Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment

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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Brier - 2010-10-17
Hello. I have a calico telescope butterfly who is really having a difficult time. She is now in a hospital tank and I am using salt. Every morning she is completely limp, listless, somewhat curved to the side. I am able to hand feed her (mostly dethawed blood worms} She seems pale and thin. I have had her for 1 and 1/2 years and she has not grown much. She does have very large eyes and a deformed mouth. After feeding her she seems completely well again for the rest of the day and then again the next morning I think she might die. I have always made sure she eats well and put her in a net house so she could eat at her own pace. I have several types of food that I rotate {flakes, daphnia {dethawed and freeze dried}, pellets, vegetables} Her tankmates are around the same age but different types {lionheads, orandas, ryukins} and they are thriving. She is now in her own tank though, and will remain there because she is so fragile. With the amount of food she is eating, it would seem she has something inside her that is eating it for her. Please help if you can, I am unable to figure this out.

Ebony - 2010-10-17
My Painted Glass fish has white spots on its fins that resemble eggs. What could this be?

Missy B - 2010-10-17
Please help! My mother in law has an African Lungfish (which she absolutely loves) & recently he has developed this huge tumor on his body, I would say near his groin area (if the fish were to have a groin) more specifically it is near his back "legs" or whatever they are. She doesn't know what to do & doesn't want him to die. Can anyone help?

Nicole M. Rios - 2010-10-12
My Best Friend Liz and I got a male betta (fighting fish.) We started to notice black specks on his fins. They keep increasing in number and Liz and I becoming increasingly worried. WHAT ON EARTH SHOULD WE DO?

jemma - 2010-10-10
One of my fish is swimming upside down and doesn't look happy at all he gonna die :( what can I do? xjx

Marianne - 2010-10-08
I have a fish and don't know what kind.... I'll call her lucy.... lucy started getting really red has progressed to being chopped up like something is eating her flesh around her mouth... it looks frightening. What is this.....?

Anonymous - 2010-10-08
I had three goldfish then one just dropped dead out of the blue and now I have noticed one of the remaining fish has strange red spots on its body two of which are swollen and stick out of the body.

Christina - 2010-10-07
I have a fancy goldfish that has developed red streaks on part of the tail and white spots on the same area. It also looks like they are moving to the other part of the tail fin. He doesn't really act like he is in any distress. I am not sure if just a water change is in order or if I need to do a hospital tank and treat there or both tanks? I have 3 fancy goldfish and one Plecostomus.

Gary Montgomery - 2010-10-03
Hi there...I have a 55 gallon tank that had about 75 baby plecos in it and all a sudden they started dying...There are also 6 large ones along with 3 black mollys and 2 coradorys which do not seem to be affected by what is going on...I have transferred a few small ones to another tank that was just set up and they are also dying...They do not show any symptoms and I am treating the water with something called Rid Fungus and am hoping that will work...Any information would be greatly appreciated...Thank you very much....

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  • Ron - 2010-10-05
    Are you certain that the plecos are getting enough to eat? Seems like a lot of fish in a 55 gallon even if they are babies (plus the other fish you have in with them). Plecos are someone nocturnal so most feeding would go on at night. Also, could your larger plecos be attacking the smaller ones at night mistaking them for food? Even though you moved some to another tank, the damage may have already been done. I hope by now the problem has cleared up.
Adam Jones - 2010-09-12
Hi, 2 of my seventeen goldfish are really bloated - not with overfeeding, please could you advise?

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  • Danni - 2010-09-27
    That could be bloat, or if not you may want to look at other goldfish pictures. Some (especially pearl-scale) goldfish can look rounded as they get older and larger.
  • Ron - 2010-10-05
    Do the scales appear to be sticking outward from the fish? If so, they may have dropsy. Best to use for that is Fungus Clear by Jungle. Remove the charcoal from the filters but do not discontinue filtration.