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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Michelle - 2011-05-15
I have a black fantail cold water fish he has started to float to the top of the tank and float upside down any suggestion as to what this could be?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Read the article on Fish Diseases and scroll down. It sounds like there might be an oxygen problem in the tank. Read the symptoms and there is a corresponding treatment. OK?
james - 2011-05-01
WE have 4 chilchids and one of them will sometimes start to jump at the top of the water and rub vigorously against the tank, rocks, and even the filter with its head just on top above the eyes and will swim up in front of one of the other fish point downwards and flutter until it can get the other fish to bite it and take chunks out of it. This will go on till the fish has had enough and will quit. This leaves the fish with an exposed wound showing the white flesh underneath and in a few days will heal up, but he does this occasionally ..What type of parasite or fungus could this be and what would be the recommended treatment ...It also seems that after we have added salt to the tank hat this sets the fish off ..I don't know if it is because of not enough salt to completely solve the issue .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
    Atached is an article from Animal World on Fish Diseases and Treatment. Just click on it and scroll down to symptoms and see if you recognize what your fish is doing. There is also an overview on the page of fungal, bacterial etc symptoms regarding fish. Test the temperature and PH though. OK? Let us know more of what is happening. I am going to look it up also cuz sure haven't heard of this before.
Trudy - 2011-04-26
My black fancytail moor has on its top fin and above his eyes a white coating which looks like hes been painted. This fish has had ick before and it looks nothing like it. Concerned here. Any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-26
    There is several things it could be. The article Fish Diseases and Treatment (attached) describes several diseases, both bacterial and fungal, that have a white coloring on eyes and
    fins. Click on the article and scroll down to the symptoms and see which symptoms describes the condition best. The corresponding recommended treatment is also there.
    There is milky cloudiness on skin, fungus, cloudiness of eyes etc. You can look it up or you can provide me with additional information as to how it looks and I will try and get you an answer. How's that?
  • David Brough - 2011-04-26
    If it looks fluffy or cottony, it is probably fungal, if not, it sounds like "rust".
drashti - 2011-04-26
My goldfish's head has swollen and I think it is filled with water. What shall I do to recover it fast?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-26
    I can't be sure based on the information you are giving me but it sounds like it might be Dropsy or pop eye. Either case the symptoms look like or appear to be swelling. There is a link attached Fish Disease and Treatment. Click on it and see if you agree with the symptoms and if so, there is a recommended treatment for both of thse conditions.
saba shaikh - 2011-04-23
My tank fishies has developed red patch on body. They are looking tired. To cure this disease let me know the medicine. My tank width is 2 feet by 1 feet. Let me no how much water it contains.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-23
    Sounds like red pest or fin rot. I am not sure as do not have enough information but that is what it sounds like. You can click on Fish Disease and Treatment and see if either of those diseases match the symptoms your fish have. If so, there is a recommended treatment in the article as well. It is a bacterial infection. I can't know how big (gallon size) the tank is when you say 1 foot by 2 feet because you didn't give me the depth.
  • saba shaikh - 2011-04-24
    Size of my tank is 1 feet by 2feet depth 1feet. How much water it contains in litre?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-25
    If your tank is 1 foot deep, 2 feet wide and 1 foot depth, it should be a 15 gallon tank.
kaya penelope - 2011-04-18
I know absolutely nothing about fish. I bought a home with koi pond in back. I am in upstate NY and since I closed during January I had no clue what was actually in there until a month ago. I have 2 dogs and unfortunately could not keep larger dog out of pond so I had to give away most of the fish. Only one remained as I felt very attached. She is a black moor named Marvin. I did not know her sex obviously. So she has some translucent film over one eye and tried to find sulfates at local pet store with no luck. Here are my queries.1. She is about 3 inches long. Will she be OK in a 20 gallon tank with filter? 2. Does she need a friend? 3. I am feeding her koi pellets. Approximately 5 a day. Too much? Too little? I am just worried because I know nothing and I don't want Marvin to suffer. She survived a horrendous winter outside and almost died when a hole got in the liner from dog and pond drained. She lived in a small puddle for 6 hours. Her past koi roommates were very large and with her eyesite she still ate and survived! Marvin rocks. Please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    You can read up on the Black Moor by clicking on the link for Black Moor. It will help. Lots of information there. 1. Yes, your Moor should be fine in a 20 gallon. They do get large - many go 5 pounds and 12 - 18 inches. They have memories and Marvin will learn to recognize you. You can also teach them tricks. I mention these things only because I was sure surprised at them. 2. They would normally be in schools of fish in the wild so a friend wouldn't hurt but then I would go for at least a 30 gallon tank. They do get large. They are hardy. 3. You would normally feed a goldfish several times a day as much as they wish to eat in approximately 5 minutes. What goes in comes out as they have no stomach and a lot of feces. So a good filter will help and limit what she eats to several times a day but just for 5 minutes. Also click on Fish Diseases and Treatment as it sounds like Marvin may have Cloudy Eye which is a bacterial thing and fixable. Just scroll down the information till you get to Cloudy Eye and it explains the symptoms and then has recommended medicine. Enjoy Marvin. They are neat fish.
  • kaya penelope - 2011-04-20
    Thank you very much for your reply....I sincerely appreciate it.
Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
Coleen, no it is probably not normal that your goldfish is turning white. However, do not panic. Please click on Fish Diseases and Treatment attached to this comment. There are a couple of conditions that cause white spoting or cloudiness in a gold fish. Scroll down to symptoms and look up what you believe best applies to your goldfish and treat accordingly.

lara - 2011-04-19
My sisters fish (Titch) who is a coldwater goldfish is in trouble. He has been lying on the bottom of his tank and has been clamping his fins. I think he has either got clamped fin or constipation. I would be pleased for any replies thanks?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    Click on the attached lin Fish Diseases and Treatment. A goldfish is not the regular normal fish to become constipated. I also don't see how as they don't have a stomach, so if they eat they eliminate. Clamped fins is usually a sign of stress and relates to the condition of the water. Is the water clean, the PH, temperature etc? It is recommended you clean the tank/gravel and try a quick/cure. Let us know.
chickenpock26 - 2011-04-15
I have a 2 goldfish named Otis and Olly. Olly startedd bullying Otis so we seperated them. All was going well until a few days ago I noticed Olly wasn't swimming as much and staying in the bottom left corner of his tank and he is getting red spots or blurrs or rashes under hin fins. What do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-15
    Click on Fish Disease and Treatment that is attached to your question. If you go down to symptoms, it sounds like Olly has Red Pest Disease which is a bacteria and treatable. First click on the Fish Disease link and scroll down till you get to the signs of the disease Red Pest. If these see to be Olly's symptoms, then scroll down a little father and you will come to the disease Red Pest and the recommended treatment. Let us know. OK?
bluegill222 - 2011-04-12
I have red eye tetras and they are eating ok and everything but they swim vertically, up and down mostly. They are not gasping at the top of tank though. Occasionally they swim like they should but mostly vertical. They will sink downward then swim back up. Is this normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    I went to U Tube and there are videos of red eye tetras swimming around. They seem to all be swimming up and then down (so vertically). Go to U Tube and enter red eye tetra and you'll come up with a whole bunch of tanks and fish and they seem to like to go up and down. Look like neat fish.
  • bluegill222 - 2011-04-12
    Thanks Mrs. Cheryl I will take a look and see if it looks like what they are currently doing.