Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Yevgeniy - 2010-08-01
I have had a 40 gallon aquarium for a while now and then I got the algae problem, so I bought Algae Destroyer Advanced by MARS, it promised on the bottle that it wouldn't harm my fish or plants, so I used the dose recommended on the instructions, and every time I'd use it, about 2 minutes after I put it in the water clear tiny worms appear everywhere, at first I thought it was the algae but then I looked closer and they were moving. I have no clue what they are and they scare me. If anyone knows please reply to my problem!

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  • Dave B - 2010-08-05
    This sounds like a round or flatworm has taken hold in your aquarium. You may be able to kill them with a copper based anti-parasitic medication (the algae destroyer is probably copper based). There are also anti-fluke and worm medications that are usually used for anchor worms on the fish itself. These might work as well. The ultimate solution if these don't work is the dreaded complete aquarium clean with the associated cycling of the biological filter. If you have to resort to this it would be best to change everything in the aquarium or sterilize it with a thorough cleaning.
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Samantha - 2010-08-02
When I purchased my black moor he was very energetic. Once I added him to my tank with 4 other goldfish he began to move very slowly. It has been three days and all he does is lay upside down or on his side. I moved him to a "hospital tank" but I'm concerned. My children have became attached and I don't want them to see him die. Please help.

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  • Dave B - 2010-08-05
    It sounds like he is stressed. It could be one or several things. Temperature difference, ammonia levels too high (the existing fish could be adapted to it), bullying by other fish or overcrowding, onset of a disease like dropsy, low oxygen levels (make sure there is plenty of aeration and water movement at the top. Check these things to try and narrow it down. If your aquarium is fairly new, check for ammonia and nitrite levels above zero.
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ellie - 2010-07-30
I have a community tank which I have been treating for white spot for the last 10 days with a 32c temperature and salt. They all seem to be doing a lot better but I've noticed on one of the larger fish a red growth on his lower lip. It looks like a grain of rice and I have no idea what it is. I've read that it could be a worm of some sort and removed but another site said don't try to take it off try to treat it so I haven't a clue now - I'm still not 100% sure WHAT it is xxx

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nikki - 2010-07-28
I have a pond with koi carp in I have 1 fish which has white spot, I have noticed this fish has little lumps under the scales, I have another fish which has these little lumps but also has some raised scales which are becoming red and a scale near its tail is very raised and very red, help please does anyone have any ideas and yes I am treating my pond for white spot.

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Virginia - 2010-07-22
We have a goldfish and koi pond in back yard--about 26 fish altogether. It is a lovely pond with a lovely waterfall & everything. One of our goldfish is bloated--getting bigger every day. At first, I thought it was going to have eggs. But now it is going sideways and having trouble swimming straight. Is there anything I can do or will it die--Is this something that the other fish can catch?

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paul - 2010-07-12
I have a three year old pleco, in a large community tank. He now has open sores on his head and now underside, I have no other fish sick in the tank. He is eating still, polus moving as normal. Can you advise how I can treat him?

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David Carter - 2010-07-09
I have a black moor which has lost all his black coloring, he looks ok still has a good appetite what is up?

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donna lynch - 2010-07-06
Would looking at freshwater fishes, tetras and barbs, through a magnifying glass be harmful to the fish? My uncle is blind and after lots of looking my fish show signs of ich, just wondered.

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cheryl - 2010-07-03
I have had a Nicaraguan Cichlid for about 3 years, never any health problems. She developed what looked like mouth fungus so I treated her on Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday with Maracyn & it resolved. Now, on Saturday, I wake up to find her pale, standing in her head & gasping (bottom of tank). There is a male in the tank with her (got them together) & he is fine.

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El - 2010-06-12
I have a spotted plecostomus, fairly 2 inches long (small) and new (bought him 2weeks ago), who I noticed had a red spot on one of his fins, but he wasn't exhibiting any symptoms, eating normal for about a week now... And today, I noticed a whitish cotton growth around the area of the red spot which seems to fall under a possible fungal infection... But before I could treat the fungal infection, I need to treat the initial cause of the fungal infection which is the red spot which I don't know what it is... Can anyone help me?

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  • Dan. - 2010-07-02
    It's possible there may be some sort of parasitic infection, the fungus is a secondary infection feeding off the dead tissue, it could be being caused by skin flukes, best thing to do is take it to your local aquatics specialist and let them have a look they can then advise you on the best course of treatment.
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