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Helen
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Oranda is at bottom of tank with her tail limp and blood vessels showing -Help
« on: March 08, 2010, 05:06:22 AM »

Hello everyone,

I am looking for an answer for my beloved Oranda called "Precious". She has been at the bottom of the tank and looks so very sad. Her tail is usually white but it now has what looks like "blood Vessels" running through. I fed her a peeled pea yesterday in which she ate, and a lilltle  bit of flake today in which she ate, but she looks so sad. She is gulping slowly. What is happening please?Huh
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Nossie
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Re: Oranda is at bottom of tank with her tail limp and blood vessels showing -Help
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 11:24:40 AM »

Did you test your water for nitrate? One symptom from nitrate poisoning is that the veins in the fins (and on the body) can appear swollen, the skin would also look streaky and the fish might not want to swim about too much. The biggest problem with high nitrate levels is that it's pretty dangerous for your fish's immune system. (It may also cause swim bladder problems, but this is still not scientifically proven.) So first of all, check this nitrate, and while you're at it, have a look at the nitrite, ammonia and pH, to make sure that the water is good (:
Now, if your nitrate levels are high, perform a water change immediately and test your water again next day. Try adding some live plants to your tank as soon as you can as well, and leave algae to grow on rocks and the back side and sides of your tank. Plants and algae consume the harmful substances in your water.

If your water is fine, you might have to deal with parasites or bacterial infection, so try treating your water with salt (move the fish to a separate hospital tank if possible. If not, remove the live plants if you have any before you start adding the salt.) First of all, look at the instructions on how to dose the salt if there are any. If not, you should start dosing 1 tablespoon per gallon of water (first dissolve the correct amount in a little bucket with aquarium water before adding it to your tank). Split the dose up in 3 parts so the fish will get used to the salt slowly to avoid stress. Give one dose every 12 hours.
This salt concentration should help against most parasites, diseases, and to relieve stress on your fish.
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Katarine
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Re: Oranda is at bottom of tank with her tail limp and blood vessels showing -Help
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 02:44:01 PM »

If it is what I honestly truly believe it is, then there is a simple cure. This particular infection just kinda pops out of nowhere, no relation to water chemistry (but check anyway). Get some tetracycline, its about 17 canadian dollars (sorry, cant convert to US), and that should clear up in about four days.
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Helen
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Re: Oranda is at bottom of tank with her tail limp and blood vessels showing -Help
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2010, 05:24:54 AM »

Thanks guys...................your help is very much appreciated!!
Im sorry Nossie that I didnt reply to you, I just found your response Derrrrrr!!
Yep, I have purchased some Melafix in Australia and hopefully I am not to late!!! I am sure that Katarine diagnosed her correctly!"Red Pest"
I treat for 7 days and then do a 25% water change and continue if neccessary......However the Pet shop did discuss I do the salt tmt after the 7 days........So will keep you posted on outcome........Thanks again........... Smiley,
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