12-21-2006, 02:59 AM
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Just a fish whine
Test this afternoon said 7.6. We usually run a magnum with a rigged up peat filter to make it more acidic but due to this odd illness haven't for almost two weeks of medications, cleanings, and water changes. This sort of thing is fun to deal with during christmas, too. Yelling, cleaning, shopping, blah blah blah. We've treated for basic fungus and parasites but so far just the two dead fish and at least five others showing signs of this whatever it is.
It's hard to pin down. The fish behavior hasn't changed much. No rubbing, darting, spinning, hiding. It starts as a film along the top of the body. White in color but not patchy or cottony in any way. I figured it was either a fungus or a slime coat parasite of some sort. Some meds, a water change, and a little cleaning and it proved much more annoying. It seems to borrow bits and pieces from different diseases and not respond to treatments for any. The thing that's most annoying to me is the fact it's only hitting our angels. One of our red minor tetras had actually gashed his side, seemd quite bad if not fatal to the little thing, but not only did the wound not grow any fungus or decay it healed quite fast. The bugger zips around the tank as if he hadn't almost killed himself. Probably a week ago now.
It seems to hit the more inbred types much harder. Like the black veil that died first. We actually have an altum, which is what I'm most worried about, but he has no outward signs of anything. So far. Oi, now I need to knock on wood.
If I had the time I'd just do a scrape on one of the affected fish but time is impossible to find right now. Plus I'd have to find our microscope, in whichever box it's in. I'm almost ready to throw in the towel and just tell the "Boss" to fix it himself. I'm not a fish doc after all.