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  1. Pretty sure my betta has dropsy. He stopped eating 2 days ago, and acting more lethargic, not wanting to swim or move, and hanging at the top. Now today I see he is starting to pinecone. I am going to quarantine. I have read salt helps ... I have aquarium salt, but I just saw a video that said not to use aquarium salt, and to use epsom salt instead. Is this true? If so, how much per gallon? Also I am going to get some meds to treat. Any suggestions on the best kind? I realize the chances or low, but I feel like I have to try! I also realize I may need to euthanize ... I don't want him to suffer if I can't help him. FYI, he is kept in a heated 5gal tank with sponge filter. Water tested at 0 for ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites.
  2. Greetings This morning I euthanized one of my corydoras and I wonder if I did the right thing. He has always looked a bit sickly - his dorsal fin always down, not doing much with the other 6 cory. Lately he started having odd swimming behavior. He would swim on the same spot in the middle of the tank, facing the glass, breathing rapidly. Yesterday he rested on a leaf at the very top of the aquarium for hours, still breathing very fast. I saw 2-3 white spots on his tail too. Then he swam back and forth in the tank, never settling for long but he was still eating so I didn’t do anything. This morning he was at the bottom of the tank, motionless but still breathing very fast. My nerite snail was actually climbing on him… I moved the snail away and gently nudge the fish - he didn’t move. It’s only when I tried to net him out that he swam a bit, but would then sink back. That’s when I decided to euthanize him. But as I put him in the small container with clover oil, he stated moving frantically, jumped out of the container… I wasn’t expecting him to have so much energy still, so I wonder if I acted prematurely? 😢
  3. I purchased two baby red shoulder severums at the same time/place about 4 months ago. One of them was bullying the other one so after a few days of getting them I removed the bully into my peaceful 75 gallon planted tank until I could get him his own home. The severum that was the bullied one never really came out from hiding and died shortly after. I would say it lived about one month from the time I purchased him. So now it has been about 4 months and they bully severum has not grown at all. For awhile I thought he was going to die because he looked pale with his stripes barley showing and hid and never ate. In the last two months he has gotten his colors back his black stripes look great he comes out all the time now. He seems interested in food and try's to get some but spits it back out. I feed him in his own space to help encourage him to eat. I assume he is getting something because he is still alive, but he has not grown at all since the day I brought him home. You can see in the photo that he is out at feeding time. All of the other fish in this tank are in perfect health. He is still only about 1 inch in size, I don't know why he wont grow. Any suggestions?
  4. Hello, I'm entirely new to forums so I hope I am posting this in the correct thread. I'm a new fishkeeper (its been a bit less than 2 weeks) and I started with longtail cherry barbs. I read that they are very hardy so I chose to keep them after having my aquarium cycle for 3 days after using one of the Cycle products. I have read the posts about beneficial bacteria and the nitrogen cycle but I figured the 3 day and them being a hardy species means they will be able to handle it... but I was wrong. I test water parameters constantly and have only ever noticed ammonia spike up to 0.25 and nitrates up to 20 I think but I've been doing water changes every few days and sometimes daily. So as far as water parameters they are in check. The problem is that one of my fish had been lethargic for a couple days: would stay in the same spot and seem to open its mouth and close it a lot and didn't seem to want to eat. I read online that keeping the water a little bit warmer and adding aquarium salt would help but it didn't really. I tried to fish her out to care for her separately and she died. A day or two later, two more of my fish started exhibiting similar patterns so I was very worried. I read up and saw that the problem might have been with insufficient water movement. I went out and bought an air pump connected to an air stone and another mini pump connected to a smaller stone. The fish have been pretty active and seem to be doing okay since then. They don't seem particularly lethargic anymore but sometimes their appetite is variable. All of my fish seem to have low appetite but I think they just may be nibbling on leftover food that sinks or gets trapped in the plants. The problem remains that they seem to still have that very rapid open and closing of the mouth thing still going on. So far I'm sure that the water parameters are ok and the tank is sufficiently oxygenated. I'm feeding them 2-3 times a day as well. I wonder if it is just a matter of time before they get better?? I forgot to mention that for one of the fish i tried giving them a 10 second dip in a methylene blue bath, it didn't seem to do anything. I've also been using Stress Guard for a couple days. Sorry for the long post. If anyone can offer their 2 cents about the topic I'd be very grateful. Below are screenshots of the fish that seem to be sick. I have a video of them but I don't know how to post it in here. Thank you!
