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  1. I NEED HELP IDENTIFYING THIS edit #2: He died last night. :(((( hi y’all, I recently noticed my betta fish was very lethargic, only sticking to the bottom or the sides of his tank and wasn’t moving. He also hasn’t been eating recently which is why he looks so thin in the provided image. Upon further inspection I noticed a fair sized clump of what almost looks to be algae growing on his tail. I’ve searched the web but haven’t been able to find anything that seems accurate to his condition. He won’t eat anything, even when I offered him some frozen blood worms (something I only give him as a treat). He went longer than usual without a tank cleaning (school, life obligations and I was sick myself for a while) and therefore there was a fair amount of algae growing. He lives alone in a five gallon tank with one fair sized decoration (it has a natural stone look with lots of holes he can swim in and out of and places he can hide in) and one small live plant (I got it a long time ago and have since forgotten what kind it was, but I do know it was recommended to me by an aquarium co-op employee). I also have a heater (came with the tank in a kit) and an aquarium co-op sponge filter (meant for a 10g tank, but it’s an adequate amount of filtration and flow for my 5g). Does anyone know what this could be? I’m hoping to identify and cure it as soon as possible. I just cleaned his tank and gave him an around 80% water change. Thanks.
  2. Hi all, I am currently dealing with the worst bacterial infection I’ve ever had to deal with on my goldfish of 7 years. Vet is finally stumped so I bring you guys the case. My goldfish, named Booyah, is 7 years old. He’s lived in a 55g by himself for most of his life. For years, Booyah has had a couple red lines on his fins. Because he’s had it for so long, I didn’t think much of it. Three months ago, I bought a heater and raised the temperature in Booyah’s tank slowly over the course of two weeks. It was about 76F when I woke up one morning and realized Booyah was swimming in all manner of different ways. Assuming he was constipated, due to his fancy body shape, I fed him peas over the next week. With no change, and his eyes seemingly bulging, I moved to step two. I started looking for cures to what I believed was a bacterial infection, possibly Septicemia at the time. Being in Canada, it’s very difficult for me to obtain medications without a vet, and so I contacted the nearest one to me (2hrs), raced there and back with the vet’s prescription of Erythromycin, and began treatment. No change. Next attempt the vet prescribes Amoxicillin and Green Malachite, and there’s no improvement again—though I will say his popeye was noticeably better around this point. No change, once again. The red lines were getting worse, and my poor boy was losing color due to stress among many other things, and so the vet prescribed me a second round(??) of Erythromycin, which again did not work. It’s at this point where the vet said he was stumped and I had already exhausted hundreds of dollars in examination fees. The treatment has been ongoing for at least 2 months now, and I—as I’m sure many others are surprised that Booyah is even alive still. He has been fighting very hard. I treated Booyah with Kanaplex in his food, and again there has been no change. In the last two weeks, he’s grown what the vet believes to be lymphocytes on his tailfin, as well as showing virtually no improvement in his ability to swim or with the red lines. I have also been giving him Epsom baths every other day. I am unsure of what to take for the next step, so I’m kindly asking if you guys have any recommendations to please let me know. I should add that Booyah has recently been moved to a 20G hospital tank to administer treatment, but my vet prescribed all his previous treatments in his 55g tank, so I will provide the readings of the 55g as that’s been his home for the last ~6 years. Ammonia — 0PPM Nitrite — 0PPM Nitrates — 20PPM PH — 8.2 Temp — Avg.72, was turned up to 76-78, but has since been put back at 72. (About a month ago). I do weekly water changes of about 30%. Tank is 55g and has been set up for over 5 years. Booyah is the only fish in this tank, nothing new was added at the time of his illness. I feed Booyah omega goldfish pellets and have been for years. I also fed him frozen & thawed bloodworms at the time (have since stopped due to his inability to get them) and tried to feed him vegetables but he hates them for some reason. (Getting him to eat the peas was no easy feat). I have attached images of Booyah's current health condition. Any additional information or pictures can be supplied as needed.
  3. For over a year I have had this pop up every few months with my Corydora Paleatus. It starts as a spot around the head, and then it spreads. I’ve tried treating with Erythromycin and Furan 2, but I have always lost the fish. This little guy had a spot about a week ago. I moved him to the qt tank and added 3 Tbs of salt. This morning it looks a lot worse. I did a 50% water change and added 2 additional Tbs of salt (1 Tbs per 2 gallons now). I know that if it doesn’t get better in 4-5 days I should increase the salt to 1 to 1g, but is that safe for Corydora? Does anyone recognize this? Any idea how I can prevent it? I could really use some help. I love my cories but I hate losing a fish to this every few month.
