Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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g hall - 2010-11-10
Goldfish, it is getting red at the base of its fins and looks like bleeding under the skin on about 1/3 of its body.

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Tazmen - 2010-11-10
My fancy goldfish has red all over his/her bottom, and the little fins there are dried up and look like they are about to fall off. Also, his/her eye looks like it "popped". like, one eye is normal, gold in the center, black around that. But the other eye looks like it was popped, the black is all over the eye. I think its a physical injury, but am I wrong? Can somebody recommend something I could do?

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Ron C - 2010-11-09
My fish are scraping on the bottom and other things in the tank. Ph is 7.6 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 0. Water changes weekly. I have 4 Swords and 3 Guppies. Also 9 assorted baby swords and Guppies. I have lost some fish and 1 Sword is going to die if I do not fix this this soon. I have put salt to the tank and am using Quick Cure for parasites. My water temp is 80 right now, I raised it up from 78.

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Allison - 2010-11-09
(I realize I posted this in comments by accident, my apologies)

Our fish have not been healthy, one recently died. His symptoms started as a cloudy white "cataract" on each eye. They seemed to be popping out slightly, attached to the outside of the eye, but this could have been an illusion, I can't be sure. Later, the "cataracts" seemed to be going away, but within a day or two his fins and gill filaments were being rapidly eaten away to become a frayed mess, and his skin/scales were sloughing off! He died very shortly after (assumingly of asphyxiation, thanks to his destroyed gills) on his back, on the bottom of the tank. He seemed unable to get up, though he tried a few times. We didn't want to try and scoop him upright and just cause him more stress...

After he died, one of the other fish became afflicted with the exact same symptoms, and then we knew it must be something contagious. We feared losing another fish, but he seems to have made a full recovery. His skin and everything have grown back and his "cataracts" are gone. The third fish (the bully we feared had possibly beat up the first one) was never afflicted, though he did suffer from gasping a lot, his gills expanding to probably twice the size. He never got worse, though. He seems better now, too.

I told my mom to take them to a vet, but she remains adamant that vets do not treat fish... Perhaps she is right, so I am posting here. Anyone know what happened with our fish? I didn't see anything I could compare 100%. I have no idea what kinds of fish they are, but the two who were afflicted were the same kind, while the one who never showed the same symptoms is a different kind.

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Allison - 2010-11-09
Our fish have not been healthy, one recently died. His symptoms started as a cloudy white "cataract" on each eye. They seemed to be popping out slightly, attached to the outside of the eye, but this could have been an illusion, I can't be sure. Later, the "cataracts" seemed to be going away, but within a day or two his fins and gill filaments were being rapidly eaten away to become a frayed mess, and his skin/scales were sloughing off! He died very shortly after (assumingly of asphyxiation, thanks to his destroyed gills) on his back, on the bottom of the tank. He seemed unable to get up, though he tried a few times. We didn't want to try and scoop him upright and just cause him more stress...

After he died, one of the other fish became afflicted with the exact same symptoms, and then we knew it must be something contagious. We feared losing another fish, but he seems to have made a full recovery. His skin and everything have grown back and his "cataracts" are gone. The third fish (the bully we feared had possibly beat up the first one) was never afflicted, though he did suffer from gasping a lot, his gills expanding to probably twice the size. He never got worse, though. He seems better now, too.

I told my mom to take them to a vet, but she remains adamant that vets do not treat fish... Perhaps she is right, so I am posting here. Anyone know what happened with our fish? I didn't see anything I could compare 100%.

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Molly - 2010-11-09
I have a pearlscale goldfish that is having a hard time staying upright. When he can turn himself upright he swims towards the bottom but eventually gets worn out and floats upside down towards the top of the tank. He does have an appetite and there is poop on the bottom of the tank so I don't think he's constipated.

Could this be a problem with his swim bladder? Any suggestions on treatment?

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suzy - 2010-11-07
My oscar fish is going crazy in my fish tank it's swimming backwards banging its face on the bottom or the side of the tank keeps falling on its side swimming upside down and on its side breathing really hard doesn't even eat anymore the colour of my fish keeps changing its yellowish brown and black spots and it keeps going in the corner and hides under rocks my other oscar fish looks fine eats all the time and swims fine?

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Mike - 2010-11-06
My fish is swimming upside down on surface, her belly is bloated, can hardly swim to the bottom, when she swims down she immediately comes back up to surface, seems has air in her stomach.

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eric - 2010-11-02
I'm not too sure what kind of fish I have but it's stomach is getting very big like it's pregnant but it has a hole looking circle on it's side....I had another fish kind of like it and it did the same thing with the swollen belly and we found the top half of him floating in the tank about 2 months later...what should I do so I can prevent this from happening again?

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Subhajit Das - 2010-11-01
I have a fish in my aquarium whose tail is appearing to be bent for the last few days. What medicine am I going to administer?

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