  5. My Betta and I are in a bit of a fight. What started out looking to me like a small cut or abrasion (see photo 1) in January has ballooned into what I think is a large puss filled abscess, although I am not positive and would like a second opinion. I have never had a fish get this problem. It started off pretty gradual but it is getting larger much quicker in the last month (photo 5 was March). I am a bit unsure how to treat it or if I can at all. This fish is in a community tank and I started him on a course of meracyn in a quarantine tank in January but after a week I decided he was more stressed out in the quarantine than in the aquarium as he was not eating, hiding, and refusing to approach the glass when I came by (which he always does) and the cut did not seem to improve at all). Do I attempt quarantine again, stressing him further and if so, do I try maracyn again, salt, or some other medication? I am also unsure if I should try to lance the wound so it doesn't burst and create a large open wound. Water conditions are pretty stable. I just did a 50% water change to see if that would help at all, although they haven't seemed to help much over the last few months. All other fish, shrimp, and snails are fine and acting normally including breeding so I don't think its something tank-wide that is off. Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrate: 10ppm (haven't added in Easy Green yet as I didnt want to throw off test) Hardness: between 75-150ppm Chlorine: 0ppm pH: 6.8ish
  6. 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!
  7. So, one of my angelfish haven't been their normal selves recentley. I didn't really think much of it till today.... Today he refused to eat, all the other fish were going crazy for the food, but he just left it. He likes to hide in the Swords, but he isn't really that active. As metnioned today he didn't eat and he and long stringy white poop, sound like parasites... At first I thought to leave and if it got worse find some treatment. But... after doing a photo shoot with the other angel, I saw somerthing... UH-OH! It looks like MAYBEEE hole in the head, but I need someones confrimation. I live in Canada so I don't acess to meds like Paraclense. But I did see some Fritz Mardel Parasheild behind the counter at my LFS, maybe give that a try? als the Supertech 100% Natural Fish Health Remedy MIGHT be able to treat minor parasite infections. What are your thoughts? Let me know if the pictures loaded, I've been having trouble with that recentley. Anything helps guys, even encourgement.
  8. Ph:7, Kh:40, Gh:150, nitrite 0, nitrate 20, ammonia 0. temp 80 I am a new hobbyist with a betta fish that I rescued from bad conditions. I have him in a 10 gallon with a few plants and a mystery snail. My fish has white spots that are seeming to spread over his face and being a first time fish mom I really need help diagnosing. He still is interested in his food and doesn’t seem lethargic. I added crushed corals to help the alkalinity hoping that might help, but the alkalinity is still really low. the first picture is when I first added him to the tank, the next is 2 weeks later and the last photo is yesterday. I’m really worried about him and I really want to be careful when medicating him and would appreciate any advice.
  9. Hey! I need some help please, I have 2 kuhli loaches with weird white spots. I’ve had ick before however this doesn’t look like ick. It’s flat and just weird looking. I know ick goes for fins first but there fins are fine it’s only on their body. They scratch on things so I thought it was ick but everyone else in the tank is ok. I have 3 dojo loaches,2 kuhli loaches, 2 hillstream loaches, 9 neons, and a beta. My newest fish I added was a loach a little over a week ago. My tank is 3 years old and it’s a 55 gallon. My water temp is around 78 degrees. All the water levels are fine and normal. I had ick maybe 2 years ago and everyone passed except my one of dojos who lived. It got really bad but I took care of it. Now I’m not sure if this is ick because of how strange it looks. I’ll add some pictures to show you guys. I’m not sure if it matters but I have a bamboo and Anubias plant and everything else is fake. Please help me!!
