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Old 07-15-2004, 11:46 PM   #1
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Bala Shark sick - need diagnosis

So just today I put one of my Bala Sharks into "quarantine" - just a big vase with some tank water in it. (any better solutions?) but it's been sick for a week or so at least.

Anyway now another fish seems to have caught it too - so guess the quarantine was too late. Here's the symptons:

Shiny spot on bala shark near top fin
shiny along top and bottom
Fins starting to disintegrate (whitish/red color)
Quick, short breaths

Any ideas what this could be? And effective treatments?

Thanks so much - the last thing I need is my whole tank dying because of this....


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Old 07-17-2004, 12:15 AM   #2
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Hmmm... the shiny spots don't ring a bell, is it like a gold dusting? Could be velvet with a secondary infection that has infected the fins. My balas will split their fins ocassionally racing around the tank and if a fish is already weak from something else they could get infected.

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Old 07-17-2004, 01:49 AM   #3
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Try looking through these sites:

Answer these Qs:
~What are your tank parameters (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, temp)?
~ How large is the tank?
~How many fish are in the tank? What kinds of fish are they and what are there current sizes?
~When is the last time you did a water change and vacuum the gravel? How often do you do this? How much water do you remove at a time?
~How long have you had the fish?
~Have you added anything new to the tank--decor, new dechlor, new substrate, etc.?

Right now, I'm clueless.

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