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tangy 06-04-2007 05:25 PM

blue gourami has wierd ball
story time!!!(as usual) came home from school and blue gourami has a big ball on his left. right behind the gills, its about the size of of a grape, and scales protrude only in that area. other ailments i have spotted are the tip of the fins are rotting. ohh, and darker color. i dont have a cam cause i ....kind of... dropped it in my tank :oops: . hehe, sorry but i will try to get a pic in as possible, any ideas on what it could be?

tangy 06-04-2007 06:13 PM

hes gone, it was so fast. never seen anything killa fish in less than 8hrs.

mHeinitz57 06-12-2007 09:00 AM

most likely some kind of bacteria infection resulting in fin rot. Sometimes bacterial infections will cause fluid buildup in some areas, resulting in a "balloon-like" growth.

Daz 06-12-2007 09:14 AM

Is it like a pine cone effect ?

mHeinitz57 06-12-2007 09:39 AM

pinecone disease is another term for dropsy which is still a bacterial infection. If you ever see this again, seperate the fish and treat with an antibiotic. Adding Epsom salt to the water too will serve as a laxative in a way and help the fish dispell any built up fluid. Dropsy can cause the whole body to bloat or it can be organ specific and cause a bulge on the body. Fortunately its not very contagious but still keep an eye on your other fish and make sure the water quality is good.

tangy 06-13-2007 10:25 PM

well, it was like a pine cone effect, but it was only present in one spot on the body, not all over.

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