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delia87 08-19-2007 05:45 PM

parasite epidemic
 
Hello everyone! so the weirdest thing happen to me - it all began after I bought 2 new dojo loaches for my 20 gallon tank. approximately a week later, Goldie (dojo) passed away on me. Soon after, I noticed my dwarf gourami, Monsier Pimp, had a huge ulcer on the side of his body. I called up a local expert and was told Melafix should patch it right up. It looked like it was getting better, but suddenly, it got 10 times worst, and it was digging through his body hardcore. Right after it got worst, Milly (dojo - not a new one, tho) had a torn back fin, and was having equilibrium problems (out of nowhere too... had checked on all of them earlier and she was fine). She died approximately 15 minutes after I found her. Monsier Pimp (dwarg gourami) was soon bloating up and not showing his normal activity... he was hanging at the corner of the tank constantly, and taking gulps of air every once in a while. I treated the tank with General Cure, Tetracycline, and Melafix. It took him a good two weeks to finally let go (worst experience, btw, watching him die slowly). Now my tank is still undergoing some treatment with Pepso food in addition.

I just visiting the Petsmart that I went to buy the dojo loaches, and noticed ALL of their tank system had fish exhibiting this, especially the dwarf gourami tank (durr), and the fishkeeper there didnt notice it till I brought it up.

What do I do? The tank is not the same after so many of its companions left, and I would love to have it up and running as it was before, however I need advice as to how to make sure its all going to be ok for that to happen again. Quarantine in a hospital tank while cleaning out the home tank? suggestions please!!!

Lupin 08-19-2007 08:02 PM

Welcome to Fishforum.com, Dee.:wave:

All this sound like a case of bacterial infection to me.:? How did you treat them with the meds? Did you remove the initial med before using another? Combining meds can be a bad idea as the effects may cause even a more severe stress thus killing the fish faster than the disease can.

delia87 08-19-2007 11:47 PM

Hello - thanks for answering! I did stop Melafix before starting on the tetracycline and general cure... how could the same thing be happening to the fish at petsmart however, when they haven't been doped up yet with meds? I recently finished the Pepso food and other jungle brand meds, and have been doing water changes to help with clearing the tank. seems like everyone's sort of in the clear now, but everytime I say that something bad happens lol.

another thing that happened, and I forgot to mention, was RIGHT after my dwarf gourami passed away, five minutes later (no joke), I noticed one of my zebra danios (one of the noticebly weaker ones) was up at the top of the tank, acting totally bizarre. This went on for about a day... he didn't eat or anything, and simply ending up dying. He was EXTREMELY skinny.

Don't know if that helps? :) Thanks a bunch!

Lupin 08-20-2007 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by delia87
another thing that happened, and I forgot to mention, was RIGHT after my dwarf gourami passed away, five minutes later (no joke), I noticed one of my zebra danios (one of the noticebly weaker ones) was up at the top of the tank, acting totally bizarre. This went on for about a day... he didn't eat or anything, and simply ending up dying. He was EXTREMELY skinny.

Any other symptoms? What is the appearance of its poo? If it's whitish and stringy, then you'll need Metronidazole to treat the fish as it is a case of intestinal parasites.


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