08-15-2012, 03:08 PM
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Sorry it took so long for me to get here, I have been extremely busy.
I will need to ask you to retest that nitrate level for me please. Knowing accurate test results is going to help determine what medication is safe to use, if any. I also will need that full tank photo that Byron so generously requested on my behalf. There are often answers in photos such as that and I will need the ability to look it over and see if there is anything that can help me to properly diagnose the problem.
While it appears quite obvious that there is a fungus problem going on, the symptoms you describe tell me it's something besides the fungus that is the actual cause of death in your fish. Fungus tends to be secondary to other, more serious problems.
I will do my best to get back later today/tonight to see if you've posted the photo and new nitrate result. Knowing that the tank is cycled or not is only 1 of 2 answers we need to know... the other being how high or low exactly is the nitrate?
Can you please also post the rest of the basic stats for the tank such as what species of live plants are in it, what type of filtration you are using, your maintenance schedule (water changes, how often, how much at a time, gravel vac frequency, etc.), as well as any other possible symptoms you may be able to think of?
How long did the raphael catfish appear sick before it died? Were there any symptoms before you noticed the fungus on it? When you removed it from the tank did you notice any abrasions, especially on the underside (belly) of the fish? The more info you can offer the faster I can help.