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Old 02-10-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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help, something is wrong with my tank. *pics*

I've noticed some white smeared patches on some of my fish (not ich). It's not anything hairy, but I have absolutely no odea what it is. I'm really worried that I'm going to lose more fish, so I need to act very fast.

What's going on?

PS - I noticed that the gourami has cloudy eyes.




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im not an expert in this but could be some type of fungus.
If you could post a picture maybe it will help and someone here can ID it.
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I would guess a fungus also. It looks like there are white patches on the body? As there isnt that much on your fish now (atleast it doesn't seem like it), I would move to a different tank if possible and keep an eye on it. Do some frequent water changes and add some fungus clear. See if you can post a clearer picture, so maybe we can identify it better. HTH!
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Well, my gourami just kicked the bucket as well... The horror!
I went to two lfs's and the only medication they had was rid ich plus, and I alreadyy have that. I'm going to go to another lfs and look for other medication...

This has been a disaster. I've lost one rainbow (dropsy), one blue ram(this fungus), and now this gourami (this fungus) in the past month. My tank was doing great before, but now it's a PITA. I'm sure you would probably expect poor wter quality, but all the parameters have been alright.
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Bummer Sorry bout the gourami illuminum.

If the water parameters are all 0 (except for nitrates which should be lower then 40), I suspect bacterial infection. Fungus usually doesn't kill that quickly (you can see how coated in fungus these fish are and they're still alive: http://www.fishpalace.org/Disease.html#Bodyfungus ). Plus, you have had other signs of infection in the tank (the dropsy).

I tend to think its columnaris. Tis the #1 bacterial infection in our fishtanks. I lost 6 brand new rams to it once; it sucks. Definitely read this article; the only change I'd make is if you don't use medicated food, use Kanacyn, not tetracycline: http://www.aquamaniacs.net/flex.html
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With my Africans I slowly (and I mean slowly - no more than a couple of degrees in 12 hours) bring up the temp to around 83-84 degrees Farenheit. Be very careful with this and make sure you have an accurate heater/ thermometer. This will kill many fungi and bacteria. But I'm not sure if your fish can take temps that high.

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