03-25-2012, 07:56 PM
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Sick Catfish - Please Help..
Hello. We do not know what to do and we came across your site and hope someone can help. We have a catfish - have had him about 7 years. He is in a 49 gallon tank, 2 other cory catfish, a sucker fiish and 2 blue gourami. We keep the tank around 79 and have small gravel in the tank. We use a Fluval C4 filter and feed catfish shrimp pellets at night. The gourami's get fed a lil in the morning and a lil at night.. dried flakes.
About 3 weeks ago we noticed a bump on his body - near his head. We thought he just ran into sucker fish or a cave, but it appeared red. We talked to our local pet store and began to use Melafix. We removed the carbon from the filtration and used half the recommended dosage per their instructions. We've also done water changes (about 30%) twice now. He's not getting any better and is coming out of his cave more now than he ever has. The spot appears to be growing and looks a lot more like a wound.
I've attached a photo (I hope) so you can see his current sore. I'm wondering if it is now bacterial. Also, with the removal of the carbon, our tank seems to be cloudy now. How long do I leave the carbon out?
Thanks for ANY help. Much appreciated.