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  1. Let's start with the swim bladder most case of swim bladder are cause by over feeding and the stomach putting pressure on the swim bladder constipation or bacterial infection of the swim bladder and injury to the swim bladder Frist I would recommend fasting your fish for a couple of days and doing epsom salt baths 1 table spoon for 2 gallons as eposm salt acts as a muscle relaxants to help with constipation if that has no effect then I would treat with antibiotic medication in food Kanaplex is my go to antibiotic treatment you could also use maracyn2 and furan2 are not very effective at a higher pH above 7.8 if your in the UK I would treat with Sera baktopur direct tables if it's a damage swim bladder caused by an injury it case of wait and see some will improve given time other will not improve and may have to be euthanize if you think there suffering clove oil is one of the most humane ways to euthanize your fish
  2. Hiya all. I have a male guppy who has what looks like tail nipping or rot. I'm not entirely sure. A little back story. When I first introduced him to the tank he chased my female Mollie everywhere all day long to the point where she's begun to chase him away. I really can't blame her, she looks very annoyed with him. The male Mollie doesn't really have an interest in her however. So I decided why not get the boy guppy a girlfriend and see what happens. Maybe he can shift his "hornyness" elsewhere and leave the girl Mollie alone for a while.. lol After getting him a female guppy, she now chases him too. To the point where he is constantly hiding and on the bottom of the tank. He swims around once and while as normal but gets chased no matter where he goes unless he hides. He will eat a little but won't go to the surface to feed because he gets chased away and relies on getting the food that has gone to the bottom, which isn't very much since the other fish gobble it up. I've tried sinking pellets near him and while he might get just one, the other fish zoom in a steal it from him and he goes back in to hiding and stays there on the bottom for the most part. I noticed today his tail is frayed which leads me to believe he's being nipped and bullied by these two girls. I've put him in an small breeder/isolation tank to see what's going on and to hopefully keep his stress level down from being chased so much. Here are my tank parameters: 10 gallon, 4 fish in total 2 Mollies: 1 male, 1 female 2 Guppies: 1 male, 1 female Water Temp: 78 degrees Live plants: Anubias ,Java Fern and Anacharis Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate around 30ish+ ppm Ph. 8.0-8.2 His tail looks clear of any gunk or ich as far as I can tell, just ratty and I've tried to get the best pics I can but of course he moves his tail and it's hard to get a perfectly clear pic. If anyone can offer any advice if this indeed looks like tail nipping or perhaps rot, your help it would be appreciated. 🙂 ♥
  3. KristinaC

    Fin Rot?

    10 gallon tank is 6 months old. ph 6.7 amonia 0 nitrites 0 nitrates 0 (heavily planted) Temp 78-80 Our water is on the hard side. Is this fin rot? I'm not sure! He always had sort of fringy fins but now I'm worried it's something I should be treating. Thinking of using Maracyn on the whole tank.
  4. I brought 6 Julii Corydoras home from my LFS yesterday, put them into quarantine, and fed them live bloodworms hoping to fatten them up before medicating. One had what I thought was an injured Pectoral fin and possible injury to his swim bladder. I put him into a separate nursery tank I was preparing that had already been medicated with Methylene Blue, hoping to prevent infection. This morning he had passed away, and I noticed that a few of the other Corys now had large portions of their fins missing and fraying. Other than the damaged fins, I have not seen any signs of the remaining 5 acting unusual. They are resting together in their shoal and traveling up to the top of the tank for air. I am guessing this is fin rot, but I have never dealt with this before with my livebearers. The picture I added is the one who seems to be in the worst shape. His entire tailfin has completely frayed away. I have added aquarium salt to their tank at half the usual dose; although, I know there is conflicting information about how sensitive to it corys really are. On hand, I have the Quarantine Trio, Methylene Blue, API Aquarium Salt and Malachite Green. In the past, I have known people to use Maracyn 2 for Fin rot, but I can't find it anywhere at a reasonable price or that could be shipped to me in time. Will regular Maracyn work? Should I go get Malefix from Petco? Water Parameters: pH: 7.2 Nitrates: ~15 ppm Hardness: ~200 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Ammonia: 0 ppm KH/Buffer: ~40 ppm Water Temperature: 79.1F
  5. Elser

