06-29-2011, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
Can you post any clear photos of this fish? Keep watch for other symptoms... it could be a number of things, but at this point its hard to determine exactly what it is. Can you also post basic tank stats, including water parameters for the main tank? (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH) Tank mates in main tank? How many of each species?
Go easy on the aquarium salt, barbs are not real tolerant of heavy salt, even for medication.
Is it still eating? Any other abnormalities? Faded color? Holes or tears in any fins? Anything, even if it seems small and unimportant, can help lead to a proper diagnosis.
You are doing the best thing you can right now, keep it clean and avoid stress as much as possible, and keep a close watch, not just the sick fish but also the other fish in case another shows similar or same symptoms.
Thanks for reply. Well here's the funny thing ... Later that afternoon ... to be safe I got a small hospital tank going to QT it. Used substrate from my main tank for cycling . .... and for the next 3 days the fish was fine as can be! It ate food, had good color, no fin damage at all ... not a thing!
During all this ... my parameters were 0,0, 10ppm nitrates ... pH around 7.6 as always .. I have hard tap water for PWC's. No other fish showed any abnormal behavior ...
It's been back in my main tank for the last couple of days and it's behaving as normal.