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My Fish Seems Really Sick!

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  • Test Results for the Following:
  • * Ammonia Level 0
  • * Nitrite Level normal
  • * Nitrate level normal
  • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) 7.5
  • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)7.5
    Other Required Info:
  • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API
  • * Water temperature? 74
  • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 10 gal. 5 months.
  • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Top fin 10
  • * How often do you change the water and how much? Once a week, 20%

  • * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Today. (15 %)
  • * How many fish in the tank and their size? One cory catfish (A little less then an inch) Two mollies (a lil over an inch) and I had one rosy red minnow (He's sick so I moved him out)
  • * What kind of water additives or conditioners? I use Aqueon Water Conditioner
  • * What do you feed your fish and how often? 5-6 days a week
  • * Any new fish added to the tank? Yes. Two Mollies
  • * 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.-Two weeks ago I used Parasite guard because a fish had parasites.
  • * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Yes. My minnow has bloody splotches on his tail which is also slightly frayed. He also has tiny red spots that Look like he was pricked with a pin
  • * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? My minnow wasn't eating yesterday and seemed really nervous.

I have a rosy red minnow and he has been acting nervous for a few days. I have him in a ten gallon tank with three other fish (an albino corydoras catfish, and two balloon bellied mollies. I KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T PUT TROPICAL FISH WITH GOLDFISH BUT MY FRIEND'S FISH DIED AND SHE HAD SOME ROSY RED MINNOWS LEFT OVER FROM FISH FEEDINGS SO I TOOK 2-one died-) TOday I came home and my minnow had a red spot on his tail so I moved him into a seperate fish bowl. Now the dot has turned into red splotches all over his tail and he has what looks like tiny red pricks on his upper body. There is NO ammonia in the tank and everything else is normal. Does he have septicemia? Or another kind of bacterial infection? He hasn't been looking normal for the past few days either... He would spit out food, and would be very jittery and nervous. Now my cory catfish is spazzing out (like more than normal and I don't want to lose him!!!). Does it have anything to do with what is wrong with the minnow? PLEASE HELP!

OH AND.... the temperature in the tank is like 74 degrees (fahrenheit). I changed the water (like 15%) in the tank because if it was a bacterial infection that would help.

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Try and get a tank for that sick fish bowls will only make it worse

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Can you get an exact number for Nitrates and Nitrites?

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So..a fish had parasites and you used Lifeguard?Right? This will have killed any cycle you have.

Also new fish really in the future should always be kept separate in quarantine for observation before adding to the main tank.

Anyway, I suspect this is a water issue and you need to get a kit for nitrites asap and monitor ammonia daily. It can be zero now and extremely high an hour later and this is the main cause of red spots. It also rises very fast in bowls, I would be doing 50% water changes 3or 4 times a day on the bowl and the tank and you do need a bubbler at least in the temporary bowl..hopefully yoiu can find a rubbermaid or bigger space for your cory

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