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Introduction to aquarium fish diseases and treatments.
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Evan - 2013-01-10
My dojo loach recently got sick, he has a bent back but not at a strange angle,just consistently bent. Does anyone have ideas because that is the only symptom he is showing. Please reply i do not have much time.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-11
    Unless the fish was injured in some way, it could be that you are dealing with Fish Tuberculosis. Developing a bent back (spine) is the symptom of this and unfortunately it can't be cured.
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melissa - 2013-01-08
i have a very sick dojo loach. he has a very swollen body & i have been treating it with all the med i can get at the store. ive seen lil white worms but the meds will kill them i clean out the tank & my loach gets a lil better but i cant seem to get rid of whatever it is. please help, the loach is 6 yrs old. i feel soo bad for him. any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-08
    Have you checked all your water levels?  Could your loach be constipated? Could be chasing the wrong issue.  There are Planaria, tiny non-parasitic worms, live in the substrate in most well established tanks. Sometimes they can be seen crawling on the glass too.

    They are an essential part of the food web and biological diversity in an ecosystem or an established aquarium.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-09
    thank you for respondind j. ya he seemsvery sick it looks like underneath his bulging stomach its grey like hes full of something? i dont know he is definately not swimming or acting like he is ok? are those lil white worms able to make the fish sick? the non parasityic ones u described? any other ideas?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    Have you tried feeding it peas to see if it is a constipation issue? Maybe add some Epsom Salt.  Tetras are known to control the worms.  The worms should be harmless if that is what they are.  I'd try treating constipation.  Loach do tend to get over wieght and over eat as they age.
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Suryashis - 2013-01-08
I bought a couple of fantails a week back and it was on the first day itself after bringing the fishes that I noticed one small whitish scar on the tail of one of them. At first I did not pay much heed but over the next few days I saw the number of such spots have gone up in its tail and the previous one has slightly increased in size. No such scars have appeared on its body and the fish is playful as before. I don't think it's ick. Have tried to cure it using salt (NaCl), methylene blue, malachite green but to no avail. Please suggest a remedy.

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Sylvia - 2013-01-06
Hello Sir, I Have 2 Fantail Goldfish. But Since 2 days my one goldfish lips have turned red as if it have put a lipstick on the lips and her eyes r also snowy types and have little redness arouund it. the other one's stomach is bulky like and now it goes at the bottom to breath. it has also reddish colour on one eye. Sir, pls can u help me in curing them.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Sounds like a bacterial infection.  Should be treatable with medication.
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T.j. McCandless - 2013-01-05
Please help! : I have a Red Devil Cichlid its starting to get pits above its gills and a white almost furry coating on its back. this fish came with our tank she's a great fish but i cant tell whats wrong. Any and all insight well be welcomed

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-06
    Couple possibilities without seeing.

    A whitish-grayish coating on the skin, ulcers, damaged fins, patches on the gills, and erosion of the head tissue, all indicate Columnaris or Cotton Wool Disease, which is extremely contagious. Immediate antibiotic treatment, and disinfecting of the tank is essential. Another highly contagious cichlid disease where disinfecting the tank becomes essential is Fish Tuberculosis.Slime Disease caused by parasites has symptoms of a white coating, reddening, folded fins, and irregular swimming. This must be treated immediately with parasitic medication. Raising the water temperature would also be helpful.
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emma - 2013-01-03
My blood-red jewel cichilid has a red eye that looks like it is puffing up. I think it is pop eye,but I'm just not sure. Can you please tell me what my fish has, and how to treat it? Help!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Pop eye is normally a water condition problem or an injury.  Seperate fish and treat with epsom salt.   Watch for fungal or bacterial issues that may happen after pop eye starts.  Should clear up with pristine water and the addition of the salt.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-04
    Pop eye is normally a water condition problem or an injury.  Seperate fish and treat with epsom salt.   Watch for fungal or bacterial issues that may happen after pop eye starts.  Should clear up with pristine water and the addition of the salt.
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Cressy - 2012-11-05
I have an 8 inch oscar in a 55 gallon tank, i recently had to move him to a smaller tank for a short period of time. He was unhappy, swimming around frantically, running into walls, so I put him back into his home. Water conditions are all good, but he is laying on the bottom of the tank and is missing scales, he also has no interest in eating...please help!! I dont want to lose Fred!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-05
    Oscars will get a bit of an attitude and pot from moving them around.  The change can be extremely stressful to these fish.  They normally come around.  I would try some of his favorite food or maybe some live foods to perk it up a bit.
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Jo - 2011-08-26
Hi there. My neons seem to be dying one at a time. The develop a bulge on their belly behind their fins. Can someone please tell me what this is.

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  • ashiq - 2011-08-29
    bcoz of costie disease treatment is to dip in the sol of kmno4 or methyl blue
  • Deana - 2012-06-17
    Sounds like you have neon tetra disease for which there is no known cure :( Most say to get them out as fast as you can to try and save the ones you can. If they start to feed on them they will all die. I had a whole tank lost, but a few when I went to a local Pet Store and it was passed to my fish of Many,many years! I was heartbroken:( Clean you tank well.Good luck.
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Pat Miller - 2012-10-17
I Have 55 gal tank with gold severiums. Air pump went out used another I had. Too strong cloudy stuff came from air tubes. I am using ony one air tube now. Helps keep cloudy water clearer. Problem- fish are scratching pretty bad.Raised temp a added salt 1tsp per gallon overa few says. These fish are so pretty. Should i strip the tank. Husband passed did it about every 5 yrs. Also have 140 gal same fish ok so far. Please help these fish were born in the tank. About 2yrs old. thanks don't know what else to do...

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-18
    Check your amonia levels.  High amonia will tend to make fish itchy.
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Chris Norris - 2011-07-08
I have a two and a half inch long fin bristle nose. When I got him, he had awesum long fins. After having him for two mounths his fins are not as nice as they were. He is in realy good conditions and he has never been nibbled on. Can you please tell me what this is?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-08
    I included the article on Fish Disease and Treatment. It might be Fin & Tail rot which is a bacteial infection. He could have had it when you brought him home. He could have hurt himself somehow in the tank and it caused a bacterial infection. Another fish could have nipped him. It happens. Anyway, look at the article and find the symptoms and check out that disease and just look at symptoms in general. The recomended treatment is there.
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