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post #11 of 17 Old 02-10-2014, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
75. 75 gallons. No, we don't have another tank though:( they actually look a lot better today! Is it possible for this to cure itself? I see way fewer red marks on their bodies, before they were obvious, but I just looked at them and I actually had to search to find the red scratchy marks. So... If it's going away... Maybe we misdiagnosed? Or is it getting. Better, or what? I. Thinking maybe we should dose anyway, because it seems like the tetracycline will help anyway? Maybe?
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post #12 of 17 Old 02-10-2014, 02:37 PM
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The treatment would help them.
Improving water conditions could help, but considering that there is still ammonia in the water they probably aren't going to get better. Do your best to try to get ammonia levels done.

If you do decide to use tetracycline, make sure to run a full course of the medication for the tank size. Which yes could get expensive. And you do have to remove carbon from the filter.

I just saw that question about viral vs bacterial. Viral infections are quite intimidating, since technically viruses can't be cured. Fish do adapt over time and they might become immune to the symptoms, but this could cause problems for future inhabitants. I don't know if the viral strain of this issue affects tropical fish, most of what I've seen is it in wild populations of temperate fish species.

Even so I don't think it is misdiagnosed, definitely some form of ammonia poison in one way or another.

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post #13 of 17 Old 02-11-2014, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
All right! Hopefully we will be able to pick up a large bottle at a reasonable price:/
The extr water changes are definately helping thorium so I'm glad things are looking up!
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-11-2014, 09:22 AM
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This is an observation: The more fish I had in a tank, the more likely the inhabitants were susceptible to bacterial infections. One cause, and there are more out there, is an injury. accidental or intentional by another fish. If possible, I would set up a 'hospital tank', as was suggested above. In general, it's better to have more tanks with fewer fish, than having more fish in one tank. I speak from experience from adding just one more pair of guppies to a tank...

Move quickly with the meds, though.
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-11-2014, 01:14 PM
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ammonia reading are high,obviously tank is not cycled or has crashed. i would not add more fish until the tank is in a stable cycle for awhile.also would not add more fish until a quarantine tank is set up for them.then stock slowly.
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-14-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
So, here's what's happening.the tank is looking lots better, as are the fish, but they still appear quite stressed. I told her that she should treat the tank with tetracycline anyway to get rid of the rest of the bacteria that was infecting the tank, to be sure it is safe before adding anything new or relaxing the wc schedule. I get the feeling that they really don't want to treat though, because the tank looks so nice right now, they believe it's all fixed and the problem is gone. So, what do you guys think? Can it go away completely on its own and cure itself?? To treat, or not to treat? It will only cost around 14 dollars btw.
Also, I am still concerned that we may not have seen the end of the problems yet in this tank, since the stocking is still questionable, and we have no solid answer as to what the underlying problem and influence in all this was...?
Any ideas from you guys? I posted the same question on the other thread, because I know there is a different group following along.
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