I got five serpaes in November, 2003 just as soon as my tank had cycled. First, they got ich, which I cured following the advice in Allivymar's article. Since then, they have been plagued by a series of bacterial infections. My water parameters are fine and the other fish in the tank are unaffected. I have treated my serpaes no less than six times with four different meds (MelaFix, PimaFix, Kanacyn, Fungus Clear). This is besides the point, but I've spent well over $50 to treat $8 worth of fish.
In the past three months, I have had to euthanize two of them after they turned black and stopped eating. The other three still have their vivid orange color, but two of them still how signs of finrot. These two also have popeye, some red ulcerations, and reduced appetite. One of them started swimming funny this morning (swimbladder?), prompting me to QT
them. For now, I am leaving the one remaining, seemingly healthy serpae in the show tank. I hope I don't lose him too.
So, now I have two serpaes in the hospital tank. I am breaking a cardinal rule by treating them with FungusClear, Spectromax (Kanamycin), and Melafix simultaneously - but I'm at the end of my rope with these poor sickly fish. This persistent bacterial infection has just got to end here and now!
I see several possible outcomes: These fish will either be cured, live out the rest of their days in QT
, die from the meds, or be euthanized! Aaaaagh!