  4. Kind of long but any help is greatly appreciated....🙏🏼 55 gallon Ammonia was .25-.5 and still is .25 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 5.0 Ph 7.4 I had an ammonia spike. (I’m doing water changes and have added prime) A couple weeks ago my canister filter started leaking. I had to use my hang on back filter until I received the part to fix my canister. Once the part came I hooked my canister back up but I think I lost some beneficial bacteria in the process even though I put my sponges in the hang on back filter and the rest of the media inside the aquarium. The hang on back filter was a topfin 60. It didn’t move my water as well and my water started to develop an odor which it never had before. I have added charcoal and I've done a water change yesterday and today. Today I used some stress coat and prime. Yesterday after the water change they all shed their slime coats. They were twitching and shaking their heads(today too after water change). Today I noticed the red streaks, shown in the pics with arrows, which weren’t visible before. The red streaks are in dorsal and anal fins of the 2 koi’s too. The angel in pics #4-6 is looking white on top it’s head. I circled those areas. The 2 koi’s fins have also started to look cloudy/milky when they were completely clear a couple days ago. They are still eating. Is this just ammonia causing all the issues or is there more I need to be treating?? Septicemia, Columnaris, HITH? What do I do to save my fish? 🥺 white areas circled- not fuzzy or cottony, doesn’t look dented or like a crater either...
  5. I have some cherry shrimp that I want to give away, but there are some Neon Tetras with what I think is neon tetra diseases or some other thing. I was wondering if diseases could be transported on cherry shrimp.
  6. Think he was either being eaten or a bad bacterial infection I added maracyn and salt to the tank and isolated him in a breeder box that goes in the tank what else should I do! Any advice would be appreciated can i do daily water changes with the treating with maracyn since doing it daily or would it mess with it By doing that @Cory@Dean’s Fishroom@Candi anyone have this happened before ?
  7. I just brought home my first fish, a pair of Dwarf Gourami. I was nervous walking into the fish store because I haven't been going out during pandemic barely at all. Then the store manager was pretty aggressive in the way she handled the fish and it was pretty off putting but I just wrote it off as being in the business for a long time. After she scooped them out she said "You have aquarium salt right?" And I said "I don't" and she said "Oh you need it, it is a necessary component, we put it in all of our aquariums, 1 tablespoon per 10 gallons." I knew something wasn't right but at the moment I couldn't recall that you don't want to use salt in a planted tank. I bought it anyways cause she was so intense about it. She had asked me if I had a plants prior to this. She also basically said I was dumb for planning on drip acclimating them. She said drip acclimation was useless unless they had traveled a long distance for a long time. (I still drip acclimated them when I brought them home because I don't think it hurts either way.) Do you think she knew there was something already wrong with my fish? I've attached a picture in case someone who knows more sees something I do not. They are both very active but the powder blue one is slightly less quick and his head is a little wider than the other. They are spending a lot of time right up on the glass like they are trying to find their tank boundaries. They both ate flakes after I got them acclimated into the tank. I just ordered the trio of meds to have my bases covered if something obviously wrong starts to present itself. I'm just nervous I guess, to have been given such odd advice. Tank Info: Fishless Cycled for 5 weeks GH KH pH Nitrite Nitrate Temp 300 120 7.8 0 20 78.3
  8. Well, I got this betta for my 20 gallon long tank. One day later I notice he has an eye swollen, so I treated for Pop eye for 3 days with Maracyn. Question is, how long it takes for it to go away? How do I know the treatment is working? Please send me your best advice... I’d appreciate the help. Should I treat again? This is him today after one week, the swelling doesn’t seem to be gone and I am not sure if it has increased. Also haven’t been able to find out online how long it takes to see any improvement. Water parameters 0 Ammonia, 0 nitrites, around 5 nitrates. Planted tank. Last water change was 2 days ago around 50% I keep him at 79 F He’s been very active the entire time, btw. I’ve been feeding him bug bites, and frozen food.
  9. Hi guys! I’m hoping someone can help me figure out what is afflicting my corys, and how to treat it. For about two weeks now they’ve had a white sort of patchiness on their sides. One has a patch on his head. A couple have had some fins start to deteriorate. Things have stabilized, it seems, but they don’t seem to be getting better. When I first notice the infection, I started with the basics, testing water and I did a couple water changes. The tests showed the water had become a little too acidic, so I added a little salt, and put crushed coral into my filter and did a few more water tests after a day or so. Then, I started a basic round of pimafix and melafix, because I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was a fungal infection at first, but, after a decent amount of research, I still couldn’t determine exactly what it was. I did a few additional water changes and continued rounds of Pima and Mela, which has appeared to stabilize things, like I said. At the beginning of week two, I started adding some antibiotics (amoxicillin), to see if that would resolve it. It hasn’t seemed to have done much so far - today is day three of five. I should also say that it is not affecting all of the corys in the tank. There are about 12 total, but only about four have any kind of issue. Unfortunately they’re in my 90, which is very densely planted and I haven’t been able to pull them out to treat in a smaller tank. To do so, I think I’d have to pull up basically everything, which I will do if necessary. Can anyone help identify and treat this? Thanks!
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