03-11-2007, 08:50 PM
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really sorry to hear about your fish. im pretty new to fishkeeping so whatever information i have is just from searching online - feel pretty bad that nobody has replied thoguh since i got a load of replies for my posts so the best i can do after having a search for you is that internal parasites are rare amongst aquarium fish and are more likely to be present if you have snails in the tank along with the fish, and if your tank is crowded, if you do then perhaps thats the problem. inactivity is also a symptom of internal parasites which you mentioned. it also said that often when the fish have internal parasites then you can actually see them hanging out out the fishes bum so if you havent looked for that it might be helpful. i also found that a very general way of treating sick fish was by using a "salt bath" which wont damage the "good bacteria" if youre worried about that but i think thats a bit besides the point. tbh id be more worried that it would stress the fish since theyre freshwater fish.
As far as TB is concerned, here is a short paragraph I found that hopefully will be useful for you:
For those of you without a histology lab at your disposal, the symptoms of Fish TB are usually wasting, lesions on the body, skeletal deformities (a few of mine developed curved spines), and loss of scales and coloration. This is a relentless disease. I have read that it is not considered treatable; however, I figured my 15-year-old Raphael catfish deserved a chance. Against the advice of my veterinarian, I have not euthanized my afflicted fish (over half died shortly after the disease bloomed anyway). The typical drugs for treating fish are the same as for humans, most often a combination of two drugs administered for at least three months. Currently I am trying Kanacyn (Kanamycin). Once the fish became emaciated I had no luck saving them. Traditional tricks for curing diseased fish, such as adding salt and raising the temperature, are ineffective and in the case of the raising temperature may even be detrimental. The bacteria grow better in warmer water; their optimum temperature is 30Â°C. They have no problem with salt either; they can infect saltwater fish as well as freshwater.
Like i said though, im pretty new to fishkeeping so this is all probably old news to you but its the best i can do im afraid. i hope your fish are alright