Hello fellow fish fanciers. Over six months ago a new fish introduced a quick-killing white fuzz disease that eventually spelled doom for all but one of my many formerly long lived and precious fish. The disease struck quickly and annihilated all life from angel fish to the lowly kuhli loach.
My water parameters were less than optimal due to my preoccupation with moving and I basically lost everything. I am now in my new place and have begun a new eden, a fresh community planted tank, fully cycled, fertilized and currently stocked with some daneos, a barb and a couple of catfish.
In quarantine, however, I am keeping my last descendant from the previous tank. He does exhibit symptoms from time to time and I am currently treating him again with tetracyline. Let me describe the disease:
Often begins with a tiny bump on the eye.
Eye swells and white fuzz appears on it
White fuzz travels to the body, mainly on the head and sides
The fish is dead in two days despite every treatment, regular water changes, slightly higher temp... I've tried everything
They are found in ignominious rigor mortis fully encased in a white poof-ball of fuzz with very cloudy eyes.
The fish who temporarily recovered were blinded in the afflicted eye
My last lovely, brilliant turquoise jewel cichlid has been fighting the disease the entire time. He is blind in one eye now, but currently displays no fuzz or bulge in the eye. Any test fish I place into his tank quickly become sacrificial lambs, within hours, to the perpetual white fuzz.
Current parameters: API tetracycline, pH low (prob result of ecological destruction from meds), hydor heater, temp high 70's, no ammonia, 10 gal quarantine tank, 1 turquoise jewel cichlid appx 3".
Please help me defeat this evil white fuzz, what could it be? What demon of white death has taken residence with my favorite fishy?
I have kept fish my entire life, from childhood, and have never met a nemesis of this virulent ferocity. Can someone please help?
Photos to come, if any brave hero should kindly reply.