Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Lori - 2011-01-28
I have a 17 year old piranha and has recently started to lay on the bottom of the tank on his/her side most of the time. When he/she swims, its head is up and tail is down and and swims in circles. He/she is in a 60 gallon tank and he/she stays mostly at one end. We have fed him/her minnows for all these years from a supplier. He/she seems not to be eating. This has never happened before. Any ideas what the problem could be?

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Michelle - 2011-01-23
My Skunbunkin has been sick for a week and a half. I've been treating my whole tank (3 goldfish & 1 sucker fish) with the Lifeguardy all-in-one treatment for a 5 day treatment. Skooby started feeling better, but his belly is still swollen more on one side than the other. Also now he is staying at the top of the aquarium either for imbalance or oxygen.

I changed my water 25% day before yesterday and started back on all-in-one treatment again. What to do if Skooby is constipated (clear string hanging from butt) or he has swimmer bladder? Appreciate your recommendations to get his belly down from swelling. Thank you.

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Mitchell - 2011-01-23
Hey everyone, my pot-bellied molly and cat farowella have recently died both in the last four days. They start by showing white/dull spots in their scales. Then within 12 hrs they have problems swimming and keeping their equilibrium, and hardly moved even when being touched, then eventually die. I keep my freshwater tank at around 76 degrees. I don't believe it's ich because of how quickly it hits and kills my fish. The only other disease I thought it could be would be neon tetra disease, but it's hard to tell for a beginner fish-keeper. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Anonymous - 2011-01-22
Please help, my 7 yr old jack dempsey is very ill. He has white and red spots protruding from him, bulging eyes and now holes in his fins. The other ones are sick now too, I've done everything the pet store has said he is worse. I did Ich rid for 6 days now another kind of medicine he has never been sick like this what do I do? Help someone I don't wanna lose him.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    This could indicate any number of diseases. Spots could indicate ich, flukes, Lymphocystis, Glugea, Henneguya, etc. Bulging eyes could indicate pop eye. Holes in fins could indicate fin rot, red pest, or injuries to the fish. Try reading up on fish diseases here: Fish Diseases
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Emilia - 2011-01-22
Hi! hopefully you can help I've had my Oscar for over 10 years and love it! Used to be very aggressive when someone new would walk in the door...but lately the past two weeks I've noticed like a slimy feel on her and her eyes look like there is a grey film over them and she no longer wants or even eats ...I've tried doing the changes to the tank as the pet store advice (changing Half of the tanks water every week) but still no luck... I have even noticed her color is no longer the same ...Please any help is very much appreciated...Side note I don't know for a fact i'ts a she but she used to be so aggressive I called her Piranha..
Thank you.

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n/a - 2011-01-22
Why is my betta that I have had for 4 yrs. staying vertical, he can not swim normal?

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Celeste - 2011-01-21
Hello I just Purchased my Calico Shubunkin and a Few other Gold Fish plus a Algae eater. I noticed my shubunkin might have had a parasite instead of shrugging it off thinking its a piece of poop like I did with my last Shubunkin I went and Purchased Jungle Anti Parasite Food. All the fish are doing well, but today I was watching Pumpkin (shubunkin) I noticed he is starting to get white like is it normal for when their Growing (he is a young one) for their colors to fade and change?

He is Very Active no labor breathing or anything but I have been searching sites trying to find information of them growing, and well lots are miss construed information. I may not be a fish expert but I owned two gold fish when I was younger and they changed from orange to white and ended up being a Different spices of gold fish and lived for 16 yrs. Could he be one of those too? His tail is different he has a normal top tail and a Really long bottom like a Lyre tail almost.

Please E-mail I hope to hear your feedback on this soon =)

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    Goldfish can change colors depending on what you feed them. In particular, feeding more "color" foods can brighten up their red and orange colors, and vice versa. Foods with lots of carotene (spirulina, shrimp, etc.) will help brighten their colors.

    I cannot tell you for sure why your goldfish is changing colors or if it is a different species, but you may try different foods to see if it makes a difference.
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Nathan - 2011-01-20
I have an african cichlid well 6 of them but a week or so ago my demasoni developed a pink ball behind its anal fin it seems to be getting a little bigger every couple of days anyone know what this pink ball is it about the size of a pea?

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  • Nathan - 2011-01-21
    It's just me again I made a mistake it's in front of the anal fin.
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Steve - 2011-01-17
Hi, I am currently struggling to regain the health of my fish, and I'm finally stumped. They seem to have a host of ailments that I can't seem to get on top of. Beginning with a "rust" color on one fish; And a whitish color on most of the others. Several Fish have a red line running horizontally across fins. The Bala's Scales are starting to look extremely ragged, And the Barbs mouths are Extremely Red (where all of this began -_-") Let this be a lesson too me; Never buy fish from stores that seems less than reputable. I began treating with a fungicide, until the redness developed at which point the rust was going away so I began treating with anti-parasitic which seemed too be working until now. The rust is returning, the scales are looking worse and a chewed appearance is starting to really develop on the mouths and Bodies. Please Help.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-19
    Tail Rot & Fin Rot
    Symptoms: Disintegrating fins that may be reduced to stumps, exposed fin rays, blood on edges of fins, reddened areas at base of fins, skin ulcers with gray or red margins, cloudy eyes.

    Tail and fin rot appears to be a bacterial infection of the tail and/or fins and may be caused by generally poor conditions, bully, or fin nipping tankmates. If aquarium conditions are not good an infection can be caused from a simple injury to the fins/tail. Tuberculosis can lead to tail and fin rot. Basically, the tail and/or fins become frayed or lose color. Over time the affected area slowly breaks down.
    First, attempt to ascertain the cause. Then treat accordingly. Also, treat the water or fish with antibiotics. If added to the water, use 20 - 30 mg per liter. If the fish is to be treated add an antibiotic to the food. With flake food, use about 1% of antibiotic and carefully mix it in. If you keep the fish hungry they should eagerly eat the mixture before the antibiotic dissipates. Antibiotics usually come in 250 mg capsules. If added to 25 grams of flake food, one capsule should be enough to treat dozens of fish. A good antibiotic is chloromycetin (chloramphenicol) or tetracycline. If you feed your fish frozen foods or chopped foods, try to use the same ratio with mixing. As a last resort add at most 10 mg per liter of water. Also, if unkempt conditions are the suspected cause, correct it.
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Renee Young - 2011-01-19
My freshwater aquarium has developed a red round growth on the glass. It is flat and hard to remove, and can get as large as a dime if unnoticed. I have never had any problems in the last 5 yrs, but this is concerning me. Please send any information...thank you.

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