First time poster here, but excited for the resource. Hoping to upgrade aquarium, but want to try to perfect things first.
I did my usual tank maintenence this past Sunday. My fish all looked good at that time. Monday night I noted one of my platy's at the bottom of the tank laying in the plants. It had the sunken abdomen/arched spine appearance. I moved it to a separate smaller tank to isolate. Once moved the spinal arch was more along the lateral plane. The platy died overnight.
I took the fish to work with me the next day to attempt to do a post mortem exam. I was hoping to be able to evaluate organs for lesions suggestive of TB. If so, I would have made slides to look at and confirm.
On PM, the platy looked pretty much normal on the outside. Gills were quite pale. The body cavity was potentially too broken down, as I couldn't identify any specific organs. I identified what was potentially the cranial kidney that was pale in color. Everything else was colorless/clear in appearance. It was not slimy in consistency. I suspect based on the lack of color everywhere that this fish was quite anemic. Since I couldn't really identify organs, I couldn't determine any potential lesions. I didn't end up making any slides, but took some pictures of the cavity to show what I mean about the lack of color.
I have one other platy left. That platy seems like it could be a bit lethargic/less active, but I am not certain if it is or if I am just paranoid...Did eat some flakes yesterday after ignoring blood worms. The other fish all appear fine. The platy's dorsal fin looks a bit lower/droopy than I think it was before.
I checked tank parameters prior to the maintenence on Sunday. pH of 7.8, Ammonia 0-0.25ppm and nitrite negative, nitrates at ~15ppm. Did use a siphon vacuum to clean gravel, 50% water change. More specifics below in stats, also have tank profile entered (20H). Conditioned water prior to adding, siphoned into tank. I did then change some of my filter media. In the course of doing that, I released a bunch of filter accumulation goo into the water. It became cloudy for a bit, but cleared within a couple of hours. I rinsed the foam filter, used the same filter bag but rinsed. Added new charcoal and added some Seachem Matrix (small handful mixed with charcoal) to the filter bag. Have not used Matrix prior to this. Also used Seachem Nourish-soaked some flakes and blood worms prior to feeding.
Rechecked tank parameters yesterday. pH of 8, Ammonia definitely 0.25ppm, nitrite negative, nitrate 5ppm.
I am still worried about fish TB...really nervous that the rest of the fish are going to fall ill soon.
1. Size of tank? 20 gallon, high
2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? 0.25
b. Nitrite? neg
c. Nitrate? 5ppm
d. pH, KH and GH? 7.8
e. Test kit? Ap Freshwater Master test kit
3. Temperature? ~72 degrees (F)
4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? Freshwater
5. How long the aquarium has been set up? Years. Originally had cichlids. Did partial change of gravel when changing from cichlid to general tropical community.
6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
Have had all fish in tank for at least 3months. Have 1 small/medium angel, 1 cory cat (3 inches), three ruby tetras (1.5-2 inch ea) and one remaining platy (2.5 inch).
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)? No. Bad, bad me.
8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? All live plants- 3 moss balls, 3 Aponogeton, 1 red java fern, 1 Anubius hastafolia, 2-3 strands of floating hornwort, and 2 other I still need to get re-identified.
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Gravel, about2.5-3 inches deep.
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? Three small granite river type rocks, one large clear polished quartz rock.
9. a. Filtration? Whisper 30 filter. Currently has bagged charcoal and Matrix media and the foam/sponge filter.
b. Heater? No. haven't found one that seems to work...
10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? Light goes on around 7-8 am, off around 10-11pm. Don't recall light bulb type, is a fluorescent bulb rated for plants. Don't have package to give specifics and bulb is not labeled.
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? Exposed to sun through window tank sits next to against wall. No direct sunlight.
11. a. Water change schedule? Every 2 weeks I do a 50% water change.
b. Volume of water changed? ~10 gallons
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? tap water
d. Water conditioner used? Seachem Prime, Stability, also use Stress Guard. Use a touch of Tetra Aquasafe (i think Aquasafe and not Easybalance) since it claims to help with nitrate regulation and I had been having problems before with Nitrate levels hovering around 40ppm.
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? With water changes, every 2-3 weeks.
12. Foods? Tetra Color flakes, Freeze dried blood worms, sometimes soaked in Seachem Nourish.
How often are they fed? Every 1-3 days. Small amounts (estimate size of all fishs' eyeballs as estimate of stomach size, and to be sure is gone within 30-60 seconds).
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? See above.
b. Appearance of poop? I guess normal- haven't witnessed any fecal material.
c. Appearance of gills? Normal on live fish, appeared pale on deceased fish.
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? No
b. What meds were used? N/A
15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.
Have tank photo, and photos of fish abdominal cavity during PM evaluation. Uploaded as attachments. fish1.jpg fsih2.jpg fish3.jpg tank.jpg
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