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Kim 11-08-2008 11:41 AM

OH NOOOO! My poor cory!
One of my cories has not looked right since I got him from Petco. At first I thought that it was nerve damage to his barbels from being on the rough gravel, and due to a malfunction of my QT tank I had to put him in my 15 gal. after only 1 day. He seemed to be doing fine, then I noticed that his mouth looked funny. Today I woke up to find that his mouth is completely disintegrating. He is having trouble breathing and is in obvious pain. When I saw him so disfigured I immediately assumed that it was my fault, SCREAMED, jammed my feet into my shoes, and ran 7 miles. Then I realized that my first 3 cories have been fine since summer. Remembering that he never looked right, I think something was wrong with him from the start. I have never heard of this before, and I don't know if it is contageous at all. I don't think he can eat anymore. Should I put him down? If you can help, I really need help ASAP. Thank you. :cry:


Oh, I know you are going to ask so..
-15 gal planted tank with 6 cories and 1 male guppy
-weekly (sometimes every 5-6 days) 20% water changes
-he is one of 3 new fish, the others appear fine
-no larger tankmates that could have maimed him
-temp. 76-78 degrees
-some algae problems in tank
-tank dosed with flourish and flourish excel as directions imply
-eco-complete gravel (I thought this was the culpret at first, but all the others look great and have been on it longer, also this fish was wierd from the start, prefering to munch algae and rest on the driftwood instead of scurrying around the bottom with the others.
-fish has no other symptoms than otherwise stated (well, his gills look reddish)

I think this covers it. PLEASE help!

Kim 11-08-2008 12:20 PM

I tried to google his symptoms and the only thing that I got was cotton mouth. It doesn't appear to be this however, the symptoms don't match. Maybe a bacteria?

Seeing him suffer and not knowing what to do makes me sooo sad :(

Kim 11-08-2008 04:38 PM

Do I have everyone else stumped too? Sorry if I'm impatient, I just really don't want all my other fish to suffer the same fate, and I hate seeing him suffer.

kritas 11-08-2008 05:34 PM

I have never heard of anything like this. And no you aren't impatient, when someone comes on with an urgent question about dying fish, obviously they need an answer ASAP.
Hope you find out what it is and what caused it, and I hope your Cory gets better

Kim 11-08-2008 09:13 PM

It is just so wierd. I thought for a moment that it may have been an infection, but he had no open wounds at any point. It was more like his mouth just started disintegrating for no real reason. I can't find anything online, so I really don't know what to do. It would be awful if he just slowly starved to death while in pain, but my other concern is for his 5 other cory tank mates. Grrr...this is just the sort of thing that happens to me.

Thanks for your reply though, it's nice to know what others are thinking even if they don't have the answer.

jeaninel 11-08-2008 10:19 PM

Do you have sand or is it gravel? If it's sharp gravel his barbels may get worn down and could cause an infection. It sounds like maybe something like columnaris which is a bacterial infection. Can you get a picture?

Flashygrrl 11-09-2008 07:16 AM

Check you nitrates? Sometimes a high level can do funny things to cories barbels...maybe try PMing Coryologist and have a picture if you can.

Kim 11-09-2008 08:20 AM

I'll check nitrates today. They usually are less than 10 because of the plants and my frequent water changes.

I have eco-complete substrate. It's kind of a mix between sand and very small gravel. My three oldest cories have been on it since mid summer and have grown very long barbels since then.

I heard columnaris is really bad. Would my entire tank be infected then?

Kim 11-09-2008 08:45 AM

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Here's the photo. I'm sorry it's not that good, we don't have a very good camera.

Here's a before and after shot. The before one was the day after I got him.

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Kim 11-09-2008 08:46 AM

Err..actually the after shot is first.

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