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allaboutfish 07-16-2012 02:35 AM

whats wrong with my fish
 
ok so i have a 55 gallon thats been set up for a year. the current stock is
1-festivum
4-quarter sized angels
8-cherry barbs
8-juvenile eastern mountain swordtails
1-syno petricola
1-bristlenose pleco
1-ram
a lot is being moved around so do not put any comments about stocking. all fish are juveniles except the cherry barbs and ram. params are 0-ammo, 0-nitrite, 10-nitrate. filteration is 1 tetra 30-60 and one aquatech 30-60. 75%+ water changes weekly. moderately planted. i put my hand in the tank today and it felt colder than it should be. i plan on getting the temp tommorrow (forgot) so the problem is ive had 2 deaths in the past week. i quarentine all fish so it cant be from any new fish. what has happened is he fish begin to act weak and lethargic and dont eat much if any then they slowely starve and at the end they can barely swim. so far ive lost a beautiful angel and a beautiful gold ram. the angel died while i was gone on vacation a week ago and the ram died a few days ago. so heres a break down of it all
-cant be from new fish, all mine are quarentine for atleast 2 weeks but for this tank fish were quarentined for a month or more.
-cant be from bad paramaters (theyre perfect)
-could be from temp swings. my rooms ac isnt working properly so the temp of the tank could be changing plus the heater didnt even feel like it was working today.
well thats all i can think of at the moment.
thanks

jaysee 07-16-2012 01:44 PM

It could have been from new fish.

I would read up on wasting disease.

What Is Chronic Wasting Syndrome? — Loaches Online

allaboutfish 07-16-2012 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaysee (Post 1157571)
It could have been from new fish.

I would read up on wasting disease.

What Is Chronic Wasting Syndrome? — Loaches Online

so what should i do to cure it?

jaysee 07-16-2012 06:24 PM

No idea. I cull such fish.

allaboutfish 07-16-2012 06:30 PM

you cull a fish when it gets a disease? thats mean

jaysee 07-16-2012 07:20 PM

I'm a mean guy.

yes, there are certain ailments that I do not bother treating. Wasting disease is one.

IMO mean is drawing out an inevitable death.

allaboutfish 07-16-2012 07:39 PM

could it spread to all of my fish? would feeding with garlic help them since it would keep their immune system up? how do i get the grlic onto the flakes?

jaysee 07-16-2012 07:48 PM

IME it does not spread to the other fish. Feeding garlic is always a good thing and is an excellent proactive step to maintaining healthy fish - NLS thera A has a lot of garlic in it. I do not feed flakes, so I don't know. I have heard that soaking them in garlic oil is good, but I have read that the oil isn't worth more than an appetite stimulant, so that would not be effective for what you want it to do.

allaboutfish 07-16-2012 09:00 PM

oh well i have garlic guard. ill see if i can afford nls tomorrow. its expensive.

jaysee 07-16-2012 09:08 PM

Quality is rarely cheap.

You can get a 300 gram container of thera A on amazon for $20. That will last you 3-4 months, maybe more. Break that down to a per diem rate and it costs less than a quarter a day. Not so expensive. Your fish's health is worth $1.50 a week, right?


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