Bala Shark has a ... lump?
Two days ago, I noted that one of my 3 bala's was looking a bit odd. I noted it, and kept things going as normal, hoping that the problem would fade. There was nothing really major looking like it was happening, and there was nothing I felt I could do.
Today? I have no idea what this is. The fish looks.. normal. Except for this. I swear, it looks like his spine is broken or something. Just a random large ... curve... to his body that shouldn't be there.
Any ideas? All water is testing normal, just did a water change saturday with a gravel vacuum, none of the other fish (including the other bala sharks) showing any symptoms of.. anything. Only him.
Also, this is another pic. Maybe you guys will see something with him that I don't?
can you give us some more info on your tank?? size? other tank mates? water params? temp? ect...
55 Gallon, will be buying a larger tank once the inhabitants are a tad larger.
It's been running for 3 months.
1 Blue Gourami, 3 Bala Sharks, 4 Giant Danios, and 1 Featherfin Catfish.
It's 80, right now.
Ammonia and Nitrites are 0, Nitrates are 5.
Reason for the smaller tank is, right now, all inhabitants except the catfish (which I estimate is about 5 inches long and 3 tall) are 3 inches and under.
my only guess is that maybe he is developing a bone deformity.....i could be wrong...
I am sorry to say...
This morning, I went to feed the fish. The Bala has passed on, leaving his two friends behind in perfectly good health. I have no idea what it was that killed him, I can only say this - I suspect that he had a growth of some sort on one side of his body, beneath the scales and muscles. It pushed on his spine, or something, causing the 'bend'. I noticed that he was gasping for air, and staying in the bubble stream religiously. When I pulled him into a breeder box to look at his shape top down, he swam frantically for a few moment then settled on the bottom, trying desperately to breath. I looked, and where before he was straight on one side, bend on the other, he then had an entire bend on both sides. I suspect it was pressing on his gills or something, and rendered him unable to get the oxygen from the water that he needed.
We're sad to see you go, Bala.
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