    Discus Fin Rot

    Guys I need some help. One of my breeding discus has fin rot and now is showering this awful bloated stomach and I just don’t know what to do. I have tried A combo of Salt and Rid ich plus, water changing everyday and re-dosing salt for the amount of water that was removed and full dosing Rid ich each time. After one week of that it still got progressively worse and now the discus has a huge bloated stomach. Here are my current parameters based on coop test strips. Nitrate: 5 Hardness: 25 Buffer: 40 pH: 6.4 temp: 83
  6. Hi folks 👋🏻 I'm Julia, nice to join your CARE community! This will be a journal of my fish-keeping journey in Canada. Having a weak memory I need a place to keep track of my mistakes (and hopefully successes in future) and forum seems to be a nicer, safer place than Facebook group. Will start documenting my first *stressful* month into the hobby tomorrow and share my story 🐟
  7. Hello everyone, Can someone please confirm if my betta has columnaris? I have only just stopped treating him for fin rot, but just today I notice there is white stuff coming out of his mouth. It also looks like he is discoloured underneath (can be faintly seen in the second image). He has also just gone off his food and is lethargic. I have treated the tank with aquarium salts and primafix (this stuff). The last fortnight I did 100% water changes and dosing with primafix and salts to treat the fin rot- which finally seemed to be getting better, and now this! I appreciate any advice as this is a very new hobby. Thank-you
  8. Hi, 3 days ago I purchased 10 Glowligh tetras from a pet shop. Upon arrival at home I noticed one of them had some white spots on the tail and some white on the fins. Another one had some redness on their stomach which now turned into what's seen on the photo, I assume fungus? I'm not sure what the disease is and what medication to treat it with. Water parameters are all perfect. As of now in the house I have: Seachem's Prime, Stability, Clarity Interpet's Anti Fungus and Finrotn, Interpet's Aqualibrium first aid salt additive, AllPondSollutions Aquarium Rescue, King British Disease Clear and King British White spot Control Since I don't have a hospital tank and other fish now started showing some white on their fins I will be treating the whole 58L tank at once. The two fish with the most visible symptoms are in the photo. Any help is much appreciated
  9. Hello! I have a roughly 2-3 year old male betta and I've noticed his fins have begun to appear more and more torn over time. He is in a small 2g temporary bowl with a filter that I only turn on occasionally due to his sensitivity of high current. The reason that he is in this take in the first place is that we are moving and don't want to transport another tank (but we will definitely be upgrading him later😁). Does his torn fins look like fin rot or something else? Thanks in advance!
  10. Can't get a good picture, but can give a good description: 1 angelfish in a lightly planted 55 gallon. Only tank mates are snails. Every few months, 1 tiny white 3D dot will appear on a boney part of a fin - not the webbed part. The dot tends to be about 1 cm from the tip. After days to weeks, the bone is bent at the dot, as if broken. A few days later, the dot and the boney section past it simply fall off. The most frequent fins are the 2 long dangly ventral fins. Currently, there are 3 of these white dots - 1 on a ventral, and 2 on the tips of the anal fin. This has been happening for years, but I'd never seen 3 at a time before. Parameters: pH 7.8-8.0 Nitrates 10-30 Hardness 11 Nitrite 0 Ammonia 0 KH/Buffer 3 Water Temperature 76 Any ideas?
  11. Hey fellow fish Nerms, In one of my previous posts I asked you guys, "where should I position this tank" its a fluval spec 5 gallon. Well I decided to ignore everyones input because I thought of a even BETTA 😉 idea (not that your ideas weren't good its just I didn't want the tank taking up so much space on my desk) I have decided to put it on my dresser. See the picture below. Anyways in the post I said I wanted an all white platinum betta, well I changed my mind. I went on aquabid this morning and saw all these GOURGOUES bettas for only like $20 (the platinum ones I had my eye one were like $30, and the ones on aquabid were WAY nicer looking). So I plan to make my first order off aquabid in this comming week. But before I geta betta I need to aquascape it. My idea was a Monte Carlo carpet with Amazon Frogbit tucked away in the back corner (I will be making a barrier so that the frogbit wont spread past it). I plan on then doing a peice of small dragon stone for in the center of the tank, no co2 injections. I have decided to do a Journal for this betta tank, My plan is to go to the fishstore on Saturday and get everything I need for the tank.
