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Emergency! I can see bones on frayed fins! Dying


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  • Test Results for the Following:

    • * Ammonia Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)
    • Haven't tested anything yet
    • Other Required Info:

      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? api water test kit
      • * Water temperature? 70F
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 55, 2 years
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? 2 aqueon 75 filters
      • * How often do you change the water and how much? once a week, 80 percent

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 weeks ago, 80%
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size?3 large
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? prime
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? pellets once a day with peas and spinach
  • * Any new fish added to the tank?no
  • * Any medications added to the tank? no
  • * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. salt prazi, a long time ago
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? Bloody streaks, bones visible, fins are completely torn, not able to sit up straight 
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I'm sorry she is suffering! Can you fill out the D&D form completely so we can get a better picture of what might have lead up to this and, whether she survives or not, potentially protect your remaining fish?

Sometimes this happens despite the best husbandry practices, don't best yourself up over it. But it could also be environmental, pathogenic, or otherwise manageable with the rest of your stock. More details mean we can get a better picture and give better advice.

I agree with MotherRedCap that if she's floating and has spinal contorting that it's probably time to just watch and say goodbye, because little else would work in time. But it might really be worth investigating what caused this so it can be prevented in the future.

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She's been having a weird bump on her forehead. I posted about it, but yall reassured me it will go away, but it hasnt. I feel that neglecting it is what caused something like this because the other 2 fish are fine. Where could it have come from? She's  the only fish that has fin rot as well

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It sounds like an internal infection that went septic. Most of those bumps and pimples do go away, and further treatment of the fish can weaken them without adding much help. But sometimes they don't go away and can stay at a low level for weeks or months before stress or some insult can provide the vector whereby the infection takes hold. And things can turn so quickly when the immune system is suppressed or compromised.

Secondary infections or opportunistic pathogens can definitely attack a weak fish and leave everyone else unscathed. Just be sure to stay on top of your remaining fish and their habitat. Lots of clean water. As for your sick pet, I'm hoping a mod can advise you further. I have some opinions but I think waiting for the expert crew is best :)

What do you have on hand in terms of medications?

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I am so sorry your fish is not looking well.   :hug

I'm not sure if you usually do w/c's every 2 weeks or not but if you do,.. they really should be changed to large (50% and up)  every week. 

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To be honest, I find the condition of the head and body more alarming than the fins.  Beyond the large bump which appears to be a tumor or a viral infection, there seems to be the start of other lesions as well as a sunken belly.  How long has the fish been in this condition?

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Thank you for the pictures. I'm cheering fo you and your little pet. You're in capable hands and if anyone can give you solid advice, its the crackshot team here at Koko's.

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I have melafix, praziquantel, salt. Is there anything specific I can buy

I'm not confident we can turn this around at this point, but if you want to, then I would try Metronidazole plus either Kanamycin or Nitrofurazone.  I don't think antibiotics will help the large tumor, but they may help the other internal and external problems.

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