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post #1 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Fish Dropping Like Flies?

hi, first off i'll tell you about my tank
-250 litres
-been set up for 5 years
-4 male guppies
-10 female guppies
-1 common pleco
-1 male platy
-1 female platy
- 5 cherry barbs
- 6 cherry barbs
-the back is heavily planted
- temperature sits at 79 degrees farienheit
- fed once a day, varies from daphnia,bloodworm,flake,live brine shrimp.
-last water change on sunday past
-25%
-light 10 hours a day
-part sand and part gravel substrate



Ok, a couple of days ago i noticed two of my male guppies we're not swimmiing right.
So i switched off the light to de-stress them.
Then the morning after one of them was floating at the top...With a severly bloated stomach.
my other guppy had now developed a red blister like mark on his side.
And he had a severly bloated stomach.
I took the water tests using my API liquid test kit.

P.h 7.2
nitrate 0
nitrite 0
ammonia 0.2

nothing wrong there, as it has been like that solid for at least two years now.
No new fish have been added in the past year so it couldnt have came from them.

now this morning when i went to check my fish, the other guppy was belly up.

I had planned to go to the lfs and purchase medication for swim bladder as that what it looked like, didnt think it was dropsy as they dont have a pine cone effect.

Help please
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 01:04 PM
Are there red streaks antwhere ? is the blister on the lateral line . You should look at fish medication section on Drsfoster&smith they have a good dx chart, and you'll know what to buy @ your LFS. I would start treating for bacterial septicemia, most meds cover many things so your bound to nail it.
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ermm...yeh it was.
None of the other fish have those symptoms except the platy's arent swimming properly.
Kind of staying at the bottom but not resting on the ground, breathing abnormally fast.
The females worse than the male.
shes not pregnant though.
Ok, now the males lying next to her.
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post #4 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 01:51 PM
Did you check out the med chart ?Perhaps your already shopping.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-26-2009, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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yeh iv looked but non of the symptoms seem to match up with any single disease.
I think they may have a few according to the chart.
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-27-2009, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, came home today and my girl platy is dead
Somethings seriously wrong!!
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-28-2009, 12:07 AM
Sorry, if we have no med on hand it takes so long to fihure out and shop for meds.Your luck will get better.If your tank is that old could they have passed naturally, were they 5 y/o ? Odd the mate went with her
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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ok so now iv lost my male platy and also my golden algae eater.
no they are all round about a year.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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think they may have gill flukes.
Everyone in the tank appear to have red patches around their gills.
Pretty sure they werent there before!
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post #10 of 12 Old 03-29-2009, 10:09 AM
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hi
i don't get your water results.
thoses say your tank is not cycled,and would explain the abnormal breathing
and the red gills.
Amonia poisoning.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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