Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Elk Grove, California
I think what you are dealing with is columnaris or aeromonas-- both bacterial. This is a consequence of stress from water quality, lowering of immunity, secondary condition- bacterial infection.
You need to treat the bacterial infection ( which is both external and internal) in either a quarantine tank or the display. Dips will not be adequate here, nor will any container that doesn't contain a heater, air-pump, and daily/frequent water changes to keep water quality from making the illness worse.
This is why mixing fish with plants, invertebrates, etc... when you dont have a quarantine tank to move them to when fish get sick complicates things.
This is what I recommend: treat all fish with nitrofurazone ( active ingredient in API Furan 2) AND kanamycin ( active ingredient in Seachem Kanaplex). Or can order separately from these 2 companies: angelsplus.com or jehmco.com. Read instructions on box for dosage/length of daily dosage as the active ingredient concentration differs between the retail (API and SEACHEM) and the 100% powders get from the other 2 sources.
Yes, plants will be effected in display and invertebrates may be effected. Take them out of your display and put in temporary container. Or, set up a quarantine.
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