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Old 08-06-2013, 09:21 PM   #1
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ick, my fish have ... columnaris??? again??


errr...

i feel bad for not noticing this sooner, but my fish have some icky looking sores/white bumps (solid NOT fuzzy) on them. doesn't look like ich and only 2 fish are affected (both harlequin rasboras) but i am still very concerned about this.

nothing has been added to my tank in 4 months. nothing new aquarium related has even been brought into my house so this is NOT something new. tank is well established, water params are great, tank gets regular 25-30% WCs once a week. i haven't had a fish death in almost 6 months.

i tried to get some pics. i'm thinking it's just some general infection or maybe external parasite but it seems strange.

this rasbora has it the worst, some red open sore and there was a white lumpy bump but the net seems to have brushed it off:


this guys's got a little bit of a white bump on his tail, but it's hard to see:


oy. any ideas?
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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what other fish are in your tank?
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:34 PM   #3
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just harlequin rasboras and cardinal tetras.
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Old 08-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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it's starting to look more like ich today... strange. not really sure what to do about it. i have a QT tank set up but there are about 6 adult guppies living in it.... chances are that tank is contaminated too since i share equipment between it, but it's only 5.5 gallons, and i don't know if i can cram 6 guppies, 6 harlequins, and 7 cardinals in there....
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well... I put them and my filter on the QT tank today. lot of flow for such a small tank, was like a guppy tornado till they found where the slow spots are. temp's up to 86 and added some salt. will heavily monitor tank params and such. fingers crossed

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Am I crazy or Didn't you say there were guppies in there? Those look like cardinal tetras.
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haha the guppies are near the top, if you look close you can see one above the output pipe and a few more at the water's surface towards the back
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well... I put them and my filter on the QT tank today. lot of flow for such a small tank, was like a guppy tornado till they found where the slow spots are. temp's up to 86 and added some salt. will heavily monitor tank params and such. fingers crossed
Salt and heat worked great for me.. Even left the plants in but I went easy on the Salt.. Hurt them but didn't kill them.. If the fish can take it .. it works..
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I've cured Ich many many times just by turning up the heat to 87 gradually over a day. Leave like that for about two weeks, make sure you have plenty of aeration, if your filter doesn't agitate the water enough, add an air stone. No need for salt or other chemicals. Also, in my opinion, it's better to treat Ich in the main tank, less stress from moving back and forth which can cause another outbreak right after moving them back from qt.
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I'm not even 100% sure it's ich, but that's my closest guess so far. The fish seem ok in the QT tank, eating like piggies, and the guppies are loving the warm water. I wanted to do a big cleanup in my main tank so i figured it would be a good time to get it done while the fish were in QT.
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hmmm... the fish that had the "ich" the worst is starting to look like he has dropsy today... scales are sticking out. he's not bloated or having trouble swimming, and is still wanting to eat, though i may stop feeding them for a while...
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Could it be flukes? My goldfish had some issues with white spots (i thought it was ich) but after getting some help on a goldfish forum it was flukes. Maybe look at the symptoms related to flukes and see if that could be it?
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hmm... not seeing any of the other symptoms of flukes.

guy with bloat/dropsy has a red line in his anus, don't see any worm coming out, but i haven't seen them pooping much, either. think this guy's chance of survival is slim to none, will put him out of his misery when he starts looking really bad or stops eating.
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got a pic of the sick fish today...

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Ouch, he looks rough. Kinda looks like dropsy. Hopefully the high temps will help and prevent the others from getting worse.

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