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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Jennifer - 2013-11-25
I bought two new balloon Mollys 4 days ago and they have fin rot. One of the Molly's was pregnant and had her babies on the way home from the fish store. My question is can I treat my tank and four day old babies for fin rot with out killing all of the babies?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I believe you can, read the medication carefully though, just to make sure. It would be best if you could treat the adults in a separate tank though. Also make sure the water is pristine in the tank with the babies.
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Brian Boliba - 2013-12-07
My adult male midas cichlid has a lumpy redish swollen sore on one side behind the gill but before the fin. He is acting normal, eating normal and swimming normal. But this red lumpy looking growth is worrying me. Please help. I have no idea what it is or how I should start to treat it. He is in a 200 gallon tank with 7 other fish. Should I have to seperate him I only have a 35 gallon tank, would this be ok?? Thanks for any help! I have pictures of this growth/sore.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Various types of problems could cause a lump, though they are all just guesses. It could be An injury like from an aggressive tankmate, an ammonia burn, a bacterial infection, or possibly a fungal infection,

    Cases where similar wounds have been reported as treated successfully by directly applying melafix to the site with a q-tip. If you  rule out injury, then look at a bacterial infection, possibly columnaris. You could definitely isolate the fish and treat it with a broad spectrum antibacterial medication.

    Because you are commenting through the facebook app, you can upload pictures of your fish here as well.
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Shamin Shax - 2013-12-06
plz help me my silver arowana not wel not eat 3 week ago and line down plz help me plz

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    A fish that isn't eating, will not survive. So the question is, why is the fish not eating. Water quality may very well be the reason, do a water change (use a water conditioner especially if you have chlorinated water), and then watch your ammonia and nitrite levels closely. Then look for aggressors, are there other fish that are dominating the tank? And finally, look at the habitat, make sure your fish is comfortable with appropriate decor and hiding places. If all that is good, then try enticing him to eat with live foods, bloodworms work great for this. Good luck!
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paing oo htut - 2013-12-04
My goldfish is in an upside down position now. What can I do? I have no medicine for fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Goldfish can suffer from internal 'swim bladder' problems. A good treatment is to feed some peas (thawed and skinned).
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Judy - 2013-12-01
Hi... I have a new (one of four) shebunkin goldfish that has developed a slightly swollen belly, amber colored and slightly bulging eyes, and a few red spots on her body. She was in a 600 gallon aquarium with other fish, and began to act sluggish three days ago, but would still eat when they were fed. I've moved her to a hospital tank because I noticed the red spots and the problem with her eyes. She now will make an attempt to go after her food and eat, but will immediately spit it out. Any ideas as to what this is and how to treat it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Goldfish are prone to bloating, called bloat or dropsy. Bloating can be caused by bacteria that are commonly present in all aquariums. Healthy fish rarely effected and are only susceptible when their immune system has been compromised by some stress factor. Stress factors can be poor water quality, diet, or aggressive tankmates. Usually bloat doesn't cause bleeding externally, but can result in red streaking on the body or fins. The mortality rate is high, but if caught early it may be cured. The best treatment is to move it to a hospital tank, add salt at 1 tsp per gallon of water, feed high quality foods, and treat with an antibiotic.
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frank - 2013-11-26
I have had goldfish in an outside pond for over 2 years. I clean it out monthly and have great filters and aeration and they have grown well and healthy but this last 2 weeks I noticed scales on the bottom of my pond and have lost 6 goldfish in a week. I'm gutted as I love my fish can anybody help please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    If scales are falling off it may be bacterial, and it could indicate something is wrong with the water. Improved water quality can help to enable your goldfish's immune system to resist accumulating problems. The best thing may be to take a dead fish (within about 1/2 hour of dying) to a pathologist to determine the exact problem.
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Chen Joseph - 2013-11-07
My fish is having problems ....his head is shrinking and is not swiming ....he just eat some pellet and the go back to the floor and sits ....his under belly is flat but his side belly is a bit bulging ....what disease is that .... I am now treating it with flower horn special (rid all ) and azoo bacteria treating powder and even raise the temp to 30c .... Is the treatment ok ....l what disease is my fh having please suggest me if there is a better treatment ....the ph 7.5 and ammonia is 0 and the nitrate is 0 also just did a water change .....please advice

 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm so sorry to hear about the problems your fish is having.  It could very well be that it is suffering from what is known as Hole-in-the-Head Disease or Head and Lateral Line Erosion Disease (HLLD or HLLE). See details and treatments above for this under Hole-in-the-Head Disease. Unfortunately this is a rather common ailment for such fish as the Flower Horn Cichlid, Oscar Cichlids, and a number of other large South American large cichlids. It can even affect the common angelfish. It could also be Hexamita, which is a disease with very similar symptoms to HLLD.

    Everything you are doing is good. The azoo bacteria treating powder can help with preventing/treating any secondary infections that may result. Under Hexamita above you will see a treatment using the drug metronidazole. Metronidazol can also be effective when treating Hole-in-the-Head, so would be another treatment you may want to try. Wishing you and your fish the best!
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Joseph - 2013-11-07
Want to enquire about my flower horn fish ...I am confuse to what disease he is having .... His head is shrinking and is not swimming .... He just sits on the floor and when I give food he just comes up and eat some pellet and again go down and sits ..... His lower body or stomach is flats but his side belly is bulging ....l I have shifted him to a hospital tank and raised the temp to 30 degree Celsius and put some flower horn special ( rid all ) and azoo anti bacteria powder ....so is the treatment ok for this disease and want to know is there other treatment for this

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I believe this is the same questions as that from Chen Joseph above... so please see my reply their:) and good luck!
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linda - 2013-10-18
Well it started when I went to a larger tank almost two years ago. Now got a new tank with problems, lost a lot of fish, couldn't get it to clear up and then my largest oscar got hole in head. Treated it then but still cloudy water and now have two large jack dempseys and platy and catfish they are my only fish left. Tank is 100 gal and is still messed up I'm so frustrated. It's cloudy bad and has a green hue, yes I do water changes, don't know what to do now. The jack has something wrong with his mouth, he doesn't close it all the way and it's got like a flap of skin on top inside. Doesn't look the same as other fish I'm so upset I have 4 other tanks and they are beautiful please help me.

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Kumaresh - 2013-10-18
Hi All, I have a 20 gallon tank with three Gold fish and two Blue johanni cichlids. From two days one of the gold fish is swiming only on top and not eating anything as well not active. I have changed the water around 30% and added fresh water treated with commen salt 3%. After that also Fish is in same condition. I fear a lot that it may die as already I experienced. What should I do to protect my fish?

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