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what the heck? !!!

Discussion in 'Fish Diseases & Cures' started by angelLuver, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    ok guys,i came back from a 4 day vacation and i had 3 dead fish...arg !!! they were cover in a white fuzzy (almost like a ball ) mold? 3 were still left in the tank living..little white specks on them...called lfs and the guy there said it sounds like ick....what do you guys think??
     
  2. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    sounds like a mold fungus to me.

    Can be seen on excess food that sits in the tank (think of stagnant food/liquids) and on corpses that have sat.

    Also can be seen in warm water (excess food and corpses).

    <--got it 1x when I had a 55g in my attic (got too hot and the water got milky looking and fish died...corpses had a white fuzzy covering on them)

    borrowed photos attached
    2hq3u4n.jpg fungus-body1.jpg
     
  3. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Agreed with dawn.... again... the question is was the white stuff post-mortem or pre-mortem... that is the question.... it could have been something other than the white stuff causing the illness that killed the fish... probably was too.... IMO
     
  4. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    what was your water temp (we've had some high temps in our area)...is thinking that you water spiked really high/fast and killed the fish...and after them sitting in "hot" water that they acquired the fungus.
     
  5. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    the water is still clear...the 3 fish that made it have tiny white specks on them,but arent fuzzy? kind of looks like someone salted them..lol
     
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  7. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    thats what the pet store said..just wanted to check
     
  8. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Ich or Columnaris (velvet) but they both require the same treatment of Malachite Green/Formalin Mix
     
  9. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    okays. links above will help with illnesses and treatment of ich
     
  10. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    i dosed my tank with ick away made by wardley essentials after i took the carbon out of my filter
     
  11. LemonDiscus

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    Ich Away... Copper or Malachite Green? Did it dye your water?
     
  12. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    the water was light green for a little while and is real clear now !! the guy at the pet store also said to slowly turn the heater on the tank up every few hours and stop at 87...i have done this and the 3 fish have all eaten today and are swimming around
     
  14. MOD_Dawn

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    good to hear the others are eating and acting normal ;)
     
  15. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    how long should i leave the water at 87?
     
  16. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Good Malachite Green based! Good stuff then... that is the correct med! (sorry I hate copper)

    Treatment should be 7-9 days with 50% water changes DAILY and redosing... heat should remain for the 7-9 days as well.

    (an alternative to Malachite Green is aquarium salt) You can still add it if you notice any labored breathing in addition to the Malachite Green... Watch the breathing carefully and if any are labored... salt the tank in addition to the Malachite Green treatment (I cant remember the dosage of salt but it IS on this board somewhere) I did post the dosage a while back ago...
     
  17. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    they look good today and are swimming/eating fine..thank you lemon !
     
  18. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Your welcome... The sad part is I have experience with ICH..... :confused:
     
  19. angelLuver

    angelLuver Thread Starter New Member

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    this is the first time dealing with ick. we have only had a tank for 6 months..started with a 12 g,moved to a 20 and bought a 10 g for my daughter..last week i got a 55 g set up for free. THE FISH ARE GOING TO TAKE OVER !!! LOL
     
  20. LemonDiscus

    LemonDiscus Active Member

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    Thats what happened at my house... :)