  12. Hi! I'm new here. I have a question. And one of my neon tetras in a school of 7 in a 10 gallon tank with 1 nerite snail has some fin rot. I don't know why. I immediately tested my water, and it came out 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite, ~30 ppm nitrate. I do 25% water changes each week, and I have cryptocorynes, and some vallisneria. I had this tank setup for about two years. Anyone have some ideas?
  13. Hi all, I’m wondering is this Mbuna suffering from fin rot, or is the result of aggression? I don’t witness too much aggression, and there are 2 other fish in the tank (out of about 20) with similar symptoms. Water conditions 40ppm nitrates 0 ammonia or nitrites. Ph is 7, temperature is 27 Celsius. About. 55 gallon tank. The debris is bubbles from the filter drawing in air 🙂 I’m in Ireland so meds are limited. Thanks all for any help 🙂
  14. Hi, The water parameters are as follows: Nitrate: 20 Nitrite: 0 GH: 150 (usual) Chlorine: 0 KH: 80 (usual) pH 7.8/8.0 (usual) Temp: 72 - I just realized this and am raising the temperature to 80 This is my brother's fish who I knew had been struggling for a month or two, but I just saw recently how badly he's doing. His tail is usually a half-moon shape, so I think that he's had some serious fin rot. Can someone help diagnose and advise? His coloration is quite faded from when we got him, especially on his tail and near his head. The heater was displaying an incorrect temperature, so I just realized he's been a little chilly for a while and I'm raising the temperature now. I think this guy is going to need a bit more than warm waters to recover, however. Is there a recommended course of action? Many thanks for any advice!
  15. DAY 1: Sunday, April 4th - Moved my Betta (Buddha) to a hospital tank and treated him once with Maracyn, Ich-X and ParaCleanse. I did not feed Buddha, further medicate him or do a water change. Day 7: Sunday, April 11th - I did a partial water change (25%) and began feeding Buddha. He has been eating, swimming about his tank from top to bottom. And comes to greet me when he sees me. He has been sloughing off small bits of dead fin tissue Day 12: Friday, April 16th - I woke to find a large chunk of Buddha's tail at the bottom of the tank. He ate his breakfast of brine shrimp and is swimming around as usual. I understand the rotted fin & tail bits need to slough off and that it takes time for healing and regrowth. However, I was not expecting to see a large chunk 12 days in to treatment. I change did a 25% water change today rather than wait til Sunday. I've read the 3 signs of healing are eating, active and new growth. Buddha is eating and is active, but I have seen no sign of regrowth as of yet. The water parameters are okay. Water temperature is steady at 80. And, there are live plants in the tank, minimal decor, a sponge filter and no substrate. The Cories, Ottos and Pleco in Buddha's home tank are all well, if this might factor in somehow. The water parameters have always been good in the home tank, except for that time I was probably over feeding the fish and didn't hange ou the water as often as I should have. Buddha is a Half-Moon Betta, dark blue with a black fins & tail. Sadly, I think he was sick well before I knew it because of the dark fins & tail. With all that information and the big chunk of tail, what are your thoughts on whether I should retreat Buddha or wait and observe a bit longer? Thank you all in advance your help! Buddha thanks you too! Kim
  16. Hi, I'm new to owning neon tetras and I recently got the trio of medicine on this site. My neons caught ick and fin rot after I introduced my betta(he chased them for a bit, but now they are fine together). I was wondering if it is possible to treat both illnesses at once with the medication that I acquired. I already started treating for ick because it looked the worse, but I recently found out I wasn't doing it properly (Sorry the first time I've treated an illness.) I put the 5ml dose for my 10g tank and did water changes every 24hrs, but instead of putting 5ml with every water change I put the amount equivalent to the water change I was making. It's been about 5days now and I don't see any sign of ick, but their fin rot seems a little worse. I was wondering if I could put 5ml of the ick medicine along with a dose of Maracyn in my next 30% water change.
  17. Hey all, we have an Angelfish here who I think is experiencing fin rot?: See pics But no other fish in the community are experiencing any issues. Water balance and ph is all checking out healthy as can be, no issues or obvious causes. I have been cleaning the water and tank but doesn’t seem to be making any change. So looking into the interwebs I am seeing that aquarium salt can be an effective fungal or bacterial killer if used right. Since I have live plants in the main aquarium I didn’t want to disrupt that balance. I have started him today in a small isolation tank along and planning to change the water daily with 2tsp aquarium salt / gallon for next 7-10 days. Does this sound like a good plan or should I just follow the directions on the article these guys posted from coop and just do antibiotics?
  18. Matt_

