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jsweete 11-24-2012 02:51 PM

Help my fish are dying :(
Hi all ive had a stable tank for over 7months, however a last weekend i added 2 pakistani loaches, 2 days later my black phantoms had white spots on them and i noticed one of the loaches was covered in white spots in its skin, i immediatly treated the tank with interpet white spot treatment, day by day the 3 black phanoms died, on wednesday my bristlenose plec died, i gave the second treatmemnt on thursday but my other fish are still showing signs of white spot, how can i get rid of this?

I keep adding more whitespot treatment and i have upped the temp to 30degress celsius.

Left in the tank is a blue dwarf gaumai, a dwarft ram chilid a african dwarf frog, 2 pakistani loaches 4 shrimp and some snails. and the ram has started rubbing himself in the gravel so guessing hes next :(

The pakistani loaches still has it in their tail also.

Please help what can i do, i hate seeing them dying and i feel helpless.

lakemalawifish 11-24-2012 04:54 PM

Sorry you are having to deal with this and loosing some of your fish. I have heard of people having good success with elevated water temps and aquarium salt, but some of your tank mates may not deal with salt very well (scaleless fish and snails) Wish I had some other tips for you.

Farringtonmetal 04-01-2013 02:59 PM

Sounds like they have Ich. sadly Scaleless fish are extremely vulnerable to ich. I lost my 4 clown loaches (7 years old and going strong) to ich.

i would suggest raising the tank temp to 78 - 80 degrees f (US, sorry) and adding aquarium salt. (usually 1 tbsp. per 5 gallons)

the worst part is, you just have to wait it out... my loosing my clownloaches is what made me get a Quarantine tank. in the future, i'd set up a small tank with a good filter, and put any new fish in there for a few days just to make sure that they are healthy, and not going to spread any diseases to your other fish.

another good idea is to make sure that you check the other fish in the tank from wherever you are purchasing your fish from, and make sure that they are from a reputable dealer.

I hope that things turn around for you!

good luck!

MoneyMitch 04-01-2013 03:07 PM

ich takes about 2 weeks to get through, soem fish are sensitive to ich meds so i rarely use them and could of been what did you fish in. keep the tank temp 80ish for the next 2 weeks ro so. that is to hot for the parasite to withstand. then the cists will pop on the fish and the parasite will go into the substrate where it will take time to die off. the free swimming parasite will also die off in the warmer water. no salt with ur inverts

Blue fin 09-21-2013 10:30 AM

Sounds like they may have ick.

willow 09-21-2013 10:56 AM

difficult to say,unless OP can answer a few things,
i mean i could be totally wrong(as i have been) and it may have nothing
to do with the cycle at all,could be anything ! :shock:
too many fish,small tank (not saying this is the case ok lol )
picture of tank and fish would be great.

LOL i am So sorry guys....wrong post

Tolak 09-21-2013 01:24 PM


Originally Posted by Blue fin (Post 3053890)
Sounds like they may have ick.

Seeing as the issue was last November it's worked itself out one way or another. It is a good example of why you should quar new fish though.

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