Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment

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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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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.
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.
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.

Destiny squarepants - 2011-01-16
Please help! I have two goldfish but maybe 2 weeks ago it started developing black and red blotches on the creeches of the tail and from my perspective it looks like it's eating away the tail. I dearly hope it doesn't happen to the other one. Please help Bubble!

Lilly - 2011-01-16
Hi, I have two gold fish. Around 2 weeks ago, they started turning black. All the white portion of their fins turned black slowly with black patches on body and fins. One of the fish also has black around mouth now. Now I have noticed that their appetite is reduced and one of the fish has destruction of its fins and tail. I have used antifungal and antiparasitic treatment once but did not see any improvement. Please help!

Samantha Finley - 2011-01-16
I have a blk/org oscar that has small white spots all over his body which I believe is ich and I have treated. My concern is that oscar has a large lump on his stomach where he would excrete waste and it has caused what I can only think to describe as skin bubbles to form from it can you plz help me cause this is my kids pet and it would be a great loss to our family since we've had him a yr and they've watched him grow from an inch long to almost six.

alex mclaughlin - 2011-01-16
3 of my female guppy,s have grey opaque patches on their body and are flicking against rocks and gravel. Other younger females are suffering from frayed tails and fins. Can you help me diagnose the disease and treatments? I have a 90 ltr tank with 30 guppies and carry out a water change every fortnight sometimes every wk depending on nitrate levels. My ph is 6.8 and dh is 8. I look forward to hearing your response.

Lauren - 2011-01-16
Hi, I have three fish but suddenly 2 weeks ago one died out of the blue
I came home from work the other night to find one of my fish at the bottom
Of the tank not moving basically dead but it started swimming normally the
Day after but it has got White spots on his body and tail and the other one
Has swollen and blood shot eyes please help I love my fish! Ohh they are goldfish.

Litzie - 2011-01-14
Hi my name is Litzie. I'm having a problem with my goldfish. He's a lion head. He will be 1yr this July . I noticed that every time he swims he turns around not the normal swimming like straight. His always in one side close to the plastic plant. But every time we feed them he eats good but still he turns around every move he makes. I used to feed them once a day in the morning but my husband tried to feed them again at night. What do you think we should do? My other 3 fishes are good but this is the only one who turns around. But he has no spots at all but his stomach is bigger. Pls...tell me what can I do to protect my. I love my fish PLEASE help.

Ricardo - 2011-01-12
I have two juvenile tiger oscars who's skin has started 2 turn kind of cloudy, and they occasionally rub against the rocks at the bottom of the tank. What could be the problem and how do I treat it?