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Old 09-05-2017, 09:29 PM   #1
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Sores on tetras [high quality photos inside]

Hello everyone,
So I had a Tetra that was acting a little strange, not schooling and not paddling very much, not eating very much....about a week ago. I didn't think any thing of it (I'm very new to aquariums) until today I notice he had two white sores on the bottom of his body. I am going to attach photos to show.

I have him isolated now, he swam strongly when I was trying to catch him. None of the other fish are showing any symptoms (including 7 other Tetras).

Honestly, I'm kinda freaking out, hopefully I didn't mess anything up but I decided to dose my primary tank + the isolation tank with API pimafix. If you guys want me to do anything else I can go to the pet store tomorrow morning. I need to get some sleep for now.

Thank you all for your help.

P.S. My isolation tank (10g) doesn't have filter (I don't have an extra), it does have a heater and bubbler, is this ok for short term? If so, how long?


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Old 09-05-2017, 10:37 PM   #3
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At first glance it looks like your tetra has a fungus. It's great that you isolated the sick fish. Since you don't have a backup power filter with cycled media, the bubbler will have to do. At this point it's important to keep the rest of your stock healthy. Should do a 40% WC, and gravel vac, asap. in your main tank. I think the Pimafix is a good med choice. Don't forget to change 25% of your H. tank water daily. Good luck.
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The instructions on the pimafix say dose daily for 7 days and then do a 25% change.

So you are recommending 25% water change on my isolation tank daily? Is that because I don't have filter?

Along with the 40% change and the gravel clean, should I do the 7 day treatment on my main tank as well?

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Also one of my fish friends said I should do an ich treatment because there was no harm in doing it. Nothing looks like ich to me but I figured I would get your opinion.

Similarly, API makes a fungus cure that I read (not confirmed) that I can mix the pimafix and API's fungal cure. Is there any benefit (if I even can) to doing this?

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With no filter on the hospital tank, daily WC's need to be done. Do your daily H. tank WC, then medicate. Repeat the same procedure the next day. Do the noted big WC on your main tank, medicate with Pimafix once, then resume your normal weekly maintenence. I wouldn't treat the main tank for ick unless the fish are infected. Most Ick meds damage the BB in your filter to some degree. I don't believe your Pimafix hurts the BB. I think it's similar to Melafix, an all natural type tank antiseptic.
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Will do.

My isolated fish isn't doing so well. I haven't given up hope yet. What do you think about doing the fungal treatment on him?

In regards to my main tank, when you say medicate with pimafix once, do you mean one day/dosage or do you mean one full week of treatment?

Lastly, during my reading I found tetra lifeguard, which seemed like a good product to have around / covered a lot of issues. Is there a consensus on this product? If I had it, I would have used it last night.

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When an outbreak occurs, no matter if the treatment is natural or meds, expect to sustain some losses. Thank goodness apparently only one tetra is sick. If i' m not mistaken the Pimafix is also used for fungus. As for your main tank since the other fish appear normal, I would do the noted WC and just dose once, not all week. I'm not an advocate of Aquarium meds in general but understand on occasion certain meds might be needed. regarding aquarium diseases, the best offense is actually defense. Clean pure water, well vac' d
Gravel, and a constant appropriate temp. Usually are enough to ensure the rarity of diseases.
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