  10. I rescued this Betta from a friend who was keeping him in a 1/2 gallon tank with no filter/heater. The water was brown and disgusting. I have set him up in a 10 gallon tank with a few plants and a mystery snail. It has cycled. The water parameters are all ideal except low alkalinity despite having crushed corals in my filter. Ph is 7, I was hoping the crushed corals would help raise it a little as well. The corals have been in there about a week. My fish has developed a white coating/fuzz around his left eye, I have researched ich and concluded it is not that, however I am not sure if it is a fungus or something. I wonder if his previous tank was so cramped he could have cut his face on the sharp plastic plants that were in there and that this may be the wound healing differently due to different water? I am not sure, but I tried fixing my water parameters first and it is still seeming to progress. It appeared to grow, shrink back and then grow again. I’m not sure how to add a photo of him, but I have a pretty clear photo that I am willing to email to anyone that may have any ideas.
  11. Woke up today and there’s a large fuzzy spot on one of my Chili’s. Anyone able to tell me what this is? It’s in my shrimp tank so most meds are out, right?
  12. I just got a new aquarium on Dec 24 th..I got a golden base flowerhorn. She had multiple disease and I wasn't really aware of it as it is my first aquarium. Initially she got white spots all over after treating it , she got hexamita..she got holes on head ..I treated that as well and finally since Jan 14th she started eating pallets...but she has been really dull ...she just swim still at one place..when I go near tank she starts moving and responding to me ...also now she has pop eye ...and also today in tank I noticed something like thread...I am sending you picture of it... please let me know what it is and how to heal her....thank you in advance
  13. Ethan.H

    Fish Dying

    I have a molly tank that I started up about a month ago and I bought 4 fish all from the same store and they all did fine. I then recently bought one more from a different store and added it to the tank. Since then I have lost two fish and the one I added recently is now dying and has an arched back. They all started off just sitting on the bottom and then getting up to eat but then they die. What should I do?
  14. I have 14 goldfish in a 300 gal pond showing bacterial/fungal symptoms. Moved them all to QT tanks and treating with Maracyn and Ich-X. My question is how to treat the pond that has a sand substrate and anubias plants? Do I need to do anything other than a large water change? Is there anything I can put in the pond to kill any possible parasites/bacteria before putting the fish back in after their treatment? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  15. I have a 20 galloon tank with 1 Panda Angel, 1 Golden Wonder Killifish, 1 Black Molly and 1 Gold Dust Molly with a balloon belly. I've had this tank since June 2020. Tank is cleaned weekly to bi-weekly. Never more than 25/30% water changes. Each time I add a biological buster to account for the percent of water removed. My Gold Dust Molly has been showing signs of illness over the past four weeks. She will not leave the bottom of the tank and typically remains in the same spot all day long. Her back fin appears to be immobile. Her crescent shaped tail fin has collapsed down and there does seem to be some (minimal) sloughing of the tail fin as well She will try her best to eat any of the flake food that falls to the bottom but can't navigate herself well and typically only get he food that floats right in front of her mouth. Within the last week I have added a bacterial infection resolve solution and finally added 4T of marine salt to the tank. Her symptoms have not gotten any better. Looking to see what my next step should be. Thank you
  16. I have a 75 gallon 6 week old tank. 0 am /0 nitrite/ 25 nitrate/7.6 Ph and it may be on the hard side since it's Chicago water. Temp is 76 degrees. I posted earlier thinking it was fungal or bacterial. I dosed the tank as it were a minor fungal infection seeing the fish were eating and not acting too sick. I did the one treatment of Erythomicin and Ich x one week soak on Tuesday night. Yesterday they seemed to behaving great and eating well still. Today they are eating but a little less lethargic. Now I notice on the their sides what seems to be a white worm. Both have it and it's much clearer now after the med treatment. Contemplating dong Paracleanse but not sure how to incorporate it with what I have done or at what dosages. The worms are tiny and white. That's if they are even worms. That's where you guys come in if you have ever seen this before. From the internet searches they look closest to planaria.
