SICK FISH: MULTIPLE SYMPTOMS

 

Fish Behavioral Disorders

Symptoms

 

Cause

 

Treatment and Links

A). Fish swim normally, but breathe heavily Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Is the temperature too high? Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Slowly lower water temperature by gradually replacing it with cooler water. Adjust heater.
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  1. Oxygen deficiency
  2. Excess Ammonia or Nitrites
Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart
  1. Aerate water and/or add Methylene Blue.
  2. Do water changes and use Aqua Gold to re-establish biological filter.
 

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  Your fish are affected with a gill disease Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Treat with: Acriflavine Neutral -or- Forma-Green

B).   Fish hang out just beneath the surface of the water and breathe rapidly.  They move around less and die in full color Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Are the Gills lilac in color?  Ammonia poisoning! Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Do partial water changes.  Add 2 - 5 drops per gallon of Methylene Blue.
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    Nitrite Poisoning   Do several partial water changes and test for Nitrites.

C).   All the fish, or just closely related species, dart about, jump and hit the walls of the aquarium and other objects.  Colors fade Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart A toxin is in the water.  Has any medication been given recently? Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Do several partial water changes.  Filter the water over fresh activated charcoal.  Test the tank landscape for toxic substances.
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    The fish have Whirling disease   Treat the fish with:  Quinine Sulfate.

D).   Some fish remain apart from others and darken in color Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart They may be affected by Skin parasites Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Use: Praziquantel -or- De-Los -or- Parinox -or- Copper Sulfate.
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    Intestinal Parasites may also be the cause.  Are the fish getting Skinnier? Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Examine the Feces.  Treat with Paracide-X.
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  Have the fish darkened and become apathetic?  The fish may have blood flagellates Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Treat the fish with Methylene Blue for 5-7 days.
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  Are there other changes (e.g., losing weight, pop-eye, swollen body?   

Dropsy

Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart For pop-eye use Erythromycin

If both eyes are swollen, this is dropsy and is hard to cure.  Try raising the temp up to 84 degrees fahrenheit.  Use a Doxycycline/Kanamycin combo treatment for up to 2 weeks.

If losing weight and sunken eyes, this could be Tuberculosis.  Quarantine this fish and treat with Kanamycin for up to 30 days.


E).  Are the fish losing weight without fading, and do many have swollen bellies?  Are their droppings white and mucoid? Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Your fish have intestinal flagellates Fish Behavioral Disorders Flow Chart Treat the fish with Paracide-D -or- Paracide-X
         

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