Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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alex - 2011-03-14
My fish is dying of swim bladder disease! I am feeding it peas but it would not eat it! I believe in my fish, but I am really scared! Please help me!

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Patricia - 2011-03-08
I've had 3 fish die within the last month and another one is showing the same symptoms of the 3 that already died. I don't know what it is but they all had shredded fins, scales missing, and looks like the skin is turning white or cloudy and almost like peeling, they stopped eating, and eventually their eyes turn cloudy before they die. These are not new fish, I've had them for almost 2 years in a 125 gallon tank, and they are all of the Cichlid family, 2 green Terrors, 1 Firemouth cichlid, and now the 4 fish which is a brown spotted cichlid.

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Patricia - 2011-03-08
I've had 3 fish die within the last month and another one is showing the same symptoms of the 3 that already died. I don't know what it is but they all had shredded fins, scales missing, and looks like the skin is turning white or cloudy and almost like peeling, they stopped eating, and eventually there eyes turn cloudy before they die. These are not new fish, I've had them for almost 2 years in a 125 gallon tank, and they are all of the Chiclid family, 2 green Terrors, 1 Firemouth chiclid, and now the 4 fish which is a brown spotted chiclid. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS SICKNESS IS? PLEASE HELP!

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-09
    From the symptoms described, it may very well be chilodonella, a ciliated protozoan. This is a single cell microscopic parasite that attacks a fish's skin and gills. It is a is a major threat to fish health and is very infectious. There are many symptoms associated with this disease including the fish rubbing against objects, fraying of the fins, labored breathing, lethargy, weakness, and gill damage. As large numbers of parasites begin feeding of the epithelial layers, there is a cloudiness on the skin and dulling of the colors due to excessive slime production. Several treatments that can successfully be used to treat this disease including Acriflavine type drugs, a formaldehyde treatment used as a bath, and also methylene blue. Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions for any of these medications.

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Hayley - 2011-03-06
Hi There

We brought some new koi carp to add to our home aquarium, when we got one of them home we noticed that one of his side fins was missing....we assumed he'd just been injured. Since then the fish seem to have developed white spot (and we've lost a few) we've treated the water with white spot treatment but another fish looks like he's about to die (one of his eyes is cloudy and he's just sat on the bottom) the hole where his fin used to be is now white all over and looks rather angry....can you help? Happy to post a picture if needs be.

Thanks

Hayley

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kennith - 2011-03-06
Hi there, I have a gold saum/green terror. He is about 15cm he was battling to keep his balance and now he is on his side at the bottom of the tank he is bloated and not making NO.2. Can any one help me?

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smith89 - 2011-03-05
My green spotted puffer has a pop eye on his left eye. He moves slowly like he is tired. He also has no appetite to eat anything. Please help me! What can I do? Any quick home remedies?

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Pegi - 2011-03-04
Help! I have a regular old goldfish, but he is large, 12 in. long! I bought a 40 gallon tank going from a 30 gal. Used the same water plus made up the difference with water that sat a few days with nutrafin cycle added. Once put in the tank seemed like he was loving it, 3 days later and since has been laying on the bottom of the tank, white (q-tip looking) patches have been now growing on his head and over his eyes. Is not eating. Pet store had me start Lifeguard all-in-one treatment. I could REALLY use some help. He may just be a goldfish to some, but to me, he's my dearest pet. Thank you to all who can help me save GIL (his name).

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Emily Anderson - 2011-02-28
I recently added two smallish Bala sharks to our planted aquarium. They showed a horrible outbreak of Ich after 3-4 days which I assume they brought in with them since I have never had it in my tank before. I have been treating them ~2 weeks now and one has recovered and the other is almost free of ich spots, but seems to be having swim bladder problems now and a little bit of cloudy eye (swam sideways a few days, now seems has to swim constantly to avoid sinking to the bottom). Does anyone know if the ich parasites ever cause swim bladder damage? Fish wants to eat all the time but has difficulty maneuvering to get food and is losing weight (probably from the constant swimming). I am unsure whether to try to treat or whether to give this one up as a goner due to swim bladder damage...any ideas?

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ailie - 2011-02-26
My koi fish is showing signs of deterioration of her fins, and this morning I went to check on her and the scales on her abdomen turned into a yellowish color, there is small redness here and there with the yellowing scales. I'm really worried, and would appreciate any advice on how to care for her. Thank you.

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Miranda - 2011-01-20
I have a cichlid tank and all of the sudden once I introduced angelfish to the equation, my beautiful parrot fish just started dropping off like flies every day one would float to the bottom of the tank could not swim and would not eat, they would also get paler in color and within 12-24 hours they would be dead. Please anyone know why? I'm stumped.

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  • esha - 2011-02-25
    Angel fishes won't live with parrot cichlids because parrots are actually meat eaters & as the angel swims in a slow motion the parrots will think she is ill and attack on them I had the same here & after ones death they all become extreme slow.
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