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JazmyneW
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Sick fish?!?
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:52:35 PM »

i got my new fantail fish a few days ago and one of them has clouded bulging eyes. is he sick? does anyone know what would be wrong with him and will it spread to my other fish? i am taking him back to the PetCo tomorrow to see whats wrong with him. but for no does anyone know? i am about to quarantine him in  a bit.
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Mindemae
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Re: Sick fish?!?
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 11:40:35 PM »

It sounds to me as if your new fish has a bacterial infection and should be treated with an antibiotic as should the rest of your tank, as it is very contageous.  Never get a new fish and throw him in the tank with your old fish.  You should always quarantine a new fish for 2-4 weeks as they could be harboring bacteria or parasites.  Undecided
I would think that gentamycin sulfate would be the best choice.  You can get it in powder form, possibly at the petshop.
You should raise the temp in your tank to 84-86 degrees and treat for 7 days. Smiley
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JazmyneW
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010, 12:33:19 AM »

what sucks though, is that PetCo houses their SICK fish with their HEALTHY fish, and he must of already had the infection when i bought him. because there were at least 20 fish in the tank and HALF of them had bulging and exploding eyes. D:
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2010, 12:49:40 AM »

gosh, that does suck!  I have never seen healthy fish at petco. Angry
Well, next time pick a fish from a tank where all the fish look healthy!
Or try a different petshop! Undecided
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JazmyneW
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Re: Sick fish?!?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2010, 01:39:39 AM »

yeah i might. oh well.. if all my fish die... maybe i'll get an eel.. or snake...or iguana. lol ive never had fish before. and now i feel like i'm killing them D:
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Re: Sick fish?!?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2010, 04:32:51 AM »

Jazmyne: I'm pretty sure that his disease simply came from the shop, it's a very common occurence |: Otherwise, this kind of infection is usually caused by bad water quality or bad nutrition.

Just to be safe for your next fish, in case this one dies, maybe you should empty the tank and start over? Disinfect it with bleach to kill the bacteria Smiley Then you'd have to start over with the nitrogen cycle, but that shouldn't take more than a few weeks! How big is your tank? And do you know about the nitrogen cycle? Smiley
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Re: Sick fish?!?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2010, 04:45:24 PM »

He could be blind.
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