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Old 07-29-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Help! Bent guppy!

My yellow female guppy looks like she has developed a bent spine. She is like the shape of a U but not as dramatic. She also has a white bump thing on her behind her head. Also looks like she may be losing color a bit. She still eats though when she is fed... What could this be? Should I be worried? Every time I google bent spine in fish I get stuff about fish TB. I really hope this is not the case, but if it is she had been in a separate breeding tank for about a month now, even before the curved body happened... Also water quality is all good no ammonia, nitrates or nitrites.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:40 PM   #2
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It doesn't look good. By the looks of things she has a whitish stringy poo. This means she probably has internal parasites. Most people tend to put down fish with bent spines as they just slip away anyway. I think she might be going to die if she's losing colour. She will struggle to swim and drop fry so if I were you here's what id do:
Fill a glass with tank water
Put the female in it
Put ipthe glass in the freezer.
Let her go to sleep.

Or do this :
Fill a glass with clove oil
Put her in it
Then leave her until she's dies.
Sorry it sounds really harsh but I just feel it may be best.

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Old 07-29-2012, 08:26 PM   #3
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Certainly not looking the best. I would euthanize. Slowly freezing a fish, like mentioned above, causes a slow death IMO/E.

Death via ice:
First fill a container with water either tank or tap is fine.
Add some salt.
Freeze until you have a slushy bowl of half frozen water.
Net and add the fish.
Doing it this way the death is instant and painless.

To use clove oil:
Add some tank water to a container.
Add the fish.
In a separate jar add some water and a few drops of clove oil.
Shake vigorously to distribute the oil in the water.
Add a few mL at a time to the container with the fish until the fish stops moving and subsequently breathing.
Freeze the container and the fish to make sure it's passed.

I've used both these methods and if done correctly cause little stress or prolonged death.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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I agree with Mumma. Putting a fish in tank water and putting it in the freezer is a slow death as ice crystal form in the fish's blood. Not pleasant. Rather, putting a tropical fish suddenly into freezing cold water (like Elise described) causes temperature shock and death without the fish feeling pain.
Guppies and other livebearers often get bent spines and the cause seems to be genetic. Another option is False Neon Tetra Disease, but if that were the case more than 1 fish is usually affected. Also, by the time time the spine bends with that disease, the fish is usually past help.
If she seems to get around ok, you could try treating her with antibiotics if you would like, or you can euthanize her. That is up to you and how you feel her quality of live is. I do recommend putting her in own tank if possible.
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