|tharsis ||12-13-2009 11:19 AM |
Bosemani rainbow won't close its mouth
My Bosemani rainbow won't close his mouth. I purchased three of them 4 days ago, they are doing fine but I just noticed that one of them is not closing his mouth. I am feeding them Wardleys tropical flakes and frozen blood worms.
Any ideas why he doesn't want to close his mouth?
|Twistersmom ||12-13-2009 11:38 AM |
Can you post a picture of the fish? How does the tank water test for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and ph?
|Twistersmom ||12-13-2009 12:59 PM |
It appears to have a bacterial infection. Could be either Columnaris or mouth rot. I am no expert, but I would try using Maracyn and Maracyn-Two together first, and watch for improvements.
My rainbows have a bad case of columnaris right now. They showed improvement when I was using the Maracyn and Maracyn-Two treatment, but my problem did not completely go away. Perhaps I waited to long to start the treatment. I read a good article suggesting Methylene Blue/salt dips for treatment, so I am going to try it. If the Maracyn treatment does not work for you, I will let you know how the Methylene Blue treatment works for me. From what I understand, the Methlene Blue is a harsh treatment, and I am only using it as a last resort.
|tharsis ||12-13-2009 02:02 PM |
OK thank you for the advice, I will try the Maracyn treatment. I have moved them to a quarantine tank and will begin treatment today, I will update this thread as the treatment progesses. Please do let me know how the methlene blue works as well.
|Twistersmom ||12-13-2009 05:47 PM |
Don't forget to add Maracyn-Two along with the Maracyn. The article I was reading, said erytromycin, the active ingredient in Maracyn is not an effective treatment for columnaris. Not being sure what the exact problem is, the two meds used together will cover most illnesses.
|jeaninel ||12-13-2009 08:05 PM |
+1 to Columnaris. Boesemani seem especially susceptible to this. Follow Twistermom's good advice. Also, do extra water changes to keep the water super clean. My Boes would sometimes start to show "white lip" when I would go a few days past my weekly water changes. They also like larger water changes, 30-50%.
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