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Sick guppies

Discussion in 'Tropical Fish Emergencies' started by helptoall, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. helptoall

    helptoall Fish Fanatic

    Sep 6, 2018
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    Hi, i have a 70L tank with 10 guppies and 1 pleco, external filter 600 l/h water temp 26C water parameters are 0,0,7. WC every week 25%. 18 days ago one of the guppies became bloated. i moved him to quarantee and try to treat with Furanol with no success.His bloating was uneven, one side more bloated then the other,and ive assumed it was a tumor.He passed after 3 days since the first signs of bloat. Since then ive monitored the tank very carefully for any signs , but non appeared. Today iv found one of the guppies dead and another one laying on the bottom with raised scales{the other 2 didnt showed this sign.} last night they were all active, all came to eat with no signs of illness.. I would appreaciate any help and advice about what is it and what to do to treat and prevent more infections. thank you
  2. Colin_T

    Colin_T Member

    Jan 26, 2008
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    Perth, WA
    Post some pictures of the sick and dead fish.
    Do a 75% water change and gravel clean the substrate now and every week when you do a water change.
    Clean the filter if it hasn't been done in the last 2 weeks.

    Read the following link to find out more about what to do if your fish gets sick.

    What did you do to the tank yesterday?
    Have you added any new fish or plants in the last 2 weeks?

    You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt), sea salt or swimming pool salt to the aquarium at the dose rate of 1 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water. If there is no improvement after 48 hours you can double that dose rate so there is 2 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

    If you only have livebearers (guppies, platies, swordtails, mollies), goldfish or rainbowfish in the tank you can double that dose rate, so you would add 2 heaped tablespoons per 20 litres and if there is no improvement after 48 hours, then increase it so there is a total of 4 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.

    Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.

    The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria but the higher dose rate will affect some plants. The lower dose rate will not affect plants.

    After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that.

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