Please Help me Identify and treat this
I have had 2 male guppies in my tank, one for the last 15 months and the other one for 13 odd months. I have never had any other fish or more than 2 fish in this tank.
Both guppies have been fine but since the last few weeks I noticed a discoloration on the tail of one of the guppy (a rust like color), and red/orange streaking on the tail of the green guppy. Since the last 3 weeks this streaking has spread to a major part of the tail, and I can see some bubble like growth where the tail meets the body of the green guppy. I also noticed a 3-4 small bubble like growths on the dorsal fin of the blue guppy.
Since then I have been doing a 25% weekly water change. Last week I started dosing the tank with melafix and finished seven days today. Today I did a 25% water change; the problem doesn't seem to have gone away instead I think the green guppy’s tail has probably shrunk. I have attached 3 pics; have marked the abnormal growth in a red circle, and used a blue marker to draw what I think used to be the length/shape of the tail
Could you please help me?
Below are my tank specs.
Fish : 2 Guppies (Green Fantail since 15 months, blue-velvety since 13 months)
Fed: on pellets every alternate day.
Tank details : Fluval Chi 25Lts - Set up since 15 months, Fresh Water, Tropical maintained between 24-26C
Plants: 1 small live plant
Heater : 1 heater in summer, 2 in winter (water tmp drops below 22 with 1 heater in winter)
Substrate : Gravel & Pebbles
Ornament – Synthetic hollow rock ornament.
Filtration system : Fluval three stage - mechanical, chemical, and biological filter
Light: Fluval LED Light switched on for 5-6 hours in the evening, mild/ filtered (through curtain) sunlight exposure on exceptionally sunny days.
Test kit: Nutrafin Mini Master
Ammonia : 0
Nitrate : 10
Nitrite : 0.3
Water change: every 2 weeks
Volume of water change: 50%
Tap water dosed with Interpet Bioactive Tap Safe?
Gravel Vacuumed with every water change
Filter washed every 2 weeks and changed every month
I honestly can't tell what the growth is. I have never seen anything like it. I can see the growth and I know it's not right but I can't tell what it is. Hopefully someone on here can help, sorry. I'll stay tuned to this forum hopefully we can get you an answer.
Same here mate never seen anything like that
he doesn't seem to be much bothered though; happily swims around eats food etc..
no visible signs of stress
just picked up a bottle of melafix myself to treat some finrot, you say u does for the entire 7 days and it seemed to get worse? did you remove all carbon from the tank when you treated? melefix is for bactrieal growth to me this kid of looks like a fungus which melafix will not touch. i suggest trying a anti fungal and see if that does the trick. if i were you this is the route i woudl take. or even google some fungal grwoth pics on guppies. type it exaclty as you describe it here you may get something to pop up for you. hope i helped a little.
I shall pickup something like pimafix or do you recommend another product ?
I dont have carbon in the filter the tank I have is a Fluval Chi 25 Ltr.
as far as your filter i see thats its kind of a all in one deal. i found pictures of the aquarium but no real filter specs. are there any little black rocks that look like charcol in ur filter anywhere? this is carbon take it out when you medicate or itll absorb your medication.
If treatments don't work then it could be because of a lack of nutrients.
I did a lot of water changes and all parameters were normal over a few days then I removed the carbon and dosed the tank with Intetpet No8 for FinRot. http://www.interpet.co.uk/dosagecalc...and-finrot.jpg
Even this did not improve the condition on the tail and 3 days later there was a not much left of the tail, the following evening when I came back from work the guppy was lying on his side breathing heavily.. I checked water parameters but no spikes even then did a 30% change just in case it was the medication that was causing this..
He was struggling to swim.. after a bit of rest he'd lunge forward but without much of his tail he couldn't paddle and would fall back.
The following morning I found him dead on the gravel.. RIP my Green Guppy
My saddest guppy death was only a couple of days ago when one of the guppies inside of my guppy tank got some kind of thing that made its skin melt so I checked on it 3 days ago and saw that half of its face was fine while the other half infected and the guppy's flesh was showing. Made me sick and sad but I wanted to let him live for as long as it could. I even tried some medications but sadly, it died yesterday.:cry:
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