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post #1 of 6 Old 09-02-2007, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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do i need to uthinize this fish?

I have had this red tail cat fish for 5 years...he has always done fine in my 150 gallon aquarium, he is approx 2 feet long...i moved the aquarium last saturday and the got sick the next day....

it started out with the skin on his pelvic skin being eaten away by what i am assuming bactiria.....i decided that he must have been very streesed and to wait a day or 2 and see if he fought it off with everything settling down.....by the 4th day i noticed red splotches where his gills are, so i got fin rot medications from the store and began the treatment proccess...well now it is the 8th day and his gills have rotted so much that they have become detached from the top side and are draggin out....his pelvic fins are completely gone and the bone has even began to rot away and there are now 1" circles where all 4 pelvic fins meet the main body where the skin has rotted off his body.

he is still swiming around and active, of course he is not interested at all in food.....i am not sure what else to do.....
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Re: do i need to uthinize this fish?

oh and also there are no other fish in the tank
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-02-2007, 08:43 PM
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What are your water parameters? Please post more details so we will determine the best course of action needed to save your catfish. In the 5 years of keeping it, it might have reach 4 feet, had it been kept in a larger tank other than a 150 gallons. Pond is always the much more preferred environment when keeping RTCs.:)

Hope it will be okay.:)

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-02-2007, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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water paramaters?

u mean like temp is 76, no detectable amonium, and nitrite, when i moved the aquarium it was drained 100 percent and refilled, used aquasafe to remove clorine....im not sure what else you may want....

filter is a 20 gallon sump below the aquarium....has a 900 gph pump moving the water so plenty of water flow....

not in direct light in either spot that it has been.....

if you want to know anything else let me know
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water paramaters?

u mean like temp is 76, no detectable amonium, and nitrite, when i moved the aquarium it was drained 100 percent and refilled, used aquasafe to remove clorine....im not sure what else you may want....

filter is a 20 gallon sump below the aquarium....has a 900 gph pump moving the water so plenty of water flow....

not in direct light in either spot that it has been.....

if you want to know anything else let me know
What about nitrates? Your case was bacterial infection. The RTC was stressed by the move rendering it vulnerable to bacterial infection. Do plenty of water changes. What food do you feed it? You'll need to vary the menu so it can obtain different vitamins to be able to resist infection.

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Of course it is too late, but usually it is recommended to move as much of the original water as possible when you move an aquarium. However, this issue (to me) doesn't sound like it is related to the 100% new water. Unfortunately, I don't have any advice for you other than water changes and meds as appropriate.

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