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Old 03-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
 
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.

Melody
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:37 AM   #2
 
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We'll need a little more info to really help you. How long the tanks been set up? Water parameters (ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte)? What type of catfish and how often do you do water changes? It might just be the picture but the water looks awfully cloudy.

I'd say for now until you can get us a little more information do daily water changes of 50%. Most of the time the best way to heal a wound (if that's what it is) is to just keep the water clean and the fish will heal itself.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
 
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Can you get a better picture of this. It is really hard to see.
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Old 03-26-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
 
The water is cloudy..which is very unusual for us but it didn't start until we began the treatments. This tank has been set up for at least 2 years with no issues. All levels were good at last test, but now shows our Nitrate levels high (unsafe).

I'm unsure as to the type of catfish..I was trying to search online but can't seem to find it. He has a large dark spot up near his head and is about 8" long.

We are doing water change today. I'm wondering if we stop treatment and get our water back to normal and go from there.

Will try to get a better photo. Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
 
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The water is cloudy..which is very unusual for us but it didn't start until we began the treatments. This tank has been set up for at least 2 years with no issues. All levels were good at last test, but now shows our Nitrate levels high (unsafe).

I'm unsure as to the type of catfish..I was trying to search online but can't seem to find it. He has a large dark spot up near his head and is about 8" long.

We are doing water change today. I'm wondering if we stop treatment and get our water back to normal and go from there.

Will try to get a better photo. Thanks for the input.
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Do you know if this is a wound or if it is an infection? How has the catfish been behaving? He/she looks to be hiding under the driftwood.

I can see the image better on my large monitor. I would absolutely clean the water. at least 50% just to make sure it helps. Like SomeDudeAtHome said clean water is best treatment.

What kind of treatment are you doing right now? (I am assuming you are adding some sort of chemical to the water)
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
 
He's always hung out in the caves/driftwood and just recently started coming out when the light for the tank is on. Otherwise he is acting normal..no change to his behavior or eating.

I don't know if it a wound or infection. That's the challenge. It looks more like an ulcer, but then again, our fish have never had an ulcer so we're guessing. I dont think its a wound.. it did get bigger and we noticed another small spot on him tonight but it looks like a tiny white bubble..kinda like a tiny pimple.

We had been using melafix and as of today stopped.

We just finished the 50% water change so I'm sure that will help. We will do it again tomorrow. With today's water change I changed the filter and put the carbon back in.

Again..thanks for the feedback we greatly appreciate the advice.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
 
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He's always hung out in the caves/driftwood and just recently started coming out when the light for the tank is on. Otherwise he is acting normal..no change to his behavior or eating.

I don't know if it a wound or infection. That's the challenge. It looks more like an ulcer, but then again, our fish have never had an ulcer so we're guessing. I dont think its a wound.. it did get bigger and we noticed another small spot on him tonight but it looks like a tiny white bubble..kinda like a tiny pimple.

We had been using melafix and as of today stopped.

We just finished the 50% water change so I'm sure that will help. We will do it again tomorrow. With today's water change I changed the filter and put the carbon back in.

Again..thanks for the feedback we greatly appreciate the advice.
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That is good. I would continue the water changes until you find out what it is going on and/or things get better, especially until the water clears up. Hopefully one of the more knowledgeable members on here can give some insight on what this is.

I would suggest for now you go through the disease forum. There is a thread post on there which categories A LOT of the diseases with pictures, symptoms and ways to treat it. This could help you narrow down on the possibilities. ...
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
 
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have you thought about it being something fungal? maybe researching some fungal fish infections would help.
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