    Betta Fin Rot?

    My female betta has developed an infection over the last two days after I brought in some rummy nose tetras that did not survive. She has lost the top of her tail fin and has a white mucus developing on her side. She is very lethargic and not eating. This has all developed since Friday night when she was not displaying any symptoms. The infection looks like fin rot, but I would like to get a second opinion since I am not a disease expert. I also lost an adult female guppy out of the tank this morning, but the rest of the fish in the tank appear to be healthy. I changed the water, added Prime, and started treatment of the entire tank with E.M. Erythromycin today. I have also separated the betta in a breeder box with a USB nano air pump and some Watersprite that is located away from the light. Recommendations are appreciated (I have the rest of the med trio and salt on hand). Before Illness on Left exercising with the male in a Lee's Specimen Container on Right (her fins were originally torn by the male and never returned their original shape): Current: Water parameters (API Liquid Test): - Temp: 76F - Ammonia: 0.25-0.5 (I added more Prime after this test) - Nitrite: 0 - Nitrate: 40 - PH: 6.6 - GH: 7 deg. - KH: 2 deg. Tank: - 20 Gal long Bare Bottom with sponge filter setup for over a year - Last major change was transferring the entire tank from a 10 gal. to a 20 gal. a month ago - Tank mates: Single female betta (sick), Guppies, 5 Beckford Pencilfish, and 4 Bristlenose pleco growouts
  19. Hi all, I just got two new orandas two days ago. One of them has small holes at the base of the dorsal fin, and two tiny white threads coming from the dorsal fin. Its possible I received it this way or that it developed over the last two days. It was hard to take a good picture but I attached what I could get. I looked for anchor worm but can’t see any abnormalities indicating it visually. Is this something concerning? If so what I should try? They’re in a 55g. No amonia, 20 nitrate, no nitrite, ph 7.2, temp 74. Any advice is welcome!
  20. Ok so I have a new 40 breeder with 2 baby fancy goldfish. It is "cycled" no ammonia, no nitrites, under 20 ppm nitrates. Yesterday they looked completely fine and swimming normally. Today they are super lethargic and have a thin white ring around the edges of their fins. It's progressing very fast and I wanna make sure I treat it correctly now. Please help!
  21. I need some help identifying what’s going on with this swordtail of mine. Her top fins seem to have an issue. Thank you!
  22. I examine my betta's fins every night. I know one of the early signs of fin rot are brown jagged edges. But what about just jagged edges without the color? He's a very active fish. Roams the full 10g tank. I've never seen him nip. But not sure if he does. I tested the water 2 days ago pH 7.4 Ammonia 0.003 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5. 40% water change yesterday with gravel vac. I've been raising the temp on the heater gradually. It just can't hit 78 for some reason (yes, it's a 50w). It stays around 75 or a little above. There's one IAL inside, but my polypad seems to be capturing all the tannins. What does it look like to y'all? This was about 8 hours after the water change. Didn't notice it prior.
  23. Have a small colony of guppies in my sons tank started with 2 males and 4 females and the 2nd male disappeared - I cleaned and searched the tank over the last 2 weeks but never found the body. Water parameters have been super solid - pH 7.6, kh 4-6, gh 10, tds 250, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5-10. Temp is 77. Today noticing the male with a more tattered appearance to his tail, one female with blotchy white spots and another female with almost white pom poms on the pectoral fins. Want to nip this in the bud if I can. My preliminary diagnosis is Ich and some stress related fin rot. Essentially one leading to the other. Was thinking of either just bumping up the temp to 80 and adding salt or Being more aggressive and dosing Ich-x and maracyn. Thoughts and opinions appreciated.
  24. Hi there, I feel so awful and need some advice. Some back info: My tank came down with ich, I treated w/ ich x and everyone made it through. (1 yellow glo Betta & 5 neon tetras) I noticed my Betta's tail was looking a little ragged but I thought that was from the ich and was watching to see if it was going to heal. I also noticed that there was a red stripe more visible going down his body to his tail. He had been acting normal and eating normal until he jumped out of the tank one evening. My son scooped him up and put him back in his tank and he swam to his sleeping spot and just stayed there which was understandable. The next day Irene posted the 5 most common diseases for Betta's and I realized my poor little guy was actually sick with Fin Rot and Septecemia. I broke out the hospital tank and started treating him with Maracyn and Ich x. He is on day 4 of treatment and he is just floating in the tank not moving, sometimes almost floating parallel to the surface. I can see that his tail has a little blood where it connects to his body and part if it is missing - I am thinking that happened when he was rescued when he jumped out. My main question is, do I keep treating him and hope he pulls through or is it too much suffering and should I put him to sleep? (Sorry my 1st go w/ fish I am used to dogs). Thank you for your kind suggestions!
  25. Janelle

    Help!!!

    Hi there, I feel so awful and need some advice. Some back info: My tank came down with ich, I treated w/ ich x and everyone made it through. (1 yellow glo Betta & 5 neon tetras) I noticed my Betta's tail was looking a little ragged but I thought that was from the ich and was watching to see if it was going to heal. I also noticed that there was a red stripe more visible going down his body to his tail. He had been acting normal and eating normal until he jumped out of the tank one evening. My son scooped him up and put him back in his tank and he swam to his sleeping spot and just stayed there which was understandable. The next day Irene posted the 5 most common diseases for Betta's and I realized my poor little guy was actually sick with Fin Rot and Septecemia. I broke out the hospital tank and started treating him with Maracyn and Ich x. He is on day 4 of treatment and he is just floating in the tank not moving, sometimes almost floating parallel to the surface. I can see that his tail has a little blood where it connects to his body and part if it is missing - I am thinking that happened when he was rescued when he jumped out. My main question is, do I keep treating him and hope he pulls through or is it too much suffering and should I put him to sleep? (Sorry my 1st go w/ fish I am used to dogs). Thank you for your kind suggestions!
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