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Old 12-16-2002, 06:24 AM   #1
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Guppy Trouble

Am having a bit of a nightmare with my guppies recently. Last night while carrying out a water change, I noticed that one of my three guppies, from the top of his head and about a CM down the top of him was black, almost like something had scraped his colour away ??

Is this a loss of scales, hence the blackness ??
I can't think what else and books offer no matching disease.

Help ..... !!
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Here is a possible diagnosis, probably not what you want to hear but:

D). The skin of the fish turns deep black in closely adjacent areas. These areas thicken and the scales stand out.

The fish is affected with Melanosarcoma, a malignant growth

No suitable treatment known. Sacrafice the fish humanely.


What other observations do you have? Bloated? Not eating? Has it changed - covered the whole body?

Let us know?
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Old 12-17-2002, 11:40 AM   #4
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No, it hasn't been affected anywhere else and behaviour and eating habits are normal. It is very unusual, I won't get rid of it until it dies on me, I'll make it pull through !
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Old 12-17-2002, 01:15 PM   #5
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If you still have your old tank, I would at least isolate the fish so that if it is something that can spread it doesn't effect your other guppies or other fish.
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Old 12-17-2002, 05:21 PM   #6
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Good call robert...
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Old 12-18-2002, 07:44 AM   #7
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The 11.1 gallon will hopefully be up & running by Sunday and it's going to be a guppy breeding tank for a while anyway, so that would be perfect.
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How is your guppy doing?
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Still the same unfortunately and the other guppy appears to have it also, but I found this very interesting link .. what do you reckon ?

http://community-2.webtv.net/CustomSigns/Blackhead/
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Does it look the same? Does the guppy look sick in a anyway? Sluggish swimming, is the appetite still up? What does the other one look like?
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