Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment

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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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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.
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.