  17. LoriG

    Sick ranchu

    Hi! I have a sick ranchu, Sealy. He’s been on the bottom of the tank for about 3 days. I’ve had him and his 2 ranchu sibs(Gloria and Daisy) for a year. Sealy is still interested in feeding but I’ve on given boiled peas to see if it was constipation( hasn’t helped). He’s always been prone to stay at the top of the tank & I assumed he had a problem with his swim bladder. I want to dose some aquarium salt, but I have a Japanese Trapdoor snail, Mr Fujiyama and fear it will hurt/kill him. I’m at the take end of cycling a QT so it’s not really an option yet. What do you advise?
  18. I have been noticing fish looking not well, and recently white spots that I cannot tell whether it is ich or fungus. I am treating my tank using aquarium co ops recommended trio of meds ich x, maracyn, and paracleanse. Today is day 6 of 7 and I have followed the steps exactly. Today I noticed an endler female with white spots... how is this possible on day 6 of 7 of my treatment if I followed the steps? And also if it were ich wouldn't all of my fish be infected by now? Why does it seem so inconsistent.... I haven't introduced new fish into this tank for several months and I only buy fish from aquarium co op... I'm worried and need help.. also not sure how to post pics or videos here
  19. Hi Guys. My one guppy started to act strange yesterday and I then moved him to a hospital tank. The aquarium here says rhat he has air stuck, but this is day 2 now and he is still acring the same. I let him loose in my large tank again and he is really struggling. Its asif his back fin does nit want to open up and work again as he keeps it clamped. I bought a general medication as well as snail kill. I have also put some aquarium salt into the hospital tank. What could be wrong?
  20. I’m guessing no. So mad at whomever the bully is here. Grrr.... He is still trying to swim - but upside down. For about 2 hours now water parameters perfectly fine.
  21. My puffer is breathing heavy and looks sick. Not very active and sitting on the floor of the tank. All water levels are good and a couple water changes to be safe. Nothing new added to the tank. had it for over a year. Has Anyone experienced this ??
  22. Rob

    Sick Blue Betta

    I'm looking for some advice on what could be infecting my betta, I do regular water changes and the parameters are spot on. The symptoms are scales missing around the head and top of the body, his find aren't looking good either. He's been lethargic and hasn't been eating very well at all the past few days. Now I did have three Cory Cats all just up and die on me month or two ago and I've been doing consistent water changes ever since so I don't think that could be related but I'm by no means an expert. My plans are to move the Pleco I have to the hospital tank since they don't do well with salt and do salt treatments with my main tank for a few weeks to try and save my Betta, but if anyone has better advice I'm always open to it.
  23. Just noticed one of my guppies has a rather unhealthy looking anus region. 240g, lightly stocked, heavily planted. Can anyone help me figure out what’s going on? Ammonia, NO2, NO3- zero KH, GH- 50ppm+\- Ph- 7.4
  24. Hello,I purchased two Honey Gourami from my local Petco on Monday and they were acting fine until Tuesday night. One of them spends all of his time either laying down on the substrate, or floating at the surface of the water. He’ll stay that way for a while, then swim around like nothing is wrong, then settle down in another spot and sit there, rinse and repeat. He is also occasionally jittery when he moves, but is still when not moving. Both of them seem interested in food but only nibble on what I give them, and usually spend most of the day grazing. This seems like a shyness thing. Poop seems fine, it’s not white or stringy. They both also have pinkish patches around their gills. Almost like an old scab might look. However the second Honey is acting normally.Does this behavior point to some kind of infection? Or are they just quirky? I have been told by a few Honey Gourami owners that their males act extremely similar. Parameters are 78F PH 7.0 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 10-20 nitrates 120 ppm GH/KH Heavily planted tank. 20 gallon long. The two Honey Gourami, 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 7 Cherry Shrimp, 2 Amano. Pics are of his gill area, and how he sits at the surface and on the substrate. Thank you
  25. I know that what is happening to my neon tetras is common. They have these white bumps that have slowly grew and spread from fish to fish. I see people with this all over the internet. I was wondering what peoples experience is with this and if you know a cure. I tried treating them with salt, paracleanse, and E.M erythromycin and nothing helped. I already had to euthanize two of my fish from it. Thank You!
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