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jeez2474 09-23-2008 03:16 AM

Dying ornate bichir, please help
I have a sick freshwater fish, an ornate bichir. I was treating him with melafix, but overnight he catapulted to near death.

he started getting random blotchy spots that made his color fade. I noticed this and kept an eye on him. Over the course of a week i noticed more blotchy faded spots. I had my water tested at it was fine. I have been doing melafix treatments for over a week. Today he is immobile, his entire body is faded. Blood is visible under his scales on the lower part of his body. Northwest was the only place open today so i asked them, but they couldnt give me any help. Out of desperation i have added anti fungal/bacterial/parasite treatments into the water.

any information you could give me would especially be appreciated. He looks like he is in so much pain and i feel so bad for him.

Little-Fizz 09-23-2008 09:44 AM

Erm :? I would get a water testing kit. Your fish store will tell you your waters fine.. So then in a couple days you'll be in buying fish. You should pick up a liquid test kit that tests for ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, and pH.

Is it possible to get pictures? Its hard to tell you whats going on because I don't know water parameters or what he looks like. Are his eyes clouded over? Its probably a good idea to do a water change anyways, what size is the tank and is he all you keep in there? How often do you do water changes?

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