06-17-2008, 09:44 PM
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Yesterday I had 2 young spotted cory cats die, and a couple weeks ago I had an almost full grown rainbow shark die, all in my 110g.
now im seeing unusual symptoms in my other fish.
the barbs are eating (except one) and look ALRIGHT, however at rest the rest aiming straight down. they all swim fine. the cory cats look alright but are lethargic. I have a 7" or so pleco that seems perfectly fine.
heres a couple shots of the unusual behavior of the tiger barbs...
and these two shots highlight an unusual white.. blob lookin thing on my severum. all 3 severum have what LOOk like ich spots but they are not necessarily round, and this particular severum has these two big spots... one on his forhead and one below his left eye
I need to know what this is and the most effective way to stop it before it kills anymore fish!!
thanks in advance.
10 tiger barbs
2 blue gourami (seemingly unaffected)
3 green severum
10 spotted cory cats
I change the water and vaccum the gravel sectionally once a week approx 20%. rinse the filter pads once a month.
feed 1x a day cichlid gold, tetracolor crisps, algae wafers, tropical wafers, and i sometimes throw in dried bloodworms and tubifex worms.
i do NOT have water params but the ammonia has never been an issue, always been 0. Im out of the ammonia test solution :\ nitrite 0, nitrates 20ish
06-20-2008, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by okiemavis
Um, I'm not sure I'd rule out fungus. Fungal infections definitely happen in the aquarium, particularly eggs. Perhaps Pasfur is thinking of a salt aquarium? I know that external fungal infections are extremely rare in marine aquariums. However, most fish sicknesses we think of as fungal, such as fin rot and 'mouth fungus' are actually bacterial.
Naturally, fungal infections on eggs are common. Which is why they don't occur as often in marine systems.
However, in looking at the picture i do not see anything that makes me leap to a fungal infection. Lets say this is fungal. Then i would have expected a post previously, asking about an open wound on the body or an area of exposed skin. Generally a bacteria infection sets in, or a parasitical infection due to stress, and then the fungal infection shows up later as a secondary infection. We don't have any evidence yet that this has occurred.
I don't have a diagnosis yet. I would want more pictures from different angles. But from what i see, we could just as easily have some skin beginning to rot from stress factors in the aquarium. We have evidence that the aquarium is stressed, due to recent deaths of established fish.
In order to really be helpful, we need some water tests. Especially pH, alkalinity or hardness, ammonia, nitrite, and Nitrate. All of these readings are necessary to accurately access the situation.
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