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Exclamation Possible Flukes infestation?!

Appears that I have an outbreak of gill flukes, possibly brought on by one of the original danios. it had trouble swimming, tail fin was just a bunch of strands and it also had a red spot right above the tailfin that turned white a few days before he passed. Since then I have had 3 dainos die from unknown causes, but all showed same symptoms of hovering right below the surface not very active, not a big interest in food. And today i just had a Tiger barb die as well... he has been shy and lethargic for a week or two, doesn't always come out to eat, but today he appeared to have a lot of trouble swimming, couldn't keep himself upright, appeared to be panting (if fish can pant) a few hours after i did a 25% water change and vacuumed the gravel, i found him floating at the top of the tank. Also added in the API general cure today... read something about adding it to their food but I'm not really sure how to do that without losing more fishies. :( please help!!


1. Size of tank? - 20 gal

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? -0 ppm
b. Nitrite? .25 ppm
c. Nitrate?between 5-10ppm
d. pH, KH and GH? pH -7.6
e. Test kit?API master Test Kit

3. Temperature?78-80*F

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? FW

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?6 Weeks

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?5 Danios, 11 Tiger barbs, all about 1 inch long. varying between 5weeks and 1 week

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

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?live plants, Amazon sword, some short grass looking plant, and a purple and brown short leafy plant
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?Gravel
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?1 real rock, a fake 1/2 pirate ship, airstone inside mini volcano, and one tall hollow pogoda

9. a. Filtration?topfin power 20 filter
b. Heater?yes

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? LED, 16 hours/8hours
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?no sunlight

11. a. Water change schedule?once since tank started - today
b. Volume of water changed?25%
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?Tap plus some distilled water
d. Water conditioner used?seachem - Prime , also added seachem stability
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?every water change

12. Foods?API bottomfeeder pellets, tropical fish flakes
How often are they fed?twice daily

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?lethargic, shyness, "hovering", looks like some trouble swimming
b. Appearance of poop?unoticed
c. Appearance of gills?some look pink in the openings, most appear fine

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? yes
b. What meds were used?API General cure

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.


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