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Fishy Jeff
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Fungus
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:05:20 PM »

I've been a little negligent of my pond (600 gallons unfiltered, but  aereated, 6 fish), but it has been warming up and getting a dose of pollen. I assume the fish are mating, if that is what the fish are doing when they are endlessly chasing each other and trying to rub against and flip on the side. I see them exhausted sometimes.

  So one of the girls, if I have that right, has a good bit of what appears to be fungus on each side.

  How should I treat that?

  Fishy Jeff
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nabi
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Re: Fungus
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 06:38:30 PM »

I suggest you take her out of the pond and put her in a quarantine tank or container to better observe her. If you could take a picture of the area and post it here, that would help a lot. Make sure it's fungus , since you don't want to treat a fish for the wrong condition and end up killing it.


If it's truly fungus, you can find different medications in the fish section at the pet store to treat it.
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Fishy Jeff
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Re: Fungus
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 06:53:17 PM »

I don't know what else it could be. It is quite fuzzy, white and maybe a 1/3" or so thick and covers a half inch or so on both sides.

She's a small fish, maybe 3" long or so, she'll have to go in a 5 gallon bucket as I have no tanks. I'll see if I can find something larger.

  Fishy Jeff
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nabi
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Re: Fungus
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 12:26:15 AM »

Basically , diagnosing an illness in fish is a process of elimination. I would test the pH of the water first since a low pH can cause a fish to secrete too much white mucus that can resemble a fungal infection.  If the pH is ok, then you can look at fungal or parasitic infection as a cause. 

With some parasitic infections, you will probably have to scrape some of the white stuff from the skin and look under the microscope to make an accurate diagnosis, but this can be tough without access to the equipment.

If you want, you can try a commercial fungal medication from the store first to see if it helps.
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Fishy Jeff
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Re: Fungus
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012, 03:35:14 PM »

I bought some fizzy tablets at Walmart, and then some Pimafix at Petsmart. I put in enough (of the Pimafix) to treat the whole pond and am holding off on the quarantine. For one thing, the fish are laying low, apparently under the parrots feather, and when I see them it is for just a moment.

 I haven't been feeding them much, as the water was cold. Then they had little interest in me because of they were dating like crazy.  Now, I'm not sure what they are up to. They don't seem to have time for food, but are snacking on the parrots feather.

  I'd give you some karma, but I can't find the karma link...

  Fishy Jeff
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