichthyosporidium and is also treatable. It might be some other things but all symptoms of fish diseases are described in the attached article from Animal World "Fish Diseases and Treatment". Scroll down to where the symptoms are listed and provide your guys with the recommended treatment.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-25
    Saprolegnia.
    The characteristics of the affected fish is the white patches on the skin of fish. Squirt metapen alcohol treatment in place as much as 2 drops in one gallon of water / 4 1.12) liters of water. The next step give the salt and let some time. Give the hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria that are attached to fishing nets for 15 to 30 seconds. Or it could also be used malachite green or blue or acriflavin methyline as a disinfectant.
    How to fish treatment that bacterial infection should be given additional space before treating.
    Simak
    Baca secara fonetik
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Shawn - 2011-06-15
Could anyone tell my why my electric blue ram has turned almost white? It has also pretty much stopped swimming and kinda just hangs out on the bottom. Is there something i can put in the water to help it get better? or is it doomed?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-15
    Sounds like it might be a fungal infection. I have included an Animal World article on Fish Diseases and Treatment and turning white cloudy is one symptom of a fungal infection and the recommended treatment is listed. Scroll down the article till you get to symptoms and then treat accordingly. Good luck... hope all is OK
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Daniella Waite - 2011-06-08
Hi, I have two catfish, around the age of 25 but recently rather quickly the smaller one has developed this weird fungus type..thing. I can't really explain but over his back and sides its scales look like they are just covered or ripped away and replaced with white. I have been told by my uncle it's a fungus but its fins have also been rotting like it has fin rot. The other cat fish has recently showed this as well. I noticed its rays were showing. I took a closer look to see the same kind of fungus on its stomach around the fin. We have had to separate them in the tank as the bigger one keeps viscously attacking the one with the fungus.
I am worried as his eyes have sunken into his head and he dosn't really swim. He just kinda flops down on the floor of his castle then lays there looking dead. I am worried. I dont want to loose my catfish =( they are older than I am
please help what can I do????
Daniella Waite.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-09
    It sounds like a fungus and so you would treat for the fungus and the secondary treatment would be with an antibiotic (which would work for Fin Rot) as well. I have attached an article from Animal World "Fish Diseases and Treatment" which lists the various symptoms and the recommended treatment. Scroll down and see if FUNGUS is explaining the symptoms and then do the recommended treatment. OK? Hopefully the one will stop attacking the other when you get rid of the fungus. Might be something else and various symptoms are identified so check them out. OK? Good luck.
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andrea - 2011-06-06
Why have the eyes of my black moor fish turned white...the 2 of them. They never used to be like that now they both are totally white???!!!!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Animal World has this information regarding problems on the eyes. You can also click on Fish Diseases and Treatment and scrool down to the bottom which highlights symptoms. The corresponding recommended treatement is listed. Sounds like cloudy eye which is treatable. Good luck and let us know.

    Eye Problems
    Symptoms: Cloudy cornea, opaque lens, pop eye, swelling, blindness.

    ◦Cloudy cornea can result from a bacterial invasion. Antibiotics may help.
    ◦Opaqueness can result from poor nutrition or a metacercaria invasion (grubs). Try foods with added vitamins and changing the diet to include variety.
    ◦Pop eye (exophtalmia) can result from rough handling, gas embolism, tumors, bacterial infection, or vitamin A deficiency. Gas bubble or bacterial infection can be treated successfully with penicillin or amoxicillin.
    ◦Blindness can be caused by poor nutrition or excessive light. Lowering the light level and a change of diet to include lots of variety may help prevent it.

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Katie - 2011-06-06
This is more of a question than a comment... I have just recently gotten an albino molly and I had decided to pair it with an albino cory... They seemed to get along at first but just today I noticed the cory had what looked like an injury on his head. It doesn't look too bad and he seems ok otherwise but I separated them immediately. Would a molly hurt a cory like that? I read up on both of them and it seemed like they would be alright, but I am a beginner. I'm keeping them apart in any case I think. Is it ok to have a cory alone? Hope there are some answers. --thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Both the cory and the molly are supposed to be good community fish. They should get along without problems. I have included an article on Fish Diseases and Treaments just in case there is a possible disease (fungus) going on. Good luck and let us know. OK?
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Robbie Graham - 2011-05-19
Blackmoore sick or lazy?

One of my black moores has been lazing around on the bottom of the tank for about a week. Now I treated him for constipation but has not changed, he still lies on the bottom till fed, all the water levels are fine btw. Can Anyone HELP?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-19
    Doesn't sound right to me. I attached an article on Fish Diseases and Symptoms and you can scroll down to see if there is anything that sorta sounds like what your fella is doing. He is eating and I found nothing about just laying on the bottom but to me it sounds like a behavior issue which is usually something to do with PH, or water temperature or lights or something with the tank. Just check the tank again to make sure and look at the article. OK? Good luck.
  • john adams - 2011-06-05
    This sounds alot like SBD (swim bladder disorder). See, sometimes fish get too much oxygen in their swim bladder which helps control their depth in the water. When this happens, the fish starts floating upsidedown but is still alive. To cure SBD, fast your fish for 3 days and then feed it boiled skinned mashed peas. This should cure him.
    Mine sticks around the bottom of the Tank too,but also swims off key and upside down for a while.Me personally i think they stick around the bottom after having a stressfull time trying to get theirselves righted.

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