Animal Stories - Fish Disease and Treatment


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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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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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Anonymous - 2010-06-14
What is the best way to disinfect a tank and filter system after its been infected? I've lost all the fish, and they had dropsy and ulcers( that I know of, maybe more). I want to start over but don't know how to safely clean the tank.

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  • Dan. - 2010-07-02
    Best thing to do is just drain it and let everything dry out for a few days, just remember to cycle your filters properly before setting back up with any new fish.
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sharri - 2010-06-13
I have a fan tail that is turning black. She was very orange in color. I have treated the tank with lifeguard all in one treatment and I don't know what else it is or how to treat?

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  • Daniel. - 2010-07-02
    It may not need any treatment, sometimes goldfish can simply change colour as they age, I've had black ones turn orange and white before.
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Bri - 2010-06-25
I have a 2 year old female Angelfish, it is about 3.5 inches and in the last month I noticed a bulge that protrudes on the right side of its body in the center. There are no damaged scales, my fish is still eating normally and swimming fine and doesn't seem to be in any distress. Does anyone know what this could be, is it an enlarged internal organ, parasite, or disease? And what can I do to try and help this fishy out.

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  • Daniel - 2010-07-02
    It's possible it could be a tumor, but it's also possible it could simply be constipation, try altering it's diet for a few days, feeding blood worms for a couple of days should help flush out any problems, however if it's a tumor i'm afraid there's nothing you can do.
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Nikki - 2010-07-01
My electric blue dempsy is acting very strange we have had them for 4 days and they seem to be just at a stand still in the corner of the tank it's either at the way top or in the middle. I don't know why they are doing that they started doing this tuesday.

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